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Monday, May 11, 2020



Pictured very top:

Images from one morning during Teacher Appreciation Week which ended last Friday, May 8th. Our teachers received special Grab-and-Go bags as a token of appreciation for their tireless efforts this school year. Thank you again to everyone that made this possible for our amazing educators. 

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Like many schools across the country, LNMS is currently engaged in distance learning. This week we continue forward with week #7.

Last week we remembered our teachers who continue to showcase immense dedication to our school and to our scholars. Their work is incredible and in this issue you will find a few images that capture some of our Teacher Appreciation Week highlights. For example, LNMS honored our teachers with a Grab-and-Go bag with many goodies such as a portable power bank, free pizza coupons and a box lunch from Chick-fil-A (pictured very top). A big thanks to PTSA, Lake Nona Volleyball, Lake Nona Soccer and LNMS administrators for coordinating the surprise! Several of our teachers also received letters from graduating high school seniors expressing gratitude that they were their teachers: Mr. Contreras, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Nieves, Mrs. Connelly, and Mrs. Jennings. The LNMS Student Government Association and National Junior Honor Society also put together a PowerPoint with teacher appreciation slides.

In total, this year's Teacher Appreciation Week turned out very well under the circumstances. We are so fortunate to have such caring students, families and community members!

Please note that our hours of operation starting this week are Monday - Friday from 9am - 2pm by appointment only. Staff will continue to work from home when not at their work sites and can be reached by email.

Finally, to all of our Lake Nona moms, a Happy Mother's Day. You deserve all the credit in the world for what you do!

With Knight Pride,

Stephanie R. Jackson, M. Ed.
Principal
Lake Nona Middle School

Dates to Watch For

March 30 - Distance Learning began
March 30 to May 27 - School Closed but Learning is Always Open!
May 6 - Progress Reports posted on Skyward
May 8 - First day 2019-2020 Yearbooks will begin to be shipped to students' homes
May 11 - NEW HOURS OF OPERATION GO INTO EFFECT (9:00AM to 2:00 PM by APPOINTMENT ONLY).
May 14 -  Virtual Parent Academy - "Shifting Gears for Success" - 6:00PM - 7:00PM
May 10 - Happy Mother's Day!
May 25 - Memorial Day
May 27 - Last day of Quarter 4


Mr. Contreras, Math

Mr. Johnson, Social Studies
Both of these LNMS teachers received letters of appreciation from former students who are about to graduate as part of their high school Class of 2020. 
 
Student Government Association and National Junior Honor Society Messaging for Teacher Appreciation Week '20

Our Lake Nona SGA and NJHS students created digital posters for Teacher Appreciation Week! Please click here to see the slideshow of the posters our talented Knights made in honor of their teachers!
 
 
In the Spotlight!

Lake Nona's FBLA Club

Congratulations to Valeria Aleman
(8th grade, 3rd place)

Lake Nona Middle School students showcased their skills at this year's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership "Virtual" Conference held on Monday, May 4.

These students demonstrated how they are preparing for their future. They are the best of the best! Please join us in congratulating these exceptional Lake Nona Middle School Knights.

"I am so proud of my students and their dedication to achieving this honor and learning the skills they will need as they prepare for the future" says FBLA Advisor Alan Rasmussen.

First Place
Keyboarding Applications - Middle Level
Lucas Garcia
 
Second Place
Desktop Publishing - Middle Level
Gabrielle Abriam, Alexis Jasiecki

Third Place
Spreadsheet Applications - Middle Level
Valerie Aleman (pictured)
OPD Officer Tim O'Day

Recognizing Orlando Police Dept. School Resource Officer Tim O-Day as this week is National Police Week in the USA.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. This week honors those law enforcement officers that serve and those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.



Special Events


 

 



Distance Learning: Spanish with Mrs. Rivera

Mrs. Rivera wanted our school community to see examples of her students' Cinco de Mayo contest from this past week. Please click here as what is shown below is only a partial image.



OCPS Top Talent 2020!

The Foundation for OCPS is proud to say the show must go on: Top Talent 2020 is going VIRTUAL May 15, 2020! With so much being cancelled due to COVID-19, we are doing everything in our power to keep this event alive so that we can all celebrate our students' amazing gifts!

Please click image to see all contestants!

But a virtual event will only work if we have an audience watching, participating, and cheering on the kids. Students from 20 schools are finalists for this year's event, and proceeds benefit arts programs throughout the district.

The show will be broadcast on the district's YouTube channel. Proceeds benefit the Foundation and provide arts enrichment for students experiencing poverty or homelessness. Winning students AND their schools receive cash prizes - over $5,000 will be given away.

Normally, in addition to raising event sponsorships, tickets are sold to help us raise funds. Our sponsors have been very supportive of the pivot to a virtual event, but ticket sales are not an option this year.

Instead, we must strongly promote our "Fan Favorite" Text2Give voting option. T here are two categories, one each for the performing and visual arts. One vote is one dollar; there is no limit on the number of times a person can vote. The Fan Favorite winner(s) will be those with the most votes as of 7:50 p.m. the night of the show, and will be identified at the end of the Top Talent show's broadcast.

There is one week left for families, friends, and other community members to vote. We are providing daily Fan Favorite tallies on the Foundation's Facebook page to keep the competition lively.  

*** Vote for your Fan Favorite by texting FFSTAGE to 41444 for your favorite performer or FFVISUAL to 41444 for your favorite artist. You can vote early and often - don't wait, and please share!

Attention Parents: Checking Student Progress Online
Viewing Progress Reports online with the Skyward system.

Reminder: Students are able to go back and complete any missing assignment, or redo an assignment to raise their grade from any previous weeks of distance learning

Please CLICK HERE to view all pages - this is only a partial image of the instructions. Thank you.


Knight Vital Signs
Skyward Family Access:
Usage as measure by daily system logins during this past week

Parents & Guardians


Students



Making sense of the charts: The two charts illustrate the number of total logins made by parents vs. students over this past school week. The percentage of parents using the system still remains low by it did rise to 8.2% from 7.8% in the prior week. Conversely, the percentage of our Knights accessing the system dipped to 80.8% from 82.2%.

PTSA Officers for 2020-2021



Knight Families

Student Assignment Expectation - Weekly Attendance Quiz   
(Very important)
All teachers will post an assignment on Monday detailing their expectations or outline for the week. Students are to acknowledge they understand the expectations by answering a one question assignment quiz for each class; this will serve as your attendance check-in. The answer is due by noon Friday of that week. Students will be marked absent if the weekly attendance quiz is not completed.

Knight Teacher Office Hours
Students and parents may need to get additional support or clarification on an assignment. LNMS teachers will be available during these posted office hours.



Knight Digital Learning Schedule
The following schedule allows LNMS to provide dedicated time to each content area. Some teachers may choose to interact with live teaching sessions and live help support during the window of time. Students can follow this schedule in order to ensure a class is not missed throughout the week.



Knight Reminder . . .



Closing Images of the Week . . .

Thank you to the Lake Nona community members and staff that turned out to recognize our teachers last week!
 
The waves of thanks plus the message on the Student Government Association poster pretty well sums up Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you once more to everyone that worked so hard to make this past week special for our awesome teachers!

Florida flag
Happy Mother's Day!
Mrs. Stephanie Jackson, Principal
Lake Nona Middle School
Sunday, May 10, 2020


Leadership Team

Principal: Stephanie Jackson stephanie.jackson3@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Damian Rosado damian.rosado@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Cheryl Wood cheryl.wood@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Lindsey Herold lindsey.herold@ocps.net
8th Grade Administrative Dean: Steven Berson steven.berson@ocps.net
7th Grade Administrative Dean: Tangala Butler-Wilson Tangala.Butler-Wilson@ocps.net
6th Grade Administrative Dean: Wanda Perkins wanda.perkins@ocps.net

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