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Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

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Eighth grade girls and boys volleyball team members.The last game of the regular season is Wednesday at Walker MS.
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Lake Nona Middle School

The weeks immediately before and after Thanksgiving are vital to a student's success. I cannot stress enough the importance of staying on top of grades this marking period. Semester 1 is almost complete, but students can still seize opportunities for grade improvement. This week we are releasing student progress reports for the second quarter. If you have a child attending Lake Nona, please review their results with them as soon as possible. We offer several tutoring options for our Knights and we encourage them to take advantage of any help they might need.

Our Knights travel to Walker Middle School on Wednesday to close out the regular volleyball season (below). Both teams currently have 4-2 winning records and we wish them the very best of luck vs. the Walker Vikings. Go Knights!

With Knight Pride,

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

Lake Nona Middle School recognizes the value of our staff, students, and community members as an extra set of eyes and ears and asks for your help in identifying possible safety or security concerns. If you see something or hear of something suspicious, please say something. Be aware. Be responsible. Thank you!

Dates To Watch For

November 19 - Grade 6 FSA DOE Writing Field Test
November 19 - Grades 7 & 8 FSA Writing Mock Test

November 20 - Volleyball - Walker - (Away)
November 21 - Basketball Informational Knight - Gym - 4:15-5:15 PM
November 21 - Teach-In 2019
November 22 - The Giver Field Trip - 8th Grade
November 25 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break
December 3  - SAC Meeting - Media Center -5:30 PM
December 4 - STEAM Knight - Cafeteria - 6:00 - 7:30 PM

We are treating families to a night of inquiry, discovery, and fun. The event includes a range of activities covering different STEAM topics and connections to exciting STEAM careers.

December 10 - Chorus Winter Concert - LNHS - 7:00-8:00 PM
December 11 - Band Winter Concert - LNHS - 7:00-8:00 PM
December 12 - Piano Recital - Cafeteria - 9:00-10:00 PM
December 12 - Orchestra Concert - Cafeteria - 7:00-8:00 PM
December 13 - Lake Nona Talent Show - Cafeteria - 5:00-7:00 PM
December 17 - PE CFE Testing - 9:00-11:30 PM
December 19 - 8th Grade Baby Photo Deadline (details below)

Knight Sports
Final week of the regular volleyball season lies ahead . . .
This past week our volleyball teams had their last two home games of the regular season. They put on a tremendous display in front of their home crowd as both teams defeated Freedom Middle on Monday and South Creek Middle on Wednesday! Both teams now have a winning record of 4-2 as they go into their last games of the regular season. We will be facing Walker Middle School on Wednesday, November 20th with the girls starting first at 5pm, immediately followed by our gentlemen.

Huge shot out and thank you to 7th grader Jose Cruz who did an exceptional job singing the national anthem on Wednesday for 8th grade night (below)!

CURRENT RANKINGS - Results by team in our cluster through last week

1. Innovation 6-0
2. Hunter's Creek 5-1
3. Lake Nona 4-2
Innovation 6-0
Lake Nona 4-2
Hunter's Creek 4-2
Walker 4-2
Top three teams from each division advance to playoffs.
* Wednesday's game will be crucial for our boys team.

LNMS Science and Engineering Fair
The LNMS Science Club sponsored by Dr. Smouse, 8th grade Physical Science Honors teacher, was busy Friday morning checking in science fair projects in the Media Center. These projects will be judged and then move to the next round of competition at the Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition.  
Students must learn how to apply their existing abilities to new areas, as well as learn many new skills. A science fair project can involve reading, logical thinking, writing, grammar and spelling, math, statistics and data analysis, computer science, and graphic arts, as well as scientific methodology. If a student participates in a formal competition, then they will also practice public speaking, and learn how to explain and defend their work in front of a panel of judges.   
Community footnote: Above and below we have included several student science projects as examples to show the quality of their topics, layouts, research and adherence to the scientific method. All of the Knights submitting projects worked very hard conducting their research and as these images show, invested a great deal of time in their designs. Fine work Knights!  

"What material works best for insulation?"

"Does the density of hair affect the decibels that run through it?"

"Which charcoal water filter works the best to purify water?"

"Wow, that's cool!"

As seen above, our Knights have prepared some impressive science fair projects for competition. In terms of the big picture, the demand for STEM jobs in the USA is exploding as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Making sense of the chart: This chart is from the U.S. Department of Labor (Sept. 2019) and provides projections for both STEM type jobs and non STEM jobs from 2018 to 2028. STEM outpaces other types of jobs as a group both in terms of growth and annual wages paid.

Please click here for a larger view of the chart and more details.

8th Grade Baby Photo Request
Don't be left out of the yearbook . . .

This year, we would like to feature the eighth graders' baby photos at the 8th Grade Formal and as part of the 2020 yearbook. In the yearbook, we are planning to include a feature page "looking back" at the eighth graders as babies. Email your cutest baby photo with your child's name to: Please submit your photos by December 19th, 2019.

So as not to embarrass students, please do NOT submit any photos including nudity (i.e. bath time photos, toilet time photos, bathing suit photos).

* By submitting photos for publication in the 2020 yearbook, you are stipulating to us that you own the copyright to these photographs or have permission from the copyright holder to submit these photographs. You are granting the Lake Nona Middle School yearbook a non-exclusive license to use the photograph in its submitted form, subject to resizing to fit the yearbook spread format.

Skyward Family Access Usage: Parents & Students

The percentage of LNMS parents accessing the Skyward student information system improved last week (from 6.1% to 7.8%) while . . .

. . . 95.4% of our Knight students successfully accessed the system over the same period of time.

Weekly Success Indicators
Indicators that directly or indirectly impact student achievement.

Weekly Indicator
Oct. 17
(4 days)
Oct. 25
(5 days)
Nov. 1
(5 days)
Nov. 8
(5 days)
Nov. 15
(5 days)
Classroom visits by members of the administrative team
Total parent logins into the new Skyward Family Access system (includes multiple logins by the same parent/guardian)
Teacher attendance rate
On-time buses - mornings
On-time buses - afternoons
Library books circulated - 6th
Library books circulated - 7th
Library books circulated - 8th
Tutoring - Wed. 2nd/4th in the PM
Tutoring - Tues.
Tutoring - Thurs.
Tutoring - Sat. Lab

* Prepared courtesy of Mrs. Cheryl Wood, Assistant Principal.   
Monday's Motivational Moment!


Truth is, most people just go with the flow; they stick with the flock. Well, that's up to you. The choice is yours, to be a follower and get what's given. Or you can step up and take what's yours.

If you are a regular reader of our Kingdom's Chronicle, including this week, you will notice students engaged in all types of activities from A to Z. This includes academics, sports, theatre, volunteerism, singing, art and on and on. In terms of narrowing down some of your passions and goals, start first by making a list. To get your creative juices flowing, here are some random suggestions:
  • Acting
  • Animals
  • Art
  • Blogging
  • Business
  • Cars
  • Computers
  • Dancing
  • The environment
  • Fashion
  • Gaming
  • Health
  • History
  • Journalism
  • Medicine
  • Motorbikes
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Politics
  • Science
  • Singing
  • Skateboarding
  • Sports
  • Surfing
  • Technology
  • Volunteering
  • Writing
If your passion is not listed above, no worries. Just be honest with yourself and make your own list. Picture yourself doing each one of the things you're interested in with all your senses. What feels best?

Now, cut your list down to your three absolute favorites. Be decisive. Pick three.

If you do this you are ahead of most and you will be on your way. And this does not just apply to our middle school age Knights . . . this applies to adults too!

"A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That's why
they don't get what they want."
~ Madonna, singer, actor

Florida flag

Knights, let's make this a great week leading up to the Thanksgiving break!
Mrs. Jackson, Principal
Lake Nona Middle School
Sunday, November 17, 2019

Leadership Team

Principal: Stephanie Jackson
Assistant Principal: Damian Rosado
Assistant Principal: Cheryl Wood
Assistant Principal: Lindsey Herold
8th Grade Administrative Dean: Steven Berson
7th Grade Administrative Dean: Tangala Butler-Wilson
6th Grade Administrative Dean: Wanda Perkins


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