The Kingdom's Chronicle. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

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7th grade Knights during Unity Day (additional images below).

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Lake Nona Middle School

We opened the second nine-week quarter on a positive start and will close out another calendar month later this week. We have included a few images in this week's update from Unity Day '19 and I would like to thank all the students and staff that participated. Both LNMS and OCPS are very much dedicated to a positive learning environment for all of our students which means inclusion and acceptance of everyone. Unity Day was a reminder of that.

In this week's calendar we have listed several upcoming Spirit Day events - all of which support our amazing PTSA. One of these is scheduled for Thursday (runs 4-10 pm) at PDQ. If you are out and about and considering grabbing a bite to eat, please stop by PDQ as a percentage of those receipts when LNMS is mentioned get donated back to the PTSA. Our PTSA provides a great deal of support and anything the community can do to help them is deeply appreciated.

Thank you for looking over our progress and best wishes for a terrific week ahead!

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!

Report Cards on Tuesday

OCPS parents, due to some vendor network issues experienced by Orange County Public Schools on Monday report cards will be delayed by one day. Report cards will now be distributed to parents on Tuesday, October 29th instead of Monday, October 28th. Report cards will also appear in Skyward Family Access on Tuesday. Thank you for your support of Orange County Public Schools.

Dates To Watch For
Red Ribbon Week continues on Monday morning (daily themes below)

Spirit Day at PDQ this Thursday!
October 28 - Volleyball - Meadow Woods (Away)
October 29 - Orchestra Concert - Cafeteria - 7:00-8:00 PM
October 30 - Volleyball - Hunter's Creek (Away)
October 31 - Spirit Day - PDQ - 4:00-10:00 PM - Be sure to mention LNMS
November 1 - PTSA School Dance - Cafeteria - 6:00-8:30 PM
November 3 - End of Daylight Savings Time - Set Clocks back 1 hour
November 4 - Spirit Day - Rise Pies - 4:00-9:00 PM - Be sure to mention LNMS
November 5 - SAC - Media Center - 5:30 PM
November 6 - Volleyball - Westridge - (Away)
November 7 - Spirit Day - Panda Express - ALL DAY - Be sure to mention LNMS
November 11 - Volleyball - Freedom  - (HOME)
November 13 - Volleyball - South Creek - (HOME)
November 13 - PTSA - Media Center - 5:00-6:00 PM
November 20 - Volleyball - Walker - (Away)
November 21 - Teach-In 2019
November 22 - The Giver Field Trip - 8th Grade
November 25 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break  

****** SPECIAL EVENTS ******

Knight Academics - "Rigor in the Classroom"
On Wednesday, October 23rd Peter Phelan, Research Laboratory Manager from Nemours Children's Hospital, and Jeanne Brooks conducted their monthly visit to our 6th grade students in  PLTW (Project Lead the Way). They brought examples on how nanotechnology is used in the medical field. They included 3D printed models of organs and educated our kids on how those are used to design the action plan of a surgery. The students were also excited to see what they will cover during their next visit! 
Model of real human heart with a tumor
Ms. Colon, teacher 
Peter Phelan from Nemours interacting with the students 
Student engagement during last Wednesday's special in-class event. Thank you Nemours!  
Jeanne Brooks from Nemours with our Knights 

Stranger Things Knight Dance & Dinner

HERO Returns to LNMS

The HERO program is once again up and running at LNMS. Students earn HERO points for
positive behaviors such as being on time to class, having a charged device, random acts of kindness, and attending school events. Deductions can also occur for tardies and other violations of school policies. This year, LNMS has implemented a store, dubbed "Knight Prime!" Students can cash in their points in exchange for a variety of items - click here.

The Knight Prime catalog is now available for viewing on the 2019-2020 Student Body Course in Canvas. Additionally, it is located on the Parent page of the LNMS website. Students can view the catalog and decide if they want to spend their points for smaller items, or save up for larger items down the road. Once students decide, there is an order form where they will select the item. Each Tuesday and Thursday orders will be fulfilled and delivered to students at lunchtime. Points will be deducted for the selected items.

We hope this program encourages the positive behaviors we expect of our Knights! Questions or concerns can be directed to

* Please click here for list of all items (only page 1 displayed below)

Knight Athletics
Volleyball season kicked off this past Wednesday at home versus Innovation!

We had a packed house in the Kingdom as our teams took the court. Our ladies got off to a rough start with Innovation taking the lead early with a score of  6-1. Coach Vazquez composed his team and they made a comeback! The first set was back and forth, but unfortunately Innovation ended up taking the first set. The second set had Lake Nona written all over it and our ladies won it 18-25. They took that momentum and gained a lead during the last set, but were unable to hold it and the Phoenixes ended up defeating our Lady Knights in the third set.

Our boys team got off to a great start as returner and Team Captain Antonio Medina had multiple serves that Innovation could not seem to convert on. However, once the Phoenixes were able to get the ball in play, they kept that momentum for the rest of the night defeating our Knights in just 2 sets.

It was a tough start for Lake Nona volleyball, but we are sure our teams will bounce back next week! We play at Meadow Woods on Monday starting at 5:30pm and Hunter's Creek on Wednesday starting at 5pm. Thank you to all of the fans that came out to support our Knights in their season opener! It was a fun crowd and we are looking forward to a terrific season!
~ Coach Hernandez

Knight Unity Day Highlights

Sixth Grade Unity Day

Eighth Grade Unity Day

Unity Day with Support Staff

Unity Day Staff

Unity Day with Staff

Knight Rigor Outside of the Classroom - Art Students

Ms. Guyton was awarded a grant to take students to the Architects of Air's luminaria, an interactive exhibit at Seneff Plaza (Doctor Phillips Center). Students visited the DODECALIS, a sculpture people enter to be immersed in light and color. The DODECALIS is a luminarium and is inspired by the beauty of natural geometry and by Islamic architecture. It features winding passages of small domes inspired by repetitious forms found in the bazaars of Iran. The luminosity of light and color inside is created purely by the light shining through the colored plastic. All the individual pieces have been cut and glued together by hand in a workshop in Nottingham, England.

Skyward Family Access Usage: Parents & Students

The percentage of LNMS parents accessing the Skyward student information system dropped sharply last week (from 8.2% to 6.8%) while . . .

. . . 90.5% 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
Sept. 27
(5 days)
Oct. 4
(5 days)
Oct. 11
(5 days)
Oct. 17
(4 days)
Oct. 25
(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.   
Closing Image of the Week . . .
PE Department's Halloween D├ęcor!

Knight Motivational Moment
The economic value of an education

U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Median Weekly Earnings 2019:Quarter 3 report
U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics -  Unemployment 2019: September report

Community footnote: The Northwestern University Wildcats (Evanston, IL) 34-game losing streak is the longest in Division I college football history. During the team's winless 1981 season, the Wildcats were outscored 505-82 - an average of 40 points per game. What many do not know is that Northwestern University is consistently listed among the Top 10 U.S. colleges by any ranking service year after year. During this record losing streak at home football games their students would hold up signs in the stands with this simple message:

"That's okay, y'all be working for us one day."

Northwestern University's art library on the Evanston campus near Chicago

The lesson for our Knights? Getting a quality education is #1 and the Northwestern students understood that. Lake Nona offers this opportunity to all of our students and they are encouraged to take advantage of each and every school day!

Credit: Mrs. Cheryl Wood, Asst. Principal
Make it a great week Knights and please don't forget about Tuesday evening's Orchestra concert from 7-8PM!
Mrs. Jackson, Principal
Lake Nona Middle School
Sunday, October 27, 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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