The Kingdom's Chronicle. 

Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

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Pictured very top:
Students in Mr. Bloom's 7th grade Earth Science class working on their Galaxy  markers (please see story below).
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On Monday our Knights will already be starting their sixth week of school. With the 2nd nine weeks beginning on October 13, students will be able to change their learning platform if desired. If your child is attending school via LaunchED@Home they can change to Face-to-Face. If your child is Face-to-Face they can switch to LaunchED@Home. However, we do need to be notified by this coming Friday, September 18 so we can prepare for the changes in the 2nd nine weeks. Please also remember that we will not be able to honor any requests after that date. Parents will have another opportunity to evaluate their child's learning platform at the semester break.

We will also be releasing quarter 1 progress reports later this week and they will be made available on Skyward Family Access. I encourage all parents/guardians to review their student's results with them as soon as possible keeping in mind that we began our Learning Labs last week for any student needing additional help (please see Learning Lab dates and times of the week just below).

In this issue you will find Part 1 of our review of LNMS clubs and organizations open to our Knights. I encourage all of our Knights to consider participating in one extracurricular group this year if they are able to. We have wonderful sponsors and our clubs and organizations can really help the students expand their middle school experience while they are at Lake Nona.  

Have a great week and thank you for looking over this latest edition of The Kingdom's Chronicle.

With Knight Pride,

Dr. Stephanie R. Jackson, Ed.D.
Lake Nona Middle School

Dates to Watch For

September 15 - October 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month
September 18 - Deadline for Quarter 2 Learning Platform Changes
September 25 - Due date for Hispanic Heritage Month essay (please see below)
October 6 - Virtual Open House - 6:00-7:30 PM
October 12 - Student Holiday
October 13 - Begin Second Marking Period
October 13 - Virtual SAC Meeting - 5:30 PM
October 30 - No School

* Mondays - Curbside Meals (Mondays 4:40-6:00) in the bus loop

Changing Student Educational Model: Friday Deadline 

Orange County Public Schools has
Opened the Window
Changing Student Educational Model

From September 10th - September 18th at 4 p.m.,
You may choose to change
Face-to-Face to Launch@Home and vice versa

Please note:  
Student schedules may be completely changed
(including electives)
If you move forward with this selection.
New schedules will not go into effect
Until the first day of the 2nd quarter (October 13th).

To request a change in educational model,
Complete the form for each child
Your child's grade level counselor
Will contact you via email with the new schedule
By Monday, October 12th

If you have any further questions,
Please email your child's grade level counselor.
Please note, we have added a new counselor to our Kingdom.
See the updated counselor information below.

Grade 6 & Grade 7 (Last Names Ki-Z):
Grade 8 & Grade 7 (Last Names A-Ke):

Hispanic Heritage Month

Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis are hosting the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration! First Lady Casey DeSantis' Hispanic Heritage History Month essay contest is open to all Florida students in grades 4-12. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year's theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12). Winners will receive a 4-year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Essay entries can be mailed or submitted electronically. Winner will be notified after October 10, 2020.  

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. September 25, 2020. Entries should be mailed to Volunteer Florida, Hispanic Heritage month Committee, 1545 Raymond Diehl Rd., Suite 250, Tallahassee, Florida 32308. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs. Please feel free to contact Volunteer Florida at (850) 414-7400 for any further questions. For necessary contest requirements, you may also visit or the following website:

Online Submission

Paper Submission

Source: Pew Research Center; Read full article -"Key facts about U.S. Latinos for National Hispanic Heritage Month"

A New Knight
Let's give a warm welcome to our new Knight, Mr. Joel Anderson. He is taking on the role of 6th Grade counselor and 7th Grade Counselor  (Kie- Z). He comes to us from Hunter's Creek Middle School where he was the 6th grade guidance counselor for 6 years. Prior to OCPS he was a guidance counselor in Tampa, Florida. He is happy to join our Kingdom and is excited to work with our students, staff, and parents of Lake Nona Middle School! 
Mr. Anderson, Counselor
Below is the guidance team breakdown of responsibilities: 
  • 6th Grade - Joel Anderson
  • 7th Grade (Abbas- Kern) - Sasha Lopez
  • 7th Grade (Kielbasa-Zuluaga) - Joel Anderson
  • 8th Grade - Sasha Lopez
  • Safe Coordinator and 504's - Duncan   
After School All Stars
Knight Academics
Expanding Universe
The students in Mr. Bloom's 7th grade Earth Science classroom, created a simple model that illustrated how the universe expands over time called the Big Bang Theory.
Galaxy marker
Knight Virtual Clubs 2020-2021: Part 1

Knight Family Access Usage

Last week 90.4% of our Knights logged into the Skyward Family Access system . . .

. . . compared to 9.7% of their parents/guardians over the same week.

Knight Vital Signs
Weekly indicators that directly or indirectly impact student achievement.

Success Indicator
Weekly Goal
(5 days)
Week ended 9/4
(5 days)
Week ended 9/11
(4 day week)
Classroom walk-throughs by members of the leadership team
Skyward: Parent logins
Skyward: Student logins
Teacher attendance
Tardy to school: 6th
Tardy to school: 7th
Tardy to school: 8th
Tardy to school: Total
Tardy to class: 6th
Tardy to class: 7th
Tardy to class: 8th
Tardy to class:Total
On time buses: AM
On time buses: PM
Students attending

Learning Lab (T/Th)
ESE Learning Lab (T/Th)
ELL Learning Lab (T/Th)

Credit: Assistant Principal Wood and staff

Leadership Team

Principal: Dr. Stephanie Jackson, Ed.D.
Assistant Principal: Damian Rosado
Assistant Principal: Cheryl Wood
Assistant Principal: Brandi Cain
8th Grade Administrative Dean: Steven Berson
6th and 7th Grade Administrative Dean: Chenia Thate
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