The Kingdom's Chronicle. 

Monday, Sept. 21, 2020
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Students wearing colors of Hispanic countries as part of our continuing Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
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As I mentioned here this past week, we have released Quarter 1 Student Progress reports. Below is the information our parents need to access their student's results if they have not done so already.  If you currently have a student at Lake Nona and have yet to review your child's Progress Report, please do so as soon as possible keeping in mind our Learning Lab opportunities as featured herein.

This week we continue to spotlight several of our virtual Knight clubs for this first semester. We offer such a wide variety of clubs & organizations at Lake Nona and I hope that even if only participating virtually for now, all of our Knights will find something they enjoy.

If you are opening this issue on Sunday, enjoy the rest of your weekend and best wishes for a successful week ahead. Thank you so much for your continued cooperation and support.

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 25 - Due date for Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest
September 30 - U.S. Census deadline
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

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

Progress Report: Quarter 1

First Quarter Progress Reports were distributed to Face-to-Face students on Thursday September 17th during classes. LaunchED students can access their progress reports by logging into Skyward. Please take time to review your child's progress report with them.

* Partial image only of instructions for our parents below - please click on the link above.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
About Hispanic Heritage Month: Short Student Video

Bulletin board on display in the main hallway
Window display in 6th grade hallway of important Hispanic people

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

Vehicle and Pedestrian Safety

The safety of our students is of the utmost importance. Students who walk or ride a bicycle to and from school are especially vulnerable, as the potential for critical injury or death is more likely if they were to be struck by a vehicle. According to the organization Smart Growth America (,  Florida ranks #1 in the nation for pedestrian deaths, a ranking it has held for several years.

Florida ranks #1 within the USA in pedestrian deaths . . .

. . . and central Florida ranks #1 among USA metro areas.

With an increasing number of people moving to Florida every day, it's more important than ever that we all do our part to make sure our children are safe when walking or riding their bicycles. The following Florida statutes apply to pedestrians, bicyclists, and/or motor vehicles.
F.S. 316.130(3) No walking on roadway where sidewalks are provided, unless required by other circumstances
F.S. 316.130(8) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield
F.S. 316.2065(3)(a) A bicycle may not be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed or equipped
F.S. 316.2065(3)(d) Bicycle rider or passenger under 16 years old must wear helmet
F. S. 316.2065(10) Rider on a sidewalk or crosswalk shall yield to pedestrians
F.S. 316.130(7) Driver shall yield, and stop if need be to yield, to a pedestrian in a crosswalk
F.S. 316.130(9) No passing any vehicle stopped at any crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross
F.S. 316.074(1) Driver shall obey instructions of any official traffic control device, unless otherwise directed by a police officer
F.S. 316.072(3) Unlawful for any person willfully to fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any law enforcement officer

Thank you for helping to keep our students safe!

Officer Thomas O'Day
Lake Nona Middle School
School Resource Officer
Orlando Police Department

Virtual Open House
Knew Knight
Amy Kramer 
All of our new teachers deserve star treatment from time to time. Meet our Knew Knight for September, Amy Kramer, valued and recognized by her colleagues for her outstanding collaboration with Team Science.  Ms. Kramer is an 8th grade physical science teacher that came to us from Maitland Middle School. Welcome Ms. Kramer, you are a Knight!

Amy Kramer, 8th Grade Physical Science

Knight Virtual Clubs: Part 2

U.S. Census Reminder

Have you spent the five minutes it takes to fill out your U. S. Census questionnaire? The deadline is September 30th and your count really matters. The more people who are counted in our area, the more it helps leaders decide how billions of dollars are allocated to support schools, roads, hospitals and healthcare, fire and emergency response services and many more programs.

Visit or call the phone number below in your preferred language.
The 2020 Census can be completed by phone in the below languages.

English and Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern Time on the following phone lines:
  • English: 844-330-2020
  • Spanish: 844-468-2020
Non-English and Non-Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time on the following phone lines:
1. Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
2. Portuguese: 844-474-2020
3. Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
4. Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
5. Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
6. Korean: 844-392-2020
7. Russian: 844-417-2020
8. Arabic: 844-416-2020
9. Tagalog: 844-478-2020
10. Polish: 844-479-2020
11. French: 844-494-2020
12. Japanese: 844-460-2020

The Census is taken once every 10 years. Watch this video to see all the benefits when you are counted.

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

Success Indicator
Weekly Goal
(5 days)
Sept. 4
(5 day week)
Sept. 11
(4 day week)
Sept. 18
(5 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)
Saturday Learning Lab
ESE Saturday Learning Lab
ESOL Saturday
Learning Lab

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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