The Kingdom's Chronicle. 

Monday, Sept. 30, 2019

Pictured very top:
Boys chorus at Universal Studios (please see their story below)

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In seemingly the blink of an eye, another month of 2019 gets ready to close and a new month gets ready to open. I hope this week will find your October off to a terrific start.

We have mentioned our upcoming SAC meeting further below, but I would like to underscore this item again here and the importance of getting community support at these monthly meetings. The School Advisory Council is comprised of both staff and community members. They gather at our monthly meetings where we discuss progress against the annual School Improvement Plan as well as larger school-wide topics that are very important to our success. If you are part of our Lake Nona school community, please try to attend this Tuesday's 5:30 p.m. meeting. Your input would be most appreciated.

Congratulations are due both to our boys and girls soccer teams as they will be competing in the county-wide soccer playoffs (below)! Our boys team plays away on Monday while the girls will play on our field at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Please come on out and cheer on the Knights!

I hope you enjoy this week's update and, as always, thank you very much for your continued support!

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

September 30 - Boys Soccer - Playoff Game at Corner Lake - 5:30
October 1 - SAC Meeting - 5:30 - Media Center
October 2 - 6th Grade Hearing Test
October 2 - Girls Soccer - Playoff Game at HOME vs. Timber Springs - 5:00
October 2 - Soccer Playoff - Semi Finals (TBD)
October 7-11 - Yearbook Spirit Week
October 9 - Picture Retakes

October 11 - Student of the Month - Citizen of the Month Celebration
October 15 - Tutoring
October 16 - End of the 1st marking Period
October 21 - Beginning 2nd Marking Period
October 23 - Volleyball - Innovation (Home)
October 28 - Volleyball - Meadow Woods (away)
October 29 - Tutoring
October 30 - Volleyball - Hunter's Creek (away)
October 31 - Tutoring
November 1 - PTSA School Dance

Both our boys and girls soccer teams enter playoff competition this week - brackets
(pictured above and below in action last week vs. Hunter's Creek)

Knight Open House

Thank You for Your Participation!
From our whole team at LNMS we thank you for attending our school Open House. We enjoyed meeting all our parents, family members and children and having the opportunity to share the learning that goes on in the classroom. We hope that it was informative, as well as fun for you. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with our community to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential.

Partner in Education - Jimmy Rojas of Appreciation Financial
We want to give a big shout out and much appreciation to Jimmie Rojas from Appreciation Financial for providing dinner for our LNMS staff during Open House night. Along with meals, he was here to educate teachers and staff with information towards their retirement goals. Here is his booking link for those that would like to schedule Retirement Reviews at any time.

He says, "I look forward to a long lasting relationship with the staff at Lake Nona Middle School and community. Go Knights!"

Knight SAC
Tuesday, October 1st

On Tuesday, October 1st, SAC will have their second meeting for this school year in the Media Center at 5:50 PM. The new officers are Chairperson: Justin Meyer; Vice Chairperson: Sharon Powers and Secretary: Carrie Palumbo. Some topics on the agenda are: OCPS Strategic Plan, Teach-In, and Hero plus others. Get involved! 


Knight Music
Congrats to our boys' chorus who took part in a pilot program at Universal Studios for sound design and movies. We had the opportunity to experience life as working studio musicians!

Hispanic Heritage Month '19
LNMS students and staff are in full swing in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!

Students in Ms. Guyton's 3/D Art class are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by making Pinatas.

Ms. Clermont's Art Club and Crochet Club are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by creating a banner for the Hispanic Heritage Banner Contest. Many other clubs are participating in the contest as well. The banners will be on display from October 4th through October 15th for students and staff to enjoy!

Sixth grade students are excited about participating in Hispanic Heritage Trivia during lunch. They are learning about Hispanic Heritage through viewing videos and prizes are awarded to winners!

Knight Life
Fun Friday in Life Science! (Ms. Fountaine's 6th grade classroom.)

Building food webs in the study of Ecology!    
Bringing back some old school Fun Friday activities to Science. Exploring forces in comp class.


Knight Rigor in the Classroom
ESOL with Ms. Espino

Sixth grade ESOL students in Ms. Espino's class are organizing important events on a bilingual plot diagram.

Samuel, Victor, Jose

Knight Art
Mr. Perez Valentine continues his art work in the 7th grade hallway.

Our custodian, Gabriel Perez Valentine, has been busy painting another honorable Knight  in the 7th grade hallway.

Vital Signs
Monitoring Skyward Family Access Usage

The percentage of LNMS parents accessing the new student information system fell again last week (8.3% to 7.7%) while . . .

. . . over 93% of our Knight students successfully used the system over the same period.

STEM Conference for Middle & High School Girls
Friday, October 11

On Friday, October 11, 2019 UCF will be hosting the 8th Annual Tech Sassy Girlz Day Conference presented by Oracle Academy and powered by Ford!

The Tech Sassy Girlz Day Conference is a free conference that includes technology workshops and hands-on demonstrations for girls in middle and high school in the Central Florida region. The Tech Sassy Girlz Day Conference is an opportunity to introduce girls in middle and high school to careers in STEM. The girls will participate in a UCF campus tour, hands-on demonstrations, engineering design challenges, STEM challenges, STEM Careers and more! Additionally, the girls will have an opportunity to network with women technology leaders.
There is a limited number of spots for students to participate on a first come, first serve basis. Lunch and a t-shirt will be provided. Please advise if you are interested in participating by replying to the contact, Doris Pena. UCF will then send additional information regarding registration procedures, etc. 

Doris Cruz Pena
Tech Sassy Girlz Financial Assistant
P: (407)777-9722

Knight Soccer
Both our boys and girls soccer teams will be advancing to playoffs!

Our ladies suffered their first loss of the season, but definitely put on a fight and gave the undefeated Eagles their most competitive game of the regular season. They finished second in the division and we are extremely proud of their accomplishments.

Our gentlemen continue to make a statement as they defeated Hunter's Creek on Wednesday with a final score of 4-0. Javier Ortega and Andy Rojas had one goal a piece. Two outstanding goals that could have easily made ESPN's top 10 highlights came from 8th grader Pedro Nunez. Our gentlemen continue to play tremendous team ball, getting better every day and game. They are an extremely fun team to watch!

Our Knights will now be County contestants with a great chance of winning the County Championship. Please wish our athletes and coaches the best of luck as they continue our winning tradition of advancing to playoffs.

Boys play their first playoff game on Monday at 5:30pm at Corner Lake. The ladies have a bye Monday and will play at home Wednesday versus Timber Springs starting at 5:00pm.

~ Irimar Hernandez, Athletic Director

Knight Volleyball
Physical packet

Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the OCPS Annual Sports Physical Packet needed to play.

REMINDER: Knight Yearbooks and Spirit Week
Special Promotion for National Yearbook Week: Oct. 7-11 
Buy a yearbook online between October 4-13 and be automatically entered to win 1of 5 Canon PowerShot digital cameras - 

During National Yearbook Week our school will also celebrate Spirit Week, October 7-11, where students can follow a dress theme each day. Be creative and have fun!   

Did You Know?
LNMS was first housed in the high school building until a separate middle school could be built. When you look at the 2010 LNMS yearbook, you see a Lion on the front cover representing the mascot of LNHS (below). We did not become the Knights until 2012.

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

Weekly Indicator
Aug. 30
(5 days)
Sept. 6
(2 days)

Sept. 13
(5 days)
Sept. 20
(5 days)
Sept. 27
(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.

* Prepared courtesy of Mrs. Cheryl Wood, Assistant Principal

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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