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Monday, May 25, 2020

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On this Memorial Day, Lake Nona Middle School remembers all the service men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation.

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As we are releasing this issue during the Memorial Day weekend, I do hope it finds you enjoying a pleasant holiday with family and friends. We now only have two days left in this school year and have set out Wednesday, May 27th as a make-up day for anyone that still has items to be dropped off or picked up (below).

In this week's edition you will find a recap of our 8th Grade Day of Excellence. Unfortunately, this year circumstances necessitated an online recognition ceremony and we have shared students' names by category below. These Knights deserve all the accolades and recognition they may receive in that they have worked extremely hard to be on one or more of these lists. Even if you do not have a child in the 8th grade this year, you may enjoy seeing the categories of recognition we have at Lake Nona to recognize excellence.

Below you will also find a request from our PTSA for 2020-2021 board members in that 100% of the PTSA board is turning over this year. PTSA is a vital organization to us as they do so much for both students and teachers. Lake Nona Middle School has among its ongoing strengths a student body that performs academically at very high levels in many areas, a number of the leading educators from across the school district, and a very positive school climate. It is on this last point that our PTSA really helps with student achievement and teacher morale. Please, if you will have a student attending Lake Nona next year consider being part of our PTSA board or at the very least, becoming a PTSA member.

It is our plan to publish a few issues of The Kingdom's Chronicle throughout the summer break, but please remember to visit our school website and social media sites for ongoing news. Have a safe and relaxing Memorial Day and kindly pause for a moment to remember those Americans who laid down their lives for all of us. Thank you.

With Knight Pride,

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

Dates to Watch For

March 30 to May 27- School Closed but Learning is Always Open
May 25 - Memorial Day
May 27 - Last day of Quarter 4
May 27 - Make-up for Pickup and Drop Off for School Materials
June 20 - First Day of Summer
June- 21 - Father's Day

Day of Excellence Student Names (8th Grade)
Part I of II
 
Our 8th grader students were recognized in a virtual award ceremony for outstanding accomplishments and for finishing their academic careers in middle school with perseverance. 
 
Honor Roll - Achieved All A's each Marking Period 
  • Gabrielle Abriam
  • Syed Ali
  • Andres Baez
  • Gabriela Barcellos
  • Alyssa Beccari
  • William Browning
  • Mariana Cabrera Sossa
  • Cassidy Chafin
  • Zara Chowdhury
  • Isabella Contreras Sanchez
  • Gael Correa
  • Lucas Correia
  • Isabella De Paola
  • Ashley Ding
  • Francisco Echavarria
  • Julien Elliot
  • Logan Epstein
  • Abdiel Estrella
  • Kylie Evans
  • Guy Fox
  • Matthew Freeman
  • Allison Gage
  • Lucas Garcia
  • Michelle Giffoni-Albor
  • Rachel Gordon
  • Kyra Haywood
  • Zachary Hopper
  • Paige Hubbard
  • Ayra Kalidindi
  • Aditya Krishnan
  • Keyraliz Lopez
  • Vandana Manchikanti
  • Jose Martinez
  • Brendan McInerney
  • Steven Mejia
  • Brody Metel
  • Arjun Nanduri
  • Matthew Nguyen
  • Madeline Oehlers
  • Payton Olinger
  • Alla Oskarsdottir
  • Izak Ovadia
  • Blaise Peck
  • Robert Ramsey
  • Amira Razack
  • Delaney Richgels
  • Alexandra Rivera Gonzalez
  • Joelys Rivera-Rios
  • Antonio Rodriguez Da Silva
  • Lucas Romero-Wyhnanskyj
  • AndrewRyan-Drago
  • Elietta Said
  • Mia Sangria
  • Sara Schwartz
  • Shreya Sreekanth
  • Shruti Sreekanth
  • Payton Starnes
  • Juanjose Tabares
  • Liliana Torres
  • Victoria Urdaneta Reina
  • Maya Venkatraman
  • Culdainian Wimberly
  • Valeria Yanez Parra
Sunshine State Young Readers Award - Read All 15 Books
  • Ashley Ding
  • Allison Gage
  • Ivan Goponenko
  • Arya Kalidindi
  • Aditya Krishnan
  • Vandana Manchikanti
  • Steven Mejia
  • Delaney Richgels
  • Shreya Sreekanth
  • Shruti Sreekanth
  • Gabriela Valentin
Battle of the Books Team Members
  • Vandana Manchikanti
  • Blaise Peck
  • Liliana Torres
  • Ashley Ding
Spirit of Excellence - Recognized by OCPS Multilingual Student Education Services
  • Valentina Abbondanza
Modern Woodmen of America - Oration Contest - Winning 2 Years in a Row
  • Aditya Krishnan
Prism Award - Most Improved Mathematics Students
  • Fenix Quinones-Ramirez
  • Abigail Gordon
  • Kylie Evans
  • Maximillian Young
  • Jayden Yousuf
  • Zahara Parra
  • Gabrielle Abriam
  • Payton Starnes
  • Yohan Silva
  • Richina Anderson
  • Nicolas Oksman
  • Ella Bingler
Day of Excellence Student Names (8th Grade)
Part II of II

Golden Knight Award - A's All Three Years for Twelve Consecutive Grading Periods
  • Gabrielle Abriam
  • Syed Ali
  • William Browning
  • Mariana Cabrera Sossa
  • Isabella Contreras Sanchez
  • Isabella De Paola
  • Ashley Ding
  • Logan Epstein
  • Guy Fox
  • Matthew Freeman
  • Keyraliz Fuentes Lopez
  • Allison Gage
  • Michelle Giffoni-Albor
  • Kyra Haywood
  • Zachary Hopper
  • Ayra Kalidindi
  • Aditya Krishnan
  • Vandana Manchikanti
  • Brendan McInerney
  • Arjun Nanduri
  • Payton Olinger
  • Alla Oskarsdottir
  • Blaise Peck
  • Amira Razack
  • Delaney Richgels
  • Antonio Rodriguez Da Silva
  • Lucas Romero-Wyhnanskyj
  • Elietta Said
  • ShreyaSreekanth
  • Shruti Sreekanth
  • Payton Starnes
  • Juanjose Tabares
  • Victoria Urdaneta Reina
  • Maya Venkatraman
2020 PRINCIPAL'S LEADERSHIP AWARD
  • Delaney Richgels
  • Blaise Peck

Knight Memories



Make-Up Day for Returns/Makeups (All Grades)



Special Recognition
Michael Dungla and Tala Faematala
These gentlemen work for OCPS transportation and have been assigned to Lake Nona Middle School in support of end of year procedures and events. They have assisted teachers in packing, moving classrooms, removing trash, and preparing and participating in distributing and collecting end of year items.



Attention 6th Grade Families!



Lake Nona Nurse Assistant Sandra Williams email: Sandra.williams@ocps.net


Special Events


 



PTSA Officers for 2020-2021



Email PTSA (Angie) at LAKENONAMIDDLEPTSA@GMAIL.COM


On November 1, 2019 LNMS had its first dance of the school year with the theme based on the horror web show "Stranger Things" set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in November 1983. This is a great example of the types of initiatives our PTSA offers for students. For this event, the PTSA created an atmosphere with haunted houses, lots of food and a popular DJ. The students all looked forward to it and as you can see, had a great time. Please consider joining our PTSA board next year.



 
OCPS Supports

OCPS provides students and families with multiple supports at both the school and district level. In the link below are descriptions of our three support services departments and how they can assist you. If you have a need, please complete the survey and a staff member will be in touch within 1-2 business days.  If you are experiencing an emergency or need immediate assistance, please call 911.

Food Distribution



Knight Reminder . . .



Closing Images of the Week . . .
Ms. Russo, Mrs. Morris, and Mrs. Wilson packing up their classrooms.



 
Monday's Motivational Moment!
Failure . . . A Road to Success!

César's ancestors were goat herders, and his father was a goat herder. In their tiny Swiss village there were fewer than two hundred people. His mother and father disagreed over his future. His mother had great ambitions for her son, while his father felt he should stay on the farm and tend the animals. César's mother won! At the age of 12 he was sent to school in Sion, Switzerland to study French and mathematics. But at the end of two years, he had learned little of either . . . you see, all he wanted was to do is tend goats! Both parents then began to worry and even his father thought he should do something more ambitious. His father then wrote a friend in a nearby town and actually paid the friend to hire young César as a waiter in his hotel.

The boy was eager to learn about the lodging industry and tried his best, but the more he tried, the more nervous he became. His mistakes and poor service to the hotel customers increased to such a level that the hotel manager had no choice but to fire him. He told the teenager, "You are not cut out for this type of work. Go back to your village and tend goats; that's what you were meant to do."

Unable to face his parents, César left Switzerland to seek his fortune in Paris at the time of the 1867 Universal Exhibition and was employed by several restaurants and hotels, working his way up from waiter to manager. By the time he turned 19, he was known for being an exceptional server, fast on his feet and attentive to his guests. What happened in the years that followed is what dreams are made of! In fact, his last name is now in the dictionary! It is defined by Webster's dictionary as "elegance." And the boy's last name? Ritz. César Ritz, founder of the great hotel chain that has come to symbolize the best in service and luxury.  
 
Entrance to the Ritz Hotel in London at the holidays.
 
The lesson for our Knights? There are few persons that have not faced setbacks and difficulties. Many have started life with disadvantages, whether physical handicaps or economic barriers. But if there is one defining trait in the universe that has lifted the most common of people to success it is persistence. And that is a personal decision we can all choose to make!

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend! 
Mrs. Jackson, Principal 
Lake Nona Middle School
Sunday, May 24, 2020  
 
Leadership Team

Principal: Stephanie Jackson stephanie.jackson3@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Damian Rosado damian.rosado@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Cheryl Wood cheryl.wood@ocps.net
Assistant Principal: Lindsey Herold lindsey.herold@ocps.net
8th Grade Administrative Dean: Steven Berson steven.berson@ocps.net
7th Grade Administrative Dean: Tangala Butler-Wilson Tangala.Butler-Wilson@ocps.net
6th Grade Administrative Dean: Wanda Perkins wanda.perkins@ocps.net

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