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Monday, October 7, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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2019-2020 girls and boys soccer teams (please see their season end recaps below).

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We have completed seven of the nine school weeks for the 1st quarter of 2019-2020. As there is no school on Friday, October 18th for students, this will be our last full week of the quarter. I encourage all of our Knights to turn in any missing assignments as soon as possible as we want every student to earn the grades they are a capable of during these first nine weeks.

The OCPS Parent Academy is hosting its first virtual event next Thursday evening from 6-7 PM. The topic will be "Digital Citizenship." If you have yet to participate in one of these special online events, I encourage you to invest 1 hour on Thursday to do so. Extremely well done, there are but 4 offered this school year and they are worth the nominal time investment if you have a student at Lake Nona - details and registration.

Finally, please remember that this week is Yearbook Spirit Week (details below) and that Wednesday is Picture Day. Best wishes for a successful 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!

Dates To Watch For

October 7-11 - Yearbook Spirit Week
October 9 - Picture Retakes

October 10 - OCPS Parent Academy Virtual Event - "Digital Citizenship" - 1 Hour from 6-7PM - Details and Registration
October 11 - Student of the Month - Citizen of the Month Celebration

October 15 - Tutoring
October 16 - Long Wednesday - NO EARLY RELEASE

October 17 - End of the 1st Marking Period (make-up day for Hurricane Dorian)
October 18 - Student Holiday
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)
November 1 - PTSA School Dance

THIS WEEK! 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!   

Knight Drama
The Drama Club is off to a great start with its 120 members! September was an exciting month!

Throughout the year, students in the club will take masterclasses with Orlando industry professionals. September's class was led by Julie Woods-Robinson and Jordan Robinson from "Book to Tape" acting studio. Both artists graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Julie went on to pursue a master's degree in Theatre for Young Audiences at UCF. Jordan is in the Blue Man Group and performed with the group in New York City, Las Vegas, and now here at Universal. Some of Jordan's film credits include: The Walking Dead, Nashville, and The Hunger Games. Julie performs as Nemo in Finding Nemo the Musical at Walt Disney World and is a teaching artist with The Orlando REP. Our guest artists taught the students in the Drama Club all about acting for the camera and how to submit for professional film auditions!

The Drama Club looks forward to their October 10th Improv Masterclass!

Knight HERO
Lake Nona Middle School is once again a HERO school!

HERO encourages positive student behavior choices, but tracks all behaviors. When students demonstrate HERO behaviors, they may earn points toward exciting incentives. We invite students and parents to register your own HERO account so we may keep the lines of communication between home and school open.  
Once you register online, you may download the HERO app to receive push notifications about your student's HERO behavior throughout the day. Students and parents/guardians will each have a unique HERO login account.
To register, follow these easy steps:
1) Go to
2) Select the parent or student button
3) Click "Create An Account"
4) Enter name, your email address, choose a password, click "Create user"
5) Click "Add Student"
6) Choose "No"  when asked if you have been provided with a key.
 7)  Add your student by using their ID Number, Date of Birth, and Last Name.

Download the Hero App
Once you register online, you may download the HERO app from the app-store or Google Play stores to keep track of HERO behavior history and Hero point balances.

For registration step-by-step instructions, go to: 

Hero Parent + Student Engagement Tools 

Knight Babies
8th Grade Baby Photo Request

This year, we would like to feature the eighth graders' baby photos at the 8th Grade Formal and as part of the 2020 yearbook. In the yearbook, we are planning to include a feature page "looking back" at the eighth graders as babies. Please email your cutest baby photo with your child's name to:

* So as not to embarrass students, please do NOT submit any photos including nudity (i.e. bath time photos, toilet time photos, bathing suit photos). By submitting photos for publication in the 2020 yearbook, you are stipulating to us that you own copyright to these photographs or have permission from the copyright holder to submit these photographs. You are granting the Lake Nona Middle School yearbook a non-exclusive license to use the photograph in its submitted form, subject to resizing to fit the yearbook spread format.

Knight Honor
Mrs. Huerta-Kirkland receives a special recognition from OCPS

Congratulations to our very own Mrs. Huerta-Kirkland. She was honored by OCPS for her unselfish outreach work with the Latin American Community. She works tirelessly helping students and their parents learn and master the English Language.

Mrs. Heurta-Kirkland and family at her OCPS recognition event. Congratulations!

Knights Honor Hispanic Heritage Month
Sociedad Hispanic Honoraria and Hispanic Heritage Month Posters  
These are posters that our students have worked on to show their pride in Hispanic Heritage Month!


Saturday Tutoring
 Bus routes & Saturday School dates (upper right corner below) 

Knight Sports
Soccer season comes to an end.

Boys Team Recap
On Monday our gentlemen traveled to Corner Lake for the first round of playoffs. After a full 40 minutes of play, the game was tied at 0-0. We went into overtime and it was not until the very last minute that Corner Lake snuck the game winning goal in against our Knights. Our gentlemen had many good looks and shots on goal, just weren't able to convert. They fought hard this game and all season long. We are extremely proud of them and Coach Jones for their efforts this season.

Girls Team Recap
Our Lady Knights played at home on Wednesday against Timber Springs for their first playoff game as they had a bye on Monday. Very similar to our boy's game, much of the game remain tied at zero. During the end of the second half one of our girls committed a foul; which allowed Timber Springs the opportunity to score their only goal of the game defeating our girls 1-0 on a penalty kick. Our lady Knights finished with an overall record of 6-2 and were the division runner up. They showed tremendous improvement throughout the season and did an exceptional job. Great job ladies and Coach Stoeckigt!

~ Coach Hernandez, Lake Nona Middle School Athletics Coordinator

Knight Visitor
Mr. Rivera dressed as Thomas Jefferson as he reviewed The Constitution in his 7th grade Civics class.

Did you know President Jefferson was obsessed with books? After the Library of Congress was raided by the British in 1814, Jefferson offered his personal library, which contained almost 6,500 volumes, as a replacement.

Vital Signs
Monitoring Skyward Family Access Usage.

The percentage of LNMS parents accessing the new student information system increased marginally last week and remains very low (7.7% up to 8.3%) while . . .

. . . 93.7% of our Knight students successfully used the system over the same period.

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

Weekly Indicator
Sept. 6
(2 days)

Sept. 13
(5 days)
Sept. 20
(5 days)
Sept. 27
(5 days)
Oct. 4
(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. Any missing results from this past week will be updated in the next issue. 

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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