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Maitland Middle School Community Brief
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Maitland Middle Community Member
This Thursday is the day our nation sets aside to observe Thankfulness. In honor of our new tradition #thankfulthursday and in observance of Thanksgiving Day, our Leadership Team would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to you, our school community.
Principal Brown, Asst. Principal Pavlonnis and Asst. Principal Thompson. (l-r)
We are thankful we get to inspire, guide, and celebrate our students. We are thankful we get to support our faculty and staff in many ways. We are thankful we get to partner with our community to make Maitland the best place to be. Take this time to give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Principal Brown
Dates to Watch For
November 21st-25th: Thanksgiving Break
November 24th: Happy Thanksgiving!
Maitland Middle School remembers our troops who are deployed and cannot be home for Thanksgiving with their families this year. Thank you for your service.
December 7th: Pearl Harbor Day - 81st anniversary of the air raid at Oahu, Hawaii
December 7th: NO EARLY RELEASE
December 8th: School Advisory Council (SAC) meeting, 6pm Media Center
December 9th: Winter Wonderland Dance, 7pm-9pm
December 5th-9th: Week of Testing (Semester CFEs, PMAs, and STAR)
December 16th: Comfy Pajama Day
December 16th: Last day of the Second Quarter
December 17th - January 3rd: Winter Break
January 4th: Third Quarter begins
Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Nicole makeup dates:
OCPS Superintendent of Schools weekly video message at Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving message from Principal Brown
Happy Thanksgiving Golden Hawk Family! This is one of my favorite holidays. Being surrounded by my family and friends warms my heart. Reminiscing on growing up, hearing the stories told by my elders, and passing those same stories and memories on to my sons is such a blessing. I am thankful for these times because it reminds me of the many blessings I have and to be grateful. 
The Brown Family
Thanksgiving message from Assistant Principal Pavlonnis
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Golden Hawk Community, faculty, and staff for embracing me as a new Assistant Principal and all the support you have given me and the students this year. As we are blessed to spend time with family this week, let us continue to be gracious and Thankful for the positive beginning to an amazing school year and the relationships and bonds that we continue to build. Happy Thanksgiving.
The Pavlonnis Family
Thanksgiving message from Assistant Principal Thompson
Wishing the Golden Hawks family a thankful Thursday Thanksgiving! As we gather on this day, let’s be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, and for the blessings that will come. Happy Thanksgiving!
The Thompson Family
This Week's Motivational Moment!
The spirit of Thanksgiving is one of expressing gratitude for our blessings. What you may not know is that there is good evidence that gratitude increases happiness. As the Harvard Healthbeat newsletter reports, a number of studies have tested this.

Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami designed a study in which participants were divided into three groups:

  1. The first was encouraged to record things that had gone well for them.
  2. The second took notes on things that irritated them.
  3. The third just wrote down matters that had affected them for good or ill. 

At the end of 10 weeks, those in group #1 who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. As a group they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than the other study participants.

In another research project, Dr. Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania tested a number of interventions on a group of 411 participants. When they were tasked with writing and delivering a letter of thanks to someone who had never been properly appreciated for an act of kindness, their happiness scores shot up, and the effects lingered for a full month!

We leave you this week with a few thoughts tied to gratitude, blessings, the value of relationships, forgiveness and the kids' table . . .
Dwayne Johnson On Gratitude
When you’re grateful for everything you have, it just leads to happiness.
~ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, wrestler and actor

Willie Nelson On Blessings
When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.
~ Willie Nelson, musician

Dr. Seuss On Relationships
Sometimes you will never know the value of something until it becomes a memory.
~ Dr. Suess, author 

Oprah Winfrey On Thankfulness
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.”
~ Oprah Winfrey, media mogul

H. Jackson Brown, Jr. On Forgiveness
Never forget the nine most important words of any family: I love you. You are beautiful. Please forgive me.
~ H. Jackson Brown Jr., author

Epictetus On Gratitude
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
~ Epictetus, Greek philosopher

John Hughes On Conviviality
It's like being at the kids' table at Thanksgiving — you can put your elbows on it, you don't have to talk politics … no matter how old I get, there's always a part of me that's sitting there.
~ John Hughes, filmmaker
Stay Connected
Important Contact Information:
Maitland Middle School main number – 407-623-1462
Parent/Teacher conferences Sue Seay, ext. 5172231 or
Guidance 6th grade and 7th grade last names A-L – Randon Singer, ext. 5172251 or
Guidance 8th grade and 7th grade last names M-Z – Ruth Pender, ext. 5172240 or
6th & 7th (A-L) Grade Dean/Facilities/Transportation – Brian Himschoot, ext. 5172329 or
7th (M-Z) & 8th Grade Dean/MTSS – Carla Thomas ext. 5172328 or

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Maitland Middle School Leadership Team:
Principal: Mr. Aski Melik Brown - 
Assistant Principal: Ms. Kimberly Pavlonnis -
Assistant Principal: Mr. Vaughnsha Thompson -
7th (M-Z) & 8th Grade Dean: Carla Thomas -
6th & 7th (A-L) Grade Dean: Brian Himschoot -
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing all of our Golden Hawks back on campus next Monday, November 28th!
Mr. Brown, Principal
Maitland Middle School
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Maitland Middle School Leadership Team
Principal: Mr. Aski Melik Brown - 
Assistant Principal: Ms. Kimberly Pavlonnis -
Assistant Principal: Mr. Vaughnsha Thompson -
8th Grade Dean: Carla Thomas -
7th Grade Dean: Brian Himschoot -
6th Grade Dean: Kendra Simasek -
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