Hawk Nation Weekly Newsletter

September 20th, 2021

Important Dates:

September 20th

  • Musical Rehearsal 4:30 pm

September 21st

  • In-school Football Game against Fletcher at 2:30 pm
  • GSA Club 8:30 am
  • FCA Club 8:30 am

September 22nd

September 23rd

  • TSA Club 8:30 am
  • Chorus Officer 8:30 am
  • Chess 8:10 am
  • Musical Rehearsal 4:30 pm

September 29th

  • Early Release

School Events

In-School Football Game

We will have our first in school football game on September 21st against Fletcher Middle. Students will be required to purchase a ticket in advance through GoFan.co. Students that have received a level 2 or higher referral will not be able to participate in the school wide event. If you are not sure if your child can participate in the positive behavior incentive event, please reach out to Dean Warner, warnerc1@duvalschools.org.

Unfortunately, due to COVID safety procedures, parents are NOT allowed to attend the game since it is during school hours. If tickets are purchased, they will not be reimbursed.

“Dads Take Your Child to School Day”

The Florida Department of Education is once again hosting their statewide initiative called “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” this Wednesday, September 22nd. The Dads Take Your Child to School Day initiative serves to highlight and support fatherhood engagement in education by helping schools foster this important connection with fathers and father figures. Research indicates engaging dads, brothers, uncles, father figures, other significant male role models, and male mentors, increases student success in numerous ways. Resources from the Florida Department of Education on fatherhood engagement and Dads Take Your Child to School Day can be found here: https://www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/parental-involvement/dads.stml
Dads Take Your Child to School Day | Dr. Dre Graham

National Junior Honor Society

8th grade students who qualify to apply for membership in the National Junior Honor Society have been sent an email with directions to apply. If your 8th grade student has maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher throughout middle school, and they did not get an email, please contact Ms. Bishop at bishopL1@duvalschools.org. Applications are due on Friday, September 24th.


September Teacher of the Month

This year we would like our families and community members to nominate a teacher of the month. Please cast your vote for our September 2021 Teacher of the Month using the link below.

Performing Arts Scholarship Fundraiser

Help support the music education of ALL of our Band, Chorus, Musical Theatre, and Orchestra students! All proceeds go to our scholarships so EVERY student can keep making music!


Online Fundraiser Links:

Chorus Fundraiser

Band Fundraiser

Campus Cleanup

Thank you to everyone that came out to our monthly campus clean up. We had such a great time interacting with our MMS Football Team and Chorus students while watching them take pride in their school. Our next campus cleanup will be on October 16th from 8:00 am-10:00 am. Please come out and join us. Go Hawks!

Counselors' Corner

Virtual Parent Night September 22nd

1st Quarter Parent Night Topic: How to stay FOCUSED on your child's success!
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COVID Updates

Face Covering Updates

Face Gaiters - The CDC has revised their guidance regarding the wearing of neck gaiters as a face covering. They are permitted as long as they have two layers or can be folded to make two layers. Schools should therefore allow students to wear neck gaiters as a face covering.

Over the Counter COVID Tests

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has updated their guidance regarding COVID-19 testing. They will allow students identified as close contacts to return sooner from quarantine if they are asymptomatic and have a negative test on Day 5 or later of quarantine.

The only three over the counter tests that may be used when a student is asymptomatic and would like to return sooner from quarantine are the following:

Rapid Antigen

1. Ellume COVID-19 Home Test (parent should show you results from their app that has the student’s name on it)

Molecular Test

2. Lucira CHECK-IT COVID-19 Test kit

3. Cue COVID-19 Test for Home and Over the Counter Use

DOH will also accept any PCR test given by a provider or sent to a commercial laboratory or if the testing site uses one of the molecular tests indicated on the attached document. Other over the counter tests, such as BinaxNOW are not approved for asymptomatic use and should only be used for when the student is symptomatic. If the student chooses not to get tested, they may return at the end of their quarantine period as long as they remain asymptomatic.

DOH will accept positive results from all tests, including any over the counter test. Please have the parent or guardian provide a copy of the positive test results.

DOH will also allow students to return back to school if they were sent home with COVID-19 like symptoms if they have a negative test from the list of tests attached to this email under the symptomatic use column. Please see the attachments for more information.

Suspicious Activity Reporting App

Please review with your child our FortifyFL is a suspicious activity reporting tool that allows individuals to instantly relay information to appropriate law enforcement agencies and school officials. The app is located on their school laptop.


MMS Athletics

MMS vs. James Weldon Johnson Football Win

Congratulations MMS Football team for a great win last week! The final score was 12-0. We can't wait to see you defeat Fletcher Middle School on September 21st.

Athlete of the Week

Destini Gibbs

The coaches want to congratulate Destini Gibbs, Mandarin Middle's player of the week. He played a solid defensive game against James Weldon Johnson Middle while leading the team in tackles. He was a big part of our 12-0 shutout in a hard fought game. Great job Destini. Go Hawks!

Football and Volleyball Schedule

September 21st (F-Home)

vs. Fletcher

September 22nd (V)

vs. at Twin Lakes

September 27th (V-Home)

vs. Landon and Dupont

September 28th (F)

vs. Dupont

Last Week's Important Announcements

Class T-Shirts

Did you miss purchasing a class t-shirt during orientation? Click on the flyer below to purchase a t-shirt. Once the purchasing window closes, the items will be printed and shipped.

Class T-Shirt Online Store

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