Hawk Nation Weekly Newsletter

January 31, 2022

Important Dates:

Monday, January 31st

Girls Soccer at Home 5:00 pm

MHS Medical Academy Visit 10:30 am - 11:10 am

Baseball & Softball Parent Meeting 6:00 pm


Tuesday, February 1st

GSA Meeting 8:30 am

Yearbook Club 8:30 am

Matlida Rehearsal 4:30 pm

Boys Soccer at Home 6:00 pm

Girls and Boys Basketball vs. Landon at Sandalwood 5:30 pm


Wednesday, February 2nd

Gaming TSA 8:30 am

Book Club 8:30 am

Matlida Rehearsal 4:30 pm

Girls Soccer at Dupont 5:00 pm


Thursday, February 3rd

Chess Club 8:10 am

Coding Robotics 8:15 am

FCA Meeting 8:25 am

Chorus Officers Meeting 8:30 am

Matlida Rehearsal 4:30 pm

Boys Soccer at Dupont 5:00 pm

Boys & Girls Basketball at Darnell Cookman 5:30 pm


Friday, February 4th

No Scheduled Events


Saturday, February 5th

Honor Choir Field Trip

Algebra Bootcamp 9:00 am -11:00 am

Hawk Nation

5Essentials Survey

At Mandarin Middle we want valid and reliable information on the factors that can truly help us improve. The 5Essentials is a diagnostic assessment of a school’s organizational conditions, as well as the culture and climate. It helps our schools organize, prioritize, and evaluate what education research shows matters most in achieving sustainable school improvement. It provides insights into schools’ organizational strengths and areas of opportunity across the five essential factors for school improvement: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction.


Click here for the 5Essentials Survey. Thank you for the feedback.

DCPS Middle School Honor Choir

Congratulations to the following students for being selected to the DCPS Middle School Honor Choir! Their upcoming concert is the culmination of multiple rehearsals and sessions with professional vocal clinicians. Students will perform within their grade level choirs (Elementary, Middle, and High School, respectively) and then as a whole group for one amazing afternoon! They will be performing February 4th & 5th at First Coast High School. Go Hawks!
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Mid-Year Stakeholder's Meeting

MMS Meeting will be on February 17th at 6:00 pm located in Room 10.

The Duval County School Board requires each School Advisory Council, in cooperation with various identified community stakeholders that work with the school, to conduct an annual midyear stakeholders' assessment. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the meeting.

MMS Spelling Bee Contest

Congratulations to our Spelling Bee Winners!

MMS Winner:

Sammy Saoud is our MMS Spelling Bee Champion. Sammy is a 7th grader in Ms. Fenner's English Class. He will compete on Feb 2nd at the district semi- finals. Good luck Sammy!


1st Runner-up

Benjamin Whitaker-7th Grader


2nd Runner-up

Ethan Sawhill- 7th Grader

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Hazel Health

Students can now access physical and mental health services right from home through our new partnership with Hazel Health. Examples of health needs that can be treated through this virtual telehealth service include sore throat, earache, cough, anxiety, and depression. To sign up, parents and guardians can visit my.hazel.co/duvalschools.

Teacher of the Month

Ms. Fenner

7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher

Ms. Fenner is very kind and understanding. She is always willing to help her students while having high expectations for them. She goes above and beyond supporting her students' academic achievement. She also had a great listening ear to everyone.

Student Opportunities:

National Assessment of Educational Progress

On February 15th, a selected group of students will take the NAEP assessment. This assessment monitors what U.S. students know and can do in key subject areas at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Since 1969, NAEP has provided U.S. educators and the public with reliable profiles of student achievement. For more information about the test, click here. Also, please see brochure at the bottom of the newsletter for more information.

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2022 Black History Month Student and Educator Contests


About the Student Art Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. Two winners will be selected.



About the Student Essay Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all grade 4-12 students in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.



About the Excellence in Education Award
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8), and one high school teacher (grades 9-12). Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian, or student.



Contest Entries and Nominating Forms and Guidelines
Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

The Jumbo Shrimp's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are asking students what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech means to them. The club’s essay contest will reward the winning students with free tickets for their entire class to attend a Jumbo Shrimp regular season game at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

All entries should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 18 to win@jaxshrimp.com, and must include the student’s name, age, grade and school. Following the submission process, each category will have their respective winners notified by email and announced on Friday, February 25.

For any questions regarding the Jumbo Shrimp’s Dr. King “I Have A Dream” speech essay contest, please contact Director of Community Relations Miranda Rossum at miranda@jaxshrimp.com.

Positive Behavior Initiative

Encourage your child to get "Caught in the ACT" this week. We are encouraging all students at Hawk Nation to consistently wear their student IDs. If students are caught wearing their ID, a treat is coming their way. Thank you Hawk Nation for keeping our school safe.

Spirit Wear

Spirit sweatshirts are for sale in the front office. The comfy sweatshirts cost $25. Please bring cash to purchase the sweatshirts. Also, they can be purchased during home basketball games at the concession stand.

MMS Athletics:

Athlete of the Week

Jordan Francis

"Congratulations to Jordan for being our athlete of the week at MMS. She works hard in everything she does for her team. Her hustle often leads to diving on the floor after loose balls while sacrificing herself for her team's overall goals. She continues to rise above challenges and quietly leads those around her. We are proud to watch as she keeps growing on and off the court. Jordan epitomizes the Mandarin way." ~ Coach Conrad

Baseball and Softball Parent Meeting

An informational meeting will be held this week for students that are interested in trying out for baseball or softball. The meeting will occur on Monday, January 31st at 6:00 pm in the auditorium.

Testing Calendar

Winter Testing Dates:


Makeup WIDA Testing (ELL Students)

January 31st - February 28th


NAEP Testing (Selected 8th Graders)

February 15th


PMA 3 Testing

(ELA 6-8, Math 6-8, Civics, 8th Grade Science, Biology, Algebra, Geometry)

February 18th - March 9th

DCPS School Calendar

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