Hawk Nation Weekly Newsletter

August 16th, 2021

Important Dates:

August 16th: Mandarin Monday Spirit Wear Day

August 16th Volleyball Parent Information Meeting at 6:15 pm

August 17th Cheerleading Parent Information Meeting at 6:00 pm virtually.

August 20th: COVID Vaccine Clinic hosted at MMS

August 24th: Musical Rehearsal Informational Meeting

August 25th: Early Release

August 31st: Virtual Open House 6:00 pm

September 6th: Labor Day (No School)

September 25th: Progress Reports

Vax for Kindness Event- August 20th

Dear Mandarin Hawk Families,

This note is very important to our future together this school year.

Because COVID-19 continues to have an adverse impact on the learning experience for our students, we are working with the Duval Department of Health to stop the spread of this highly contagious and life-threatening disease.

One of our greatest tools to stop COVID-19’s impact is vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to anyone 12 years of age or older, and on August 20th, we are partnering with the Department of Health to give our eligible students an opportunity to be vaccinated with your consent.

I’ve attached the consent form at the bottom of this newsletter. Also, Monday it will be coming home with your student. I encourage you to provide this consent so that your child can receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at our school on August 20th. You can also locate the form and much more information on our website, www.duvalschools.org/vax.

The vaccine not only protects your student, but it helps stop the spread to others, which truly makes it a Vax of Kindness. Please look for the consent form and visit the website if you have any questions.


Ms. Humphreys


Mandarin Monday Spirit Day

Does your child have their gear for Spirit Mandarin Mondays? Click on the link below to purchase your new gear for the school year.

Mandarin Middle School Spirit Store Link

10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Middle School - Nemours Kidshealth

Parent support plays an important part in helping preteens and teens succeed in middle school. While students grow more independent during these years, it can be hard for parents to know which situations call for involvement and which call for a more behind-the-scenes approach.


School Musical Informational Meeting

We will have our first informational meeting on August 24th at 4:30 pm. During the meeting, the teachers will review the expectations of the actual audition and commitment to the show. Also, the rehearsal calendar will be provided. Parents will be required to complete a permission slip for their child to participate in the event.
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Please see at the bottom of the newsletter for the COVID protocol document that the district published last week. Also, please view the DCPS Health Safety Website for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Humphreys at humphreysj@duvalschools.org

New Policy for Visitors

Due to increase of COVID-19, the school district is requesting that we do not allow visitors in the building during school hours. If you need a parent conference, we will be more than happy to set up a virtual meeting. Please email Ms. Dukes at dukesc@duvalschools.org for a parent conference.

New Security Procedures

When you arrive to school, you will be greeted by a security guard or an adult when you buzz our security door button. Please do not be offended that we will not let you in the building without permission. We must protect our students at all times from unidentified adults and will not allow visitors open access to our student body and the school atrium. Safety is our first priority!

Morning Procedures

Please do not drop your child off at the car rider loop any earlier than 9:05 am. We cannot guarantee the safety of your child before this time since there will not be adult supervision until 9:05 am. Thank you for your understanding.

Student Services

In order for students to have close proximity to majority of their classes, we have moved the students services to the media center upstairs. If students need the following items, they need to report to students services for assistance.


*Student IDs


*Turn in notes for attendance


How Does my Child Access Oneview, Teams, Outlook Email, and Focus?

DCPS students use a single sign-on to access all platforms in our school district. Please see the attachment at the bottom of the newsletter for more information.
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Afternoon Dismissal - Traffic Jam

Thank you everyone with your patience with dismissal. Due to recent COVID concerns and students returning from Duval Homeroom, we have over 1,000 car riders and only 207 bus riders. With that being said, I encourage you to register your child for a bus. Students will arrive home quicker than standing in the car rider line. We are thankful for the police traffic support last week, but we will only be scheduled to have one officer starting Monday. On average, the car rider line is taking between 45-50 minutes. When you pull up for your child, please drive your car all the way to front of the line. Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

Extended Day is Now Open

Space in our after-school program is limited. The program fills up quickly and usually generates a waiting list. We encourage you to register as soon as possible.


Does Your Child Need DCPS Transportation?

With the exception of ESE services, all families who wish to have school bus services for their child must complete a registration. The bus stop registration is now open for parents to start registering their students. Parents must have a FOCUS account and the FOCUS primary address must be current.

Below is the link to the Transportation Registration Guide page on the DCPS website. In addition, if a family uses an alternate address for a bus stop, please visit the Alternate Address Request page for further instructions on the DCPS website


2021-2022 School Health Entry Requirements

Prior to the start of the school year, it is critical that all students meet school health entry requirements. Per Florida Statutes 1003.22, 402.305, and 402.313, every student must have a school health exam/physical and have received all required immunizations in order to enter school. School health exams/physicals must be completed for all students new to a State of Florida school. Students must also meet all immunization requirements before being admitted to school.

Please keep in mind, rising 7th graders are required to have Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis Vaccine (TDAP ). For more information, please click on the attached letter at the bottom of the newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Department of Health - School Health Services Office at 904-253-1580 or visit the Immunization DCPS website.

Dress Code Violations

We will begin dress code violations starting this week. We ask that you review the DCPS Dress Code with your child when preparing their clothes for the week. The dress code is posted below and the description can be located on page 49 on the DCPS Code of Conduct.

1. Shoes must be worn. However, bedroom shoes or slippers shall not be worn.

2. Halter-tops, tank tops, backless tops, tops with thin or no straps, or tops that show midriff or expose the body are prohibited.

3. See-through or mesh garments shall not be worn without appropriate undergarments.

4. Form-fitting or overly tight clothing shall not be worn without appropriate outer garments.

5. Properly hemmed outer garments such as shorts, divided skirts, and dresses may be worn, provided they are not disruptive or distractive, as determined by the school administration. Garments including, but not limited to, such items as boxer shorts, traditionally designed as undergarments, may not be worn as outer garments.

6. Clothing, accessories and facial coverings shall not be worn if they display profanity, violence, lewd and obscene messages, sexually suggestive phrases, or advertisements, phrases or symbols of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs or other symbols phrases or advertisements that would be offensive to common propriety or decency. Bandanas may not be work as facial covering.

7. Head coverings, including, but not limited to, caps, hats, bandannas, hair curlers, and/or sunglasses, shall not be worn on school property, unless required by a physician or authorized by school personnel.

Business Partners

Are you interested in supporting Mandarin Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year? We have several projects that are planned throughout the school year to make Mandarin Middle School shine, and we need your support! Be on the look out for a Mandarin Middle School Business Partner package coming soon!

MMS Athletics

August 16th Volleyball Parent Information Meeting at 6:15 pm

August 17th Cheerleading Parent Information Meeting at 6:00 pm virtually. Please click on the Teams Link for the virtual meeting.

DCPS Parent Academy

For more information about the 2021-2022 DCPS Parent Academy, click on the website below.


Please see the classes offered below for the month of August.

8/18 Growing Up: Making a Successful Transition to Middle School

8/19 Mommy, Me & My I.E.P.

8/24 Everything in "FOCUS"

8/26 Computer Relationship Status: It's Complicated

Parent and Community Support

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