Hawk Nation Weekly Newsletter

January 10th, 2022

Important Dates:

January 10th

Tri-M Honor Society 8:30 am

Maltida Play Rehearsal 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Girls Soccer at Home 5:00 pm

January 11th

Yearbook 8:30 am

Maltida Play Rehearsal 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer at Springfiled 5:00 pm

Girls Basketball at Home 5:30 pm

Boys Basketball at Home 6:45 pm

January 12th

Science Fair Club 8:00 am

GSA Meeting 8:30 am

Maltida Play Rehearsal 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Girls Soccer at Home 5:00 pm

January 13th

Chess Club 8:10 am

Coding Robotics 8:15 am

FCA 8:25 am

Chorus Officers Meeting 8:30

Spelling Bee 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Maltida Play Rehearsal 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer at Home 5:00 pm

Boys Basketball at Home 5:30 pm

Girls Basketball at Home 6:45 pm

January 14th

No School

Weather Day

January 17th

No School

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20th

SAC Meeting 6:00 pm

January 22nd

School Wide Campus Clean Up 8:00 am -11:00 am

January 26th

Early Release

January 27th

SAC Meeting 6:00 pm

Hawk Nation

You are cordially invited to two interactive dialogues with Board Member Lori Hershey and Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene being held this month. These “Chat with the Superintendent” events are open to the public, but will be geared toward the District 7 school communities. The dates are:

Wednesday, Jan 12th, 6 p.m.

Mandarin Oaks Elementary School
10600 Hornets Nest Rd.

Jacksonville, FL 32257


Tuesday, Jan 18th, 6 p.m.

Bartram Springs Elementary School

14799 Bartram Springs Pkwy

Jacksonville, FL 32258

Parents, students, community members, teachers, and staff are welcome to attend.

COVID School Reminders:

Ellume COVID-19 Home Free Tests

If a student is exhibiting COVID symptoms, the parent can request a free Ellume COVID-19 Test. The free test requires a parent signature. The COVID test can be picked up at the front office.

When a Student Tests Positive?

When a student test positive or has COVID symptoms, please follow the COVID-19 Symptomatic Decision Tree. The document is attached at the bottom of the newsletter. Also, please contact the school in order for us to sanitize the appropriate classrooms.

COVID Symptoms:

Temperature 100.4 or higher fever

Sore Throat


Diarrhea or vomiting

New lost of taste or smell

New onset of headache, especially with fever

How to Access Makeup Work?

When students are quarantined for COVID, please have your student reach out to their teacher for makeup work. Also, they can access the missing assignments on Teams.

Front Office Reminders

Lunch Delivery

As we move into a new year, we would like to implement lunch procedures that limit distractions and disruptions in the cafeteria. Please try to refrain from dropping off lunches from fast-food restaurants and other outside of the home establishments during school hours.

Bringing those meals is often a distraction and a disruption to students eating in the cafeteria. If you must drop off a fast-food lunch for your student, they will be required to eat it in the Main Office Breakroom to not disrupt or distract the other students. Thank you in advance for your support

Checking Students Out in the Afternoons

On Fridays, we average over 100 students dismiss as early checkouts. Although this number is higher than normal, we still average over 70 early checkouts every Friday. This is very disruptive to classroom instruction and these students are missing valuable classroom time as well. We understand that emergencies and appointments arise, but please be mindful when scheduling appointments so that important instructional time is protected whenever possible. Also, please remember students must be checked out by 3:45 pm in order to allow for dismissal procedures.

Authorized Adults Checking Students Out

The Main Office is receiving requests for student check outs by people who are not in FOCUS and/or by parents who have no portal account to access and update blue cards. Please make sure your child's account is updated before sending someone to check your child out. Directions are attached at the bottom on the newsletter.

Spirit Wear

Spirit sweatshirts are for sale in room 426. The comfy sweatshirts cost $25. Please bring cash to purchase the sweatshirts.

Student Opportunities:

Food Service News

Lucky Lunch Day on Jan. 11th

Encourage your students to choose school lunch on Tuesday, January 11th and look for a sticker on the bottom of their tray to win a prize.

Free Meals for All!

Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free to all students for the 2021-2022 school year. You can view school menus through the DCPS mobile app by clicking on the lunch icon or visit https://duvalschools.nutrislice.com.

Farm to School Events

We partner with local farmers to help educate students about food, nutrition, agriculture and environmental stewardship through our Get to Know the Grower program. To learn more and sign up for a farmer-led presentation or farm field trip, visit https://dcps.duvalschools.org/Page/26567.

We’re Hiring Food Service Employees

Help us get the word out to the community that we’re looking for dedicated employees to join our food service team and make mealtime a bright spot in a child’s day! Learn more at http://www.duvaldiningjobs.com.

Art Contest Opportunity: Space Postcard Design Contest!

  • The Fine Art and Science Departments have teamed up to create the 1st Annual Space Mailbox Design Contest to include a Postcard Design contest!

  • Winning students could have their design printed by MOSH and distributed for other students to color and GO TO SPACE AND BACK!!

  • Check out contest info by clicking this link.

  • Entries are due February 1st! Enjoy the adventure!

    Please feel free to email Laurie Hoppock, Director of the Arts at HoppockL@duvalschools.org with any questions.

Donations Needed

For the 100th birthday of Betty White, the students in Theater and Chorus will be collecting donations for cats and dogs. The group is requesting donations for food, toys, blankets, kitty litter, anything for the animals. The group will deliver to the Jacksonville Humane Society over the weekend so they will have it for her birthday.

Donations will be accepted Monday, January 10th -Thursday, January 13th from 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm.

JTA Free Transportation

Our district has been working closely with JTA to improve student transportation within our district during this pandemic. One result is a new JTA transportation program, in partnership with our district, available for free to all traditional public, charter, and private middle and high school students. This new program will operate from January 4 until May 27, 2022 and provides free JTA bus transportation for secondary students with valid school ID's during school hours. The program is meant to augment, not replace school buses.

Florida Farm Show

There are a number of opportunities available to our students as part of the 8th Annual Florida Farm Show. This is Florida's largest outdoor agricultural trade show since 2015, and will be held on March 25-26, 2022 in Saint Cloud, Florida. Students do not need to attend the Farm Show in order to participate or submit an entry. Details about the Farm Show can be found at https://www.floridafarmshow.com/youthcontests.

Attached are PDFs of 5 opportunities for your students to participate:

  1. Advocacy in Action Contest: This is a video contest for students in grades 6-12
  2. Agriculture Mechanics Contest: This is a contest in which students create models in wood or metal. Open to students in grades 6-12.
  3. Photo Contest: Open to students in grades K-12 in the junior division. Accepting submissions in 4 categories including On the Farm, Faces of Agriculture, Agritourism, and Conservation
  4. Youth Educational Challenges: Open to students in grades 6-12, this appears to be the Brain Brawl of Ag Education, with five content area competitions including Ag Business, Ag Mechanics, Animal Science, Forestry & Environmental Natural Resources, and Plant Science. There will be both a Junior and Senior Division.
  5. Youth Essay Contest: Open to students in grades K-12, with separate categories for each of three levels:
    • Elementary School Topic (K-5): What does Florida agriculture mean to you?
    • Middle School Topic (6-8): What is Florida agriculture and why is it important?
    • High School Topic (9-12): What is Florida agriculture and what role does it play in our global society?

Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest

Echoes & Reflections is proud to partner once again with Chapman University for this year's 23rd Annual Holocaust Art & Writing Contest. This year's theme is: Turning Memory to Strength: Living with Courage, Resilience, and Hope.

The contest is open to all middle and high school students. First-place winners, along with their parents and teachers will have an expense-paid trip in June to visit museums and sites in Los Angeles. For more information please visit the contest website. You can also contact cioffi@chapman.edu for more information.

Submissions via postal mail are due by February 1, and digital submissions are due by February 3, 2022.

Hawk Nation

Students of the Week

Ayden Miller

"Ayden is a very hard worker who always has a smile on his face. He is a joy to work with and gets along great with his peers. He lights up any room he enters." - Ayden's Teachers

Jaiden Moon

"Jaiden found a student's debit card at the car rider's circle and brought it directly to a teacher. Jadien showed concern toward the student having lost the card." - Mr. Calimano

Teacher of the Month

It is that time again to vote for your favorite teacher! Please take time to complete the survey to celebrate a Hawk Nation teacher.

Click here to vote.

Testing Calendar

Winter Testing Dates

January 4th - January 28th: 2nd Semester Baselines Grades

WIDA Testing (ELL Students)

January 24th - February 28th

NAEP Testing for Select 8th Graders

January 24th - January 25th

Infrastructure Trial Testing

January 27th

PMA 3 Testing

February 18th - March 9th

MMS Athletics:

Cheerleading Banquet Celebration

The cheerleaders had such as a wonderful time celebrating their success from fall season. Keep up the great work supporting our athletic teams!

Basketball Team Building Event

The boys team participated in a team building event over the holidays with Coach Mobley. We can't wait to see the winning season they are going to have this school year. Go Hawks!

DCPS School Calendar

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