Hawk Nation Weekly Newsletter

February 7th, 2022

Important Dates:

Monday, February 7th

Matilda Rehearsal 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Girls Soccer 5:00 pm


Tuesday, February 8th

Yearbook Club 8:30 am

Matilda Rehearsal 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer at DC 5:00 pm

Boys and Girls Basketball at Home 5:30 pm & 6:45 pm

Track and Field Informational Meeting 6:15 pm


Wednesday, February 9th

Gaming TSA 8:30 am

Matilda Rehearsal 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

School Tour 6:00 pm


Thursday, February 10th

Chess Club 8:10 am

Coding Robotics 8:25 am

FCA 8:25 am

Chorus Officers 8:30 am

Tri-M Honor Society 8:30 am

Matilda Rehearsal 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Boys Soccer at Home 5:00 pm

Boys and Girls Basketball at Home 5:30 pm & 6:45 pm


Friday, February 11th

Cafe Music Concert 7:00 pm


Saturday, February 12th

Algebra EOC Bootcamp 9:00 am -11:00 am

Hawk Nation

Parent Survey Needed

Thank you everyone that has completed our parent survey. As of 02/07, we have had 16% of our parents submit the survey. We need 20% of parent involvement in order to receive the results. Please take time this week to submit the survey.


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

PPE Supplies

If your child needs additional PPE supplies such as masks, students can ask for a free mask in the atrium at the security guard table, student services, or in the cafeteria. Also, students have access to hand sanitizer in their classrooms and in the cafeteria.

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.

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Competition Winner

Seraina Mayle, Class of 2027

Seraina Mayle was awarded a certificate acknowledging her essay as the winner for the 7th grade award. She received the certificate, a bronze medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a $50 gift card. The American History Committee, Lyn Corley and Sandy Thompson, along with photographer Connie Taylor, were honored to meet Seraina and present her the award at Mandarin Middle School.

Mandarin High School Medical Academy Information Session

Thank you MHS for coming to visit our school. The MHS faculty shared information about their exciting MHS Medical Academy to the Class of 2026. If your 8th grader is interested in the MHS Medical Academy, please reach out to Mr. Durkin (durkint@duvalschools.org).

Students of the Week

Kendrick Nguyen, Class of 2026

"Kendrick found a tablet left in a book from another class and returned it to me. The tablet owner was found and it was retuned safely to them." Mr. McDonald

Daniella McArthur-Davis, Class of 2026

"She is the friendliest student. All the students love her because she is so kind. She is a diligent and amazing student." Ms. Duarte

MacKenly Ritz, Class of 2026

"He always has a positive attitude and diligent about his school work. He is a friend to all." Ms. Durate

Student Opportunities

PTSA Candy Grams

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Stop the Bullying Campaign

The Len Mattiace Foundation is partnering with Duval County Public Schools for a Stop the Bullying Campaign! The LMF will be awarding TWO $2,000 AWARDS to middle school students who creatively express their thoughts on bullying and how to prevent it in their own unique way (song, video, dance, drawing etc.). The submissions should demonstrate kindness, compassion and/or inclusion. The campaign banners and flyers will be delivered to all middle schools in the upcoming weeks to help promote the competition scheduled for February 7 - April 20.


See the attached flyer for additional contest details. If you have questions, comments and/or concerns please contact Heather Watson at watsonh@duvalschools.org

STEM Career Awareness Summer Workshop for Middle and High School Girls

The workshop is titled “Multifaceted Education for Creating Awareness on Engineering Careers” and aims to stimulate the interest of middle and high school girls in engineering by creating a multifaceted curriculum of activities that encourages them to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). These workshop activities will expose students to different engineering and technology disciplines and motivates them to undertake a career in engineering and technology. We have attached the workshop flyer for your reference.

For more information, please contact vamsi.kalasapudi@unf.edu.

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.

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.

MMS Athletics:

Athletes of the Week

Anne Murphy- Class of 2027

"Anne Murphy is in 7th grade and it’s her first year of doing cheer. She is a cheer captain and loves cheering with her amazing squad. Anne maintains good grades and is in all honors classes. She hopes to see many of you supporting the school and our sports teams. Go Hawks!" ~ Coach Gaffney
Madelyn Rutherford, Class of 2026

Please join us in congratulating Madelyn Rutherford as our MMS Athlete of the Week! Madelyn is a starting midfielder for the Girls Soccer team, which is a position she fills with speed, sharp footwork, and a “never quit” attitude. She serves as a team captain, fulfilling that role by leading the team in scoring goals and by encouraging everyone around her to play their best game. As a genuine Student-Athlete, Madelyn maintains a 4.0 GPA while taking advanced courses. She is a true leader, both on and off the field, so please congratulate Madelyn when you see her." ~ Coach McDonald

Track and Field Parent Meeting

An informational meeting will be held this week for students that are interested in trying out for track and field. The meeting will occur on Tuesday, February 8th at 6:15 pm in the auditorium.

Testing Calendar

Winter Testing Dates:


Makeup WIDA Testing (ELL Students)

One on One Testing: February 8th, 10th, 16th, and 17th


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

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.

DCPS School Calendar

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