Hawk Nation Newsletter

April 19th

Important Dates:

Tuesday, April 19th

Jazz Band 8:15 am - 9:00 am

GSA 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Yearbook Club 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Swim Meet at MHS 5:00 pm

Track and Field at Kernan 5:00 pm

Baseball /Softball at Baldwin 5:30 pm

Wednesday, April 20th

Gaming TSA 8:30 am

Thursday, April 21st

Chess Club 8:10 am

Military Child Appreciation Event 2:45 pm

Jazz Band 4:15 pm

Swim Meet at Southside 5:00 pm

Baseball vs. Landon 5:30 pm

SAC Meeting at 5:30 pm

Friday, April 22nd

No School Events

Hawk Nation Announcements:

Military Child Appreciation Day

April is the Month of the Military Child and we would like to host a thank you celebration for the military students enrolled at our school this year. Please click on the survey below if you have a military child. The celebration will occur on April 21st at 2:45 pm.

Military Child Survey

MHS Drumline and Color Guard Interest Meeting

8th Graders:

If you are interested in joining the MHS Drumline and Color Guard for the 2022-2023 school year, please see the attachment for more information.

MMS Scholar Bowl

Congratulations to our Scholar Bowl Team for their incredible performance! They are the 2021-2022 Duval County Public Schools Grand Champions. A special thank you to Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Viola for sponsoring our MMS Scholar Bowl Team. Go Hawks!

A/B Honor Roll Reward

Students who have earned A/B honor roll for the 3rd quarter will be allowed to eat in the courtyard during lunch on Fridays. Honor Roll Students must show their student ID in order to confirm their name is on the list.

Safety and Security

We have seen an increase of students using their headphones and cell phones while walking in the hallways and in the cafeteria. Please review with your child that headphones are not allowed on campus unless the teacher has given them permission in class. If there is a code red or code yellow called over the school intercom, we want to make sure all of our students hear the safety message. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe. If students are caught with one of these prohibited items while they are in the common areas, the device will be confiscated.

Kona Ice School Fundraiser

Students will be able to purchase a Kona Ice during lunch on April 28th. The cost for a Kona Ice will range from $2 to $6. Students who purchase a Kona Ice will enjoy their lunch and treat in the courtyard.

Student of the Week

Matthew Crist

Matthew entered the cafeteria to eat breakfast. While looking for a table to sit and eat, he noticed a table had been left with trash. Before sitting and eating his breakfast, Matthew cleared the trash from the table before the custodians. A huge thank you to Matthew for taking ownership and keeping our campus clean." ~ Coach Mobley

Athlete of the Week

Alison Timmermans

She is a hard worker who has dedicated herself to the sport of softball. She is always hustling and taking lessons to better herself.

Important Testing Dates:

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Student Opportunities:

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End of the Year Celebrations for 8th Grade

Exciting events are coming our way for our 8th grade students. Please reach out to Ms. Gaffney (gaffneye@duvalschools.org) for any questions.

05/13: End of Year Trip to Universal Studios $180.00

05/21: 8th Grade Formal

05/23: Fun Day $10.00

05/25: Game Day/Main Event $30.00

05/26: Block Party/Yearbook Signing $10.00


8th Grade Awards Ceremony

Summer Boost Program

Our students will have a new learning opportunity during this summer. Duval County Public Schools and Kids Hope Alliance invite you to apply for Summer Boost: a six-week academic remediation and enrichment program.

This summer school program will be available at six select middle schools. Applications will be open for DCPS students in 5th through 7th grade. Current 5th graders will apply to the middle school program using a separate registration link. Current 8th grade students are only eligible for credit recovery and should not use the Summer Boost link.

Our Summer Boost program will take place June 13 through July 22. The program will be from Monday through Friday from 9:30 am– 4:15 pm. The link to apply for Summer Boost program will go home today. All registration must take place electronically, and you can visit your child’s school for assistance if needed. The deadline to apply is April 29th. Seats are limited, and you will be notified if your child has been accepted to the program by May 23rd.

Flyers will be sent home on Monday with your child for more information.

Florida PrePaid

If saving for your child’s college or career training is one of your financial goals, the window to enroll in Florida Prepaid College Savings Plans is now open. Florida 529 Prepaid Plans start at just $45 a month. The plans allow you to lock in tuition costs with a monthly payment now that never changes. Various plans are offered, and regardless of what college costs in the future, Florida Prepaid covers you. If costs are less, you get a refund. If costs are more, they cover the difference – guaranteed. Plans can be used for in-state and out-of-state tuition, and you can cancel at any time for a full refund (or transfer to another family member). Florida Prepaid is also offering an incentive to enroll this year. For every year of college purchased in a plan, you’ll earn $125 — up to $500 total. You can only enroll during the enrollment window which will remain open through April 30. For plan and enrollment information visit the Florida Prepaid website. (should link to https://bit.ly/3ehdnbA)

The Florida Prepaid College Board is the agency head and administers the Stanley G. Tate Florida Prepaid College Program (also known as the Florida Prepaid College Plan) and the Florida College Savings Program (also known as the Florida 529 Savings Plan), pursuant to the provisions of Part IV, Chapter 1009, Florida Statutes.

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Next school year (i.e., 2022-23) when our district returns to operating under the National School Lunch Program, students at non-CEP schools will revert to paying for meals based on their determined eligibility status. If an application is not received before school starts or the student is not directly certified for free/reduced meal prices, a student will automatically be on a paid status at the start of the school year at non-CEP schools.

Applications are also very important for the student/family because eligibility for receipt of other non-school benefits (such as Florida PEBT debit cards, SAT/ACT fee waivers, Summer Camps, discounted internet access) depends on a child's meal eligibility status. At non-CEP schools, children can only become eligible for these additional benefits if they submit and receive approval of their free and reduced meal application. At CEP Schools, children are automatically considered to be free and reduced. (All students are considered free at CEP schools making them eligible for additional benefits as well).

Please contact Jane Zentko, Foodservice Director with additional questions at zentkoj@duvalschools.org or (904) 732-5145 x 1415.

Hazel Health

Through our partner, Hazel Health, students have access to on-demand doctor visits and mental health counseling sessions from school, at no cost to your family. To ensure your child has access to health services all year long, sign up today by completing the consent form: my.hazel.co/district.
Why Sign Up for Hazel? (MH+PH)

26th Annual National Student Poetry Contest

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are selected in each of four divisions (Division 1 - Grades 3-5, Division 2 - Grades 6-7, Division 3 - Grades 8-9, and Division 4 - Grades 10-12). Each winner will receive a cash prize and Certificate of Achievement. The writer who places first overall receives the Editor's Choice Award, and a $500.00 cash Grand Prize. Deadline is April 30th.


DCPS School Calendar

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