Hawk Nation Weekly Newsletter

February 21st, 2022

Important Dates:

Monday, Feb. 21st

No School

Tuesday, Feb. 22th

Year Book Club 8:30 am

PMA3 ELA 6th and 7th ELA Testing Session 1

Track and Field Tryouts 4:30 pm

Matlida Rehearsal 4:30 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 23th (Early Release)

Book Club 8:30 am

Gaming TSA 8:30 am

PMA3 ELA 6th and 7th ELA Testing Session 2

School Tour 6:00 pm

Thursday, Feb. 24th

Detention in Cafeteria 8:30 am - 9:05 am

Chess Club 8:10 am

Coding Robotics 8:15 am

PMA3 ELA 8th Grade ELA Testing Session 1

Friday, Feb. 25th

5 Essentials Parent Survey Due

PMA3 ELA 8th Grade ELA Testing Session 1

Saturday, Feb. 26th

Campus Cleanup 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Hawk Nation

Parent Survey Needed

Thank you to everyone that has completed our parent survey. We have had 24% of our parents submit the survey. The deadline to complete the survey is 02/25. Please take time this week to submit the survey.

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

Modified Bell Schedule

We will start our PMA 3 testing with a modified bell schedule this week. For this academic school year, the district is requesting that we run a mock FSA style testing environment to better prepare for the spring test.

When students arrive to campus Tuesday morning, they will report to their normal 1st period teacher. The 1st period teacher will tell your child their testing location. All students will report to this testing location everyday until March 7th. Even if they do not have an assigned test for that particular day, they still report to their testing group. Please have your child bring a fully charged laptop to school each day.

This Week's Schedule:

Tuesday, February 22nd

Morning Testing:

ELA 6th & 7th Session 1

Afternoon Classes:

*Only 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th Periods

Wednesday (Early Release), February 23rd

Morning Testing:

ELA 6th and 7th Session 2 Morning Testing

Afternoon Classes:

*Only 3rd and 7th Periods

Thursday, February 24th

Morning Testing:

ELA 8th Grade Session 1 Morning Testing

Afternoon Classes:

*Only 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th Periods

Friday, February 25th

Morning Testing:

ELA 8th Grade Session 2 Morning Testing

Afternoon Classes:

*Only 3rd, 7th, 1st, & 2nd Periods

Student Schedule Change Requests

Now that we are halfway through the 3rd quarter of the school year, we will not be completing any more schedule changes. Students will need to continue in their current courses for the remainder of the school year.

Vote for Mandarin Middle School

We are very proud to have 17 videos in the National Gallery. Please give your ADTV students a high five and your support if you would like to vote one time each day until the first week of March.

National Poison Prevention Week Video Gallery

Campus Clean Up

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MMS Chorus Fundraiser

Students of the Week

Kaitlynn Thomas, Class of 2027

Last week, there was a spill in the cafeteria that was a tripping hazard. Kaitlynn stepped up and dried the floor, ensuring students' safety and modeling excellent behavior.

Cameron Latsko, Class of 2028

Cameron was the only student that volunteered during January's Saturday Campus Cleanup. She worked diligently with a constant smile on her face while removing dead trees and debris from the front of the school. Thank you Cameron for all that you did on that frigid morning to help make Hawk Nation campus shine.

Student Opportunities

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.



Students in grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 have an opportunity to submit an original poem celebrating Jacksonville's upcoming Bicentennial anniversary. Winners will receive cash prizes, attend a special celebration event in their honor, and be published by the Jacksonville Public Library. Submissions are due by April 30, 2022. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

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.

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.

MMS Athletics:

Track and Field Tryouts

Track and Field tryouts start on Tuesday, February 22. If you have questions, please contact Coach Shmnues at shmnuesr@duvalschools.org

Testing Calendar

PMA 3 Testing

Feb. 22 & 23 - ELA 6 & 7

Feb. 24 & 25 - ELA 8th

Feb. 28 & March 1 - Math 6th & 7th

March 2 & 3 - PreAlg, Alg, & Geometry

March 4th - Comp Science 3 & Biology

March 7th - Civics

DCPS School Calendar

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