Hawk Nation Newsletter

April 25th

Important Dates:

Monday, April 25th

Softball vs Southside

Tuesday, April 26th

Jazz Band 8:15 am

Swim and Dive at MHS 5:00 pm

Wednesday, April 27th

Early Release

Softball vs. Dupont 5:00 pm

Thursday, April 28th

Chess Club 8:10 am

Coding Robotics 8:15 am

FCA 8:25 am

Kona Ice During Lunch 11:15 am - 12:50 pm

Jazz Band 4:15 pm

Baseball at San Souci 5:30 pm

Friday, April 29th

No School Events Scheduled

Saturday, April 30th

Campus Cleanup 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Hawk Nation Announcements:

Course Selection for Rising 7th and 8th graders

A virtual meeting for families of rising 7th/8th graders will be held on Teams on Wednesday, May 4th from 4:30pm - 5:00pm. The Elective Request form will open for student selection at 5:00pm on April 27th and the window to select will remain open until Wednesday, May 11th. The link will be sent to parent/guardian email accounts this week for the Teams meeting. Please join if you have any questions regarding elective choices for your child for next school year. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Bailey (baileys7@duvalschools.org).

End of the Year 6th Grade Laptop Collection

In order to prepare for testing and summer technology updates, our 6th grade students' laptops will be collected this Thursday and Friday through their gym and health classes. Students will receive a new laptop at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year.

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. Students are required to have their school ID.
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Testing Dates & Reminders:

Headphones for Testing

Students will need to bring headphones for te FSA Reading. The headphones need to be able to plug into the school computer.

Parent Letters for FSA Testing

Please see the following parent letters regarding testing. If you have any questions about testing, please contact Ms. Van Dyke. (vandykec@duvalschools.org).
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Students of the Week

The following students were recognized for their outstanding performance on their Civics PMA 3 Assessment. Great job to Ms. Duarte's class!

Michayil Maya

Kaloni Jackson

Dylan Gonzalez

Jaycie Young

Haley Hoover

Matthew Carey

Jesse Rauh

Brianna Ansley

Kymber Raulerson

Mackenley Ritz

Athletes of the Week


Never backs down from a challenge with a heart of gold and a wicked freestyle. ~ Coach Prescott


Always willing to help, a quiet leader and a distance freestyle champion.~ Coach Prescott

Student Opportunities:

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.

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

8th Grade Formal

Tickets for the Arabian Night 8th Grade Formal can be purchased from Ms.Gaffney in room 64. Students from other schools are not allowed to attend as a guest.
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Computer Science Fair & Robotics Festival

Join us for the 3rd Annual CS Fair and Robotics Festival on May 25th from 9:30am-1:00pm. This event will be held at the Jumbo Shrimp Stadium: 121 Financial Ballpark. All DCPS Robotics teams should attend and either compete or display their clubs robotics. District computer science classes (cybersecurity, computer sciences, AP computer sciences, gaming, etc.) should also attend or compete!

OneJax's Metrotown Middle

OneJax is holding our Middle School Metrotown Leadership Institute at UNF June 11th and 12th, 2022. This two-day program is for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and will include activities and dialogue around diversity, inclusion and belonging. We also practice leadership skills such as healthy communication and self-reflection.

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)

DCPS School Calendar

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