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Hawk Tales From the Principal’s Desk



It’s been an excellent start to the 2018-19 school year! From classroom academics, to music performances, to an outstanding soccer season, I could not be more impressed with how our students soar in and out of the classroom.

Andrew Leftakis

This school year has seen a great deal of change here at Maitland Middle, with the digital, one to one laptop initiative, being the largest. All students have been assigned a device and teachers are continually finding new ways to utilize these devices during class. As part of the roll-out, all students have access to an OCPS launch page, which has a wealth of resources, including tutoring through iReady, Math Nation, and the Orange County Library System. I hope you will help your student(s) take advantage of these powerful opportunities.

Aski-Melik Brown Danielle Kendall

I would encourage parents to stay connected with the learning process by checking progressbook daily, become a Canvas Observer, and by reaching out to classroom teachers when questions/concerns arise. Additionally, if you have not already done so, please consider joining our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Over the course of the year, our PTA provides so much support to the teachers and students at Maitland Middle School. Your membership fee will help support initiatives such as the Heroic Hawk Award Ceremony, staff appreciation meals, the Winter Dance, community outreach projects, and the 8th grade party – to name a few. Joining is easy, simply go to to get more information.

Clark Ziegler

Finally, we hope you will join us for our Winter Concert series presented by our amazing music department! Our teachers and students work so very hard to deliver an outstanding performance. Our winter series will kick off with all three music programs performing at the Lake Lily Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday December 1st. Please check the website, or my weekly newsletter, for a full listing of events.

7th grade (M-Z) & 8th grade

It has been an outstanding year thus far and I am excited to see how our students will continue to soar in 2018-19! Sincerely, Andrew Leftakis Principal

Assistant Principals

Deans Carla Thomas

Guidance Counselors 6th grade & 7th grade (A-L)

Randy Singer

Lisa Barnett

Phone: 407.623.1462 Fax: 407.623.1474


Soaring to

New Heights



OCAEM DISTINGUISHED ADMINISTRATOR AWARD NOVEMBER 2018 • Issue #2 Published Four Times Per Year Maitland Middle School Orange County Public Schools P.O. Box 271 • Orlando, FL 32802-0271

HEROIC HAWKS Congratulations to our first Heroic Hawk award recipients of the year! These students display sound citizenship, effective leadership, and overall outstanding character. We could not be more proud!

Congratulations to Mr. Leftakis, who was recognized as an Orange County Association of Educational Media’s Distinguished Administrator. We appreciate his support of our school library and reading initiatives here at Maitland.

Congratulations to Janet McCorkle! She applied for and received the Books Build Brains grant and will receive $500 for her classroom.

SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS @MaitlandMiddleOCPS on Facebook and Twitter


ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS Eighth graders are immersed in their study of dystopia and utopia and reading some of America’s best writers, including Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Ray Bradbury. These texts provide rich fodder for discussing essential topics such as the role of government, the value of knowledge and the impact of technology on humanity. Writing instruction will focus on argumentative prompts this nine weeks, with students learning to take a stand on an issue while acknowledging the opposing view – a life skill we hope they take to heart. We hope you enjoy the holiday season. Thank you for all you do to support your child’s reading at home. The 8th Grade ELA Team – Mrs. Burley, Mrs. Finnell and Mrs. Fuller

SOCIAL STUDIES Civics is working hard on discovering why our Founding Fathers wanted a new government after the Articles of Confederation. We will take a break from the Constitution to work on our Elections and Campaigns unit so we can coincide with election day on November 6th. We want to remind you to perform your civic duty and vote! Take your students with you so they can experience what it feels like to contribute to our political system. Sixth grade has just finished up a DBQ (Document Based Questions) about one of ancient Mesopotamia’s most notable Kings, Hammurabi. The DBQ focused on Hammurabi’s Code, the earliest written set of laws ever discovered. Students completed an investigation into Hammurabi’s code to determine if his laws were fair to all people of Mesopotamia. The investigation included five primary source documents detailing some of Hammurabi’s laws. Students analyzed each document and wrote a five paragraph essay choosing one side to argue for or against the fairness of Hammurabi’s laws. Our 8th grade U.S. History students are winding down their studies of the American Revolutionary War and moving on to the beginnings of American government. The students will learn of the successes and failures of America’s first attempt at a national government under the Articles of Confederation. Learning about and understanding the issues surrounding Shays’ Rebellion will help our students appreciate the magnitude of the very important document they first learned about in their Civics class last year - The United States Constitution!


Fine Arts Chorus & Musical Theatre have been busy! Congratulations on great performances by all the groups during the month of October. Musicale, Krajevism and Musical Theatre sang, danced and shared monologues at their Fall Spotlight. Beginning Girls Chorus and Boys Choir hosted a day with their parents showing off what they have been learning at the first annual Solfege & Sweets day. Musical Theatre has been completing auditions for “Seussical The Musical” and are looking forward to putting on this silly Seuss show in the spring. Six students were selected for All County Honor Choir. Way to go Elleah Francis, Victoria Lopez, Hannah Panchelli, Sophia Ramdial, Serene Sabbagh, and Jaiden Travick! Art class is learning about the work and life of John Audubon. We are water coloring our own birds. It is a big challenge but some of my artists are really doing a really great job. They will be on display at the Maitland Art Show in November. Students have a sketchbook project due at the end of every quarter. Please ask you student about their work. This one will be due on December 18th. I have sketchbooks for sale for $3.50 and $6 all year long. I am collecting National Geographic Magazines from 2000-current for a fun altered art project using Citra Solv. If you have any you want to part with, please drop them off at the front office to Ms. Fisher’s attention. We could also use some boxes of tissues. Thanks in advance.



SCIENCE Seventh Grade students enjoyed making Balloon Cars as they reviewed Forces, Speed, and Motion. During the second nine weeks in 6th Grade Comprehensive Science 1, students will learn about the processes (weathering, erosion, deposition) that change the surface of Earth, as well as different landforms. Students will also learn how Earth’s systems interact, the atmosphere, energy transfer on Earth and the water cycle. In 6th Grade Life Science classes, the main focus of study for the second nine weeks in on cells. Students will learn about the Scientific Theory of Cells, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and plant and animal cells. Students will learn more about the structure and function of organelles found in plant and animal cells by working in teams to create 3-D models of cells (using recycled materials). Students will also learn about cellular processes, photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Parents, please continue to check Progress Book for grades and your child’s class Canvas page to find information about your child’s science class. Many resources are also included in the Module section the class Canvas page. In 7th Grade Comprehensive Science classes, students started the second nine weeks by studying how the sun’s energy arrives as radiation with a wide range of wavelengths, including infrared, visible, and ultraviolet, and that white light is made up of a spectrum of many different colors. Students learned about the different types of radiation present in radiation from the Sun. Students learned about the characteristics of the electromagnetic spectrum by working on a research assignment. During the 2nd nine weeks, students will also learn about geologic processes (layers of the Earth, rock cycle, Theory of Plate Tectonics), geologic time and Earth’s geologic evolution. Parents, please continue to check your child’s progress in science class by using Progress Book. To find class information and additional class resources, please check your child’s class Canvas page for science.

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TUTORING CANVAS PARENT OBSERVER ACCOUNT SET-UP Students: 1. Login to your Canvas by going to 2. Click on “account” in the upper left hand corner of your screen once you are in Canvas. 3. Click “settings.” 4. Once in settings, click “pair with observer” and write down the code that is generated. Parents: 1. Login to and click on “parent login.” 2. Register for a canvas account, and then enter the “student pairing code” from step four from the student section above. 3. You should now have access to view your student’s courses

Free online tutoring is available using the OCLS Virtual Library Card for ALL students using Brainfuse. Students log in with their student id number and then birthday in YYYYMMDD format.


Youth in Government is going strong, with at least 25 members coming to our meetings each Thursday. We have students from all three grade levels, and it is amazing how well our students are debating ideas and not people. Students are finalizing their ideas on their bills right now. We will be gearing up for Junior Assembly in April where we will meet up with 200 students to have a mock legislature in Haines City, Florida. If you would like more information on this club please contact Chess Club Chess club is up and running smoothly. Enrollment is up from last year. We are looking forward to holding on to the district champion title, and therefore are currently preparing for upcoming tournaments. New members are always welcome. Chess club meets each Friday after school in the media center. No signup or experience required. National Junior Honor Society Please encourage your students to participate in the Food Drive by bringing to school non-perishable food items. The Food Drive benefits families in our community and provides them with a Thanksgiving meal. As an incentive, the 1st period class with the most items collected wins a donut and juice party! National Junior Honor Society will pick up any items on Tuesdays after school. Collection ends on Tuesday, 11/13.

Kelly Delaney • Maitland Middle School


MAITLAND FUND Parents, are you looking for a way to contribute to Maitland Middle School and have fun at the same time? Consider joining us for one of our social events and help us work toward our funding goals! Since the beginning of the school year, the MMS Fund has organized two events, that not only connected our MMS parents to each other, but also raised critical funding for curriculum and technology initiatives. Back to School Night at The Copper Rocket kicked off the school year with a little karaoke. On October 11, the Fund hosted the first ever “MMS Casino Night: All in for Education” at Oliver’s Classic Cars. Over 120 guests joined us for food, drink, and casino games to support purchasing for new classroom computers for teachers. Since kicking off last spring, the MMS Fund has raised $18,000. And even more exciting - as of this week, the MMS Fund and MMS PTA together are contributing $20,000 toward buying new classroom computers for the English Language Arts and Math departments. This gift would not have been possible without the generous support of our MMS Community. We are not done! We still need to raise $25,000 more to purchase classroom computers for the remaining academic programs. Help us achieve this important goal. Give today at Maitland Middle School Fund (https://www. uUtKhPY)! Contact Whitney Langholz for more information at




Wow! We are well on our way to another successful year here at Maitland Middle School. I’m proud to say Maitland Middle School has an amazing group of students, parents and teachers. As a PTA, we are so proud of their accomplishments and are happy to support our students - along with the faculty, staff, and administration - and their many talents and interests.

Our library media center is the hopping place to be on campus for students! We are excited that attendance is up during our before school hours and during all lunch shifts. Students are using the space for study time, independent reading, and MakerSpaces. We have circulated 2,049 library materials during first quarter! Our Media Center Canvas class is up and running and sharing upcoming events at school and in our community with students as well as tutorials on our digital tools. Keep up to date on library events and book suggestions by following our library accounts: @MaitlandMS_OCPS on Instagram and @MMS_HawksMC on Twitter.

So far this year, we’ve provided dinner and lunch to our hard working staff and teachers multiple times, supported the quarterly Heroic Hawks breakfast, staffed Picture Day, walked in the International Walk & Roll day, and championed the PTA at the MMS Open House in September. Due to the generosity of our parents and community, we were able to provide teacher grants totaling over $1500. We offered new and exciting school merchandise via a new site and will provide another opportunity to get some MMS swag later this year. However, we still need your help! It’s not too late to join the PTA. We are not doing an I’m Invested campaign this year so we are relying on your membership dues to keep all of the PTA programs running. So if you haven’t joined yet, please do so today! Visit where you can join conveniently by filling out the form and paying online. Easy! We are excited to announce our participation in the PTA National School of Excellence Program. As part of this process, National PTA requests feedback from families, administrators and teachers, via a brief survey. Your feedback is extremely important and will help us improve our family-school partnership. •• Para Español ir a: •• For the English Survey, go to: Finally, we’ve got a couple of events coming up that you won’t want to miss. Together with the NJHS, we are hosting the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Please send in any food donations no later than Tuesday, November 13th. And add December 7th to your calendar as PTA once again hosts the Winter Dance. Stay tuned for more details. Thanks for all you’ve done so far for MMS and I look forward to continuing with great success throughout the year. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any comments or concerns. It truly is an honor to help lead the MMS PTA. Go Hawks! Mary Sue Halligan, PTA President

The Brown Bag Book Club will meet on the first Thursday of each month in the library media center during lunch. The club is open to any interested 6th and 7th grade students. This opportunity is brought to us by our friends at the Winter Park Public Library.

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Congratulations to the girls’ soccer team for finishing the season as undefeated cluster Champions!



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VOLLEYBALL The boys will play first followed by the girls. Game times could change depending on transportation of teams and arrival of officials. DAY DATE OPPONENT LOCATION ORANGE COUNTY PLAYOFFS Top 3 teams from each C:/uster advance to form an 18 temnplayoff WED. NOV. 28 PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 TBA MON. DEC. 3 PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TBA WED. DEC.5 PLAYOFFS ROUND 3 TBA MON. DEC.10 SEMI-FINALS TBA WED. DEC.12 CHAMPIONSHIPS TBA OCPS EEO NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Adam Mendelsohn Cole Blalock Cole Colado Dickson Colado Jonathan Gebaide Jonathan Herbert Kevin Neff Malcolm Brookins Matthew Hunter Matthew Ladd-Wright Owen Jones Parker Clem Paul Pilgrim Sam Bernbaum Zach Roberts Coach Neff

Audrey Pett Bella Calapa Elisa Nalley Gabriela Olivares-Cely Grace Pett Kate Kasky Kathryn Rupe Madeline Zornek Merrell Colado Mya Schmit Reka Mellinger Rylee Rauktis Sarah Clark Sarah Webb Victoria Whitaker Coach Musante

The School Board of Orange County, Florida, does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other reason prohibited by law. The following individuals at the Ronald Blocker Educational Leadership Center, 445 W. Amelia Street, Orlando, Florida 32801, attend to compliance matters: ADA Coordinator & Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer: Carianne Reggio; Section 504 Coordinator: Latonia Green; Title IX Coordinator: James Larsen (407.317.3200).

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Maitland Middle School Newsletter  

November 2018

Maitland Middle School Newsletter  

November 2018