Principal's Message - 3/6/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

We had an extremely successful week as we welcomed our 8th grade students who returned to school in-person. It was so nice to see our bus loop and kiss-n-ride “buzzing” again in the morning, our hallways filled with students getting to and from class, the hands-on activities going on in our classrooms, students eating lunch in the cafeteria and having the opportunity for fresh air during walks in PE. Yes, it all looks different, yet I am so proud of our students, staff and community for partnering together for a safe return to school. 

While some of our students have returned in-person, our focus has been to ensure ALL of our students continue to feel engaged, connected and supported.  Check out this great video brought to you by members of our NJHS.  It has been great to still get into our virtual classes to watch the interaction between classmates in-person & at home. I want to applaud our staff and students for yet another successful transition in this journey of navigating teaching and learning in this hybrid/concurrent setting. 

This week, we welcome back our 7th grade students who will return in-person. On Thursday, March 11, I will host the final town hall for the month of March. This will be for all families (in-person and virtual) as an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. 

Looking ahead, our 3rd quarter Catch Up Days will be March 25 and March 26. Students who attend school in-person will still attend school in-person. All students will go to their classes as normal and will have time to make up assignments, receive additional support and complete assignments as we close out the 3rd quarter and get ready for Spring Break. 

Again, I am so grateful for your continued support. Continue to reach out if you need anything. 

Have a great weekend, 

Meredith Norris, Principal 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS Date Event Details Mon. Mar 8 Teacher Work Day No log in to Panther Block for Check and Connect. Tues. Mar 9

Welcome Back 7th Grade In Person Students!

(Last Names A-K)

See our Return to School webpage for information. Thurs. Mar 11

Welcome Back 7th Grade In Person Students!

(Last Names L-Z)

See our Return to School webpage for information. Thurs. Mar 11 6:00 PM- Town Hall Check-In This will be a virtual meeting to check in after two weeks of concurrent learning. Link will be sent that day.

*All of these events can also be found on our Stone MS Website.*

Did you know that you can subscribe to our Stone Calendar of Events? Check it out!

Student Services Update

School Counseling Services is seeking nominations for Outstanding School Counseling Professionals for the 2020-21 school year in the following categories: Outstanding Elementary School Counselor, Outstanding Middle School Counselor, Outstanding High School Counselor, Outstanding College and Career Specialist, Outstanding Director of Student Services, and Outstanding New School Counselor. Any staff member may nominate a school counseling professional for the applicable award. Nominations are due by March 15

Completed packets are due by April 9, 2021.  Additional information including revised nomination criteria and the nomination form are available here.

Portrait of a Panther

I had the opportunity to engage with several students this week, both in-person and on the computer. What struck me this week was our students’ thoughtfulness, ability to communicate in conversation, and the overall perseverance and resilience of enduring the number of changes they have been through this last year. To that end, we have a few more Portrait of a Panther winners this week. 

Upcoming Parent Survey

This spring all Stone parents/guardians will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include instructional leadership, school climate,human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations and professionalism. 

Understanding that this has been an unusual year, the impacts of COVID-19 will be taken into consideration when reviewing the feedback. The questionnaire will be collected online between March 8 and March 19. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. 

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Principal's Message - 2/27/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

We had another great week as we had a very successful return to school for our staff. I love how our students provided such a wonderful welcome video with such thoughtful messages. We are excited to begin another transition as we begin to welcome students back into the building. We are committed to ensuring ALL of our staff and students feel a part of this great Stone community. We look forward to continuing to share the highlights of the great work of our students and staff in both the virtual and in-person setting. 

As we prepare for our 8th grade students to return in person,  please find information from our most recent town hall meeting. You can also find our most recent frequently asked questions. (Spanish Version here.) Our students can find an interactive presentation on return to school in their Schoology Student All Course. 

Please continue to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I am so grateful for your support. Enjoy the weekend. 

Stay safe and healthy ~ Meredith Norris, Principal 

 

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS Date Event Details Mon. Mar. 1 Check and Connect (9:05-9:20 AM) Students log in to their PB class. Tues. Mar. 2 Welcome Back 8th Grade In Person Students! (Last Names A-K) See our Return to School webpage for information. Thurs. Mar. 4 Welcome Back 8th Grade In Person Students! (Last Names L-Z) See our Return to School webpage for information. Thurs. Mar 4 6:00 PM - 7th Grade Parent Meeting for students returning In-Person This will be a virtual meeting. Link will be sent that day. Fri March 5 2 Hour Early Release Day Please find the schedule here. Mon. Mar 8 Check and Connect (9:05-9:20 AM) Students log in to their PB class. Tues. Mar 9

Welcome Back 7th Grade In Person Students! (Last Names A-K)

See our Return to School webpage for information. Thurs. Mar 11

Welcome Back 7th Grade In Person Students! (Last Names L-Z)

See our Return to School webpage for information. Thurs. Mar 11 6:00 PM- Town Hall Check-In This will be a virtual meeting to check in after two weeks of concurrent learning. Link will be sent that day.

*All of these events can also be found on our Stone MS Website.*

Did you know that you can subscribe to our Stone Calendar of Events? Check it out!

Our students continue to shine in the classroom as they participate and engage with one another. Check out this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners, many of whom did a great job asking questions and providing thoughtful feedback. 

This month Stone Middle School celebrated Black History Month. The story of Black History is one of determination, embracing the beautiful, finding resilience, and amplifying voices to show the world that anything is possible. Students received daily messages in their Schoology course and our Panther News did an excellent job providing a feature story in every segment this month. Check out the inspiring messages here.

Student Services Update

Counselors will meet with our Rising 8th grade students beginning the week of February 23rd.  All academic advising information can be found on the Student Services site or email your child’s school counselor with any questions.

Students/parents will be asked to select courses by submitting this Google Form by March 12th.

Upcoming Parent Survey

This spring all Your School Name parents/guardians will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include instructional leadership, school climate,human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations and professionalism. 

Understanding that this has been an unusual year, the impacts of COVID-19 will be taken into consideration when reviewing the feedback. The questionnaire will be collected online between March 8 and March 19. When you receive an email from FCPS Surveys, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinions matter!

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Principal's Message - 2/20/21

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Good Evening Parents and Families: 

Hope you and your families continue to stay safe and warm. This week many of our Stone staff members will return back to the school building to prepare for the next phase of this school year. I want to reiterate our commitment to ensuring we stay engaged as a full school community, whether your student will come two days in-person, or remain virtually all four days. 

Similar to how we have prepared our staff to return to the building, we will hold a series of meetings/information sessions for our students and families. We will post resources to our website, as well as in Schoology for students to access, so be on the lookout in the coming week for additional messaging and videos. I look forward to our virtual town hall meeting for 8th grade students/families who will be returning in-person to school. The town hall meeting will be this Thursday at 6:00 PM. A link will be provided. 

Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns or feedback. I appreciate your continued support. 

Stay safe, healthy and warm, 

Meredith Norris, Principal

Upcoming Dates & Events Date Event Details Mon. Feb 22 Check and Connect (9:05-9:20 AM) Students log in to their PB class Thurs. Feb. 25 Teacher Prep Day #3(Asynchronous Day for students) Students should check Schoology for classwork on this day. Thurs. Feb. 25 8th Grade Parent Meeting for students returning In-Person (6:00 PM) This will be a virtual meeting. Link will be sent that day. Fri. Feb. 26 Teacher Prep Day #4 Students should check Schoology for classwork on this day. Mon. Mar. 1 Check and Connect (9:05-9:20 AM)

Students log in to their PB class. 

Tues. Mar. 2 Welcome Back 8th Grade In Person Students!(Last Names A-K) See our Return to School webpage for information. Thurs. Mar. 4 Welcome Back 8th Grade In Person Students!(Last Names L-Z) See our Return to School webpage for information.

*All of these events can also be found on our Stone MS Website.*

Did you know that you can subscribe to our Stone Calendar of Events? Check it out!

 

Student Services Update

  • Congratulations to our Q2 Honor Roll recipients.  If you were unable to attend the ceremony on Friday 2/19, here is a link of the recorded ceremony.  
  • All return to school information for students returning in-person can be located here
  • Our School Counseling team presented virtually to our elementary feeder schools this week with transition and course selection information.  Course selection information for academic advising can be viewed on our website
  • Counselors will meet with our Rising 8th grade students beginning the week of February 23rd. 
    • Students will be asked to select courses by submitting this Google Form by March 12th.

World Language Exam Reminder

Registration for the FCPS World Language credit exam ends on February 26th.  If your child speaks, reads and writes in a language other than English, please review this opportunity for them to earn up to 3 HS credits in one setting.

Yearbook Reminder

Stone Yearbook needs your student’s help, please upload any photos using our website. To Order your Stone yearbook, visit this site.

Food Services Reminder

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go meals, as well as other county children that are eighteen (18) years and under. Parents/caregivers picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children's meals they need and adults may purchase meals. For more info: https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/food

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Principal's Message - 2/13/21

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Good Afternoon Parents and Families, 

It was another successful week made so much better by seeing so many smiling faces (albeit behind masks) during our events this week. Thank you to all who came and picked up their second semester supplies on Monday. We hosted our first SCA/PTA event, “Our Love Shines Bright,” and again it was so nice to see so many of our students and families. Thank you for your generous donations to local food pantries, as well as the cards and thoughtful messages you sent to our staff. I want to thank our PTA and all of our amazing volunteers for their hard work to make this event come together. You can find a snapshot of the event in this video here

We also enjoyed meeting our Rising 7th grade students and families during our Curriculum Night event. Below you will find more information on how you can access presentations and other important information. 

Below are our upcoming dates and events. A reminder that there is No School on Monday, and we begin a new bell schedule on Tuesday. I  look forward to “seeing” you for our second town hall on Thursday of this week. In the meantime, please continue to refer to our website for any information related to return to school. Enjoy the long weekend. 

Stay safe, healthy and warm,

Meredith Norris, Principal

UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS Date Event Details Mon. Feb 15 President’s Day (No School) No Check and Connect Tues. Feb 16 New Bell Schedule Begins Review the Updated Bell Schedule Thurs. Feb 18 Stone Parent Town Hall #2(Updates and Q&A Format) Link will be sent that day. Thurs. Feb 25 Teacher Prep Day #3(Asynchronous Day for Students) Students should check Schoology for classwork on this day Thurs. Feb 25 6:00 pm - 8th Grade Parent Meeting for students returning In-Person This will be a virtual meeting. Link will be sent that day. Fri. Feb 26 Teacher Prep Day #4 (Asynchronous Day for Students) Students should check Schoology for classwork on this day.

*All of these events can also be found on our Stone MS Website.*

Did you know that you can subscribe to our Stone Calendar of Events? Check it out! Portrait of a Panther - Week of February 8

It was so wonderful getting into classrooms this week, particularly our Art and Theatre classes. Students were engaged, sharing their work, turning their cameras and mics on. We have such talented students and staff! Check out this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners here: https://stonems.fcps.edu/features/portrait-panther-week-february-8

New Bell Schedule Reminder (Beginning Tuesday, February 16)

FCPS and Stone MS will implement a new bell schedule on Tuesday, February 16 due to social distancing requirements which limit capacity on school buses. The bell schedule change will apply to both in-person instruction as well as students who are participating in full-time virtual instruction. The most notable change is the lunch times. Teachers reviewed these changes with your child during Panther Block this week. Students can also find a visual reminder in the Schoology Student All course.

Virtual Curriculum Night Resources

Thank you to those parents who attended our Curriculum Night on Wednesday.  All information shared at the meeting and recordings can be found here.  We look forward to welcoming your children to the Stone community!   Our school counselors are continuing the academic advising process with all students.  Due dates for course selection are March 5 for Rising 7th graders and March 12 for Rising 8th graders.  If you have any questions regarding this information or course selections, please email TLStubblefie@fcps.edu.

Chrome Sync for Students

As part of FCPS’s ongoing effort to support student use of technology, Chrome Sync and the ability to save passwords will be available as an option starting on February 18th.  Students are not required to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, but may choose to them in order to:

  • reduce their log-in time.  
  • access bookmarks and extensions across devices.  

Chrome will remember and offer saved passwords when students are logging into different instructional applications. Chrome will also make bookmarks and extensions available on any device in which the student logs into Chrome and turns on Sync.

If your student would like to use Chrome Sync and save passwords, support resources are available on the FCPS website.  If your child is logging into Chrome now, they may need to log out of Chrome and log back in to see the new features. 

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Our Love Shines Bright Event

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Stone Community~

The weather has held out for the moment, so we are excited to still have our SCA/PTSA drive-thru “Our Love Shines Bright” Event tonight. Drive on thru the main entrance of Stone MS from 6:00-7:30 PM this evening. Bring a canned good to help those in need, a thank you card for your teacher(s), and receive a gift courtesy from our PTA. See event information below.

 

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Principal's Message - 2/6/21

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Good Morning Stone Parents & Families: 

It was so nice to see so many of you earlier this week for our first town hall meeting. It was wonderful to share our successes thus far, as well as provide a preview to what you can expect over the next six weeks.  As I shared with you, we will continue to get through this with our focus on family, student success and growth. The slide deck from the meeting, as well as Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. 

As we prepare for several students and staff to return in-person, I encourage you and your family to watch this Stop the Spread video. It will take a collective effort to ensure we are each responsible in educating ourselves and one another on the importance of health and safety. 

As always, my week is made so much better when I am able to get into classrooms. This week’s Portrait of a Panther winners asked a lot of questions, were focused and engaged. See our winners for the week of 2/1 here. 

We have a busy week ahead of us, as outlined in the calendar below. Please pay attention to Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and click on the link to find more information about each event. We are excited to “see” many of our students and families for the Supply Pick Up & Our Love Shines Bright event. 

Have a wonderful weekend. Again, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 

Stay safe, healthy and warm.

Meredith Norris, Principal 

Parents or guardians who chose in-person learning for their child are required to complete a Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form as students are phased back into in-person learning. This document indicates the parent or guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep ill students at home. The commitment form is available in EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and  Vietnamese.  Additional information is available at https://www.fcps.edu/return-school/student-health-and-safety-guidance-document.

Upcoming Events Date Event Details Mon Feb 8 Check and Connect 9:05-9:20 AM Students log into their PB class. Mon Feb 8 2nd Semester Supply & Picture Pick-Up2:00-5:00 PM

Find out more about the procedures and pickup process here.

Wed Feb 10 Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night Learn more about the Event Program and Details Thur Feb 11

“Our Love Shines Bright” Light Drive-Thru 6:00-7:30 PM

Support and Donations Link

See our Flyer with more information!

Mon Feb 15 President’s Day (No School) No Check-in Tues Feb 16 New Bell Schedule Begins Review the Updated Bell Schedule Thurs Feb 18 Stone Parent Town Hall #2

Link will be sent that day. 

*All of these events can also be found on our Stone MS Website.*

Did you know that you can subscribe to our Stone Calendar of Events? Check it out!

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Reminder - Town Hall Meeting Starts at 6:00 p.m.

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February 3, 2021

Stone Parents and Families~

The administrative team looks forward to “seeing” you tonight at 6:00 PM for our first town hall for February. We will begin with information from our PTSA, a summary of the first half of our school year, and an overview of the next several weeks as some of our students return to school in-person. Please use this link to access the meeting. We will post the slidedeck to our website after the meeting. In the meantime, please refer to our school website for the most updated information.

Thanks,

Meredith Norris

Principal

Stone Middle School

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Principal's Message - 1/30/21

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Good Morning Stone Parents and Families~

We made it through the first week of the 3rd quarter, and I am so appreciative of your continued support and patience as we navigated some unexpected internet challenges on Tuesday. Our students and staff continue to impress me with their resiliency and flexibility. 

I am excited to engage with you during our first of several town halls this month as we provide you with information as it relates to Return to School and the rest of our calendar year. Please join the administrative team and myself on Wednesday February 3 at 6:00 PM for a virtual meeting. Please note the change of date from my message last week. A link will be sent to you on Wednesday. In the meantime, please refer to https://stonems.fcps.edu/2020-return-to-school

While we recognize our schedule has adjusted many times this year, I want to remind you that Mondays we will continue with a synchronous check and connect with Panther Block teachers. In order for teachers to prepare for return to school, we will no longer hold required office hours on Mondays. We will continue to hold office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays during Panther Block. Students can always make arrangements with individual teachers if they are in need of additional support. 

Our administrative and student services teams are here to support you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns or feedback. If you find you are in need of additional community resources, please find additional services here. 

Stay healthy, safe and warm, 

Meredith Norris, Principal

Upcoming Dates & Events

Date

Event

Details

Feb. 1-5

National School Counseling Week 

Show your appreciation to our Stone counselors. 

Mon. Feb 1

Check and Connect: Synchronous 9:05-9:20 

No Office Hours

Check in with your PB teacher. 

Wed. Feb 3 *Note Date Change

Stone Parent/Family Town Hall #16:00 PM

Link will be sent the day of the event.

Mon. Feb 8

Check and Connect: Synchronous 9:05-9:20

No Office Hours

Check in with your PB Teacher. 

Mon., Feb. 8

2nd Semester Supply & Picture Pick-Up1:00-5:00 PM

Find out more about the procedures and pickup process here.

Mon., Feb. 8 

STEM Opportunity for Rising 9th grade students

Learn more about this application process. 

Wed., Feb. 10

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night

Learn more about the Event Program and Details

Thur., Feb. 11

“Our Love Shines Bright” Light Drive-Thru 6:00-7:30 PM

Support and Donations Link

See our Flyer with more information!

Mon. Feb 15

President’s Day (No School)

No Check-in

Tues., Feb. 16

New Bell Schedule Begins

Review the Updated Bell Schedule

*All of these events can also be found on our Stone MS Website.*

Did you know that you can subscribe to our Stone Calendar of Events? Check it out!

Portrait of a Panther

It’s always a great day when I get into classrooms and this week was no exception. Check out our amazing Portrait of a Panther winners who continue to demonstrate strong collaboration and critical thinking skills. https://stonems.fcps.edu/features/portrait-panther-week-jan-24

Stone Yearbook Update

Yearbook needs to see you! This year we are relying on students to submit photos of themselves, whether it is a selfie, showing off their study space, or just hanging out. Use this link to share photos : https://stonems.fcps.edu/activities/stone-yearbook 

Students may also share photos in Schoology in the Stone All Students course. Doing so makes you eligible to WIN great prizes! Ready to purchase a book? The yearbook is on sale for only $25 through 4/12!

 To purchase a book:

 Email Travis Dickason (TEDickason@fcps.edu) or Dominique Matte (dnmatte@fcps.edu) with questions!

Student Services Update:

  • Parent Liaison Support: Ms.Albornoz is our Spanish Parent liaison we share with two elementary schools.  Here are her hours and contact information, if you need support and your correspondence language is Spanish.  If you need support in another language, click HERE.

* 2nd Semester Class Supply Pickup & School Photos: Per the calendar above, please find  information related to our Supply pick-up,

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Blackboard Collaborate Issues

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Good Morning Stone Parents/Families:

We are aware of some technical challenges that several of our staff and students are experiencing. If teachers are unable to connect to Blackboard Collaborate and they are able to post an asynchronous assignment, they will do so. We will provide an update as soon as we have one.

Thank you for your patience!

Meredith Norris

Principal

Stone Middle School

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Principal's Message - 1/23/21

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Good Afternoon Stone Parents and Families~

We have reached the half-way point of the school year. I want to thank you for your continued support and partnership. As we did at the end of the first quarter, we want to check-in with our families.  If you could please respond to this brief 2nd quarter survey, I would really appreciate it. The information we gather allows us to know what’s working well and additional adjustments needed as we continue the second half of the year.  

As mentioned in last week’s message, we will continue to utilize our Stone Middle School Website as our primary means of communication. As we prepare for some students to return to school for in-person learning, as well as gear up for the start of the 2021-2022 school year, there is a lot of information to be shared. To that end, we would like to provide a preview of the next few weeks. 

Since it was a short week, our Portrait of a Panther recognition will resume next week. It was so wonderful to see so many of our students who are in our music program this week. If your student was unable to pick up their t-shirt, there will be another opportunity when we do a 2nd semester supply pick-up on February 8th. 

Our administrative and student services teams are here to support you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions, concerns or feedback. If you find you are in need of additional community resources, please find additional services here. 

Stay safe, healthy and warm this weekend!

Meredith Norris, Principal 

  Upcoming Dates & Events

 

Date

Event

Details

Monday, Jan. 25

Teacher Workday

No School for Students

Tuesday, Jan. 26

 

Start of the 3rd Quarter/Semester 2 Electives Begin Odd Day

 

How to find Semester 2 Schedules and Schoology Courses

Tuesday, Jan. 26 - ongoing

Rising 9th Grade Academic Advising

Find additional information here. 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 26 - 29

 

Virtual Theatre Auditions

 

Click here to learn more about the audition process.

Wednesday, Jan. 27

 

7th and 8th Grade Parent Academic Office Hours 2:15-3:00 PM 

To join and connect with a counselor, use the office hours link here. 

 

Feb. 1-5

 

National School Counseling Week 

 

Show your appreciation to our Stone counselors. 

 

Thursday, Feb. 4

 

Stone Parent/Family Town Hall 6:00 PM

 

Link will be sent the day of the event.

 

Monday, Feb. 8

 

2nd Semester Supply & Picture Pick-Up 1:00-5:00 PM

Find out more about the procedures and pickup process here.

 

Monday, Feb. 8 

 

STEM Opportunity for Rising 9th grade students

 

Learn more about this application process. 

 

Wednesday, Feb. 10

 

Rising 7th Grade Curriculum Night

 

Learn more about the Event Program and Details

 

Thursday, Feb. 11

 

“Our Love Shines Bright” Light Drive-Thru 6:00-7:30 PM

 

Sponsored by the PTA & SCA-- this is the rescheduled Winter Wonderland event. See our Flyer with more information!

 

Tuesday, Feb. 16

 

New Bell Schedule Begins

 

Review the Updated Bell Schedule

 

*All of these events can also be found on our Stone MS Website.*

Did you know that you can subscribe to our Stone Calendar of Events? Check it out!

Student Services Updates

 

National School Counseling Week – February 1 – 5, 2021

National School Counseling Week 2021 (#NSCW21), "School Counselors: All In for All Students," will be celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2021, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. 

We ask that you please send a note or email of appreciation to your child’s school counselor in the upcoming weeks to help us celebrate our amazing Stone Counseling team!  

 

Academic Advising Update

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Principal's Message - 1/16/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

It was a busy week as our students engaged in their last full week of classes in the second quarter. I am excited to share that our website was one of six FCPS schools honored with the “Best of Web” award. A huge congratulations to Alison Costanza, our SBTS, for her tireless dedication to ensure our website looks so wonderful. You can find information about this award here

As we continue to provide pertinent information as it relates to Return to School and academic advising for next school year, please refer to our website for updates and celebrations. This is a unique week with no school on Monday and Wednesday, so I want to remind you of the calendar. 

Monday, January 18

MLK, Jr. Holiday: No School

Tuesday, January 19

Synchronous Instruction 

Students log into Odd Day classes

Wednesday, January 20

Inauguration Day: No School

Thursday, January 21

Synchronous Instruction 

Students log into Odd Day classes

Friday, January 22**

2 Hour Early Release Bell Schedule

Students log into Even Day classes

Monday, January 25

Teacher Workday: No School 

This week I shared with staff and students the following quote  from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?” As we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, I encourage our Stone community to continue to find ways to reach out and support one another.  I wish each of you a relaxing, extended weekend. 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Meredith Norris, Principal 

Portrait of a Panther

Our students continue to demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate skills and I love being able to get into our classes to observe them engaging and participating.  The Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 1/11 are: Matthew De Baptiste Grasse, Dylan Bartlett, Emily Johnson, Kate Johnson, Emily Lord, Veny Mikhail, James Rennyson, William Russell, Arvind Sunkara, Abel Teshome, Sebastian Thomas and Alaina Zimmerman. Congratulations to these students! 

2nd Semester Class Supply Pickup & School Photos - TENTATIVE

Parents or guardians of students who will take the following courses in second semester: Art, Family & Consumer Science, Technology and Engineering, and World Language will have a supply pickup on Monday, February 8. Please note: this is a tentative date.

In addition, if any student had their school photo taken at Stone MS on December 7 or 8, they can pick up their photos during this same supply pickup date. We will send out a finalized date and time later this month with specifics pertaining to pick up procedures.

If you have any questions, please email Phil Hudson at pahudson@fcps.edu.

Student Survey

Students in 7th and 8th grades will take a Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions during Panther Block on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. Students will receive instructions and the link to the survey from their Panther Block teachers. 

The purpose is to measure student support, student engagement, school discipline, and safety conditions in each school. The Virginia School Survey becomes a tool to guide instructional practices that provide support for all students in Virginia’s schools. 

If you have specific questions regarding this survey, please email Ellyn Bowman at esbowman@fcps.edu. If you are interested in opting-out your student from participating in the survey,  please contact Armando Garcia at AGarcia1@fcps.edu.

Student Services Updates

Academic Advising

Parents of 8th graders (Rising 9th graders), 

All 8th grade students met with Westfield HS counselors and staff this week during the Academic Advising presentation (also posted in Student All course in Schoology) and Electives Fair with Westfield teachers on Friday.  Westfield HS curriculum information can be found here: https://westfieldhs.fcps.edu/student-services/virtual-curriculum-night

All course materials for students in current grades 6,7,8 are posted on our Stone Academic Advising Google Site for your reference.  Stone school counselors will be meeting with 8th grade students, individually, during their HPE classes, beginning January 26.  

Here is what you/they can do to prepare:

  • Review course materials here (scroll to the bottom of the page)
  • Talk and discuss course selections with your child
  • Begin to make these selections in Student SIS, or they can wait to do it with their counselor’s support
  • Email Tami Stubblefield at TLStubblefie@fcps.edu questions or your child’s school counselor
  • Attend school counseling Parent Office Hours at the times listed below for questions.

 

 

7th & 8th Grade Parent Academic Advising Office Hours:

 

 

Semester 2 Schedules

Students who have semester electives may have a schedule change for Semester 2.  All students will be mailed their new paper schedule in the US mail and will have an opportunity to review their new schedule in Student SIS on January 22 with their Panther Block teacher.  Students will not see their new semester courses in Schoology until Monday, January 26.

If your child needs support with their schedule, they can email their school counselor or message them in Schoology for assistance.  You can also email TLStubblefie@fcps.edu Tami Stubblefield, our DSS, for assistance.

 

Wellness Week

Many thanks to the many Stone students who participated in the Student Services Wellness Week. We are happy to share some of these adorable highlights with you. 

 

 

Mental Health:

Does your child need mental health support?  Click here for more information and resources.

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Principal's Message - 1/9/21

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Good Morning Stone Parents and Families, 

I hope you and your families remain safe and healthy during this challenging time. Per my earlier communication this week, I want to provide you with updated information as it relates to return to school. All student groups will remain virtual for the moment. We will provide an update when new timelines are established. In the meantime, please find information as it relates to the rest of January. 

  • We will NOT start a new bell schedule this week. Students will continue with the current bell schedule until further notice. 
  • On Monday, January 11th, students should check in with their Panther Block teacher as usual at 9:05 AM. There will be no office hours, and students should work on independent assignments. 
  • Our Student Services team is excited to present Wellness Week (January 11-15). Please find more information here. 

Monday, January 18

MLK, Jr. Holiday: No School

Tuesday, January 19

Synchronous Instruction 

Students log into Odd Day classes

Wednesday, January 20

Inauguration Day: No School

Thursday, January 21

Synchronous Instruction 

Students log into Odd Day classes

Friday, January 22**

2 Hour Early Release Bell Schedule

Students log into Even Day classes

Monday, January 25

Teacher Workday: No School 

 

I appreciate your continued support. Have a nice weekend!

Thank you, 

Meredith Norris, Principal 

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Student Services Update

Attention Parents of Rising 9th graders, this week Westfield HS counselors will be presenting to all Stone 8th graders during their Panther Block sessions on Wednesday, January 13th and Friday, January 15th with course selection information for the Fall.  

Westfield HS is hosting a parent Curriculum Night on Thursday January 14th at 6:30pm.  

Students will begin meeting with their Stone school counselors the week of January 26th through Health and PE classes to select courses for 9th grade.   See Westfield HS website for more info!

Please contact your child’s school counselor with any questions and/or visit our Student Services Google Site for more information regarding academic advising materials.

Stone School Counseling Team

Marissa Bricker, MBricker@fcps.edu students with last names (A-Gao)

Armando Garcia, AGarcia1@fcps.edu students with the last names (Gar-Nav)

Katie Marrefi, KMarrefi@fcps.edu students with the last names (Nea-Z)

It was so wonderful to get back into classrooms in the New Year. Our students did an excellent job transitioning to 2021 with their levels of engagement in classes. The Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 1/4 are: Michael Caputo, Annabelle DuBard, Adrian Katsikes, Nathalie Kesselring-Dacey, Elizabeth Laurelli, Sohpie Mahoney, Logan Massimo, Dhayalan Senthill, Alina Sikander and Joseph Wyatt. Congratulations to these students! 

Student Survey

All students will be participating in an online survey during Panther Block on Wednesday, January 27, 2021. The purpose of this survey is to measure student support, student engagement, school discipline, and safety conditions in each school. Even as we adapt to new instructional circumstances this year, this survey is important for understanding the impact of the pandemic on school climate and conditions, and continuing to monitor our progress towards recovery. If you have questions or concerns, please email Mrs. Bowman.

After School Activities

Be sure to check out the offerings that happen every school day from 2:30-4:30pm.  Registration to the program never ends!  You can sign up here, but you MUST be logged into under your fcpsschools.net account to access the Google Site.

The start of the third quarter is a couple of weeks away and Mr. Anderson has confirmed that the after school program will offer more than 45 different clubs and activities for the second semester!  Even better, all of the clubs will be live, so you'll be able to meet new students and talk to club sponsors in real time. 

For a list of current club offerings and descriptions, click here to see the Activity Matrix.  If you have any additional questions, please contact Mr. Anderson.

Additional Support and Resources Ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and school closures continue to have a significant impact on children’s mental health. As an example, according to the CDC, from April to October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits for children aged 5-11 and 12-17 years increased approximately 24% and 31%, respectively, compared with 2019.

You or your staff may be hearing from parents who are concerned about their child’s emotional well-being. This one-pager from Healthy Minds Fairfax provides easy-to-digest information and would be a valuable resource for your school community. Please consider sharing it with them in your next newsletter and/or during a virtual parent meeting. If you have questions or need additional resources, please let us know.

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Information from Stone MS and Webinar to Help Get Students Engaged

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Stone Parents, Families and Caregivers,

I hope each of you and your families are safe and healthy, as I know this continues to be a challenging time for everyone.  I was able to stop into several classes the last two days and I again continue to be impressed with our students’ and staff members’ resiliency, persistence and dedication. It is so unfortunate and disheartening that we find ourselves as a community yet again having to process and find the words to discuss the horrendous events that took place yesterday. This morning, I shared some guidance and resources to support our teachers in how they could possibly address questions or concerns that may arise. I would like to continue to encourage you to please reach out to the members of our students services or administrative team if we can be of any assistance to you and your family.

There is a lot of information I will share out in this Saturday’s Principal’s message to include updates on closing out the second quarter and other Return to School updates. You will receive a separate email from our Student Services department with specific information on academic advising for the 2021-2022 school year. In the meantime, please find a timely webinar, which will take place this evening and tomorrow morning.

Again, I appreciate your continued support.

Thanks,

Meredith Norris

Principal

Stone Middle School

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Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

What’s a parent to do when kids are already unfocused and unmotivated when it comes to virtual learning? Ann Dolin will help “right the ship” so that parenting doesn’t feel like a grind. In this webinar, Ann shares practical, easy-to-implement virtual learning strategies for: 

  • Tackling the daily power struggle of just getting started

  • Helping children to focus during teacher-led instruction

  • Dealing with social avoidance (not wanting to be seen and heard in front of peers)

  • Keeping kids engaged by encouraging them to ask questions and advocate for themselves

  • Opening the lines of communication to improve the parent/child relationship

Presented by Ann Dolin, M.Ed., educational consultant and award-winning author.  Ann is the President and Director of Educational Connections, Inc.

  • January 7, 2021 6:30-8 p.m.   or    January 8, 2021 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Register for Zoomed Out? 5 Strategies to Get Even the Most Reluctant Kids Focused, Engaged, and Motivated: A Webinar for Families

 

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Principal's Message - 12/23/20

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Good Morning Stone Parents and Families~

I hope each of you and your families are enjoying the start to winter break. This time of year is always busy and with the added challenges of Covid-19, it certainly has impacted plans, celebrations and traditions. While many of us will spend the break and holiday season differently this year, I want to wish each of you  joy, peace and hope as we close out this incredibly difficult year. I feel so grateful to be a part of this wonderful community and look forward to brighter days ahead in 2021. 

As I share my final message of 2020, I will keep it brief and highlight a few more of our students as part of our Portrait of a Panther program. After the winter break, I will send out information as it relates to Return to School to include upcoming Stone town halls. 

I look forward to seeing you in 2021. In the meantime, I hope you can take some time to unplug, relax and continue to take care of yourselves. 

Happy Holidays, Meredith Norris Principal

Portrait of a Panther Winners for week of 12/14

It was the last week before winter break, and our students did not let the snow or upcoming break distract them too much. I loved how this week’s winners really engaged in class discussions, shared their work with classmates and were overall great communicators and collaborators.   This week’s Portrait of a Panther winners are: Ruth Abraiza Bonilla, Tania Dixon, Kelsey Dolan, Siya Jani, Royce Kremkru, Ewan McDonough, Meaghan McLaughlin, Maya Mladenovic, Jayden Millhouse, Emily Spinar and Henna Yousufzai. 

Save the Dates

The Stone Student Services Team will be conducting our individual Academic Advising sessions with all Stone students.  Information will be forthcoming regarding specific grade levels.  We’d like to ask that you mark your calendars for these important events surrounding course selection.

* January 14th - Rising 9th grade Westfield HS Families (see WHS website for more info)              

*February 10th - Rising 7th grade Families Curriculum & Electives Fair.

Adopt a Soldier

Looking for something simple and easy to do as a family. America’s Adopt a Soldier® program is celebrating the 10th year of its National Care Letter Campaign to honor deployed service members and veterans in state homes and hospitals. Writing letters of appreciation would be a great activity for students and families to engage in during the winter break. Now more than ever, veterans in veterans’ homes and hospitals are feeling isolated. Many have no family or family nearby and eagerly await visits from volunteers. However, these visits have not been possible due to health and safety restrictions resulting from the pandemic. 

Cards and letters will be accepted through Tuesday, December 29, and should be mailed to:

America’s Adopt a Soldier

5400 Shawnee Road, Suite 300

Alexandria, VA 22312

For more information visit: www.americasadoptasoldier.org

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Winter Wonderland Cancelled / Student "Catch-Up" Days

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Due to no extracurricular activities and events today, our SCA and PTA Winter Wonderland event has been cancelled this evening. We are hoping to postpone this event for some time in February.

A reminder that today and tomorrow are our scheduled “Catch-Up” days, so we hope your students have found this time to be productive as they get caught up before a well-deserved winter break.

Thank you for your continued support.

Meredith Norris

Principal

Stone Middle School

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Principal's Message - 12/12/20

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Good Evening Stone Parents & Families, 

I hope you were able to enjoy some of this beautiful weather this weekend, especially with this upcoming cold front. This week marks our last week before the winter holiday break. A reminder that on December 17 and December 18, Stone Middle School has our scheduled Catch Up Days. Per last week’s message, on these two days, students will attend each of their classes and attendance will be taken. No new work or assignments will be given. Students will be given extra time to work on and submit missing assignments and receive additional support from their teachers. 

This week we honored five outstanding employees and are grateful for their contribution to Stone Middle School and the community. Please check out the winners in this brief video here. We congratulate each of them for their dedication and hard work. 

Portrait of a Panther Winners for week of 12/5

As always, our students continue to amaze me with their persistence and resiliency during these tough times. I love being able to see them engage and participate in their classes.  These 13 Panthers did an amazing job contributing to class discussions, sharing their cameras and mics, and being overall helpful classmates.  This week’s Portrait of a Panther winners are: Helen Leon Arrolla, Reeyana Bhandani, Charlie Biggs, Anabella Cicale, Madison Emmerson, Josue Escobar Arevalo, Taylor Ford, Daniel Lee, Emon Nooristani, Rebecca Reed, Grace Ver Plank, and Suzana Walser. 

Below you will find additional information about upcoming events this week. Again, as we continue during these difficult times, I wish each of you moments of peace and joy as we come together as a Stone family this holiday season. 

Have a wonderful week,

Meredith Norris, Principal 

WINTER SPIRIT WEEK

We are excited to partner with Westfield High School for a joint spirit week this week. Similar to the last Spirit week, students and staff should post their pictures in Schoology to be eligible for prizes. 

WINTER WONDERLAND

Weather permitting, our Stone PTA and SCA have collaborated to bring you our first drive-thru winter wonderland. Come drive-thru the bus loop to see some pretty lights and sights, and receive a special treat courtesy of the PTA. If you are able to, please bring an unwrapped toy or gift card (for children 16 and under) and/or a thank you note to one or all of your teachers. 

Please consider supporting the PTSA with the donation of lights and other volunteer opportunities by signing up here. Please note: Due to Covid-19, all students and families must remain in their car at all times. Masks should be worn as well. We will update you if there is a need for this event to be rescheduled due to inclement weather and/or changing health conditions.

12 DAYS OF LEARNING IN A TECHIE WONDERLAND

Our Stone Student Tech Team has worked to countdown to Winter Break continues with a a new technology tip for each day before break. Students should check their Schoology messages folder each morning to see the tip of the day. Tips include: Schoology navigation, Chrome shortcuts, where to go to check their grades, new digital tech tools for organization and MORE! 

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Principal's Message - 12/6/20

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Good Morning Stone Parents & Families, 

It was a very busy week as we returned from the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope each of you found some time to rest and relax with your families. While the holiday season certainly looks different this year,  we look forward to continuing to celebrate our students and staff as we close out this unprecedented year of 2020. Our students were able to experience their first virtual assembly, Beautiful Tomorrow, with inspiring words about staying true to yourself, following your dreams and surrounding yourself with positive individuals who will lift you up. A huge thank you to our Student Services and PTSA for supporting this event. 

In the coming days, you will receive more information about our first drive-thru “Winter Wonderland” event, which will be held on December 17 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Stone MS. Please consider supporting the PTSA with the donation of lights and other volunteer opportunities by signing up here.

We understand the challenges our students have experienced with respect to workload and keeping up with assignments. To that end, secondary schools in FCPS will implement Catch Up Days during the 2nd quarter. At Stone MS, these days will be on Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18. On these two days, students will attend each of their classes and attendance will be taken. No new work or assignments will be given. Students will be given extra time to work on and submit missing assignments and receive additional support from their teachers. 

As this time of uncertainty continues, I encourage you to attend one of my two principal’s office hours outlined below. There will be a Return to School Update delivered to the School Board on December 10. After that meeting, I will send any updates specific to Stone MS in order to prepare for the weeks ahead after winter break. 

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if there is anything we can do as a Stone team to support you and your family during this challenging time. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, 

Meredith Norris 

Principal 

Upcoming Events for the week of 12/7

Monday, December 7                          8:30-4:00 PM

Yearbook Photos & 8th Grade Science Pick-Ups

Monday, December 7                         10:30-11:15 AM

Principal’s Office Hours (Use the virtual link) 

Tuesday, December 8                           3:00-7:00 PM

Yearbook Photos & 8th Grade Science Pick-Ups

Wednesday, December 9                    10:30-11:15 AM

Principal’s Lunch Bunch with Students (Use link in Schoology) 

Wednesday, December 9                        6:00-7:00 PM

Principal’s Office Hours (Use the virtual link) 

Portrait of a Panther Winners for week of 11/30

I really enjoyed getting to interact with our students during this week’s Beautiful Tomorrow assembly. Our students were excited and engaged as they participated during the assembly and in the after school Q & A. To that end, these 12 Panthers did an amazing job asking questions, providing quality feedback, and sharing their cameras and mics. This week’s Portrait of a Panther winners are: Nabina Asim, Isaiah Bland, Darin Cardek, Alex Cantoran Alvarado, Abeer Ibrahim, Gabriel Lebahn, Daijah Lucas, Kimberly Olais-Rosales, Yvonne Pho, Rylee Schmid, Ehma Stalfort and David Suane.

12 Days of Learning in a Techie Wonderland

Our Stone Student Tech Team has worked to put together a countdown to Winter Break by creating and sharing a new technology tip for each day before break. Students should check their Schoology messages folder each morning to see the tip of the day. Tips include: Schoology navigation, Chrome shortcuts, where to go to check their grades, new digital tech tools for organization and MORE! 

Hour of Code 2020

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. 

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Stone MS students and staff will have another opportunity to participate in Hour of Code this week and learn more about coding during our After School Program, Panther Block, and on the news this week. 

You can find more information and resources on our Stone Website.

8th Grade Science Supply Pick Up

Great news 8th grade Students! The 8th grade Science teachers organized supplies to support your learning at home.  A bag of supplies has been made for every 8th grade science student to be picked up curbside at Stone in the front bus loop.  

  • Monday, Dec 7 from 8:30am to 4:00pm 
  • Tuesday, Dec 8 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm

All 8th grade students will need these supplies to support the lessons being taught virtually.  Stone staff and students will adhere to social distancing and recommended health/safety procedures outlined by the health department. Thank you for all the support you have been providing at home! -Mr. Alleyne, Mr. Daugherty, Mrs. Mannikko and Mrs. Richmond

Student Individual Pictures on December 7 and 8

(See Stone Website for more information)

We will have Lifetouch photographers at Stone on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8 to take individual student portraits.  This will be done by appointment only to support health safety procedures.  

  • Monday, December 7 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 8 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please use this Sign Up Genius to select a day and time for your student’s photo. Lifetouch staff, Stone staff, and students will adhere to social distancing and recommended health/safety procedures outlined by the health department.  All students upon arrival to Stone will complete the Covid Health Screening Questionnaire (or may bring it completed) and will have their temperature taken. A mask is required for all staff and students to participate in the event.  Parents/Guardians will wait in their cars until their student returns.  

Picture orders may be placed online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID: EVTVMRS4H.  For support with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or by email at:  UCanswers@lifetough.com.

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Principal's Message - 11/21/20

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Good Afternoon Stone Parents and Families, 

I am truly honored and humbled to be the new principal of Stone Middle School. As a former Stone panther, I am so excited to return “home” to serve this amazing community. I pride myself on creating a “home away from home” environment in which family, student success and growth are always at the forefront. As we continue in these uncertain times, I offer you my unwavering commitment and dedication as your leader.  

Over the last six weeks, I have really enjoyed meeting our students, staff, parents and families. It certainly is a challenge to do most of this in a virtual setting. However, it is so important opportunities continue to be provided for our students and parents/families to keep the lines of communication open. To that end, after Thanksgiving break, I will hold several Principal’s Office Hours for parents and families. I recognize it is hard to find a time that works for everyone, so I will hold two morning and two evening sessions. This will be an opportunity for me to share any new information, as well as for you to ask questions. A link will be sent out after the Thanksgiving holiday break.  Additionally, I am so excited to begin virtual Student Lunch Bunches for our students. I will post a link for students to access in Schoology. 

As I have shared in my previous principal’s newsletters, one of my favorite parts each week is observing classes and having the opportunity to recognize our students. In spite of the challenges, I am so proud of our students who continue to show up and engage in their classes. The Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 11/16 are: Welled Ahmed, Reicher Bikowski, Kylie Brown, Madison Healy, Daniel Lee, Rafael Martinez-Ventura, Ryan McGuinn, David Mehani, Aiyana Pippen and Hassan Shaeldein.

A reminder that Monday (11/23) is the usual check-in and office hours, and Tuesday (11/24) is an odd day. There is no school Wednesday (11-25) through Friday (11-27) for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for all you do to support your children and our school. I wish each of you a peaceful and relaxing holiday break. 

~Meredith Norris, Principal 

Principal’s Office Hours for Parents and Families

Monday, November 30

10:30-11:15 AM

Wednesday, December 2 

6:00-6:45 PM 

Monday, December 7

10:30-11:15 AM

Wednesday, December 9

6:00-6:45 PM 

 

Lunch Bunch with the Principal for Students

Wednesday, December 2

10:30-11:15 AM

Wednesday, December 9

10:30-11:15 AM

Wednesday, December 16

10:30-11:15 AM 

 

Student Individual Pictures on December 7 and 8

We will have Lifetouch photographers at Stone on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8 to take individual student portraits. 

  • Monday, December 7 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 8 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please use this Sign Up Genius to select a day and time for your student’s photo. 

Lifetouch staff, Stone staff, and students will adhere to social distancing and recommended health/safety procedures outlined by the health department.  All students upon arrival to Stone will complete the Covid Health Screening Questionnaire (or may bring it completed) and will have their temperature taken. A mask is required for all staff and students to participate in the event.  Parents/Guardians will wait in their cars until their student returns.  

Picture orders may be placed online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID: EVTVMRS4H.  For support with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or by email at:  UCanswers@lifetough.com.

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Principal's Message - 11/15/20

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Good Morning Stone Parents and Families~ 

In these ever-challenging times, we have gotten used to finding different ways to honor, support and celebrate one another. Staff and students honored our Veterans for their service and sacrifice on Wednesday. Students were celebrated for their first quarter successes on Friday. Our students continue to work hard as they navigate virtual learning. I want to encourage our students to utilize the chat, use their mics, and turn their cameras on if they feel comfortable to increase the level of engagement in classes.  

I am proud of the following Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 11/9:  Zulfia Aman, Isaiah Brown, Mary Fry, Cassidy Martin,  Madeline Maisel, Devin Morgan, MaryAgnes Mutumanje, Ayva Pierre, Genevieve Richards-Poore and Alex Ringhoffer. These students have done an excellent job participating in their classes this week. 

While these times of celebration for accomplishments are not the same, we will continue to create opportunities to highlight the successes of our students and staff to maintain our sense of community. 

To that end, our Student Council Association (SCA) met this week and organized our first virtual spirit week, which will be November 16-20. Please find the attached flyer.  Students should also look on their schoology account for more information on how to win prizes. We are excited to see our students and staff participation! 

I want to remind students to check out the after-school clubs and activities that are offered, as the 2nd quarter schedule has been posted. (Students will need to be logged into their fcpsschools.net account to access the site.) Our students who have participated thus far have really enjoyed the chance to stay connected with some level of activity and be with their peers. 

As we provide opportunities for our students to get involved and ways to celebrate them, consider acknowledging the hard work of our staff members through our FCPS Cares program and/or submit a nomination for a Stone Middle School Outstanding Employee. We truly are all in this together as a Stone community: our students, our faculty and staff, and our parents and families. I am so thankful for your partnership as you balance the needs of your individual families and support of our school. 

I hope you and your families find some time to rest and relax this weekend. 

~Meredith Norris, Acting Principal 

Computer Skills Workshop on November 19 at Stone MS at 3:30 PM

Do you need additional computer support for the following programs: Schoology, SIS Parent Vue or Google Apps? See computer skills workshop flyer attached to this message for more information. 

Student Individual Pictures on December 7 and 8

We will have Lifetouch photographers at Stone on Monday, December 7 and Tuesday, December 8 to take individual student portraits. 

  • Monday, December 7 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 8 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please use this Sign Up Genius to select a day and time for your student’s photo. 

Lifetouch staff, Stone staff, and students will adhere to social distancing and recommended health/safety procedures outlined by the health department.  All students upon arrival to Stone will complete the Covid Health Screening Questionnaire (or may bring it completed) and will have their temperature taken. A mask is required for all staff and students to participate in the event.  Parents/Guardians will wait in their cars until their student returns.  

Picture orders may be placed online at MyLifetouch.com or by phone at: 1-800-736-4753 using the Picture Day ID: EVTVMRS4H.  For support with ordering pictures, please contact Lifetouch by phone or by email at:  UCanswers@lifetough.com.

Reminder about Office Hours on Mondays

Office Hours on Mondays are immediately after Check and Connect at 9:30 AM. Office Hours have been broken up by department (see schedule). Students should continue to utilize their individual teachers’ office hour links in Schoology. 

Stone MS Library Curbside Pickup

In addition to digital book access and the public library's LEAP program, Stone MS students also have access to books through our curbside pickup program. For more information, please see the form found here, and contact Ms. Outlaw through Schoology. 

PTSA Spirit Store The Stone Spiritwear store is officially live!  The store will remain open until 11/20 and orders will arrive within two weeks and be distributed in time before Winter Break. There is an option to pay $9.95 per order to have the merchandise shipped directly to one's home OR one can pick up their orders from the main office at Stone MS. 

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