Principal's Message: 12/4/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families, 

It was a great week welcoming back students and staff after our Thanksgiving break! Our students continue to shine in and outside of the classroom. Members of our NJHS were back to service this week, this time at Stone as they continue to ensure our grounds look beautiful now that most of the leaves have fallen. 

We have a lot of exciting upcoming events the next two weeks. I look forward to highlighting each of them. Read below for more information and stay tuned for several updates in the new few weeks' Principal's messages. Wishing each of you and your families peace and joy during this holiday season. 

For more highlights and updates of life at Stone, please consider following @StonePanthers on Twitter. Please continue to reach out if you have any questions, concerns or to provide feedback.

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther

It was great to get back into classrooms this week and see all of the wonderful collaboration and communication taking place. Please click the link above to see this week’s Portrait of a Panther Winners! 

Student of the Month Recognition for November

We have several Stone students who have been recognized by their teachers for the Student of the Month award.  These students have exemplified characteristics of respect, kindness, honesty and/or academic excellence over the past month and will be congratulated on the Panther News show and will receive a certificate and magnet for their recognition.  

Congratulations to the following students for November Students of the Month: Nabiha Asim, Henry Bailon-Ventura, Lucas Barillas, Nava Farooqui, Kyle Furr, Gabriel Lebahn, Jayden Livingston, Nate Logerwell, Lida Nabizada, Viet Nguyen, Eric Odoom, Alexis Putman, Alexander Reyes, Adrianna Reyes, Maryella Rodriguez, Brissa Sandoval, Ivy Seguin, Alexander Steinecke, Ben Stewart, Summer Wood, Brianna Thomas-Stine, Nopawan Thongkum, Avery Toweson, Seiji Tu, Alana Watkins, Tucker Whitacre.

Inclusive Schools Week

Our leadership has planned a great spirit week to recognize and celebrate National Inclusive Schools Week. We look forward to all the activities throughout the week. Click the link above to learn more.

Music Department Upcoming Performances
We are thrilled to have our performing arts program showcase their talents and hard work in their upcoming concerts. 

  • Orchestra Concert - Tuesday, December 7th @ 7:00 in the Gym
  • Band Concert – Wednesday, December 15th @ 7:00 in the Gym
  • Choir Concert – Thursday, December 16th @ 7:00 in the Gym

Family Engagement Website Resources - UPDATES!

Continue to check out our family engagement section on our website. This will be updated frequently for additional resources, as well as upcoming events!

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser: Through Dec. 6

The Stone MS PTSA is selling Krispy Kreme donuts as its fall fundraiser. Please order and prepay for your donuts by Monday, December 6. Orders can be picked up at the school on Saturday, December 11. The Panther Block class with the most sales earns a party.

Please go to this link to order your donuts.

Principal's Message: 11/20/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families, 

It was a very fun and eventful five days as we closed out the last full week of November. I continue to be so proud as we have so many wonderful things to celebrate each day as a result of our talented students and staff.

Below you can read more about the many exciting activities that took place this week to include our 3rd speaker series with Darrell Green, our first parent coffee, a very creative spirit week where we saw huge participation, celebrating our honor roll students from the first quarter and much more. There were a lot of joy and smiles throughout the hallways this week, which I know will continue as we have several upcoming events to close out the 2021 calendar year. 

A quick reminder we only have school on Monday and Tuesday of this week. There is no school November 24-26 in observance of Thanksgiving. I continue to be so grateful for your support and partnership as we ensure our students have a positive, rich and meaningful middle school experience. I wish each of you and your families a relaxing long weekend; my Principal’s Message will resume on December 4, 2021. 

For more highlights and updates of life at Stone, please consider following @StonePanthers on Twitter. Please continue to reach out if you have any questions, concerns or to provide feedback.

Have a great weekend, 

Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther
One of the highlights of my week is showcasing our talented students. This week several of our students did a great job with overall participation, taking risks by doing something new, whether on the announcements or on the news show, as well as being overall great students. Please click the link above to see this week’s Portrait of a Panther Winners.

Darrell Green Feature 

We wrapped up our 3rd speaker series with our final NFL Hall-of-Famer and Super Bowl Champion, Darrell Green, as part of our Speaker Series partnership with our Ignite business partner, Grace Covenant.

Mr. Green shared a powerful message around responsibility and the importance of staying true to your vision, imagination and dreams to make the most of each day. Students and staff had an opportunity to meet him and talk a little more with him after the live-streaming interview. Please click the link above for the complete video and pictures.

Spirit Week Feature

Thanks to our leadership students for planning a really engaging and fun spirit week. Our students and staff really got into each day. We loved all the spirit and creativity…check out all the fun on our school Twitter page linked above. Follow us at @StonePanthers.

All A Honor Roll for Q1 Feature

We honored and celebrated our 7th and 8th grade students during our first quarter Honor Roll ceremony yesterday. A special thank you to former Stone Panthers and current Westfield High School Seniors,  Rakibul Alam and Sathvika Sangoju, for their inspiring words.

Each student shared about their own personal academic journey, what they have learned along the way, and words of encouragement as our students continue on with their school year. Students were also encouraged by Ms. Norris to take a risk and try one new thing during this second quarter. Please click the link above for more pictures and the video. Thank you to our Student Services team for coordinating this event.

Family Engagement Update

We had a great first parent coffee this last Wednesday where our parents and families were able to engage in more in-depth learning around Schoology and SIS. Thank you to Amy Copeland, Student Information Assistant, Alison Costanza, School Based Technology Specialist, Denisse Stein, Family Engagement Liaison, and Tami Brumett, Director of Student Services, for this very informative session. 

Our next upcoming parent event will be a virtual town hall on November 30 at 6:00 PM. During this time, Ms. Norris, will provide an update of the school-year thus far,  review of first quarter survey results and then an opportunity for general questions. Please click the link above for more

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser: Through Dec. 6

The Stone MS PTSA is selling Krispy Kreme donuts as its fall fundraiser. Please order and prepay for your donuts by Monday, December 6. Orders can be picked up at the school on Saturday, December 11. The Panther Block class with the most sales earns a party.

Please go to this link to order your donuts.

Decades Day was a hit as part of our Spirit Week!

Members of our NJHS, along with sponsors, Ms. Deal and Ms. Egbers, gave back to VFW by raking and helping with other landscaping needs. Thanks for your service!

A lot of Spirit Week fun, especially on Throwback Thursday, where students dressed from a variety of decades!

More spirit week fun...students dressed as staff members-- even complete with some high heels that lasted for a part of the day!

Principal's Message: 11/13/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families, 

It was another busy week as our students and staff engaged in continued meaningful learning in our first full week of the second quarter. 

We are so proud of the sacrifice and service displayed by our four Veterans at Stone: Mr. Mark Daugherty, Science (Army); Mr. Kevin Eley, Technology Specialist, (Army); Mr. Armando Garcia, Counselor, (Navy); Officer Virgil Swartz, School Resource Officer (Army). In addition to honoring these amazing individuals, we also honored our other staff members who have family members who serve or have served. To our Stone families who are serving or have served, we say thank you for your commitment, dedication and sacrifice serving our country.

See below for our Veteran's Day feature...a big thank you to our leadership  and Panther News students for their hard work putting this presentation together. We have another exciting week with a lot of events taking place for our students, staff and families. Please read below for more information. I thank you for your continued partnership and support!

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther 

Our students never cease to amaze me. Click on the link above to see this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners who did a great job contributing to class discussions and the overall positive dynamics in the classroom.

Veterans Day Feature

As mentioned above, our leadership and Panther News students put on a great presentation to honor our Veterans and family members of Veterans on Thursday! Click the link above to watch the video and see more pictures to honor and celebrate our Stone staff. 

Spirit Week - Nov. 15-19 

We are closing out this last full week of November with a spirit week. Click the link above to participate...thank you to our leadership classes for ensuring we continue to stay positive and have school spirit!

Student Picture Make-Up Day: Monday, November 15th

Lifetouch will be at Stone on Monday, November 15th from 7:30-9:30 in the Theatre for students new to Stone, missed the original picture day, would simply like a new photo. Please click the link above for more information. 

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night: Monday Nov 15

Start your week off right and head on over to Chick-Fil-A in Chantilly to support your Stone PTA! The event is from 4:00-8:00 PM and all you have to do is mention Stone before placing your drive-thru order with a Team Member or write Stone in the special request field before finalizing your mobile order. 

Parent Coffee: Tuesday November 16th (9:00 AM or 5:00 PM)

We will be holding an in-person session in order to help parents better understand SIS-ParentVUE and Schoology, how these interact, and how you can support your child by getting familiar with these systems.  If you do not have an account yet, we will be available that day to help you set one up.  Stone MS counseling staff will be available to answer questions.

Please RSVP to either session by clicking on this link.  If you have a language preference, please let us know as well through the same link.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account and would like to sign up for one ahead of time, please email Mrs. Amy Copeland at alcopeland1@fcps.edu, to obtain an activation code. Please provide your name and your student’s name in the email.

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser: Through Dec. 6

Please click the link above for another way to support the Stone PTA. All these fundraisers allow for the PTA to continue to support students, staff and the community. Thank you for your support!

FCPS Outstanding Awards Nominees
Nominations are now open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a  Stone Middle School outstanding employee in any of the listed categories, please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Witt at jrwitt@fcps.edu

We are so lucky to have Officer Swartz as part of our school community. He has done a great job as a guest presenter for Ms. Ellen's 8th grade Health classes!

Thank you to Ms. Nolan's History 7 students for their display of appreciation in honor of Veteran's Day!

Principal's Message: 11/6/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families, 

We began the second quarter with a re-emphasis on our school-wide expectations of respect, honesty and kindness. We are so appreciative of several students and staff members who shared their perspective surrounding these important characteristics. You can check out the video here.

We were excited to begin movement in Panther Block yesterday, where several students were able to participate in various enrichment opportunities to include: Microscope Club, New Ways to do School, Service Club, School Newspaper, Science and Mastermind Clubs. Students and staff were excited and energized to begin these new learning opportunities and look forward to providing updates along the way. A reminder if your student was interested in one of these activities, there will be additional opportunities afforded throughout the school year. 

I am always excited to showcase the many wonderful things taking place here each day, and this week is no exception as you can read in the features below. Please continue to reach out if you need something. I appreciate your continued support and partnership. 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

FCPS Outstanding Awards Nominees
Nominations are now open for the FCPS Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a  Stone Middle School outstanding employee in any of the listed categories, please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Witt at jrwitt@fcps.edu

Portrait of a Panther

Even in a short week, our students began the 2nd quarter on a bright note. Several of our students were featured in a video this week around respect, honesty and kindness and did a great job. Others did an outstanding job answering questions in their classes.

Artwork Around the Building Feature
The art students collaborated as a small table group to create a design in the style of Keith Harring to visually communicate and promote positivity and acceptance. Using oil pastels, students created bright positive paper murals to distribute around the school community, each group selected their placement choice. In the 1980’s, Keith Harring produced hundreds of public drawings in rapid rhythmic lines in the NY subways spreading positivity. Check out their final projects from our talented art students  in the link above!

Family and Consumer Science Students make PJ Pants Feature

Just in time for the cooler weather...our students in Family and Consumer Science had a great time the last few weeks making their own pajama pants. Students were able to pick out their own fabric to find the perfect style/fit for them.

Family Assistance

If your family is in need of food resources, clothing or holiday assistance, please click here to complete the request form.  Please understand that submission of this form does not guarantee resources. We will  work closely with our community partners to find ways to support our families in need.

Please join us on our 1st Coffee Talk! of the year, Tuesday, November 16th, 2021. 

We will be holding an in-person session in order to help parents better understand SIS-ParentVUE and Schoology, how these interact, and how you can support your child by getting familiar with these systems.  If you do not have an account yet, we will be available that day to help you set one up.  Stone MS counseling staff will be available to answer questions.

Please stay on the lookout for more information and mark your calendars.  We will be offering two 1-hour sessions to fit your availability:

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

9:00 am & 5:00 pm

Please RSVP to either session by clicking on this link.  If you have a language preference, please let us know as well through the same link.

If you do not have a ParentVUE account and would like to sign up for one ahead of time, please email Mrs. Amy Copeland at alcopeland1@fcps.edu, to obtain an activation code. Please provide your name and your student’s name in the email.

Student Picture Make-Up Day

Lifetouch will be at Stone on Monday, November 15th from 7:30-9:30 in the Theatre for students new to Stone, missed the original picture day, would simply like a new photo.  Students should bring their original fall picture packet, form, or payment with them and will be called down on the PA.  Questions? Email TLStubblefie@fcps.edu

One of our new clubs, Newspaper, is trying to figure out the name of our newspaper...stay tuned!

Mr. Gueltig and his students take a walking tour as they determine some new projects to support the school...stay tuned!

Students exploring the hallway as part of Science Club... not sure what is in those petri dishes... stay tuned!

Students excited to explore and learn more in Microscope Club... stay tuned!

Principal's Message: 10/30/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families, 

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of the first quarter...I want to thank you again for your continued support as we re-acclimated to this school year. While these times continue to present challenges, I am so proud of our students, staff and community for all that has been accomplished this first nine weeks of school. Our students have engaged in meaningful learning in their classes, during Panther Block lessons, and have had a chance to showcase their talents in a variety of ways. Be sure to refer back to all of our features and spotlights so far this year!

As we get ready for the 2nd quarter, I ask you to please continue to have conversations around our Stone MS expectations of respect, honesty and kindness with your child(ren). Our first Panther Block lesson of the second quarter will have messages from myself, members of our staff and students around these important topics as we continue to ensure our building is a safe, enjoyable and comfortable place to learn each day. 

There is a lot of important information below to include our End-of-Quarter Survey. Your feedback is essential, so if you could please fill out the survey, I would really appreciate it. 

A reminder there is no school on Monday and Tuesday, as we have teacher workdays. I hope you and your families enjoy the weekend.

Thank you, 

Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

End of Quarter Survey
As we reach the end of the first quarter, it is important to reflect and ask for feedback. If you could take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey, I would really appreciate it.

Portrait of a Panther
We ended the last week of the first quarter with ten more amazing students who demonstrated strong Portrait of a Graduate attributes. I am so proud of the 82 students who were honored this first quarter and look forward to continuing to recognize our incredible students. Click the link above to see this week's winners. 

Guest Speaker Series Feature
It was wonderful to welcome our second featured speaker as part of our Grace Covenant Speaker Series through Panther Block. On Tuesday, we heard some powerful words from Cliff Russell, former NFL player, as he spoke on kindness and empathy. Mr. Russell shared, “Each of us are created for a purpose. We have the ability to choose to build up or tear down, be kind or be mean, encourage or neglect...choose kindness, choose love, choose encouragement.” Click on the link to check out pictures and read more about his message.

Family Liaison Update
As mentioned last week, please click the link above to learn more about our Family Engagement Liaison, as well as Upcoming Events for the month of November.

Family Assistance

If your family is in need of food resources, clothing or holiday assistance, please click here to complete the request form.  Please understand that submission of this form does not guarantee resources. We will  work closely with our community partners to find ways to support our families in need.

Panther Block Update for Quarter 2

During our Panther Block period the past few years, we have focused on providing intervention for students who need extra support in English and Math, as well as providing assistance for students in their other subject areas. We are excited to expand and offer a new enrichment initiative to provide students with the opportunity to access a variety of activities if they are interested. At this point we are offering the following clubs during Panther Block that will last for a total of 7 sessions:

  • Microscope Club
  • New Ways to do School Club
  • Service Club
  • School Newspaper
  • Science Club
  • Mastermind Club

Students took a survey in the middle of October to indicate their interest. We look forward to hopefully providing each student who expressed interest the opportunity to experience at least one of the activities they selected.

Student Picture Make-Up Day

Lifetouch will be at Stone on Monday, November 15th from 7:30-9:30 in the Theatre for students new to Stone, missed the original picture day, would simply like a new photo.  Students should bring their original fall picture packet, form, or payment with them and will be called down on the PA.  Questions? Email TLStubblefie@fcps.edu

Student Services Updates

Reminder that Student Services will be conducting our Signs of Suicide (SOS) prevention program screening of all 7th grade students through Health & PE on November 16th and 17th.  If you have questions or concerns regarding this program, please contact Tami Brumett-Stubblefield at TLStubblefie@fcps.edu  or if you would like to opt your child out of this program, please click here.

Student Absences during the Week of Thanksgiving

Parents, the holiday season is coming up! Schools will be closed during November 24 - 26 for Thanksgiving Break.

If your student will be out of school any days other than 11/24 - 11/26, please be sure to notify the school by either sending a note with your student to the main office, calling the attendance line, or emailing through our Stone Middle school website. Contact information is listed below:

  • Attendance Line: 703-631-5555
  • Spanish Attendance Line: 703-631-5578
  • Attendance Email: StoneMiddle.Attendance@fcps.edu 

Thank you for helping us prepare for the holidays.

Students enjoyed getting to meet Mr. Cliff Russell this week!

Students and staff enjoyed getting some autographs and meeting this wonderful community leader!

Principal's Message: 10/23/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families:

It was another eventful week as you will see from our features below. Our students did an excellent job getting into the spirit as we made Digital Citizenship an emphasis this week. Additionally, we had our first Performing Arts concert, where our students did an outstanding job. Over 75 8th grade students experienced their first National Junior Honor Society meeting, where they brainstormed ideas to help serve Stone and the surrounding community.  There were several opportunities this week for our students to receive an extra boost of motivation as we conducted several challenges: daily digital citizenship activities in Schoology, our weekly “get to class on time” challenge, pledge-signing in the cafeteria to support leaving a positive digital footprint, and a final challenge offered by our Panther News Team. Our Panther News crew continues to impress us with their weekly Friday news.  

As you can see, there are so many wonderful things happening each day here. I am so proud of all these student-led efforts and love the collaboration and excitement I witness each day. We look forward to this week where we will have our second featured speaker as part of our monthly speaker series during Panther Block. We will also continue with our school-wide read of New Kid, as we come together as a school community in the reading and discussion of this graphic novel. 

A reminder this is the last week of the first quarter. We will have a 2-hour early release on Friday October 29, 2021. You can find the bell schedule on our website. There is no school on 11/1 and 11/2. 

As we close out this first quarter, we have some new things on the horizon, which you will receive more information in next week’s message. Next week, be on the lookout for: 

  • End of 1st quarter parent survey 
  • Information on adjustments to panther block, which will include opportunities for enrichment
  • More information related to our Family Engagement Center & upcoming events

Thank you for your continued partnership and support, 

Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

Digital Citizenship Week Feature

This week was an important week at Stone as it was Digital Citizenship Week.  This year’s theme brought together digital citizenship and social emotional learning as students explored Social Emotional Learning in Digital Life with a daily focus around these topics:

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision Making
  • Relationship Skills
  • Social Awareness

Students participated in Spirit Week, had opportunities for daily activities and challenges in the Schoology course, signed a Digital Citizenship Pledge during lunch that is displayed in our school cafeteria, and had meaningful conversations in their Panther Block classes.

Students are online more than ever before, so teaching them how to use technology thoughtfully and responsibly is an essential part of their social and emotional development and academic success. For more information about how you can continue the conversation at home, visit our website for some photo highlights from this week and  conversation starters you can use with your student. 

Portrait of a Panther Feature

It is always the best part of the week when I can honor and celebrate our students. This week is no exception and our winners this week demonstrated excellent Portrait of a Graduate skills not only in their classrooms, but in their performances as well. Please click the link above. 

Performing Arts Fall Concert Feature 

Our Performing Arts department held their Fall Concert titled “Tales by the Fireside,” featuring wonderful performances from our band, chorus and orchestra students! Our performers did an outstanding job showcasing their talent in their first combined performance as Stone Panthers! 

Family Engagement Liaison Update

Welcome, Denisse Stein, our new family engagement and parent liaison. Mrs. Stein will be working at Stone and with our community to help families get the information and assistance they need to support their children and to ensure their academic success. She can also help connect families to resources in the community. Learn more about Mrs. Stein and look for opportunities for her to share upcoming events to include parent/family coffees, series on topics relevant to adolescence, and much more. 

Our students really enjoyed Neon Day, with a focus on Social Awareness!

More Neon Day Fun from our students!!

Our entire Performing Arts department did an excellent job! Thank you Mrs. Magwire, Mr. Quinlan and Ms. Sgrecci!

More performing arts fun and joy!

Principal's Message: 10/16/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families:

It was a great week at Stone as our students and staff continue to engage in creative and meaningful learning experiences. We welcomed Mr. Jeremiah Davis, our staff development assistant principal, who will join us full-time beginning on Monday. Mr. Davis enjoyed getting to meet students and staff this week and looks forward to kicking off this third week of October with us. 

In addition to welcoming Mr. Davis, we celebrate and honor Mrs. Alison Costanza, our school-based technology specialist (SBTS). Along with five of her colleagues, Mrs. Costanza received an FCPS Excellence award for commitment, dedication and collaboration to support the Schoology pilot, as well as all she does to enhance opportunities for staff, students and families each day. I am very grateful for the many ways Mrs. Costanza contributes to our school community. 

Below you will find information about our upcoming Digital Citizenship Spirit Week. While we will highlight different messages and activities throughout the week, I encourage you to take a look at the additional resources to further conversations with your child(ren) surrounding the importance of positive digital habits. It certainly is a collective effort and partnership to ensure our students are using their devices to support our Stone expectations of respect, kindness and honesty.

Next week, I will share more information regarding our Family Engagement Center, as well as our new family engagement liaison, as we work to develop programs to support all families on a variety of topics beginning in November. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, suggestions or feedback. 

As always, I am grateful for your continued support. Hope you and your families have a great weekend!

Thank you, 

Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

Digital Citizenship Week Feature 
October 18-22 is Digital Citizenship Week. This year’s theme brings together digital citizenship and social emotional learning as students explore Social Emotional Learning in Digital Life. 

Students are online more than ever before, so teaching them how to use technology thoughtfully and responsibly is an essential part of their social and emotional development and academic success. 

It's not just one person's job to teach digital citizenship to our students, but everyone's shared responsibility. Family tips and communication ideas to support our lessons can be found here.

Portrait of a Panther Week of October 11

This week's Portrait of a Panther winners did an excellent job communicating and collaborating with one another, demonstrated some great critical thinking and writing skills and overall active and engaged participation in their classes. 

 

Moe's Night: Tuesday October 19 4-7 PM

Join the PTSA for a night out at Moes on Tuesday October 19 from 4-7 PM. Be sure to present this flyer, where 20% of all proceeds go to support Stone PTSA! 

Are you getting ready to order holiday cards or gifts? What if we told you you could support the school while getting your holiday shopping done??

If so, follow these simple steps and the Stone MS PTSA will earn 8% from your purchase!

* Go to http://stonemsptsa.shutterflystorefront.com * Click on “SHOP SHUTTERFLY” * Log into your regular Shutterfly account (or create one if you are a new customer) *  Shop!!

Student Services Information

This school year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. We are using a prevention program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help. 

SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.  

Here are the Outcomes of the SOS program:

  • Student will learn that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help  
  • Student will learn how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend 
  • Student will learn to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend 
  • Student will learn who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it  

On November 16th & 17th in Health & PE, all 7th grade students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video,  students will complete a brief depression screening tool. This tool cannot provide a diagnosis of depression, but does indicate whether a young person should be referred for evaluation by a mental health professional.   Students will also be asked to complete a response slip which asks if they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns.  School staff will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. 

We encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.  Please also view this Parent Information Video as a resource.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s participation in this program, please contact me at 703-631-5527 or TLStubblefie@fcps.edu  or your child’s school counselor. If you would like to opt your child out of participating in this lesson, please click here to complete the form.

Student Safety

This time of year, it is dark when our students arrive at school in the morning. Our crossing guards would like students who bike to school in the morning to make sure they have a light on their bicycle (as it’s the law) and wear some type of reflective gear so that they can be seen. 

The law states that: 

  1. Every bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, personal delivery device, electric power-assisted bicycle, moped, and motorized skateboard or scooter with handlebars when in use between sunset and sunrise shall be equipped with a headlight on the front emitting a white light visible in clear weather from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a red reflector visible from a distance of at least 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of headlights on a motor vehicle. 

In addition to the foregoing provisions of this section, a bicycle or its rider may be equipped with lights or reflectors. These lights may be steady burning or blinking.

  1. Every bicycle, or its rider, shall be equipped with a taillight on the rear emitting a red light plainly visible in clear weather from a distance of at least 500 feet to the rear when in use between sunset and sunrise and operating on any highway with a speed limit of 35 mph or greater. 

Mrs. Costanza (far left) with her colleagues after receiving an FCPS Excellence Award!

Students in Math 7 did an excellent job working together to solve a variety of word problems!

Mr. Davis getting to know some students!

Students in Science 8 were excited by the egg drop-- several students' eggs remained uncracked!

Principal's Message: 10/9/2021

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Good Afternoon Parents and Families: 

We completed our first week in October with a fun spirit week, in which many students and staff participated in as we kicked off our first week of after school activities. This is a reminder that all students must be registered and signed up prior to staying after school. More information can be found below. 

I want to thank you for your continued support as we partner together to ensure the health and safety of all of our students and staff. While you received a message from me earlier this week and students have heard from me several times on the announcements, I ask you to continue to have conversations with your child(ren) surrounding the importance of our school-wide expectations

Throughout the rest of this month, as part of our 4th period Panther Block lessons, the focus will be on kindness, empathy and the importance of digital citizenship. Students will receive additional information and support on how to best navigate technology and digital resources in a responsible and respectful manner. There are so many ways we can utilize our technology tools to promote positive messages, as well as to enhance an overall meaningful learning experience. However, it takes a collective effort from our students, staff and families to have discussions related to the successes and challenges that exist as a result of increased technology and overall social media access. 

To that end, please find some overall information surrounding digital citizenship, as well as Social Media Best Practices for Students.  I am so proud of the many acts of kindness and empathy I witness each day from our students. Yet I know this is something we need to continue to highlight and encourage to promote and ensure a positive learning environment each day. In the coming weeks, we will not only present opportunities for our students to learn more about overall digital citizenship, but we will also have a forum for parents and families to engage in learning surrounding this very important topic.  Please continue to reach out if you have any questions, concerns or feedback. 

Thank you for your continued partnership and support.  I hope you and your families enjoy the weekend.


Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

After School Program Kickoff Feature

Mr. Anderson kicked off our after school program with a sports themed spirit week. Students stayed after for academic support and participated in clubs and activities. Click the link above to read more  about it. 

Portrait of a Panther: Week of October 4

Our students continue to amaze me with their strong participation in classes as they continue to display Portrait of a Graduate attributes. 

 

Oct.11 - Professional Development Day / Indigenous Peoples’ Day

This is a student holiday and we will welcome students back to Stone on Tuesday, October 12 for an Even Day. 

PTSA News and Notes

- Spirit wear orders will be delivered in about a next week.

- Want customized photo books, prints, cards, decor or gifts?  If so, follow these simple steps and Stone MS PTSA will earn 8% from your purchase!

  1. Go to http://stonemsptsa.shutterflystorefront.com/
  2. Click on "SHOP SHUTTERFLY"
  3. Log into your regular Shutterfly account (or create one if you are a new customer)
  4. SHOP!!!

Volunteer Opportunities:

- Vision & Hearing Screeners: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ba9ae23a57-vision2

- Teacher Work Day Breakfast: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ba9ae23a57-teacher8

After School Academic Support

Academic support will be offered from teachers from each department on the following days from 2:30-3:30pm:

  • Tuesday - SS/English
  • Wednesday - Science/Math
  • Thursday - Electives/PE/Other

Students should complete the weekly after school form found in Schoology for days they will be staying with a teacher for academic support.

Virginia Growth Assessment Makeups

If your child was absent and missed their VGA test this week, we will be holding makeups on Tuesday, October 12 and Thursday, October 14. Please make sure they come to school each day with a fully charged laptop and their charger. 

Makeup Picture Day: November 15

Please click the link above for information related to Make-up picture day.

More students participating in Jersey Day!

Some spirt week fun at lunches!

Principal's Message: 10/2/2021

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Good Morning Parents & Families, 

We were so fortunate to have such beautiful weather as we completed the last week of September and begin October. I am so proud of the continued growth and hard work of our students and staff each day. We also closed out the week saying farewell to Mr. Hudson, assistant principal, who has an accepted an assistant principal role at Frost Middle School. We thank Mr. Hudson for his years of dedication and service to the Stone community and wish him all the best! 

This week’s message contains a lot of important information as it relates to safety and attendance reminders, VGA assessments, kick-off of our Afterschool program and much more. There are several links that provide more detailed information to each topic. 

As always, I am so appreciative of your continued support. Hope you and your families have a wonderful weekend. 

Thanks,
Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

Panther News Show Feature

Our first LIVE show was a success. Students did a great job producing every aspect of this show!  Check out our first show of the year in the link above.

Portrait of a Panther: Week of September 27 

Our students continue to shine in the hallways and classrooms as the model Portrait of a Graduate attributes, as well as demonstrating kindness, honesty and respect. Please click the link above to see this week’s winners.

Stone Middle School Safety Reminders

 For your safety and the safety of our students, please pay attention to the following reminders:

  • Students Who Walk or Bike to School - There have been instances where students are not following the direction of the crossing guards and are instead crossing on their own. Please remind your student to follow the direction of the crossing guard.
  •  Kiss & Ride -  You MUST drop your student off and pick your student up at Kiss and Ride.
    • Please do not drop your student off at any of the following locations:
  • on Sully Park Drive
  • in front of the school
  • in the parking lot
  • in the turn lane before Kiss and Ride
  • Please do not make a U-turn on Sully Park Drive anywhere in front of the school.

When there is inclement weather, Kiss and Ride usually backs up. It is  beneficial on these days to arrive for drop-off and pick-up a little earlier.  Also, please remember we are partners to ensure the safety of our students and families. 

Attendance Reminders

Please click the link above for Stone attendance reminders, which allows us to make sure we are running our Main Office as efficiently as possible. In particular, please pay special attention to late arrival or early dismissal procedures. 

Student Arriving Late: If your student needs to come to school late, please call the attendance line at 703-631-5555 or send an email through the Stone Middle School site. The following information is necessary for a phone message or email:

  • Student’s first and last name
  • Date of late arrival/REASON
  • Your name/signature/relationship

Student Leaving Early: If your student needs to leave early, they must bring a note to the office BEFORE school starts. 

  • A pass will be issued and your student will be in the main office at the scheduled release time.  
  • A parent must come into the office with photo identification to sign the child out.  
  • The following information is necessary on the note:
    • Student’s first and last name/grade
    • DISMISSAL TIME/REASON
    • Your name/signature/relationship

Please note: We will not be able to accommodate walk-in checkout AFTER 1:45PM due to the dismissal time and the bus loop needs.

After School Program: Begins October 5

Our after school program kicks off this week on October 5th. Please click the link above for more information on how to register and sign-up.

  • All students must register (one-time registration)
  • All students must sign-up (on a weekly basis) in order to participate in our afterschool program.

After School Spirit Week: Begins October 5

We are excited to kick off the start of our afterschool programs! Join us for our after school spirit week by clicking the link above.

VGA Testing Update: October 5 & 7

A reminder that our students will participate in the Virgina Growth Assessments on October 5 (Math)and October 7 (Reading)  this week. As a result, our schedule will be a little different on each of those days, students will report to 4th period (Panther Block) to begin the day. Please click the link above for more information.

Stone MS Movie Night: October 15

SAVE THE DATE!  Stone MS Leadership and PTA will be hosting MOVIE NIGHT outside on Friday 10/15 from 6pm-845pm.  More information to follow. 

Makeup Picture Day: November 15

Please click the link above for information related to Make-up picture day.

Students engage in hands-on projects in Art and Science

Principal's Message: 9/25/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families:

We had an eventful week as students engaged in continued meaningful learning experiences throughout their school days. During Panther Block this week, students and staff were introduced and in some cases re-introduced to our school-wide read of New Kid. I had an opportunity to connect with Mrs. Powell’s 4th period class. I was extremely impressed with the class discussion around what students expect when they come to Stone and how we can continue to make this school a better place. These 7th graders were wonderful!

You can read more below about our first speaker series, which took place on Thursday where we welcomed NFL great, Mr. Charles Mann. His words of wisdom were inspiring for students and staff alike and aligned nicely to our Stone MS expectations of kindness, honesty and respect. 

I was reminded several times this week of the many amazing things our students and staff do each day. I thank you for your continued support and partnership as we enter week six of this 2021-2022 school year. Continue to check in with your children and remind them of the importance of following the school-wide expectations. 

We closed out the week with Black/Gold Day and hosting the Westfield High School Homecoming parade. There was a lot of school spirit for our Future Bulldogs in the hallways. It was great to have our students, staff and families back together for this community celebration. Our Stone Panther leaders & Westfield SGA did an excellent job coordinating and executing this event on a gorgeous Fall afternoon. 

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend,
Meredith Norris, Principal

Guest Speaker Series: Charles Mann

We were thrilled to kick off our monthly speaker series during Panther Block with former NFL great, Mr. Charles Mann. Please click the link above to watch the livestreaming of his words of wisdom and interview by Taylor Fenix & Gabe Lebahn, who did an excellent job. We are so grateful to our Ignite business partner, Grace Covenant Church, for supporting our speaker series this year.

Portrait of a Panther

It was another great week where our students were observed many times being active and engaged learners. From in the classroom and the hallways, this week’s winners demonstrated many Portrait of a Graduate attributes, as well as overall kindness, honesty and respect. Please click the link above to read more about it.

PTA Spirit Night: September 29, 2021 4-8 PM

Need a night off from cooking for the family? Want a quick, easy, delicious way to support Stone Middle School PTSA? Then help us make this Wednesday legendary by eating at Texas Roadhouse (Chantilly) on September 29, from 4-8pm! We will earn 10% from all dine-in and to-go food purchases when you mention or show our flyer. If you use the app to purchase, please mention “Dine to Donate for Stone MS PTSA” in the “Special Instructions” box and when picking up your order. If you purchased Texas Roadhouse e-gift cards earlier, you can use them this Wednesday so the PTSA earns even more! Hope to see you there!

Schoology Series for Parents: Assignments & Grades

  • Assignments included in the SIS gradebook may include assignments and assessments from a variety of sources. 
  • Parents may see grades in Schoology, but these grades in Schoology may simply be activities to help with student learning and may not be considered official grades that go into SIS. 
  • At this time SIS and Schoology grades books might not match. The SIS gradebook is FCPS’ official gradebook of record as shown above.

Covid Management Updates

Please find the most updated information related to Covid management and communication by clicking the link above.

PE Uniforms

Please click the link above to read more about our PE Uniform purchase and delivery process.

After School Activities & Spirit Week  

Please click the link above
to see more information about our After School Activities and Spirit Week. More information can be found at our afterschool page or contact Mr. Anderson for more information. 

8th Grade Civics Service Learning

Please click the link above for more information related to the 8th grade Civics Service Learning requirement. We are excited for our students to engage in a variety of service opportunities throughout this year. 

Students from Mrs. Sohn's 1st period class showing off their "Future Bulldog" pride!

Stone students along the parade route

More Homecoming fun at Stone Middle

Principal's Message: 9/18/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

It was another busy week here at Stone. I want to thank you for your continued support and communication as we ensure our students stay safe, healthy and have several opportunities for meaningful learning experiences.

I ask for your partnership in ensuring your students understand and adhere to our expectations of respect, honesty and kindness.

Hope you and your families have a wonderful weekend, 
Meredith Norris, Principal 

Stone Middle School Website

Back to their Roots Feature

It was an exciting week as four Stone staff members were featured on several local news outlets each person came back to work at Stone, the middle school they attended. Click the link above to read more about it. 

Portrait of a Panther 

There are so many students who continue to shine each day as they engage and participate in classes. I love being able to get into classrooms to see all of our many talented students as they demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate skills. Click the link above to see this week’s Portrait of a Panther Winners.

Communication Update 

We greatly appreciate your continued patience and support as we navigate the reporting and management process as it relates to students who are out with Covid-19, or have been placed on pause. The Fairfax County Health Department announced a change in their communication process for students waiting for COVID-19 contact interviews. 

Academic Coordinator Position

My name is Sarah Elkalban and I have recently been assigned to the role of Academic Coordinator at Stone Middle School. This is a new role and part of my job is to check in with students who were put on pause so we can put an Academic Support Plan in place to make sure they are caught up with any missed assignments and to see what interventions they may need in order to get instructional support or additional time to complete assignments. I am in the process of going through the list and connecting with students that were out for a longer duration of time. After I connect with the student, I reach out to the student’s teachers and parents with a summary. You may have received emails from me already. If a student is missing anything additional than what we discuss,, I have asked teachers to connect with the student. Many of our students simply need a grace period to complete work and assessments and some may need extra assistance to understand the assignments better. As needed, I look forward to partnering with your child, you, and their teacher to help get back on track.

We have some great upcoming events planned for this week to include a featured guest speaker for students during Panther Block on 9/23,  as well as hosting the Westfield High School Homecoming Parade on Friday 9/24 at 4:45 PM. We invite our students and families to join our feeder pyramid schools as Stone MS participates in the fun and excitement before the Westfield Homecoming game. Upon completion of the game, plan to head over to Westfield High School to enjoy the football game at 7:00 PM. There will be a special cheering section for Stone students and families

Schoology Series for Parents: Schoology App
Did you know there was a Schoology app? The Schoology app is available for both iOS and Android devices. Consider downloading it today to stay connected. Your child can do the same! 

Please Note: When logging into the app, the school name is: Fairfax County Public Schools.

Stone Attendance Information & Procedures
Please click the link above to read more about our attendance procedures at Stone MS.

Student Monitor Employment Opportunity 

Enjoy working with students?  Stone Middle School is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors. Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  

  • If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description above. 
  • Please click the link above for more information and email Meredith Norris (mcnorris@fcps.edu) if you have any interest. 

Principal's Message: 9/11/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

Yesterday, we held a special moment of silence in recognition of the 20th anniversary of September 11th as we commemorated and acknowledged the loss of life, the heroism of our first responders, and the resilience of our country. We honor all those who lost loved ones and those who served heroically.

I want to thank you for your patience, support and communication as we navigate these challenging times together as a Stone community. I encourage you to continue to reach out as questions arise. Please  refer to our website as it relates to Covid processes and procedures. 

Again, I am grateful for your support. Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend. 

Take care,
Meredith Norris, Principal
Stone Middle School Website

Portrait of a Panther - Week of Sept. 6

Our Portrait of a Panther recognition program has returned for the 2021-2022 school year. Each week ten students will be recognized by Ms. Norris for showing strong Portrait of a Graduate skills in the hallways or during classroom visits. I am always so proud of the work our students do to stay engaged and invested in their learning. Please click the link above to see our first week’s winners. Their pictures will be displayed in the front of the building, and they will receive a little something from Ms. Norris in the mail.

Back to School Night Recap

Thanks to all of our parents who were able to attend the BTSN event. We are so grateful to our staff and student leaders who helped make this night a success. Please click the link above to see some snapshots from the evening.  All available materials are posted on our Stone BTSN webpage.  You can view BTSN teacher materials in Schoology in the teacher's Course Information folder. 

Schoology Series for Parents: Account Notifications

You can turn on and off the email notifications you wish to receive from Schoology regarding your child’s Schoology course updates and classwork.

  • Step 1: Login to Schoology at lms.fcps.edu. (Parents use their SIS ParentVUE account to log in to Schoology.)
  • Step 2: Click on your Name then select Settings
  • Step 3: Select the Notifications tab.
  • Step 4: Turn the emails you want to get On or Off. Anything turned On will send a personal email to you.

Please click on the link above to learn more Schoology tips. 

Student Picture Day

We will have Lifetouch photographers at Stone on Friday, September 17 to take individual student portraits during PE classes. Please click the link above for more information.

Stone After-School Program

Please click the link above for information on our after school program. More details will be coming soon!

Student Monitor Employment Opportunity 

Enjoy working with students?  Stone Middle School is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors. Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  

  • If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description above. 
  • Please click the link above for more information and email Meredith Norris (mcnorris@fcps.edu) if you have any interest. 

World Language Credit Exam

The 2021 FCPS World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 16, 17 and 18, at Robinson SS, Centreville HS, and Edison HS. Registration opens on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 8 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 4 p.m. Late registrations will not be accepted.  Please click on the link above for more information. Students should see their school counselor for registration. 

Principal's Message: 9/4/2021

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Good Morning Parents & Families: 

We have completed our second week of school and I continue to be impressed with our students and staff as they engage in a variety of activities as they get to know one another and delve deeper into the content and curriculum. As evidenced below in our two feature stories, there are so many wonderful things happening inside and outside of Stone Middle School and I am proud to share them with you each week. 

I wanted to provide a few pieces of information as it relates to Covid processes in place at Stone Middle School. I recognize how challenging of a time this continues to be and it is a collective effort from our students, staff and families to ensure we maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. All that said, see this page for a few important reminders and answers to questions regarding these Covid processes.

I look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night this week for those of you who are able to attend. Please read below for more information.

I appreciate your continued support. Enjoy the beautiful weather this long weekend. 

Take care, 

Meredith Norris, Principal
Stone Middle School Website

2nd Week Back Feature

It was another busy week as students and staff engaged in more hands-on activities in classrooms, and we continue to enhance our school grounds with some beautification projects. Click the link above to learn more about this week.

Leadership Spotlight Feature

We are so excited to have student leadership as a course elective this year. Click on the link above to learn more about what our Panther Leaders have been up to the last two weeks.

Back To School Night: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 6:00-8:30 PM

Please click on the link above for more information for our in-person BTSN or see the flyer found here.

  • Your child will bring home a paper schedule on Tuesday, September 7th for you to bring with you.
  • Spanish translation will be available for our sessions. 
  • Please find the FLE Preview letter.

If you are unable to attend, BTSN materials will be available on our website the following week.  If you have any questions, please contact Tami Brumett at TLStubblefie@fcps.edu

Student Services Updates

All FCPS students will receive no-cost breakfast and lunch.  

  • We ask families who may qualify for free and reduced-priced meals to still complete the online application form by clicking the link above. 
  • If qualified, this will waive any student obligation fees for the school year. 
  • Questions… Please ask your child’s school counselor. 

Student Picture Day

We will have Lifetouch photographers at Stone on Friday, September 10 and Friday, September 17 to take individual student portraits during PE classes. Click the link above for more information. 

Student Monitor Employment Opportunity 

Enjoy working with students?  Stone Middle School is seeking individuals to serve as student monitors. Student monitors provide supervision support in the classroom, lunchroom, and outside.  

  • If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description above. 
  • Please email Meredith Norris (mcnorris@fcps.edu) if you have any interest. 

Schoology Series for Parents: View Your Account Activity

You’ll know you’re in your parent account if you see your own name in the top right corner. Updates from all the school, courses, and groups you participate in appear in your Recent Activity area.

Having a Parent account in Schoology is actually like having two accounts:

** Your personal account, with your own name and information.

** A view into your child’s account. You can view Schoology from your child’s perspective, see assignment details (not the specific Google files), and receive updates about their activity.

Principal's Message: 8/28/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

It has been an absolute pleasure to welcome your child(ren) to Stone Middle School this week. I commend our students for doing an incredible job navigating their new building, classes, lunches and the overall transition to middle school. It has been a joy to see them reconnect with their friends, meet new peers, engage with their teachers and other school staff and participate in a wide variety of hands-on activities. It has been wonderful to observe and capture our students and staff energized and excited to be back in the classroom and on school grounds.

As always, we could not do it without your support. I appreciate those of you who were able to attend our final town hall this month. These town halls are very helpful for us as a school team to continue to plan, assess and reassess to ensure we do whatever we can to maintain a safe and meaningful learning experience.  As I will continue to share, please reach out to any member of the Stone admin team if you have questions, need clarification/support, or want to provide any feedback. 

Hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend, 
Meredith Norris, Principal

Stone Middle School Website

Opening Week Feature 

Please check out the link above for moments captured throughout this first week of school of our amazing students and staff.

Town Hall #3 

It was great to meet with so many parents/families virtually to check-in on the first week of school. Please click on the link above for the answers to questions asked.

Back to School Night Info 

We will have more information in next week’s Principal’s Message, but please mark your calendars for our in-person Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM. 

  • There will be a special education and ESOL session at 5:30 PM prior to the start of the meeting. 

Digital Consent Form: Please Sign Off

Our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here. Please click the link above where the enrolling parent or guardian MUST indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. 

We encourage you to complete the parental consent for digital resources form as soon as possible, as your child will not be able to use the digital resources until we have received your permission.

Student Services: Forms: Please complete by Monday August 30, 2021

This past Thursday, students brought home two forms for you to complete, the Emergency Care form and Health Information form. Please click on the link above for more information related to forms & how to update it in SIS. 

  • Emergency care forms are pre-filled with the information we currently have in our system.
    • Please make any changes/updates needed on the form, sign and return it with your student.
    • You can also update your student’s emergency care form online using the directions below..
  •  The health information form is completed each year and kept on file in the clinic at Stone MS.

Please have your child return these forms to their Panther Block (Pd 4) teacher on Monday, August 30th

If you need a SIS Parent Account, please contact Mrs. Amy Copeland at alcopeland1@fcps.edu or 703-631-5560.

Parent Needs Assessment - Student Services

School Counselors look forward to supporting your child's academic, social, and emotional growth this year.  We will address each of these components in classroom and school-wide activities. In addition, one-on-one and small group counseling will individual needs of students. As we plan the services offered by our School Counseling Program, we would like to get your feedback. The School Counselor is not just a resource for students, but a resource for parents as well.  We would be happy to plan and conduct workshops covering any topics parents would like to learn more about. Please click on the link above to fill out the survey.

Arrival and Dismissal for Walkers and Kiss & Ride

Walkers and students who are dropped off at Kiss and Ride should begin arriving at 7:15 AM, where they will report to the cafeteria. In the afternoon, you can begin arriving at 2:00 PM to pick up your child.  The entrance to Kiss and Ride is located on Sully Park Drive near the cafeteria and is marked with a blue curb.  Students can be dropped off and picked up in this area only. Please do not enter through the bus loop.

Join our PTA

Please click on the link above to join our PTA. If you have any questions please email them at stonemspta@gmail.com. PTA is excited to offer an online store where you can purchase spirit wear for you and your family. Check it out!

Donation Request

Mr. Klopfenstein, our Tech Ed teacher, is requesting empty two-liter bottles or 20 oz. soda bottles for various projects. If you have any available, please send them in with your child and have them bring to Room 144. 

Principal's Message: 8/21/2021

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

It was so wonderful to welcome back our staff, students and families in a variety of Welcome Back events this week. I definitely experienced very proud principal moments throughout this entire week, as I, along with your students, am beginning my first full year at Stone Middle School. While I know the first day brings a range of emotions from students and families, I assure you we, as a school team, will continue to do whatever we can to ensure our students feel safe and comfortable as they embark/continue on their middle school journey. 

As the parent of three FCPS students, I understand the overwhelming amount of information you are trying to keep track of as you prepare for your child(ren) and this upcoming school year. While this email is lengthy with several links, I hope it provides you with what you need. Please continue to reach out to any member of the Stone admin team if you have questions, need clarification/support, or want to provide any feedback. 

With feedback in mind, I will host our last virtual town hall in the month of August this Thursday 8/26 at 6:00 PM. This will be an opportunity for you to give us an update on how things have gone during the first week and ask questions. Similar to the previous town halls, a link will be sent the day of the meeting. 

Again, I am so excited to welcome our students back on Monday, August 23rd for the first day of school. 

Have a great weekend, 
Meredith Norris, Principal 

Stone Middle School Website

Welcome Back Staff Feature

On Monday, we welcomed back our staff and we are ALL so excited to have our students back. Click on the feature above to see some of the fun our staff had as we prepared for the first day.

Open House and Orientation for Students and Families

It was so wonderful to have so many students and families in our hallways for our Open House and Student Orientation. Click on the feature above to check out some great pictures!

Welcome Back to the 2021-2022 School Year

We realize there is so much information as we prepare for the first day. Please click on the link above for answers to frequently asked questions, registering for Parent VUE, forms information, attendance reporting and more. 

Schedule & Calendar

Our Stone Middle School bell schedule and A/B day calendar can be found by clicking on the link above.

Masks & Other Safety Information

A properly fitted mask will be required at school by everyone at all times while indoors and on the bus. Please click on the link above for more information about this and other safety considerations.

Bus Schedules & Transportation Information

If your student rides a bus, bus schedules are now available in SIS Parent VUE and Student VUE. Please continue to check for changes because some updates may be made before Monday. Please click on the link above to read more about transportation. We ask for your continued patience and support as we navigate anticipated transportation challenges.

Arrival and Dismissal for Walkers and Kiss & Ride

Walkers and students who are dropped off at Kiss and Ride should begin arriving at 7:15 AM, where they will report to the cafeteria. In the afternoon, you can begin arriving at 2:00 PM to pick up your child.  The entrance to Kiss and Ride is located on Sully Park Drive near the cafeteria and is marked with a blue curb.  Students can be dropped off and picked up in this area only. Please do not enter through the bus loop.

FCPSOn Laptop Distribution

Students will receive their FCPS issued laptop during their Science class on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. FCPS will not be collecting the FCPS Technology Fee this year. During distribution, students will also be able to reset their password (if needed), login to Schoology and their FCPS gmail account. Please see the link above for Student Laptop Responsible Use Guidelines.

Medication Drop Off

Our Health Room will be open and available for medication drop off from 7:30-2:00 PM daily. Please be sure to bring medications in their original containers with the Medical Authorization form.  For detailed information, forms, and instructions, please click on the link above.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to ALL students at no cost this year. Families who qualify for free/reduced  meals are still asked to complete the application as many other services such as financial support for classroom and student fees are available. Please click on the link above for the application and more information. 

Schoology Parent Accounts

Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. Click on the link above to find everything you need to know for parent and student accounts. 

Here is what you need to know now:

Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the right login page.

2021-2022 After School Program

After-school activities will be a blend of homework assistance, tutoring, school clubs, community service, arts and crafts, leadership, recreation and sports, and other activities.  Students will be provided bus transportation home on late bus days (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays). See the link above to register your child for our After School Program.

Service Opportunities 

Our Deer Park Elementary School PTA is looking for student volunteers to help look after children of PTA members during our monthly PTA meetings.  If your student is interested in volunteering, please click on the link above.

Join our PTA

A huge thank you to our PTA who welcomed back our teachers with breakfast on Monday and lunch to close out the week. Please click on the link above to join our PTA. If you have any questions please email them at stonemspta@gmail.com

Pediatric Health Fair

United Healthcare Community Plan is hosting a Pediatric Health Fair on Sunday, August 22, 2021.  It is recommended for families of students aged 5 years+ who are in need of physical exams and/or immunizations.  Please see the attached flyer for more details and share with your school community as appropriate.

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