Weekly Principal's Message - 9/23/22

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September 23, 2022

Parents and Families, 

It is officially fall and we are halfway through the first quarter. Time is flying by.

We have some beautiful upgrades at Stone MS compliments of Grace Covenant Church. We have renewed landscaping in the front of the building along with a fresh coat of paint in the upstairs teacher lounge. Additionally, we have a new sensory room for students. Grace sent over 20 volunteers to the school last Saturday to freshen up the building and support the Stone community. We were presented with a check of $7,500.00 to work on these wellness room for staff and students.  We can't thank them enough for their continued partnership and support. 

Please make sure you are checking in with your student about their grades and academic progress. Our goal is for all students to reach their academic potential. If your student needs academic support our teachers are available every Tuesday after school until 3:30 p.m. Students can signup for this support in their Student All Schoology Course.

This Monday, is a student holiday, and a perfect opportunity for students to catch up on work and study for upcoming assessments. 

Please enjoy the weekend. We will see students on Tuesday September 27th!

Sonya Williams, Principal

Student Expectations Around the Community

At Stone, we consistently enforce the student expectations that all students can learn and achieve academically and socially emotionally. We expect that every student will be a STONE P.R.O. which means Prepared, Respectful and On Time. 

We have received a report from a neighboring business that our students are demonstrating these qualities while on their property. I encourage you to speak with your students about how they carry themselves in the community and your behavior expectations at local businesses.

While I cannot enforce Stone expectations outside of the school hours and outside of school properties, I would like to think that our Stone students will rise to greatness if they understand what is expected of them at all times.

Please help me by talking with your student.

After School Program Begins Tuesday!

 

Our Stone Middle School late buses will start Tuesday September 27.

The buses are scheduled to depart Stone Middle School at approximately 4:40/4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until November 7.

After November 7, we will have late buses Monday through Thursday for those students who are eligible bus riders and staying after school for Tuesday Academic support or the Stone After School Program.

Top 3 Questions and Answers from Mr. A

Q: Where do we go after school if we’re staying after for a club?

A: All students are to report to the CAFETERIA with their laptops FIRST!  Once there, students will click on the “After School Attendance” icon on their desktop and sign into their specific club.

Q: Can we use our cell phones after school?

A: No.  The after-school program is still a part of the school day.  Cell phones can used once you’re exiting to your bus, Kiss ‘n Ride, or walking home.  

Q: Can anyone ride a late bus?

A: Late buses are only for students that ride a bus to school in the morning.  Late buses will come every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Learn more about our FREE After School Program at https://stoneafterschool.com/

Rosh Hashanah (Student Holiday/Professional Work Day)

Monday, September 26, is a student holiday/professional work day for teachers. 

It is also Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year. “Shanah tovah” to our Jewish community celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year! Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah is one of Judaism’s holiest days and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection that ends with Yom Kippur.

Looking Ahead: Yom Kippur, October 4 and 5

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, Tuesday is noted as a ½ religious/cultural observance date on the FCPS calendar. 

Wednesday, October 5, is a holiday for teachers and students. Only 12-month employees report. See the complete 2022-23 school year calendar.

VGA Testing Reminder

Your child will be taking their Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) tests this week. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards. 

  • Wednesday, September 28 (Math)
  • Thursday, September 29 (Reading)

Testing begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time. 

For more information about this VGA Test please visit, https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/virginia-growth-assessments

Any questions, please email Jennifer Wiemann (Testing Coordinator) at [email protected].

Our Family Engagement Center

Our Engagement Center (Room 101) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for families, educators, and community members. It provides access to information and resources to support the success of all students.

If you have any questions or are looking for support, please contact Denisse Stein our wonderful Family Liaison, at [email protected]. Denisse is also fluent in Spanish. Visit our Family Engagement webpage, https://stonems.fcps.edu/resources/family-engagement, to learn more.

Please stop by the next time you are at Stone.

September is Attendance Awareness Month

When Should My Child Stay Home? 

Whether students miss school because of illness or any other reason, missing school leads to learning loss. 

Help your student succeed by encouraging them to miss as few days as possible. However, do make sure your student stays home if they are sick. So when should your child stay home? Visit our site for helpful ideas regarding absences and how to work with your child and your school. 

If your child has a chronic illness, make sure to notify Stone Middle School so that assistance can be provided if needed. Keep an open line of communication with your school public health nurse, and call the school as soon as you know your child will be absent and tell school staff why and for how long. Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

How to Report an Absence at Stone Middle School:

Advisory Committee For Students with Disabilities (ACSD)

The Department of Special Services (DSS) is in need of parent representatives to serve as members of the Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) for the 2022-2023 school year.  Each region is asked to nominate a parent to serve on the committee.  The Governance Manual indicates that: 

“The School Board shall appoint 33 members to the committee; a majority shall be parents of students with disabilities or persons with disabilities” It also states that the committee will consist of  “One parent of a student with disabilities representing each of the five FCPS Regions”. 

This year, to assist in identifying potential nominees, the ACSD is providing the this Public Interest Form on their webpage.  DSS will send to our region leadership team any interest forms that they receive from a parent in our region.  We are looking for parents who are collaborative and invested in examining our current supports and services for students with disabilities, and making recommendations to the School Board around areas of improvement.  

The School Board approves ACSD nominations on September 1st, so DSS would like to have Region nominations back before that date.

Free Tutoring Services

FCPS students continue to have unlimited access to live, 24/7, 1-to-1, online tutoring services through Tutor.com at no cost to families during the 22-23 SY. Student participation is optional and parents/guardians can opt their student(s) out of accessing the services. Detailed information and FAQs are available on the Tutor.com Online Tutoring Services website.

Students can access Tutor.com via a link in Schoology.  Additional information about how to log in and access a tutor is provided to families via the following: Elementary - How It Works and Middle & High - How It Works. Questions not answered in the posted resources may be sent to [email protected].

Stone Quick Links: 

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Principal's Message - 9/18/22

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Parents and Families, 

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night on Thursday evening. We look forward to a continued partnership this school year. 

If you were unable to attend, my Welcome Message and our parent resources from this evening can be found on our website at https://stonems.fcps.edu/back-to-school-night

If you have feedback about this event, please submit it here.

Thank you,

Sonya Williams, Principal

Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month. Some of the ways parents can help their children create healthy routines and a habit of getting to school on time every day include: 

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine. (Need help? View this morning checklist, available in English or Spanish.)
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make them feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.
  • When possible, avoid medical appointments or extended trips when school is in session.

Visit our website for more attendance resources. Attend today, Achieve Tomorrow!

From September 15 to October 15, FCPS recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of the members of our community whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Check out these great reads for Hispanic Heritage Month. Students can stop by the Stone Library to check one out! 

A few of our Stone staff and students shared their favorite hispanic foods. Check it out here!

Virginia Growth Assessment Parent Notice

Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) is a new test required for students in grades 3-8. The state legislature introduced this requirement to measure student growth and progress within the school year in reading and mathematics.

For Fall 2022, the VGA primarily covers content standards for the reading or mathematics course the student is taking this year, including advanced mathematics courses up through pre algebra. However, students enrolled in a high school level math course will not take a VGA in mathematics.  There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA. Results will provide a starting point to measure growth and will offer information about areas of strength and areas for growth in reading and mathematics.

Students enrolled in grades 3-8 will generally take an assessment in both reading and mathematics.

However, elementary and middle school students enrolled in a high school credit-bearing math course, such as Algebra 1, will not take a VGA for mathematics.  

The following points may help you and your student better understand this assessment.

  • VGA must be taken in-person at school.
  • This online, computer-adaptive test is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
  • Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
  • Student results will be used to help school staff plan for instruction and support.

Across Fairfax County, elementary and middle schools will give students the VGA in September or October. Stone Middle School will be administering this assessment on September 28th (Math) and September 29th (Reading) from 7:30am-9am.  Please try to ensure your child arrives at school on time and with a charged laptop.

If you have questions about this state assessment for your student, please contact Jennifer Wiemann, Student Testing Coordinator.

Welcome to Stone!

We would like to welcome Mr. Daniel Brown to our English 8 team and Stone family. Mr. Brown has been teaching since 2009 and his experiences have involved teaching communication in some form. This year he is excited to have the chance to help his students grow in the ways that they assess, process, and provide information.

He shares that, "the opportunity to teach is one that I don’t take lightly, and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of his students over the coming year."

Welcome, Mr. Brown!

Westfield Dance Team Opportunity

Westfield High School Dance Team Fall Clinic will be held on Sunday, October 2 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. with lunch at noon for students in grades 2-8.

  • All participants, will have the opportunity to perform with the Varsity Dance Team at halftime, on Friday, October 7 at the Varsity Football Game vs. South Lakes at 7 p.m.
  • Cost is $65 per dancer before Sept. 25 and $70 for walk in registration.
  • Bring payment on Oct. 2. Checks made payable to Westfield High School.

Click here to register or email [email protected] for more information.

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Principal's Message - 9/11/22

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September 11, 2022

Today is the anniversary of September 11.  On this date in 2001, a grave tragedy occurred in our nation. We remember the victims, families, heroes, and survivors of 9/11. We also acknowledge the sacrifice and courage of our first responders and those who serve to protect our nation. 

We hope that you have taken time this weekend to spend with family and friends, resting and relaxing (perhaps even enjoying the new season of college sports). This week will be quite busy as we have several drills and activities planned including Back to School Night. Please review all the updates below. I look forward to seeing you in person this week. 

Back to School Night

Parents, we look forward to seeing you at Stone for our annual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 15.  Additional parking is available at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church next door. 

Please watch our Stone School Board Member, Ms. Stella Pekarsky’s Back to School message at : https://youtu.be/2_bPrRpMXZs

AGENDA

OPTIONAL Sessions from 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

  • Parents of Special Education Students (Theater)
  • Parents of EL students (Library)
  • Family Life Education/Health Preview Information for Parents (Rooms 148/149)

MAIN PROGRAM from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • Principal Welcome 6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. (Gym)
  • Classroom Visits 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Your child will bring a schedule home on Wednesday, September 14 for you to follow.  Email [email protected] with questions.

Kiss and Ride

Please watch this video for proper drop off and pick up procedures for our kiss and ride process. The  map (to the left) shows you where to drop your students off and pick them up. Please do not drop students off at the front of the bus entrance (shown by the red lines on the map), in the turn lanes leading to the school, across the street from the school, or in the staff parking lot.

This process goes quickly and ensures our students' and staff's safety when we all follow these steps. 

SAFETY DRILLS

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during these drills. Stone Middle had their first fire drill of the school year last week. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Stone will host a lockdown drill the week of September 12, 2022. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

Superintendent’s Community Conversations

Don’t forget --Dr.. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Westfield High School on September 20th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend using this link: https://forms.gle/okc7pMEvqVcPyUnXA

 

Health & Emergency Care forms needed

The Health Information Form  Health Information Form and the Emergency Care Information form provide valuable information regarding student health conditions and are required forms.

Parents/guardians may submit these forms either through electronic submission accessed within the [email protected] (weCare).   If you need a paper copy of a Health or Emergency care form, please email [email protected] 

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students at their individual schools.  Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

FCPS Opioid Awareness 

As we begin the 2022-23 school year, public schools nationwide face a growing student wellness crisis. Our students' wellness challenges impact their ability to perform at their best in the classroom and may lead to other destructive behaviors. In Northern Virginia, the opioid epidemic continues to impact communities including young adults, and sometimes school-age children. Tragically, this can lead to devastating outcomes. There are three things you can do now, to support student wellness and increase understanding of the dangers of opioids and fentanyl:

  • Talk with children and loved ones in your life about the dangers of drug use, especially opioids. For more information, tips on how to recognize and prevent substance abuse, and available support services, watch this webinar.
  • Safely store and dispose of medications to prevent drug misuse.
  • Sign up for a Virtual REVIVE! training class to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and administer naloxone nasal spray to reverse an opioid overdose.

Learn more about the dangers of opioids and available resources on our website. Visit the Student Safety and Wellness webpage for more information about a variety of topics related to student wellbeing. 

Resources: 

Staff Kudos/FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

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Principal's Message - 9/6/22

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Hello Stone MS Community,

We hope that you were able to get some time to rest and relax this holiday weekend. 

Today started our first after school session for academic support; which means teachers will be available after school on Tuesdays to offer support to students. We ask that students sign up via Schoology to stay after school. Late buses will not be available this first week of academic support however, they will start on September 27th. 

Last week, all students were given a Stone reusable water bottle and academic school planner for the year via their Panther block classes. We highly suggest that students put their name on their water bottle and agendas. 

Please remind your students to be a Stone PRO. That means that your student should come to school everyday PREPARED showing RESPECT for themselves and others and ON TIME. We look forward to another week of learning and growing at Stone. 

 

Volunteer Opportunity

Our Library could use some parent volunteers this school year.  Our prime times are during lunches and  right before school starts. Please use sign up genius to volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904094FABA722A64-stone1 

Challenged Materials Review Committees

Stone Middle School is  seeking two individuals who are available to serve on a Fairfax County Public Schools Challenged Materials Review Committee.  Parents must not be employed by FCPS in order to volunteer. The list of Stone committee members will be maintained at the FCPS central office.  Throughout the year, names are randomly chosen to serve if a central departmental committee is required to review a challenged material. If you are interested in serving in this role, please send an email to Mrs. Williams at [email protected]

Safety Drills

Keeping students and staff safe is a priority for all of us. Each school has an emergency preparedness plan to respond to incidents such as fires and tornadoes. Schools are required by state law to practice emergency drills, including lockdown drills, each year. Your child may come home and talk about their experience during these drills. Stone Middle had their first fire drill of the school year last week. We encourage you to talk with your child about the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Stone will host a lockdown drill the week of September 12, 2022. Here are some helpful tips for families to use to support their students before and after school lockdown drills.

Working together, we create a safe, secure environment for students to learn and grow in our schools.

World Languages Credit Exam

The 2022 World Languages Credit Exam will be administered on November 3, 9, and 10, 2022. Thirty (30) languages will be included:  American Sign Language (ASL), Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Tigrinya, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Registration opens on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, October 6, 2022, at 4:00 p.m.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

School counselors will register students at their individual schools.  Credit exam information can be accessed at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/high-school-academics-9-12/world-languages/credit-exam-world-languages.

Back to School Night

Parents, we look forward to seeing you at Stone for our annual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 15th.  

Please watch our Stone School Board Member, Ms. Stella Pekarsky’s Back to School message at : https://youtu.be/2_bPrRpMXZs

Here is the format for the evening:

OPTIONAL Sessions from 5:15pm-5:45pm

  • Parents of Special Education Students (Theater)
  • Parents of EL students (Library)
  • Family Life Education/Health Preview Information for Parents (Rooms 148/149)

6:00pm-8:00pm MAIN PROGRAM

  • Principal Welcome 6-6:20 (Gym)
  • Classroom Visits 6:30-8pm 

Your child will bring a schedule home on Wednesday, September 14th for you to follow.  Email [email protected] with questions.

Superintendent’s Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Westfield High School on September 20th, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend using this link: https://forms.gle/okc7pMEvqVcPyUnXA

Community STEAM Opportunity 

A free STEAM event will be held at Franklin MS on September 10th.  The goal of this event is to generate interest in STEAM subjects for Elementary and Middle School students. The STEAM Career Fair will include:

  • Talks/ demos by STEAM-related subject matter experts (e.g., engineers, medical, artists, and educational professionals) 
  • Hands-on Activities by Thomas Jefferson HS Clubs and local STEAM organizations.  
  • Where- Franklin Middle School, Chantilly, VA
  • When - 11AM-3PM, Saturday September 10th

Visit www.steamtasticfair.org for more information.

Staff Kudos/FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

Follow Stone MS on Social Media

 

See all the happenings at Stone Middle by following us on Social Media!

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Principal's Message - August 29, 2022

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August 28, 2022

Stone Parents,

Our first week of school was full of excitement and relationship building activities. Students appear to be comfortable finding their classrooms and abiding by school expectations. Students were given laptops via their science class on Thursday & Friday.   If a student was not able to get their laptop, please have them stop by the tech office in Room 121 to be issued a laptop for the school year. This week will be a  shorter week as we have both Friday, September 2 and Monday, September 5 as holidays for both students and staff.  We will also begin conducting our annual safety drills this week.  Thank you for all your commitment to getting your students here on time this year. It is so important that students arrive at school on time to maximize their learning. 

Back to School Night

Parents, we look forward to seeing you at Stone for our annual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 15.  Here is the format for the evening:

OPTIONAL Sessions from 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 

  • Parents of Special Education Students (Theater)
  • Parents of EL students (Library)
  • Family Life Education/Health Preview Information for Parents (Rooms 148/149)

Main Program from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

  • Principal Welcome 6:00 p.m. - 6:20 p.m. (Gym)
  • Classroom Visits 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  

Your child will bring a schedule home on Wednesday, September 14 for you to follow.  Email [email protected] with questions.

Remember to Bring Your ID When Visiting Stone MS

All visitors and anyone who checks out a student early MUST show their ID to staff when checking in at the main office. 

For the safety of our students, they will not be allowed to leave school early with any adult unless a driver’s license, passport, or government issued ID is shown. 

Attendance Information

If your student needs to arrive late or will be absent, please call the attendance line at 703-631-5555 (English) or 703-631-5578 (Spanish)

If your student needs to leave early, the student must bring a note to the office before school starts so an early dismissal pass can be issued. We will not be able to accommodate walk-in check outs after 1:45pm. 

Emergency Care Card

This year, we are asking parents to update their students' Emergency Care Information online via WeCare. Using your SIS ParentVue Account, you can update your contact and health information online and submit it directly to us.

Please follow the online instructions below to update your information.  Pre-filled forms will be sent home with students who are missing updated information next week.  We appreciate your help in making sure we have the correct information.

Online Instructions:

  • Log into your SIS Parent Vue account
  • Click on the FCPS Links button
  • Click on the [email protected] link
  • A list of your students will appear
  • Click on the student’s name and click continue on each page

Or

  • Click on the + sign beside the student’s name to get a list of forms
  • After the form has been updated and saved, Click Send The Form beside each student’s name where the information has been updated

If you need a SIS Parent Account, please contact Mrs. Amy Copeland at [email protected] or 703-631-5560. If you forgot your SIS ParentVUE information, you can reset  it using the Forgot Password feature on the login page. 

Stone Annual Career Day

Students today are both excited and nervous about their life after high school. While still dreaming of what the future may hold, they must also map out a future for themselves that is both in line with their career interests and their educational expectations.

  • Career Day gives students an up-close look at different  career paths and connects their learning to the real world.
  • Community members and leaders can share insights about their career and details about necessary education and training for career success.

We are in the beginning stages of planning for our Stone Career day, which will be on Nov 22, 2022. This form is simply an interest form and is not a commitment as of yet, but please SAVE THE DATE as we get closer, more info will follow.

If you are interested in participating as a speaker please complete this form

If you have any questions regarding Career Day, please contact Armando Garcia at 703-631-5523 or [email protected]

Stone Spirit Wear!

New school year, new Spirit Wear! Order yours today! The store will remain open until September 1.  https://www.storessimple.com/restonshirt/18229

 

Staff Kudos/FCPS Cares

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. Please visit the following link to recognize staff members who have done impactful things: FCPS Cares

PTSA

Please consider joining the STONE PTSA group which supports student enrichment activities, school supports and special events. Use the google form here to join today. 

FLE Curriculum - Parent Preview

Family Life Education lessons are posted for the 2022-2023 school year. These lessons can be found in our Stone Parent/Guardian Schoology Course. 

Media titles that FCPS has permission to stream online are provided.  All other media titles listed in lessons are available at Stone Middle School.  Media may be viewed at Stone in the library during school hours or at Back to School Night (9/15 at 5:15pm)

Opt-out forms are available online at http://www.fcps.edu/is/hpe/fle.shtml.

Superintendent’s Community Conversations

Please save the date for a very special event! Dr. Michelle Reid, FCPS superintendent, will host a Community Conversation at Westfield High School on September 20th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. This event will be a unique opportunity to help Dr. Reid get to know our school community and learn more about her vision for our district. 

Language interpretation will be provided, as available, as well as child care and light refreshments. Please register to attend using this link: https://forms.gle/okc7pMEvqVcPyUnXA

COVID Updates

Recently, FCPS sent an update on COVID-19 layered prevention strategies that will continue to be in place this school year. While we had hoped that the pandemic would be behind us, it seems that COVID will be something we must manage as a community for the foreseeable future. FCPS will continue to follow the guidance of national, state, and local health experts when determining the layered prevention strategies that are needed to keep our schools safe and open for learning. It is important that we all work together towards this goal. 

Highlights from that guidance include: 

  • FCPS continues to require families to review the Daily Health Screening before sending students to school. 
  • The 5 Day Isolation Period will continue for COVID positive students and staff.
  • The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine as a safe and effective way of significantly lowering your risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death if you get infected. Vaccines are now available for our youngest students. However, COVID vaccines are not part of the required immunizations for school entry. 
  • At this time, masks are not required. The current CDC COVID-19 Community Level for Fairfax County is low. However, should the community level rise to “high,” FCPS would then require all students, staff, and visitors to wear a face covering when indoors on school property (to include the buildings, school buses and other school provided vehicles; except while actively eating/drinking). The Code of Virginia allows parents/legal guardians to elect for their child not to wear a face covering while on school property.
  • Diagnostic testing will be available beginning Tuesday, August 16, for FCPS students and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Information on diagnostic testing will continue to be updated on our website.
  • FCPS will no longer send a daily or weekly COVID case update. Parents/Guardians will only receive an email from their child’s school when several cases of COVID-19 occur in a single classroom, sports team, or extracurricular activity within a 14-day period. Individual case reports will be available on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard on our website.

To stay up to date, please continue to review FCPS Health and Safety Guidance.

Have a great week, Stone Community, 

Sonya Williams

Principal

Stone Middle School

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Principal's Message: 6/4/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

Well, we have reached the final week of the 2021-2022 school year. While this is such a busy time of year, there is so much to celebrate as our students have brought us so much joy and success. Please find the final week schedule below... we look forward to honoring and celebrating our students throughout the week. 

An additional honoring and celebrating took place as our staff shared in a retirement celebration for three of our esteemed colleagues. We wish Rodney Glover (custodian), Mark Daugherty (Science teacher) and Terry Gregory (special education teacher) for their tireless dedication and commitment to our Stone community the last several years. They have left their mark on this school in more ways than one and on behalf of our community, I wish them all the best as they move into the next phase of their life. 

I look forward to seeing you throughout the week. As always, thank you for your continued partnership and support. 

Have a wonderful weekend, 
Meredith Norris 
Principal 

June 6, 2022

Reach for the Beach Event 

4th Period: 7th Graders attend outdoor activities

8th Period: 8th Graders attend outdoor activities 

June 8-9, 2022

Student Laptop Collection through Science classes

June 8, 2022

6:30 PM: Student Success Celebration at Westfield High School

All 8th grade students and families invited. Award winners will receive a separate email. 

June 9, 2022

1:00 PM: 7th Grade Student Success Awards Ceremony
Award winners will receive a separate email

June 10, 2022

Last Day of School (2-hour Early Release)Schedule can be found here

Portrait of a Panther 
We have recognized and honored 264 students this year for their demonstration of Portrait of a Graduate (POG) skills in the hallways or in their classes. These 21st century skills (Communicator, Collaborator, Creative and Critical Thinker, Ethical and Global Citizen and Goal-Directed and Resilient Individual) empower students to be productive citizens of a global community and successful in the workforce of the future. We end our year with the final group of Stone’s Portrait of a Panther students. See this week’s winners in the link above.

Rising 7th Graders Visit Stone 
Student Services hosted all of our Future Panthers this week for an orientation program overview, student panel and guided tour of Stone.  It was an action-packed morning with tremendous support from our Stone Leadership students who did a phenomenal job with this event! 
Thank you to our Stone Leadership students and Mrs.Neun for your support with this program.  We enjoyed meeting all of our Future Panthers and look forward to seeing them again in August.  Check our website for upcoming dates for our Panther Jumpstart program and Open House information coming soon!  Contact [email protected] with questions.

Spring Chorus Concert 
Congratulations to Mr. Quinlan and our amazing choral students who have done a tremendous job all year. This week, they showcased their talent one last time in their Spring Choral Concert. We are so proud of all their hard work. Hear them sing in the link above.

Final Classroom Spotlight: ESOL Civics Showcase 
Mr. Dickason's ESOL Civics class worked on a Showcase Project where they had an opportunity to research the culture, geography, and politics of countries all over the world. After creating a presentation about their chosen country, the students created educational activities to display their research and engage others in learning about the country. Read more about it in the link above and view some of these amazing student projects.

Final Spirit Week 
It’s our final spirit week of the year! Check out the fun spirit days our Leadership students have planned for our last week of school in the link above.

Last Day of School
The last day of school, Friday, June 10, is a two hour early release day. Students will attend all seven periods. Please find the bell schedule in the link above.

Summer Opportunities
We continue to update our Family Engagement webpage with summer learning opportunities, free health clinics, workshops and events. Newly added events include, Westfield Field Hockey Summer Camp, CyberCamp hosted by Chantilly Academy, INOVA Cares Back to School Clinics, and more. Learn more in the link above.

SOL Score Reports 
If your student took SOL tests this spring, you can view their scores in SIS ParentVUE on Wed. June 8. Use a web browser, not the app, log into your SIS ParentVUE account: https://sisparent.fcps.edu. You will find spring SOL test performance levels and overall scores in the Test History section. You will also get an official score report in ParentVUE Documents by the end of July. Don’t have a ParentVUE account? Create one today here.

Laptop Collection
This coming week begins our FCPSOn laptop collection. All students issued an FCPSOn laptop this school year are required to return it on June 8 or 9 during their Science class period so it can be refreshed for the 2022-23 school year. For more details and replacement information please visit the link above.

If your student will not be in school for their laptop collection date, they should return their laptop and charger to their SCIENCE TEACHER on their last day at Stone

PTSA

We are in urgent need of a PTSA president for the next school year. Without a president, the PTSA cannot function. 

As explained in prior emails, being on the PTSA board in middle school is a lot less time commitment than in elementary school. The main role of the President is to run and organize PTSA member and board meetings, develop the calendar for the year, communicate with the Principal, and support the other board members in their responsibilities as needed.  

If you or anyone you know might be interested in supporting the PTSA, students, and school by serving in this role, please email [email protected]. Thank you to Kelly Long for agreeing to step up for VP of Communications!

Our students and staff had one final FUN game thanks to Mr. Anderson and the after-school program. What a great night of fun and spirit... go Panthers!

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