Principal's Message: 5/27/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

You are receiving this message a day early in anticipation of the 3-day Memorial weekend. In honor of Memorial Day weekend, I want to thank and celebrate all of our US military personnel and families who have served or continue to serve to protect our freedom. Wishing you peace and relaxation this holiday weekend. 

We closed out our last full week of the 2021-2022 school year, and we only have nine days left of school. I thank you for your continued partnership and support as we make the most of the end-of-the-school year events, where we honor, celebrate and take pride in our student achievements. 

While there are so many moments of joy, we also were faced with tremendous sorrow as our country grieves yet again for the students, staff, families and community of Uvalde, Texas. When senseless tragedies like this occur, it can be difficult to have the conversation with our students to offer reassurance, comfort and support. Below, you will find the message I shared with staff and students on the Wednesday morning announcements, as well as some additional resources for you as parents and families. 

As many of you are aware, our country is grieving yet again for the senseless loss of innocent lives taken at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas yesterday. Today’s moment of silence is dedicated to the students, staff, families and community members in Texas. Please pause for the moment of silence.

When tragedy and loss of life occurs in our schools, no matter how far away from us, it impacts each of us on a different level. As young students, you have grown up in a time where our nation has been faced with countless challenges, tragedies, moments of despair, uncertainty and often a feeling of “why do things like this continue to happen? While I don’t have the answer to this, I want you to know that none of you should shoulder this on your own.

School should always be a place where you each feel safe to learn and grow. I want to encourage each of you to continue to reach out to a trusted adult if you need something, whether it be a teacher, counselor, administrator, school resource officer, or myself. While this time of year can be joyful as we anticipate the end of the school year, it can also be filled with angst and worry. It is so important we all do our part to ensure we are there for one another in times of need. While there is so much to be concerned about, we must continue to hold on to hope and do what we can to make our school and world a better place to be in.

A gentle reminder as we go through today and the remainder of this year, please be kind and respectful to one another. It sounds like something so small, yet can make such a difference as we navigate the day to day. Look out for one another; turn to a trusted adult if you need something and know that you have individuals in this building who are here to listen and talk through things with you. Thank you for your attention and I look forward to seeing you in the hallways today.  

Additional Resources: How to talk to your children

It is always our top priority to maintain safety and security in our school building. The administrative team and school staff are constantly monitoring our grounds to include hallways, classrooms and restrooms throughout the day to ensure students are where they need to be. It is a collective effort, so I will continue to encourage students and parents to share any information they might have as it relates to school safety. Additional information regarding our programs can be found here

Together, we will continue to work together to ensure our students and staff feel safe and are in an environment where they can learn and grow. I thank you for your support; please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly if you have any questions, concerns or feedback. 

There is a lot of information in this week’s message, which celebrates the achievements from the last several weeks & also provides an update to our final two weeks of school. 

Have a nice weekend,
Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School 

May 30, 2022

Memorial Day: No School! 

June 1, 2022

7:00 PM: Choir Concert (Gym)

June 2, 2022

Rising 7th graders visit Stone (See info below)7:30 PM: Flag Football @ Centreville HS

June 3, 2022

Performing Arts Field Trip

June 6, 2022

Reach for the Beach Event (See info below)

4th Period: 7th Grade
8th Period: 8th Grade

June 8-9, 2022

Student Laptop Collection through Science classes

June 8, 2022

6:30 PM: Student Success Celebration
(All 8th grade students and families invited)
Award winners will receive a separate email. 

June 9, 2022

1:30 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 will be forthcoming

May Student of the Month 
We close out the month of May with our final round of Students of the Month. Congratulations to all our May winners, as well as all of our student of the month recipients, who demonstrated respect, honesty and kindness.  It has been great to see students recognized and celebrated in our main lobby area.

Portrait of a Panther 
It has been a busy few weeks, so we will have one final round of Portrait of a Panther winners to round out the 2021-2022 school year next week. I am so proud of our students!

PTA Glow Dance 
A huge thank you to our PTA, especially Johannah Evans, for all their hard work to ensure our Spring Glow Dance was a success. Students and staff had a great time dancing, eating pizza and enjoying one another’s company.  Thank you so much to Mr. Anderson and his after-school team for all their support. Please click the link above for more pictures. 

After School Activities
A huge shout-out to  Mr. Anderson, our after-school specialist, for providing countless opportunities for our students this last quarter. Between basketball, futsal (indoor soccer), volleyball and more, our students and families were able to enjoy some competitive fun to close out this school year. Mr. Anderson concluded after-school activities with an end-of-the-year BBQ. While there are no more after-school activities, there is one more event for students and families to enjoy on Thursday, June 2 at  Centreville High School for flag football.

Orchestra & Band Concert
Congratulations to Ms. Sgrecci, Mrs. Magwire and all of our amazing orchestra and band students who have done a tremendous job all year.  This week, all of our orchestra and band ensembles showcased their talent one last time as a large group. We are so proud of all their hard work. Please click the link above to see more pictures and videos. 

Westfield We-Step Internship Panel 
We have been so fortunate to have several Westfield High School Seniors interning with us. Last week, they supported our staff BBQ and this week they joined the Panther News crew serving as panel members to get our students excited about Westfield! Check out their Panther News interview in the link above.

Rising 9th Grade Visit Westfield 
Last week, our 8th grade students participated in a field trip to Westfield High School for an orientation visit, sponsored by Student Services.  Students were welcomed by the pep band and mascot upon entering then heard advice from current Westfield students on the transition to high school.  Westfield students also led tour groups throughout the school to help our students get familiar with the building.  They even gave us a Westfield Football cup with candy as a departing gift! We had a great time on our visit!

NJHS Pinning Ceremony 
We are so proud of our 86 7th grade students who were inducted into the NJHS earlier this week. Additionally 62 8th grade students received their pin for maintaining strong academic excellence, completing their service hours and adhering to the five pillars of NJHS:  scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Thank you to Ms. Bricker, Ms. Deal and Ms. Egbers for your work as sponsors of NJHS and for providing so many opportunities for our students this year. 

Reach for the Beach Event Update
We only have two weeks left to go, and we will start the last week (June 6-10)  of school with a spirit week, along with a Reach for the Beach event during the school day.  Our 7th grade students will participate in outdoor activities and fun during 4th period, while  our 8th grade students will have their turn during 8th period. This is another opportunity for our students to come together,  sign yearbooks, play games and enjoy one another’s company. Please click the link above for more information. 

8th Grade Student Success Celebration 
Our 8th grade Student Success celebration will take place on Wednesday June 8, 2022 at 6:30 PM at Westfield High School in the gym. While this isn’t a graduation ceremony, all 8th grade students and families are invited to attend in which there will be featured student and staff speakers, performances from our band, orchestra  and choral ensembles, as well as 8th grade awards. We will conclude with a Welcome message from Westfield staff, as well as a slideshow. Award winners will receive a separate email indicating they have received an award.

Student Services Updates

Bulldog Bootcamp 2022
Bulldog Bootcamp is truly a great opportunity to start off on the right foot at Westfield High School. Bulldog Bootcamp is staffed by faculty and student leaders, as well as administrators and counselors!  This provides a great opportunity to meet important leaders and make connections within Westfield before school starts. See the link above to learn more and get registered today!

Rising 7th Graders Visit Stone
Stone MS will be welcoming current 6th grade students to visit for a brief program and tour on Thursday, June 2nd.  Details were sent through students’ current elementary schools.  See details in the link above.

Yearbook Sales 
The yearbook is now on sale for $25.00 on MySchoolBucks. You will be able to purchase the book online until June 9th or until books have sold out. Order now to ensure your child has a book to celebrate our first full year back in the building!

Check our final after-school event: flag football!

Principal's Message: 5/7/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

It has been another event-filled week at Stone and I am so grateful for our students and families who helped make this such a memorable and special educator appreciation week. 

While we have so many upcoming events to celebrate the end of the year, SOL testing is also upon us. 

We begin SOL testing this week with an adjusted schedule for students. The adjusted schedules will be posted in Schoology. The adjusted schedule is only for May 11 & May 13. 

  • Wednesday May 11: Reading 7 and Reading 8 
  • Friday May 13: All Math 
  • Thursday May 19: Science 8 (During students' Science classes)
  • Friday May 20: Science 8 (During students' Science classes)

Please fill out the Parent Permission to Retest Form to let the school know whether you allow your child to retest or not.  Once all tests are complete, there is a retake window for any student whose first attempt score is in the 375-399 range. If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Stone’s school test coordinator, Kristina O’Boyle (703.631.5968) or [email protected]).

I look forward to continuing to share and highlight all the many great things going on in our school community each day. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly if you need anything. Wishing all of our mothers a relaxing and Happy Mother's Day! 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Teacher Appreciation Week
Thank you so much to our student leaders, under the direction of Mrs. Neun, along with our PTA and FCPS Ignite Business Partner, Grace Covenant for making this last week so special for our entire staff. We are so grateful for all the nice surprises and appreciation that was shown each day. Our staff is especially enjoying their newly transformed staff lounge. 

12 Angry Jurors
Congratulations to all of our student performers for a successful opening night of 12 Angry Jurors. There is still time for you to see them in action tonight at 7PM and tomorrow (May 8) at 2 PM. Admission is free and donations are greatly appreciated. Kudos to Ms. Stanziani and Mr. Sampson for a wonderful production.

NJHS Walk for the Homeless
Thank you to our NJHS members for a successful Walk for the Homeless on Thursday. Students were able to raise funds to support Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to support those in need in our county. Thank you to Ms. Deal and Ms. Egbers for organizing this event.

Quarter 3 Honor Roll Ceremony
We were excited to celebrate our Quarter 3 All A Honor Roll recipients this week with a student recognition ceremony and donut reception. Thank you to Ms. Majors for your inspiring message to our students! Congratulations again on this academic achievement!!  To view the recording of this event, please click here. 

Glow Crazy Dance
Our Spring Dance, sponsored by the PTA, is this Thursday May 12 after-school from 3:00-4:30. Tickets are $3 and will be on sale during all lunches May 9-11. This is for all students! 

Band & Orchestra Solo Ensembles
Yesterday and today we hosted the district-wide band & orchestra solo ensembles. Thank you to all of our student and parent volunteers, as well as our custodial team for all your hard work to make this event a success. A huge thank you to Mrs. Magwire and Ms. Sgrecci for your coordination efforts... it was great to host this event again! Congratulations to all student performers!

After School Program 
We have three weeks left of after-school activities, so there is still time for students to participate in a variety of activities. Please click the link above for more information.

Student Services Updates:
We are excited to offer an opportunity to our current 8th graders to participate in a Rising 9th grade orientation field trip to Westfield High School on Monday, May 23rd from 9:45am-11:15am.  During this time, students will hear from a student panel, learn about clubs and activities, tour the building and meet members of the Westfield team. There is no cost to attend and students will eat lunch when they return to Stone.  

We need parent permission for all students to ride the bus to Westfield and participate in all aspects of this field trip. Please complete the permission slip on the back of this letter to your child’s Panther Block teacher by Friday, May 13th. Please look for this permission slip to come home with your child next week.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Tami Brumett, our Director of Student Services at 703-631-5527 or [email protected]

Yearbook Sales 
The yearbook is now on sale for $25.00 on MySchoolBucks. You will be able to purchase the book online until June 9th or until books have sold out. Order now to ensure your child has a book to celebrate our first full year back in the building!

Summer Learning and Sports Opportunities 
There are so many upcoming activities offered at Stone MS and Westfield HS this summer. Please click the link above to learn more about your options.

Our leadership students were incredible this week showing their appreciation for our staff. Here are some of our students with their "picture perfect" deliveries!

Staff enjoying their new lounge, as well as Crumbl Cookies and educator appreciation certificates created and delivered by our students!

Another shot of the "picture perfect" day-- Our Science team really enjoyed their delivery-- our students did such a great job!

Another great honor roll ceremony highlighting student achievement. Thank you to Ms. Majors for a great message!

Our staff sure is enjoying their new space and time to be together with colleagues throughout the day. Thank you to all of our students and families who made donations to support the stocking of the lounge!

12 Angry Jurors - Stone MS's Spring Play Opening Tonight!

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Please come out tonight to support your Stone MS Players for the opening night of, "12 Angry Jurors". Tonight's show will take place in the theatre at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Please enter the building through Door # 1. Tickets are free and donations will be accepted. 

12 Angry Jurors: May 5, 7, & 8  Please click this link above for more information.

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Principal's Message: 4/30/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

It was another eventful week as we close out April with several celebrations and many opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning. I loved all the activities students were able to be a part of during our wellness and maker's week. You can read more about it below. 

Additionally, our students continue to work hard as they prepare for upcoming assessments, end-of-year performances and concerts, projects and participate in the track and field unit in Health and PE. I went back to my running days for just a short moment earlier this week when I had the chance to run the mile with Mr. Auger's 7th period class. As I share so often, I love the many moments I am able to spend with students in their classes. This opportunity was no exception as we all were a little tired after running the "dreaded" mile. 

This week we honor and celebrate our amazing staff as part of Educator's Appreciation Week. In addition to opportunities provided below, I encourage you to drop a quick note of thanks to your child's teachers. I thank you for your continued partnership and support; I look forward to seeing you through the coming weeks as we celebrate the end of the school year. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly ([email protected]) if you have questions, comments or concerns. 

Enjoy the weekend, 

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther
We continue to honor and celebrate our students for their commitment to collaboration, communication and other Portrait of a Graduate skills. Click on the link above to see this week’s winners.

Student of the Month
It’s the end of April, which means we highlight another round of wonderful students for demonstrating kindness, honesty and respect. Click the link above to see April Student of the Month winners. ortunity to support our overall mission of kindness, respect and honesty. 

Wellness Week
Our Stone Leadership students organized and planned a wonderful Wellness Week for staff and students to remind them of the importance of self care, healthy habits, and a positive mindset. Events and activities included a Wellness Spirit Week, a Graffiti banner signing during a Panther Block lesson, friendship bracelet making during lunch, an on-site visit from the FCPS Wellness Department to share with staff the many free wellness resources available to them through our Employee Assistance Program! Check out the link above for more information about this week!

Administrative Professional Day Feature 
A HUGE thank you to our front office staff who give 100% to students, staff, and parents and are always willing to go the extra mile to make our days at Stone Middle School better. We enjoyed honoring and thanking them this week for all they do to support our entire school community! Thank you Mrs. Csernecky, Mrs. Copeland, Ms. Diaz Acosta, Ms. Garrison, Ms. Newby and Mrs. Peckham!

Maker’s Week
In honor of National Library Month, our newly updated library complete with fresh paint and new furniture, was transformed with a variety of activities for students and staff to engage in. Please click the link above to read/see more from our first maker’s week to include cosmic creations, a bookmark station, podcasting, puzzles & games, mindfulness activities, arts and crafts and more.

Family Engagement Center
Please check out the upcoming Parent Webinars FREE for parents offered through the FCPS Parent Resource Center. For additional programs, workshops, and family assistance for our Stone community, please consider stopping by our NEW Family Engagement Center (Room 101) to meet and talk with Denisse Stein, our wonderful Family Liaison. Learn more in the link above.

Stock the Lounge! - Educator Appreciation Week
Stone Leadership students are organizing and surprising teachers with a fully stocked lounge to show their appreciation for all their hard work and to provide some refreshments, snacks, and a lending library for the remainder of the school year, but they need your help. Please consider signing up for some of the items below to help Stock the Lounge! Items are due by May 2.

After School Program 
Our after-school program continues to shine with many options for activities. Please click the link above for more information and stay tuned for additional information about upcoming competitions.

Student Services Updates:
We are excited to offer an opportunity to our current 8th graders to participate in a Rising 9th grade orientation field trip to Westfield High School on Monday, May 23rd from 9:45am-11:15am.  During this time, students will hear from a student panel, learn about clubs and activities, tour the building and meet members of the Westfield team. There is no cost to attend and students will eat lunch when they return to Stone.  

We need parent permission for all students to ride the bus to Westfield and participate in all aspects of this field trip. Please complete the permission slip on the back of this letter to your child’s Panther Block teacher by Friday, May 13th. Please look for this permission slip to come home with your child next week.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Tami Brumett, our Director of Student Services at 703-631-5527 or [email protected]

12 Angry Jurors: May 5, 7, & 8 
We are so excited for our spring play, 12 Angry Jurors, which will be May 5, 7 and 8th. This is the first time our students will perform at Stone Middle School in-person. We look forward to you seeing how talented this group is. Please click the link above for more information.

Yearbook Sales 
The yearbook is now on sale for $25.00 on MySchoolBucks. You will be able to purchase the book online until June 9th or until books have sold out. Order now to ensure your child has a book to celebrate our first full year back in the building!

Summer Learning and Sports Opportunities 
There are so many upcoming activities offered at Stone MS and Westfield HS this summer. Please click the link above to learn more about your options.

Students decked out for Tropical Day, but also working hard in History 7!

Students did an amazing job making "How to" booklets as part of our Maker's Week activities. We love being able to utilize the new furntiure and supplies in our library!

Principal's Message: 4/23/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

There is so much to celebrate as we completed another full week at Stone, so see below for all the features and moments of joy around our school. Each week, I will showcase some of our latest updates to our building as we continue to create a warm and welcoming environment centered on family, student success and growth.  Check out a sneak peek of our new family engagement center; we will have a full feature in next week’s message. Additionally, there are so many upcoming events for students, staff and our families, so we will continue to provide updates to support your planning needs. 

We are always so grateful for the incredible support from you as we prepare for a week (May 2-6)  to honor all of our educators at Stone. Please find a few ways for you to support our leadership students as they prepare a week of special moments for our staff. 

  • Recognize a Stone MS Educator to let them know how you appreciate them, what they mean to you, or how they have helped you or your student to feel successful and supported. 
    • This form will close by the end of the day on Friday, April 29. Our Leadership Students will create certificates to recognize these excellent educators during Stone's Educator Appreciation Week. 
  • Stock the Lounge! Stone Leadership students are organizing and surprising teachers with a fully stocked lounge to show their appreciation for all their hard work and to provide some refreshments, snacks, and a lending library for the remainder of the school year, but they need your help.
    • Please consider signing up for some of the items below to help Stock the Lounge!

As always, I am so appreciative of your support. I look forward to our wellness & maker’s week (read more below) and seeing your children throughout this week.

Enjoy the amazing weather this weekend,

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther
We continue to honor and celebrate our students who demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate skills, whether in their classes, after school or in the hallways. I appreciate our students doing the right thing as they often show improvement and success, while working on their communication, collaboration, growth, resilience and overall engagement. 

Speaker Series #8
We are so fortunate for our FCPS Ignite business partnership with Grace Covenant Church. We had another amazing message from Mr. Sean Clemons as he spoke to hope and resilience after going through his own traumatic experience last year. Mr. Clemons shared, “You are in a great school. Just the fact that they have this show shows that they have the heart to help you process through these things. Singing, writing and journaling are good ways you can get your emotions out. He ended his message with three tips as our students navigate difficult times: 1.  Always seek help from a trusted adult; 2. Forgive others and yourself and 3. Have hope! 

We thank our Panther News crew and our SEL coordinators for creating this monthly speaker series opportunity to support our overall mission of kindness, respect and honesty. 

Panther News Field Trip Feature
Stone's Panther News Crew visited the Nancy Sprague Technology Center to learn more about news production. We used their set, equipment, and what we learned to record our next Panther News Show. 

After School Program 
There are so many opportunities for students to join in the after-school fun, so check out the link above. Additionally, stay tuned for weekly events as our students engage in several competitions.

Month of the Military Child
Our students and staff love a spirit day and a chance to honor and celebrate our military connected youth and families on Wednesday by wearing purple was great! On behalf of our school community, we say thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Autism Acceptance Month
We featured another spirit day yesterday as we honored Autism Acceptance Month. Autism Acceptance Month, previously named Autism Awareness Month, in April aims to celebrate and promote acceptance for the condition that occurs in one in every 54 children as of 2020 in the United States. We continue to promote a community at Stone which celebrates differences, promotes an inclusive school environment centered around respect, honesty and kindness. 

Wellness Week(April 25-29)
Our leadership students have developed another exciting spirit week, this time focused on overall wellness. We will feature spirit days and activities throughout the week. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to promote overall positive social-emotional and physical wellness. 

 

Maker’s Week (April 25-29)
We are celebrating National Library Month this last week of April with a re-opening of our newly furnished and painted library space. We can’t wait to share with you all the exciting activities that will be happening in conjunction with Wellness Week.

Laptop Chargers 
With SOL testing quickly approaching we are asking students to make sure they have a charger to use during testing. 

If your child has lost their charger, they will need to order a $23 replacement through MySchoolBucks or by sending in a check made out to Stone Middle School before May 6. Once payment is received, they will be issued a replacement charger. 

They will be responsible for turning in a charger with their laptop at the end of the school year. 

Yearbook Sales 
The yearbook is now on sale for $25.00 on MySchoolBucks. You will be able to purchase the book online until June 9th or until books have sold out. Order now to ensure your child has a book to celebrate our first full year back in the building!

Summer Learning and Sports Opportunities 
There are so many upcoming activities offered at Stone MS and Westfield HS this summer. Please click the link above to learn more about your options.

Principal's Message: 4/16/2022

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Good Morning Students and Families, 

It was a very eventful week as we kicked off the last quarter of the school year. We were welcomed back to so many beautiful updates as part of our main lobby and library redesign. It was wonderful to  watch how excited our students were as they came into the building on Monday to see the new Panther, flags representing the birth countries of our students, and the new “Home of the Panthers” sign. A huge thank you to Stone parent, Ian Knox of Allegra Designs, for his creativity and hard work!  I look forward to sharing more updates in the coming weeks. 

Our choral, band and orchestra students had the opportunity to perform the National Anthem to begin last Thursday’s School Board meeting. As always, our students and directors continue to shine in yet another great collaborative effort. I am so proud of all their hard work and efforts. 

We are in the final countdown as it relates to the end of the year. In an effort to keep everyone informed, please check our website, as we hope to keep everything updated in one place. You can find all this information here: Events for the remainder of the school year.

This week, we celebrate Month of the Military Child with a Purple Up Day on Wednesday, April 20. We encourage all students and staff to wear purple as we honor and celebrate our military-connected youth and families. On behalf  of the Stone community, we thank all of our military-connected families for your sacrifice and service. We also celebrate Autism Acceptance and will have a Tie-Dye Day on Friday, April 22. Students will receive more information on these two days, as well as our upcoming Wellness & Makers Week. Please see below for more information on how you can provide donations. 

As always, I am so grateful for your continued support. I look forward to the many moments of celebration and joy as we close out this school year maintaining our focus on family, student success and growth. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly ([email protected]) if you have any questions, suggestions or feedback.

Have a nice weekend, 

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther
It was another exciting week at Stone, with a lot of opportunities to be outside for learning. Check out this week's portrait of a panther winners, who continue to work hard and engage in their classes, in particular some shining stars in Health and PE.

Wellness Carts Feature 
As part of our additional ESSR funding, our Student Services team has put together wellness carts. Wellness carts are stocked with a variety of activities and resources students and staff can access as a way to relax and decompress. Check out the link above for more information.

Makers Week: Donations accepted all this week!
Calling for donations! In celebration of School Library Month in April, the library will hold a Makers Week.  The library is asking for donations to help make this a success for our students. To see the items needed to donate, please click the link above and drop them off in the main off this week.

After School Clubs - 4th Quarter 
We crowned our Spring Futsal Champions this last week...our students had so much fun with the indoor soccer league. With the new quarter brings new after school clubs beginning April 25! Check out what’s being offered for the fourth quarter and get signed up today! See the link above for more information. 

Nothing Bundt Cakes Fundraiser: April 20 

Check out this great fundraiser in time for Mother’s Day and other May events sponsored by our PTA. Please click the link above for more information. 

 


9 to 5 Theatre Workshop @ Westfield April 22

Westfield High School Spring Dance Clinic April 24

Check out the following opportunities at Westfield High School for our middle school students!
Click the links above for more information!

Family Engagement

The Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) Program, April 22

An IN-PERSON interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults. It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more. Please click the link above for more information.

Free School Physicals for Students (April-August)
Together with Inova Cares Clinic for Families, Partnership for Healthier Communities is scheduling free school physicals for students who are uninsured or have Virginia Medicaid. This will take place at Inova Cares Clinic for Families in Manassas, VA and occur until August. Partnership for Healthier Communities will be on-site to screen and enroll qualifying families in Medicaid. 

Student Services Update

April 2 - May 1 is Ramadan, one of the holiest times on the Islamic calendar.  If your child needs an alternative space for lunch or prayer during this time, we will accommodate them.

Quarter 3 report cards will be sent home with students on Monday, April 18th and also viewable through Parent Vue and Student Vue applications. 

Please email your child's school counselor or  our Director of Student Services, Tami Brumett at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the topics above.

Standards of Learning (SOL) Spring Testing 
As part of the Virginia State Assessment Program, Stone students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Science. 

The Spring SOL testing dates can be found below and also on our website:

  • Reading 7 & 8: Wednesday, May 11
  • Math 7 & 8: Friday, May 13
  • Science 8: Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20
  • Retakes (if eligible): Tuesday, May 24 - Friday, May 27

If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Stone’s school test coordinator, Kristina O’Boyle at 703.631.5968 or [email protected].

Students from our Panther News team were able to check out the Nancy Sprague Center... they learned so many new things & were able to produce this Monday's show!

Members of our band, choral and orchestra ensembles did an incredible job performing the National Anthem before the School Board meeting. Thank you to our talented students, directors and families for all your hard work and support!

More action shots from the Panther News crew and their field trip to Sprague Center!

Principal's Message: 4/10/2022

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Good Evening Parents & Families, 

I hope you each were able to enjoy a little bit of time to rest and relax over Spring break. I look forward to seeing your children tomorrow. This is a brief message with a few reminders as we begin the start of the final quarter. Tomorrow is an Odd or "A" day! 

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly ([email protected]) if you need anything. 

Take care, 
Meredith Norris 
Principal 
Stone Middle School

School Picture Day

School Spring Pictures are being taken the next TWO DAYS on April 11th and April 12th through your child's PE class. In order to take spring pictures, students must return the order form with payment on picture day or you may pre-order pictures online. Students received their order form prior to Spring break. 

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End of Q3 Parent Survey
We have ended our third quarter of the 2021-22 school year. We are interested to hear from our parents on how things are going and any support you might need. Please take a moment to answer the very brief survey linked above.

FCPS Family Engagement Survey
You have received many emails from K-12 Insight; please provide your feedback on how Stone is doing by clicking the link above. 

Principal's Message: 4/1/2022

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Good Morning Parents & Families: 

I can’t believe we have made it to April in the hopes some warmer weather will finally stick. I want to thank members of our NJHS for volunteering with our local VFW chapter last week, which is pictured above.)

Wishing each of you and your families some time to rest and recharge this Spring Break (April 4-8). This is a shorter message as we highlight a few things from the month of March and ask for your participation in two surveys as we reflect on quarter 3 and prepare for the last quarter of this school year. 

After spring break, I will share with you all the end-of-year events as there are many opportunities to come together as a school community to honor, celebrate and enjoy time together. As always, I welcome your feedback and suggestions, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at [email protected]

In the meantime, you can expect the next principal’s message to return on April 16, 2022. 

Thank you for your continued support and partnership,
Meredith Norris
Principal
Stone Middle School

End of Q3 Parent Survey
We have ended our third quarter of the 2021-22 school year. We are interested to hear from our parents on how things are going and any support you might need. Please take a moment to answer the very brief survey linked above.

FCPS Family Engagement Survey
You have received many emails from K-12 Insight; please provide your feedback on how Stone is doing by clicking the link above. 

Student of the Month for March
We close out March and the third quarter where we recognize more of our outstanding Stone students. Please click the link above for our March Student of the Month winners… congratulations to each of these students for displaying respect, honesty and kindness!

Orchestra District-Wide Assessment
A huge congratulations to the members of each of our Orchestra ensembles, as they received Superior ratings earlier this week during district-wide assessments. Congratulations to Ms. Sgrecci and her students for all their hard work. A big thank you to all of our staff and parent volunteers for supporting this field trip.

Thank you PTA and Parents
A huge thank you to our PTA for celebrating our staff as we close out the 3rd quarter and head into Spring Break. They did a great job providing breakfast yesterday morning; we are so grateful for their generosity and support!

Women’s History Month Feature
Throughout the month of March, our Panther News team created several feature stories on the news in honor of Women’s History month. Additionally, during our morning announcements, members of our Leadership class read a quote from an influential women as we say thank you to the many inspirational, fearless and incredible women. Check out Mr. Guilteg's 8th grade English students Period Table of Influential Women. Please click the link above to read more about it.

School Picture Day

School Spring Pictures are being taken on April 11th and April 12th. In order  to take spring pictures, students must return the order form with payment on picture day or you may pre-order pictures online. 

Members of our NJHS helped plant flowers last weekend to support our local VFW chapter. Love the service our students provide!

Our third edition of our Panther Press came out this week! So proud of these students who participatd as part of our Enrichment clubs... some great articles for our students and staff to enjoy!

Principal's Message: 3/26/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

We had a number of exciting things happening as we closed out the last full week of the 3rd quarter and look forward to Spring break. A quick recap of some of the wonderful things that have occurred: 

  • ALL of our choral and band ensembles received Superior ratings in last week’s district-wide assessments. Congratulations to our students and directors, Charley Quinlan and Tracey Magwire, for their talent, dedication and hard work to put on some incredible performances. 
    • Good luck to our orchestra ensembles who will perform on Monday in their district assessment. 
  • Our basketball teams put on another great display of teamwork, effort and grit in last night’s second matchup with Liberty MS. 
    • Congratulations to our girls’ team for their second victory, and an awesome show of sportsmanship from our boys in a tough sudden death overtime loss. 
    • Special thanks to our Stone staff who pulled together a great comeback in the second half of the staff game. 
    • It has been wonderful having our community back together to support these events; thanks to our students, staff and families for being such amazing  fans! 
  • Students and staff continue to be provided opportunities to increase their overall wellness through our wellness carts, therapy dog, Tucker, and a lot of outdoor walks. 

There are several things on the horizon as we finish this last week of the 3rd quarter and look ahead to the 4th quarter and end-of-year activities. A reminder that Thursday, March 31 is the end of the 3rd quarter and a two-hour early release. Friday April 1 is a student holiday and the following week April 4-8 is Spring Break. 

Please continue to reach out if you have any questions, feedback or suggestions. I look forward to our continued partnership as we keep our focus on family, student success and growth to have a strong finish to this school year. 

Enjoy the weekend,

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther
This week I had a 7th grade student come up to me and say, “Ms. Norris, I really think this student needs to be a portrait of a panther. He is such a kind, nice and helpful classmate and he really deserves it.” How great is that; love when our students are able to identify and celebrate their peers along with myself and the rest of the Stone staff. Click the link above to check out this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners. 

Meet Tucker our Stone Therapy Dog
We were so excited to welcome Tucker to Stone this week as part of incorporating the benefits of wellness into our school community each day. Tucker will be joining us several times throughout the year as classes will have the opportunity to sign up to visit with him. Click the link above to check out students and staff with sweet Tucker. 

NJHS Update
Our National Junior Honor Society is spending this morning supporting our local VFW chapter with a spring clean up. In addition, they are asking for help in supporting the VFW Post 8469 Donation Drive for Veterans.  We have been collecting items to take to the post  but are far short of our goal of 500 items.  We will be collecting items through Thursday, March 31. See donations items needed in the link above.

Family Engagement

Please check out the many wonderful opportunities for family and students this spring by clicking on the link above.

Student Services Update

Standards of Learning (SOL) Spring TestingAs part of the Virginia State Assessment Program, Stone students will take the Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Science. 

The Spring SOL testing dates can be found below and also on our website:

  • Reading 7 & 8: Wednesday, May 11
  • Math 7 & 8: Friday, May 13
  • Science 8: Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20
  • Retakes (if eligible): Tuesday, May 24 - Friday, May 27

If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact Stone’s school test coordinator, Kristina O’Boyle at 703.631.5968 or [email protected].

A huge thank you to the Chantilly Academy for hosting a group of our students to learn more about Cosmetology and Medical Health Sciences. This was a great way for our students to get to see what elective opportunities they have available to them in the coming years!

Our Panther News team engaged in a fun "Tell me something good" activity as they filled each paper with encouraging and positive messages to one another! This team continues to do amazing things!

Students in our Family and Consumer Science classes delivered pumpkin muffins to our staff this week...what a nice surprise!

Principal's Message: 3/19/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

It has been another wonderful week as many of us enjoyed a little more time in this beautiful weather. There continue to be so many great things that occur each day at Stone. Today our band and choral students will perform in their district assessments and we look forward to sharing with you how they did in next week’s update. 

Thank you for your continued partnership and support. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly ([email protected]) if you have any feedback, questions or concerns. 

Enjoy the weekend,

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther
Our students continue to do an excellent job in and out of the classroom. Congratulations to this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners. Click the link above to see them.

 

Speaker Series #7: Crystal Clemons
We were so fortunate to have our 7th featured speaker, Mrs. Crystal Clemons, as part of our Grace Covenant Speaker Series. Mrs. Clemons is a remarkable leader and Director of Classroom and Lab Technologies in the Information Technology Unit at George Mason University (GMU). She also served as the lead Engineer in designing over 3,000 high technology classrooms for the Army. She is a proud Virginia Tech Hokie with an Electrical Engineering Degree and a Master’s Degree in Education from George Mason University. Click the link above to read more about her. 

Family Engagement

Please check out the many wonderful opportunities for family and students this spring by clicking on the link above.

Student Services Update
Our fabulous counseling team is wrapping up their individual student academic advising sessions to help students and families select courses for next year.  Course selections can be viewed by parents in Parent Vue > Course Requests as VIEW ONLY.   Any changes for next year should be emailed to your child’s current school counselor and can only be adjusted through June of 2022.  All course offerings are based on student enrollment and are not guaranteed placements.  For questions, please email [email protected] 

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Sign-Up
Our PTA would like to celebrate our teachers for the end of the quarter. Please click on the link above to volunteer to sign up to either bring items or help with set-up on 3-31.

Stone Athletic Gear FOR SALE!
We are excited to offer Stone athletic gear. Please click the link above to place your order.

Yearbooks Orders

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered now through April 18. The cost is $25. Ordering information can be found by visiting the link above.

Student Fees for Elective Courses
If your student is enrolled in the following classes: Family and Consumer Science, Tech Ed and/or Art,  you will receive an email message from My School Bucks indicating you have a class fee to pay. 

You can click on a link and pay this fee on My School Bucks, or you can send in cash or check to your teacher.  These fees cover supplies needed for these classes. You may also have received an email notification if your child was previously enrolled, and you have a class fee that was not paid at the time.  This email will come to the email address on your parent SIS account.

Please call our finance tech, Mrs. Peckham (703.631.5515) or contact your teacher if you have any questions.

Principal's Message: 3/12/2022

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Good Afternoon Parents and Families: 

What unusual  weather conditions we have this weekend, as I know many of us are anticipating sustained warmer temperatures. Hope you each are staying safe, healthy and warm. It is hard to believe this weekend marks two years when our lives were forever changed as a result of  Covid-19. While I know we continue to encounter challenges, I want to thank each of you for your continued support as we work together to provide meaningful and engaging experiences for our students, staff and families.   

It was another wonderful week at Stone, as we had our Week of Awesome spirit week in anticipation of our basketball games vs. Liberty Middle School. What an amazing Friday it was with our first pep rally of the year, coordinated and executed entirely by our student leadership classes. They did an outstanding job putting on two entertaining pep rallies for our students and staff. You can read more about it in the featured story below. 

The pep rally got everyone hyped for the basketball games yesterday evening, where all three of our Stone basketball teams were victorious against Liberty. Congratulations to our players and coaches. While it is wonderful each of our teams came out on top, I am equally, if not more, proud of the incredible positive energy, excitement and pure joy as a result of the pep rally and basketball game. It was great to see both Centreville communities come together again as we reignited the Stone vs. Liberty series…We look forward to two weeks from now when we head over to Liberty.  Thank you so much to all who made this evening such a success. 

Our performing arts program is preparing for their annual assessments. I am so proud each ensemble had successful performances the last two weeks. While our orchestra assessment was postponed due to weather today, I eagerly await and wish all three programs (band, choral, and orchestra) the best of luck in their upcoming performances. 

I look forward to many more moments of joy, excitement and student success as we close out the month of March and the 3rd quarter. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly ([email protected]) if you have  questions, concerns or feedback. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, 

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther

Our students continue to do great things both inside and outside of the classroom. See this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners, who were honored at the pep rally when you click the link above.

 

Battle of Centreville Pep Rally
We had such a fun Friday with our first pep rally to support our boys and girls basketball teams.  A huge thank you to our leadership students, under the direction of Mrs. Neun for their coordination and execution of this great afternoon. Special thanks to  Mrs. Magwire and her pep band, as well as Mrs. Costanza & Mr. Eley for their wonderful technology support. Thank you to Mr. Davis, who was an amazing emcee, and Mr. Anderson, for your promotion of all these events.  Please click the link above to see more including videos from our talented Pep Band and Masked Singers: Mr. Auger, Ms. Brown, Ms. Brumett, Ms. Deal & Mr. Dickason.   

Happy National School Social Worker Week to our Social Worker, Amy Young.  Did you know social work began in U.S. schools over 110 years ago by visiting teachers? School social workers are professionals within the social work field that work with teachers, parents, and school administrators. They help students deal with mental health and behavioral challenges and provide academic and classroom support. They also help in developing education policies, work with crisis interventions, and identify and report child neglect and abuse. School social workers mainly work in primary and secondary schools.  Thank you, Amy, for all of your hard work and dedication to the Stone community!

Student Services Update

Academic Advising information and resources have been posted on the Stone website.   Our school counseling team is committed to meeting with all students 1:1 to provide individualized academic advising to all students in 7th at 8th grade.  Our school counselors are continuing to meet with all 7th grade students through Science classes.  All 7th grade students received paper course catalogs and course selection information. The same information is available on our website linked above.  

Course selections can be viewed by parents in Parent Vue > Course Requests as VIEW ONLY.  Students can make changes to courses in Student SIS or by contacting their school counselor for updates if courses have been locked.  Rising 9th grade students and parents should refer to the Westfield High School Academic Advising website for information and resources for high school.  Email [email protected] with any questions.

Westfield Freshman Football

Contact Coach Sachlis at [email protected] to be included on upcoming workouts and information.

Foster’s Grill Spirit Night: March 15

Stone Middle School PTSA will have a Spirit Night at Foster’s Grill on Tuesday, March 15 from 4:00 - 8:00pm. Stone PTSA will receive a percentage of all sales during this time,  so spread the word!

Stone Athletic Gear FOR SALE!
We are excited to offer Stone athletic gear. Please click the link above to place your order.

Yearbooks Orders

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered now through April 18. The cost is $25. Ordering information can be found by visiting the link above.

International Night: March 24, 2022 @ Westfield 

We are so excited to partner with Westfield High School this year for International Night. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if your student is interested in participating, please click on the google form above.

Student Fees for Elective Courses
If your student is enrolled in the following classes: Family and Consumer Science, Tech Ed and/or Art,  you will receive an email message from My School Bucks indicating you have a class fee to pay. 

You can click on a link and pay this fee on My School Bucks, or you can send in cash or check to your teacher.  These fees cover supplies needed for these classes. You may also have received an email notification if your child was previously enrolled, and you have a class fee that was not paid at the time.  This email will come to the email address on your parent SIS account.

Please call our finance tech, Mrs. Peckham (703.631.5515) or contact your teacher if you have any questions.

Family Engagement Survey
On Sunday, March 13, in the afternoon, you will receive an email from Fairfax County Public Schools via K12 Insight regarding FCPS’ Family Engagement Survey. Your feedback is critical in helping to inform and improve our practices to best support our students.

Taking this survey will also help strengthen the partnership between your family and your school. When that partnership is strong, students can experience a range of benefits including improved school readiness, higher student achievement, and better social skills and behavior.

FCPS is partnering with independent firm K12 Insight to administer the survey. It will be available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Farsi, and Amharic. Please visit our Family Engagement Survey webpage for more information and look for the survey in your inbox on March 13. Your voice matters!

Career Pathways Study
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has partnered with FourPoint Education Partners, a national consultancy based in Maryland, to assess our current pathway elective courses and career pathway programs. Our middle and high school students will be receiving an email inviting them to participate in a brief survey.  The email will be sent to their school email address and will be coming from Naviance with a subject titled: Student Survey Pathways Study.  Participation in the survey is optional.  Students had the opportunity to complete this survey during Panther Block (period 4) yesterday.

In addition, middle and high school parents will have an opportunity to provide feedback.  More information will follow soon.  If you have any questions, please contact Tami Brumett, Director of Student Services, at [email protected]

Our student leaders did an amazing job coordinating and executing their first pep rally. Here they are in the final prep stages with their committees... so proud of their work!

Students watch in awe, as first year teacher, Ms. Bentley, demonstrates what they are about to create with clay.

Principal's Message: 3/5/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

It was another eventful week here at Stone. We celebrated Read Across America on Wednesday, March 2nd. Students participated in a school-wide Kahoot trivia challenge on fun reading facts. Congratulations to Mrs. Powell's 4th period who were the winners of the popcorn party. I loved that all around the building our Panther Block teachers read a book to their respective classes as we emphasized the power and importance of daily reading. As always, a huge thank you to our Leadership and Panther News students for creating such wonderful activities to support our school community. 

This week we celebrate our Week of Awesome spirit week. There will be additional information as it relates to our basketball game and other events,so stay tuned. 

In the meantime, I thank you for your continued support and I welcome your feedback. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly ([email protected]).

Have a wonderful weekend,  

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther

Our students continue to shine in and outside of the classroom. This week’s Portrait of a Panther winners demonstrated a number of skills to include strong communication, collaboration, resiliency as they stayed true to their goals. Several of these students helped support the second publishing of our school newspaper, Panther Press.

 

Spirit Week
We are so excited to kick off this Week of Awesome to prepare for our first game against Liberty Middle School. We encourage our students and staff to participate in all the fun this week! 

Hype Squad T-Shirts
Hype Squad T-shirts are available for purchase during all lunches for $10. See Mr. Anderson if you have questions!

Westfield Freshman Football

Contact Coach Sachlis at [email protected] to be included on upcoming workouts and information.

Foster’s Grill Spirit Night

Stone Middle School PTSA will have a Spirit Night at Foster’s Grill on Tuesday, March 15 from 4:00 - 8:00pm. Stone PTSA will receive a percentage of all sales during this time,  so spread the word!

Stone Athletic Gear FOR SALE!
We are excited to offer Stone athletic gear. Please click the link above to place your order.

Yearbooks Orders

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered now through April 18. The cost is $25. Ordering information can be found by visiting the link above.

International Night: March 24, 2022 @ Westfield 

We are so excited to partner with Westfield High School this year for International Night. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if your student is interested in participating, please click on the google form above.

As part of Read Across America Day, Mrs. Powell leads her class reading a book. Mrs. Powell's class took the top prize in the school-wide Kahoot on Reding trivia!

Our second Panther Press is out this week. Special shout-out to Mrs. Vinikoff and her 4th period Enrichment students for their incredible efforts on our newspaper! Great work!

Our Stone staff participated in school-wide professional development yesterday. They each received these inspiring words from our Panther leadership students. Our students and staff are so wonderful!

Principal's Message: 2/26/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

I continue to be so impressed by all of the positive, uplifting and meaningful activities taking place in our classrooms, hallways and after school each day. This is a credit to our wonderful students and staff, and I love being able to highlight and celebrate everything that is going well. I look forward to you reading more about what took place this week at Stone and am excited for the many upcoming events in March. 

A quick reminder that this Thursday, March 3, 2022 is a 2-hour early release. There is no school on Friday, March 4, 2022 as staff will be participating in professional development.

As always, I thank you for your continued support and I welcome your feedback. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly ([email protected]).

Have a great weekend,  

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther
As always, our students are doing an excellent job engaging and actively participating in classes. Kudos to this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners for making it happen in the classroom, as well as several students for helping to organize our most recent student challenges!

 

February: Students of the Month
We are excited to share this month’s Student of the Month winners. These students were chosen by their teachers for maintaining school-wide expectations of respect, honesty & kindness. Congratulations to each of these students!

Black History Month
Throughout the month of February we focused our morning announcements and weekly news shows to celebrate and honor Black leaders from our nation’s history and today. Please click the link above to read more about it. 

Speaker Series: Derrick Dockery
We were honored to have former NFL player, Derrick Dockery, as our 6th featured speaker as part of our Speaker Series with our business partner, Grace Covenant. Mr. Dockery has worked for several members of Congress. In 2016, Speaker Paul Ryan hired Dockery to  assist in building coalitions with state and local governments,  as well as the business community. Please click the link above to read more about Mr. Dockery’s message on respect and kindness.

Kindness Week Bingo

Last week, we celebrated Kindness Week,  which is something we hope to spread every day at Stone. This week, 54 students completed and turned in their Kindness Week Bingo. 10 winners were randomly selected and will receive a prize on Monday. We thank everyone for their participation as we make a commitment to kindness each day!

Bus Driver Appreciation: February 22

We continue to highlight and celebrate individuals who support our school community each day. A huge thank you to our bus drivers and attendants who ensure our students are transported to and from school safely! Thanks to our leadership students for showering them with appreciation and Panther Pride t-shirts.

Change to Universal Masking begins March 1
Starting March 1, parents and guardians may elect for their children not to wear a mask in school. However, the school division strongly recommends that all students continue to wear masks. Masks will still be required on school buses. All adults, including staff, visitors and volunteers, must continue to wear masks on school property.

Read Across America Day: March 2
We are excited to celebrate National Read Across America day on Wednesday, March 3 with a school spirit day and events during Panther Block to promote reading. In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, wear red, white and black to help us celebrate.

Stone Athletic Gear FOR SALE!
We are excited to offer Stone athletic gear. Please click the link above to place your order.

Yearbooks Orders

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered now through April 18. The cost is $25. Ordering information can be found by visiting the link above.

Westfield Mulch Sale: Orders due by March 4

The time is here for the Annual Westfield High School (WHS) Mulch Sale!! This important fundraiser enables the PTSA to provide a safe and sober All-Night Grad Party for our Westfield Seniors, as well as other vital PTSA programs. Interested in ordering? See the link above. Orders are due by March 4.

Student Services Update

Academic Advising information and resources have been posted on the Stone website.   Our school counseling team is committed to meeting with all students 1:1 to provide individualized academic advising to all students in 7th at 8th grade.  Our school counselors will begin meeting with all 7th grade students on Monday, February 28th through Science classes.  This week, all 7th grade students received paper course catalogs and course selection information.  

Course selections can be viewed by parents in Parent Vue > Course Requests as VIEW ONLY.  Students can make changes to courses in Student SIS or by contacting their school counselor for updates if courses have been locked.  Rising 9th grade students and parents should refer to the Westfield High School Academic Advising website for information and resources for high school.  Email [email protected] with any questions.

International Night: March 24, 2022 @ Westfield 

We are so excited to partner with Westfield High School this year for International Night. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if your student is interested in participating, please click on the google form above.

FCPS Cares
Our staff continues to do so many wonderful things for our students and school each day. Consider clicking the link above to recognize a staff member through the FCPS Cares program. 

Students had a lot of fun in Science this week as they saw how the citric acid from oranges dissolves latex!

Our hallways continue to be filled with posters about respect and kindness. Love these new ones with words of inspiration from our featured speaker, Mr. Derrick Dockery!

Principal's Message: 2/19/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

This last week, we emphasized the importance of kindness, which aligns with our school-wide expectations. I want to thank our leadership and Panther News students for all they did to make this a wonderful week. I encourage our students to continue to complete their Kindness Bingo cards and check Schoology for more information.  

Our students and staff continue to engage in meaningful, hands-on learning throughout each week. I want to thank everyone for their continued hard work and effort. A quick reminder we have no school this coming Monday, February 21 in observance of President's Day. On Tuesday, February 22, we will have a yellow-out to support our amazing bus drivers. We ask our students and staff to wear yellow in honor of Bus Driver Appreciation Day! 

As always, I thank you for your continued support and I welcome your feedback. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly ([email protected]). Enjoy the long weekend!

Thanks, 

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther

Another week of getting into classrooms and highlighting our wonderful students. This week, several of our students were working really hard in their Math class as they problem-solved in pairs and small groups. I continue to be so proud at the level of communication and collaboration our students engage in.

 

Kindness Week Feature

A huge thank you to our leadership and Panther News teams for ensuring we had a successful Kindness Week. We kicked off the week with our kindness poster contest where each Panther Block created a kindness poster. These posters are displayed all around the school and remind our students and staff about the importance of being kind. Please click the link above to read more about it.

Custodian Appreciation Week

As part of Kindness week, we had a Blue Out yesterday to celebrate and thank our wonderful custodians for their tremendous work, especially these last two years to keep our school safe, healthy and clean. We thank each of them for their tireless dedication and efforts to support our entire school community: staff, students and families! 

Stone Athletic Gear FOR SALE!

We are excited to offer Stone athletic gear. Please click the link above to place your order.

Yearbooks Orders

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered now through April 18. The cost is $25. Ordering information can be found by visiting the link above.

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) Interactive Program for Parents: February 22, 2022 @ Westfield HS

HIPS is an interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults.  It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more. Space is limited. See the link above to get registered.

Westfield Mulch Sale: Orders due by March 4

The time is here for the Annual Westfield High School (WHS) Mulch Sale!! This important fundraiser enables the PTSA to provide a safe and sober All-Night Grad Party for our Westfield Seniors, as well as other vital PTSA programs. Interested in ordering? See the link above. Orders are due by March 4.

International Night: March 24, 2022 @ Westfield 

We are so excited to partner with Westfield High School this year for International Night. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if your student is interested in participating, please click on the google form above.

TJHSST Techstravaganza 2022

Over 300 TJ student &  teacher volunteers engage students in STEM activities and demonstrations on Saturday, May 14th at Techstravaganza (TJHSST), including lava lamps, banana DNA, CS workshops, student robotics teams, and other STEM exhibits. Registration is free.

FCPS Cares
Our staff continues to do so many wonderful things for our students and school each day. Consider clicking the link above to recognize a staff member through the FCPS Cares program. 

Parent Internet Activity Reports

FCPS parents who are interested in knowing more about their child’s Internet browsing activity on an FCPS device can sign up to receive a weekly Parent Report from Lightspeed, our internet content filtering service. The report provides a list of the top sites the child visited that week. 

Additionally, if parents wish to get more detailed information, the weekly Parent Report offers parents the ability to self-sign-up to the free Internet Use Parent Portal. Parents who sign up for the Internet Use Parent Portal can log-in any time to see a little more detail about their child’s internet browsing. The portal also offers the parent added ability to “pause” access to the internet during non-school hours on the FCPS device.  

Interested parents can submit a request directly from the Technology Support for Families page for weekly Parent Reports. FCPS will validate the enrolling parent’s email in SIS, and once processed, the parent will receive a weekly report over each weekend from our internet content filtering service, Lightspeed.

Two of our students help celebrate and honor our amazing custodial team!

Our Math 7 students engage in some math pong action as they solve problems and have a little fun!

A huge thank you to our leadership students for celebrating our custodians this week!

Principal's Message: 2/12/2022

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

We had another exciting week filled with a lot of great activities both inside and outside of the classroom. As always, we honored numerous individuals throughout this week, which you can read more about below. We celebrated our school counseling team, our crossing guards, students who earned all A’s during the 2nd quarter (some pictured above) and much more. Our students enjoyed themselves during the after-school program, in particular with a return of futsal, indoor soccer. It was wonderful to see so many students and staff actively engaged and cheering each other on in a positive manner. 

This upcoming week we emphasize the importance of kindness, which aligns with our school-wide expectations. Thanks to our leadership students, we will have our first spirit week of the 2022 calendar year, as well as several activities throughout the week. I encourage all of our students to participate as we do whatever we can to spread a little more kindness each day. 

While we have so much going on in this current school year, we are also in full planning mode for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. Your students have been meeting with their school counselors to make course selections for next school year. We are also excited to welcome our future Stone Panthers and had a great virtual curriculum night for our Rising 7th graders earlier this week. 

As always, I thank you for your continued support and I welcome your feedback. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly ([email protected]). Enjoy the weekend!

Thanks, 

Meredith Norris 
Principal
Stone Middle School

Portrait of a Panther

I had the chance to get into A LOT of classrooms this week, which always makes my day. Check out this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners, as these students were working hard, engaged and participating in their classes! 

 

National Counselors Appreciation Week

We honor and celebrate our school counselors this week for their compassion, dedication and willingness to do whatever they can to support our students, families and staff. Thank you to Marissa Bricker, Armando Garcia and Katie Mareffi, along with Tami Brumett, Director of Student Services, for your hard work and support of the Stone community.

Honor Roll Ceremony for 2nd Quarter

Yesterday, we had a great time celebrating our students who maintained the honor roll during the 2nd quarter. We had a great guest speaker from Westfield High School share words of encouragement about the importance of getting involved and taking advantage of the many opportunities that exist. Congratulations to all of our 7th and 8th grade students! 

Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!
We recognized our three amazing crossing guards this week! Thank you to Nicol Martinez, Linda Poutre and Stephony Tyler for all you do to ensure the safety of our students each day! 

A friendly reminder to please ensure our walkers cross at the appropriate locations and follow the instructions of our crossing guards. For those of you using Kiss-n-Ride, please make sure you follow the appropriate drop-off procedures. Please DO NOT drop your child off along Sully Park Drive, rather, please pull into the side parking lot and go through the Kiss-n-Ride line. 

Kindness Spirit Week

Our leadership students have planned another wonderful spirit week Feb 14-18. We have a lot of fun activities planned throughout the week as we place an emphasis on kindness. Click the link above for more information. 

After School Program

Students should continue to take advantage to sign up for the many clubs and activities as part of our after-school program. A highlight from this week are the many students who participated and cheered on their peers during indoor soccer. Click the link above for more information. 

Student Services Update

Academic Advising information and resources have been posted on the Stone website. Our school counseling team is committed to meeting with all students 1:1 to provide individualized academic advising to all students in 7th at 8th grade. Course selections can be viewed by parents in Parent Vue > Course Requests as VIEW ONLY. 

Students can make changes to courses in Student SIS or by contacting their school counselor for updates if courses have been locked.  Rising 9th grade students and parents should refer to the Westfield High School Academic Advising website for information and resources for high school.  Email [email protected] with any questions.

Curriculum Night 
We welcomed our Rising 7th grade students and families on Thursday evening during our Virtual Curriculum Night. All resources can be found by clicking the link above. We look forward to meeting your students in the coming weeks. Please find a recording of the meeting here.  Email [email protected] with questions.

Stone Athletic Gear FOR SALE!

We are excited to offer Stone athletic gear. Please click the link above to place your order.

Hidden in Plain Sight (HIPS) Interactive Program for Parents: February 22, 2022 @ Westfield HS

HIPS is an interactive program for adults to be educated about the signs of risky behavior in teens and young adults.  It touches on drug and alcohol use, mental health concerns, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and more. Space is limited. See the link above to get registered.

Westfield Mulch Sale: Orders due by March 4

The time is here for the Annual Westfield High School (WHS) Mulch Sale!! This important fundraiser enables the PTSA to provide a safe and sober All-Night Grad Party for our Westfield Seniors, as well as other vital PTSA programs. Interested in ordering? See the link above. Orders are due by March 4.

International Night: March 24, 2022 @ Westfield 

We are so excited to partner with Westfield High School this year for International Night. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if your student is interested in participating, please click on the google form above.

TJHSST Techstravaganza 2022

Over 300 TJ student &  teacher volunteers engage students in STEM activities and demonstrations on Saturday, May 14th at Techstravaganza (TJHSST), including lava lamps, banana DNA, CS workshops, student robotics teams, and other STEM exhibits. Registration is free.

FCPS Cares
Our staff continues to do so many wonderful things for our students and school each day. Consider clicking the link above to recognize a staff member through the FCPS Cares program. 

Way to go for this indoor soccer team for giving their fans a great game to watch! We look forward to future games!

Students enjoy a little ping-pong during a break in Panther Block. Thanks Mrs. Richmond for giving students this oppoortunity!

Students in the Panther Block enrichment club, Newspaper, were able to ask questions from Westfield HS Journalism teacher and editor! Students had some great questions as they learned more about opportunities to further their news reporting interests. We can't wait for the next issue of the newspaper!

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