Principal's Message - 6/5/21

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Good Afternoon Stone Parents and Families: 

We have reached the final week of school for this historic 2020-2021 school year. This last week we were able to honor and celebrate several students for their improvement, growth, and overall student success, to include our National Junior Honor Society members. Additionally, our Performing Arts program put on an amazing virtual concert, and we hosted our first ever in-person viewing party. Congratulations to our directors, Mrs. Magwire, Mr. Quinlan and Ms. Sgrecci, and student performers for making the most of this unique time and sharing their talents with us. 

The celebrations continue this week, so please pay attention to information below as it relates to end-of-year student events, laptop collection, and summer opportunities for all students. 

A few quick reminders for this week: 

  • Monday, June 7: There will be no formal check and connect, so students do not need to log in at 9:00. 
  • Monday, June 7: 1:00-3:00 PM @ Stone Middle School: Reach for the Beach event (See more information below) 
  • Tuesday, June 8: This is election day, and all FCPS schools are closed for in-person learning. ALL students will participate in synchronous instruction virtually and should follow the ODD day schedule.
  • Tuesday, June 8: 6:00 PM @ Westfield High School (See more information below)
  • Wednesday, June 9: Laptop collection begins (See more information below). 
  • Friday, June 11: Last Day of School: 2 Hour Early Release

As always, I appreciate your continued support. I look forward to seeing many of you throughout this week. 

Have a great weekend, 

Meredith Norris, Principal 

EOY Reach for the Beach Event June 7- 1:00-3:00 PM @ Stone Middle School

  • Click on the link above for more details. 
  • This event is for ALL students (7th and 8th grade) and will take place outdoors.
  • This is an opportunity to sign yearbooks, socialize with friends, play games, raffles, ice cream and more. 
  • This will take place outdoors in the back of the school. 
  • Per the most updated guidance, the following guidelines are in place: 
    • Masks are not required, although they are recommended for those unvaccinated.
    • There are no social distancing requirements.
  • Yearbooks will be given out if you have already purchased one. 
    • If you still would like to purchase a yearbook, they will be sold at the event for $25 via check or cash. Checks should be made payable to Stone Middle School.
  • Please indicate here if you plan to attend. 

Student Success Celebration June 8 @ 6 PM @ Westfield High School Gym

  • Click on the link above for more details. 
  • This celebration is for ALL 8th grade students and invited 7th grade award winners. 
  • This celebration will feature a very special guest speaker, several student speakers, featured ensembles from our Band, Chorus and Orchestra, awards and a special send-off to Westfield High School. 
  • This will take place indoors in the gymnasium. 
  • Per the most updated guidance, the following guidelines are in place: 
    • Masks are required for ALL. 
    • There are no social distancing or capacity restrictions. 
  • This event will also be live-streamed and the link will be sent out on the day of the event.

Laptop Collection

This coming week begins our FCPSOn laptop collection. Any student  issued an FCPSOn laptop this school year is required to turn it back on one of the collection days listed below so it can be refreshed for the 2021-22 school year. More information can be found when you click on the link above. 

Summer Learning Opportunities at Stone MS

Stone MS will be offering several learning opportunities this summer. Click on the link above to learn more about the programs listed.

  • IMAGINE Summer Learning
  • Young Scholars
  • FCPS Summer Practice Books for Continuity of Learning

Stone Middle School's Jumpstart Program - Save the Date

Save the Date -Stone Middle School will offer a Panther Jumpstart orientation program for rising 7th grade students and rising 8th grade students this upcoming summer.  This is an optional program designed by school staff and student leaders to provide students with an opportunity to explore Stone, meet classmates and participate in interactive team-building activities.  Our goal is to ensure a successful transition to a new school year.  

  • This program will be held at Stone Middle School.  
  • Students will have the option of selecting one date to attend based on availability. 
    • Rising 7th grade:  August 3rd or August 10th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
    • Rising 8th grade:  August 4th or August 11th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  
  • Lunch and a t-shirt will be provided. 
  • The fee will be $30/student and scholarships will be available. 

Registration:

To register, please complete the registration Panther Jumpstart Registration Form

Transportation:

Transportation will be available from select elementary pick-up sites.  More information on ransportation will be provided at a later date.

We look forward to meeting your child this summer.  For more information or questions regarding the program, please contact LaShon Harrison, lnharrison@fcps.edu

Rising 9th Grade Information 

Rising 9th Grade families be sure to check out the link above for upcoming opportunities in academics and athletics at Westfield High School.

On this page you will find:

  • Athletics and Camps (Golf, Crew, Hockey, Football, etc.)
  • Credit Recovery
  • Math Refresher Camp

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Principal's Message - 5/29/21

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Good Afternoon Stone Parents and Families: 

As mentioned in my community message last week, we needed some time to solidify details for our End-of-Year events for our students & community. I am excited we have been able to use the most updated health guidance to ensure we close out this unprecedented school year with some great events for our students and community.  

Reach the Beach Spirit Week- June 1-7  
https://stonems.fcps.edu/event/reach-beach-spirit-week 

  • Students and staff are invited to participate in our final spirit week of the year!

Music Virtual Concert- June 3 @ Stone MS: 5:00 PM 
https://stonems.fcps.edu/event/music-virtual-concert-stone-ms

  • Our Choral, Orchestra and Band programs have worked so hard this year to put together this amazing virtual concert.
  • While the concert is virtual, there will be a live viewing party in the gym!
    • It will also be live streamed as well. Link will be sent closer to the date.

Reach the Beach End of Year Celebration- June 7 @ Stone MS: 1:00-3:00 PM
https://stonems.fcps.edu/event/reach-beach-end-year-student-event 

  • Please note: Yearbooks are still available for students to purchase through MySchool Bucks, as well as on the day of the event.

8th Grade Student Success Celebration- June 8 @ Westfield HS: 6:00 PM: https://stonems.fcps.edu/event/8th-grade-student-success-celebration-westfield-hs

  • Due to Stone MS being a polling site on June 8, we are unable to host this event.; therefore, this event will be at Westfield HS
  • This is open for ALL 8th grade students and families.
    • If your student is receiving an award, a separate email will be sent to you.
    • 7th grade award winners will be invited as well.
  •  This event will also be livestreamed. A link will be sent closer to the date. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly (mcnorris@fcps.edu) if you have any questions. Hope you enjoy the extended weekend. 

Thank you for your continued support, 
Meredith Norris, Principal 

 

Classroom Spotlight: Egg Drop

Applying some creative and critical thinking skills, 8th grade students had the opportunity to test their engineering skills this week in round two of an egg drop capsule design.  The goal was to protect the egg by building a capsule with the least mass possible.  To accomplish this, students had to consider ways to lessen the force of impact and / or slow the fall (due to gravity’s pull) using friction.  While some eggs perished, many survived!  8th graders are amazing! https://stonems.fcps.edu/features/classroom-spotlight-egg-drop 

Rising 9th Graders

Rising 9th Grade families be sure to check out the Rising 9th Grade webpage for updates on what’s happening in athletics at Westfield High School.

Student Services Update

Please review your child’s course selections for next school year in Student SIS/Vue or Parent SIS/Vue from a desktop computer (not available on mobile app) under Course Requests.  Please contact your child’s school counselor with questions/updates.  No changes will be made to course enrollments after June 15, 2021.

Summer Opportunities

Stone Middle School's Jumpstart Program - Save the Date

Save the Date - Stone Middle School's jumpstart program, will take place  during the first week of August. This program is designed for rising 7th graders and new 8th graders to Stone. Additional information will be provided in next week's Community message. 

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Principal's Message - 5/22/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families, 

With the updated health guidance, we are in the process of adjusting some of our EOY events, which will now all be held at Stone Middle School. For your planning purposes, please find our respective events, in which we will provide more concrete details by the end of the week. As always, I am so appreciative of your continued support. 

Have a great weekend,

Meredith Norris, Principal 

June 3 at 5:00 PM: Performing Arts Performance @ Stone MS

  • This event will serve as a “viewing party,” as our orchestra, band and choral departments will showcase their various ensembles in a video performance. 
  • Students & families will be able to attend in-person to watch the performance together, and this performance will also be streamed. 

June 7 at 1:00-3:00 PM: Student Event @ Stone MS

  • During this outdoor event, students will have an opportunity to see their friends, sign yearbooks, and participate in other outdoor activities. 
  • There is still time to order a yearbook: https://stonems.fcps.edu/announcements/yearbook-order 

June 8: Virtual Synchronous Day 

  • This is Election Day, so there will be NO in-person learning in ALL FCPS schools. ALL students will participate in virtual synchronous instruction. 

June 8: 6:00 PM 8th Grade Student Success Celebration @ Stone MS

  • We invite our 8th grade students and parents to attend our end-of-the-year Student Success Celebration. 
    • This event will feature a guest speaker, student speakers, featured ensembles from our orchestra, band and choral programs, awards and more. 
    • Please Note: There is a possibility this date may change.

Sully District SB Member, Stella Pekarsky, Visits Stone

We had such a great visit with Sully District SB Member, Stella Pekarsky this week. She and her staff aide, Shaheen Khurana, were able to see so many classes, talk to several students and staff members and get a glimpse into what makes Stone so wonderful!

https://stonems.fcps.edu/features/stella-pekarsky-school-board-member-visits-stone 

Laptop (+ Book) Collection

We will be collecting student laptops to prepare them for next school year. All students that were issued a FCPS laptop are required to return it during one of the collection days listed below. 

The following items will be collected during this time: 

*We will not be collecting laptop cases.

In-Person Students Virtual Students* Makeups for ALL Students

June 9  during Lunches

June 9 from 3:30-6:00pm

Mon, June 14 from 10:30 - 2:30 PM June 10  during Lunches

June 10 from 3:30-6:00pm

Tues, June 16 from 10:30-2:30 PM

June 11 during Lunches

June 11 from 3:30-6:00pm.

*If you are a virtual student and don’t have a personal device that you can use or will need continued access to your laptop, you can return your laptop on one of the makeup days.

 

If your child has misplaced their laptop or charger, they will be charged for these items and will not be issued a device next school year until the item is replaced. 

SOL Testing Update

We are closing out two weeks of successful SOL testing for all students who participated.  Next week, we will welcome our Virtual 8th graders to test for Science 8 on Monday, May 24th and in-person students will test on Tuesday, May 25th and 27th.  SOL make-ups will be held this week and next week for multiple tests that may have been missed.

Teachers will be sharing SOL scores with individual students in the upcoming weeks. In addition, official score reports will be mailed home with the student’s final report card. SOL scores are being loaded into SIS centrally each week, and will be visible in StudentVue and ParentVue. You must login to SIS from a desktop computer and choose Testing History. 

If you have any testing questions, please email Armando Garcia at AGarcia1@fcps.edu 

Algebra 1 SOL Information

A score of 400 is considered passing for the Algebra 1 SOL; however, this year only, the Virginia Board of Education is offering flexibility, which allows students to earn a locally awarded verified credit with a SOL score of 350-399. Locally awarded verified credits provided under current emergency guidelines fulfill graduation requirements just the same as if the verified credit was based on a passing SOL score.  

If you have questions, or would like your student to retake the SOL test this spring, please review this information and contact Armando Garcia at AGarcia1@fcps.edu 

Schoology - Spring Survey - Families

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

Thank you for participating in our Schoology pilot year. We would like you to take a short survey about your experience. Your answers will help us make any necessary improvements as we prepare all FCPS schools to begin using Schoology in the 2021-22 school year. The survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

Please complete the survey by Friday, May 28.

Survey link: Spring Family Pilot Year Schoology Feedback

Online Book Fair

Our Online Book Fair is open from May 19-June 4! Now's the time to stock up on the latest books, games, and crafts just in time for summer!  Thank a teacher by purchasing an item from their wish list. If you need support with placing orders, check out this quick tutorial.  Books will be shipped directly to your home. 

If you have questions, contact Stone’s librarian, Ms. Outlaw or Bookworm Central support. 

Westfield High School’s Outdoor Spring Musical - “The Theory of Relativity”

This year Westfield High School’s spring musical will be an outdoor performance of The Theory of Relativity FRIDAY MAY 21 & SATURDAY MAY 22 @ 8:00 P.M. Through a collection of songs, scenes, and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability, and the wonder of human connection.

Our performance venue is outside at the back of Westfield High School adjacent to the tennis courts. Parking will be outside Door 11.  Doors open at 7pm and the performance starts at 8pm. We will also live stream the event for anyone who wants to watch at home! Visit our website for more details and to purchase tickets: https://www.westfieldtheatre.com/the-theory-of-relativity  

Please use the TADA code on etix.com and TORComp on Showtix4u.com for comp tickets. 

The show is rated PG by MTI and is mostly appropriate for middle schoolers though there is one song that is a tiny bit suggestive.

June 8 - Election Day

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 is Election Day. FCPS school facilities, including Stone MS, will be used as polling locations. For that reason, June 8th will be a virtual synchronous learning day for students. Students should log into their BBCU classes through Schoology. This will be an Odd Day.

Emergency Broadband Benefit for Families

Fairfax County Public Schools is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program.  This is a temporary benefit that will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about this benefit, please visit this site.

Covid-19 Vaccine Approved for Children Ages 12-15

FCPS and the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) have worked together to minimize the pandemic’s impact on our school community and remain committed to using all available public health tools to create a safer community. To learn more about locations for vaccines for children ages 12-15, please visit this FCPS site for more information.

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Principal's Message - 5/15/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

We successfully completed week one of our SOL testing. I want to thank each of you for your continued patience and support as your students navigated taking an SOL. It was great to see some of our virtual students on Mondays as some of them came into the building for the first time this school year, or ever. Again, I am so proud of how wonderful our students, in-person and virtual, have been throughout this extremely challenging school year. 

We have reached the less than one month mark until the end of the school year. I want to continue to encourage you to reach out if you need anything. In the meantime, below are some reminders regarding important information. 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Meredith Norris, Principal 

SOL Testing

  • All Stone students, both virtual and in-person will continue with SOL testing this week with all students taking Math subject area tests.  Please review the testing schedule and SOL testing information on our Student Testing webpage.  Students should check their Schoology messages for SOL testing updates.
  • When testing, please make sure your child comes to school with the following: 
    • Fully charged laptop
    • Laptop charger
    • Headphones

EOY Updates

We have several upcoming  events as we close out the year to honor and celebrate our students and their accomplishments. More information is forthcoming, but so you can mark your calendars, here is a brief overview. 

June 3 at 5:00 PM: Performing Arts Performance @ Westfield HS

  • This event will serve as a “viewing party,” as our orchestra, band and choral departments will showcase their various ensembles in a video performance. 
  • Students & families will be able to attend in-person to watch the performance together, and this performance will also be streamed. 

June 7 at 1:00-3:00 PM: Student Event @ Stone MS

  • During this outdoor event, students will have an opportunity to see their friends, sign yearbooks, and participate in other outdoor activities. 

June 8: Virtual Synchronous Day 

  • This is Election Day, so there will be NO in-person learning in ALL FCPS schools. ALL students will participate in virtual synchronous instruction.. 

June 8: 6:00 PM 8th Grade Student Success Celebration @ Westfield HS

  • We invite our 8th grade students and parents (more information around capacity requirements are forthcoming) to attend our end-of-the-year Student Success Celebration. 
    • This event will feature student speakers, featured ensembles from our orchestra, band and choral programs, awards and a send-off for our students as they head to Westfield HS. 

Stone Yearbook

Please check out this stellar video advertisement for our Stone yearbook: https://youtu.be/x-09hV2zpD0 

Upcoming Opportunities for Current 8th graders (Rising 9th graders) for Westfield Athletics 

We will continue to provide updates of how students can get involved as they get ready to head off to Westfield High School. Information for rising 9th grade students going to WHS can be found on our website at this link:  https://stonems.fcps.edu/student-services/rising-9th-graders.

** Check out this link to read more information from Westfield Basketball, Freshmen Football and Crew!**  

Additional Summer Opportunities

Now is the time to start looking ahead at summer opportunities. Find more information about programs at Stone Middle School from July 12-30, as well as other summer learning opportunities here:  https://stonems.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-opportunities 

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Principal's Message - 5/8/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

Every day I am so appreciative of our faculty and staff and all they do to support our students each day. This week, we honored and celebrated our amazing Stone team. A very special thanks to our PTA, who generously provided lunch, cookies and gift cards to our staff. We are so grateful for your partnership and support. Another thanks to Mr. Anderson, our after-school specialist and our SCA for coordinating the barbeque lunch, banners, student messages and videos. Finally, thank you to our FCPS Ignite Business partner, Grace Covenant, for the wonderful Chick-Fil-A lunch.  All of these individuals helped make our 2021 Teacher Appreciation Week special. Please check out some of the highlights here: https://stonems.fcps.edu/features/teacher-appreciation-week-2021 

This message contains important information as it relates to the next few weeks. Please pay particular attention to the testing details outlined below and on our website. A few important reminders: 

  • There will be NO Check and Connect for students on Mondays in May, as we will have testing for our virtual students on those mornings. 
    • Students DO NOT need to log in to see their Panther Block teacher at 9:00. 
  • We will have a modified bell schedule the next three Tuesdays to support our SOL testing. 
  • Students should continue to check Schoology for updates and reminders!

I look forward to continuing to highlight all of the many wonderful things happening each day at Stone, as well as some fun end-of-the-year events we have planned.  

To our mothers, I wish you each a relaxing and peaceful Mother’s Day and thank you for your continued support of our school. Please continue to reach out if you need anything. Hope you have a great weekend!

~Meredith Norris, Principal 

SOL Testing

  • All Stone students, both virtual and in-person will begin SOL testing this upcoming week.  Please review the testing schedule and all SOL testing information here in Student Testing.
  • If testing, please make sure your child comes to school with the following: 
    • Fully charged laptop
    • Laptop charger
    • Headphones

Portrait of a Panther 

As always, it is great to see so many students shine in the classroom, as well as during informal conversations with me. We have such wonderful students. Find this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners here.  https://stonems.fcps.edu/features/portrait-panther-week-may-3

Classroom Spotlight

Students in our Family and Consumer Sciences Level 2 class were able to make fried rice this week. Ms. Egbers and her students had a great time utilizing the lab to make their first dish together. Check it out here: https://stonems.fcps.edu/features/classroom-spotlight-facs-cooking-lab 

Upcoming Dates & Events Date Event Details Mon May 10

SOL Testing  - Reading Grades 7 & 8:

Virtual Students Only should report at 7:30 AM

Virtual Students will come to Stone for SOL testing. 


NO Check and Connect Today!

Tues May 11

Odd Day 

SOL Testing - Reading Grades 7 & 8

SOL Schedule

7:30-9:30: Testing Block

9:40-10:20: 1st period

10:30-11:10: 3rd Period

11:15-1:05: 5th Period

A Lunch: 11:15-11:45

B Lunch: 11:55-12:25

C Lunch: 12:35-1:05

1:15-2:00: 7th Period

Tuesday/Wednesday and 4 Day Students

* On Tuesdays, in person students will report to their 1st period teacher to be tested during the
7:30 - 9:30 testing block.

At 9:30, teachers will begin their 1st period instruction. Students still testing, will be moved to an overflow location.

Virtual students will begin school at 9:30 AM today only!  

Wed May 12

Even Day 

 

 

  Thurs May 13

Odd Day 

SOL Testing - Reading Grades 7 & 8 for Thursday/Friday Only Students 

All other in-person and virtual students will follow the regular bell schedule.

Thursday/Friday Students

* Due to the small number of students on Thursday/Friday only, these students will report to an alternate location at 7:30am for SOL testing. 

 

Fri May 14

Even Day 


 

 

 

 

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

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

 

EOY Updates

We have several upcoming  events as we close out the year to honor and celebrate our students and their accomplishments. More information is forthcoming. So you can mark your calendars, here is a brief overview. 

June 3 at 5:00 PM: Performing Arts Performance @ Westfield HS

  • This event will serve as a “viewing party,” as our orchestra, band and choral departments will showcase their various ensembles in a video performance. 
  • Students & families will be able to attend in-person to watch the performance together, and this performance will also be streamed. 

June 7 at 1:00-3:00 PM: Student Event @ Stone MS

  • During this outdoor event, students will have an opportunity to see their friends, sign yearbooks, and participate in other outdoor activities. More information is below on how to purchase a yearbook!

June 8: Virtual Synchronous Day 

  • This is Election Day, so there will be NO in-person learning in ALL FCPS schools. ALL students will participate in virtual synchronous instruction.. 

June 8: 6:00 PM 8th Grade Student Success Celebration @ Westfield HS

  • We invite our 8th grade students and parents (more information around capacity requirements are forthcoming) to attend our end-of-the-year Student Success Celebration. 
    • This event will feature student speakers, featured ensembles from our orchestra, band and choral programs, awards and a send-off for our students as they head to Westfield HS. 

Please note we will share more specific details as these events draw closer. These events have been added to our Stone website under Events.

Student Services Updates

  • Please review all FCPS Grading options for MS students, as it has been updated for this school year only.  Please review all information and forms on our Grading policy.

Stone Yearbook

Please check out this stellar video advertisement for our Stone yearbook. There is still time to purchase your yearbook here!

Rising 9th Grade Information / Upcoming Opportunities for Current 8th graders (Rising 9th graders) for Westfield Athletics 

We will continue to provide updates of how students can get involved as they get ready to head off to Westfield High School. Information for rising 9th grade students going to WHS can be found on our website at this link:  https://stonems.fcps.edu/student-services/rising-9th-graders.

** Check out this link to read more information from Westfield Basketball, Freshmen Football and Crew!**  

 

Additional Summer Opportunities

Now is the time to start looking ahead at summer opportunities. Find more information about programs at Stone Middle School from July 12-30, as well as other summer learning opportunities here:  https://stonems.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-opportunities 

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Principal's Message - 5/2/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

This week, we honor and celebrate our incredible Stone team of teachers and staff for Teacher Appreciation Week. We encourage everyone to participate in our simple Spring Spirit Week as we show our appreciation throughout this entire week. A special thank you to our PTA and SCA for coordinating this week.

With the arrival of May, we have several upcoming events, which will be shared in next week's message. Read below for more information on this week's events. Please continue to reach out if you need anything; thank you for your continued support. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, 

~Meredith Norris, Principal

Upcoming Dates & Events Date Event Details Mon May 3 Check and Connect Students log in and meet with their PB teacher.  Tues May 4

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

 

4:00-8:00 PM

PTA Chipotle Spirit Night
(Chantilly)

 

Students currently attending four days continue to attend Tuesday-Friday Wed May 5

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)


10:30-12:30
Principal's Lunch Bunch- More info in Schoology for Students

 

  Thurs May 6

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (L-Z)

 

Fri May 7

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th Grade (L-Z)

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

Portrait of a Panther 

It was another great week where are students were engaged in hands-on learning, projects, and collaboration between in-person and virtual learners. Check out this week's Portrait of a Panther winners here. https://stonems.fcps.edu/features/portrait-panther-week-april-26

Student Services Updates

Credit Recovery - for any HS credit courses only

Westfield HS will host credit recovery opportunities for its students during two sessions.

           Session 1: June 28, 2021 – July 16, 2021 (no class on July 5)

           Session 2: July 21, 2021 – August 6, 2021

Hours:  8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Registration Link

More information here: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning/summer-learning-credit-recovery-academy 

Online Registration Dates:  

Session 1: Monday, April 26, 2021 - Monday, June 21, 2021

Session 2: Monday, April 26, 2021 - Monday, July 12, 2021

Note: The Session 2 student start day has been changed to July 21 in observance of Eid al-Adha. The total number of students that can attend is based on the number of teachers at the school available to work this summer.

Rising 9th Grade Information

Information for rising 9th grade students going to Westfield HS can be found on our website at this link, https://stonems.fcps.edu/student-services/rising-9th-graders

Bike to School or in the Community Day

National Bike Month has been celebrated in the month of May since 1956.  The goal is to showcase the many health benefits of bicycling.  This Wednesday, May 5 is the official Bike to School or Community Day.  We are encouraging all Stone walkers to instead, ride their bike to school to help celebrate the importance of this national day.  Stone has a bike rack located by the Library for students to lock up their bike during the day.  Don’t forget your bike helmet! If you are a virtual student, we encourage you to enjoy the benefits of bicycling by finding time to bike around your neighborhood or through a park. Fairfax County has an extensive network of both paved and natural surface bike trails. You can access a map to all the trails in Fairfax county here

2021-22 Westfield Athletic Information (Link) 

Westfield Football

Westfield Freshman Football will begin workouts on Monday May 3 from 3:30-4:30 pm at Westfield High School.  Workouts will continue Wednesday and Thursday at Stone from 3:30-4:30 pm.  Workouts will be led by Westfield freshman football head coach Jason Sachlis and will be outside on the field or inside in the weight room depending on the date and weather. These workouts are open to any eighth grade student at Stone middle school who will be attending Westfield in a fall 2021 semester and has any interest in playing freshman football.  No previous football experience is required. Transportation to and from school will need to be arranged by attendees. If you have any questions or have not previously contacted Coach Sachlis, please do so at jason.sachlis@fcps.edu.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines and the Vaccination Process in Fairfax County: A Webinar for Families

The FCPS Parent Resource Center is offering a webinar for families with important updates about COVID-19 and the vaccines that have been developed to help prevent the disease on Tuesdays in April and May from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Topics will include:

  • COVID-19 impacts (health, economic, education).
  • The vaccine.
  • Community immunity: What is it and How do we get there?
  • Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines—how they work and their effectiveness.
  • Safety of vaccines.
  • Vaccination process: Eligibility and how to register.

Note: Sessions are subject to change or cancellation based on the number of registrations. Registration is available online. This session is also available in other languages.

Stone MS PTSA Chipotle Spirit Night - Tuesday, May 4

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Principal's Message - 4/24/21

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Good Afternoon Parents and Families: 

It was another busy week as we welcomed several students to four-days of in-person learning. Our final group of additional students who requested four days of in-person learning will begin on April 27th. As always, I am grateful to our students, staff and families for your patience and support as we navigated another change during this extremely challenging school year. 

With the increase of students in our hallways and classrooms, our focus remains on family, student success and growth to ensure all of our learners, in-person and virtual, feel connected and have support. As I have shared so many times before, one of the best parts of my week is when I spend time in classrooms and talk with our students. Our students and staff are so talented, and I love how they have been able to have many rich and meaningful hands-on experiences. Our in-person students have been able to connect with their peers at home to engage in labs and share projects with one another. 

Outside of the classroom, we had the opportunity to honor and celebrate our students for their outstanding student achievement during the 3rd quarter. As part of this ceremony, our “Nightingales,” performed the Star Spangled Banner live from the Stone music room, in which it was streamed for over 200 students and families. They did such a wonderful job. It was so nice to see and hear them in their first live performance this year. Our two 8th grade student speakers, Layla and Ella, had such profound words for their peers acknowledging that persistence, hard work and dedication will allow them to continue to find success. 

In spite of the challenges of this school year, the uncertainty, fear and tremendous amount of change this pandemic has caused, as well as the tension and divide that exists in our nation, I offer my commitment to continue to come together as a full school community.  Throughout the month of May, I will provide opportunities for staff, students and families to have conversation and dialogue on how we continue to share our experiences, learn about and from one another, and move forward so all of our students, staff and families feel included and a part of this great community.  These opportunities will be outlined in next week’s Principal’s message. 

In the meantime, please continue to reach out to me directly (mcnorris@fcps.edu) if you have any questions, feedback or concerns. I look forward to showcasing our students and staff as we close out this school year, and I thank you for your support. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

~Meredith Norris, Principal

Upcoming Dates & Events Date Event Details Mon April 26 Check and Connect Students log in and meet with their PB teacher.  Tues April 27

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

*** All students who requested in-person learning should have received an email indicating their start date of 4/20 or 4/27.  Wed April 28

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

  Thurs April 29

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (L-Z)

 

Fri April 30

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th Grade (L-Z)

 

May 3-7

Teacher Appreciation Week

There will be bins available in the cafeteria and in the main office for students/families to drop off thank you cards for teachers. More information below about Teacher Appreciation Week. 

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

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

Our students continue to shine as they utilize their critical thinking and collaboration skills both inside and outside of the classroom. Read more about this week’s winners here. 

Spotlight on Learning: Student Success
As mentioned in my principal's message above, check out all the amazing things that occurred this week.

 

Spotlight: Administrative Professional Day 
We are so grateful for the dedication and support of our Main Office Team. Read more about these incredible women here.

Yearbooks on Sale! Order Yours Today! There is still time to order a yearbook for this school year. Please find more information here. 

SOL Testing Information Seventh and eighth grade students at Stone Middle School will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests starting on Monday, May 10, 2021 and will conclude with expedited retakes on Friday, June 4, 2021. Please find all related SOL testing information on our Stone Website https://stonems.fcps.edu/student-services/student-testing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our School Testing Coordinator, Armando Garcia at agarcia1@fcps.edu

Summer Learning Opportunities

From July 12 - 30, Stone MS will be offering two FREE summer learning opportunities for students - IMAGINE Summer Program and Young Scholars. Learn more about these programs and register today! Find out more about these summer programs here! For questions, please contact Tonia Barnes at trbarnes@fcps.edu .

Teacher Appreciation Spirit Week

May 3-7 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Our SCA and PTA are coordinating days and events to make this week special for our staff. Beginning April 26, students and families can drop off thank you cards to the Main office or in the cafeteria during lunches. Cards will be delivered to teachers the following week. 

Rising 9th Graders: Freshmen Football

Westfield Freshman Football workouts will be held each Thursday & Friday in May beginning May 5 from 3:30-4:30 PM at Stone MS. Workouts will be led by Westfield Freshman Football Head Coach Jason Sachlis and will be outside on the field or inside in the weight room depending on the date/weather.  These workouts are open to any 8th grade student at Stone Middle School who will be attending Westfield in the fall 2021 semester and has any interest in playing freshman football.  No previous football experience is required.  Transportation to and from school will need to be arranged by attendees.   If you have any questions or have not previously contacted Coach Sachlis, please do so though email at jason.sachlis@fcps.edu.o edit this placeholder text.

End of Year Grading Information

In March, end-of-year grading flexibilities were announced for secondary students:

  • NM (no mark) will be applied instead of F for the final (end-of-course) mark
  • Final exams will be used only to raise student grades
  • Use of P mark is available instead of a passing letter grade as the final (end-of-course) mark

For more information and forms: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/grading-and-reporting/secondary 

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Principal's Message - 4/17/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

Our students and staff continue to engage in dynamic instruction and meaningful learning experiences and this week was no exception. Read below for this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners, as well as our classroom spotlight feature. 

We are excited to have many students return to in-person learning four days a week beginning April 20 as a result of the updated physical distancing guidelines. If for some reason you missed the email and would like your student to be considered for additional days of in-person learning, please contact me directly (mcnorris@fcps.edu). Please note: if this is something you wish to consider, your student wouldn’t be able to begin four days of in-person instruction until the week of April 26.

In the meantime, we will continue to work together as a full school community to support ALL of our students and families to close out the 2020-2021 school year strong. In the coming weeks, we will provide updated information as it relates to spirit weeks, teacher appreciation week, our PTA Chipotle Fundraiser night and other end-of-year events!

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a wonderful weekend,

~Meredith Norris, Principal

Upcoming Dates & Events Date Event Details Mon April 19 Check and Connect Students log in and meet with their PB teacher.  Tues April 20

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

** Additional students who requested four day in-person learning begin today.  Wed April 21

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

  Thurs April 22

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (L-Z)

 

Fri April 23

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th Grade (L-Z)

 

 

 

 

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

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

Portrait of a Panther 

I always love engaging with our students throughout the week. We have so many wonderful students who continue to impress me with their resiliency during this challenging time. Check out this week’s Portrait of a Panther winners. https://stonems.fcps.edu/features/portrait-panther-week-april-12 

English 8 Classroom Spotlight: “Live Your Truth”
English 8 students created presentations to answer the guiding question, "What’s one thing every eighth grader should try at least once in their lifetime?". They used research and evidence to persuade their peers to agree with their opinion and try something new. Check out their work here!

Testing Update

As we approach SOL testing, we need to make sure student FCPSOn laptops are healthy and ready for testing! Follow the instructions below to help make sure you’re computer is healthy and what you should do if you need assistance. https://stonems.fcps.edu/announcements/fcpson-laptop-health-check

Student Services Updates

  • Summer Online Campus - A reminder that FCPS Online Campus Summer Courses are open for registration and available to eligible middle school students who meet prerequisites and technical requirements.  Students may take one online course for the first time or repeat credit.  Middle school students may not take a mathematics course during the summer as their first-high school level mathematics course (Algebra 1).  Courses are rigorous; therefore, students should consult their counselor prior to registering.  Program information is available at Summer Learning. 
  • 21-22 School Year Course Requests- Students can check their 21-22 Course Requests via Student Vue and Parent Vue. We encourage everyone to check their selections and contact his/her counselor for any questions. 
  • HS Updates - Westfield High School is planning to host a spring town hall meeting for parents of the Class of 2025. In order to prepare for this presentation, please complete this google form. This will help the faculty at Westfield plan and prepare for your concerns, questions and interests. Thank you.
COVID-19 Vaccines and the Vaccination Process in Fairfax County: A Webinar for Families

The FCPS Parent Resource Center is offering a webinar for families with important updates about COVID-19 and the vaccines that have been developed to help prevent the disease on Tuesdays in April and May from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Topics will include:

  • COVID-19 impacts (health, economic, education).
  • The vaccine.
  • Community immunity: What is it and How do we get there?
  • Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines—how they work and their effectiveness.
  • Safety of vaccines.
  • Vaccination process: Eligibility and how to register.

Note: Sessions are subject to change or cancellation based on the number of registrations. Registration is available online. This session is also available in other languages.

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Principal's Message 4/10/21

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4/10/21

Good Morning Parents and Families: 

It was an exciting return to school as we kicked off the final quarter of the school year. Our students and staff continue to shine brightly in so many areas in spite of the continued changes and challenges. Below you will find several features of many wonderful things that have occurred at Stone this week. 

You should have received an email from me on Thursday (4/8/21) regarding the updated physical distancing guidelines. In case you missed it, please find the message here. I am confident we will continue to work together as a full school team and community to finish this school year strong. I look forward to showcasing our students and staff throughout the remainder of the school year. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly (mcnorris@fcps.edu) if you have any questions. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you for your continued support,  

~Meredith Norris, Principal 

Upcoming Dates & Events Date Event Details Mon April 12 9:00 AM Check and Connect Students log in and meet with their PB teacher.  Tues April 13

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

  Wed April 14

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

  Thurs April 15 

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (L-Z)

 

Fri April 16

Even Day

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (L-Z)

 

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

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

Portrait of a Panther 

It was so nice to have our students back at school this week both in-person and from home. I always love seeing all the creative and engaging activities our students work on each week. This week's winners continue to demonstrate an increase in communication, collaboration and overall conversation skills. Please find our Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of April 5.

Virtual Theatre Showcase 2021

Want something to do this weekend? We invite you to join us for “Celebrating who we are as individuals… Bright side of life,” which is Stone’s first virtual theatre showcase under the direction of Ms. Lois Stanziani. The show features a cabaret of scenes and selections from Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and more. Our students and Theatre staff have worked very hard to bring you this production.

Here’s how you can access the show at any time this weekend:

  1. Click on the link here.
  2. Enter the number of registrants who will be viewing the show by clicking on the drop down menu.
  3. Click the green Register button.
  4. The showcase is free; however, you have the option to make a donation if you choose to.
  5. Click on the green Continue button.
  6. Complete your contact information and hit the green Register button.
  7. The link for the show will be on the following screen and/or sent to your email address.

Enjoy the show!!

Region 5 Outstanding New Secondary Teacher - Mr. Anson Yan

We are so proud of Mr. Anson Yan, 7th grade Social Studies teacher, for being named the Region 5 Outstanding New Secondary Teacher! Read more about this great honor here.

2021 Assistant Principal's Week

This week we celebrate and honor our administrators. We thank them for everything they do to support our school community. Read more about our wonderful admin here. 

Classroom Spotlight: Mrs. Scheetz & Art

As we head into the final stretch of this school year, we want to continue to highlight the great work of our students and staff. Mrs. Scheetz certainly got creative this week with the warmer temperatures. Check out her outdoor classroom space, while she and her students were still able to stay connected to their peers at home. Read more about her class here. 

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Tech Diversity Talk on STEM

The PTSA Diversity Committee of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology will hold its next Diversity in STEM Talk in April! This series is especially for elementary and middle school students in grades 4-8. 

Join us Monday, April 12, at 6 p.m. to hear from Julie Ann Sosa, MD, Leon Goldman MD Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Sosa will speak about her career in medicine and her experience as a surgeon, professor, and now administrator in a large teaching hospital. 

Please use the link below to register if you are interested in knowing: 

- What sparked her interest in medicine?

- What does she enjoy most about practicing medicine?

- What would she recommend to students who want to pursue a medical career?

- What else would you like to know?

Parents, register at this Zoom link*: http://bit.ly/TJStemTalk4 

  *To ensure you receive the Zoom link, do not use an FCPS schools student email account!

Submit questions in advance here: https://bit.ly/tjdiversitytalks

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Principal's Message - 3/26/21

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Good Afternoon Parents and Families: 

This message is coming to you a day early as we wrap up the 3rd quarter with another successful week as students had the opportunity to catch up on any  outstanding assignments the last two days. We received some great feedback from our staff, students, and parents/families reflecting on the last nine weeks and looking ahead. If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please consider taking our End-of-3rd-Quarter Survey here. 

After Spring Break, I will send out a 4th quarter calendar at-a-glance for your planning purposes. We will have several upcoming events to honor and celebrate our students as we close out this school year. Please read below for important testing, SIS grading information, as well as overall scheduling guidance from our Student Services team. 

In the meantime, I hope you and your families have a restful, relaxing, safe and healthy Spring Break. 

Meredith Norris, Principal 

Portrait of a Panther

As we closed out this last week of the 3rd quarter, our students continued to shine both in-person and at home. The students highlighted this week were very engaged in the chat, using the mic, asking questions and had some overall great collaboration with their peers. Please find our Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of March 22.

Stone MS Honors Women’s History Month

Our Panther News Team has done a news show feature each Wednesday and Friday of March to honor Women's History Month. Check them out here. 

Upcoming SOL Testing Information

Across Virginia, students will be taking Standards of Learning (SOL) tests this spring. 

  •  At Stone, SOL testing will begin the week of May 10th-May 28th.  
  • All SOL tests must be taken in-person at school.  
  • Students who attend school virtually will schedule testing appointments to complete their SOL assessments.  Bus transportation will be provided for these appointments, as needed.  
    • If you do not wish for your student to take SOL tests at Stone MS this spring, you have the right to refuse testing.  
    • The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage offers information and considerations as you make this decision.
  • As we prepare for these assessments, we need to collect any opt-out information for spring SOLs.  
  • Please complete this online Google intent form ONLY if you’d like to opt your student out of any Spring 2021 SOLs by March 31.

SOLs will be given in the following subject areas--

  • Reading 7, Reading 8, Science 8, Math 7, Math 8, Algebra 1 (Verified Credit for HS)*, Geometry (Verified Credit for HS)*

Third Quarter Ends Friday, March 26 - Limited Parent and Student SIS Access 

  • Friday, March 26 is the last day of the 3rd quarter. 
    • Even with a rolling gradebook, students should be checking in with teachers to see what may need to be turned in by the end of the week. 
    • Grades in SIS StudentVUE and ParentVUE will not be available from Friday March 26, 2021 at 4:00PM until Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 6:00AM. 
    • Report cards will be mailed home the week of April 12th. If you have questions about your child’s grades, please reach out to their classroom teacher.

Course Requests for 2021-22 School Year

  • Directions for how to view your child’s course requests online in ParentVUE can be accessed at the following link: Online Course Requests in ParentVue .
    •  Students can also view their list of courses on the course request tab in SIS StudentVUE.
  • This list of courses is NOT a schedule, but a confirmation of the courses entered into the student information system. 
    • Elective choices are subject to change based on space, teacher availability, and schedule conflicts.
    •  Please review this preliminary list of courses and look for the following errors: Too few or too many classes, absence of a required course, inaccurate placement by grade or course level.
    • Parents, please contact your child’s school counselor if you have questions or concerns about the selected courses. 

Attention Parents of Rising 9th Graders: Westfield High School is planning to host a spring town hall meeting for parents of the Class of 2025. 

  • In order to prepare for this presentation, please complete this google form
    • This will help Westfield plan and prepare for your concerns, questions and interests.

Family Life Education Instructional Program Information

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Parents/guardians may choose to opt their child out of all or part of the Family Life Education program.  Students who are opted out are provided with age-appropriate, nonpunitive alternative health instruction, and every effort is made to foster respect for family choices.  If you wish to opt your child out of all or part of FLE for this school year, opt out forms are available on line for Middle School (7-8) https://www.fcps.edu/academics/middle-school-academics-7-8/family-life-education-fle.

Parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan and email a copy of the completed form.  An opt-out request can also be made in an email which indicates the lesson(s) the child will be opted out of.  The actual opt-out form is not required.  Opt-out emails should be addressed to Mrs. Sibley-Oshlick at jnsibleyoshl@fcps.edu with the subject line FLE opt-out: Student last name.  All opt out forms or emails need to be completed and return it to Stone Middle School on or before April 9, 2021. Family Life Education instruction is scheduled for April 20-23.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8) grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Parent View https://fcps.blackboard.com/. Please note: This is not yet available in Schoology and you will need to access them through FCPS 24-7 Blackboard. 

Program questions may be addressed by contacting instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at cfreynolds@fcps.edu

 

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Principal's Message - 3/20/21

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3/20/21 

Good Afternoon Parents and Families: 

I can’t believe we are already at the end of the 3rd quarter, where we have now completed three weeks of concurrent instruction. Our students and staff continue to impress me with their patience and willingness to try new things. Similar to what has been done the last two quarters, I ask for you to take a few moments to complete this very brief End-Of-Quarter Survey. 

For the last several weeks, I have shared a video to highlight some of the great things happening at Stone.  As we continue to focus on our sense of community for ALL students and staff, check out what Stone students and staff members have to say about “What it means to belong?” 

Please read below for more information about this last week of the quarter before Spring Break. Hope you and your families have a safe and healthy weekend!

Thank you for your continued support,  

~Meredith Norris, Principal 

Upcoming Dates & Events Date Event Details Mon March 22 Check and Connect Students log in and meet with their PB teacher.  Tues March 23

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

  Wed March 24

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

  Thurs March 25

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

Catch-Up Day All students will participate in synchronous instruction. Students who are supposed to attend school in-person should come to school in-person. Virtual students should log in as usual.

Fri March 26

Catch-Up Day

Early Release Day

All students will participate in synchronous instruction. Students who are supposed to attend school in-person should come to school in-person. Virtual students should log in as usual.

Early Release Schedule

March 29- April 5

Spring Break

No School: Enjoy the break!

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

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

Portrait of a Panther 

Once again our students continue to do a great job both in-person and in the virtual setting. I have really enjoyed getting to learn more about our students’ interests and always love having informal conversations with them. This week’s Portrait of a Panther winners demonstrated some excellent communication and collaboration skills. Please find our Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of March 15th. 

Catch Up Day Reminder

This is a reminder we will have our 3rd quarter Catch-Up Days on Thursday, March 25 and Friday, March 26. Students who attend school in-person should still plan to attend in-person. Students who attend virtual should log into their classes as usual. No new work will be assigned for any students, rather it will be a chance for students to catch up on missing assignments.

Early Release Reminder

Next Friday (3/26) is an Early-Release Day. We will follow the same schedule we did a few weeks ago for both our in-person and virtual students.

Hearing and Vision Screening

Starting the week of March 23rd, all in-person 7th grade students and 8th grade students new to FCPS will participate in a hearing and vision screening through their Health and PE class.  If you do not want your child to participate in this screening, please complete this form.  Information for screening virtual students will be forthcoming. 

Attendance and Early Dismissal Reminders

  • If your child is scheduled to come to school in-person, but needs to attend online for any reason, please notify us through our Attendance Line through one of the following ways:
  • If your child is scheduled to come to school in-person, but attends school virtually AND you have not notified the attendance line, you will receive an automated call informing you that your child has been marked absent. 
    • If this happens and you forgot to call, please call the above attendance line. 
  • For all students, virtual and in-person, please remember to call in your child’s absence. 
  • If you plan to pick your child up early for an appointment, please call 703-631-5500 or send a note to the main office upon arrival (before 7:30am). 

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Principal's Message - 3/13/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

Today marks a year our lives were transformed due to Covid-19. Throughout that time, our community has been extremely responsive, supportive and understanding in spite of all the challenges. For that, I say thank you. Please know we will continue to work together as a school community as we complete the rest of this school year and prepare for next school year. 

It was so wonderful to embark on the latest phase of navigating school in a pandemic as we welcomed back our in-person students the last two weeks. Our focus remains on ensuring ALL of our students, staff and families remain connected and supported. Please find a snapshot of our last two weeks as we have engaged in concurrent instruction. 

Please continue to refer to our website for updated information as it relates to Return to School, events and other news. 

Information from our Parent Town Halls can be found on our return to school RTS webpage.

Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe and healthy! 

Meredith Norris, Principal

Upcoming Dates & Events Date Event Details Mon. Mar 15 Check and Connect Students Log into their PB Teacher Tues. Mar 16

Odd Day

In-Person Learning 7th & 8th Grade (A-K)

  Wed. Mar 17

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (A-K)

  Thurs. Mar 18

Odd Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (L-Z)

  Fri. Mar 19

Even Day 

In-Person Learning 7th and 8th grade (L-Z)

  Thurs March 25 Catch-Up Day All students will participate in synchronous instruction (in-person & virtual) Fri March 26

Catch-Up Day

Early Release Day

All students will participate in synchronous instruction (in-person & virtual) 

Early Release Schedule

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

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

Portrait of a Panther

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

Attendance and Early Dismissal Reminders

  • If your child is scheduled to come to school in-person, but needs to attend online for any reason, please notify us through our Attendance Line through one of the following ways:
  • If your child is scheduled to come to school in-person, but attends school virtually AND you have not notified the attendance line, you will receive an automated call informing you that your child has been marked absent. 
  • If this happens and you forgot to call, please call the above attendance line. 
  •  For all students, virtual and in-person, please remember to call in your child’s absence. 
  • If you plan on picking your child up early for an appointment, please send a note to the main office upon arrival (before 7:30am) 
    • This way the main office can give your child a pass, so they are ready for dismissal at that time. 
    • If you didn’t make a prior arrangement to pick up your child, please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to pickup time so your child has time to gather their belongings and get to the main office for departure.
  • If you need to pick up your child at the end of the school day, please plan to do so before 1:45pm so as to not disrupt overall dismissal procedures.  

Student Supplies

Please be sure your students are bringing their elective supply kits for FACS, Art and Engineering, when attending school in-person.  They will need these materials to support instruction in those classrooms.  These teachers don’t have extra supplies on hand.  Thank you for reminding your student.

2021 School Social Work Week - March 7-13, 2021

“Beacon of Hope: School Social Workers – Lighting the Way” is our theme for School Social Work Week 2021.  School Social Workers are able to light the way, emphasizing the whole child, collaborating with other professionals, linking students and families with needed services, and advocating for our profession.  We want to recognize our outstanding School Social Worker that serves the Stone community, Mrs.Amy Young.  Thank you for all you do for our community, Amy.  You are beloved by all!

Principal Survey

You will be contacted through email with a link to the FCPS Principal Evaluation Parent/Guardian Feedback Form Online. This questionnaire is part of the Performance Evaluation Program and offers parents/guardians an opportunity to provide anonymous input about various topics related to our school. These topics include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources management, organizational management, communication and community relations and professionalism. Additionally, the survey is used to assess my impact and effectiveness as principal. Understanding that this has been an unusual year, the impacts of COVID-19 will be taken into consideration when reviewing the feedback.

The questionnaire was sent on Monday morning from FCPSSurvey@fcps.edu. Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Reminders will be sent periodically to only those parents/guardians who have not complete the questionnaire. 

Your opinions matter and I look forward to reviewing the feedback. If you have not received a survey link and wish to provide feedback, Please email FCPSSurvey@fcps.edu and Shelli Wayland will send you a link

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Principal's Message - 3/6/21

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Good Morning Parents and Families: 

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great weekend, 

Meredith Norris, Principal 

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

Welcome Back 7th Grade In Person Students!

(Last Names A-K)

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

Welcome Back 7th Grade In Person Students!

(Last Names L-Z)

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

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

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

Student Services Update

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

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

Portrait of a Panther

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

Upcoming Parent Survey

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

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

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