August 19, 2002
Welcome to all our new 'listers'
and welcome back to the veterans!
Night is Stone Middle School's
Media Center • 6 PM
Come meet your student's teachers and the
administrators. We ask that you arrive for the start of the program no
later than 6 PM.
The program will begin promptly with opening remarks
by Mr. Cool, the principal. After opening remarks, you will rotate through
each of your student's classrooms where you will be greeted and be given
a class curriculum/policy overview by their teachers.
Your student should bring home their schedule Friday,
August 16th. You will use that schedule to know which classroom
to go to during Open House. Make certain to ask your student for
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON AUGUST 20TH.
COME ON OUT AND MEET US!!!
Stone Science Research
Students featured on National Educational TV Show!
of Upcoming Events:
- August 19
- Student Holiday/Teacher Inservice Day
- August 20
- Back to School Night 6 to 8 PM
- August 21
- School Pictures Taken
- September 2nd
- Labor Day/Holiday for All
- September 10th
- Basketball Home Game - Hoover
- September 13th
- Interim Reports
- September 17th
- Stone's Parent/Teacher Conference Night
- October 11th
- End of First Grading Period
- October 18th
- Student Holiday/Teacher Inservice Day
- October 23rd
- Secondary Progress Reports Issued
of Stone News for Parents
Mr. Richard Regan and four Stone Middle School students went on an
all expense paid research expedition to the Florida Keys this summer,
guests of the Public Broadcast System's Dragonfly TV (which originates
out of Minnesota). The young scientists are to be featured on a January
broadcast of the television show which has replaced the famous Newton's
Apple educational science show.
Nikki A., Chris B., Bruce M. and Corey S. spent three days in the Keys
investigating disease and damage on two coral reefs. The unique aspect
of the study was that these middle school students designed and built
two remotely operated submersibles to use in their investigation. (more)
- We are continuing last year's
emphasis on improving all student's reading skills this year. Each day,
the first 20 minutes of home room will be spent in some type of reading
All of our students that scored a Level I or a Level II
on the FCAT reading test last year will forfeit either a PE or elective
class in order to attend a special class focused on improving their
reading skills. We sincerely believe that reading is a crucial lifelong
- We would like to introduce
you to our new Cafeteria Manager Pat Harmon. Ms. Harmon has a number
of changes planned for our lunch service. Her goal is to provide every
student with a nutritious lunch. All students have been assigned a unique
student id for their student lunch account. You may wish to prepay lunch
money into this account to insure that your child's lunch money doesn't
Ms. Harmon has also begun to work with Mr. Cool and Ms.
Poole to restructure the lunch period, so that there are three lunch
periods rather than two. This should decrease the student's time waiting
in line to get their lunch.
- Vocational Education News
- We are thrilled to provide our students with a brand new high tech
vocational laboratory at Stone. Students enrolled in the VoTech elective
will have hands-on experiences with wind tunnels, drafting, robotics,
biotech (genetic research), microbiology, digital video and photography
editing, and much more.
A very dated wood shop facility was gutted over the summer
and completely rebuilt. It has been stocked with new furntiture, new
flat panel computers, a Unix server and many more high tech goodies.
- All students are required
to "dress out" for PE class. This year, the school has adopted
a required school uniform. This policy was put in place so that students
would have inexpensive and appropriate attire, while the teachers would
also be able to quickly determine if students had dressed out (and were
not just wearing their school clothes).
Phone, Toner and Inkjet Cartridge Recycling
Stone is currently collecting
used cell phones, toner and inkjet cartridges from local business and
homes. Please save any of these and send them in to Mr. Shupe. We have
the opportunity to sell them back to remanufacturing companies for between
.50-$20.00. The money will be used for software purchases at the school.
And it is good for the earth!
Speaker Dr. Mark Benno discusses the significance of project based learning
and how to integrate technology into the curriculum.
Brevard / Apple Educational Technology Miniconference
At the end of the summer, Stone hosted over 120 educators from schools
all over Brevard and special guest from Florida Institute of Technology.
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