August 19, 2002

Welcome to all our new 'listers' and welcome back to the veterans!

Tuesday Night is Stone Middle School's
Open House!
Tuesday, August 20th
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 his schedule.

Stone Science Research Students featured on National Educational TV Show!

Brief Calendar
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

Previous Issue
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)

Reading News
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 activity.
   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 skill.
Cafeteria News
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 get lost.
   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.
Physical Education News
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).
Cell 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!

Keynote 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. (more)

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