eCybermission Teams Attend Army Science Conference in Orlando

Stone Middle’s eCybermission teams spent November 29th learning about astonishing new U.S. Army technologies at the 25th Annual Army Science Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Teams were treated to presentations by Nobel Laureate Dr. Leon Lederman (Director Emeritus at Fermilab) as well as other distinguished speakers.
eCybermission is a free, webbased, math and technology competition for students in grades 6 though 9. Students teams identify a problem in their community that is related to heath and safety, arts and entertainment, sports and recreation or the environment. Potential prizes include up to $8,000 in U.S. savings bond.

Participant Kayla J. reflected upon her experience: "The conference was interesting because I learned how they were planning to improve student's education in the future. I was also able to see how the technology that the army uses has changed over the years."
Mason W. said "It was interesting to see the new inventions that the army was coming out with- one particular one was the future uniforms that use nano-technology that made a flexible, breathable fabric turn into a plate that was bulletproof."

Stone Choice Program Director Richard Regan organized the trip for the eCybermission Team members at Stone Middle School. Mrs. Regan and Mr. Campbell helped chaperone the event.

Pizza for Perfect Attendance

"You had be there to understand!"

Some of our students know that's true - they have made the extra ordinary effort to be in class EVERYDAY during the first nine weeks!

For that effort, the administration hosted a pizza party in their honor on Friday, November 17.

Good Job Goes Out To 120 students:
Tevan D., Edana E., Lorainna G., Shawn R., Earl S., Sarah H., Meshach H., Naomi K., Lisa S., Jacob A., Raven C., Jacob C., Sean H., Suet Lay M., Tori S., Daniel W., Nicole F., Jon-Brandon G., Dane R., Eamon R., Jamie S., Jah'rezz R., Anthony A., Jennifer D., Jameelah M., Liberty S., Janna E., Nima H., Richard K., Pailin K., Louis M., Matthew R., Moses S., Deidre' D., Steffan J., Allen J., Thomas P., Nelson S., Darryl S., Nathaniel W., Austin M., Ashley V., Sara W., Chandini B., Ricardo L., Matthew R., Shawntale L., Carlicia O., Thomas S., Craig V., Katerin B., Shivani B., Angelica W., San'drella M., Najari M., Anthony B., Brucia B., Angel C., Christopher C., Kyle M., Samantha S., Darrell G., Sherree M., Zachary N., Alexandra R., Shantae O., William B., Adrianna D., Brook L., Yves M., Jerard J., Brittany J., Jessica B., Chelsea C., Brittani D., Matteen H., Apithep H., Johanna S., Alexandria T., Carolina A., Zachary A., Dina D., Thomas E., Andrea M., Scott P., Kelsia W., Kori W., Tracy A., Adam B., Timothy J., Brittney C., Elyssa C., Courtney J., Chelsea L., Justin N., Alicia B., Tiffany C., Melissa C., Ayman G., Matthew M., Jordan S., Christopher D., Morgan W., Alexis W., Mitchell W., Coty C., Kevin S., Mark S., Aqueelan C., Michael G., Joselyn T., Alisha G., Chama D., Fiona K, and Dvunte' M.

Stone Honors Straight A Students!

We had 19 students who earned a 4.0 during the 1 nine weeks. 

Those students were invited to an ice cream party during 8th hour (6th period) on Wednesday, November 15th.

It takes a special effort to earn A's in every class during the first nine weeks - A hearty congratulations to:
EDANA E.
NATHAN F.
NIMA H.
SARAH-LEE K.
RICARDO L.
MATTHEW M.
JORDAN S.
DALTON S.
MITCHELL W.
ZACHARY A.
BREANNE C.
FIONA K.
KYLE K.
EVELYN M.
MARTIN M.
GULNURA P.
SCOTT P.
KASSIDY S.
SARAH T.

Boys Basketball Makes it into the County Semi-Finals

The Stone Middle School Boy's Basketball Team was defeated on October 25th at the County Middle School Championship Playoff game. The game was held at Palm Bay High School as the Gophers went up against North Brevard Arch-rivals: Cocoa's McNair Middle School.

We are still quite proud of the team as they had a great season and were honored as South Brevard Champs!

Make Strides against Breast Cancer!

Twenty-one Stone Middle School students (BETA and FBLA members) joined other community members in the Make Strides against Breast Cancer walk at BCC's Melbourne Campus on October 7th.

Ms. Magloire, BETA sponsor notes that it was a lot of fun connecting with ex-stonites (including a former Stone Teacher, Ms. Naujock!).


She was real pleased at the student turnout and also that many parents joined in to spend their Saturday morning raising the public's awareness against breast cancer.


A 5K walk becomes quite memorable when it is a collective effort between students, parents and teachers (Mr. Tritt, Ms. Naujock, Mrs. Mccrary, Ms. Loyd, Ms. Magloire). Special thanks to Katie Smith and her mother for allowing us to be part of their amazing team "Pretty in Pink".

As Ms. Magloire says: thems "...Can't get hit by a blindman kinda t-shirts!"

Singing for State Honors!

On Saturday, 3 of our chorus students auditioned for the All-State Choir. This was the first round of the auditions process and 2 of our students, Sean and Sarah passed!

Additionally, Sean is now ranked as the #2 Bass for all of Brevard and Osceola counties at the middle school level!

Sarah and Sean will have their final audition for the All-State Choir on November 2nd. Keep singing Sarah and Sean!

Seventh Grade Stone Students a Part of State-Wide Read Aloud!


Nearly 300 Stone Middle School Students joined a statewide effort to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most people reading the same passage aloud at the same time.

A satellite broadcast by Governor Jeb Bush led the statewide effort to break the world record. The students watched a brief interview with Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the authors Peter and the Starcatchers. The excerpt that the students read was from Chapter 11 of this book. Primarily seventh graders participated in the read aloud.

Working at the Carwash!!!

September 30th, Beta Clubmembers held their first fundraising event of 2006 at Stone Middle School.
In a smashing combination of hard work and fun, they raised over 500 dollars in 3 hours.













Part of this money will be used to buy their t-shirts, while the rest will be donated to causes such as breast cancer research and the Save Holly organization.










Thanks for being good citizens BETA!







Another shot at the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Award!

Discovery Channel
Young Scientist Challenge Finalists Announced -Stone is There!

Two Brevard Middle School students are among 40 national finalists selected to compete for the title “Top Young Scientist of the Year” and more than $100,000 worth of scholarships and prizes. Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High had one of the two national finalist and we at Stone Middle School are proud to announce the second finalist is one of our own!

Almas (who is now in the ninth grade but did her research project here at Stone Middle School last year) was selected to travel to Washington, D.C. October 21-25, 2006 to compete for the coveted prize. She was selected from a group of 400 talented semi-finalists nationally. Semi-finalists were chosen from 2,000 invited applicants, out of a pool of 75,000 top student scientists across the nation.

Often described as the "Nobel Prize for Research Students", the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students.



Stone is the only school in Florida to have had a Discovery Young Scientist National Winner (in 2001).

Study of Chaos Leads to National Recognition

Almas A. is a Discovery Young Scientist Challenge finalist. This is a very competitive national level competition and is considered by some to be the "Nobel Prize" for Middle School. She will be going to Washington, D.C. in October with the other 39 finalists. This is a very prestigious event with first place being $15,000. Some of you may recall that we had a Discovery Young Scientist Challenge 1st place winner in the past - the only one from Florida!

Her project title was: Universal Law for the Periodic Windows within Chaos in the Logistic Model for Biological Populations

Stone Middle School an "A" school - again!

Once again, Stone Middle School has shown the quality of education available in Brevard County is top notch, throughout the county!

This summer, Florida's Department of Education once again recognized Stone Middle School as an "A School" based primarily on our school's FCAT scores. This achievement is the result of a very focused effort on the part of our students, teachers, parents and staff. We are proud to be included in this group of "A" schools and hope to continue our success for the 2006-7 school year.

LaCrystal Honored by Rotary Club


LaCrystal M. was recognized as an exemplary student at the May 11th Palm Bay Student Award Banquet sponsored by the Rotary Club. LaCrystal is one of only seven 7th graders who has maintained a 4.0 GPA for the entire school year. (seen in picture, left to right: Dr. DiPatri • Brevard Schools Superintendent, LaCrystal, Dr. McIntyre • South Area Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Johnson • Stone MS Principal, Mrs. L. Pappademetriou • Rotary Club, Mrs. Coleman • Stone MS Dolphin Team Lead Teacher)


One of her teachers told the audience that LaCrystal is conscientious, polite, and respectful. She is a hard worker who never complains. She completes her class work with enthusiasm and is diligent to make up any assignments she misses. LaCrystal is a teacher's dream in the classroom. Even when she makes a mistake, she strives to turn it into a lesson learned. She is an excellent role model for all students.

We are so proud to have LaCrystal as our student. She is a student who reminds you about the BEST parts of teaching. LaCrystal is a “Shining Star” for our future!

Stone's FCAT Writes Average Score: 4.1!

Judge, may the record show
that Stone Middle School students know how to write!


We have just received notice from the Florida Department of Education that the students of Stone increased from 3.9 last year to 4.1 this year and beat the state and district averages. We also had better scores than Central, Clearlake, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Madison, McNair, Southwest and Spacecoast Middle Schools.

It is also quite significant that Stone Middle School's average tied Westshore's average score.
Go STONE!!!!!!!

Stone Science Research Students Excel at the 51st State Science and Engineering Fair!

Stone Middle once again showed up on stage at the 51st Florida State Science and Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony this past weekend. Florida's best science students competed at the Orlando Conventions Center for recognition and awards. We would like to reiterate - the students that attended were competing against the best students in the state of Florida!


Stone students had an outstanding showing in this very competitive event:

1st place in Mathematics - Almas A.
2nd place in Biochemistry - Karah G.
2nd place in Earth and Space - Carlee J.
2nd place in Engineering - Peeraya S.
4th place in Teams - Cory D.
4th place in Teams - Kyle F.

Please congratulate these students - it is very difficult to place at this level of competition.

Spring Music from Band & Orchestra

The talent and knowledge of Stone students was once again made obvious by our Band and Orchestra students during the Annual Band and Orchestra Spring Concert.

Palm Bay High School's Band Director, Dr. paid a great compliment to Stone's Band Director:This is my ninth year at Palm Bay High School, I have seen 5 different band directors come through here, and what Ms. Carrick has done in one year is nothing short of astounding!


Featuring music from the Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Strings Orchestra and Advanced Band, the Music department certainly demonstrated that Stone Students Rock!

A DVD of the concert will be made available by Ms. Carrick for a low price of $10 or a special bundle price of the Winter Concert and the Spring Concert for $10.

7th & 8th Graders Beat High School & College Students

Stone Middle School’s remotely operated vehicle team, the Stone Submersible Squad (S3), participated in the 2006 Marine Advanced Technology Education Center’s Florida regional ROV competition this past Saturday, April 8th. The competition was held at Adventure Island in Tampa. ROV’s or remotely operated vehicles are small submarine like devices with on-board video cameras and thrusters allowing the student pilot to control the ROV from the surface via an umbilical cord.

The competition centered around completing a series of timed underwater challenges using a ROV built by the students. These challenges included releasing a simulated acoustical transponder and installing a simulated electronics module into a protective frame and then connecting a power cable to the electronics module.

Stone’s S3 Team competed against College and High School Teams
from around Florida and took home 3rd place!


Team members were James F., Karah G., Carlee J., Kyle K., Mason W., and Kyle W. The team was coached by Mr. Campbell and Mr. Regan.

Students competing at Adventure Island in Tampa.

Slide Show and more pictures here!

Future Problem Solvers Top at State Competion!

Stone Middle School's Future Problem Solving Team placed first out of 30 middle school teams in the Circus Maximus contest at State Competition, which consists of several brain and physical activities. They received a great big blue ribbon and a t-shirt. They did not, however, place in the booklet work--made one major mistake in the process. It is tedious and one aspect can throw off the entire booklet.

Mrs. Cottle, their sponsor states: I expect great things from this team in high school!

If anyone knows of any 6th or 7th grade students who might be interested in F.P.S. for next year, Mrs. Cottle would like to meet with them before the year is out. Contact the front office or Mrs. Cottle if anyone has been involved before and might be interested in being on a team for next year. We can have as many teams as we can sponsor and take care of!

Stone Gopher Boys Bring Home a First Place in Bowling

The Gophers had a great showing at the Middle School Intermural Bowling Tournament yesterday...

For the second year in a row, and the third time in four years,
The Gopher Boys A Team took FIRST PLACE in Boy's Middle School Division, come see the trophy!


Individual awards went to the following students:

Jenny V. -- girls' high series

Nick P. -- boys' high series

Ben F. -- boys' high average


Please congratulate the team for their terrific efforts, unprecedented team spirit and incredible sportsmanship! They are an extraordinary group of young people, to say the least!

Ms. McCrary

Science Olympiad Students Continue to Rise in State Ranking

Official results are in from our recent Florida Science Olympiad Competition.

Of the 17 different events we entered, Stone students placed in the top 10 eleven times. Our state ranking last year was 20th place. This year we moved up to 12th place. Next year our goal is to break into the top 10!

Congratulations
to our 12 member team!
Olympiad Coach • Jerry Serna

Team Members:
Altha J.
Kyle W.
Ashley P.
Tyler H.
James D.
Kori W.
Melissa M.
Corey N.
Brooke W.
Natanael R.
Jakari J.
Courtney F.

The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.

Stone Middle School Students Help California Students Calculate Circumference of the Earth

Students from Advanced Math teacher Paulette Statlick's class made a brief appearance on southern California Public Service Television stations as well as on a live internet feed of the broadcast. Stone Middle School's Program of Science and Technology used standard video chat technology, iChatAV, to provide their data collection to students in Huntington Beach, California.



Orange County California students were trying to determine the circumference of the earth following the guidelines of ancient Greek scholar, Eratosthenes (276-194 BC). By comparing the length of a shadow at noon in two distant locations, he calculated the circumference of the Earth to be 250,000 stadia.
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Our students measured the length of a meter stick's shadow at approximately 12:32 today in a live internet feed back to KOCE Television in Huntington Beach, CA. Orange County California students used this data along with their own measurements to calculate the earth's circumference.

Stone's Technology Directory Gordon Shupe coordinated the event along with the help of Technology Specialist Steve Dagley. The project was threatened by high winds - it was necessary for the ruler to be exactly perpendicular to the earth's surface. Finally one of the students suggested using a science research backboard as a windblock. Mr. Shupe admitted that he still was concerned that the iMac was going to blow off the table.

The entire problem solving event was broadcasted live from 12 PM to 1 PM EST on Tuesday 3/21. An archived video stream should be available shortly. Stone students will appeared right around 12:30 PM. The internet version of this live broadcast was
http://www.koce.org/greekscast.htm

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http://www.koce.org/greeks.htm
Contact Gordon Shupe at Stone Middle School for pictures or more information:
shupeg@brevard.k12.fl.us

Advanced Band Students Make Stone Proud!

Jill Carrick, Stone's Band Instructor, reports that the Stone Advanced Band has distinguished themselves and Stone with straight Superiors at the Band Festival last weekend.

Way to go Advanced Band!!!

Science Research Students @ Stone Continue Their Winning Ways!

Stone science research students competed in two competitions this weekend and had an amazing showing.

Both of these competitions are state level science events that are extremely competitive.

Florida Junior Academy of Science

The Florida Junior Academy of Science held it’s annual conference and paper competition at the Florida Institute of Technology on Saturday March 11th. Outstanding research students from all over Florida were invited to present their research. Junior division students presented in one of three categories: Biological Science, Environmental Science and Physical Science.

Stone students took two of the three 1st place awards! Happy

The results are as follows:
Karah G. - 1st place in Biological Science
Mason W. - 1st place in Physical Science
Marie D. - 2nd place in Biological Science
Mellissa S. - 4th place in Biological Science


The competition for bids to present is very tough - being selected to present is an honor and involves giving a formal “lecture style” presentation. The following students also presented their research and did a great job:

Fiona K.
Kyle K.
Brooke W.


Lockheed Martin Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center

Stone researchers also participated in the Lockheed Martin Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday March 11th. This event is extremely competitive because all the participants are first place winners from central Florida regional science fairs and only one award in giving in each category. Stone students captured two 1st place awards!

Carlee J. - 1st place in Earth and Space Science
Almas A. - 1st place in Mathematics

Stone Speech Students Make Major Statement!


Now here is something to talk about!

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Speech & Drama students did a fantastic job at the All County Speech Competition winning a trophy for most points accumulated by a middle school.

Way to go, Gophers of Drama!

Future Problem Solving Team Has the Silver!


Stone's Future Problem Solving Team placed third out of 33 teams in the district in competition this past Thursday. This is the best ever showing for our team, which has really been together since elementary school. Last year, the girls placed 12th. The best showing before that was 11th for a Stone Team. They get to go to the State Comp. in Orlando Apr. 2-5. Best of all, they received ribbons and a big trophy that was on display last Friday in the office!Happy Please congratulate:

Jessica F.
Autumn B.
Kaylyn M.
E. Christine M.

Future Business Leaders of America Excels at District Competition

Stone's Future Business Leaders of America club made news at the Brevard County Competition recently. Happy

There were five middle schools competing at district this year and Stone students were worthy competitors.


Public Speaking
Charniece W. - 1st Place

Business Math
Ed K. - 1st Place
Latifah F. - 4th Place
Jasmine C. - 5th Place

Keyboarding
Antoinette S. - 3rd Place

Proofreading & Editing
Jamie S. - 2nd Place
Jessie B. - 3rd Place
Talor L. - 5th Place

More Place Awards Than All Other Schools Put Together- the Results of the Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Stone Middle School students once again filled the stage at the South Brevard Science and Engineering Fair. Dominating in nearly every category, Stone received more place awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places) than the total of all the other South Brevard schools put together. Another significant success, Stone Middle students nearly swept the Junior Division Best of Shows. Stone only competes in the Junior Division (Senior Division is 9th grade and up). There are four Junior Best of Show Awards. Stone received three of the four!


Here are the highlights:
58 students from Stone won place awards. That is more that all the other schools participating in junior division combined. The school with the second most awards had 10 - Stone students won almost 6 times as many place awards as any other middle school. Total place awards are as follows: 1st place - 7 students, 2nd place - 10, 3rd place 17 and 4th place 24 for a total of 58 students placing.

74.4% of the Stone students took a place award - that is a very high “success rate”.
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Stone had 15 1st/2nd place awards, again more than all the other junior division schools combined. The school with the second most 1st/2nd places had 5.

We also had 7 students win bids to the State Science Fair in Orlando (again more than any other school). The state bid winners are: Almas A., Marie D., Cory D., Kyle F., Karah G., Carlee J. and Peeraya S.. These students will be representing Stone and Brevard County at the State Science and Engineering Fair April 19-22. These students will also attend the State Bid Winners trip to the Brevard Intracoastal Regional Fair on Friday 2/10/06.

Stone students also took both Best of Show awards and one of the two Alternate Best of Show awards. The Best of Show winners are:

Best of Show Biological Science: Marie D. - Isolating and Analyzing the Antimicrobial Properties of Grapefruit Pulp Extracts

Best of Show Physical Science: Almas A. - Universal Law for the Periodic Windows within Chaos in the Logistic Model for Biological Populations

Alternate Best of Show Physical Science: Carlee J. - Revisiting the Pathfinder Mission: Determining the Mission Readiness of Three Types of Robotic Rovers
Students Rock!
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