Mr. Lee (Band and Orchestra Instructor) commented: "I think I was more nervous than they were. They played beautifully for a judge who was very impressed and gave them a Superior rating, the highest possible. If you see these students be sure to congratulate them, the deserve it."
During this phase of the audition process these students had to pass a written music theory exam and sight-read three melodic exercises for a panel of judges. They will now move on to the 2nd audition on November 5th.
Ashley C. $1000
Marshania E. $500
Rebecca S. $250
We are so proud of them!!! Our school received the most money for our winners, GO STONE!
TALLAHASSEE – Education Commissioner Jeanine Blomberg today announced Guinness World Records™ confirmed that Florida middle school students successfully broke the record for the “Most People Reading Aloud Simultaneously in Multiple Locations.” The event, Breaking a World Record: Reading Aloud!, overseen by the Just Read, Florida! office, highlighted the importance of reading to middle school students. The record attempt aired via a live public broadcast and Web cast from Disney-MGM Studios at 11:25 a.m. on September 28, 2006, when 186,054 middle school students statewide read an excerpt from the book “Peter and the Starcatchers” written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.
“This is an incredible triumph by Florida students and I am proud of the effort it took to achieve it,” said Commissioner Blomberg. “Breaking this particular world record earns our students a place in history and reminds them that reading is an essential part of bringing dreams to life.”
According to an official document sent by Guinness World Records™, Florida students broke the previous record of 155,528 students throughout the United Kingdom who read William Wordsworth’s poem “Daffodils,” on March 19, 2004. Copies of the official certificate will be sent to each of the 456 schools that participated in this momentous feat. Guinness World Records™ is currently considering the record for entry in their annual book.
“This is a phenomenal accomplishment for all of the middle school students who participated in the record breaking event,” said Just Read, Florida! Executive Director Dr. Evan Lefsky. “It is a true reflection of the potential of students in the state of Florida and a credit to the teachers, principals, district staff and volunteers who made this effort a success.”
Florida’s middle school students have made significant improvements in reading. Last year, 223,000 more students were reading on or above grade level compared to 2001, and improvements in middle school reading tripled that of any previous single year gain. Additionally, there has been a renewed focus on reading at the middle school level and great participation in the Department of Education’s Shoot for the Stars: A Record-Breaking Year for Middle Schools initiative.
To view the Web cast of the event visit www.JustReadFlorida.com.
Stone Middle Students attained a score of 4.3, which was bested only by Westshore (4.5) and Delaura (4.4).
We are extremely proud of our students and staff for their hard work and efforts.
Collectively, STONE ROCKS!, Andrew L. Johnson, Jr. (Proud Principal)
In this particular competition, there is a written test part and a bowl part (speed round).
won 1st place in the Bowl Competition.
Jason D., Mitchell W., Cierra W., Ms. Jameer and Ricardo L..
This is a first for Stone! We are very proud of these students!
- 10 bids to the State Science and Engineering Fair
- 16 bids to the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences Paper Competition
- 7 bids to the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge
- 11 bids to the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.
Florida Junior Academy of Sciences Paper Competition
Tampa • Saturday, March 17th, 2007
The follow students have been selected to present their research to judges, scientists and other students at the annual academy conference. Approximately 45 students are selected statewide and 16 of those students are from Stone!
Jacob A., Zen C., Jason D., Courtney F., Kayla J., Rishita J., Tim S. J., Fiona K., Natasha K., Kyle K., Melissa S., Amber S., Brooke W., Mason W., Kyle W., & Sarah Z.
Orlando Science Center Science Challenge
Orlando • Saturday March 24th, 2007
Students in physical science categories compete with outstanding science students from central Florida counties. Cierra C., Tim A. J., Natasha K., Martin M., Ashley P., Justin R., & Jacob S.State Science and Engineering Fair
Fort Myers • Wednesday April 11th to Saturday April 14th, 2007
Lauren A., Rishita J., Tim A. J., Fiona K., Natasha K., Martin M., Ashley P., Justin R., Jacob S., & Melissa S.
Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge
This the premier national science competition for Middle School Students. Forty students from around the nation will be selected to compete in Washington, D.C. next fall. Students win an opportunity to summit an application packet by excelling at their regional science fair. The first place national winner of this competition receives $15,000! Lauren A., Cierra C., Rishita J., Tim A. J., Fiona K., Natasha K., Martin M., Ashley P., Justin R., Jacob S., & Melissa S.
They joined with other students who had paid for the honor of taping Mr. Kaminiski (Stone Middle School's Dean of Students) to the wall. It was a good physics lesson as well, because we all learned that even with this much tape, it was not enough to immobilize our dean!
Please send in any loose change with your son or daughter to contribute to this worthy cause. The more we know about how to stop cancer or at least slow it, the better for everyone!
Students from Central, Hoover, Southwest, Stone, Westshore and various private schools competed in 14 junior division categories ranging from behavioral science to zoology.
Stone students won 10 of the 14 first place awards and 9 second place awards taking a total of 50 place awards. Stone had almost 3 times the 1st place winners than all the other schools combined! We also scored one of the two Best of Shows and one of the two Alternate Best of Shows.
The research teachers and students would like to thank all the teachers and administrators for supporting their efforts. We would especially like to thank all the teachers that allowed students out of their classes to work on their science projects.
The First Place Winners From Stone Middle School
(left front row) Justin R., Ashley P., Melissa S., Natasha K., Rishita J. (Best of Show!)
(middle row) Rich Regan, research teacher, Martin M., Lauren A., Fiona K., Tim J., Jacob S.
(back row) research sponsors: Karen Regan, Jared Campbell
(not shown) First Place Winner Sierra C., research sponsors: Barbara Beehler, Geri Riley, Gordon Shupe
Ms. Ramirez (the sponsor) reported that our geography team "...worked hard and were quite successful".
Top Honors goes to Tyler D. of the Dolphin Team.
We will need to wait until March to find out whether he's qualified for State Competition (which is at the end of March).
2nd place went to Jacob S. (of the 8th grade Explorers) 3rd place went to Matt R. (of the Eagle Team)
Mike C., Lizzy K., Cody S., Chris W., Breanne C., Tyler S., and Chris G. finish out the ten finalists.
A hearty congratulations to all these students for a job well done.