Space Coast Art Festival Winner at Stone

Laura D. represented Stone Middle School at the Space Coast Art Festival in Cocoa Beach on Saturday, November 26.  Laura won second place for grades 6-8 in the mixed media category.

Brevard All-County Band Selects Stone Trombonist

Timothy S. has been selected to perform with the Brevard All-County band.  All the the students who participated worked hard to prepare for the audition and came away knowing they have learned a great deal and improved on their instrument.  The All-County band is a select group of musicians who are chosen to represent their schools through a rigorous audition process.  

Timothy is to be commended for his hard work on the trombone.

Congrats to Tim!

-- Dan Lee
Director of Bands and Orchestras

Stone Students Support Leukemia Research!

Stone Middle School Students Rock!!! The Pasta for Pennies Leukemia Research Funding Drive has concluded.
This year staff and students have raised $1528.27 for Pastas for Pennies. Way to go everyone!!!!

Congratulations to Ms. Kram-Conrad’s homeroom class. They have won this year’s Pasta for Pennies with a total collected of $120.30, which is $8.593 per Student!! Way to go students. The students will win Lunch from Olive Garden.

Second place goes to Mrs. Jackson with a total collected of $91.50, $5.083 per student, and third place goes to Mr. Shupe with 42.43 collected, which is $4.714 per student.

What a wonderful year for Pasta for pennies.

Robo Gophers Win the Overall Team Spirit Award at State

Stone Robo Gophers competed Sunday, February 27th at the Florida FLL State Championship.

We had an awesome, long day and the team did fantastic!

The
Robo Gophers won the Overall Team Spirit Award for rocking the house and making engineering and technology fun, accessible and rewarding. They were very visible all day long cheering for ALL teams. This is our 3rd Year in a row winning this award for the State. GOPHER POWER is definitely #1 in the State of Florida!!

Two of our team members were honored with individual Gracious Professionalism awards that were handed out throughout the competition by secret judges who saw the team members doing acts of gracious professionalism. They were awarded a special championship coin and then they were called up to the front and given Florida FLL Backpacks. Those honored with this award were Troy Gregory and Troy St. Louis.

Also, Mrs. Coleman was awarded with the Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Award in recognition of her dedication to FIRST LEGO League of Florida. She received a certificate, special pin, and a letter from President Barack Obama.

As you see, the
Stone Robo Gophers had a great day. As always, they represented Stone Middle School in a positive and proud way.

If you have or see any of the team members, please congratulate them on their hard work, dedication to the team and an awesome win!!!!

Team members are...

Joshua F.
Jared F.
Troy G.
Nicholas K.
Sterlyn M.
Troy St. L.
Jerami T.

Superior Speakers @ Stone

This past Saturday, February 9, a group of drama students from Stone attended the annual county speech competition.

The following students placed with superior ratings following three separate performances scored by individual judges:

Karman H. - Superior for humorous interpretation.

Deanna W. - Superior for humorous interpretation.

Will H. & Ben R. - Superior for duo interpretation - also placing second in the county in this category.

Alexis J. - Superior for impromptu interpretation - also placing second in the county for this category.

3 School Records Broken in Track!

Stone’s Athletic Director, Coach Heid proudly reports:

After two track meets against Delaura and Central we are 2 and 0!

We are having a great year so far. We have had three school records broken:
  • Jaylen B. broke the Long Jump record with a jump of 19 feet and 2 inches. The old record was 18 feet 1 inch. Over a foot past the old record!
  • Troy V. 7th. Gr. Shot Put 46 feet, the old record was 40 feet - Two Whole YARDS farther!!!
  • Josh Raley 8th. Gr. Mile Run, 5 minutes and 28 seconds,the old record was 6 minutes. That is 32 seconds difference from the best time for Stone!

Takeaway- this year’s team is is not just a little better than the previous best of the best - they are significantly better!

Our long distance runners have really stepped up this year, as well as the rest of the track team.

Stone Research Students Dominate the South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair!

The South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held at the Melbourne Square Mall this past weekend. Students from Central, Hoover, Southwest, Stone, and various private schools competed in 13 junior division categories ranging from behavioral science to zoology.

Stone students won 8 of the 13 first place awards and 10 second place awards taking a total of 47 place awards.

Stone students had more 1st place winners then all the other junior division schools combined!

Stone students also won numerous specials awards, with some students taking home as much as $750.00

Colleen K. won Alternate Biological Best of Show for her microbiology project titled:
A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts on Staphylococcus epidermidis

The following students won bids to participate in the State Science and Engineering Fair in Orlando March 23-26!
Hunter D. • The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff
Jessie D. • The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
David F. • The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Three Marine Invertebrate Phyla: Cnidaria, Arthropoda and Mollusca
Ian H. • A Study of the Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Wet Cell Battery
Colleen K. • A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts on Staphylococcus epidermidis
Cleo K. • Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System
Nick P. • Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II
Ivanna R. • A Multigenerational Study of the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation on the Development of the Fruit Fly, Drosophila melanogaster
Shiloh S. • The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum

The following students won bids to participate in the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center on March 12th
Dalton H. • The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff
Ian H. • A Study of the Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Wet Cell Battery
Cleo K. • Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System
Nicholas P. • Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II


Stone students won 47 place awards. The winners are listed below.
First Place Winners
Hunter D. • The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff
Jessie D. • The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
David F. • The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Three Marine Invertebrate Phyla: Cnidaria, Arthropoda and Mollusca
Ian H. • A Study of the Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Wet Cell Battery
Colleen K. • A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts on Staphylococcus epidermidis
Cleo K. • Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System
Nicholas P. • Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II
Ivanna R. • A Multigenerational Study of the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation on the Development of the Fruit Fly, Drosophila melanogaster
Shiloh S. • The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum

Second Place Winners
Natalie B. • The Development and Testing of a Cinnamon-Based Topical Cream Effective Against Staphylococcus
Thomas G. • The Design, Construction and Testing of an Autonomous Robot Capable of Obstacle Avoidance
Christopher G. • The Effects of an Increased Number of Coils on the Electrical Efficiency of an Inductor
Anisa K. • An Investigation into Natural Methods of Controlling Biofilms
William M. • The Design, Construction and Testing of an Autonomous Robot Capable of Obstacle Avoidance
Ceili M. • Ocean Acidification: The Effects of Low pH Levels on the Growth of the Calcareous Algae, Halimeda incrassata
Kayla M. • The Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on the Rate of Photosynthesis and Oxygen Production of American Water Weed, Elodea canadensis
Molly O. • An Investigation into Natural Methods of Controlling Biofilms
Kaleb S. • The Effects of Temperature on the Light Produced by the Chemiluminescenent Reaction in a Light Stick
Joy S. • Developing and Testing a Mathematical Model that Predicts the Rate of Oil Bioremediation by Pseudomonas putida

Third Place Winners
Tyler B. • The Effect of Bisphenol A on the Mortality Rate of Paramecium caudatum
Michael C. • A Mathematical Study of the Effects of Surfactants on Surface Tension
Karlee D. • A Comparitive Study of the Effects of UV Radiation on the Mortality of Echinoderm Larvae and Artemia nauplii
Khanh H. • A Study of the Ability of Bog-Adapted Plants to Adjust to Changes in pH
Brittany L. • A Study of the Phototaxic Response of Brine Shrimp, Artemia salina
Andrew L. • The Effects of Nanoparticle Concentration on the Heat Transfer Rate of a Coolant
Killian M. • The Effects of UV Radiation on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Sea Firefly, Cypridina hilgendorfii
Alexandra R. • Developing an Alternative Energy System using Heat Derived from an Internal Combustion Engine to Generate Electricity Utilizing the Thermoelectric Effect of a Peltier Cell
Maxwell S. • Chemical Kinetics: A Study of Factors Affecting the Rate of Chemical Reactions
Renaldo S. • Limulus Ameobocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Bacterial Contamination
Shaquile S. • Chemical Kinetics: A Study of Factors Affecting the Rate of Chemical Reactions

Fouth Place Winners
Sarah C. • The Effects of Common Cooking Substances on Contact Lenses
Nicole C. • The Effects of Mycelium Booms on a Simulated Oil Spill
Christina D. • The Design, Construction and Testing of a Wave Powered Syphon Generator
Carissa D. • Enhancing the Performance of a Water Bottle Rocket through Design Modifications
Jacob H. • The Design, Construction and Testing of a Dynamic Buoyant Pontoon System
Seth J. • A Study of Drug Resistance in Daphnia
Gage M. • Enhancing the Performance of a Water Bottle Rocket through Design Modifications
Sarah M. • The Effects of Photoperiodism on the Reproductive Rate of Daphnia pluex
Devon M. • Investigating Allelopathic Properties of Australian Pine Extract
Nicole O. • The Effect of Sonar on the Metabolic Rate of Purple Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus)
Bayan S. • Investigating Allelopathic Properties of Australian Pine Extract
Courtney S. • The Effects of Voltage on the Rate of Calcium Carbonate Accumulation in an Electrolytic System
Taylor S. • The Effects of UV Radiation on the Zooxanthellae in the Pink Tipped Sea Anemone, Condylactis gigantea
Skylar U. • Enhancing the Performance of a Water Bottle Rocket through Design Modifications
Jared V. • Investigating Allelopathic Properties of Australian Pine Extract
Nicolas W. • A Study of Duckweed, Lemna sp as a Method of Heavy Metal Bioremediation
Callie W. • A Study of Operant and Classical Conditioning in the Sea Hare, Pleurobranchaea californica

Robo Gophers Head for Lego League State Championship

CONGRATULATIONS to the ROBO GOPHERS!!!

They’re on their way to the
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

On Saturday, February 5th, the
Stone Robo Gophers competed in the FLL East Coast Regional Championship at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School! They competed against 28 other schools from all over Florida.

Stone Robo Gophers won the “JUDGES AWARD”! During the course of competition the judges may encounter a team whose unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition. Our Stone teams are definitely set apart from the other teams in an unique way. This award recognizes the most remarkable team and the judges favorite team. They always have the Gopher Mascot at the competitions. Everyone definitely knows their Spirited Team and they engage the other teams and spectators in their enthusiasm and fun. THEY ARE THE GOPHERS!! They are honored to have won this award.

The team bids for going on to the Florida STATE FIRST LEGO League Championship were also awarded. To move on to State, teams need to score high enough in all 4 categories of Robot Design & Performance, Project/Research Presentation, Teamwork, and most importantly Gracious Professionalism, to be one of 10 teams with the highest overall scores.
Stone Robo Gophers were chosen to move on to State because of their excellent performances in all 4 of these categories!!!! They are so excited, this is such an awesome accomplishment! There are over 400 teams in Florida this season.

The Florida State FIRST LEGO League Championship will be on Sunday, February 27th at the Clemente Center at Florida Tech. The
Robo Gophers will be competing against 46 other teams from all over the state of Florida. Florida Tech is just down the street, so you can come out and cheer them on! They would love to have a large supporting audience all dressed in ORANGE & BLACK!

CONGRATULATIONS ROBO GOPHERS! YOU DID AWESOME! You continue to make Stone Proud!

Team members are...

Joshua F.
Jared F.
Troy G.
Nicholas K.
Sterlyn M.
Troy S. L.
Jerami T.

Also, THANK YOU to the Stone Princess Gophers and Gabriel W.-V. who supported the boys and wore the Gopher Costume.

Stone Princess Gophers Conclude Season With "Judges Award"

On Saturday, January 29th, the Stone Princess Gophers competed in the FLL South Regional Championship at Roosevelt Elementary School! They competed against 28 other schools from all over Florida.

The
Stone Princess Gophers did an awesome job!! They worked so hard, came together perfectly as a team, and had a blast. They represented Stone in such a positive and proud way!!!!

Stone Princess Gophers won the "JUDGES AWARD"! During the course of competition the judges may encounter a team whose unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition. The team has a story that sets them apart in a unique way. Our team has the Gopher Mascot and are the most Spirited Team. WE ARE THE GOPHERS!! This award recognizes the most remarkable team and the judges favorite team. It is such a honor to have won this award.

Unfortunately, the
Princess Gophers, have ended their tournament journey. They did not receive one of the ten bids to the State Championship. The Princess Gophers have worked so hard and have improved immensely throughout the season. They kept on trying and never gave up, no matter what!

CONGRATULATIONS PRINCESS GOPHERS ON AN AWESOME SEASON!! GREAT JOB!!

Team members are...
Anna B.
Olivia C.
Chelsea R.
Ashley T.

Also, THANK YOU to the Stone Robo Gophers and Gabriel W.-V. who supported the girls and wore the Gopher Costume.

Stone Science Fair 2011


Below are the results of the Stone Science & Engineering Fair 2011.

Next is the regional fair where our students will be competing against other south area middle schools.

Students will setup their projects at the Melbourne Square Mall on Thursday 2/3/11.



Best of Show • Biological Science
Ceili M. Ocean Acidification: The Effects of Low pH Levels on the Growth of the Calcareous Algae, Halimeda incrassata

Best of Show • Physical Science
Nicholas P. Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II

Team Spirit Award
Nicholas P. Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II

Spirit of Science Award 7th Grade
Jada A. The Effects of Monitor Radiation on the Regeneration of the Freshwater Blackworm, Lumbriculus variegatus

Spirit of Science Award 8th Grade
Nicole C. The Effects of Mycelium Booms on a Simulated Oil Spill

Alumni Award 7th Grade
Christina D. The Design, Construction and Testing of a Wave Powered Syphon Generator

Alumni Award 8th Grade
Seth J. A Study of Drug Resistance in Daphnia

Best Backboard 7th Grade
Hunter D. The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff

Best Backboard 8th Grade
Cleo K. Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System









Category Place Awards:

Biological Science 1
1st Colleen K. A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts on Staphylococcus epidermis
2nd Ivanna R. A Multigenerational Study of the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation on the Development of the Fruit Fly, Drosophila melanogaster
3rd Renaldo S. Limulus Ameobocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Bacterial Contamination
4th Dean H. Biophotons: A Study of Weak Photon Emissions by Paramecium caudatum
5th Brittany L. A Study of the Phototaxic Response of Brine Shrimp, Artemia salina

Biological Science 2
1st Natalie B. The Development and Testing of a Cinnamon-Based Topical Cream Effective Against Staphylococcus epidermis
2nd Anisa K. An Investigation into Natural Methods of Controlling Biofilms
2nd Molly O’B. An Investigation into Natural Methods of Controlling Biofilms
3rd Sina H. A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining
4th Jada A. The Effects of Monitor Radiation on the Regeneration of the Freshwater Blackworm, Lumbriculus variegatus
5th Seth J. A Study of Drug Resistance in Daphnia

Biological Science 3
1st Sylvia O. The Effects of Different Types of Light on the Hatching Rate of Vanessa cardui Eggs
2nd Killian M. The Effects of UV Radiation on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Sea Firefly, Cypridina hilgendorfii
3rd Jessie D. The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
3rd Shiloh S. The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
4th Tyler B. The Effect of Bisphenol A on the Mortality Rate of Paramecium caudatum
5th Callie W. A Study of Operant and Classical Conditioning in the Sea Hare, Pleurobranchaea californica

Environmental Science 1
1st Ceili M. Ocean Acidification: The Effects of Low pH Levels on the Growth of the Calcareous Algae, Halimeda incrassata
2nd Hunter D. The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff
3rd Kody T. The Effects of Oil Contamination on the Variegated Sea Urchin, Lytechinus variegatus, Brine Shrimp, Artemia salina and Plankton
4th Nicole C. The Effects of Mycelium Booms on a Simulated Oil Spill
5th Taylor S. The Effects of UV Radiation on the Zooxanthellae in the Pink Tipped Sea Anemone, Condylactis gigantea


Physical Science 1
1st Nicholas P. Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II
2nd Alexandra R. Developing an Alternative Energy System using Heat Derived from an Internal Combustion Engine to Generate Electricity Utilizing the Thermoelectric Effect of a Peltier Cell
3rd Jacob H. The Design, Construction and Testing of a Dynamic Buoyant Pontoon System
4th Ian H. A Study of the Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Wet Cell Battery
5th Paige S. Maximizing the Power Production of a Small Scale Wind Turbine by Enhanced Blade Designs

Physical Science 2
1st Christopher G. The Effects of an Increased Number of Coils on the Electrical Efficiency of an Inductor
2nd Joy S. Developing and Testing a Mathematical Model that Predicts the Rate of Oil Bioremediation by Pseudomonas putida
3rd William M. The Design, Construction and Testing of an Autonomous Robot Capable of Obstacle Avoidance
4th Cleo K. Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System
5th Victoria F. Comparing the Rf Values of Natural Pigments Using Chromatography

How to Spell Exceptional!

Thirty Stone Middle School students were selected to represent their teams in the annual Stone Middle School Spelling Bee.

After a grueling eight rounds, the thirty students were narrowed down to just one student with the last misspelled word
kanji.

The runner up was Eli F. and our Stone Middle School Spelling Champion is Morgan R. who correctly spelled the last word of the competition: supplicate!

Congratulations Morgan!

Geography Bee Winners!

Thirty students participated in the Stone Middle School Geography Bee Tuesday, January 11th.

The following students made it to the finals and competed
Wilton CHunter D.Jordan D.Alexis J.Sylvia O.
Nicholas P.Cecil P.Ivanna R.Andrew S.Skylar U.
Third Place went to Cecil P.

Second Place went to Andrew S.

The School Winner is Skylar U.

Please congratulate all the students who participated. Skylar will now need to take the written qualifying exam and we will find out in March if she will be selected for the State Geography Bee.

Congratulations to the STONE ROBO GOPHERS!!!!!

On Saturday, January 8th, the Stone Robo Gophers competed in the Saturn FLL State Regional Qualifying Tournament at Saturn Elementary School in Cocoa!

The
Stone Robo Gophers did a great job and won second place for the Core Values Award. This award is for Inspiration, Teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism. It celebrates a team that is empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary spirit and enthusiasm. They are able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through effective problem solving, strong communication, shared goals, and excellent time management. They also, show other teams and each other respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.

Also, the Stone Robo Gophers are on their way to regionals!

They won a
bid to the Florida State FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship, that will be held February 5, 2011. They are one of 96 teams that will earn its way to the Florida Regional Competitions. This is a great accomplishment as there are 350 FLL teams in Florida this year!!!

Team members are...
Joshua F.
Jared F.
Troy G.
Nicholas K.
Sterlyn M.
Troy St. L.
Ryan T.
Jerami T.

THANK YOU to the Gabriel W.V. who helped mentor the team and for wearing the Gopher Costume at the tournament.

CONGRATULATIONS ROBO GOPHERS and GOOD LUCK for the rest of the season!!!!!
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