Student Returns From FEA Conference with Trophy!

Congratulations to Isabel C. for winning a second place trophy for her essay titled "Teachers are Superheroes."

The Stone MS Chorus Get A Rave Review!

From Assistant Principal Campbell:
I want to take a moment to say how proud I was last night (Tues. 12/4) as I sat in the audience at Palm Bay High for our Winter Concert.  The students were dressed so nice, they presented themselves professionally on stage, and they really gave it their ALL when they sang for the audience.  They showed pride in every note and I was so proud of each of them.  Their diligence and hard work really showed in their performance! 
 
I also want to thank Ms. Rock for such a professional concert.  She was fabulous on stage as she commanded all the students into their positions as they moved through transitions and costume changes.  Her accompanist was fabulous and I believe that the parents and community thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.  From Tshotsholoza by the Combined Choirs to Man in the Mirror by Men’s Chorus (which by the way raised the roof)…it was a fabulous showing!  I must say I am so proud to be a GOPHER and proud of our music department this year!

CONGRATULATIONS to The Stone Royal Gophers!

Saturday, November 17, 2012, the Stone Royal Gophers competed in the Fall Madness FLL Regional Qualifying Tournament in Orlando.
They won a bid to the Florida State FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship, that will be held in early February 2013. They are one of 96 teams that will earn its way to the Florida Regional Competitions. This is a great accomplishment as there are over 500 FLL teams in Florida this year!!!
Team members are... Ariel B. Christiana B. Paul C. Amber C. Kendra G. Hannah H. Kashidra J. Jeremy S.   Congratulations to a job well done!!!!! Way to GO-PHER IT!

Jeremy S. is selected for All-State Honors Orchestra!

Join us in congratulating Jeremy S. for being selected to be a member in the 2013 All-State Honors Orchestra.  He will travel to Tampa in January to rehearse and perform with some of the best young musicians in the state.  This will be a great experience for him.  He’s worked hard to earn this honor, so again, congrats to Jeremy.
(submitted by Mr. Lee, Band and Orchestra Director)

Violinists Recognized for Excellence

Stone will have two students representing us in the Brevard All-County Orchestra this year.

Jeremy S. and Melinda S. auditioned along with 300+ other middle school students.  Competition was fierce and only the best of Brevard successfully made it through the rigorous audition process.  Both Jeremy and Melinda earned a spot in the first violin section.  If you know these students or if you see them around campus please congratulate them for their efforts and accomplishments!

Stone Girls Basketball Team #1

Congratulations to the Stone Girls Gopher Basketball Team! They fought their way through a very competitive season with 8 wins and no losses in the Brevard South Area Middle Schools Conference. In a post season championship game, Wednesday evening at Melbourne High School’s Gymnasium, they were pitted against Madison Middle School. Madison Middle School was also undefeated in the Brevard North Area Middle Schools Conference.

We are really proud of these girls- they dominated Madison with the final score: Gophers

Singing Their Way to All-State

Congratulations are in order for Alexis B., Ariel B., Hannah H., and Joshua J.s who passed the first round of All-State Auditions, which included a music theory exam and an individual sight-reading test.  Later this month they will have Round 2, a Vocal Quality Audition.

All Stone's Candidates for Prism Recognition Best In County

The PRISM Project Programs - Metrics and Goals
Brevard Public School District PRISM Scholars were announced last night at the school boarding meeting. The PRISM Project is devoted to Promoting Regional Improvement in Science and Math through a systematic and measurable approach recognizing and rewarding teachers and students for outstanding performance.

Each year the district selects 8 students as PRISM Scholars from all the middle schools in Brevard County.
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Each school is allowed to submitted four applicants and all four of Stone's applicants were selected as district level PRISM scholars! The district also recognizes continuing scholars. Of the 21 continuing district level PRISM scholars, 12 won the PRISM award while at Stone.

Please congratulate the following students for being selected as PRISM scholars:

Urvesh A. - PRISM Math Scholar
Paul C. - PRISM Math Scholar
Scott D. - PRISM Science Scholar
Matt P. - PRISM Science Scholar

They are proud recipients of a $125 cash prize and certificate.

American Choral Director’s Association selects Urvesh!

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Congratulations go out to Urvesh A. who was selected to be in the 2012 American Choral Director’s Association Florida Male Honor Choir.  

Urvesh will travel to Seminole State College in November to sing and perform with this prestigious choir.

A Better Place – A Better Understanding

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Stone Middle School just was informed that one of Ms. Romano’s 2011-12 year students was recognized this summer by the Florida Council of Teachers of English for her 8th Grade creative nonfiction piece entitled A Better Place – A Better Understanding.  

Callie W. wrote “a very moving piece that paid tribute to her grandfather who had passed away a few years ago,” noted Ms. Romano.

Stone Student Advances to Finalist in Broadcom MASTERS

Ceili M. has been selected as one of the 30 National Finalists for the prestigious Broadcom MASTERS competition. Over 6000 first place science students submitted their research for review.

Finalists will travel to Washington, DC during Broadcom MASTERS week in September to showcase their projects for the public and compete as teams in hands-on STEM activities. They will compete for the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Award, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, as well as other awards.

While in Washington, D.C., the students will enjoy an exciting introduction to the nation's capital, experiencing historical sites and organizations that celebrate innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The finalists also will visit the U.S. Capitol to meet their elected representatives. The week's activities culminate with an awards dinner at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Stone students named National Semifinalists in Broadcom MASTERS!

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Four Stone science research students have been selected as national semifinalists in the prestigious Broadcom MASTERS competition. Nation-wide over 6000 students with winning science projects submitted to the MASTERS competition with 300 being selected as semifinalists. In two weeks, 30 of the semifinalists will be selected to compete in Washington, D.C. for the $25,000.00 first prize.

The following students are Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists:
 
Scott D.
Rescue Bot: Programming a Robot and a Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches

Ceili M.
The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivavle,
Mercenaria mercenaria

Alexandria R.
Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output

Taylor S.
The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone,
Condylactis gigantea

2012 Boy's Basketball Team Announced

Congratulations to the following Scholar-Athletes for being selected for the
2012 Stone Middle School Boy’s Basketball Team
7th Grade
1. Brandon J.
2. Kaleb P.
3. Ken M.
4. Daniel R.
5. Quinterious T.
6. John M.
7. Clayton B.
8. Elijah L.

8th Grade
1. Pavis G.
2. Zuriel K.
3. Zach J.
4. Juan R.
5. Tyshawn R.
6. Kyren G.
7. Jared M.
8. NaJuan D.
9. Anthony Z.

2012 Girl's Basketball Team Announced

Congratulations to the following Scholar-Athletes for being selected for the
2012 Stone Middle School Girl’s Basketball Team
 
1.  Samantha S.
2.  Melody B.
3.  Ziana M.
4.  Jade R.
5.  Autumn P.
6.  Ashlyn P.
7.  Kayla S.
8.  Shayla S.
9. Emily M.
10. Nikkia D.
11. Jocelyn W.
12. Annie T.
13. Briana B.
14. Deshari G.
15. Jahlis R.

16. Anesia R.
 
Managers: Brianna B.
                Daisha-Lee H. 

Another eCybermission Victory

Some pertinent facts:
• eCybermission is a national science and technology competition sponsored by the US Army.
• Stone science research students have won eCybermission regional and state level awards for 6 years running.
• Stone students have
won more than $160,000 in the past 6 years competing in eCybermission and have been 1st place in the Nation two of those years.

This year we have a 7th grade team taking 1st place in Florida and 1st place in the Southeast region for their research on methods of helping bleached corals recover.  This means that they are
one of four 7th grade National Finalist Teams and will be competing in the eCybermission National Judging and Education Event in Washington, D. C. in June.

Team “Iris” members are:
 Marilyn C.
Marissa J.
Kylie L.
Brianna Y.
 
Each of these students have won $1,500.00 and an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for an additional 2,500.00 each in prize money.
 

Spectacular Results at State Science Fair

The past week the 57th Florida State Science and Engineering Fair was held in Lakeland. The state science fair is the largest academic competition in Florida. The competition was intense, with over 850 of the top science students from all over Florida competing for prizes and awards. Students also participated in field trips and a dance/mixer. The student mixer was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.

In this highly competitive event, all participants are 1st place winners at a regional science fair.
Stone science research students did extremely well winning four 1st place awards, seven 2nd place awards and one honorable mention.


First Place Awards

Hunter D.  - The Design, Construction, and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides

Karlee D. - The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone, Condylactis gigantea

Taylor S. - The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone, Condylactis gigantea

Callie W. - The Effects of Aspartame on Learning and Memory of the Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni


Second Place Awards

Daniella B. - The Effects of Increased Iron on CO2 Sequestering by Phytoplankton

Scott D. - Rescue Bot: Programming a Robot and Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches

Sina H. - A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining, Year Two

Ceili M. -  The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivalve, Mercenaria mercenaria

Alex R. - Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output

Renaldo S. - Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

Courtney S. - The Effects of Computer Monitor Radiation on the Tissue Regeneration Rate of Planaria, Dugesia tigrina


Honorable Mention Award

Kayla M. - Comparing the Effectiveness of Hydroponic and Aquaponic Systems on the Growth of Lettuce, Lactuca sativa

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

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

The South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair took place at the Merritt 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 12 of the 13 first place awards and 11 of the 12 second place awards. Total place awards won by Stone student was 54!

Stone students also won numerous specials awards including many cash awards.

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.

2012 Brevard South Fair Results:

Stone students took both Best of Show awards and both Alternate Best of Show awards!

Ceili M. won Biological Best of Show for her project titled:
The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria

Alex R. won Physical Best of Show for her project titled:
Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output

Renaldo S. won Alternate Biological Best of Show for his project titled:
Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

Hunter D. won Alternate Physical Best of Show for his project titled:
The Design Construction and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides


The following students won bids to participate in the State Science and Engineering Fair in Orlando April 3-5!
Daniella B.:    The Effects of Increased Iron on CO2 Sequestering by Phytoplankton
Hunter D.:
The Design Construction and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides
Jordan D.:
Reducing Copper Contamination using Natural Filter Materials
Scott D.: Rescue Bot:
Programming a Robot and Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches
Karlee D.:  
The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
Sina H.:  
A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining Year Two
Ceili M.:  
The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria
Kayla M.:
Comparing the Effectiveness of Hydroponic and Aquaponic Systems on the Growth of Lettuce Lactuca sativa
Alexandria R:  
Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output
Renaldo S.:
Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria
Courtney S.:  
The Effects of Computer Monitor Radiation on the Tissue Regeneration Rate of Planaria Dugesia tigrina
Taylor S.:
The Affects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
Callie W.:
The Effects of Aspartame on Learning and Memory of the Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni


The following students won bids to participate in the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center on March 10th
JordanD. :   Reducing Copper Contamination using Natural Filter Materials
Karlee D.:
The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
Alexandria R.:      
Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output
Hunter D.:  
The Design Construction and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides
Sina H.:   
A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining Year Two
Taylor S.:  
The Affects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
Scott D.:  
Rescue Bot: Programming a Robot and Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches
Daniella B.:
The Effects of Increased Iron on CO2 Sequestering by Phytoplankton


Stone students won 54 place awards. The winners are listed below.

Animal Science
1       Ceili   M.       The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria
2       Jada    A.  The Effects of UV Radiation on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthelle in the Upside Down Jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana
3       Taylor  A.       The Effects of Different Types of Stimuli on the Nematocyst Discharge by the Upside Down Jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana and the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactic gigantea
4       Emily   K.    The Effects of Diurnal Light Cycle on the Photoperiodism of Grass Shrimp Palaemonetes puigo
4       Marilyn C.  The Effects of Electrical Stimulation on the Regeneration of the Chocolate Chip Sea Star Protoreaster nodosus


Behavioral Science
1 Callie W. The Effects of Aspartame on Learning and Memory of the Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni
2 Brooke S. A Study of the Chemotaxic Response of the Chocolate Chip Sea Star, Protoreaster nodosus
3 Carl R. The Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan on the Phototaxic Response of the White Shrimp, Litopenaeus setiferus


Biochemistry
1       Sina H. A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining Year Two
2       Robert  W. Investigating the Effects of Light-Dark Cycle Duration on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Marine Dinoflagellate Pyrocytis fusiforms
3       Collin O. The Effects of Temperature on Enzyme Activity

Chemistry
1       Jordan  D. Reducing Copper Contamination using Natural Filter Materials
2       Ian H. The Affects of Salt Concentration on the Osmotic Pressure Across a Semipermeable Membrane
3       Jorden  H. Investigating the Factors Affecting the Removal of Iron Oxide (Rust) by Electrolysis

Computer Science
1       Draper  Scott   Rescue Bot: Programming a Robot and Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches

Earth and Planetary
1       Daniella B. The Effects of Increased Iron on CO2 Sequestering by Phytoplankton
2       Luke S. A Study of the Factors Affecting the Power Output of Photovoltaic Cells
3       Joseph N. Investigating the Ability of Plants to Remove Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
3       Marissa J. The Effects of Blade Pitch on the Power Produced by Underwater Turbines

Engineering
1       Alexandria R. Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output
3       Thomas G. The Design Testing and Construction of an Autonomous Robot Capable of Obstacle Avoidance Year II
3       Mikayla N. The Design and Testing of a Voice Controlled Robot
4       Matthew P. The Design Construction and Testing of a System to Prevent Mid-Air Collisions
4       Zachary J. Using an Accelerometer to Compare the Ability of Robots Equipped with Wheels Legs or Treads to Navigate  Inclines

Environmental
1       Karlee D. The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
1       Taylor S. The Affects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
2       Devon M. The Effects of Australian Pine Extract on the Growth of the Macroalgae Caulerpa
3       Nicolas W. An Investigation into the Use of Duckweed Lemna sp. to Bioremediate Freshwater Pollutants
4       Kody T. The Effects of Simulated Runoff on the Mortality of Fiddler Crabs Uca pugnax and the Common Shrimp Penaeus plebejus
4       Kylie L. The Effects of Acid Rain on the Growth of the Spiny Seaweed Aconthophora specifer
4       Carissa D. The Effects of UV Radiation on the Development and Mortality of the Variegated Sea Urchin Lytechnius variegatus


Mathematics
1 Hunter D. The Design Construction and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides
2 Urvesh A. Deriving a Formula to Predict the Curve of a Spidron Arm in Polygons with More than Four Sides


Medicine and Health
1 Courtney S. The Effects of Computer Monitor Radiation on the Tissue Regeneration Rate of Planaria Dugesia tigrina
2 Nicole O. The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Echinoderm Embryonic Development
3 Tyler B. The Effects of Bisphenol A on the Mortality Rate and Development of Drosophila melanogaster
4 JanCarlos R. Investigating the Effects of Acetaminophen on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna
4 Kody Y. A Study of the Antiamoebic Properties of Lichen Extract

Microbiology
1 Renaldo S. Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria
2 Joy S. A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Capsaicin
3 Christina D. Investigating the Antimicrobial Effects of Extracts from the Red Planaria Convolutriloba retrogemma and the Red Ball Sponge Psuedaxinella lunaecharta
3 Khanh H. The Effects of Different Concentrations of Lysozyme on the Growth of Bacteria
4 Victoria F. Investigating the Antimicrobial Effects of Extracts from the Red Planaria Convolutriloba retrogemma and the Red Ball Sponge Psuedaxinella lunaecharta
4 Collin C. The Effects of Reduced Oxygen Levels on the Growth of Aerobic Bacteria

Physics and Astronomy
2 Michael C. Investigating the Properties of Magnetorheological Fluids
3 Linus F. Determining the Density of a Liquid using a Refractometer
4        Matthew C. Investigating the Effectiveness of an Acoustic Fire Extinguisher in Zero-G
4 Jacob F. A Study of the Factors Affecting Vibrational Frequency of a Guitar String

Plant Science
1       Kayla M. Comparing the Effectiveness of Hydroponic and Aquaponic Systems on the Growth of Lettuce Lactuca sativa
2       Sarah M. The Effects of Wi-Fi Radiation on the Growth of Radish Plants Raphanus sativus
3       Dixon K. The Effects of Alleopathic Extracts from the Australian Pine Causarine equisetifilia on the Growth  and Mortality of Radish Plants Raphanus sativus
3       Haley S. The Effect of Simulated Acid Rain on the Growth of American Waterweed Elodea canadensis
4       Emily G. Testing the Insect Repellant Properties of Natural Plant Extracts Made from Southernwood Artemisia abrotanum Spearmint Mentha spicata and Citronella Cymbopogon nardus

Last Tournament for Lego Robotics!

T he Stone Robo Gophers and the Stone Princess Gophers competed in their last tournament of the season, The Rassma TAZ BOT FLL Tournament at Poinciana Elementary in Boynton Beach!

Both teams did an awesome job!! They worked so hard, kept on trying, never gave up, and had fun. Words can not explain how proud I am of them. They represented Stone in such a positive and proud way!!!! GOPHER POWER is definitely felt at these tournaments!

The
Stone Robo Gophers won 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 enthusiasm and spirit. They are able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time management. They also, show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field. This award means more to me than the others because it represents what type of person the students are and I feel like I have made a difference in their lives.

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

Stone Robo Gopher Team members are...
Paul C.
Jared F.
Justin F.
Ali H.
Sterlyn M.
Jan Carlos R.
Jeremy S.
Jerami T.

Stone Princess Gopher Team members are...
Ariel B.
Christiana B.
Chapelle C.
Amber C.
Kendra G.

History Club Ships 132 Shoeboxes to Troops in Afghanistan

Mrs. Deschaine reports on her History Club’s Relief Packages for Troops in Afghanistan:

We put together 132 shoeboxes. I mailed out 7 large boxes to 7 Military Bases (FOBS) in Afghanistan.  I have three more to send out today and tomorrow to officially complete the mailing!
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