1st Place at The SPAM Challenge Tournament

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On Saturday, December 14th, the Stone Royal Gophers competed in their second tournament, The SPAM Challenge Tournament in Stuart, FL.
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The 
Stone Royal Gophers did a great job and won first place again for the Technical/Robot Design Award. This award recognizes a team that designs and develops a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenge missions, and utilizes outstanding programming principles, including clear, concise and reusable code that allows their robot to perform challenge missions autonomously and consistently, and also, uses solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot.
Team Members: Martin A.
   Logan D.     James M.    Julian M.    Harold M.    Logan R.    Matthew R.

 submitted by Lego League Sponsor: Ms. Coleman

Girl's Basketball Team Selected

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Stone on the Basketball Court this year!
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Brianna Bellamy
Antoinette Flowers
Marylou Figari
Deshari Graham
Sadé Hennegan
Genesis Henry
Charlene Lee
Zamiya Lightbody
Emily Mullen
Mary Penland-Holmes
Kayleigh Remer
Anesia Roberts
Kayla Shepperd,
Shayla Shepperd
Alasia Spivey
Allison Streeter
Anquanette Tyler
Tya Washington
Jocelyn Williamson

Boy's Basketball Team Selected

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Stone on the Basketball Court this year!
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7th graders:
Darian Holland
Brealand Lewis
Ty’Quand Cullum
Armani Barnes

8th graders:
Nick Alves
Malik ColQuhon
Breadley Forbes
Brandon Jackson
MyKaleb Price
Daniel Romagnoli
Rakeem Gillon
Adam Jarvis
Elijah Little
Derrick Shuler
Ken McKay
Jon May
Clayton Bell
Matt Combs
Jacob Toppin

National Junior Honor Society & Beta Club Induction

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On May 9th, 2013, the
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8th grade leadership of National Junior Honor Society and BETA inducted and welcomed nearly 100 new 7th Grade members into their number.

The new members were inducted in the ceremony held in Stone’s Media Center.

The National Junior Honor Society Mission: To create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.
The BETA Club Mission Statement: To promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.
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Musical and Dramatic!

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Music by
Alan Menken
Lyrics by
Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater
Book by
Doug Wright
Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the Disney film
Music Adapted and arranged by
David Weinstein

Stone’s Chorus Instructor (Miss Rock) has tackled a major undertaking the last 6 years: Produce Dramatical Musical Play with auditions open to the entire student population. This year’s musical was Disney’s Little Mermaid Junior. following the past year’s presentations of Annie, Beauty & the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of Penzance and Guys and Dolls.

Would it be redundant to say that once again, not only does Miss Rock ROCK!, but the students, staff, and parents of Stone Rock! There were many volunteers helping behind scenes to pull this ambitious production off. These are the fabulous actors and actresses who brought drama and voice to the classic middle school musical:
Cast
Pilot......................................................David S. & Eli F.
Sailors.................................................Lis Austin, Alexis Balsamo, & Wynter Connell
............................................Ariel Bermitz, Hayley Boulle’, & Isabel Cordero-Mendez
Prince Eric.....................................................................Eli Fisher& David Smith-Torres
Grimsby............................................Elijah Richardson-Grant & Frankaye Alzamora
King Triton......................................................Najee Yasin-Carrion & Jordan St. Juste
Seahorse..........................................................................................................Brigette Joseph
Sebastian............................................................................Amber Adams & Daina Colon
MERSISTERS:
Adella..................................................................................................................Hileazia Smith
Allan..........................................................................................................Kimberley Vazquez
Andrina..........................................................................................................Angelica Agosto
Aquatta..................................................................................................................Jenny Ventro
Arista....................................................................................................................Hannah Hohn
Atina................................................................................................................Katelyn Connors
Ariel..................................................................................Ariel Bermitz & Alexis Balsamo
Flounder...................................................................... Hayley Boulle’ &Wynter Connell
Scuttle....................................................................................................................Suraiya Rhea
Gulls............................................................................Alexis Balsamo, & Wynter Connell
...............................................................................................Ariel Bermitz & Hayley Boulle’
Ursula.....................................................................Isabel Cordero-Mendez & Lis Austin
Flotsam...........................................................................Brigette Joseph & Kianna Carte’
Jetsam...................................................................................................................Zuriel Knight
Sea creatures: Alexis, Daina, David, Frankaye, Jordan, Kianna, Lis, Samantha, & Wynter
...................... Aaliyah , Amber, Ariel, Brigette, Eli , Elijah, Hayley, Isabel, & Najee
Carlotta....................................................................Aaliyah Imperato & Samantha Otto
Chef Louis.........................................................Jordan St. Juste & Najee Yasin-Carrion
Chefs: Alexis, Daina, David, Frankaye, Kianna, Lis, Samantha, & Wynter
.................................... Aaliyah , Amber, Ariel, Brigette, Eli , Elijah, Hayley, & Isabel

Visual Arts Students Represent!

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Stone Visual Art students have been showing like crazy and have received recognition from area judges too!
Please congratulate the following students when  you see them:  

School Board Art Show
Representing Stone:
Amy S.

Phala “Erika” M.
Brenna D.

Byron G. - Won Honorable Mention at the School Board Art Show in Viera last week for his self portrait in acrylic paint on canvas entitled:  Layers

Melbourne Art Festival Student Competition
Stone entered 5 pieces and 4 won judges prizes!   This is a first for Stone as it is a very popular show with a lot of competition.

Zack M. – showed his photograph entitled The Chevrolet Wheel
Amy S. – won honorable mention in the graphic arts category with her piece Many Roads
Phala “Erika” M. – won second place in the graphic arts category with her drawing The Exact Handle Bar and received a check for $50
Raquel G. won third place in painting with her Self Portrait winning $25

Phala “Erika” M. – won first place for her self portrait Shades of Blue and received another check for $75.

 Erika is the first student since I have been at Stone Middle who received 2 judges awards from the Melbourne Art Festival!  The organizers told me yesterday when I picked it up that it was accidentally put with high school work and the judges were surprised that it was a middle school student.  Happy

Mrs. H. Targee-Heid, Board Certified Arts Instructor

2013-2014 SMS Cheerleaders Selected!

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The Stone Middle School 2013-2014 cheerleaders have been chosen. Please join the Stone Community in applause for these athlete scholars who will be representing Stone for the 2013-14 School Year:
Haley T. Lissette R. Tabitha C. Teresa R. Ja'vionna B.
Daysia B. Gabrielle R. Kaleria G. Ashyla H. Marje M.
Summer A. Victoria F. Sarah F. Kayla L. Alexis L.
Katelin C. Jennifer W. Sasha R. Antwonaja R. Mi'quasha W.
Kallie W. Kaitlyn P.

eCybermission State Winners • 2013

eCybermission is a national science and technology competition sponsored by the US Army.
 
Stone ScienceResearch Students have won eCybermission regional and state level awards for the six years running.
 
This year we have two 7th grade teams taking state level awards:

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 Team strawberry shortcake 2 as been selected as regional finalists, meaning they are one of the top four teams from the Southeast US, Europe, Pacific and Puerto Rico.  They will now compete to become National Finalists. National Finalists each receive a $2,000 prize and a fully expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.



This is the video they have submitted to become a Finalist at the National Level:
 

Stone students have won $168,000 in the past 8 years competing in eCybermission and have been 1st place in the Nation two of those years.

Stone Researchers Prominent in State Awards!

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The past week the 58th 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 almost 900 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.
 
At this level in the science fair process, the students come from all around the state of Florida and all participants have received a 1st place at their regional science fair.

Stone science research students did extremely well, winning one 1st place award, four 2nd place awards, four 3rd place awards, one honorable mention and three recognition awards as well as several special awards.     Rich Regan, Stone Science Research Director

 
First Place Award
Jordan G.
- The Effects of Blueberry Extract on the Cognitive Abilities of Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni  

Second Place Awards
Connor  B.
- The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible   
Marilyn C.- The Effects of Naproxen on the Stomach Lining of the Chocolate Chip Sea Star, Protoreaster nodosus   
Kylie  L. - The Effects of Naproxen on the Stomach Lining of the Chocolate Chip Sea Star, Protoreaster nodosus  
Brianna  Y. - Developing and Testing a Method of Extending the Viability of Stored Zooxanthellae  
 
Third Place Awards
Urvesh  A.
- Deriving a Formula to Calculate the Number of Free Polypolygons with Different Regular Polygons and Quantities           
Linus F. - Designing a Team of Air-Based Robots to Locate and Transport Avalanche Victims   
Marissa  J. - Testing the Effects of Acidic pH Levels on the Heart Rate of Daphnia pulex   
Mamoon S. - Designing a Team of Air-Based Robots to Locate and Transport Avalanche Victims  
 
Honorable Mention Awards
Brendan  M.
- The Effects of Iron Enrichment on the Absorption of CO2 by Phytoplankton  

Recognition Awards
Taylor  A.
- The Effects of Colloidal Silver on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis   
Emily  K. - The Effects of Colloidal Silver on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis  
Zachary  W. - A Study of Various Wing Designs on the Flight Distance of a Glider  

Future Problems Solvers State Winners

March 18 to the 20, Stone Middle School’s Future Problem Solving team participated in the annual state competition.

At the awards ceremony, Stone students did quite well. 8th grader, Isabel C., took third place in the group scenario writing competition and 7th grader, Tena G., took first place in the group scenario writing competition.

Before the competition, several students wrote scenarios and found out at the awards ceremony if they placed. 7th grader, Logan D., won 6th place in the middle school scenario writing contest. Isabel C. also won best writer in a group scenario.

Overall, Stone students did a fantastic job at the competition. Other participants: Isaiah T., Emma S., Emma B., and Urvesh A..

Florida Junior Academy of Sciences Invites 28 Stone Researchers!

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In the professional world of science and scientists, an invitation to present at the annual meeting of the Academy of Sciences is the ultimate acknowledgement of the value of one’s research. It follows after the honor of being published in a major peer reviewed journal.

The Florida Junior Academy of Sciences convention was held at Barry University in Miami Shores concurrent with the Florida Academy of Sciences 77th annual meeting. The judges were senior academy scientists.

At Stone we think this is an honor and valuable experience for our junior scientists. As a recognition of their hard work, Stone Middle School received 28 of the 40 bids awarded to middle school students in the state of Florida! Congratulations to all of these Stone Middle Schools for receiving an invitation from this prestigious organization:
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Stone science research students had a great showing taking 9 of the 16 junior division place awards!

Junior Biological
4th Place – 4th Place – Anthony C.: The Effects of pH on the Growth of Bush Beans, Phaseolus vulgaris


Junior Environmental
1st Place – Cavan M.: An Investigation of the Fuel Potential of Non-Food Plant Materials
3rd Place – Kyle F.: Developing and Testing a Simple Method of Sterilizing Biologically Contaminated Water
4th Place – Brianna Y.: Developing and Testing a Method of Extending the Viability of Stored Zooxanthellae

Outstanding Presentation – Elliot W.: The Effects of pH on the Biofuel Yields of Isochrysis galbana

Outstanding Presentation – Shane C.: The Effects of UV Radiation on the Regeneration of Planarian Tissue


Junior Medical
2nd Place – Sebastien N.: The Effects of OTC Medication on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna
4th Place – Giao H.: A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of the Hyssop Plant, Hyssopus officinalis
Outstanding Presentation – Tommy F.: The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Blood Cell Clumping in Pond Crayfish


Junior Physical
1s Place – Urvesh A.: Deriving a Formula to Calculate the Number of Free Polypolygons with Different Regular Polygons and Quantities
3rd Place – Connor B.: The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible
4th Place – Deven S.: Stokes Law: Developing an Equation to Predict the Drop Time of Various Objects


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The Florida Academy of Sciences, Inc. was founded in 1936 as a non-profit organization. The Academy is the Florida Affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the only organization in Florida that represents all disciplines of sciences.
The Florida Academy of Sciences, Inc. sponsors the Florida Junior Academy of Science to encourage young scientists.

Ms. Rock Recognizes Chorus Members

Solo and Ensemble MPA for Chorus
Ariel B. – solo – Superior
Ariel B. & Hannah H. – duet - Excellent
Kimberly V. – solo – Superior

Adv. Chorus Women’s Ensemble – Superior
Adv. Chorus Mixed Ensemble - Superior

All-State Chorus – January 2013
Alexis B.
Ariel B.
Hannah H.
Joshua J.

ACDA National Honor Choir – Dallas, TX - March 2013
Wynter C.

Nearly A Clean Sweep @ Regional Science Fair!

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The South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair took place 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 12 of the 13 first place awards and 9 of the 13 second place awards!
 
This is a remarkable achievement that reflects hard work and the support of many staff and parents. Stone students also won numerous specials awards, including many cash awards.
 
Stone Students took Both Best of Show Awards and Both Alternate Best of Show Awards!

Best of Show Junior Biological 
Jordan G. The Effects of Blueberry Extract on the Cognitive Abilities of Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdenmanni
 
Best of Show Junior Physical Sebastian T.
The Effects of Surfactants on the Surface Tension of a Liquid
 
Runner-up Best of Show Junior Biological 
Taylor A. and Emily K.
The Effects of Colloidal Silver on
Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermi
 
Runner-up Best of Show Junior Physical 
Connor B.
The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible

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Noted: Band Solo & Ensemble Excellence

Band and Orchestra Instructor Dan Lee:
This past weekend the was the Band Solo and Ensemble Music Performance Assessment for Brevard County.  Students prepare and perform solos and small ensembles for judges who rate them based on a rubric of high musical standards.  The students receive ratings from Superior to Poor.  Stone Middle School was well represented.  Students were given solos to work on that allowed them to dive deeply into a piece appropriate for their level of musicianship.  Several students performed solos on their instruments on Friday evening.

Coady M., Percussion solo, grade 2,
Excellent
Cade W., Alto Sax solo, grade 2, Excellent
Christian G., Oboe solo, grade 1, Superior
Rhyley B., Trombone solo, grade 2, Excellent
Xander D., Tuba solo, grade 2, Superior
Urvesh A., Trumpet solo, grade 2, Superior
Joe F., Euphonium solo, grade 5, Superior
Emily G., Percussion solo, grade 4, Superior
Rebecca M., Flute solo, grade 1, Excellent

CONGRATULATIONS to the STONE ROYAL GOPHERS!!!

They’re on their way to the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

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On Saturday, February 9th, the Stone Royal Gophers competed in the FLL East Coast Regional Championship in Cocoa Beach. They competed against 27 other schools from all over Florida and the Bahamas.
Team members are...
Ariel B.
Christiana B.
Paul C.
Amber C.
Kendra G.
Hannah H.
Kashidra J.
Jeremy S.

The Stone Royal 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 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.
 
The team bids for going on to the
Florida STATE FIRST LEGO League Championship were also awarded. Stone Royal Gophers were chosen to move on to State because of their excellent performances. This is a great accomplishment! There are over 500 teams in Florida this season.

The Florida State FIRST LEGO League Championship will be on Sunday, March 3rd at the UCF Arena in Orlando. The Royal Gophers will be competing against 46 other teams from all over the state of Florida.

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

Juan R. Spells Victory!

08_RODRIGUEZ_JUANThe annual Stone Middle School Spelling Bee was held January 18th. The winner of the Spelling Bee is Juan R., and the runner-up, Corbin A.

There was a total of seventeen rounds.  Juan will attend the Brevard County Bee on Thursday, February 21, at the Brevard Public Schools Services Facility.  The winner and runner-up of the Brevard County Bee will attend the Orlando Sentinel Spelling Bee in Orlando in March 2013.

Geography Bee Results

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Social Studies Department Chair Mrs. Dooley reports that the Geography Bee, “was a tough fought finals”.  After the fierce competition, the top three positions at Stone Middle School belonged to:

3rd     Mary-Annick B.

2nd     Josiah F.

1st     Melinda S.

Melinda will have to take a qualifying test to go on to the State Bee.  We will know if she qualifies sometime in March or April.

Finalists in the Geography Bee

Congratulations to the following Social Studies Experts. They are representing their respective teams on Monday, Jaunary 14th for our school wide Geography Bee! Good Luck!
Mary-Annick B. (7th Explorer) Colin C.  (8th Explorer) Josiah F. (8th Panther) Emily G. (8th Explorer) Taylor H. (8th Explorer) Dustin H. (7th Dolphin) Luke S.(8th Explorer) Melinda S. (8th Explorer) Gabriel W. (7th Dolphin) Victoria W. (8th Panther)
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