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A Weekly Publication of HSMA an IB World School-MYP

“World Class Scholars: Cultivating Excellence Through Innovation and Adventure!”

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To prepare youth for lifelong learning through the Montessori and IB philosophies; fostering individual responsibility, mutual respect, self-discipline, and a passion for excellence in order to become inquiring, compassionate, internationally minded global citizens who take action to create a better world.

Week of October 11-17, 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th -October 15th

Dyslexia Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

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HSMA SBDM Committee Meeting

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The Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Committee, is mandated by Senate Bill 1. The purpose of the SBDM committee is to assess and improve the educational outcomes at every school through a collaborative effort of all members of the group. The SBDM committee will ensure that the integrated planning and as well as the decision-making process for schools are decentralized.

The SBDM Committee at Harry Stone Montessori Academy an IB World School consists of campus administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, community members, and business representatives. The members of the committee have opportunities to make recommendations and suggestions to the campus administrators in order to improve the academic achievement of every student.

Our first virtual SBDM Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. Additional information will be provided by our 2020-21 chairperson.

Time: Oct 13, 2020 04:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Dear HSMA Community,

Thank you for partnering with us as we keep school safety as our number one priority. We are utilizing safety Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by our District. These items include, but are not limited to, hand sanitizer, masks (reusable and disposable), graphics, plexiglass, and disinfectant spray.

Being aware of the most up to date safety recommendations and consistently practicing these measures are critical for everyone in our school community. Making adjustments to our protocols as a result of new information provided by the CDC will assist us to remain as safe as possible. I am sharing updated protocols provided by our District that have been clarified with explicit expectations. The document includes steps we will take to mitigate the spread of this virus, with an emphasis on what we will do if someone becomes ill at Harry Stone Montessori Academy an IB World School-MYP.

Thank you for all that you do as a parent/guardian, school partner, and community member.

Honored to serve,

Niki L. Jones

"It will always be better if we do it together."

Frank Jackson

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After School Program (Fee Associated Program)

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After School Paid Program - English

Click here for information about our new after school care provider. (ENGLISH)

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After School Paid Program - Spanish

Click here for information about our new after school care provider. (Spanish)

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HSMA Safety and Contact Tracing Protocols

Open this document to review our mitigation steps for addressing COVID-19 at HSMA.

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Dyslexia Awareness Month

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2019-2020 Yearbooks Are Here!

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Please contact Nurse Hunter at to make arrangements to pick up your copy. If you'd like Nurse Hunter to give your yearbook to your child (if they are on campus), feel free to contact her to solidify your request.
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2020 Mock Presidential Election-MYP Students

MYP students will have the chance to participate in a mock presidential election Friday, October 16th. Student Council members and advisors will post non-partisan topics related to the issues presidential election.

This week during Advisory, students will be encouraged and to discuss issues related to the posted non-partisan statements in an open, safe, and supervised environment.

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Dallas ISD's Student Transportation Website

The form and information about the Choice stops for the 2020-21 school year can be found here.

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International-Mindedness Cultural Experiences

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Led by Ms. Martinez

Frida Kahlo: Queen of the Selfie Paint Party!

Frida Kahlo's paintings are identified as Mexican folk art, making her one of the most iconic and celebrated artists all over the world. She is best known for her self portraits, her famous eyebrows, and her traditional Tehuana headdress. Join us as we bring her to life using her favorite medium, a canvas & a paintbrush!

"I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best." -Frida Kahlo

Thursday, November 5th

6:00 p.m.

HSMA Virtual World (Zoom Invitation-TBA)

"Frida Kahlo, the Selfie Queen"

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Animal Adventures Outreach Program

Senator Royce West has chosen Harry Stone Montessori Academy an IB World School - MYP to participate in a VIRTUAL Animal Adventures Outreach. This program is sponsored by the Dallas Zoo and AT&T.

Students will engage in a virtual, interactive, TEKS-aligned, live animal program led by the Dallas Zoo's trained outreach staff. The program will feature 7-8 animals from around the world and offers opportunities for Q&A during the program.

Who: Primary, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary Montessori Students and Guides

Date: November 20, 2020

Time: 9:30 a.m.

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Student Birthday Recognition

We would love to recognize and celebrate your child(ren)'s birthday on our morning announcements. However, we have not collected all of the Photo/Video Releases from you. If you would like for us to recognize your child(ren)'s birthday on the morning announcements, please send the following information in an email:


Subject: Birthday Recognition-Announcements


Date of Birth:

Favorite Color:

If you'd like us to include a picture, please send it to the email.

Your submission of the requested information gives HSMA and Dallas ISD the authorization to post your child(ren) name and/or picture during our morning announcements.

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Class Scheduling Assistance

If you or your child(ren) have questions about class schedules, please contact our guidance counselors.

LaSonja Coleman, Counselor

(Ph) 972-794-3400

Kristi Coleman, Counselor

(Ph) 972-794-3400

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2020-21 School Supply List

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Administrative Team

Niki Jones - Principal

Tiphanie Paige-Assistant Principal

Maria A. Hernandez - Assistant Principal

Elvira Ortiz - Office Manager

ReNeice Reed - IB Coordinator

Kristi Coleman - Counselor

LaSonja Coleman - Counselor

Rosia Roberts - Media Specialist

Robert Hawkins - Facilities Manager

Rochelle Allen - Stone Cafe' Manager

A. Keysha Hunter - Nurse

Campus Instructional Leadership Team (CILT)

Math (Montessori) - Karen Keeter

ELAR (Montessori) - Nicole Ewell

Social Studies (Montessori) - Robyn Kertz

Science (Montessori) - N. Webster

Technology (Montessori) - Desiree' Bishop

Math (International Baccalaureate) - Jennifer Miner

ELAR (International Baccalaureate) - Alexander Wakefield

Social Studies (International Baccalaureate) - Thais King

Science (International Baccalaureate) - Justin Tran

Team Leaders

Children's House - Cammelle Ward

Lower Elementary - Nicole O'Dell & Janet Washington

Upper Elementary - Chaquita Yancy

MYP 1 - Jeremy Bennett

MYP 2 - Renita Hines

MYP 3 - Megan Capshaw

Specialist - Erica Simon

Specialist - Steven Hockenberry

Specialist - Michael Smoot

Teacher Assistants - Griselda Hidalgo

Community Partners

SBDM Team Chairperson - Sara Mokuria

HSMA PTA President - Tess Blackburn

Dad's Club President - Jose' Hernandez

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