Red Storm Forecast

Stonybrook Middle School September 2018

Message from Mr. Day

Welcome to the September edition of the Red Storm Forecast!

The first mid-term is already behind us and we have accomplished many things to start off the school year. Thanks to all of you who joined us for our Back To School Night! We look forward to seeing you at our Family Night on September 20th (see information below).

As we started the year, we focused a lot of time with our students on having a successful year. Our RADAR class, which starts the day, covered many important topics including how to check Tyler Student Portal, using our SMS Passport to assist with organization, general school expectations as we move throughout the building, and anti-bullying lesson and pledge.

I am asking that parents ask their child to bring home their SMS Passport on a daily basis to help engage their child in their academic success. Every student is to utilize the planner everyday by capturing the main learning objective and/or any assignments or tasks the student needs to complete or plan for. This is a great life skill and helps prevent forgetting the many things that occur throughout the day of a middle school scholar. If you have any questions or your child needs support, please contact any teacher, counselor or administrator.

In addition to use of the SMS Passport, students and teachers all received a student data profile sheet that included attendance information, ISTEP scores, and NWEA results. From this, students were to set goals to help them focus on their growth and success. This too can provide information for conversation with your child. Are they on track with their goal after the first mid-term? Do they need to modify their goal? Are different strategies needed?

Up next students will begin to have their unit tests in their core content areas. By reflecting where we have been, staying focus on where we are and where we are going, we can accomplish great things!

Go Red Storm!

Mr. Nathan Day

IMPORTANT: Traffic Pattern Change

Effective Tuesday, September 4th: All personal vehicle traffic will be required to turn north (right) on German Church Road. This applies during both AM drop-off and PM pickup processes. The reason for this change is to increase safety and efficiency. Cooperation with this change is both anticipated and appreciated for the safety of all our students, parents, and visitors.

Healthy Celebration Ideas

While we love to celebrate, please remember there is a "no birthday treats" guideline. To access fun and helpful resources for healthy celebration ideas, please visit: #wellnesswarriors #WEaretheKey

Title 1 Annual Meeting - Mark Your Calendar!

Title 1 Annual Meeting on September 20th at Stonybrook!

We are offering two sessions: 8:00 – 8:30 AM and 4:30 - 5:00 PM in our LGI Room.

Stonybrook Middle School is a Title 1 school. Join us for a 30 minute informational meeting as to what this means, why it is important, and how your child benefits from this funding.

Join Us for Family literacy night!


Using Math and Literacy!

Join Stonybrook friends and families for a Break Out room experience.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Put your math and language skills to the test as you try to solve puzzles and unlock prizes! We are partnering with SIA to have an evening of fun and food!

Attendance - It Really Matters!

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

Stonybrook Middle School is off to a great start with student attendance! As of August 30th, we have 330 students who have not missed any days, 53 who have missed one half a day and 86 who have only missed one day. These students are on track to be Model Attendees for SMS!

A model attendee is a student who has 97% or better attendance. Given that the research continues to make it very clear the importance of school attendance, we are partnering with our families and community resources to support each student in any way we can. If you need assistance or ideas on how to ensure your child has great attendance, please reach out to Mrs. Debbie Fersch (532-8800 x 8852).

We are establishing effective monitoring practices to routinely evaluate student attendance and provide students with incentives and rewards for improved or perfect attendance. We will be kicking off the Attendance Awareness Month with a friendly staff vs students attendance challenge. Our focus on attendance will be ongoing throughout the 2018-2019 school year with periodic celebrations.

We know a missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. We miss our students when they are not present and know attendance has a strong relationship with achievement. We appreciate parents working hard to keep their child healthy. SMS staff is working hard to keep students engaged. Together, we can keep them present!

News from the mediaplex

The Scholastic Book Fair will be visiting the Mediaplex September 26 - October 3rd. You may also shop online from September 21-October 4th.

Save the Date! The Mediaplex will be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter on Saturday, November 3rd at Barnes and Noble at River Crossing. Plan to come out and spend the morning with us and lots of fun stations. More information will be coming soon.

Picture day is coming to Stonybrook!

Picture Day is coming! On Tuesday, September 4, Lifetouch will be here to take school pictures. Order forms will be passed out during science classes on August 27th. You may also order picture packages online at: Picture Day ID: HM788101Y0

Pre-Order Your 2018-2019 Yearbook today

Yearbooks are on Sale Now! You may order your 2018-19 Yearbook School ID Code: 12577919 Or pick up an order form from the Main Office.

English/Language Arts

English/Language Arts are in full swing. Students are diving deep into learning how to use Cornell notes, reading interesting stories, and writing about things relevant to them as teens. We have completed the first round of NWEA testing to give us detailed information about what skills all of our students have right now. We look forward to "growing" each of our scholars this year. As always, if you need information please contact teachers directly.

Math News

Our 7th Grade Math Team: Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Sims and Mrs. Sutton would like to welcome you to another great year of learning at Stonybrook Middle School. During the month of August, we have been studying Integer Applications and learning how we use them in real life. For the month of September our 7th graders will be focusing on Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning & Relationships. They will be able to use proportional relationships to solve ratio and percent problems with multiple operations.

Here’s what’s going on with our 8th Grade Math Team: Ms. Whitaker, Ms. Norman, and Ms. Heiber

During the month of September we will be working on Geometry Unit on Pythagorean Theorem and Translation. The Algebra classes will be working on functions and the properties of types.

What's going on in Social Studies

7th Grade Scholars:

We are wrapping up our unit on Geography. The students have spent these first weeks of school mastering latitude/longitude, land forms, and map skills. The students are working on their first Performance Task by creating a map of an island incorporating all of these as well as the 5 themes of geography.

Next week, we will begin our unit on Mesopotamia. We will be focusing on the rise of civilization and the importance of rivers. This will be the first civilization of many covered this year.

8th Grade Scholars:

We are learning about the colonization of North America and how slavery began in the New World. Scholars will be creating a travel brochure where they compare/contrast the positives and negatives of the various colonies and convince the reader to pick their colony over the others. We will also begin learning about the causes of the American Revolution and its impact on the the United States today.

Welcome Mrs. Rivers to her new role at stonybrook!

Hello SMS families! My name is Bianca Rivers. I am the new TOSA/Dean of Students at Stonybrook Middle School. Prior to my current role at SMS, I taught Read180 in the building to 7th and 8th grade scholars for two years. I have served as an educator for 15 years serving in varying capacities in both elementary and middle schools. It is my passion to educate and mentor students. I love being a part of the SMS family and having the ability to work with all of our Red Storm scholars. Currently, I am a graduate student at Butler University. I will be receiving my Masters degree in educational leadership this coming December. My husband and I have six beautiful children.

Meet Caroline Calnek, our new 8th grade science teacher

Hi, my name is Ms. Caroline Calnek and I am very excited to begin teaching your child 8th Grade Science at Stonybrook Middle School. I attended Ball State University for Elementary Education and graduated with Honors from Grand Canyon University. I have been awarded an Academic Scholarship for my Masters' of Education program. This is my 18th year teaching and my 1st year teaching at Stonybrook Middle School.

I grew up in the northwest side of Indianapolis graduating from North Central High School and have lived for the last 17 years in Atlanta, Georgia. Last November, I relocated my children and and pets back to a northern suburb of Indianapolis. I have three amazing children with Charlotte attending Ivy Tech for Fine Arts and Rachel and Tucker both in 6th grade middle school. I have one canine named Westin who is a 4 year old lab husky mix. We are fostering kittens this summer. In my spare time, I enjoy playing my cello and giving cello lessons, cooking, hiking, walking my dog, listening to all kinds of music, sewing, and taking photographs.

I greatly look forward to meeting and instructing your child this year in 8th Grade Science.

Go Red Storm!

Best regards,

Ms. Calnek

News from our Student Support Specialist

This is your brain on a smartphone. Something to think about…..

Our increasing dependence on smartphones has given rise to the term “nomophobia,” or “NO MObile PHOne phoBIA” — the fear of not being able to use your cell phone or other smart device. One survey from the UK showed that 66% of respondents have some form of nomophobia and 41% of those respondents said they had two or more phones in order to stay connected. And as rates of smartphone and internet addiction rise, so too do the adverse effects of these activities on our brains. A study from South Korea conducted on teenagers with internet and smartphone addiction demonstrated that their brains had higher levels of a neurotramsmitter that slows down neurons, resulting in reduced levels of control and attention and rendering people more susceptible to distractions. Another study by the London School of Economics and Political Science showed that banning smartphones in schools caused a clear improvement in students’ test scores.

Something to THINK about……

Shoes! Shoes! Shoes!

Thank you parents that signed up during Back to School Night for the Rotary Meijer Shoe Program. If you did not sign up and your student is in need of a new pair of shoes, please contact Debbie Fersch at 532-8800 ext. 8852 before September 7th. We will need your student’s name, Grade and shoe size. She will contact you if room is still available to attend the shopping trip on September 18th.

Music Concerts Coming up!

It’s Concert Time!

Come support the students of Stonybrook Middle School during their fall concerts! All concerts will be in the LGI.

Choir-Thursday, September 20 @ 3:30 pm

Orchestra-Wednesday, September 26 @ 3:30 pm

Band- Thursday, October 4 @ 3:30 pm

Mrs. Nicholson's Guidance Corner

Midterm grades went sent home, with students (via their last period), on Wednesday, August 29th. If you did not get your students’ midterm, please reach out to their last period teacher.


  • Midterm grades are only a snapshot in time.

    • Grades are already changing by the time the students brings their midterm home.

  • At the middle school level, grades are an average of classwork, homework, quizzes and tests.

    • Therefore, not turning in work or incomplete work can have a significant impact on overall class grades.

    • M’s, P’s, and N’s do not equal A’s, B’s and F’s

  • Term 1 ends Wednesday, September 26th

  • Report cards will be given to parents during conferences on Tuesday, October 2

Tyler Parent Portal

Want to stay in touch with your child's grades? Our Tyler Parent Portal is a great resource for exactly that. You can see your child's attendance data, grades, and discipline information as well as contact your child's teachers from this portal. Should you have any questions please ask a teacher or the front office and we are happy to help! Information is updated weekly to ensure you can have any needed conversations with your child, teachers, or other school staff.

Athletic Information

Meet our cheerleaders for the 2018 football season!

Congratulations to the following young ladies who will be representing Stonybrook Middle School as cheerleaders for the 2018 football season!

Ashlyn Byrd, Layla Moore, Harmony Shelton, Kamiya Smith, Anijah Turner, Shaniyah Calhoun, Jabria Anderson, Janiya Campbell, Janaya Campbell, Danaija Babb, Brooklyn Cameron, and Gracie Briggs!

Clinic News

If you have received a letter or phone call stating that your child is due for vaccinations please provide proof of the vaccinations or a copy of an appointment to get the vaccinations to the School Nurse by Sept 17th. If you have any questions please call Sharon Larpenter R.N. at 317-532-8800.

Also, if you received a letter in reference to Asthma, inhalers, allergies or EpiPens, please call the School Nurse.

SMS Refrigerator Information

11300 Stonybrook Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46229

PH: 317-532-8800

FAX: 317-532-8899

ATTENDANCE LINE: 317-532-8800 EXT. 1

SCHOOL NURSE: 317-532-8806

SCHOOL HOURS: 7:30 AM - 2:50 PM

TRANSPORTATION: 317-532-2820

DISTRICT OFFICE: 317-869-4300

Principal: Mr. Nathan Day PH: 317-532-8804


Assistant Principal: Ms. Becky True PH: 317-532-8805


Dean: Mrs. Bianca Rivers PH:317-532-8808


Counselor: Mrs. Melissa Nicholson PH: 317-532-8800 X8811


Athletic Director: Mr. Jeff Cummings PH: 317-532-8826


Dates to Remember:

Sept. 3rd: Labor Day (No School)

Sept. 4th: SMS Picture Day

Sept. 12th: Late Start for Students (8:30 AM)

Sept. 20th: Title 1 Annual Meeting: Option 1 @ 8 AM; Option 2 @ 4:30 PM

Sept. 20th: Family Literacy Night 5:00 PM

Sept. 20th Choir Concert 3:30 PM in LGI Room

Sept. 26th: Orchestra Concert 3:30 PM in LGI Room

Oct. 2nd: Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school for students)

Oct. 4th: Band Concert 3:30 PM in LGI Room

Oct. 8th: Start of 2-week Fall Break