Red Storm Forecast

Stonybrook Middle School November 2018

Message from Mr. Day

Hello Stonybrook Middle School Families!

I hope you all had a restful fall break and that your child was ready to resume school and have a strong finish to the second term. Upon return from break, my front office team and I met with all students and shared with them how we, as a school, are performing based on term 1 data. We discussed the importance of having attendance that is 96% or better, putting forth our best effort academically, and continually striving to improve our personal interactions.

I shared with them the results of a survey where our students were asked various questions regarding their perceptions of school. While students overwhelming reported that they feel respected by teachers and realize that teachers work to motivate them everyday by providing interesting lessons, less than half of students indicated that they arrive to school ready-to-learn, putting forth their best effort in every class, and assignment completion.

I am working on addressing these challenges by working with a group of students in our Red Storm Brigade. Meetings with 24 student representatives have just started and I look forward to collaborating with the students as we continuously improve.

Please continue to encourage your child's academic success by providing them a structured environment and a structured schedule. Quality sleep, nutrition, hydration, and engaging in academically supporting activities - whether it be formally at school or via other opportunities - is critical to their growth. Limiting access to smart devices and screen time is very beneficial as well.

This is a busy time of year in the life of a school. The next few weeks will be filled with the start of new athletic seasons, performing arts concerts, and end of semester assessments. As we enter the holidays, I truly wish you each a season full of blessings and time with family and friends. The entire SMS team is here to support you and your child any way we can. We are always just a phone call or email away.

Go Red Storm!

Mr. Nathan Day

Attention 8th Graders and Parents

Warren Central High School Counselors will be at Stonybrook on November 12th & 13th to talk to our 8th graders about their Freshman year at the high school.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: We will have a parent meeting on November 15th at Career Fest at the high school so that your 8th graders can see the various programs we have to offer at the Career Center and so that we can talk about the electives in greater detail with the parents and answer their questions. More information will be forthcoming closer to the actual date.

News from MS. True, Assistant Principal

After a wonderful two week Fall Break, we cannot afford a gradual startup. The renewed vigor should help us be present everyday, and engaged. Our friendly Staff vs Students attendance competition from September was won by the students. Congratulations students!

October attendance is going strong at 96.6%. We will be rewarding students with 96% or greater attendance for the month of October with a special treat during lunch.

Students were reminded that he/she should be at school everyday unless an illness, medical appointment, or death in immediate family excuses him/her.

Parents, I have listed a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your child keeps a regular bedtime

  • Establish a morning routine

  • Lay out clothes the night before

  • Avoid scheduling vacations when school is in session

Please make sure you call the school when your child is absent. Let us know how we can best support you and your child. We want every child to be successful!

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 6pm

11300 Stony Brook Drive

Indianapolis, IN

Stonybrook Intermediate and Middle Schools invite you to our 2nd annual Thanksgiving Meal. Please RSVP by November 6th and include the following information:

- Name of a parent/guardian

- Phone number

- Name(s) of Stonybrook children

- Number of adults attending

- Number of children attending

A flyer has also been included in this newsletter that you may print and have your child turn in. Only one response per family is needed.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Red Storm Athletics

Keep up with all things athletics by visiting Mr. Cummings, Athletics Director, Red Storm Athletics Newsletter!
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Stonybrook Robotics Club

Techpoint Youth Foundation has gifted Stonybrook Middle School with two grants for VEX Robotic Kits and fees for two 8th Grade Robotics Teams this year! This generous gift will fund supplies and membership fees for our teams, however, we will still need some additional funds for game materials and competition fees and supplies. Any donations for our teams would be greatly appreciated. Plan to come watch our teams in action at our first competition at Creston Middle School in January!

7th & 8th Grade Social Studies News

8th grade Social Studies is learning about the American Revolution and the events that led up to it. Students will be studying the Founding Fathers and important battles that decided the outcome of the war. We will also be studying the Declaration of Independence and learning about why it was written, why it was important, and how it affects us today.

7th Grade Social Studies is currently working on Ancient Egypt. In this unit, students are learning about the importance of the Nile River to the formation of this hugely important civilization. They are also learning about the many creations that came from this civilization, like the writing system of hieroglyphics and architectural advancements like the building of the pyramids. We will also explore Egyptian religion, their belief in many gods, and the practice of mummification. This is a very exciting unit, and so far the students have seemed to really enjoy it!

upcoming Music Events

-November 9th: Band and Orchestra Trip the the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (After School)

-November 15th: Warren Township Bands: POPS Concert in the Performing Arts Center at 7pm

-November 27th: First Pep Band Game of the Season! Boys Basketball vs. Belzer

-November 29th: Music Department Trip to Beef and Boards to see "Elf the Musical" (After School)

Student Council

Student Council has started off strong this year, plans in the making and team bonding to create a common goal for Stonybrook!
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Bus Driver Appreciation Breakfast!

Students and Bus Drivers celebrating each other with a nice breakfast!
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Congratulations to our September Students of the month

Byron Ahuatl, Emanuel Bello, Xiomara Brents, Gracie Briggs, Carlos Lopez, Rushun Gillard, Jazmyn Brown, Mary Findley, Ishmael Booker, Claudia Moreno, Arrien Bradley, Andrew Berling, Tytianna Simmons, Ronald Frieson, Juan Lopez, Victoria Bonilla Romo, Janae Jones, Brooklyn Cameron, Jila Vaden, Rinez Smith, Calayiah Cartlidge, Bre'Asya Jenkins, Muhammed Johnson, Ahnisty Andrews, Aubrianna Dennis, Paola Esparza, Crystal Bahena

These students were recognized for demonstrating CORE expectations in varying capacities! We are proud of you!

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Way to go 7th grade Football!!!

Stonybrook's 7th grade football team honored at Warren Central Varsity Game and Board Meeting for going undefeated and winning the conference championship.

Congratulations to our Academic Scholars! Keep up the great work!

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CORE Celebration!

Students were able to choose from different activities, such as pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, video games and art activities! This was a great end before fall break!

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

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.

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Nicholson's Notes.. from the counselor's office

Grades for Term 1 were handed out during Parent/Teacher conferences. The first week back from Fall Break, students attended presentations from Mr. Day, Ms. True, Mrs. Rivers and Mrs. Nicholson. Mrs. Nicholson’s message was simple, “Dreams don’t work, unless you do.” Therefore, it is vital to a student success, to do school work.

Here are a few tips that might help your student succeed as the year continues:

  • Attend classes every day

    • Attendance Matters!

  • Participate in classes

    • Take good notes

  • Use Time Wisely

    • Eliminate Distractions!

  • Get Organized

    • Use your Stonybrook Passport daily - or other type of agenda

  • Get Help - Early

    • Talk to your teachers

  • Do Homework ASAP

Are you interested in finding a job? Need a Work Permit?

Before Stonybrook Middle School can issue a work permit to a student, the student must first find a job. Once a student has been told by an employer that they would like to hire the student, please bring the INTENTION TO EMPLOY or Intent to Employ card to Stonybrook. We can not issue a work permit without the Intention to Employ form.

In addition, work permits are contingent on passing classes and school attendance. Therefore, make sure you are eligible for a permit by being at school and doing well in classes.

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.

Clinic News

Say BOO to the Flu!! Get your Flu shot now!! Practice good hand washing, and please keep all sick kids home from school, especially if they have respiratory and stomach symptoms. If you are unsure, call your health care provider or the school nurse for advice.

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:

Nov. 6th: Professional Development (No School for students)

Nov. 14th: Midterms for Term 2 (Sent home with students)

Nov. 14th: Thanksgiving Meal hosted by SIA and SMS (RSVP by 11/6)

Nov. 14th: POPS Orchestra Concert 7PM (Warren PAC)

Nov. 15th: Careerfest @ WCHS (8th Grade Focus)

Nov. 15th: POPS Band Concert 7PM (Warren PAC)

Nov. 21st - 23rd: Thanksgiving Break