Red Storm Forecast
Stonybrook Middle School December 2018
Message from Mr. Day
Hello Stonybrook Middle School Families!
As we head towards the end of our first semester, it provides some time to reflect on our school year thus far and provide reminders for a strong finish over the next few weeks. We have been working hard to inform students of the importance of great attendance and acknowledge them for maintaining 96% (missing 7 days or less a year) or better attendance.
While we had a very strong start to the school year, since the return from fall break, we have observed our attendance rate declining. Our goal is to provide support to students and families in any way we can. Please feel free to always contact us to discuss any challenges your family may be facing that is impacting your child's educational journey. Often times we can assist in some way that eases the challenges a bit, resulting in some great changes.
As you support your child on the three basic factors of school success - great attendance, performing at their academic best, and working to build a positive community of learners - we continue to remind them of their amazing potential.
We hope that the upcoming holiday break provides an opportunity to realize the many joys and blessings that we may take for granted. We hope that is filled with laughter and time with family and friends. We look forward to seeing all of our scholars when we return on January 7th, rested and ready to take the next step forward!
Go Red Storm!
Mr. Nathan Day
A word from our Assistant Principal, Ms. True
With only three weeks left this term, encourage your child to finish the first semester strong by attending school every day. Students having 96% or better attendance for November were invited to attend a dance on Friday, December 7th to celebrate. Our friendly Staff vs Students attendance competition from October was won by the staff. Ask your child who won the November challenge!
Let Children Know that Good Attendance Is Important:
Attendance is a parent and student responsibility. Let your child know that you think attending school daily is important. Show them you are interested in their school activities and tell them that you want them to do well in school.
Good attendance habits start at an early age. Make sure your child goes to school regularly and on time. This helps them develop a positive view of school and the importance of attendance.
Discuss with your student that arriving to school on time and to report to class when dropped off.
Become involved in your child’s school life and school activities.
Take an interest in your child’s school work. Check homework for accuracy and completeness.
Read the school newsletter. Post the school calendar and notes on the refrigerator, or other prominent location to highlight school activities and important student information.
Do not provide inappropriate excuses for your child to miss school. Do not let them take time off from school for minor ailments – particularly those which would not prevent you from going to work.
Don’t expect or let older children stay home from school to babysit younger siblings.
Set good examples and enforce rules. Speak well of the school and support school staff.
Make a contract with your child to improve his/her attendance. Reward positive improvements.
NWEA Testing - Week of December 10th
Stonybrook Band, Choir, and Orchestra Winter Concerts
Happy Holidays! Please consider supporting these music events. Whether you are a community member, former student, staff member or a current student there are many top-notch music events for you to attend this month. These concerts are free to attend!
Please support our student musicians.
Stonybrook Orchestra: Thursday December 6th @ 7pm
in the Stonybrook LGI Room
Stonybrook Band: Thursday, December 13th @ 7pm
in the Stonybrook LGI Room
Stonybrook Choir: Wednesday, December 19th @ 7pm
in the Stonybrook LGI Room
Congratulations Mrs. Rivers and Mr. Washington
Stonybrook's Veterans Day Program
Our band and choir performed for our honored guests. In addition, students had created an appreciation video that was shared as well. We look forward to making this an annual event at Stonybrook Middle School.
Thank you to our Social Studies department for their organization of this event.
October's Perfect Attendance
Sonny Day Community Center
Parents/guardians need to get a signed letter from the school to go to Sonny Day. Please contact Mrs. Nicholson, school counselor, at 317-532-8800 ext. 8811.
Congratulations to our October Students of the month
Kevin Diaz, Faysal Ibrahima, Destiny Snow, Samaria Watson, Zya Wooten, Joseph Palomera, Juan Merito, Leila Thompson, Brooklyn Baltzell, Jila Vaden, Malik Moses, Brian Cowherd, Aundranae Richards, Wendy Torres, Sierra Espinoza, Carlos Toshua-Sanchez, Ashleigh Garza, Desiray Russell, Maggie Zheng, Kaytlyn Nickels, Juan Lopez, Olivia Wallace, Nathaniel Price, Chianne Sharp, Anthony Baker, Jeremiah Hampton, Nicky Cordova, Katerra Woods, Sharonnyah Brown, Angelee Hayworth, Joshua James
These students were recognized for demonstrating CORE expectations in varying capacities! We are proud of you!
Social Studies News!
7th Grade Social Studies:
We just began our unit on the world's major religions. In this unit, we examine five of the most practiced religions from around the world - Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. We examine important principles, practices, important figures, and holy texts from each of the religions. Students will then be able to identify key similarities and differences between those religions. We will also examine how these religions affect our world today, making ties to current events and modern global issues.
Thanksgiving at Stonybrook
2019 Annual Legislative Forum
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Nicholson's Notes.. from the counselor's office
“Starfish Initiative is a college access and readiness program serving economically disadvantaged high school students in Marion County, Indiana.
We believe that mentoring is the key to improving the educational attainment and future of today’s youth. To that end, we match every student in the Starfish program with a college-educated, volunteer adult mentor whose job is to help walk their student into college. Thanks to the guidance of their mentors, 100 percent of the Starfish Scholars who completed the four-year program have graduated from high school and 98% have been accepted by colleges or universities across Indiana — and beyond.”
Starfish is hosting a Community Presentation - if you would like to attend:
Saturday, December 15th
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Located at the Starfish Initiative Office:
6958 Hillsdale Court
Indianapolis, IN 46250
High School counselors visited Stonybrook MIddle School on Monday 11/12 & Tuesday 11/13. The counselors presented information to 8th graders about high school requirements and graduation requirements. Students also learned about what electives are available for 9th graders. All students were expected to complete a course request worksheet and return to the counselors. All students were given a copy of their worksheets to take home and share with parents.
IF a student needs to make a course selection change - please write the change on the copy and return to Stonybrook to Mrs. Nicholson.
ALL final schedule change requests are due to the middle school counselors by March 1st, 2019.
Rose Hulman Extends Tutoring Support
Rose-Hulman’s AskRose Homework Help is excited to announce that earlier hours are now available!
They are offering Tutoring by Appointment from 3:30p.m. – 5:10 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays. Students can sign up for a 20-minute appointment with a tutor by visiting our web site and completing a simple form, including their phone number, so that a tutor can call them. The appointment times will be given out on a “first come, first served” basis.
The direct link is https://askrose.org/appointments/. To navigate, from the top menu click on “Student Resources,” and it will show a dropdown menu that has appointments on it. Students can reserve 1 appointment at a time.
And, of course, students may also still call, chat, or email to get math and science homework help Monday-Thursday, 7p.m. – 10p.m. by contacting 877-AskRose or AskRose.org.
Tyler Parent Portal
Let's fight the flu together!
Your decision to get the flu shot goes well beyond you. It also affects the many lives you touch...
Influenza is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) that can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and the worsening of other health conditions. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscles aches. The best way to protect your family from new influenza strains is to get vaccinated each year.
The top five most virus-contaminated areas in the home are:
1. Telephones (have you cleaned your cell phone lately)
2. Appliances such as the refrigerator and microwave
5. TV remotes
Wash hands frequently, do the elbow cough, and disinfect surfaces at home, school and work.
SMS Refrigerator Information
ATTENDANCE LINE: 317-532-8800 EXT. 1
SCHOOL NURSE: 317-532-8806
SCHOOL HOURS: 7:30 AM - 2:50 PM
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:
Dec. 10th-11th: Math NWEA Testing
Dec. 12th-13th: Reading NWEA Testing
Dec. 12th: Late Start for Students 8:30
Dec. 24th - Jan. 4th: Winter Break