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

Students will be participating in the "Middle of the Year" NWEA benchmark testing beginning Monday, Dec. 10. Math testing will begin on Monday (finish on Tuesday if needed) and language arts testing will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 13 (finish on Thursday if needed). Students will test through their math and language arts blocks on those days. Please try to schedule all appointments around those important testing times.

Winter Concerts

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

Mrs. Rivers, Dean of Students, and Mr. Washington, Science Teacher, earned their Masters Degree from Butler University! Their commitment to their ongoing education and profession is a reflection of dedication and determination. Great work!
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Red Storm Athletics

Keep up with all things athletics by visiting Mr. Cummings, Athletics Director.

Red Storm Athletics Newsletter

Stonybrook's Veterans Day Program

Students and staff honored Veterans and First Responders at Stonybrook's first ever Veterans Day program! We appreciated the opportunity to recognize the contributions of these individuals and their families, both domestically and globally.

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

Check out this group! For the month of October, this entire group of students had perfect attendance!
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Sonny Day Community Center

The Warren Township Council of PTSs runs this pantry that provides food, toiletries, cleaning products, school supplies and gently used clothing to families of Warren Township students.

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.

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Congratulations to our October Students of the month

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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!

8th grade Social Studies is learning about the formation of the US government and the issues and events that our first presidents had to deal with. We will also be learning about how the Midwest was divided up and settled after the American Revolution.

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

We enjoyed hosting nearly 300 guests in our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Meal! Many thanks to all who contributed to this wonderful evening from Ms. Herbst's artistic touches to Chartwells' support of providing the food! Staff from both SIA and SMS worked behind the scenes before, during, and after to make it a special night!

2019 Annual Legislative Forum

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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.

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 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

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

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

3. Faucets

4. Light

5. TV remotes

Wash hands frequently, do the elbow cough, and disinfect surfaces at home, school and work.

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:

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