Red Storm Forecast
Stonybrook Middle School April 2019
Message from Mr. Day
Hello Stonybrook Middle School Families!
Welcome back from Spring Break! It is hard to believe we have reached the final stretch of the school year already! While there are only 45 school days remaining, we have a very busy schedule ahead of us and a lot of fantastic learning experiences planned!
I love this time of year as the weather begins to warm back up, longer days of sunshine, and the excitement of many year-end traditions. Not only do students get to showcase all of their learning and growth through classroom academic performances, extracurricular activities - both academic and athletic, ILEARN, and NWEA, we begin planning for our annual cookout, awards day program, and the Class of 2023 Dance!
You will find this newsletter packed with useful information on these topics. Please reach out to us with any questions you may have as we are here to serve your child's educational experiences to the best of our abilities!
Go Red Storm!
Mr. Nathan Day
A word from our Assistant Principal, Ms. True
As we continue to celebrate our attendance and moving into our Term 4 grading period, we want all students coming to school every day. Parents, here are a few more helpful tips to ensure adherence to school attendance policies:
Check your child’s backpack weekly. Occasionally important letters (such as a medical excuse for last Thursday’s absence) can become lost in a full backpack. Organizing its contents weekly improves your chances of finding these documents while they are still useful.
Make sure your child knows you do not approve of him/her being late or absent. Talk to your child about issues that may be making him/her late for school.
Do not let your child persuade you into making an excuse for him/her. Don’t give up. Reward good behavior and take it one day at a time.
Students must be in school to learn. We will be starting our ILEARN tests soon. It may appear the end of school is in sight, but we still have a ways to go. With several weeks left of school, we must continue to work hard each day and finish strong!
Welcome Mr. Sutton to 7th Grade Math
Mr. Mitchell Sutton is joining us on April 1st as part of our 7th grade math team. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Purdue University. Mr. Sutton has teacher experience in Algebra 2 and Math 10 (Herron High School) and Geometry and Honors Precalculus (Whiteland High School). He looks forward to teacher 7th grade mat at SMS!
Mr. Sutton’s goal in the classroom is to create mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. We live in a world where most people are discouraged by the thought of doing math, but Mr. Sutton is working to change the perception so that students are more inclined to actively look for places in their life to apply mathematics.
In his free time Mr. Sutton likes to play bass guitar, go to concerts, play golf, and watch the Indiana Pacers.
STEAM NIGHT at Warren Central
ILEARN - Indiana's New State Assessment
Is ILEARN that important? Our response to that question is - absolutely! All of the major assessments we take (classroom, NWEA, and state) serve as critical indicators as to your child's progress in their K-12 and post-secondary journey. Ultimately a student who performs well on these assessments, maintains good attendance, and demonstrates CORE expectations is on their way to a fantastic future. It ALL matters!
With only about three weeks of instruction remaining prior to the start of ILEARN, we want to share a few important pieces of information. First, if you can look at your calendars and see if your child has any appointments from April 22nd - May 17th, we would ask you to see if you could get it rescheduled. A change from the prior newsletter, based on newer information, is that we will plan to test Monday - Friday each week with a majority of the testing being completed by May 8th.
If you are looking for ways to help your child prepare for this assessment or looking for information in general, please see the following site.
Indiana's ILEARN Site:
ILEARN Repository (See what it is like to take the test!):
End of Year Planning
May 29th/30th - We are currently working on a C.O.R.E. rewards trip for students. General criteria to qualify will be to maintain good attendance and conduct from April 1st through the date of the event. More details to follow but it appears that we will be visiting SkyZone South (in Greenwood) for $28.50/student (includes 2 hours of jump time, unlimited soda, 2 slices of pizza, jump socks, and transportation).
May 31st - Stonybrook Cookout During Lunches and Class of 2023 Dance (Click the link for details)
June 3rd - Awards Program:
- Class of 2024 @ 8:00 AM [LGI - Enter Door 1]
- Class of 2023 @ 9:30 AM [LGI - Enter Door 1]
Allergic disease is the leading cause of missed school days for children. It's now peak season for allergy and asthma sufferers, and a perfect time to recognize the causes of asthma and allergies to best prevent and treat attacks.
If you suffer from allergies, you know the symptoms: coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and scratchy throat. Common allergens and irritants found in and around the home are pollen, dust mites, mold, insect droppings, pet dander, and secondhand smoke. Exposure to these allergens can bring about a serious asthma attack.
During an asthma attack, airways become narrowed and breathing can become extremely difficult. Other triggers include: respiratory infections, pollen (trees, grasses, weeds) air pollution, food allergies, cleaning products, perfumes, exercise, and cold air exposure. Common asthma symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled.
Clear your home of allergy/asthma triggers----choose not to smoke---keep bed linens clean----keep pets out of bedrooms, clean up any mold or moisture---fix leaky plumbing----limit use of pesticide sprays. Dust and vacuum regularly, and use air conditioning when possible.
Please consult a doctor if you believe you are suffering from allergy/asthma symptoms. Let the school nurse know if your child gets diagnosed with allergies/asthma so you can work together to provide the best care for your child while at school.
Students and Cell Phones
We need your assistance in reinforcing the expectations regarding cell phones and ear buds/headphones during the school day. Given the easy access students have in their classrooms to Chromebooks or computers, the need for a student to carry a phone throughout the day is not necessary. While it is recommended to either leave the devices at home or locked in a locker throughout the school day, a student who chooses to carry the device ensure that it remains off and out of sight during the day.
Students who choose to not meet this expectation may anticipate their device will be stored for them (under lock and key) in the front office until the end of the school day (2:45 PM). Students who repeat this infraction will have a parent/guardian call go home on the second instance and should a third infraction occur, the parent/guardian will be required to come and pick up the device.
Students who do not comply with giving the device to a school staff member will require a parent/guardian to pick it up each time.
Parents/Guardians are also asked to not text/call their child during the school day on cell phones. While it may be a bit more convenient, it results in classroom interruptions. If you need a message to get to your child or speak to your child, please contact the main office and we are happy to assist.
Your support of maintaining a quality learning environment is both anticipated and appreciated.
Transportation is on Twitter!
Counselor's Corner with Mrs. Nicholson
Tyler Parent Portal
Congratulations to Mrs. Sarah Price as the Parent Portal Challenge Winner for February! Thanks to all parents who are utilizing this resource as a way to support their child's education!
Did you know that you can have automated communication regarding your child's grades, attendance, and discipline sent to your email? Our Tyler Parent Portal is a great resource for exactly that. Check out our Parent 360 document for additional details.
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.
Students who opt to not meet these expectations may be requested to be picked up by their parent/guardian which will allow us an opportunity to collaborate with the parent/guardian and the student to ensure expectations are met moving forward. Your support in these efforts is both anticipated and appreciated.
Red Storm Athletics
Febuary's Model Attendees
Congratulations to our February Students Of The Month!
Layla Moore, Dylan Merriweather, Jasmine Palmer, Daniel Stewart, Ke'vae King, Niajia Smith, Ruth Perez, Karan Bhatia, Chianne Sharp, Leslie Hernandez, Ashlyn Byrd, Jason Valentine, J'mya Lee, Samiya Skinner, Richard Jackson, Reggie Jordan, Dajana Curry, Naviah Wilks, Mary Findley, Emily Moreno, Anthony Baker, Cha'kyra Radford, Aileen Stockdale, Layvon Hayes, Keyshondra McGill, Donna Cordova, Estrella Fernandez, Dayja Richardson, Luke Elliott, and Milton Gallegos.
These students were recognized for demonstrating CORE expectations in varying capacities! We are proud of you!
2019-2020 Kindergarten Round Up
All parents who are interested in enrolling their child(ren) in kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year should plan to attend the Kindergarten Roundups that are being held inWarren Township Elementary buildings on Monday, April 8 from 5:30-7:00 P.M. After April 8, kindergarten registration will be held at elementary buildings during school day hours.
Stonybrook Middle School 2018-19 Yearbook
Time is running out to order your Yearbook! All orders need to be placed by Friday, March 15. Don't miss out! Order forms can be picked up in the Main Office or the Mediaplex. Online orders can be placed at: ybpay.lifetouch.com ID Code: 12577919
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.
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:
April 1: School Reconvenes
April 9: STEAM Night @ WCHS 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
April 10: Late Start Day - 8:30 AM
April 22: ILEARN State Assessment Begins
May 1 & 2: Musical
May 6: NWEA Assessment Begins
May 8: Choir Concert 7:00 PM
May 15: Orchestra Concert 7:00 PM
May 22: Band Concert 7:00 PM
May 27: Memorial Day - No school
May 31: 8th grade Dance 5:30 - 8:30 PM
June 3: Awards Program - Last Day of School