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A Weekly Publication of HSMA an IB World School-MYP

“World Class Scholars: Cultivating Excellence Through Innovation and Adventure!”

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Week of September 13-19, 2020


To prepare youth for lifelong learning through the Montessori and IB philosophies; fostering individual responsibility, mutual respect, self-discipline, and a passion for excellence in order to become inquiring, compassionate, internationally minded global citizens who take action to create a better world.

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*All students' temperatures will be taken outside of the front doors. Please do not drive off until your child has been cleared to enter the building.

Next week, we will be offering MAP testing on campus and online (remotely). Whether your student is making up a missed assessment or taking it for the first time, please read the following information carefully.

MAP make-up and remote testing dates by grade levels:

Sept. 2st ~ Grades 1 & 2

Sept. 22nd ~ Grades 3 & 4

Sept. 23rd ~ Grades 5 & 6

Sept. 24th ~ Grades 7 & 8

In person make-up testing and remote testing will follow the same testing day schedule.

7:45 AM ~ Breakfast

8:30-11:30 AM ~ Math

11:30-12 PM ~ Lunch

12-12:30 PM ~ Break

12:30-3:30 PM ~ Reading

Testing On Campus

Students testing on campus will need to bring the following:

  • A mask
  • Charged DISD issued technology
  • Bottled water

Students will take the Math assessment, followed by Reading. Some students will finish early, and others will take longer. When students have completed both assessments, parents will be called to pick up their child(ren).

Testing At Home

Parents with students testing at home, will need to review the 3 attached documents to prepare for their testing day. Remember that your child can only test on the day his/her grade level is scheduled to test. There are NO make-ups at this point. So, it is imperative that the schedule is adhered to and the attachments are reviewed prior to testing day.

Session Names and Passcodes will be sent the day before your scheduled testing date.

If you have any questions, comments and/or concerns, please let us know. Thanks!

Mrs. K. Coleman

Mrs. L. Coleman

Dear HSMA Community,

We have ended our first week of virtual instruction. Thank you for your patience as we work out the technical challenges that we've encountered. Our success is determined by the collaborative efforts of everyone in our HSMA community. This includes you. If you have concerns or suggestions about the strength and effectiveness of our prepared environment I want to hear from you. Please email me at

We are welcoming students to campus to take the MAP Assessment. Safety is our first priority. We cannot serve our students if the environment is not safe. Please assess yourself and/or your child(ren) before reporting to campus.

DCHHS COVID-19 Screening Tool for K-12 School Settings

Symptom Screening

In the past 24 hours, has your child(ren) had any of the following symptoms?

These symptoms indicate a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and put them at risk for spreading illness to others (CDC)

□ Temperature 100.4⁰ F or higher (CDC)

□ Sore throat

□ New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)

□ New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever

□ Diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, or abdominal pain

Milder symptoms which may indicate possible COVID

□ New loss of taste or smell

□ Congestion or runny nose

□ Fatigue

□ Muscle or Body aches

Close Contact* / Potential Exposure

In the past 14 days, has the student had any…


□ Had close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with a person infected with COVID-19?

If you've answered yes to any of these choices, please avoid coming to campus and contact your healthcare provider for assistance.

Embedded in the newsletter are additional recommendations from the CDC regarding COVID-19 and how to stop the spread.

We appreciate you for all that you do as a parent/guardian, school partner, and community member.

Honored to serve,

Niki L. Jones

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Learning Model Survey for Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

At this time, Dallas ISD will offer parent options of either face-to-face or distance (at-home) learning beginning Oct. 5. Parents must select the learning model for their child(ren). The survey choice is binding through the end of the grading cycle.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s), in order to take the survey, please ensure you have the following information:

  • Your child(ren)'s student ID number(s)
  • Your child(ren)'s first and last name(s) as it appears in PowerSchool (Parent Portal)
  • Your child(ren)'s date(s) of birth (mm/dd/yy)
  • Your child(ren)'s current grade level(s)
  • Your child(ren)'s current school

Please submit a different survey for each one of your children if they attend Harry Stone Montessori Academy an IB World School - MYP, you may submit a different survey for each one of them using the button below.

Return To School Survey for the 1st 9 Weeks

Use this link to submit your choice for students enrolled at Harry Stone Montessori Academy an IB World School - MYP. If your child attends a different school, please do not submit your choice for them using this button.

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Congratulations, Mrs. Keeter!

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Congratulations to our very own, Mrs. K. Keeter! Mrs. Keeter serves as one of our guides in The Children's House. Mrs. Keeter was recognized by the Dallas ISD MTSS Department for completing the Managing the Multi-Method Classroom course.
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Student Birthday Recognition

We would love to recognize and celebrate your child(ren)'s birthday on our morning announcements. However, we have not collected all of the Photo/Video Releases from you. If you would like for us to recognize your child(ren)'s birthday on the morning announcements, please send the following information in an email:


Subject: Birthday Recognition-Announcements


Date of Birth:

Favorite Color:

If you'd like us to include a picture, please send it to the email.

Your submission of the requested information gives HSMA and Dallas ISD the authorization to post your child(ren) name and/or picture during our morning announcements.

2020-21 Virtual Discover Dallas ISD

Three Virtual Discover Dallas ISD events have been scheduled to provide prospective families with information about the admissions process for all magnet programs.

Virtual Discover Dallas ISD

November 7, 2020 - Elementary/Secondary Schools

November 14, 2020 - Elementary Schools

November 21, 2020 - Secondary Schools

The 2020-21 magnet eligibility/process information has been posted on the Dallas ISD Magnet page.

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Class Scheduling Assistance

If you or your child(ren) have questions about class schedules, please contact our guidance counselors.

LaSonja Coleman, Counselor

(Ph) 972-794-3400

Kristi Coleman, Counselor

(Ph) 972-794-3400

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Technology Updates

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All students enrolled in a Dallas ISD school will receive a computing device as we engage in virtual instruction during the 2020-21 school year. The District's IT Department has provided a bag with an assigned computing device, charger, earbuds, a mobile Internet hotspot if the student doesn’t have access to the Internet at home, and basic instructions in both English and Spanish for logging in and how to obtain technical support.

The District's IT Department is now providing iPads for students in prekindergarten through third grades. Students in fourth through twelfth grades will receive a Chromebook.

We will continue the technology deployment for our students Tuesday, September 8, 2020, through Friday, September 11, 2020. Mrs. Roberts, our Media Specialist, and her team will be available to assist you daily from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


Parents needing password assistance should first contact Mrs. Roberts for assistance. If they are not able to reach their campus, they can contact the IT Support Desk at 972-925-5630.

ICYMI: The reset password for elementary and middle school students is:

Username: Your child’s seven-digit student identification number

Password: The letter “S” followed by the seven-digit student identification number

If it asks for an email, it's your child’s seven-digit student identification number

Any parent or guardian of a Dallas ISD student needing home Internet access can request a mobile Internet hotspot two ways:

  1. Call the IT Service Desk directly at 972-925-5630
  2. Fill out a Wifi Hotspot Online Request Form
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How To Access Your Chromebook

Prepared by Master Teacher: Mr. J. Bennett

Class and Teacher Contact Information


Ms. H. Oran

Mrs. K. Keeter

Ms. C. Ward

Mrs. S. Mukhopadhyay

Mrs. Hawkins

Lower Elementary

Mrs. N. O'Dell

Google Class Codes:

1st Grade: 6ha5lsy

2nd Grade: ih3k65d

3rd Grade: he4xjc6

Mrs. M. Martinez

Google Class Codes:

1st Grade: bbk2wrc

2nd Grade: ocssa4h

3rd Grade: gc27zgp

Ms. L. Rosenthal

1st ney6e6fney6e6f

2nd gqixr2o


Mrs. Fuller

Google Class Codes:

1st Grade: atrsby

2nd Grade: q3b6adf

3rd Grade: smus7ug

Mrs. J. Washington

Mrs. Kertz

Ms. D. Bishop

Google Class Codes:

1st Grade: ly35lhm

2nd Grade: ief2rvo

3rd Grade: 3ueq23m

Ms. Smith

Upper Elementary

Mrs. C. Yancy

Mrs. J. Jacobs

Mrs. H. Hawthorne

Ms. N. Webster

Mrs. N. Ewell


Mr. J. Bennett -- Pre-AP World Studies

Ms. J. Miner -- Pre-AP Mathematics

Mr. J. Tran -- Pre-AP Science

Ms. Z. Williams -- Pre-AP ELAR


Mrs. Atai-Love -- Pre-AP Mathematics

Mr. A. Wakefield -- Pre-AP ELAR

Ms. T. King -- Pre-AP Texas History

Ms. Hines -- Pre-AP Science


Ms. M. Capshaw -- Pre-AP U.S. History

Mr. B. Rodriguez -- Pre-AP Physics

Mrs. S. Simmons -- Pre-AP ELAR

Mr. A. Sandlin -- Pre-AP Algebra I

Google Classroom Codes:

1st Period Algebra I: rtgtit4

2nd Period Algebra I: koh4ehb

3rd Period Math Apps: ktbsw6b

6th Period Algebra I: t3p4kpj

7th Period Algebra I: 6sl3fr5

8th Period Algebra I: tswpjps


Mr. M. Smoot -- Orchestra

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2020-21 Student Registration


Thank you for all of your efforts to register your child(ren) for the 2020-21 school year.

Registration status as of Sunday, September 13, 2020:

The Children's House

Prekindergarten: 32 out of 34 registered students

Kindergarten: 48 out of 51 registered students

Lower Elementary

1st Grade: 45 out of 55 registered students

2nd Grade: 60 out of 70 registered students

3rd Grade: 44 out of 47 registered students

Upper Elementary

4th Grade: 41 out of 48 registered students

5th Grade: 46 out of 59 registered students

Middle Years Programme

MYP 1 (6th Grade): 80 out of 102 registered students

MYP 2 (7th Grade): 87 out of 94 registered students

MYP 3 (8th Grade): 100 out of 105 registered students

To ensure that all students have equitable access to the instructional kits according to their grade level and specified educational program, it is important that we know who will join us this school year. Please register your child(ren) as soon as possible.

We will begin reaching out to the parents/guardians of students on our waitlist to offer them an opportunity to join our community soon.

We send out well wishes to all of the students who will not join us during the 2020-21 school year. Thank you for the notifications.

If you need assistance with registration, please feel free to contact:

M. Miramontes (Data Controller)


E. Ortiz (Office Manager)


Registration for ALL Prekindergarten Students

This is the registration location for prekindergarten students new to Dallas ISD.

Registration for Returning DISD Studs. -- K-8th Gr.

Students who attended a school in Dallas ISD during the 2019-20 school year should register here.

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2020-21 Transportation Request

Below you will find links to the “CHOICE Program - Student Transportation Request e-Form” and our Student Transportation main website Student Transportation website to access the proposed stops at each of the Choice Schools.

This will apply to all new/existing students requesting transportation services for the first time or need to make a change.

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2020-21 School Supply List

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Administrative Team

Niki Jones - Principal

Tiphanie Paige-Assistant Principal

Maria A. Hernandez - Assistant Principal

Elvira Ortiz - Office Manager

ReNeice Reed - IB Coordinator

Kristi Coleman - Counselor

LaSonja Coleman - Counselor

Rosia Roberts - Media Specialist

Robert Hawkins - Facilities Manager

Rochelle Allen - Stone Cafe' Manager

A. Keysha Hunter - Nurse

Campus Instructional Leadership Team (CILT)

Math (Montessori) - Karen Keeter

ELAR (Montessori) - Nicole Ewell

Social Studies (Montessori) - Robyn Kertz

Science (Montessori) - N. Webster

Technology (Montessori) - Desiree' Bishop

Math (International Baccalaureate) - Jennifer Miner

ELAR (International Baccalaureate) - Alexander Wakefield

Social Studies (International Baccalaureate) - Thais King

Science (International Baccalaureate) - Justin Tran

Team Leaders

Children's House - Cammelle Ward

Lower Elementary - Nicole O'Dell & Janet Washington

Upper Elementary - Chaquita Yancy

MYP 1 - Jeremy Bennett

MYP 2 - Renita Hines

MYP 3 - Megan Capshaw

Specialist - Erica Simon

Specialist - Steven Hockenberry

Specialist - Michael Smoot

Teacher Assistants - Griselda Hidalgo

Community Partners

SBDM Team Chairperson - Sara Mokuria

HSMA PTA President - Tess Blackburn

Dad's Club President - Jose' Hernandez

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