SHMS Weekly Info
March 23rd to 27th
Good Evening Stone Hill Students, Parents, and Staff,
I would like to thank our entire community for your patience and kindness during these unprecedented times that we are experiencing. These are unchartered waters for everyone, but I know this will only make our community stronger and that we will all get through this together.
Please continue to monitor your email from LCPS to ensure that you receive the most recent information regarding learning opportunities for our students. Please continue to visit the LCPS COVID-19 Preparedness at LCPS website for the most up to date information. If you have additional questions about LCPS operations, please review our responses to FAQs, submit your questions on our COVID-19 Preparedness at LCPS webpage or through our hotline at 571-252-6499.
As stated in Dr. Williams' most recent message on March 19th to the community regarding learning opportunities until March 27th, "LCPS is providing optional resources (LCPS Continuity of Learning) that parents may use to engage students in learning activities, if desired." "Teachers will begin providing online learning experiences specifically for their students covering previously covered skills and knowledge beginning on March 30th." For more information, please reference the LCPS Continuity of Learning Frequently Asked Questions for students document.
At SHMS, we have encouraged our teachers to start reaching out and checking in with their students. Teachers who did not already have a Google Classroom are currently working on setting that up and will be adding their students to that this week.
LCPS will continue to provide student meals, but only at specific locations. As of March 23rd Stone Hill Middle School is no longer a site serving meals. Rock Ridge High School, Independence High School, and Briar Woods High School are some of the many local schools that are available for meal pick-up weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Students can receive two meals daily (a breakfast and a lunch) and can choose to take both meals simultaneously. I have also attached the most updated bus meal delivery stops and times for the week of March 23rd. This document is organized by High School Cluster. It will also be posted to the Public Information COVID Preparedness at LCPS webpage under FAQs.
If you or your family are in need of anything, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our community is here to support anyone in need during this challenging and unusual time. Please see information below from our Parent Liaison on how you can donate and help support families in need.
SHMS Counseling Updates
LCPS COVID-19 - Prevent the Spread
On the weekend of March 6th - 8th, NOVA Systemic Solutions hosted the VEX Robotics Virginia State Competition down in Doswell, VA at the State Fairgrounds. Stone Hill's VEX Robotics Team, the Roborays, had 7 teams in attendance, which was the most from any one organization. These teams competed against the best of the best from around the state of Virginia.
At the end of the weekend there were two Stone Hill teams that took home the crown of State Champions. Team 6096A, consisting of Taran Kamireddy, Harsha Nelluri, Pranav Kulkarni, and Sean Yao also won the Build award for having an effective and efficient robot design process. Team 6096F, consisting of Neisha Karthik, Amulya Gottipati and Sujay Goli was the other state champion.
These two teams along with three other Stone Hill teams, 6096B, 6096D, and 6096E, qualified for the VEX World Competition in late April. Unfortunately, the VEX World Competition has been cancelled this year, but we are extremely proud of all of our students' accomplishments! If you'd like to learn more about VEX robotics, check out https://www.vexrobotics.com/.
Parent Liaison Information
I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and as well as can be expected in these uncharted times. I am writing to you with an update on what we are doing at Stone Hill to help our families in need. Additionally, I want to share with you some of the amazing resources in our community that need assistance to continue doing what they do for our families, as well as the greater Loudoun County community.
Mobile Hope, whose mission is to improve the lives of young people, 24 years of age or younger, who are precariously housed or homeless in Loudoun County. Mobile Hope will continue to focus on collecting food and hygiene products and distributing them into neighborhoods starting Monday, March 16. Their bus will pull into the neighborhoods, and honk its horn, signaling to students that breakfast and lunch items are available. The project name is Listen For the Honk. Mobile Hope is committed to this program throughout the duration of the school closure. The need for food donations remains great, as this project will run at least through March 27 based on the latest announcement. If you would like to donate food, you may bring it to their facility at 741 Miller Drive in Leesburg, or send it through their Amazon wishlist. If you would like to donate financially, you may donate through Facebook or their website, www.mobilehopeloudoun.org.
Loudoun Hunger Relief provides fresh groceries for the whole family, plus they can help find further assistance to meet other needs through their network of partners. They will continue their regular hours for distribution, and add more hours as well as a mobile market to reach out into the community and be more accessible. Please go to https://www.loudounhunger.org to find out how you can donate or help.
Finally, if you would prefer to donate a grocery or Walmart gift card directly to the school for use with our families please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will work out a way to get that from you. Thank you for always stepping up when asked and for being such a "Ray of Light" in our school community. Please reach out with any questions or concerns and I will do my best to answer them for you. Until then, be well, and wash those hands!