Family Fun Night 2017

All Harry Stone families and friends, please come join us Friday, November 3, 6-8 PM for Family Fun Night.

Fun and games for the whole family! 

  • Game Truck
  • Climbing Wall
  • Bubble ball soccer
  • Cupcake walk
  • And much more!

Harry Stone students enjoy eye-opening trip to the Dallas Arboretum

Harry Stone students’ experience at the Dallas Arboretum was featured in this week’s Dallas ISD News. See the full story here.

Harry Stone Fall Book Fair

Harry Stone’s Fall Book Fair is coming!

Dates: October 30 – November 3
Times: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

PTA Family Night: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Online Book Fair: October 25 – November 7 : http://www.scholastic.com/bf/hsmalibrary

 

HEB’s Excellence in Education Awards

HEB’s Excellence in Education Award nominations are open. An opportunity to recognize a teacher or other other public school professional you think is deserving. With our wonder school staff, there is bound to be someone you can think of worth a few minutes for a nomination.

Nominate an Outstanding Public School Professional!

Do you know an extraordinary teacher, principal, school board, school district or early childhood facility that goes the extra mile to ensure students are successful? Nominate them now for H-E-B’s Excellence in Education Awards!
For the past 15 years, H-E-B has honored outstanding public school professionals for their dedication and commitment. Through this program, H-E-B pays tribute to those educators who serve their students and communities and who inspire others to do the same. Visit the H-E-B website for more information
The deadline for nominations is Sunday, October 22. 

Advantages of the IB Middle Years Program

In a recent report on a set of studies involving IB, a number of positive results were reported, including indications “that a higher percentage of MYP students achieved proficient or advanced performance on mathematics and science assessments.”

A significant set of the results from observation conducted here in Texas supported IB as generally involving better student engagement.

Additionally, “teachers reported that on the whole they believed the MYP benefited students by encouraging higher order thinking and educating the whole child. ”

For more details, see the report on the IB web site: http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/ib-research/mypkeyfindingssheetweb-3.pdf

First PTA meeting for 2017-18

Please join us this Thursday evening, 9/14/2017 @ 6 PM for the first PTA meeting for the year. We’ll have speakers in to discuss expectations from the various grade levels, and the current state of the school as we get this new school year going.

Thanks, and hope to see you there.

The numbers are in, and Harry Stone is rocking!

As Harry Stone’s students and staff continue their journey toward excellence, they have hit a number of truly significant landmarks.

Note: This is my interpretation of the data, and may contain inaccuracies. At the bottom are links to the raw data for those interested.

Our students’ STAAR results from 2017 testing (2016-17 End of Course tests) place Harry Stone at or above the top 10% mark for all schools in the district in most STAAR test areas, from 3rd grade through 8th grade.

For 4th and 5th grades, there were significant year over year improvements. The 4th grade hit 3rd or 4th in the district on all tests, with jump in Reading of 28% of students on Met Standard (more than doubled the year before) and 22% on Mastered, in Math of 37% on Met and 31% on Mastered, and in Writing of 32% on Met. The 5th grade made 6th and 7th in Reading and Math. They also had strong improvements, with Reading Mastered improving by 21% of the students, Math Mastered by 26%, and Science Met by 26%.

The middle school group really shone, ranking 1st in the district in a number of areas:

  • 6th Grade Math
  • 7th Grade Reading
  • 7th Grade Writing
  • 8th Grade Reading
  • 8th Grade Math (which is actually Stone’s 7th Grade)

The middle school’s results also showed a number of areas of steady or significant improvement year-to-year, and on those test where they didn’t hit the top slot they were solidly ranked in with Dallas’s other Magnet middle schools.

Texas Employment Agency also just released results for the Preliminary 2017 Accountability Ratings, and Harry Stone’s elementary has 5 of the 6 possible Distinctions, and the middle school got 7 of 7, one of only 30 at all levels in all of DISD, and only 400 in Texas!

To our students, teachers, and staff: These results show the entire district that you are great. We applaud you. Keep it up, and keep striving for excellence.

STAAR Results: http://tea.texas.gov/student.assessment/results/

TEA Accountability results: https://rptsvr1.tea.texas.gov/perfreport/account/2017/srch.html?srch=C

Open House, Thursday, Aug 24

Please join us for Harry Stone’s Open House to kick off the 2017-18 school year. Come greet the teachers and staff, and see the rooms. Students are encouraged to bring up supplies so you don’t have to worry with it the first day of school.

The Open House will run from 5:30-7:00 PM, this Thursday.
PTA will be providing hot-dogs and chips.  Open House calendar entry

Harry Stone players take the stage at pre-UIL

Harry Stone’s Theater Arts students competed last Thursday for UIL, and really shone:

  • Best Actor – Sterling Bond
  • Best Actress – Ava McKay
  • All Star Technical Crew – Katelayn Vault
  • All Star Cast – Nina Oham, Nicholas Jones, Reuben Herriage, and Joe Adkins
  • Honorable Mention, All Star Cast – Karthik Swaminathan and Jane Allinger

And last, but definitely not least, the Harry Stone Team took awards for Best Acting Ensemble, and 1st Place for Best Play.

Congratulations to the entire ensemble, and to Mr Goodwin.

Harry Stone rocks at Academic Pentathlon

Harry Stone’s Academic Pentathlon teams competed at Dade Middle School against 19 schools. Both 7th and 8th grade teams did a wonderful job, with 8th grade coming in 4th overall and 7th grade coming in 1st! Congratulations all.

Event Student(s)
8th Math Dodge Suprun – 2nd
Amanda Arroyo, Avery Rose – 3rd
8th Science Avery Rose – 2nd
8th Social Science Avery Rose – 1st
Vivica Dupree – 3rd
8th Super Quiz 8th grade team – 3rd
7th Fine Arts Nina Oham – 1st
Cecil Mosley – 2nd
Molly Soukup – 3rd
7th Literature Molly Soukup – 1st
7th Science Valerie Iperti – 2nd
Molly Soukup – 3rd
7th Math Matthew Oliphant – 2nd
Cecil Mosley – 3rd
7th Super Quiz 7th grade team – 3rd

Ms Capshaw called out all the team members for their hard work.

Dallas ISD’s first place team for 7th grade is composed of:

  • Aracely Mata
  • Olivia Munoz
  • Molly Soukup
  • Valerie Iperta
  • Valeria Meza
  • Cecil Mosley
  • Matthew Oliphant
  • Nina Oham
  • and alternate Hailee Hall

Dallas ISD’s fourth place team for 8th grade is composed of:

  • Dodge Suprun
  • Avery Rose
  • Sterling Bond
  • Frida Martinez
  • Amanda Arroyo
  • Essence Murray