Monthly Archives: May 2015

Title I Reward High-performing/high-progress

Harry Stone has been confirmed as Title I Reward school for both lower and middle grades. Congratulations to both the staff and students! See the list linked below for the TEA list, where Harry Stone is listed in both the 2014-15 High-performance and High-progress schools.

On April 30, 2015, the Texas Education Agency announced the more than 400 Title I Reward high-performing and/or high-progress Title I schools for school year 2014-15.  A high-performing reward school is identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance, as well as the highest graduation rates at the high school level.  A high‐progress school is identified as a Title I school in the top 25% in annual improvement and/or schools in the top 25% of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps based on system safeguards.

Schools must meet, or exceed, the AMO targets of 79% on each of the system safeguards evaluated for all students and all subgroups, including the seven federally required student groups in math and reading subject areas.  Your school did meet the reward criteria and is now identified as a high progress and/or high performing reward school.

On May 26, 2015, the agency updated the 2014-15 reward list found at:,_Focus,_and_Reward_Schools/

Meeting minutes from May

Minutes from the May 12 meeting are available here. Minutes

Officers for the 2015-16 school year were elected at the meeting. You can find our new slate in the minutes or on the PTA site: 2015-16 PTA Officers

Field Day help needed!

Parents, Families and Friends of Harry Stone,

Field Day is Monday, June 1 and we need your help to put on a great Field Day for our kids.

Each year, Harry Stone’s PTA helps the school with Field Day by funding the bounce houses – and collecting money, donations, and selling snacks lets us keep that tradition going as well as possibly help the coaches make some equipment buys for next year. Donations, and your time, will help us continue this.

The PTA will have a snack stand again this year with sales of snacks to the kids. Help us with our fund raising by donating food items listed below, or with direct money donations which can be made online (, or via the PTA box in the office. Non-perishable food donations can be brought by the office from today through Friday.

We, and Coach Simon, also would love the gift of some of your time, whether an hour or two, or all day, helping with the PTA stand or with events for Coach Simon. If anyone is willing to help coordinate, please let us know that, too!  Please e-mail if you are interested.

Water coolers and cups will be available to the kids for free. If you would like to help with this, please contact about donations.

Currently we have Kool-Aid pickles, popcorn, and some chips available for sell.  Donations of fruit snacks/rolls, juice pouches/boxes, packs of cheese crackers (Whales, Goldfish, Cheez-Its, etc.), packs of pretzels, packs of animal crackers, etc. for PTA to sell to the students (to help fund next year’s Field Day) would be greatly (and gratefully) appreciated.
The students look forward to this even all school year long.  Please help us make it memorable for them.

Spirit Shirt Design Contest!

HSMA PTA is sponsoring a Spirit Shirt Design Contest.  Students in grades 1-7 are eligible to participate.  Designs should be school-centered.  Elements could include: classroom activities, student interests (i.e. Art, Theatre Arts, music, etc.), the gardens (butterfly and/or vegetable), and/or school accomplishments (i.e. UIL, Pentathlon, Lone Star Challenge, Debate, etc.).

One spirit shirt design will be chosen from grades 1-4 and one from 5-7.  Chosen designs will be announced Friday, June 5.

Rules: Designs must be drawn on plain, white copy paper.  Designs cannot be colored.  Submissions must have the artist’s name, grade, and teacher’s name written on the BACK of the design.  Entries with student’s name on the front will not be considered.

Each classroom will vote for 1 or 2 designs to move on to the next selection process.  Chosen designs will be submitted to a committee for review and final vote.  Deadline for submissions and classroom voting is May 29.

PTA Meeting tomorrow & Field Day volunteers

The last PTA meeting of the year is tomorrow, Tuesday, 6/12 @ 6:30 PM. Please come join us.


Field Day is also approaching, on June 1. The coaches are looking for volunteers to help out:

field day clip art


On Monday, June 1, 2015 we will be having our annual PK-5th Grade FIELD DAY from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.



We are needing volunteers to assist with the Field Day Stations. There will be all types of Field Day Stations from sack races, bean bags, hula hoops, footballs, Frisbees and even a water break station. Volunteers are needed to assist with the stations to ensure that the students can experience what Field Day truly is!

Sign up sheets are posted in the main hallway on the Media Center side windows. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated! Let’s make this Field Day a HUGE success!

If you have any questions, please see Coach Hockenberry or Coach Simon.

May PTA meeting approaches!

At this month’s PTA, we will have:

– Our Asst Principal, Ms. Jones with us again to discuss:

  • Spring testing schedule
  • Safety/environmental updates
  • Fundraising update
  • Out of adoption textbook/instructional materials giveaway

– Brainstorming to improve our meetings next year
– Field Day
– and more

– Officer Elections
We will be electing officers for the 2015-16 school year, and we are looking for volunteers interested in serving! Please, please, we need your help to be successful! Even if you aren’t ready to take a board position, let us know if you’d be interested in helping by chairing one of the committees listed.

If you are interested, or have any questions, please send an email to communications @

The officer slate is below, with the committees/areas associate with each: PTA Officers list

Stone shows at Lone Star Challenge

Lone Star Challenge is the elementary competition equivalent to Academic Decathlon and Academic Pentathlon. Nine-member teams are comprised of:

  • 3 Fourth Graders
  • 3 Fifth Graders
  • 3 Sixth Graders

The competition was held Saturday at DA Hulcy MS.  Approximately 400 hundred students and 40 schools across the district  competed.


Harry Stone’s team consisted of:

Sterlling Bond (6)                                   Aja Johnson (5)                      Cole Chaney (4)

Cecil Moseley (5)*                                 Kimaari Mondy (5)                   Noel Hawthorne (4)

Karthik Swamanthinan (6)                     Molly Soukup (5)                     Reuben Herriage (4)


Cecil placed 1st in the Language/Social Studies  section.  Karthik took 3rd for his essay.  Stone placed 2nd in the Super Quiz round and 3rd in Overall Team Score.


*Students may compete one grade level above their current grade.