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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

HSMA to compete in Music Memory event

Throughout the year, all 4th and 5th graders have been listening to a variety of music including ballet, opera, orchestra, band, and piano solos. They have been learning about the different instruments, composers, and history of each piece. After taking quizzes and a final exam on 16 specific pieces, 12 students (6 from each grade) placed in the top of their class (combined music, piano, and orchestra students).

These students will travel to the Meyerson Symphony Center on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to hear the Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform live excerpts from these pieces in which they will identify the name and composer. Each team will compete against the other groups from their grade level across the district for the chance to win first place and a trophy. They will even get to hear two full pieces for a mini concert along with the opportunity to compete. This is the first year HSMA will go to this competition!

Who: The 6 top 4th/5th grade music students

What: Music Memory Competition against other 4th/5th graders from DISD

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas

Trustees approve Dallas ISD’s 2017-2018 calendar

The 2017-2018 student calendar approved by trustees Thursday features summer professional development for teachers in August with the first day of classes set for Monday, Aug. 28.

Each school day will have an additional 10 minutes during breakfast in the classroom. With the expanded day, the district will reach the state-mandated total minutes of instruction by June 1, the last day of classes.

For more details, see the article on The Hub: https://thehub.dallasisd.org/2017/02/24/trustees-approve-dallas-isds-2017-2018-calendar/

For the calendar: http://www.dallasisd.org/cms/lib/TX01001475/Centricity/Domain/48/2017-2018ApprovedCalendar.pdf

PTA Meeting and Success Starts At Home presentation

Success Starts at Home

HSMA PTA proudly brings to our families and community Texas PTA’s Success Starts at Home program, January 17 @ 6:00 PM.

This interactive program empowers family members to build and strengthen their Family Assets. Attendees will gain knowledge of everyday actions families can introduce that build relationships, opportunities, values, skills, and positive self-perceptions. When families have more of these assets, teens and adults in the family thrive and do better in life.

This is a free event. Childcare will be provided. Pizza will be provided

Program Information:
Texas PTA Presenter: Heather Ashwell-Hair
Date: Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00pm
Location: HSMA Auditorium

Language translation will be available

Please contact Jose Hernandez with questions at jacahdz@sbcglobal.net

Please RSVP via email to jacahdz@sbcglobal.net.

Hope to see you and your family at our program.

School play this week!

Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

Three showings this week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 7:30 PM

Stone honored by TEA

Harry Stone has been recognized by the Texas Education Agency as a High Performing and High Progress school, and has received the designation of Title I Reward Schools.

Region 10 Education Service Center will honor the 27 Title I Reward schools in the Region 10 at a ceremony in January.

Congratulations to all the students, staff, and families of Harry Stone!