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The district’s 2018-19 school calendar is now available.
Important dates for the Dallas ISD calendar include:
- First day for students: Aug. 20
- Two fair days for all students. Stone’s days: Elementary Fair Day is Friday, Oct. 12, and Professional development day (students off) on Secondary Fair Day Friday, Oct. 19.
- Thanksgiving Break the week of Nov. 19–23
- For Winter Break students are out Dec. 20–Jan. 8
- Spring break, March 11–15
- Staff/student holidays on Sept. 3, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and May 27
- Inclement weather makeup days on April 19 and 22
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.
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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
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please RSVP via email to email@example.com.
Hope to see you and your family at our program.
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!
This Wednesday, Dec 7, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, the Perot Museum is coming to Harry Stone for Family Science Night.
Come out and learn to conduct awesome science experiments with your family. Learn and have fun together!
- Learn hands on science experiments
- Tackle science challenges
- See amazing demonstrations
Volunteers willing to spend a little time beforehand getting some training and help conduct the experiments, please contact Mr Tran: firstname.lastname@example.org