Category Archives: School Honors

Harry Stone project featured in Texas IB School Newsletter

Harry Stone’s MYP 3 (IB Middle Year Program, 3rd year, or 8th grade) student community projects were highlighted in this Fall’s Texas IB Schools newsletter.

From the newsletter:


Community Project Sparks Community Action


Last year’s MYP 3 students, Makayla, Ashanti and Kenethia rebuilt Harry Stone’s butterfly garden. The year before that, Angel, Carlos and Sebastian organized a Blood Drive on campus through Carter Blood Care. This year, students are largely focusing on the less fortunate members of our local community including Dachshunds.

Stone is fortunate to have dedicated, motivated, and outstanding examples of student leaders promoting civic action. Without the IB program, we would not have this valuable learning experience for our students on a school-wide basis. And because we are a Pre K through MYP 3 campus, our students are role models for our younger students.

Submitted by Megan Capshaw, MYP Coordinator, Harry Stone Montessori Academy and IB World School, Dallas ISD


Read the full newsletter Texas IB Schools (TIBS) eNewsletter_ Fall 2017.

Visit the TEXAS IB SCHOOLS (TIBS) website: https://www.texasibschools.org/

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.

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

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

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!

8 Harry Stone Choir students made DISD All City Choir

8 of Ms Heather Ramsey’s Middle School Choir students were selected for Dallas ISD’s All City Choir after district-wide auditions in late October. Congrats to the students and Ms Ramsey!

Stone one of TEA 14 high performing schools in DISD

According to the DISD Hub article published November 4, Harry Stone has been named by the Texas Education Agency as one of 14 high performing Title I schools in Dallas ISD, and one of only 160 state-wide. This ranking was based on data from the 2014-15 school year.

Fourteen district schools receive high-performing designation

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:  http://tea.texas.gov/Student_Testing_and_Accountability/Monitoring_and_Interventions/School_Improvement_and_Support/Priority,_Focus,_and_Reward_Schools/

DISD Scholars from Harry Stone

On Thursday, March 19th, Dallas ISD recognized 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th graders in the top 5% of their grade level for the entire school district in a ceremony at Ellis Davis Field House.
 
We wanted to make sure that we at Harry Stone also acknowledge their achievements, and in particular the 21 7th and 8th grade students from Harry Stone who made this list. By my rough calculation, that’s around 15% of our 7/8 graders.
 
This is the first year of an annual recognition ceremony planned by DISD for our district, and our school’s, top performing students. We look forward to adding Harry Stone students to this list year after year. Congratulations to all of the DISD Scholars from Harry Stone for the 2014-2015 school year.
 
Thanks, Mr. Bennett, for highlighting this program and our phenomenal students.