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Harry Stone offers several enrichment programs to help build well-rounded children and enhance their talents…

SpanishChoirTheatre ArtsOrchestraPiano, ArtOff-Campus Athletics, and Talented and Gifted Program

Spanish: Frank Bravo, Instructor

Students in grades 1-8 take Spanish once a week. They complete assignments in class and have materials for practice during the week.

Choir: Kalva Scott, Director

Students in grades 1-8 may participate in Choir, with competitive choirs for the Middle School students. The following choirs are available:

  • Small stones (grades 1-3)
  • Stone Singers (grades 4-6)
  • Treble Choir (Middle School Performing Choir)
  • Tenor-Bass (Middle School Performing Choir)

Choral activities and accolades:

  • PTA meeting performances
  • Holiday music performances
  • Area competitions
  • Special programs
  • DISD Choral Evaluation-Treble choir
  • UIL Concert/Sightreading Contest -Treble choir
  • Region XX Solo/Ensemble Contest – 1st division rating
  • Singers chosen for All-City Elementary Honor Choir
  • Singers chosen for All-City Middle School Honor Choir
  • Singers chosen for All-Region Honor Choir

Theatre Arts: Abigail Crabtree, Director

Theatre Arts is offered to all students at Harry Stone.  To study theatre is to study the world, the human condition and the history of man. Students learn to design costumes and scenery, analyze plays and develop character research projects. This is a very hands-on class.  Students build scenic models, work on specialty crafts such as puppets, masks, and painting and create scenery for the Harry Stone Productions. Each craft is connected to a time period in history so we can learn about the ancient world and how our society has been influenced by those that came before us. Students create a sound-scape for a poem and learn how to do an old time radio production.

Theatre is about being human, the challenges, conflicts and joys of everyday life. We explore all cultures and learn to respect differences in others. Theatre Arts teaches problem solving, critical thinking, self awareness and confidence.

How to get involved:

Children from grades 3-8th are invited to audition for our annual Fall Production. Our past productions include, The Hobbit, The Wizard of Oz and this year’s Alice in Wonderland. Auditions are in the Fall semester.

Class Schedule:

Pre- Kindergarten and Kindergarten alternate every other day for a full semester

1st thru 6th: Come once a week for a full semester

Middle School : Students may pick theatre arts as one of the semester specials. Classes are held every day. There is also an advanced theatre class that is held for the entire year. This class competes in DISD One Act Competition.

Competitions:

Middle school began competing last year in the DISD Middle School One- Act Festival. Harry Stone took the First place trophy home for our production and our stage crew.

Orchestra: Michael A. Smoot, Director

The Harry Stone orchestra program serves 120 students in grades 1-8. Students in the 1st grade start off with the Suzuki String method. This method started over 30 years ago in Japan and is responsible for producing some of the world’s best string musicians. As students continue through the program, Strictly Strings, a comprehensive string method book, is used along with music from the University Interscholastic League (UIL) prescribed music list.

Students who make the commitment to be in this program have the opportunity to participate in state, district and city music festivals, concerts and workshops, including…

  • DISD Solo and Ensemble Contest
  • DISD Orchestra Evaluation
  • UIL Concert/Sight‑Reading
  • Performances at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Hall and Sandy Lake Amusement Park
  • Outstanding performers are selected to the All‑City orchestra.

Classes are held during the regular school day.  Students are expected to practice 15-30 minutes each day at home emphasizing the new material presented in class.
Parents should call the school office at the beginning of the school year to enroll their student in the Orchestra Program.

Piano: Lesya Straley, Director

Have you ever wanted your child to play the piano?  Have you ever wanted your child to learn the theory and history behind the music, or create their own music?  If so, this is the place for you and your student!
Harry Stone Montessori Piano class provides group piano instruction for students in 1st through 8th grades.

Students in piano class are given preparation to play works from all periods of music along with popular forms, such as Broadway, Jazz, and current hits. We also do a lot of ensemble playing which is fun and allows for ear training development as well as social bonding.

What else makes piano study beneficial? 

Studying music has been shown to enhance performance in math and other subjects, increase expressive abilities, foster creativity, develop discipline and sense of self-worth, and promote cooperation. Music study increases attention span and helps the development of cognitive and motor skills. And it’s FUN!

Students who make the commitment to be in the piano program have the opportunity to participate in music field trips, in-school performances and an annual piano recital. Please check school calendar for more details and dates.

More information about the class, as well as helpful resources can be found at www.sites.google.com/site/hsmapianoclass.

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Off-Campus Athletics: Coach Simon

The Harry Stone Montessori Physical Education Department serves “all” students in grades PreK-8th.

The mission of Harry Stone Montessori Academy physical education program is to provide developmentally appropriate instruction, which maximizes a students’ potential for developing and maintaining a healthy body, mind, and character.

Physical Education Program Highlights

  • Marathon Kids Kick-Off 1st-6th (October) www.marathonkids.org
  •  Mayors Race (December)
  • Lets Go Fly A Kite (April)
  • Field Day (May)
  • CATCH Week (Coordinated Approach to Child Health)

*Middle School students in grades 7th and 8th may try-out and participate in the following sport at Sarah Zumwalt Middle School or their home school:

 Boys: Football, basketball, soccer, track and field, and baseball.

 Girls: Volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and field, and softball

For more information contact Coach Simon at esimon@dallasisd.org

Talented and Gifted Program: Jamie McDaniel, Director

As expressed in the Handbook for the education of talented and gifted students, provided by Dallas Independent School District, the 74th Legislature of the State of Texas defined giftedness in the Texas Education Code 29.121:

A “gifted and talented student” means a student or youth who performs at or shows the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

(1) exhibits high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;

(2) possesses and unusual capacity for leadership; or

(3) excels in a specific academic field.

A “pull out” program for TAG is used at Harry Stone.  Each week the TAG eligible students receive the state required 2 hours of service.  The instruction is based on a curriculum that is provided by the Dallas ISD College and Career Readiness department.  It includes Language Arts and Social Studies activities.

Research projects are also an important element of instruction.  As a culminating activity for the research element, an Independent Study Fair is held during an evening event here at the school.  The TAG students proudly display their written reports along with their complimentary visual projects.

To apply use the following forms…

Parent permission form – English, Spanish

Parent checklist – English, Spanish

 

National PTA
Reflections Art Program

National PTA believes all children deserve a quality arts education and encourages students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts Reflections Program. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition.

Learn more.

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