Author Archives: Heather Hawthorne

First PTA meeting for the 2015-2016 school year!

Yippee!  We’re here and ready to get a great year started.  Help us start things rolling by joining us next Thursday for a light meal, entertainment provided by piano and choir students, and PTA’s vision for the upcoming school year.

Click the link below and then”Add to Calendar” to add the date to your calendar so you don’t miss this event!

Harry Stone PTA Meeting

New MIDDLE SCHOOL uniform beginning Fall 2015

Announced Friday, June 26

As per the mandatory IB Parent Meeting held May 14, middle school students (only) will have a new uniform beginning in the new school year (Fall 2015).  Shirts are COLLARED light blue shirts and khaki bottoms ONLY (pants, skirts, school-appropriate shorts).  Students in all grades are required to wear a brown or black belt.  Sign up on Remind to be informed of the latest news and announcements (a link can be found at


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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.

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.



Sandy Lake information and Choral Spring Concert

Choir students going to Sandy Lake are scheduled to performMay 1st at 10:10 am. The two songs are “Don’t Be Cruel (To A Heart That’s True)” by Elvis and “Twist and Shout” by the Isley Brothers.  After school practices will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:10-4:00 (April 14th, 16th, 21st, and 23rd) for those who are able to attend. Ms. Ramsey will pick them up from the auditorium at 3:05.

April 28th (Tuesday) at 5:00 pm there is a Spring Concert in which the 4th/5th grade ensemble will participate by being the opening act for the middle school. They will perform 2 songs. This concert will give them a practice run at performing before they go to Sandy Lake. Ms. Ramsey is planning after school practice for Monday, April 27th from 3:05-4:00 pm for a run through before the concert day and one more Thursday, April 30th at the same time for a true final run through before Sandy Lake.

Daddy+Daughter Dance this Friday!

Tickets may be purchased online or in the main office for the Masquerade Dance being held in the Harry Stone gym.  If you would like to volunteer for set-up or take down, welcome/sign-in, or server please use

Daddy-Daughter Dance March 20, 2015

If you haven’t bought your tickets to the dance yet, click on the link under “HSPTA” to the right.  The theme this year is a masquerade ball.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for moms, grandmothers, aunts. . .
Please visit to volunteer for the Harry Stone PTA Daddy+Daughter Dance onFriday, March 20.  Hour-long slots are available starting as early as 5:30.


6th-8th Grade parents, student laptops are available for pick-up!

Please click on the link below to sign up for a time to pick up your student’s district provided device.  Your child must be with you, as both parent and student must sign paperwork and participate in a short orientation.

Harry Stone takes home top honors at local DI competition

Congratulations to both of our middle school Destination Imagination teams for taking home a first and second place win at the regional competition (over other local middle school and high school teams)! The first place team named About A Week Ago will go on to compete in the state tournament on April 11th. We are so proud of all the participants and wish them luck at state.

Stone Student wins DallasISD STEM Day District Science Fair

Grades 3-8th grade advanced to the DallasISD Divisional competition held on January 17, 2015 at UT Southwestern. Best in their division winners include:

Perfect Parachute – Sarah Brisendine (5th Grade)

The Ultimate Battery – Avery Rose (6th Grade)

That’s the Way the Ball Bounces – Howard Anderson (7th Grade)

These individuals advanced to DallasISD STEM Day District Science Fair


Best in district winner:

That’s the Way the Ball Bounces – Howard Anderson (7th Grade)

Howard advances to The Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair being held at SMU on February 21, 2015 (