Principal's Message - 10/10/20

Stone MS


Good Evening Stone Students and Families ~ 

It was so good to see many of you during the PTSA Chick-Fil-A fundraiser on Wednesday evening. Thank you to our PTSA, staff members, students and families who came out to support. While I had the chance to “see” some of you, I am excited to meet more of you. Please join us on Monday, October 19th at 7 PM for a Meet the Acting Principal and PTSA meeting. A link will be sent out in next week’s community message. 

I continue to be impressed with the resilience, persistence and dedication shown by our students and staff as we completed the first full week of October. In these uncertain times, it can be difficult to sustain motivation and an overall positive mindset. With that said, we are in our second year as a Positivity Project school. The Positivity Project is a program designed to highlight the importance of character strengths and positive relationships. In this virtual setting, we will highlight one or two characteristics a month. The month of October will be Hope and Optimism.  A huge thank you to our Student Services, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and Positivity Project teams for creating lessons to support our Wednesday and Friday Panther Block classes. We encourage our families to continue conversations around the characteristics of hope and optimism. 

As mentioned in last week’s letter, our staff and students completed a 1st quarter virtual learning survey. We would love to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to complete the first quarter parent virtual learning survey. 

Portrait of a Panther is a new program to recognize students who demonstrate Portrait of a Graduate (POG) skills in their classes.  Students will receive an email or phone call from me and a little something in the mail to showcase their engagement and effort. This week’s students were selected because they were very engaged in their classes and did a great job communicating and collaborating with their teacher and peers. 

Congratulations to the Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 10/5: Gabriella Bonilla, Xavier Deville, Nour El-Baba, Samantha Freestone, Michela Menella, Andrew Nyantakyi, Olivia Putnam, Gavin Robinson, Alvin Trang and Elmer Vasquez. They showed great participation and excitement in class discussions and activities. 

A reminder that Monday, October 12 is a student holiday. Students should not check in with their Panther Block teacher. Thank you for your continued support; I hope you have a relaxing weekend. 

~Meredith Norris, Acting Principal 

Free-Reduced Priced Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application for this school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020. 

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year.  

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Grab and Go Food Distribution 

Stone Middle School is now offering breakfast, lunch, snacks and supper. These meals are available at no cost to ALL students through December 31.

  • Meals for Saturdays and Sundays will be distributed at all sites and on bus routes every Friday.
  • Grab and go breakfast and lunch are served at school sites and community locations from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
    • Both breakfast and lunch are served at the same time.
  • Buses are delivering grab and go meals throughout the county.
    • Any changes to bus routes are posted on the website by 5 p.m. each day. 
    • If there are bus delays while distributing grab and go meals, the information will be posted here.
    • FCPS will send a message to the affected school communities if a bus route is delayed. 
    • Several new bus routes have been added and some bus stop locations have changed.

Please visit for more information.

Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention month and Stone MS is committed to raising awareness of the negative effects bullying has on a person’s life and in our community. See the attached flyer for the Bullying Prevention Media Contest brought to you by the Student Services department. 

Weekly Progress Reports began on Monday, October 5.  To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE account and verify that you have a primary email address within the system.  It is listed under the “My Account” tab. 

If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports, and click on “Update account.”  Once your email is confirmed, return to the “My Account” tab to activate and select your preferences for receiving these reports.  Emails will be sent according to your selected preferences.  Weekly Progress Reports for all of your middle and high school students will be included in one email.  For additional help, refer to the quick reference guide for FCPS parents/guardians. Parents can also access student grades through ParentVUE via the Grade Book tab.  

Forgot PasswordSIS ParentVUE ResourcesSIS ParentVUE Mobile AppFCPS Communication ToolsFCPS 24-7 Learning Resources


October 12 Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Student Holiday

October 19 7:00 PM, Meet the Acting Principal and PTSA Meeting (Link will be sent)

October 30 End of First Quarter (2 Hour Early Release - See Schedule Below)


2 Hour Early Release Schedule