Principal's Message - 11/8/20

Stone MS

Good Morning Stone Parents and Families~

Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather this weekend! A few reminders as we begin the second quarter: 

  • Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day, and it is a 2 hour early-release. Please find the schedule here
    • On Wednesday, Stone Middle School will join the rest of the country to honor America’s military veterans. Our students will have the opportunity during Panther Block to understand the importance of appreciating our veterans for their service to our country. Thank you to all of our staff, community members and their families who are serving or have served in the military. We are so grateful for your sacrifice and service.

I love getting into classrooms to observe our students participating and engaging with their teachers and classmates. The Portrait of a Panther winners for the week of 11/2 are: Layla Arriola Bonilla, Ceylin Baltaci, Genesis Barerra-Morillos, Reina Hanberry, Kylie Heflin-White, Aidan Hiltpold, Ebelyn Jordan-Yave Kate Nguyen, Dylan Turner and Jessica Valderrama Rojas. 

Thank you for your continued support. Have a great week!

~Meredith Norris, Acting Principal

2020 Bullying Prevention Contest Winners

Our students did an excellent job creating great flyers and videos for the 2020 Bullying Prevention Contest. Our winners are Yomaira Baygorrea Ramos, Christina Nguyen and Jahaira Katsikes. You can find their submissions featured on our website. 

Stone MS Library Curbside Pickup

In addition to digital book access and the public library's LEAP program, Stone MS students also have access to books through our curbside pickup program. Curbside pickup begins on Monday, November 9. For more information, please see the form found here, and contact Ms. Outlaw through Schoology. 

PTSA Spirit Store The Stone Spiritwear store is officially live!  The store will remain open until 11/20 and orders will arrive within two weeks and be distributed in time before Winter Break/the holidays. There is an option to pay $9.95 per order to have the merchandise shipped directly to one's home OR one can pick up their orders from the main office at Stone MS. 

Family Life Education Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) provides a comprehensive, sequential Family Life Education (FLE) program for students in grades kindergarten through grade twelve.  Instruction is seen as a partnership among parents and guardians, the school, and the community in supporting the learning essential to the development of strong families, positive relationships, and a healthy community.

Detailed grade-level program descriptions are available online at Middle School (7-8) grade level-specific lessons and media that FCPS has streaming rights for are available for parents online in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard Parent View Please note: This is not yet available in Schoology and you will need to access them through FCPS 24-7 Blackboard.

Stone Middle School will host a Virtual Parent Preview Night to meet the teachers and review where FLE curriculum resources can be found this Monday, November 9 at 6:00pm.  

BBCU Join Link: 

Program questions may be addressed by contacting instructional Services at 571-423-4550 or by contacting Carrie Reynolds, Health and Physical Education Coordinator at  

Outstanding Employee Awards 

Do you know of an outstanding Stone employee you’d like to recognize? Nominations are now open for the Outstanding Employee Awards! To submit a nomination for a Stone Middle School Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination here.  You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees (one individual may only nominate one employee per category.)

All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.

Outstanding Teacher Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category

Outstanding New Teacher Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category.                 

Outstanding Leader Eligibility: At least one year of experience in their current position as a Schedule-C or School-Based Administrator scale employee (that is not the building principal) Common positions in this category: Assistant and Associate Principals, Director of Student Activities, Director of Student Services

Outstanding Professional Employee Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership. Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Assessment Coach, Career Center Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor, Safety and Security Specialist, Resource Teachers that serve in an administrative role in a school

Outstanding Operational Employee Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee. Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Safety and Security Assistant, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons (regardless of how they are paid) 

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, November 20th on this Google form link.If you have any questions, please contact Tami Stubblefield.