Attention Parents of 8th Grade Students

Please see the message below from Mrs. Carrea, our guidance counselor for 7th and 8th grade.

High School is just around the corner for your eighth grader! It’s never too early to start thinking about the academic direction your child will take. Allentown High School has developed very rigorous academic standards by offering honors courses in English, mathematics, science and social studies. Your child’s performance in eighth grade will impact his/her freshman level classes next year. In some cases, a rating of “Advanced Proficient” on the NJ ASK 8 will be required for honors courses. Information about high school course offerings can be found under “academics” on the high school website (http://www.ufrsd.net/ahs). The high school course selection process will begin in March.

If your child is interested in attending one of the Monmouth County Vocational School District Career Academies such as: Biotechnology High School, Academy of Allied Health and Science, High Technology High School, Communications High School or Marine Academy of Science and Technology, please be aware that the deadline for applications is December 12, 2014. The application process is very competitive and requires attendance at an information session. Students may attend as many information sessions as needed to help with their decision; however, they may only apply to one school. Application procedures are posted and accessible at www.mcvsd.org . If you would like more information regarding the Career Academies or the application process, Mrs. Carrea can be reached at 609-259-7292, extension 5731; email: carreaa@ufrsd.net .

2014 8th Grade Graduation

We want to take a moment to congratulate all of our 8th grade students  on a job well done!  We wish you the very best as you get ready for high school- we have no doubt that you all will be successful and that you will create wonderful memories as you embark on this new journey of yours. You will be missed here at Stone Bridge!

We also want to recognize the recipients of our 8th Grade Awards. Once again, it is with great pleasure to congratulate each of you on receiving awards during our recent graduation. You all are most deserving of each and every award, and we wish you much success as you enter high school.   Congratulations once again!

Valedictorian…………..Anvitha R. Sathya

Salutatorian……………..Francesca Buchalski

English………………………………………Bryanna M. Scott
Science………………………………………. Francesca Buchalski
Social Studies…………………………….Carly Roche
Literature…………………………………….Sierra K. Wojcik
Spanish.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helayna Shutack
Mathematics………………………………………Helayna Shutack
Art………………………………………Anvitha R. Sathya
Instrumental Music………………………Hannah Fusco
Writing ………………………………………..Austin Ferrier
Vocal Music………………………..Bridget M. Gooley
Vocal Music…………………………………. Brian Buechele
Poinsett Memorial………………………..Ashna Singh
School Citizenship………………………Christopher J. Shaw
School Citizenship……………………….Margaret McCarthy
Scholar Athlete………………………..Anthony Heinz
Scholar Athlete…………………………………….. Ryan L. Weise
Martin R. Brennan Memorial Award…Spencer E. Caruso
Martin R. Brennan Memorial Award..Leidy D. Martinez Morales
CARE Award…………………………..Devon R. Hoernlein
Joe Malloy Memorial………………….Richard A. Braghelli
Mary Runner Reading Award………..James Jesson
Steven Reid Memorial…………………….Rosa Morfin
Middle School Leadership Award………Bridget M. Gooley
Theater Award………………………..…Anastasia Plank
Redbird Four Award……………Vanessa Giurici
Computer Award……………………Julian Tsang
Diligence Award…………………..Christopher Foley
Stone Bridge Drama Award……..Emily Morse
Stone Bridge Drama Award……..Julian Tsang
Debate Award……………..Ashna Singh and Brian Krewson
Dilnaz Kazmi Award….Dylan Joye
Z.H. Kazmi Award……..Michael Bluish
George Louis Patchell Memorial Award…Allie Jurgens
American Legion Citizenship Awards…Emma Crane and Evan Lamb
R.I.S.E. Award……………………..Ireland Kosco

Attention Current 7th Grade Students: Information on Exploring Biotechnology

As we continue to look for ways to infuse more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based courses into our curricula, we will work together with Allentown High School as a means to provide our students with a wonderful opportunity. With the help of the administration and Dr. Fitzpatrick’s support, next year we are able to offer 8th grade students an opportunity to enroll in a new course, Exploring Biotechnology, which will be taught at the high school, prior to the start of the middle school day.

The major purpose of this course is to introduce students to the world of agriscience, the pathways they may pursue, and the science, mathematics, reading, and writing components they will use throughout the curriculum. Students participating in the Exploring Biotechnology course will experience exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and power systems. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions and learning.

If you are interested in applying for this course, please pick up an application from the main office.  Applications are due by June 9th.  Also, if you were unable to attend our information session and would like more information, please email Ms. Negro at negros@ufrsd.net.

 

Opportunity to Purchase Tropical Plants

Please see the message below from parents who are planning this year’s 8th grade dance:
Hello Parents,
We will be selling beautiful tropical plants at SBMS during the DC trip drop-off (Monday 5:45am-6:15am) and pick-up (Tuesday 7:00pm-8:00pm). Purchase a majesty palm or hibiscus to be used at the dance, and take it home after the dance. You can also pick up your plants on Saturday, June 14th, from 10am-12pm, at the cafeteria entrance of SBMS.
Only $15 for a palm and $25 for a hibiscus! Please bring cash or a check made out to UFRSD when ordering your plants, this Monday or Tuesday.
Volunteers wishing to help sell plants during these times are welcomed. Please respond to this email if you are able to help.
We will also be collecting permission slips, baby pictures and donations at DC drop-off and pick-up.
Thank you!!

Take Your Child to Work Day

As you may already be aware, this Thursday, April 24th, is Take Your Child to Work Day.  If your son/daughter is participating in this event, please be sure that he/she provides the main office with a letter, on company letter head, indicating that he/she joined you at work on Thursday.  This documentation will allow us to excuse the absence for the day.

Also, please contact Mrs. Hampson, in the main office, prior to Thursday so that we are aware of his/her upcoming absence due to Take Your Child to Work Day.

We thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

NJ ASK Testing Schedule

NJ ASK (New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge) testing for Stone Bridge students will take place the weeks of April 28th and May 5th.   The NJ ASK test assesses student knowledge in language arts, math and science (8th grade only). NJ ASK testing begins on Monday, April 28th for our 7th and 8th grade students and Monday, May 5th for our 5th and 6th graders.

We will be encouraging our students to:

  • Get a good night sleep (at least 8 hours)
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Bring #2 pencils
  • Be confident in their abilities
  • Do the best job they can do!

Below are the NJ ASK schedules for each grade level. Make-up testing will occur the week following grade level testing.

NJ ASK Schedule:

8th Grade:

Monday, April 28th: Language Arts – Day 1

Tuesday, April 29th: Language Arts – Day 2

Wednesday, April 30th:  Math

Thursday, May 1st:  Science

Make-Up Days: May 5th– May 8th

7th Grade:

Monday, April 28th: Language Arts – Day 1

Tuesday, April 29th: Language Arts – Day 2

Wednesday, April 30th:  Math

Thursday, May 1st:  Math

Make-Up Days: May 5th– May 8th

6th Grade:

Monday, May 5th:  Language Arts – Day 1

Tuesday, May 6th:   Language Arts – Day 2

Wednesday, May 7th:   Math – Day 1

Thursday, May 8th:  Math – Day 2

Make-Up Days: May 12th– May 15th

5th Grade:

Monday, May 5th:  Language Arts – Day 1

Tuesday, May 6th:   Language Arts – Day 2

Wednesday, May 7th:   Math – Day 1

Thursday, May 8th:  Math – Day 2

Make-Up Days: May 12th– May 15th

April 11th: PTA Mega Raffle

What would you do if you won $10,000.00?  Would you plan a trip, give your kitchen a facelift, put it towards college tuition or put a down payment on a new car?  The possibilities are endless- all you have to do is buy a ticket at a chance to win, and your dreams can possibly come true!

The PTA will be hosting its annual Mega Raffle on Friday, April 11th at 7pm. For $75, you get a wonderful dinner and the chance to win many prizes, including $10,000.00!  For more information, please visit our website to find a flyer with all of the details. Tickets are still available, so check it out today!

This fundraiser will continue to support a variety of programs that we are able to offer our students at SBMS.  Thanks to the PTA, we are able to fund initiatives such as:

  • SCRIPPS Spelling Bee
  • Redbirds Got Talent
  • SBMS School Store
  • Multiple Assemblies
  • Stand United Against Bullying
  • Redbirds on Ice
  • Redbird Rally and Redbird Rumble
  • So much more!

Last year, this event was such a success, so we hope that you decide to join us in the fun and excitement.

As always, thank you for your continued support and the support of the PTA.

 

 

 

Stone Bridge Middle School: Teacher of the Year

We are proud to announce that Lauren Carlton is our Teacher of the Year!
Lauren has been a teacher within this district for the last ten years, and we cannot thank her enough for her hard work and dedication.  There is no doubt that she has left a lasting impression on all of her students; Lauren is someone who sets high goals for each of them, and she works extremely hard to make sure she is there to support them as they achieve those goals.  Lauren’s passion for teaching and learning is evident to us all, and we are grateful that she is able to nourish that same passion in her students.  She is so deserving of this honor!
Lauren, congratulations!  Thank you for all you do, day in and day out!
Lauren

Baseball and Softball Tryouts

As a reminder, both baseball and softball tryouts will begin on Monday, March 17th.  Please be aware that students must check with Mrs. Hampson to make sure they are cleared to play prior to the 17th; students who have not been cleared will not be able to participate.

We have been and will continue to make a daily announcement about tryouts.  We will also be reminding students to check with Mrs. Hampson about clearance.  Please be advised that we will not be able to make any accommodations for those students who have not addressed this issue prior to the 17th.

Thank you in advance, and we appreciate your cooperation.