November 2011 Archives

Below are the topics for today's SUN Meetings. A powerful way to be involved in our SUN (Stand UNited Against Bullying) initiative is to have conversations about the topics.

5th Grade:

Topic: The danger of placing labels on others.
 Focus questions
 Why do others focus on a particular trait of a person rather than taking the time to get to know them? 
 What trait do you have that others may make fun of or pick on you for? ( privately)
 How would you feel if others did make fun of you? 
 What qualities do you have that you would want others to know about you that you can't see right away? 
6th Grade:
Topic: Understanding each others differences, Part 1
Objective: To emphathize with others, because everyone has differing experiences with the same event.
Objective: Share moment in our lives where we have had different points of view for the same moment.
7th/8th Grade:
Topic: Empowering Bystanders

Lesson Objective: 

·         Encouraging and empowering students to be positive, active bystanders.


Materials Needed: 

·         Large chart paper (you can ask Christina Staley for a piece if you do not have any)

·         One piece of paper for notes


Teacher Script:

"Today, we are going to focus on a very important part of the bullying scenario - the bystander.  Everyone in the school would feel safe if they knew they had people to stand up for them whenever anyone was being hurtful.  Also, fewer students would exhibit bullying behavior because they would know that no one would be entertained by it or let it happen.  Let's look at the different types of bystanders that exist in the world..."


Teacher Directions:

1.       Go through the Power Point of the different types of bystanders.  Ask students which types of bystanders they have seen in the school in bullying situations.

2.       "Now I'd like to show you a video that shows both the good and bad of human nature when someone obviously needs help (show up to minute 5:15):

3.       Say, "Sometimes most of the battle is figuring out what to say when you encounter a bullying situation.  What would be some good things to say to make someone know you want them to stop hurting the victim." Ask students to work in pairs and come up with a list of phrases a bystander could say to help them intervene.

4.       Students can share their phrases with the class and make a poster of some of the best ones to hang in the classroom.

5.       Ask the students to try saying some of those phrases to each other to get used to using them.



"Try over this next year to use these phrases whenever you can.  When many people are standing up to someone who is being a bully, it is much easier for bystanders to say these phrases!"


On Wednesday, November 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in our auditorium, the 7th and 8th grade students of Stone Bridge Middle School will be having a conversation through Skype with famed author Sandra Cisneros. Our students are familiar with her book, The House on Mango Street, which has won many national awards. Please feel free to join us if you'd like to be a part of this visit.  

Below is a self-written biography taken from

Sandra at Mineral de Pozos, Guanajuato, Mexico

I was born in Chicago in 1954, the third child and only daughter in a family of seven children. I studied at Loyola University of Chicago (B.A. English 1976) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A. Creative Writing 1978).

I've worked as a teacher and counselor to high-school dropouts, as an artist-in-the schools where I taught creative writing at every level except first grade and pre-school, a college recruiter, an arts administrator, and as a visiting writer at a number of universities including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

My books include a chapbook of poetry, Bad Boys (Mango Press 1980); two full-length poetry books, My Wicked Wicked Ways (Third Woman 1987, Random House 1992) and Loose Woman (Alfred A. Knopf 1994); a collection of stories, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (Random House l991); a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos (Alfred A. Knopf 1994); and two novels, The House on Mango Street (Vintage 1991) and Caramelo (Knopf 2002). Vintage Cisneros, published in 2003, is a compilation of selections from my works.

The House on Mango Street, first published in 1984, won the Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award in 1985, and is required reading in middle schools, high schools, and universities across the country. It has sold over two million copies since its initial publication and is still selling strongly. 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of The House on Mango Street in the United States, and I will be traveling to 20 cities to celebrate with my readers. If youíd like to see if a city near you is on my tour, please refer to the scheduled appearances section of this site.

Caramelo was selected as notable book of the year by several journals including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and the Seattle Times. In 2005 Caramelo was awarded the Premio Napoli and was short-listed for the Dublin International IMPAC Award. It was also nominated for the Orange Prize in England.

Caramelo and The House on Mango Street have been selected for many One-City/One-Read projects in numerous communities including Los Angeles, Miami, Fort Worth, El Paso, and Milwaukee.

Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories was awarded the PEN Center West Award for Best Fiction of l99l, the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Lannan Foundation Literary Award, and was selected as a noteworthy book of the year by The New York Times and The American Library Journal, and nominated Best Book of Fiction for l99l by The Los Angeles Times.

Loose Woman won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers' Award.

In 1995, I was awarded the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and I subsequently organized the Latino MacArthur Fellows -- Los MacArturos -- into a reunion focusing on community outreach. In 2003 I was awarded the Texas Medal of the Arts. I've received many other honors, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Loyola University, Chicago, 2002; an honorary Doctor of Letters from the State University of New York at Purchase, l993; two National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships for fiction and poetry, l988, l982; the Roberta Holloway Lectureship at the University of California, Berkeley, l988; the Chicano Short Story Award from the University of Arizona, l986; the Texas Institute of Letters Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, l984; and an Illinois Artists Grant, l984.

My books have been translated into over a dozen languages, including Spanish, Galician, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Norwegian, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and, most recently, into Greek, Iranian, Thai, and Serbo-Croatian.

I am the president and founder of the Macondo Foundation, an association of socially engaged writers working to advance creativity, foster generosity, and honor our communities; and the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation, a grant-giving institution serving Texas writers. I'm also Writer-in-Residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

My house is no longer violet because the sun faded it from violet to blue after a few years. We painted it Mexican-pink so it can fade into pink, then built my office in the backyard and painted it Mexican-marigold. The colors make me happy.

I live with many creatures little and large in San Antonio, Texas.

I'm currently at work on several projects, including a collection of fiction titled Infinito, a childrenís book, Bravo, Bruno and a book about writing titled Writing in My Pajamas.

November 6, 2011


Dear Stone Bridge Parents,


Parent/Teacher Conferences are right around the corner! Conferences allow for meaningful conversations focused on the most important part of the Stone Bridge family, our students. We look forward to this dialogue in an effort to be partners in the education of our kids.


This year, we are using a more user-friendly system for conference sign-ups. Conference sign-ups will occur electronically through our website. Parents can either use the link on the SBMS website or "cut and paste" this web address:  Once you get to this website, very clear directions will be given to you with each click of your mouse. You will be able to sign up for each of your child's teachers using this system. The link will be accessible during the afternoon of November 8th.


As a result of the time available for conferences, teacher schedules will fill up quickly. If the teacher that you would like to meet with has no available time to meet during conferences, please email the teacher directly to find another time to have a conference.  


If you don't have internet access, we ask that you call our main office to schedule a conference with a specific teacher.    


Our conference days and times are as follows:


  • Monday, November 21st - 1:10 - 3:10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 22nd - 1:10 - 3:10 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 1st - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    • (Evening Conferences)
  • Friday, December 2nd - 1:10 - 3:10 p.m.


Each conference with teachers will be 10 minutes.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.


Our best,

Mark Guterl                           Stefanie Negro

Principal                                 Vice Principal                                    



What does a SUN Mtg. look like?

Every other Friday, Stone Bridge conducts a SUN (Stand UNited Against Bullying) meeting first thing in the morning. Students and staff take part in conversations / activities (within a homeroom setting) that are intended to bring awareness to our students about the treatment of others and to develop an appreciation for each other.

You might be asking yourself, "What does a SUN meeting look like?" Here is a copy of tomorrow's activity:

Lesson 3:

Empowering Students/Valuing the Individual

Lesson Objective: 

·         Students can feel that there are people all over the country who care about their issues and are asking them to report problems to adults.

·         Students can see that every person has something interesting and valuable about them and needs to be respected


Materials Needed: 

·         Song:  set to second 00:36

·         Celebrities:

·         Copies of "Getting to Know You Chart" - One for each student in your homeroom

·         Prize for winning student


Teacher Script:

"I am going to show you all two different video clips before we begin today's lesson.  These clips are just a tiny snapshot of how the people around us are trying to reach out to young people to try to get them to stop hurting each other and start respecting each person as an individual." 


Teacher Directions:

1.      Show the song clip above.  Then play the celebrities clip right after.

2.      Say, "Why do you think so many people are coming out and speaking about the issue of bullying?"  Let students answer the question.  They may bring up topics such as the suicide epidemic that has been so present in the news over the past few years.

3.      Say, "One of the reasons many adults in the public eye want to create awareness about this topic is because many of them have been in same position - bullied for reasons that now seem ridiculous to them.  When you become an adult, individual differences don't matter as much and actually can make people unique and special! They would like to pass that message along to the youth of today so that maybe they can learn that lesson a little sooner than they did."

4.      Respecting the Individual Game: Explain that sometimes we have to do a little digging to see things about people that we may or may not know to see that they have things that are interesting or valuable about them.  Give out the "Getting to Know You" sheets.  Read the directions at the top of the sheet out loud.  Begin the game!

5.      Ask the student to read their answers out loud.  Try to get the student called for the item to explain or demonstrate that item for the class.



Ask students these questions:

a.       How many of you learned something you did not know about another student?

b.      How many of you conversed with a student you never or rarely talked to and found out something interesting about them?


Say, "This activity can show you that everyone has something unique about them that makes them special.  They do not deserve to be made to feel bad because they are people, too!"



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