On Saturday, March 23rd, ninety-three fifth grade orchestra students converged on Matoaka Elementary School to participate in our WJCC Elementary Orchestra Solo Festival. These students performed with great poise, confidence, and musicianship. We are very proud to announce that 17 of these students were from Stonehouse Elementary School and received a Superior rating on their performance. They have been awarded a beautiful medal for their outstanding achievement. Congratulations Stonehouse Orchestra students!
2019 PTA Walkathon is happening on April 26, 2019. Donations can be made through the link below. After you enter an amount, please write an optional note that includes your students’ names and teachers in the note.
Stonehouse was privileged to have the Apex Skip-Its perform for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. They traveled all the way from North Carolina to share some of their amazing routines and tricks. They made strong connections to our PE program and jump roping, as well as promoting effort, hard work, and determination. Even some students and teachers got in on the action. Thank you to Mrs. Heath and Mrs. Bruce for organizing the performance.
Congratulations to Julie Lipscomb, the Stonehouse Teacher of the Year for 2019. She will be moving on to be considered for WJCC Teacher of the Year later this semester. Below is her nomination from Stonehouse:
Julie Lipscomb ~
Julie is exceptionally skilled and dedicated. For years, she has served as the Stonehouse social studies coordinator. She works with Stonehouse teachers to ensure our students receive hands-on learning opportunities that bring history to life. She brings in speakers and organizes field trips. She participates in professional development experiences like the Colonial Williamsburg teacher institute and shares what she has learned. Though she is already very knowledgeable about what she teachers, Julie is constantly trying to find even more ways to engage her students. She even plans artifact lessons and archeological “digs” within her classroom.
Julie serves as Stonehouse’s SHIP coordinator. Her strong leadership and organizational skills come in handy with the many duties that go along with being coordinator. From SHIP club applications to 5K forms – Julie handles a lot of paperwork. She ensures sponsors and instructors have what they need and buses are arranged. She communicates with parents and family members. Our SHIP club season goes smoothly because Julie is at the helm. On top of all that she already does, Julie has also taken on lead clinical faculty this year. She works with Stonehouse teachers, William and Mary faculty, and student teachers to help future teachers to prepare for the field. Having served as a cooperating teacher and mentor teacher in the past, Julie is well suited for this new position. In all that Julie does, she is always willing to help others and share resources. Part of what makes Stonehouse Elementary great is having co-workers like Julie!
The following Stonehouse students were recognized at the PTA Reflections Contest at the division level on Thursday night at Jamestown High School. At the primary level, Ava Hairston won Award of Excellence in Literature, Russell Hicks won Honorable Mention in Visual Arts, and Piper Holland won Outstanding Interpretation in Film Production. Piper’s piece placed in the regional competition as well and will now move on to the state level competition! That’s a pretty incredible achievement for a kindergartner; way to go Piper! At the Intermediate level, Mariana Gaten received Award of Excellence in Literature. Congratulations to all of the students who competed in the Reflections contest and best of luck to Piper! You all make us so proud!
The Williamsburg-James City County Program for Gifted Students provides services for formally identified gifted students in grades K-12.
The screening for rising 5th grade students will begin in February. Referrals of current 4th graders can be made by a parent, teacher, or staff member. Referred students will be screened for eligibility for gifted content specific courses (5th gr. language arts and/or mathematics). Referrals are for those students who have not been tested within 1 year. All referral forms are due February 1, 2019.
If you are interested in learning more about this program, would like to discuss your child and the assessment process, or would like to receive a referral form, please contact David Poon, Gifted Resource Teacher by phone at 566-4300, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 5, 2018: Stonehouse students in grades 3 – 5 were amazed by Newbery Honor author, Kirby Larson. This Seattle native shared inspiring personal accounts of the writing revision process and her research of American history.