Stony Point News

A Message from Maureen Jensen, Our New Principal

Starting this new school year at Stony Point feels like coming home.

When I arrived at the University of Virginia to earn a degree in Curriculum and Instruction after having spent several years teaching in a few other states, I didn’t realize that Albemarle County would be my forever home. In 2008, I joined ACPS as a teacher at Jack Jouett Middle School while completing an Educational Specialist degree at UVA, and from there spent some time at Burley Middle School and in the Central Office as a Lead Instructional Coach for English.

Shortly after my move from Philadelphia to Virginia, I met my husband, Kris, who grew up right here on Stony Point Road, and after a few short years, I knew that this is where my heart would stay. We were fortunate enough to have our son, Nicholas, attend SPES.  He had the most wonderful experience and after he moved on to middle school, I knew Stony Point Elementary was where I wanted to be.

As a school year like no other concluded, we here at ACPS were proud to offer students the option to receive free, in-person instruction over the summer. Our program was chock full of curriculum, the mornings containing lessons designed by our own teachers; an hour of Camp Invention, in which students got hands-on experience with different technologies; and afternoons that included classes offered by various community partners. We were overjoyed to see about 50 students each week, and can’t wait until our full student body is back in session.

As we look forward to this new school year, we return with an updated mask policy. During its July 8 meeting, the School Board approved a new policy that allows students, staff, and visitors to choose not to wear a mask when outdoors on school property.

When students are not present in a school building or school bus, staff may remove their mask indoors. However, masks must continue to be worn when interacting with a visitor, other staff, or students when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.

With this new school year, there is one thing in particular that I am looking forward to, and that is being able to continue to build our Stony Point community. We’ve all adapted our way and persevered through a year that no one could have ever predicted, and I believe we’ve come out stronger on the other side.

I cannot quite convey the level of excitement I feel when I picture our students back in classrooms with their friends participating in morning meetings and being able to greet each other face to face. I am eager for our school to return to some level of consistency and normalcy to provide the best possible learning environment for our students.

This year I’ve chosen a school theme to serve as a beacon for our work.  Stony Point’s 2021-2022 theme is Learning & Laughter.  I think this very simple theme encompasses both our school-wide academic and social and emotional goals. I can’t wait to learn and laugh with you all through this next school year!

Sincerely,
Maureen Jensen
 

SPES Recognized as a Common Sense School

Keswick, VA—Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, has recognized Stony Point Elementary as a Common Sense School.

Stony Point has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate while preparing them for the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyber bullying. With the right support, kids can take ownership of their digital lives, engage with real issues, and change their communities for the better. The recognition acknowledges our school's commitment to creating a culture of digital citizenship.

"We applaud the faculty and staff of Stony Point Elementary for embracing digital citizenship as an important part of their students' education," said Liz Kline, vice president of education programs at Common Sense Education. "Stony Point deserves high praise for giving its students the foundational skills they need to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workplace and participate ethically in society at large."

Stony Point has been using Common Sense Education's innovative and research-based digital citizenship resources, which were created in collaboration with researchers from Project Zero, led by Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and are grounded in the real issues students and teachers face. The resources teach students, educators, and parents tangible skills related to internet safety, protecting online reputations and personal privacy, media balance, managing online relationships, and media literacy. The free K–12 curriculum is used in classrooms across all 50 states, in more than 80,000 schools by more than 1,00,000 educators.

"We're honored to be recognized as a Common Sense School," said Principal LaTishia Wilson. "By preparing our students to use technology safely and responsibly, we are providing them an opportunity to build lifelong habits to help them succeed in a tech-driven world."

To learn more about the criteria Stony Point Elementary met to become recognized as a Common Sense School, visit https://www.commonsense.org/education/recognition-schools.

 

Community Dragon Blast 1/6

Greetings Stony Point families! Happy New Year 2021! Teachers and staff members have been excited to see your students back in (virtual) school this week! Beginning Monday, January 11th, hybrid students will return to in person learning based on their M/W or T/Th schedule.  Learning pod students will also return to the building. 

This week we will have another resource delivery/pickup.  Your child's teacher will advise you if there are resources for your child.  If you have signed up for bus delivery, please plan to meet the bus at the assigned time this Friday.  If you pick up, you may do so on Monday between 6:45am-3:00pm.  

On January 14th the Superintendent will make a recommendation to the School Board regarding a possible move to Stage 4.  The School Board will then vote on January 21st.  As a school, we are in the process of preparing for a possible move to Stage 4 and more information will be shared in the upcoming weeks about what Stage 4 will look like at Stony Point. 

We are excited and ready to tackle the last few weeks of the 1st semester of the 20-21 school year! We will kick it off at our January School Wide Morning Meeting next Friday (1/15) at 8:00am.

Upcoming:

1/15: School Wide Morning Meeting 8:00am

1/18: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

1/29: Last day of the 2nd 9 weeks

 

Thank you!

LaTishia Wilson

Community Dragon Blast 12/15

Greetings Stony Point families!

I hope that the transition to virtual schooling this week is going well for your student(s).  Our staff has worked hard to make it as seamless as possible.  If your student was already a virtual learner, you should have received a survey last week regarding Stage 4.  Please complete this survey by this Friday, December 18th.  The information in the survey will be used for Stage 4 planning. The goal for Stage 4 is to have students in grades K-5 attending school in the building 4 days/week; although, this is dependent on survey input from families and staffing.  Families of students who were already participating in the hybrid model did not receive the survey as your student(s) will automatically move to 4 days/week, if applicable.  If you have a hybrid student and want to change to virtual learning, please let me know.  

I will host a brief Lunchtime Question/Answer Forum regarding Stage 4 from 12:15-12:45pm this Thursday, December 17th for anyone who would like to attend. Please check your email for the Zoom link. 

Winter Break begins next week. It is from December 19th- January 3rd. There will be no school for students on these dates and the county meal service program will not operate on these dates.  All students will return to school virtually on January 4th and follow the same schedule as this week.

Other Announcements:

  • Stony Point office hours this week and the week of Jan.4th are 8:00am-2:00pm.
  • Always use the stonypointofficestaff@k12albemarle.org email address to alert us of student absences, to change after school bus/pick up plans, or with any questions
  • If you have not signed up for the ACPS meal program, you may do so by clicking here.
  • The next student resource material delivery will be Friday, Jan. 8th or pickup on Monday, Jan. 11th (6:45am-3:00pm)

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

LaTishia Wilson