Middle Schools Get Ready

Middle Schools Get Ready

South Riding Middle Schools

Eagle Ridge Middle School

<bt>42901 Waxpool Road, Ashburn

Principal Janice Koslowski

Eagle Ridge Middle School will begin the new school year "Connecting with our Values Everyday." Principal Janice Koslowski said the school will continue work to "bring kids, parents, teachers and the community together."

Last year, Eagle Ridge was named a "School to Watch" by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grade Reform. It is one of two schools in Loudoun County and eight schools in Virginia to receive the distinction.

"We want to continue to build on what we’ve started here," Koslowski said.

Students can look forward to many different activities. This year, they will again have a number of activities to participate in, including different clubs, which will get started during the third week of school.

Students will be able to buy breakfast at school this year. It will served, from 8:10-8:30 a.m., in the cafeteria.

There are 13 new staff members. This year’s enrollment stands at about 980.

The PTO will host a school picnic Sept. 7 to kick off the new year and celebrate the first week.

<sh>Stone Hill Middle School

<bt>23415 Evergreen Ridge Drive, Ashburn

Principal Rodney S. Moore

Construction is complete and Stone Hill Middle School will open to about 600 students this fall. Students will get to visit the school during orientation Aug. 29, at 7 p.m.

Rodney Moore is the principal. He comes to Stone Mill from Fairfax, where he was principal of Sidney Lanier Middle School.

Moore has assembled a staff of about 85 who will work to bring the school motto "Student Achievement, Top Priority" to life. Moore says his goal is to form positive relationships with the students, parents and teachers.

"We want to know more than a student’s name. We want to know their interests and understand their culture," Moore said.

A system of collaboration is part of the administration’s plan.

"We want to be pro-active instead of responding after a problem exists," Assistant Principal Neil Slevin said.