THE STORY BEHIND THE NEW COLORS AND MASCOT (WHICH IS ONLY SORT-OF NEW)
SRE has long been identified as the SRE eagles. It was only a few long term employees and staff that knew that however! As far as we could find with some digging, there were never any school colors associated with SRE
SO...in the Spring of 2012 - the PTO initiated a committee to establish the mascot and colors for SRE. All the staff, families and students were given the opportunity to submit suggestions for color choices and combinations as well as mascot possibilities.
The results were hilarious! There were so many - it took us weeks to sort through and categorize them. We had suggestions on everything from starfish and sharks to trees, acorns, rivers, and of course - lions, tigers and bears :) The next step in the process was to vote on the top suggestions. The "top" suggestions were determined by volume of suggestions and narrowed down by a committee consisting of PTO, teachers and staff. The final ballot looked like this: Mascot choices: Eagle, Stallion or Squirrel Color choices: red/white, navy/lime green, blue/grey
All were allowed to make suggestions in part one of this process but ONLY teachers, staff and students were permitted to vote! Voting was done during school hours and the results brought us to the Eagle (although he may look a little different than he did many years ago) and navy/lime green winning by a landslide!
The Eagle did NOT and will NEVER replace the "acorn to oaks" motto of SRE.
Some were concerned when the PTO started this new mascot and school colors process that we were replacing the "acorn to oaks" motto. We assured everyone and will continue to assure everyone that this will never replaced. In the words of Suzanne Yeaman:
“Acorns to Oaks” is Stone-Robinson’s own Character Education Program, which is a systematic approach to
building character, values, and regard for self and others. Throughout the school year we emphasize a different
component of the program such as citizenship and cooperation.
All around SRE you will see tributes to this wonderful motto - from the giant mural painted in the main hallway or the pins you see children wearing during the day when they have demonstrated behavior or actions above and beyond what is expected!