Stone Academy of Communication Arts
- Jumpstart News is broadcast live each
morning from Stone's own TV studio, UUSAN,
"Unique and Upbeat Stone Academy News." Fourth and
fifth grade students make up the Jumpstart crew, as directors,
anchors, reporters, camera operators, etc. Each show includes the moment of silence, the
value word of the month, student
and staff birthdays, the lunch menu, announcements, weather, sports (once a week), and a
Periodically, there are special features by student commentators
or reporters. Multimedia segments are used daily. There are also frequent talent features, award presentations,
and special guests.
Jumpstart crews are chosen from the fourth
and fifth grades. Students audition for on and off camera jobs.
Due to the high level of interest, three to four crews per year divide
the year between them. In a typical year, 71 students participate
on Jumpstart, out of around 150 applicants. Jumpstart participants are
a diverse group, academically and culturally.
- Faculty/staff producers are
Alice Littlejohn and Charlie Slate,
and drama teacher, Nicole Ackerman. Jumpstart News
was made possible by a grant, "Prime Time Learning,"
written by former Stone teachers, Stephanie Price and Mary Berry.
The professional backdrops were donated by WYFF
Channel 4 news in 2001.