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Compass 2020: Power On Alanton & Reach for the Stars!

September 8-11

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Thanks for a Great Start!

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Weekly Happenings

Monday- 9/7/15

- Labor Day Holiday - No School

Tuesday- 9/8/15

- First Day of School

- Mr. Rashard Wright Visits Alanton

- PTA Meeting @ 9:30

Wednesday- 9/9/15

-Fire Drill @ 2:00 p.m.

Thursday- 9/10/15


Friday - 9/11/15

- #Celebrate - You made it through the first week! :)

Future Events

Monday- 9/14/15


Tuesday- 9/15/15

- PAC Meeting @ 3:30

Wednesday- 9/16/15

-Fire Drill @ 9:00 a.m. (?)

Thursday- 9/17/15

-Back to School Picnic - 5-7pm

Friday - 9/18/15

- Charlene & Linda: Site-Based Literacy Team Planning Session @ Plaza Annex (8:30-10:00 a.m.)

Sunday - 9/20/15

- Alanton Fun Run & Jog4Joe 5K

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Happy Birthday -


Martha Christensen – 12th

Kim Greer – 13th

Tammy Kezmarsky – 23rd

Debra Rinchetti – 28th


  • #AwesomeAlanton - Thank you to everyone for an amazing first week back to school. I love your enthusiasm and dedication to make Alanton the BEST! I was really impressed with Open House - you received a lot of positive feedback from parents - Way to Go!

  • #TwistedSister - Thanks to Susan & Heather for coordinating the Twisted Sister Cupcake event.

  • #StudentRegistrationQueen - Thanks to Kim Greer for working above and beyond to enroll MANY students the past few weeks.

  • #KeepUsOrganized - Thanks to Emily & Beth for being so on top off everything to get us ready for a fantastic year.

  • #AmazingDesigns - Thank you to Kim Nollette for designing our front hallway bulletin boards. Thanks to Katie for putting together the data to display.

  • #EatWellAtAlanton - Susan & Beth, Thank you for an amazing breakfast last week.

  • #Excited4Technology - Thanks Fara for giving us an overview of what is to come our way with technology.

Teaching & Learning Framework - Alanton teachers living the life with the VBCPS framework.

Click on the link for the video:

Learning It, Living It, Loving It

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools don’t realize how quickly absences, excused or unexcused, can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence, missing just 18 days per school year, can lead to third graders unable to master reading, sixth graders failing courses and ninth graders dropping out of high school. The impact is the greatest on economically disadvantaged students who lack the resources to make up for the lost time in the classroom.

This September will mark the third annual Attendance Awareness Month campaign, an opportunity to rally your community, advocates, policymakers, volunteers, funders and supporters around the importance of attendance and its role in academic achievement!

The campaign is spearheaded by Attendance Works, a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. Additional partners include America’s Promise Alliance, Campaign for Grade‐Level Reading, Points of Light and United Way Worldwide.

As a part of the “Call to Action,” superintendents are encouraged to:

  • Prioritize Attendance: Make clear that improved student attendance is one of the top priorities for your teachers and principal;
  • Mobilize the Community: Reach out to make improved student attendance a broadly owned and widely shared civic priority; and
  • Drive with Data: Use data to map the attendance gap, showing how many students are chronically absent and if they are concentrated in particular grades, schools and student populations.

Additional information and resources, including a Tool Kit, are available at the Attendance Works Website. If you have questions contact Joseph Wharff, school counseling specialist, by telephone at 804-225-3370, or by e-mail at .