Astro News

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

October 5 - 9

Reach for the STARS!

  • October is Virginia Disability History & Awareness Month

Dr. Joe Benson - Track Dedication

Check out the article on the track dedication:

“Track dedicated to former asst. principal in Va. Beach”

Please Join VBRC

Please consider joining the Virginia Beach Reading Council (VBRC). The cost is $30.00 and you automatically become a member of the Virginia State Reading Association. This looks good in Talent Ed and when you apply for Career Teacher. Last year we had only had 17 members. I would love to increase our membership to at least 25 members this year. Remember, everyone is a reading teacher. The VBRC offers a wonderful Fall Conference and PLP classes that are only available to members. It is easy to join, just visit the following website

To encourage people to join, the VBRC is offering the following incentives:

  • · a drawing for a FREE Fall Conference Registration if you join before October 15
  • · the school with the highest percentage of members by October 30th will receive Dunkin Donuts for the entire staff of their school.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to come see me. Thanks, Linda



  • Monday, October 5th - Art/Music/PE grades/Comments finalized by 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 6th - Homeroom teachers finalize grades/Comments by 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 7th - TST verifies and certifies that all grades/Comments have been finalized and entered by 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 8th - Issue progress reports to students struggling or not meeting grade level expectations

Training After School & Parking...

If you need to leave a few minutes early for training after school, please park on the side of the building or road. If you park in the front of the building near the gym you will not be able to pull out while the buses are loading. Thanks for your cooperation!

Vision & Hearing Screenings

We will have our vision and hearing screenings with the 1st and 3rd graders the week of October 5th.


The fall edition of the Instructional Resource Center newsletter can be accessed by clicking on We encourage you to take a few minutes to note information updates and review the valuable resources available at the IRC.

Reminders from Mrs. Willie:

  • Doors should be locked during the school day.
  • Radio checks will continue the first Tuesday of each month.

*Note: Mrs. Willie doesn't like to have her photo taken.

Alanton Meeting Representatives -

Leadership Meetings:

  • Admin – Charlene Garran & Bruce Clarke
  • Kathryn Davey
  • Mary Nutter
  • Linda Gardner
  • Anne Douglas Sessoms
  • Heather Thomas
  • Fara Faust

PAC Meetings:

  • Admin & Chairs

Staff Seminars:

  • Classroom Teachers, Special Ed Teachers, & Specialists
  • (Assistants are welcome to attend, but not required – no stipend)

School Planning Council Meetings (SPC):

  • Leadership Team, Tamm Kezmarsky, & Parents

Weekly Happenings

CLC meetings begin this week - Focus: Media/Technology

Monday- 10/5/15

  • BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT is October 1st - 21st
  • 9:00 - Grade 4 IPT Test-Please help keep the hallways quiet outside the 4th grade classrooms, computer lab, observation room and rooms 14 & 29
  • 9:35-10:50 - Grade 3 CLC
  • 11:00-12:15 - Grade 4 CLC
  • 1:00-2:15- Grade 1 CLC
  • 3:15-4:15 Staff Fitness Class - Library

Tuesday- 10/6/15

  • Anne Douglas Sessoms OOTB for Math Lead Professional Learning meeting
  • 8:30-9:30 - SRT Meeting (Grade 2 Student)
  • 9:00 - Grade 4 IPT Test
  • 8:55-10:10 - Grade 5 CLC
  • 1:45-3:00 - Grade 2 CLC
  • 3:30-4:30 Leadership Team meeting - room 14
  • 3:45-5:00 Girls on the Run (room 24)
  • Anne Douglas Sessoms OOTB for Math Lead Professional Learning meeting
  • 6:30 Parent Room Rep Meeting - Library (Meeting before PTA)
  • 7:00 PTA meeting - Library

Wednesday- 10/7/15

  • 10:30 - Delegate Bill DeSteph Visits Alanton
  • 12:10-1:10 - Kinder CLC
  • Grade Level Chairs - Submit Field Trip Proposals to Admin.
  • Staff Jeans Day (for $25 pre-pay)
  • SCA candidate speeches will be broadcast following morning announcements & 30 minutes prior to dismissal
  • Student host training, following morning announcements - cafeteria

Thursday- 10/8/15

  • SCA candidate speeches will be broadcast following morning announcements & 30 minutes prior to dismissal
  • 10:30-3:30 Kathryn Davey OOTB for GRT meeting
  • 12:30-3:30 Heather Thomas OOTB for LMS meeting
  • 3:15-4:30 Girls on the Run meeting - room 24
  • 3:15-4:15 Staff Fitness Class - library

Friday - 10/9/15

  • 3:30-5:30 Staff Tailgating Social at the home of Susan Anderson –

Individuals: BYOB

Grade levels: Bring an appetizer to share

Sunday - 10/11/15

  • ‘Dine for Alanton’ @ Beach Movie Bistro (rescheduled from 10/4)

Future Events -

CLC meetings begin this week - Focus: Data

Monday- 10/12/15

  • Grade 5 gifted screening
  • 9:35-10:50 - Grade 3 CLC
  • 11:00-12:15 - Grade 4 CLC
  • 1:00-2:15- Grade 1 CLC
  • 3:15 Color Me Mine - Melissa @ Art Room
  • 3:15-4:15 Staff Fitness Class - Library
  • 3:30- PLP Class: ClassFlow by Promethean - Fara Faust

Tuesday- 10/13/15

  • 8:55-10:10 - Grade 5 CLC
  • 1:45-3:00 - Grade 2 CLC
  • 3:30 - PAC Meeting - Library
  • 3:45-5:00 Girls on the Run (room 24)

Wednesday- 10/14/15

  • 12:10-1:10 - Kinder CLC
  • 3:15 Color Me Mine - Melissa

Thursday- 10/15/15

  • Last day of open enrollment for the sick leave bank
  • 3:15-4:30 Girls on the Run meeting - room 24
  • 3:15-4:15 Staff Fitness Class - library

Friday - 10/16/15

  • Fara Faust OOTB for state social studies conference

Planning Enrichment Lessons -

Please see Kathryn Davey if you need ideas for providing enrichment opportunities for students during center rotations and/or small group instruction.

Holiday Musical - December 21st - Mark Your Calendars!

The program will feature Grade 3, and 4th/5th grade chorus.

DRESS REHEARSALS: Friday, December 18th:

  • Grades K-2 8:50-10:15
  • Grades K, 3-5 1:40-2:55

PROGRAM: Monday December 21st, 7:00 p.m. at First Colonial HS.

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Happy Birthday -


Whitney Simmons – 3rd

Pearl Willis – 4th

Amy Calicchio – 6th

Leslie Wildman – 9th

Sarah Robinson – 13th

Linda Ritt – 13th

Wendy DeMartini – 14th

Elizabeth Davis – 19th

Araceli Mock – 22nd

Kim Nolette – 27th

Emily Crouch – 30th

Susan Anderson – 31st


  • #FantasticFive -5th grade would like to send a shout out to Cynthia Housianitis who also joined our team this year. She is a great addition with all of her technology ideas and her organizational skills. We love working with you Cynthia!

  • #CaringCrew - A “shoutout” to Mrs. Garran, Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Nutter, Mrs. Willie, & Mrs. Willis for coming to my rescue when I slipped and fell last Friday. Thank you for being so caring. It was much appreciated.

  • #SpedTeamRocks – Shout out to the Alanton Sped Team for an awesome week of data checks. Our Sped Teachers rock-way to represent Astros!

  • #HelpfulInterpreter- Shout out to Araceli Mock for interpreting a very long IEP meeting for a Spanish speaking parent. You are appreciated and you did awesome!

  • #SpanishImmersionRocks- Shout out to Lorena Wornom and Deedee Ortiz for an awesome job on two marathon 504 meetings this week. Thank you!

  • #TerrificTechTeam -Thanks to Heather and Fara for supporting the SCA with taping speeches and preparing the electronic ballots.

  • #SuperSCA - Thanks to Caye and Kendra for coordinating SCA for our Alanton Astros.

  • #YourAreAwesome - To Fara for preparing our SCA online voting for us. We greatly appreciate you helping us go with less paper for elections, since we are adding grade 2 and 3 to the mix. It is going to be awesome to see the votes coming in and tallies being made for us!

Jeans Day Calendar - 2015-2016

  • First Wednesday of the month Jeans day is included in the $25.00 annual Hospitality dues.
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month Jeans day is $5.00 and may be paid Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday that week. Please give $5.00 to Brenda Hogge, Susan Anderson or Wendy DeMartini.

First Wednesday

  • October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 2, April 6

3rd Wednesday

  • October 21, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 16, April 20, May 18

Partial Spanish Immersion - Let's Practice Spanish & Communicate with our First Graders!

The following link is sent home with students so they could practice at home.

Vocabulario -Watch song on Youtube once or twice.

  • La mochila - Book-bag
  • Las crayolas - Crayons
  • El lapiz - Pencil
  • La tijera - Scissors
  • La goma - Glue
  • El borrador - Eraser
  • El escritorio - Desk
  • La mesa - Table
  • La caja de lapices - Pencil Box
  • El basurero - Trashcan/waste basket
  • La escuela - School
  • La casa - Home
  • Buenos dias - Good Morning
  • ¿Cómo estás? - How are you?
  • Muy bien - Very well
  • Gracias - Thank you
  • ¿y usted? / ¿y tú? - And you?
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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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