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

February 15-19

Schoolnet Reports

There are two available Schoolnet reports accessible to you. The Standards By School report lists all schools that have administered the Schoolnet selected assessment and provides the overall percent correct and the percent correct by each standard. The Standards By Section report lists the courses, teachers and sections for the Schoolnet selected assessment and provides the overall percent correct and the percent correct by each standard. When opened, these reports will show “Standard ID not found” and will need to be edited to view the standards.

To access, view and edit the reports, follow the steps below.


  • Hover your mouse over “School & District Data”
  • Click on “Benchmark Tests”Beside “Institution,” select your school from the drop-down menu
  • Click on the selected test to expand
  • Under “Benchmark Reports,” click on either Standards By School or Standards bySection
  • Beside “Date Selections,” click edit
  • On the right side under “Standards grouping,” select Do not group: Display mostdetailed level of standards data available
  • Click Run Report

Computer Lab

Staff, Please be respectful in our common shared areas. Testing is going on for most of February and if the student uses their vbstudents log in, it takes away from the next class’ testing time by having to switch users.


If your students are in the computer lab for testing, have them log in under the GENERIC LOG IN and sign into Schoolnet using their vbstudents account to take the test. All students should log out before leaving the computer lab.


Let's work together to help each other out - every minute of instructional time counts!

Staff Jean Days

Gentle Reminder: Alanton spirit wear should accompany jeans on Fridays. Of course there are exceptions for special events, such as Festive Sweater Day, Valentine's Day, 101 Dalmatian Day, etc.


I think you get the idea. :)

Weekly Happenings

CLC Focus: Math


Monday, 2/15/16

  • All schools are closed in honor of Presidents’ Day


Tuesday, 2/16/16

  • 8:55-10:10 Grade 5 CLC
  • 11:00-1:30 Grade 2 field trip to Sandler Center for performance of The Monster Who Ate My Peas
  • 1:45-3:00 Grade 2 CLC
  • 3:15-4:00 All City Chorus rehearsal, in music room
  • 3:15-4:00 Running Club, in gym
  • 3:15-4:15 SCA meeting for officers & room reps, room 3
  • 4:30-6:30 Achieve 3000 Professional Learning Session for teachers of grades 3-5, Plaza MS


Wednesday, 2/17/16

  • Staff Jeans Day ($5 to Brenda Hogge to participate)
  • 8:00-3:30 Fara OOTB for Microsoft Innovative Educators Training
  • 10:30-1:00 TBD - PTA Book Swap, in cafeteria during class lunch times
  • 12:10-1:10 Kindergarten CLC
  • 1:30-4:30 Charlene OOTB for EPL meeting @ Plaza Annex
  • 3:15-4:00 Battle of the Books meeting, in library


Thursday, 2/18/16

  • 8:00-3:30 Fara OOTB for Microsoft for Innovative Educators Training
  • 10:30-1:00 TBD - PTA Book Swap, in cafeteria during class lunch times
  • 3:15-4:00 All City Chorus rehearsal, in music room
  • 3:30-4:30 Staff Fitness Class, in library


Friday, 2/19/16

  • 8:00-3:30 Linda G. & Jenny M. OOTB for Literacy Leadership Meeting
  • 12:40-2:15 Gr. 5 dental lessons with Dr. Mendrinos
  • 1:15-2:00 Gr. 1 dental lesson with Dr. Dorfman (during PE zone)
  • 2:15-3:00 Gr. 2 dental lesson with Dr. Dorfman (during PE zone)

Future Events -

CLC Focus: Media & Tech


Monday, 2/22/16

  • 8:00-3:30 Kathryn Davey OOTB for MYP Selection Committee
  • 9:35-10:50 Grade 3 CLC
  • 11:00-12:15 Grade 4 CLC
  • 1:00-2:15 Grade 1 CLC
  • 1:30-2:30 Fire Safety Assembly for grades K-3, in cafeteria
  • 3:15-4:30 Newspaper Club meeting, room 37
  • 3:30-4:30 Staff Fitness Class, in library


Tuesday, 2/23/16

  • Gr. 1 & 4 Professional ½ Day Planning
  • 8:55-10:10 Grade 5 CLC
  • 1:45-3:00 Grade 2 CLC
  • 3:15-4:00 All City Chorus rehearsal, in music room
  • 3:15-4:00 Running Club, in gym
  • 3:15-4:15 SCA meeting for officers & room reps, room 3
  • 3:30-4:30 Staff Seminar: Math Differentiation, part II with Johanna Ortiz, in library


Wednesday, 2/24/16

  • Gr. 2 & 3 Professional ½ Day Planning

  • 9:30-11:30 Gr. 5 field trip to Sandler Center to see Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad

  • 12:10-1:10 Kindergarten CLC

  • 3:15-4:00 Battle of the Books meeting, in library


Thursday, 2/25/16

  • Adjusted Dismissal @ 12:40 pm

  • 9:00-11:00 Bruce OOTB for Instructional Leadership meeting

  • 10:00-3:30 Kathryn Davey OOTB for GRT meeting


Friday, 2/26/16

  • 3:15-4:00 All City Chorus rehearsal, in music room

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Happy Birthday to...


February Birthdays

  • Julie Macalusa - 15th
  • Lorena Wornom - 16th
  • Lori Clarke - 18th
  • Tasha Pitts - 23rd
  • Margaret Graff - 25th

#ShoutOuts

  • #WahooNewRefrigerator - Thanks to Beth and Bruce for working together to replace our broken refrigerator in the hallway near the library.
  • #SurpriseFireDrill - Thanks to all for your efforts during the fire drill on Tuesday. A huge shout-out to Mr. Clarke for being on top of logistics and follow-up. Also, thanks to the staff for the text messages and pictures.
  • #Half-WayThereParty - Thanks to the Staff Welfare committee for putting together a great party. I am so sorry that I missed it, but after seeing the pictures it looks like you had a great time. :)
  • #AwesomeEmily: Kudos to Emily for securing a bus for a kindergartner who had missed the bus and had no other ride home. You are so valued and appreciated.

  • #BattleTeam - Thanks to Debbie T, Coleen, & Tom for picking up my slack when I've had to miss some Battle of the Books meetings because of kids' dr appts. I appreciate your understanding! It takes a village to take on 50 kids after school. ~Heather

  • #PitchingIn - Thanks to Margaret for creating a Battle of the Books Power Point to help students with key facts in the books. Our kids will be ready for the battle!

  • #AlwaysThere - A big thank you to Mary Nutter for always putting our kids first and finding them supplies. Valentine's, and even food when needed.

  • #WashingtonD.C.Experts - The 5th grade teachers and students rocked their performance task on Washington, D.C. If you see a fifth grade student as them about an interesting fact they learned about the monuments and memorials in D.C.

  • #Bethisdabomb! Thank you Beth for always being so helpful to me! -Jodi

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Astros Celebrating the 100th Day of School!

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Fun with coin combinations during our Guided Math centers in Ms. Randolph's class.

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We had a blast at Bingo Night! Presales=Over 400 Tickets!

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Grade 5 Performance Task

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Staff Half-Way There Party - Woot Woot!

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Reflect on the picture below...

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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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