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

December 14-18

Jingle Sing-Off Contest:

Norfolk tab to vote for ALANTON:

Whatever happens in this race, we all know that our kiddos are the WINNERS! I will keep you posted when I hear back from the representative from Michael & Son.


As announced in the Virginia Department of Education Superintendent’s Memo #272-15, dated Nov. 6, Virginia will participate in the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The PAEMST program was established in 1983 by the White House and is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology. The program identifies outstanding science and mathematics teachers, kindergarten through grade 12, in each state and the four United States jurisdictions. The PAEMST awardees serve as models for their colleagues and are leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education.

Recognition is given to teachers of kindergarten through grade 12 in four award groups: elementary mathematics (K-6), elementary science (K-6), secondary mathematics (7-12), and secondary science (7-12). In 2016, up to ten state finalists at the elementary level will be selected from Virginia (up to five in each group). From these 2016 state finalists, a national committee will choose up to two national-level awardees (one in each award group) from Virginia. Each national awardee will receive a $10,000 personal award and an all-expense paid trip to recognition events and other activities in Washington, D.C.

The deadline for nominations from individuals, including students, parents, teachers and administrators, is Apr. 1. The nomination form should be completed early enough to ensure the nominated teacher has adequate time to prepare an application that reflects exemplary teaching. The nomination form and the application packet must be submitted electronically, and a completed nomination form must be submitted electronically with each application. The nomination form and the application packet, as well as complete directions, are available on the PAEMST Web site. All applications are due May 1.

For more information, please contact Eric M. Rhoades, director, Office of Science and Health Education, by e-mail at or by telephone at 804-786-2481; or Michael Bolling, director, Office of Mathematics and Governor’s Schools, by e-mail at or by telephone at 804-786-6418.

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The purpose of this memo is to communicate a change in the reporting categories for SchoolNet. Similar to the Standards of Learning test reporting, SchoolNet is designed to provide category ranges for student performance. In an effort to align the reporting categories to the recommended 85% proficiency on the elementary division quarterly assessments, the SchoolNet ranges have been adjusted and will be reported as shown on the table below:

Category / Percentage Range

  • Proficient - 85% - 100%
  • Basic - 70% - 84%
  • Below Basic - 69% or below


*Linda will run reports for you to identify students that need to be tested.

The following information is to provide administrators and instructional staff with information regarding the Achieve3000 interim assessment, scheduled for Jan 11-31. This interim assessment is only for students categorized as “Developing Readers” based on their performance on the September administration of the LevelSet Pre-Test.

The Lexile levels for students categorized as “Developing Readers” are not automatically adjusted at the end of each month. These students will receive content at this specific Lexile Level until they take the interim LevelSet assessment in January to measure their reading progress and update their Lexile measures in the program.

To determine which of your students need this interim assessment, log in with your Admin credentials and navigate to Admin > Assessment Tools > Which of my students are Developing Readers?

For teachers to determine which of their students will take the interim assessment, they will log in through their single sign-on and then navigate using the same path as indicated above.

The first time eligible students log in on or after Jan. 11, the assessment will automatically populate. Once these students complete the January administration of LevelSet, they may proceed with the resource as usual. Therefore, it is recommended that plans be made for this LevelSet administration prior to continued use. The assessment must be completed in school.

If you have any questions, please contact Nicole DeVries, administrative coordinator, by email at or by phone at 263-1070.


FYI - All students identified as limited English proficient (LEP) are required by federal law to take an annual English language proficiency (ELP) assessment. Virginia’s ELP assessment is the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. This test will be administered to eligible students Jan. 11 – March 25.

English as a second language administrative contacts coordinate the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 testing recommendations process for students with limited English proficiency. Procedures for making testing recommendations for all students with limited English proficiency will be posted to the ESL contacts’ elementary school, middle school and high school SharePoint sites today. Questions regarding the testing recommendations process for students with limited English proficiency should be directed to Renee Collier, Title III coordinator for English learners, at or by phone at 263-1461.

PROGRESS REPORTS – December 15th:

The DOT timeline for progress reports is as follows:

  • Thursday, December 10th - Art/Music/PE grades/comments finalized by 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, December 11th - Homeroom teachers finalize grades/comments by 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 14th – Katie verifies and certifies that all grades/comments have been finalized and entered by 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 15th - Issue progress reports to students struggling or not meeting grade level expectations.

* Remember that you only have to issue progress reports for students struggling or not meeting grade level expectations. You do not have to send a progress report to all students, unless it is your preference to send a report home to every student.

PROGRESS REPORTS - Directions (See Katie's 12/10 Email for Directions with Pics)

1. Make sure you are in homeroom, go to Grade Book>Progress Reports.

2. Whether you are generating progress reports for all students or just a few, select

Generate All. Generate All updates the Progress Report with the most recent

assignments and grades added to the grade book.

3. After all grades have been entered and progress reports generated, you may enter


4. You may copy and paste your own statements into any of the comment areas on the

the progress report but remember, this is the last step before printing/emailing.

5. If you do not have to add any new assignments or grades after you add comments,

the reports will be ready to print and/or e-mail. If more grades need to be added after

you added comments or notes, then you have to repeat the process of ‘generate all’ to update grades.

Adding comments:

Go under Gradebook and choose Progress Reports.

Once you “Generate All” you will be able to add your notes on the right hand side. Click in the box, add your notes and save.

To email/print:

  • Choose Show Overall Grade
  • Click the Print button under Delivery
  • Choose either the Email button or Print button (depending on how you’re sending the progress reports home):
  • Email Katie Z when your progress reports are complete.

PE - 1/2 Day schedule for 2015-2016

This is for the remainder of the year:
  • 12/23- Grades 3, 4, 5
  • 2/25 - Grades 1, 2
  • 4/12 - Grades 3, 4, 5

Please note the schedule may be adjusted if we have conflicts with our schedule due to snow or other circumstances.

Weekly Happenings

  • CLC Meeting - Media/Technology

  • Monday, 12/14/15

    • 9:35-10:50 Grade 3 CLC
    • 11:00-12:15 Grade 4 CLC
    • 1:00-2:15 Grade 1 CLC
    • Rehearsal - Speaking Parts & Soloists
    • Staff Fitness

    Tuesday, 12/15/15

    • Progress Reports
    • 9:00-3:00 - SRT/SEC Meetings
    • 8:55-10:10 Grade 5 CLC
    • 1:45-3:00 Grade 2 CLC
    • 1:40 - Gr. 4 & 5 rehearsal for holiday musical
    • 2:00 -Gr. 3 (all classes) & chorus: rehearsal for holiday musical
    • 3:15-4:15 SCA (officers & representatives)
    • 3:30-4:30 Principal's Advisory Council (PAC) meeting

    • 'Dine for Alanton' at Chick-fil-A

    Wednesday, 12/16/15

    • 8:00 - Choir Chimes Rehearsal
    • Staff Jeans Day ($5 to Susan Anderson to participate)

    • 12:10-1:10 Kindergarten CLC

    • 1:40 -Gr. 3, 4 & 5 rehearsal for holiday musical

    • 1:00-4:30 - EPL Meeting at Plaza Annex Training Room 200 (Charlene)

    • 3:15 -Battle of the Books meeting

    • Rising 6th Grader Information Night at Great Neck MS (first session)

    Thursday, 12/17/15

    • 1:40 - Gr. 3, 4 & 5 rehearsal for holiday musical

    • 3:15 - Speaking Parts & Soloists Rehearsal

    • 3:30 - Staff Fitness Class w/Kristen Field

    • 3:30- 2017 Alanton Elementary Teacher of the Year Selection Committee Meeting

    Friday, 12/18/15

    • Staff Holiday Breakfast!
    • 8:50 - 1st Dress Rehearsal for Holiday Musical (viewed by Gr. K-2)

    • 1:40 - 2nd Dress Rehearsal for Holiday Musical (viewed by PM kin & gr. 3-5)

Future Events -

No CLC Meetings

Monday, 12/21/15

  • 7:00 Holiday Show @ FCHS

Tuesday, 12/22/15

  • 3:30 - Staff Seminar - TOY Recognition & Service Awards

Wednesday, 12/23/15

  • Adjusted Dismissal - 1/2 Day PE for Intermediate Grades

Thursday, 12/24/15

  • Christmas Eve - School Closed

Friday, 12/25/15

  • Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year!

CLC Meeting Focus: Language Arts

Monday, 1/4/16

  • Grade 4 Fire Safety Education (1/4/16 - 1/14/16)
  • 9:35-10:50 Grade 3 CLC
  • 11:00-12:15 Grade 4 CLC
  • 1:00-2:15 Grade 1 CLC
  • 3:30 - Staff Fitness in Library

Tuesday, 1/5/16

  • 8:55-10:10 Grade 5 CLC
  • 1:45-3:00 Grade 2 CLC
  • 3:15 - SCA meeting (officers & exec. council)

Wednesday, 1/6/16

  • Staff Jeans Day (included in $25 staff welfare dues)
  • Gifted Testing for Gr. 2-4
  • 9:30 PTA Meeting
  • 12:10-1:10 Kindergarten CLC
  • § 3:15 - Battle of the Books meeting

Thursday, 1/7/16

  • 10:30-3:30 - Kathryn Davey OOTB for GRT meeting
  • 12:30-3:30 - Heather Thomas OOTB for LMS meeting
  • 3:30 – Staff Fitness

Friday, 1/8/16

  • 8:30-12:30 - Fara Faust OOTB for professional learning session

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Happy Birthday to...


  • Amy Paulson – 14th
  • Lisa Miller – 18th
  • Rebekah Goshert – 21st
  • Linda Gardner – 22nd
  • Jenny Demers – 29th
  • Donna Stockburger – 29th


  • #SuccessfulBWS - Thanks to everyone for your participation with Breakfast With Santa!
  • #Slick! - Shout Out to Kim Greer for working the crowd at Breakfast with Santa to nab a few more parents to update Federal Cards!

  • #KudosStaffWelfare - I would like to thank our STAFF WELFARE team for the lovely luncheon yesterday. Even festive tables were set up for us! Thanks for your warm gesture during these busy times. :) Ditto, Ditto, Ditto!

  • #YouRockMatt - Thank you Matt Nichols for your classroom participation in our teachable garden. Matt placed a thermometer inside the third grade green house. His class is recording the temperature inside the green house and outside. Great idea!

  • #Gr3PerformanceTask - Shout out to 3rd grade teachers and students for all their hard work on their first writing performance task. They now know all about the wildebeest migration and what it is like to go on a safari on the Serengeti plains.

  • #PTModeling - Thanks to Linda for working with the Grade 3 students on the performance task!

  • #AmazingJenniferClarke - Thanks to Jennifer Clarke for helping in the office and running an amazing BWS simultaneously! Wow!

  • #CompetitiveStaff - Thank you to all for getting into the Jingle spirit with the Michael & Sons competition! I love the enthusiasm to win for technology!

Battle of the Books

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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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