Admiral Weekly News

February 1-5, 2016

Administrative Team Thank You's And Kudos

  • Thank you to all of the teachers who supported us by picking up an extra class during your planning period for a colleague. I would name each of you individually but so many of you offered support in so many ways that the ENTIRE STAFF deserves a BIG THANK YOU!!!! The way the whole school banned together as a team was AWESOME! We would not have been able to make it through FRIDAY without your support! THANK YOU!!!!!!
  • THANK YOU to Mr. Price, Mr. Bergeron, Mr. Dixon along with all day and night custodial staff who ensured that our walkways and parking lot were safe to drive and walk.

National School Counselor's Week - February 1-5, 2016

National School Counseling Week 2016, "School Counseling: The Recipe for Success," is celebrated from Feb. 1-5, 2016, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors not only within U.S. school systems but also Francis C. Hammond Middle School. This week we will highlight the tremendous impact that our school counselors have in helping staff support students and students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Admiral Pride Staff Member Of The Month - Katie Miglorini

The staff nominated Admiral Pride Staff Member of the Month for February is Katie Miglorini. She is described by her colleagues as someone who "has great communication and a "can do" attitude. She supports students and staff in a consistent, positive manner. When she sees a need she steps up to the plate and helps out." She is also described by colleagues as being "visible in hallways, classrooms, and outside, helpful, and goes above and beyond". Please congratulate Ms. Miglorini on being the February Admiral Pride Staff Member of The Month!

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Weekly News - February 1-5, 2016

Monday – February 1, 2016
  • "HAPPY NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK" - Staff - Please take a moment to stop by and see our School Counselors to wish them a "Happy National School Counselor's Week".
  • Homeroom: Lockdown Drill Lesson
  • Midsummer's Night Dream Play - Ms. Ragland's Classroom - 10:30am-11:00am
  • Candid/Club Picture Day

Tuesday – February 2, 2016
  • "PUT THE SCHOOL IN SCHOOL COUNSELING" - Encourage our students to wish their school counselor a "Happy National School Counselor's Week" by writing a note, making a card, and sending them well wishes when they see them in the hallway or at lunch.
  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Lesson
  • Lockdown Drill Today - Lockdown drills are now run by Central Office. The time will not be announced to staff.
  • Ms. Hall/Ms. Scott - 5th Grade Elementary School Visits at Patrick Henry and Ramsey
  • Benchmark Assessments - 8th Grade Math - 11:56am-1:25pm
  • Department Meetings - 3:30pm
  • Refining DEP's - Library - 3:30pm -- If you need support with your DEP's please seek assistance from Ms. Riser. Please notify your department chair regarding your location.

Wednesday – February 3, 2016

  • PASSION - I Love Being A School Counselor - School Counselors - Show us your Passion - Why do you LOVE being a school counselor?
  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Organizational Chart and/or Team Activities and/or Announcements
  • Welcome Wednesday - 9:30am-11:00am
  • Parent Tours for Autism/ID Classrooms
  • Benchmark Assessments - 8th Grade Civics - 11:56am-1:25pm
  • PTA Meeting - 7:00pm - Ms. Scott and a portion of FCH Admin Team
  • MacArthur PTA Meeting - 7:00pm - Mrs. Hall and a portion of FCH Admin Team

Thursday - February 4, 2016

  • REACH HIGHER - Students and Staff - Show your school counselor that you will "REACH HIGHER". Wear your College or AVID Shirt and TAKE A SELFIE WITH YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR.
  • Homeroom - College and Career Readiness Lessons
  • AVID/College Pride Day
  • Ms. Hall/Ms. Scott - 5th Grade Elementary School Visits at Cora Kelly, Polk, and Tucker
  • TELL Survey Staff Meeting with Ms. Ireland - Location - TBA (TENTATIVE)

Friday - February 5, 2016

  • APPRECIATION - We're cooking up a RECIPE for Success for School Counselors that they won't want to miss. School Counselors - Bring your APPETITE for student success. More details to follow.
  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Organizational Chart and/or Team Activities and/or Announcements
  • Admiral Pride Day
  • Admin. Team Meeting - 9:00am-11:00am

FCH Staff Member Of The Month - March 2016

Please use the form below all month long to enter your staff nominations for the March staff member of the month. Our colleagues are doing great things. Let's recognize them!


  • Please ensure that you are providing class assignments when students are assigned to ISS.
  • Please ensure that your doors are closed and locked when leaving your classroom.
  • Ms. Scott and Mr. Brannon will be sending a staff survey to seek your input regarding bell schedule options for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • TELL Survey - The TELL Survey will be administered this year. Ms. Ireland will meet with staff this week to provide more details about the TELL survey and to provide log-ins. The TELL survey ask questions about the allocation of time; facilities; resources; student learning; community engagement; empowerment; school leadership; professional development; and mentoring. The survey is completely voluntary, confidential, and anonymous. It represents a valuable opportunity for teachers to provide feedback and input to the district that will be used to help our school.
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Happy Birthday!

  • Francis Chase - 2/2
  • Jennifer Marshall - 2/5
  • Jonathan Brandli - 2/18
  • Bethann Payne - 2/19
  • Ashley Ten Eyck - 2/29

If we are missing your birthday please let us know right away!

Upcoming Events

Yearbook Candid/Club Pictures

Monday, Feb. 1st, 8:30am-4:15pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

AVID Strategies PD - WICOR

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 3:30pm to Wednesday, March 2nd, 5:30pm

1005 Mount Vernon Avenue

Alexandria, VA

A PD will be offered by Jodie Peters (AVID District Director) on WICOR. Teachers will learn .....

Staff Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 3:30pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

National History Day

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 8:30am to Friday, Feb. 12th, 3:15pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

More details to follow

AVID Site Team/International Academy Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 16th, 3:30pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

FCH School Leadership Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd, 9pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Topic: Breakfast In The Classroom

  • Period 1 - 7th Grade Team Leads
  • Period 3 - 6th Grade Team Leads
  • Period 6 - 8th Grade Team Leads
  • 3:30pm - Department Chairs/Sped Leads