Armstrong High School Weekly Update

Week Of October 19, 2015 to October 23, 2015 (Wk7)

"Membership Has Its Privileges - Building A Strong Foundation”

  • Lesson Plans are non-negotiable – Lesson plans must be submitted weekly using the new RPS format – UBD model – Lesson plans are a clear picture of Teaching and Learning opportunities in your class
  • Reminder to all teachers - please ensure that you are using your Daily Attendance Logs to keep documentation of your back up attendance. More Logs are available at your request.
  • Don't forget to return to Mrs. Murray your daily inspirational thought to be read over the announcements. Feel free to submit multiple thoughts of inspiration!
  • NEW Announcement Form! All announcements must be submitted electronically. Click on the link above. Announcements must be submitted the day before they are expected to be read.
  • Implementation of the 5-5-5 Parent Call Log has begun – Please see Mrs. Carter if you need additional information


Attendance will start 1st DAY! Remember to only use the attendance on the home page of ASPEN. Mark students absent who are not present the 1st day. The system will turn them into NO Shows.

Teachers are reminded that Daily Attendance is to be taken in ASPEN within the first 15 minutes of class each period. Usage of the Daily Attendance Logs is not an option, it is mandated per the Code of Virginia - § 22.1-259.


To ensure we get the most benefit out of this initiative, please keep in mind the following reminders:

  • Tickets are to be handed out only to those students who have arrived to their first period of the day on time.
  • Do not give out tickets for any other reason. This is strictly an attendance incentive, behavior/academic rewards can be done separately at the teacher’s discretion.
  • Do not allow students to leave class to deposit attendance tickets, they should only be deposited during hall passing.
  • Please remind students to write their names on the back of each ticket. (yes, some will still forget, we know..)

Like any system, consistency and continuity are key. It's important that we have 100% compliance on this. If you have a 1st or 2nd period class, please participate fully, anything less will greatly reduce the effectiveness of this program.

If you need more tickets (or never received them in the first place) please let Mr. Carvalhaes know ASAP.

Security Reminders

  • All staff must wear their RPS ID at all times
  • Always lock up all personal items
  • DO NOT give studentsbuilding keys for any reason.
  • DO NOT open doors for staff. Side entrance will be locked by 8 AM each day. After 8 AM only use the front door entrance.
  • Restricted Movement means Restricted Movement! No one is to move when a Restricted Movement Notice has been given. Students nor staff are permitted to be in the hall way. It is for your safety!
  • DO NOT purchase snacks for students out of the vending machines. The Vending Machines in room 118 have been relocated to teacher work room.
  • DO NOT block a door if a students is trying to leave. Dial 501 to alert security.
  • DO NOT encourage students to leave you room. If you need a student removed, alert security.
  • DO NOT deny students entrance into class if they are late.
  • Please place notification on your door if you are relocating your classroom.
  • Follow the 30/30 rule, always!
  • Remember NO lunch starts at the bell!

Strengthening the Craft of Teaching and Learning


VDOE English SOL Resources

VDOE EOC Reading Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis

VDOE EOC Reading Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis

Text Dependent Questions: Sample Question Starters

Prompts for Text Dependent Questions


VDOE Science Spring 2014 Instructional Guidance based on Student Performance

VDOE Earth Science Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instr. Guidance

VDOE Biology Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instructional Guidance

VDOE Chemistry Spring 2013 Student Performance Analysis with Instructional Guidance


VDOE Algebra I Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis

VDOE Geometry Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis

VDOE Algebra II Spring 2014 Student Performance Analysis


VDOE North America Geographic Regions

VDOE Virginia Geographic Regions with Counties

VDOE Virginia Geographic Regions of Virginia Outline

VDOE CTE Career Clusters

"100 and 80" days to make a difference in the lives of our students"

Monday - October 19, 2015

Bell Schedule for this week - No Enrichment -

Any staff interested in Coaching the Powder Puff Game - contact Mrs. Murray - practice will begin the week of October 19th

8:00 AM – 9:35 AM 1st Block

9:40 AM -11:10 AM 2nd Block

11:15 AM – 1:10 PM 3rd Block

Lunch A (1st Floor) 11:35 PM – 12:00 PM

Lunch B (2nd Floor) 12:45 PM – 1:10 PM

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM 4th Block

2:45 PM Student Dismissal

Weekly 90 Minute Professional Development will be utilized to work on lesson plans -- common planning if needed - collaborative planning - grades - attendance - formative and summative assessments - common assessments - IEP accommodations - 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday October 20, 2015

Term Grad - Fall Writing

Wildcat Volleyball travels to Henrico. Boy's play at 6:00 p.m. and Girls' play at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday October 21, 2015

10:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. -- Ford Next Generation Learning Network Team Visit - select classrooms

JROTC Blood Drive - Auditorium - from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m

Leadership Team Meeting - Room 234 --8:30 a.m.- 9:35 a.m. Suite 234

Term Grad - Fall Writing

New Teacher Training: 3:30p-4:30p @ Boushall MS - Media Center

Weeks 9 & 10 Lesson Plans

SACS planning and committee meeting 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Media Center

Wildcat Cross Country Competes in a Quad Meet at Dorey Park at 4:00 p.m.

Wildcat Volleyball travels to Atlee. Boys' start at 6:00 p.m. and Girls' start at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday October 22, 2015

JV Football hosts Huguenot High SChool at 5:30 p.m.

Friday October 23, 2015

5-5-5 Call Logs

DC: C Planning Meeting Agenda

Wildcat Football travels to Varina for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff

Saturday - October 24, 2015

Questions, Comments, Concerns? Please email me at your earliest convenience.

As always, thank you for all of your hard work and for continuing to Inspire Excellence for all of our students!

Concerns and Updates

  • If you have a club or group interested in participating in the Homecoming Parade on October 30, please send Mrs. Murray an email to receive an entry form. Also if you belong to or know of any outside clubs or a graduating class that might be interested please let Mrs. Murray know.
  • Senior Portraits by our very own Mr. Hockaday and the Yearbook student staff members - Armstrong Auditorium - select times 1st, 2nd, and 6th period
  • Make contact will all parents on your class rosters - informing them that Interim Reports are coming home on Thursday - to this end all parents should hear from multiple teachers prior to Thursday
  • NWEA MAP assessments for 9 English and Algebra I Classes - during the diagnostic assessment window, from Sept. 18 - Oct 16 - schedule forthcoming
  • Enrichment Period begins the week of September 21st - begin planning for the 45 minute enrichment
  • Seniors must take the SAT before January because of the new SAT scheduled for March. Any seniors taking the SAT in March will NOT have scores back until May
  • update--Armstrong has been selected to participate in the 2015-16 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) - select classes - October 26th - 2nd period- additional information forthcoming
  • Term Grad Writing Assessment - Multiple Choice October 20th - Prompt October 21st - October 22 makeup
  • JROTC Blood Drive - Auditorium - October 21, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m
  • October 19 - 23, 2015 - Fall SOL End of Course Writing Assessment - Re-testers and Term Grad
  • Benchmark Testing Window - Tuesday, October 27th - Tuesday, November 24th - All Benchmarks will be in a folder on IA called RPS Nine-Week Benchmarks and within a sub-folder called 2015-2016
  • Reminder - teachers should not add or move children within IA platform, nor do we correct schedules in IA. Changes are corrected in ASPEN and uploaded overnight in IA
  • Confirm the accuracy of student schedules prior to the beginning of the testing window
  • Any staff interested in Coaching the Powder Puff Game - contact Mrs. Murray - practice will begin the week of October 19th
  • Homecoming 2015 - Restore the Roar - Celebrating 150 years - October 26th - 30th
  • Homecoming Pageant - Wednesday, October 28th
  • Thursday, October 29th - voting
  • Friday, October 30th - Homecoming Pep Rally - 8th Pd - Homecoming Parade - 5:15pm - Homecoming Game - 7 pm
  • November 3, 2015 - City-Wide Professional Development
  • Gang Awareness School Assemblies grades 9-12 - parent meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • November 10th - End of First Nine Weeks -
  • 2nd Attempt for Term Grads -Fall SOL End of Course Writing Assessment - November 16 - 24, 2015
  • The JROTC Military Department will host its annual Veterans Day program- November 10, 2015
  • November 11th - 2 hour early release - teacher workday
  • November 18th - No schoo for students - Parent Teacher Conference
  • November 25th - 27th - Thanksgiving Break - NO School
  • Graduation - Tuesday, June 14, 2016 -- 7:00 p.m. Armstrong Altria Theater
  • Are your lesson plans updated and outside of your door?
  • Please be mindful of the students that rotate out of your class with or without a pass. All students must be given a pass to exit your classroom. Hall walkers should not be given an exit ticket out of your room.
  • It is imperative that the Faculty and Staff adhere to all due dates and meeting times.
  • Make sure student attendance is taken in every class.
  • Please make sure you are honoring the 30/30 time frame.
  • All teachers are expected to stand at their door during the change of class.
  • Please encourage students to move along quickly. We all must communicate the same message to these young people.
  • Thank you for all of your hard work!
VUU Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction

Virginia Union University flyer regarding the Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction Program of Studies

RPS Student-Teacher Verification Form Fall 2015

This Verification form is to be completed by the cooperating teachers for FALL student teachers. The Verification form for the first placement is due on Friday, October 23, 2015.

Order you Homecoming T-Shirt Today!

Order Deadline is Friday, October 23, 2015. All money is due to Mrs. Murray by Monday, October 26, 2015

Homecoming Spirit Week Themes

Please Post in your Room. Start planning your outfits!

October/November Quick Glance Due Dates

Google Doc of October & November Due Dates. Can ONLY be accessed from accounts.

Daily Announcement Form

Want to submit a Daily Announcement? Click this button! Requests must be submitted a day in advance.

Google Docs Blank Lesson Plan Template

If you are completing your lesson plans in Google Docs, this is the Google Doc to make a copy of and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!

Google Drive Overview

Important information to remember when using Google Drive

Microsoft Word Doc Blank Lesson Plan Template

If you are completing your lesson plans in Microsoft Word, this the the Word Doc to download and edit. Don't forget to rename the file to reflect your name and subject!

Lesson Plan Guided Notes

A quick reference for the lesson plan format.

5-5-5 Parent Call Logs

Due every Friday to document parent contact. 5 minute calls for 5 students every 5 days.

Common Planning Meeting Agenda Notes Template

Due every Friday to Department Chairs to document weekly common planning meetings.

ASPEN HOW TO: Access Students' SOL Scores

AHS Quick Glance Document to assist in finding your students' previous SOL scores. Use this to ascertain their background knowledge to better assist them to succeed!


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