Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 10/15-10/19

Put Students First • Seek Growth • Be Open to Change Do Great Work Together • Value Difference

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Colts P.R.I.D.E in action

Principal's Message for the week

This week was one that started off testing our strength and flexibility and ended testing our strength and flexibility. Our staff is one that always rises to the occasion and I could not be more proud of our colts staff. Thank you for focusing your energy on the positive and making this week the best that it could be!

November 8th is going to be here before you know it. It is a staff day meant for parent conferences. No professional development. Please start now with planning Parent- Teacher conferences. All parents should be conferenced with either in person or via phone, but they don't all have to be on Nov. 8th. Please send admin and Mrs. Jacobs a copy of your conference schedule via EMAIL so that they can access it when parents contact the office. If you are planning conferences before 7:30am or after 4pm, you will need to meet parents at the front of the building to let them in the building if no one is in the main office to buzz them in. Keep that in mind as you are scheduling conferences. If you would like support from administrators or our school counselors, please let us know. We are happy to sit in conferences with you.

Take time to check these things off your TO DO list:

  • Mandatory Training
  • Talent Ed tasks
  • Open Enrollment for Benefits
  • Positive Phone Calls to Parents



Keep these coming!

Please check out our form below to see how Mrs. Porter and myself will be celebrating our students and continuing our positive culture and environment.

Morning Meeting Moment

TIP OF THE WEEK: Remember that your instructional coaches are wonderful resources for embedding content (literacy, numeracy, science) into morning meetings. Sometimes, it is good to stick with one Group Activity throughout the week if it is an essential skills (e.g. main idea and detail or place value).

Colts Pride in Action

As part of our purposeful work to design a school culture where our PRIDE is encouraged and celebrated (Innovative Leadership Disposition, Transformational Learning), each week a staff member or group of staff members will be highlighted for demonstrating one aspect of P.R.I.D.E

Positive Culture highlight:

BRAVO to Mrs. Rodriguez and Mrs. Willett as they greet their students everyday by name and with a greeting that makes each child feel as if they are the only one getting that greeting. It happens in morning and in the afternoon when they switch with the same amount of energy. You can't help but want to get in line to join their class!

Quarter 1 District Benchmarks

Quarter 1 Benchmarks will begin soon.

  • Math is to be given the week of October 29 - November 2

  • (will review data week of November 5)

  • Language Arts is to be given the week of November 5 – November 9

  • (will review data week of November 12)

  • Content is to be given the week of November 12 – November 16

  • (will review data week of November 19)

Please note that these assessments should be given under testing conditions. Students should be encouraged to utilize scrap paper and testing strategies. Accommodations should be provided as indicated in IEPs and 504s. Only students with IEPs, 504s, and ESL plans should receive accommodations. Extra assistance and/or direction should not be given as these assessments are intended to show a student's current proficiency level. If your grade level needs to make a change to these testing windows, please speak with me.

VBCPS Wants Your Input!

VBCPS seeks community's input to shape the division's future strategic direction

For the next three months, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) administration is giving the community the opportunity to weigh in and help guide the future of the school division. Staff is beginning the process of developing a new strategic plan, which will be in place from 2020-2025, and the first step is gathering input from the public via a Virtual Town Hall open from now until Dec. 28.

As part of the town hall, visitors will be asked to reflect on the graduate profile and provide insight into how the school division can best prepare students in achieving those attributes.

After the Virtual Town Hall closes, input will be shared with a steering committee comprised of students, parents, teachers, school division staff and leaders from higher education, the military, community organizations and businesses. That committee will identify priorities and draft the next strategic framework, which will be shared for public comment before it goes to the School Board for adoption later in 2019.

To learn more about the existing Compass to 2020 strategic plan visit

Things that are worth a second look

Start the countdown!!!





Get ready for a day of CREATING.

Watch the live stream, ask the presenters questions

and MAKE all day.

Create what you wish existed!

Share what your students create using #GlobalMakerDay on Twitter.

Check it out here...


October 20, 2018 - 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM @ Salem High School

  • 7:30 Registration, vendors, & breakfast
  • 8:00 Welcome & featured speaker
  • 8:30 Breakout sessions
  • 9:30 Keynote speaker: Kelly Cartwright
  • 11:45 Breakout sessions

Featuring Dr. Kelly Cartwright-Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, & Teacher Preparation at Christopher Newport University; Expert on reading comprehension, children’s thinking, and the development of literacy processes. Author of Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension: A Guide for Educators and Word Callers: Small Group and One-to-One Interventions for Children Who Read but Don’t Comprehend

Shout Outs

Thank you awesome 3rd grade teachers for being flexible, accommodating and understanding. You guys ROCK and allowed me to complete 3rd grade screenings before October!!! - Jill

A big thanks goes out to Patti for her continuous help with language arts. I appreciate you each day! - Liz

Thanks to Robin Mounce for helping with my progress reports. You brought calm to a stressful situation. You rock, Mounce! - Liz

BOOM! Thanks Liz for helping me get my boom cards set up! Love all your new ideas! - Michelene

Thank you to everyone’s kindness, thoughts, prayers, and support following my surgery. It has meant a lot to feel like I was part of a team! A special shoutout to the awesome 5th grade teammates for going the extra mile. - Alainya

Thank you so much Al for creating the online SCA ballot, managing the ballots and filming the students speeches on Colt TV! We appreciate all of your help! -Jackie, Megan, and Michelle

Thank you Jennifer Pleasant for cutting laminating for me! -Jackie

Thank you Mrs.Olds for all you do for us in the production room. -Jackie

If you have any shoutouts, please send them to Mrs. Backer and Mrs. Jacobs by Thursday.

Hashtags of the week






10/15 - Al Doss

10/16 - Deborah Roxer

10/18 - Debra Melvin

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Monday, October 15th

  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

  • Ms. Backer OOTB all day

Tuesday, October 16th

  • Faculty Meeting @ 3pm (Library) - canceled
  • Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Yoshida OOTB all day

Wednesday, October 17th

  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

Thursday, October 18th

  • PTA Meeting @ 3pm (Library)

Friday, October 19th

  • Airplane Rep Field Trip 9:15-1:20
  • PTA Fall Festival 6pm -8:30pm - Please consider attending this event to support our PTA!


Monday, October 22nd

  • Coaches Meeting, 8:30
  • Mrs. Ortiz, T/L here to do math learning walks.
  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

Tuesday, October 23rd

  • Smarty Ants (During PE Classes) K-2
  • 5th Grade Jamestown Outreach (5th Grade Classrooms)
  • Pre-K Hunt Club Farm Field Trip 9:30am- 1pm
  • PAC Meeting @ 3pm (Library)
  • Coldstone Pie Sales Begin
  • Mrs. Porter OOTB PM

Wednesday, October 24th

  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

  • Staff and Students - Please consider wearing orange with your favorite jeans to support Unity Day.

Thursday, October 25th

  • Eco Club 2:40pm-4:40pm
  • Beach Bag Drive! Any staff who contributes $5.00 may wear jeans :)

Friday, October 26th

  • 1st Grade Hunt Club Farm Field Trip 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 5th Grade Egg Drop 1:20pm-2:20pm