Trantwood Times

"Captivating Every Student, Every Day!"

Kudos - singing the praises of our staff :)

Kudos to Ashley Stanley for taking over and doing such a stellar job in Mrs. Wright-Owens class. Next week is her last week as a Cardinal and we want to wish her well as she moves into Panther territory. Thank you for captivating our students every day!

Parents Night Out was a huge success thanks to Megan Bailey, Melissa Moore, Terri Hawley & son, Berkely Wheeler, Nancy Kurz, Sue Jerasa, Hope Twine, Angela Haebler, Stephanie Piron, and Cathi Borchers.

Kudos to Karen Francis for creating a very welcoming and beautiful setting for our School Improvement meeting. Special recognition goes out to Becky McCallum for working behind the scenes to make this space special for our visitors.

Outstanding job Brooke Martinette, Jan Roewer, Jen McKown, Catie Bartczak, and Anne Glenn-Zeljnczak for presenting an update to the School Improvement team on our PCI and all that is happening at Trantwood.

Many thanks to all the Twitterers on our staff. Each Tweet shows the world what great opportunities we are providing our students to learn every day.

Gigantic compliments to Brooke Martinette and Nancy Lambert for organizing our first Tech Smackdown.

Gigantic compliments also to Jen McKown, Lisa Lee, Kathy Temple, Gina Lane, Julie Ruszala, Jenny Mello, Stephanie Piron, Megan Bailey, Jenny DeLashmutt and Tracey Halman for being risk takers. Your presentations were inspiring and well done! I am so sorry we ran out of time to hear everyone's presentation.

Kudos to Terry Hill, Nancy Kurz, Michele Flynn, Barb Iman, and Butch Ellis for keeping our office running so smoothly. We've had many visitors lately and every time, they rave about how welcoming our school is and what a pleasure it is to visit Cardinal territory!

Kudos to Carolyne McCoy and Jim Fox for staying on top of the tech issues happening throughout the building. It's great to know you happily come to our rescue when needed!

Thanks so much Tim Cassidy for organizing our Operation Smile Final Smile students. We can't wait to watch them run on Saturday. I hope everyone will join the fun.

Due Dates and Reminders

  • Join us for the Operation Smile Shamrock Final Mile, March 19, 11:20 am
  • Statewide Tornado Drill, March 22 @ 8:45 a.m.
  • Cooperation COM due to Lisa Lisa Lee, March 25, 2016
  • Mandatory Site-based PLP due by March 31, 2016
  • Kindergarten Registration, April 19, 2016, 9 am
  • The deadline to complete all PLP hours is April 30, 2016. Updated points sheets were placed in your box last week.

March 21 - 25, 2016

Monday, 21:

  • IPT Spring Assessment, Grade 4
  • Awake Golf Birdie Academy 2:40 – 3:50 p.m.
  • Spinning A Yarn, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m., Media Center

Tuesday, March 22:

  • IPT Make-Ups
  • Tornado Drill, 8:45 am
  • School Board Member, Dottie Holtz, visits our school, 9:30 am
  • Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
  • ILT & PAC meeting, 3:00 - 3:30, ILT 3:30 - 4:00

Wednesday, March 23:

  • IPT Make-Ups
  • Art Club, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
  • STEM, 2:40 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Mrs. Metzger, OTB

Thursday, March 24:

  • Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Peer Tutoring 2:40 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Green Cardinals Club, 2:40 – 4:00 pm
  • Mrs. Metzger, OTB

Friday, March 25:

  • SCA Ice Cream Party, 2:40 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Mrs. Metzger, OTB

March 28 – April 1: Spring Holiday, Schools Closed

In our thoughts and prayers...

Brenda Wright-Owens

Becky McCallum

April 4 - April 8, 2016

Monday, April 4

Tuesday, April 5

  • Lisa Lee, OTB, afternoon
  • Girls on the Run, 2:40 - 4:00
  • SCA Officer and Homeroom meeting, 2:40 - 4:00
  • ILT, 3 - 4
  • PTA Board Meeting, 6:30, Library

Wednesday, April 6

  • Mrs. Metzger, OTB, 1:30
  • Art Club, 2:40 - 4:00

Thursday, April 7

  • Green Cardinals, 2:40 - 4:00
  • Girls on the Run, 2:40 - 4:00
  • Design Fellows Showcase, Plaza Annex, 5 pm

Friday, April 8

  • Mrs. Metzger, OTB, all day
  • All City Chorus, Sandler Center

Happy Birthday

Tim Cassidy, March 26

Jan Roewer, March 26

Robin Strohsahl, March 30

Education Foundation Grant Opportunities

Both the Schoolwide Application (comprehensive project awards $2,000 to $5,000) and Innovative Learning Project Application (awards up to $2,000) are linked from

These Spring grant applications are due May 6!

A great suggestion for refreshing work is to relook at the T&L framework:

The Teaching and Learning Framework drives our efforts inside the classroom to best prepare and challenge students. This framework in-cludes four belief statements abut our collective work as educators. The foundational pieces of effective instruction (planning, teaching, assessing and responding) are features within the framework, leading to a safe, effective learning environment for every student, every day-a concept that is always at the center of our work. To learn more about the frame-work’s components access the resource libraries by going to T and L homepage and clicking on each section of the framework.

School Board Member Visit Tuesday, March 22 @ 9:30 am

Mrs. Dottie Holtz
2512 George Mason Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
January 2011 - December 2018

Dottie Holtz was elected to the School Board in November 2010. Holtz retired from VBCPS in 2008 after a 30-year career, serving as a teacher and computer resource specialist at Thoroughgood Elementary. In 2002 Holtz was named Thoroughgood Elementary's teacher of the year. Prior to teaching for VBCPS,Holtz taught for eight years. Her community involvement is diverse. Over the years she has been involved with organizations to include: the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Lynnhaven River NOW; Tidewater Arts Outreach; the Sierra Club; Virginia Organizing Project; League of Women Voters; Relay for Life and Salvation Army. Holtz is a lifetime member of the Virginia Beach Education Association and serves on the 3rd Precinct Police Advisory Committee, Technology Hampton Roads Council and the Virginia Beach Reading Council. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Fordham University and a master's in elementary education, with a concentration in technology, from Old Dominion University. Holtz's three children graduated from VBCPS.

SOL Test Dates

Thursday, May 19: Grade 4 Reading, Part 1

Friday, May 20: Grade 4 Reading, Part 2

Monday, May 23: Grade 4 Math, Part 1

Tuesday, May 24: Grade 4 Math, Part 2

Wednesday, May 25: Grade 5 Reading, Part 1

Thursday, May 26: Grade 5 Reading, Part 2

Tuesday, May 31: Grade 5 Math, Part 1

Wednesday, June 1: Grade 5 Math, Part 2

Thursday, June 2: Grade 3 Reading, Part 1

Friday, June 3: Grade 3 Reading, Part 2

Monday, June 6: Grade 3 Math, Part 1

Tuesday, June 7: Grade 3 Math, Part 2

Wednesday, June 8: Grade 5 Science

Thursday, June 9: Grade 5 History

Technology Tips

VBCPSPR WIRELESS ACCESS FOR STAFF IS NOW ACTIVE – In case you have not applied this to your phone or personal mobile device yet, the staff wireless channel VBCPSPR allows you the same level of internet access as you have when logged into a school computer or laptop. Directions for accessing specific individual devices can be found here.

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