Trantwood Times

"Captivating Every Student, Every Day!"

Kudos - singing the praises of our staff :)

Many thanks to Mrs. McCallum for the beautiful flowers placed at the front entry and in the collaboration room. Dr. Spence remarked on their beauty and how nice it was to have a little "nature" inside.

Kudos to everyone for keeping the focus on "learning" for the day on Friday, even though it was an early dismissal day.

Awesome job Mrs. Owens and Mrs. Z for helping to remove the trash from all the classrooms on Friday afternoon. We could not have done it without you!

Mega thanks to Mrs. Iman for ensuring every one of our students are safe by checking all the millions of bags of goodies sent to the building for Valentine's Day.

Love the pictures you are posting to twitter. Special thanks to Mrs. Hawley, Mrs. Piron, and Mrs. McKown for capturing what I missed this week via Twitter.

Feb. 15 - 19

Monday, Feb. 15: Presidents’ Day, Schools Closed

Tuesday, Feb. 16:

SOL Tutoring 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m., Room 10

Faculty Meeting, 3:00 p.m., Media Center

Wednesday, Feb. 17:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Art Club, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.

STEM, 2:40 – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 18:

SOL Tutoring, 7:20 – 7:50 a.m.

Girls on the Run, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m., Room 10

Green Garden Club Meeting, 2:40 – 4:00 p.m.

Peer Tutoring, 2:40 – 3:30 p.m., Cafeteria

Friday, Feb 19:

Parents Night Out, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Feb. 15 - 19, 2016

Monday, Feb. 15

Schools Closed - President's Day

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Design Fellows site visit, 9:00 am, collaboration room and Art room

Girls on the Run, 2:45 - 4:00

Student Culture, Teacher PD, Library, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 17

LAM OOTB all day

AGZ OOTB 1 pm on

Art Club, 2:45 - 4:00 pm

Thursday, Feb. 18

LAM OOTB all day

Art Teachers training, Large Conference Room, all day

ODU Dental Hygienist visit grade 2, 1:10 - 2:30

Green Cardinals, 2:40 - 4:00

Girls on the Run, 2:40 - 4:00

Friday, Feb. 19

LAM OOTB, all day

Jan Roewer, OOTB, all day

PTA Valentine's Day Dance, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Due Dates and Reminders

  • SchoolNet Q2 assessment window: Jan. 22 - Feb. 19
  • Employment Intent form completion deadline, Feb. 23, 2106 (See email from HR Feb. 2, 2016)
  • Mandatory Site-based PLP due by March 31, 2016
  • Mark your calendar – Tuesday, April 26 @ 9:00 a.m., Kindergarten Registration
  • Please turn in your Military Affiliation forms to the office daily.
  • The deadline to complete PLP hours is April 30, 2016. Updated points sheets will be passed out soon.
  • Progress Monitoring meetings will be conducted during collaboration Feb. 23, 25, & 26 2016. Stay tuned for artifacts to bring to the table for this time.

Happy Birthday

February 16 Mrs. Z

February 18 Ania Blackwell

February 19 Tracy Dobrinsky


National African American History Month

National Career and Technical Education Month

I Make A Difference & SCA Teacher of the Month

I Make a Difference:

Pam Jacobs/Gina Howes

Bernette Owens

Lisa Lee

Stephanie Piron

Becky McCallum

Karen Francis

Nancy Lambert

Tim Cassidy

Cassandra Arena

Nancy Kurz

Megan Bailey

SCA Teacher of the Month

Becky McCallum

Helpful Emails

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Sitebased PLP from Mrs. Metzger on Jan. 25 (2nd time)

SchoolNet - Saving Test Items in School's Item Bank from Mrs. Kurz on Feb. 12, 2016

Mathematics 2016 Winter Conference from Mrs. Kurz on Jan. 25, 2016, due Feb. 17, 2016

VBCPS Employment Intent form from HR, sent Feb. 2, 2016, due by Feb. 23, 2016

VBCPS 2016 Employee Survey, sent Feb. 2, 2016, due by March 4, 2016

Scholarship Information for Classified Employees

Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society of women educators dedicated to furthering educational goals and programs. Gamma Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma seeks to fulfill one of its goals of promoting education as a career choice. Scholarships in the amount of $600 each will be awarded in the spring of 2016. VBCPS classified employees, currently pursuing a degree in education or a Virginia teaching license for the purpose of teaching, may apply. The applicants must have no previous college degree. See flyer on bulletin board in office.

News from Ten Marks

TenMarks has teamed with Carol Dweck (Growth Mindset) on a new campaign called With Math I Can. The website asks classrooms and students to pledge to commit to a growth mindset about math.

To achieve a growth mindset, we commit to the following:

  • We will celebrate our mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow.
  • We will be confident and share our thinking.
  • We will persevere through difficult practice.

The website has some great videos and resources about the growth mindset and grit. The link is...

On another note, TenMarks is very interested in hearing from educators. A few of my colleagues at JBD recently attended a TenMarks conference in Boston. I encourage you to share your knowledge and who knows where it will take you!!

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Enhancing Your Classroom Library

Does your classroom library inspire students to want to read? Does it inspire them to try different genres? Does it allow students to easily point out books to their friends that they think they will enjoy? Does your classroom library beckon the eye? If not, then it's time to rethink and refresh this vital space in your room.

Here are some tips and questions to consider when giving your library a makeover:

1. There is no perfect way to organize your library. Organizing it, however, is important.

2. Find the right spot in your room. Does this spot allow you to organize the books in such a way that they are appealing to the eye and easily accessible?

3. Who should organize the books and how should they be organized? Should they be organized by you or your students? Should they be organized by genre or by level or by ?

4. What do you expect from your students when borrowing and returning books to the classroom library? To decide this, consider this: Who keeps you up at night because they don't like to read? Whatever system you create, does it allow students to select books that are a good fit for them?

5. Which books should I keep and which ones should I donate? I've learned over time that if a student is interested in a book, that's way more important than the level of the book. Go through your pile of books and consider donating those that are out of date, unappealing, or have had severe wear and tear.

Here's what I know...our students want to read. They want to be introduced to a great book. Classroom libraries are a wonderful way to inspire them to read more. Give it a go and let me know how I can help. This journey won't disappoint.

Cardinals Celebrating the 100th Day of School!