Admiral Weekly News

January 4-8, 2016

Admiral Parent Edition

Happy New Year Message - 2016 Begins......

Happy New Year Admiral Parents!

On Monday morning we will open our doors to welcome students and staff to the new year. I trust that our students have had a restful holiday break filled with fun and leisure.

Now….. it’s time to continue what we started with increased enthusiasm and strength. Together, we will continue to develop our students into CHAMPIONS as we focus on creating engaging lessons, student and family engagement, and creating and maintaining our high expectations for school culture and climate. As a team we must commit and be determined to delivering excellence in instruction, school safety, developing the home-school connection, respect, accountability, and student support.


As people often make resolutions and goals for the new year; it is also a perfect time to create them with your child. Our students have been away from school for two weeks and may need a “refresher” and consistent schedule to acclimate them back to the rigor of school life. January is a perfect month to reinforce your expectations and set goals for learning, grades, and positive behavior. Let’s work as a team to continue our commitment to the success of your child. When we hold our students to a higher standard they always EXCEED our expectations. They can do it!


We know you want the best for your children! So do we! FCH is on the road to becoming a high performing school but we can't do it without you! High performing schools have highly effective leaders, teachers, and teams. These schools also excel in family and community engagement. This year, we will excel in involving you! We ask that you commit to creating a culture for learning at home and be involved in teaching and learning. Please assist us by modeling the following at home:

  • Make sure that your child is well rested by having a set bedtime each evening.
  • Monitor and support your child’s reading, writing, and math practice at home.
  • Make sure that your child has a dedicated space/place to complete homework and projects.
  • If your child needs assistance, encourage them to stay after school.

January is a serious and pivotal month that sets the tone for the remainder of the school year. It is also a perfect opportunity to set the “RESET BUTTON” for students. Parents, you are extremely important to helping us to create and maintain a positive and safe school culture and climate. Together we can teach our children to be champions, learners, show respect for each other and all adults in our community. College readiness also requires us to teach our children to have excellent character, skills and behavior. We are committed to CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT and we want you to join us as we are determined to BE EXCELLENT in our work on instruction, school climate, and culture! We look forward to your continued support.


Welcome back!

Admiral Pride Staff Member Of The Month - January

Congratulations to Veronica Jackson!

Our Admiral Pride Staff Member of the month is described by her colleagues as one who "models the qualities of an exemplary teacher" and "has a selfless commitment to student success." She is also described as someone who " demonstrates the importance of discipline, respect, and follow-through through music instruction." Congratulations to Veronica Jackson for being our Admiral Pride Staff Member Of The Month.

Important News You Can Use!

Weekly News - January 4-8, 2016

Monday – January 4, 2016
  • Homeroom - Homeroom will be extended by 15 minutes (8:30am-9:00am) for Benchmark Testing Preparation.
  • 1st Period - Shortened 1st Period - 9:04am-9:36am
  • Admiral Pride Assemblies - Our Admiral Pride Assemblies will reset expectations for student learning and behavior. Although we typically hold assemblies during electives, we will be holding the Admiral Pride Assemblies during content periods in order for all grade level teachers to attend. The times are detailed below.
  • 8th Grade Admiral Pride Assembly - 2nd Period
  • 7th Grade Admiral Pride Assembly - 3rd Period
  • 6th Grade Admiral Pride Assembly - 7th Period
  • After School - 3:15pm- 4:10pm - Academics and Intramurals


Tuesday – January 5, 2016
  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Lesson
  • Staff Meeting -3:30pm -Auditorium


Wednesday – January 6, 2016

  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Organizational Chart and/or Team Activities and/or Announcements
  • 8:45am-1:45pm - Admin Team Observations and Walkthroughs - Inter-Rater Reliability- Just as we expect teachers to work in CLT's, the admin team also operates as a CLT. We will be conducting walkthroughs together to ensure that we are providing consistent observational feedback at all grade levels.
  • 1:45pm-3:15pm - Language Arts Walkthroughs with Mr. Mann and Central Office Staff
  • After School - 3:15pm- 4:10pm - Academics and Intramurals
  • PTA Meeting - Topic: The Special Education Process - 7:00pm


Thursday - January 7, 2016

  • Homeroom - College and Career Readiness Lessons
  • AVID/College Pride Day
  • Special Education Training - All SpEd Teachers - Period 2 and 3.
  • New Teacher Meeting - This month's meeting will occur during your planning per period rather than after school.
  • 7th Grade - 1st Period
  • 6th Grade - 3rd Period
  • Electives - 5th Period
  • 8th Grade/International Academy - 6th Period
  • PE - 7th Period
  • After School - 3:15pm- 4:10pm - Academics and Intramurals


Friday - January 8, 2016

  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Organizational Chart and/or Team Activities and/or Announcements
  • Admiral Pride Day

Auditions for Spring Musical

Monday, Jan. 4th, 3:15pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Auditions for Spring Musical

Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 3:15pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

PTA Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 7pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Auditions for Spring Musical

Thursday, Jan. 7th, 3:15pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

District Honors Orchestra

Friday, Jan. 8th, 10am

6500 Quander Road

Alexandria, VA

District Honors Orchestra

Saturday, Jan. 9th, 9am

6500 Quander Road

Alexandria, VA

Principal's Coffee

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 8:30am

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

5th Grade Fiddle Fest

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 10am

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

District Band Auditions

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 12am

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Time will be announced.

District Jazz Clinic

Thursday, Jan. 28th, 12am

1200 N Quaker Ln

Alexandria, VA

This event occurs January 28-30th.