Armstrong High School Weekly Update

Week Of November 9, 2015 to November 13, 2015 (Wk10)

"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 - November 9, 2015

Bell Schedule - No Enrichment Period this week - No Lunch and Learn -- Lunch and Learn did not achieve the goal as expected

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

History Schedule

1st Period--Room 217-- Examiner: Ms. Golt, Proctor/Read-Aloud: Mr. King

3rd Period--Library--Examiner: Mrs. Anderson, Proctor/Read-Aloud: Mrs. Culbreth-Washington

5th Period--Room 219--Examiner: Ms. Ford, Proctor/Read-Aloud: Mr. Watkins

7th Period--Room 222--Examiner: Mr. Snead, Proctor/Read-Aloud: Mr. Scott

IA English Core Nov. 6th/9th

Weekly 90 Minute Professional Development - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Room 211

Title IX - Ms. Candice Hunter - Chief of Staff RPS

SACS Overview

Wildcat Girls' Volleyball travels to Riverside HS for a 7:00 pm First Round Regional Playoff Match.

Tuesday November 10, 2015

End of 1st Nine Weeks grading period - Begin posting grades

The Annual JROTC Veteran's Day Program is being held in the gymnasium at 3:00 pm.

Wednesday - November 11, 2015

7:35 AM – 7:55 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:25 AM 1st Block

9:30 AM -11:00 AM 2nd Block

11:05 AM – 12:45 PM 3rd Block

12:45 PM Student Dismissal

Lunch A (1st Floor) 11:20 PM – 11:45 PM

1st Floor Instructional Time: 11:05 AM – 11:20 PM, 11:50 PM – 12:45 PM

Lunch B (2nd Floor) 12:20 PM – 12:45 PM

2nd Floor Instructional Time:11:05 AM – 12:20 PM

Class Periods - 1st , 3rd, and 5th - 2 hour early release

SACS External Review - Onsite all day - Classroom visits/observations

teacher lunch - 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

classroom work time 1:20 - 3:00 p.m.

Thursday November 12, 2015

IA Math Core = Nov. 12th/13th

All 1st Nine Weeks Grades are Due --- must be posted on ASPEN by 2:45 p.m.

SACS External Review - Onsite all day - Classroom visits/observations

FAculty Meeting - External Review Team - SACS Accreditation Team - Room 211 -

2:55 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

The JV Wildcat Football Team travels to Atlee for a 7:00 p.m.contest.

Community Facility Meeting - AHS Auditorium on from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m

Friday November 13, 2015

IA Math Core = Nov. 12th/13th

Football Playoffs begin 7:00 pm at James Monroe HS.

Saturday - November 14, 2015

Saturday-Wildcat Boys' Basketball hosts Indian River in a scrimmage at 2:00 pm.

Concerns and Updates

  • Don't miss out! There are a few Homecoming T-Shirts left. Get yours today!
  • Senior Portraits by our very own Mr. Hockaday and the Yearbook student staff members - Armstrong Auditorium - select times 1st, 2nd, and 6th period
  • 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
  • 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
  • Benchmark Testing Dates: IA History Core = Nov. 4th/5th, IA English Core Nov. 6th/9th, IA Math Core = Nov. 12th/13th, IA Science Core = Nov. 16th/17th, Extended Core Testing Window = Nov. 2nd to Nov.12th
  • 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
  • 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 16 - 20th College Week - select classes will take part in activities throughout the week -- supported by school counselors, RVA Future Center, and UVA College Guide
  • November 18th - No school for students - Parent Teacher Conference - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Family/Community/Faculty Feast - 11:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 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.

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!


Click to access the professional library of resources!

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!