Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 10/29-11/2

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

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Shout Outs

Thank you to Mr. Doss and Mrs. Mounce for coming to the rescue at my first attempt of giving a test in Schoology! You literally saved the day. - September

Thank you to Mrs. Rockwell for being so gracious and flexible! - September

Big shout out to Mrs. Cooley and Mrs. Shutter for the extra hands. - September

Thank you to all the teachers who go that extra mile to bring Chromebooks to music. - September

Shout out to Mrs. Minehan’s class for using Flipgrid to have virtual discussions! - Al

Shout out to Mrs. Nicolosi’s and Ms. McNeely’s classes for using Tinkercad to have students create a 3D Regions of VA project! - Al

Shout out to Ms. Love’s Class. They created candy towers in the Innovation Lab! - Al

Huge Shout Out to all the Teachers and Staff recognizing Colts being Ready, Responsible, and Respectful! -PBIS Team

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

Principal's Message for the week

Remembering the WHY

During pre-service week this school year, we spent a good deal of time examining our WHY. I recently saw the blog post below by A. J. Juliani and thought that it brings together our work from pre-service with the work we will be doing at the farm this year, especially as you start to submit your Talent Ed goals (Due 10/31 :) )

"Trevor Ragan of Train Ugly points out, we have the choice between easy or better all the time:

  • It’s easier to eat out. It’s better to cook at home.
  • It’s easier to play someone that you know you can beat. It’s better to play the person who might beat you.
  • It’s easier to read the SparkNotes. It’s better to read the book.
  • It’s easier to do it how it’s always been done. It’s better to challenge, stretch, and experiment.
  • It’s easier to talk about goals. It’s better to lace up and go to work on them – off stage.
  • It’s easier to enhance your strengths. It’s better to go to work on a weakness.

We’re presented this choice literally all of the time. The problem is: easy is fast, easy is fun, easy is comfortable – and we’re wired to lean in that direction. But we grow by choosing better.

Finding your why isn't easy, but it makes life better. Finding your why takes time, but it changes the trajectory of your life. Finding your why is empowering, because you own the choices you make and the things you do, design, and create. Keep this notion in mind as you dig into your formative assessments and create lessons around them that have high levels of rigor and student engagement. How can your WHY motivate to create lessons that challenge your students?


Colts Pride in Action

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

Innovative highlight:

BRAVO to Mrs. Johnson as she went completely outside of her comfort zone with Schoology this week. She had her students complete their first assessment in Music in Schoology!

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Oct. 29th - Nov. 2nd

Disability History and Awareness Month

National Bullying Intervention Awareness Month

National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Fairness is our Character Trait

  • Math Quarterly is to be given this week - (will review data week of November 5)

Monday, October 29th

  • SCA Ceremony 8:30a - 9a (Cafeteria)
  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

Tuesday, October 30th

  • PBIS Team Meeting @ 3pm (Library)
  • SCA Meeting 2:45p-4p (Cafeteria)

Wednesday, October 31st

  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

  • Happy Halloween!! - Please do not assign homework this night.

Thursday, November 1st

  • Today is National Author's Day! Introduce your students to some books by great authors.
  • National Sugar Rush day - most students will be coming off a night that was full of excitement and sugar. Consider planning for some extra brain breaks and movements today.

Friday, November 2nd

  • 1st Grade Gifted Screening'
  • Grade Level Plans for Virtual Learning Day are due to admin.
  • 7:00 pm Kellam vs. Landstown High School Football Game - All Feeder schools will be able to run across the field at half time.


LA Quarterly is to be given this week - (will review data week of November 12)

Monday, November 5th

  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p
  • Art/Music/PE grades/comments finalized by 5:00 p.m. Homeroom teachers should NOT transfer grades until after 5:00 p.m. on Monday or else you will not capture specialists grades and comments.

Tuesday, November 6th

  • Staff Day/ Virtual Learning Day
  • Leadership Meeting @ 3pm (Library)
  • Homeroom teachers finalize grades/comments by 5:00 p.m. Please send a PDF to Mrs. Mounce when you are complete.

Wednesday, November 7th

  • Girls on the Run 2:40p - 4:20p

Thursday, November 8th

  • Eco Club 2:40p-5p
  • All revised edits are due by 3:00pm. This includes turning in your awards list as well. Please have a colleague proof read your comments.

Friday, November 9th

  • Watch D.O.G.S (Ivory Knight) will be in the building today!

Extra Collaboration Schedule

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The expectation for extended collab is that an agenda will be sent to Patti and myself by Monday of that week. Jenny and Patti are here both collabs therefore, please plan for both subjects. We will be taking in house learning walks both collab days for 30 mins. The time of these learning walks will be TBA. We will work with the grade level to find the best time frame. The rest of the time is for the grade level to use. Please be purposeful and prepared so that this time is meaningful and productive.

Report Cards are coming!

Here are some important reminders about report cards:

  • Remember that VBCPS grading policy currently states that a DP or N should not be issued on the report card unless the parent has been notified prior to issuance.
  • Please remember, with Standards-based grading, the proficiency mark on the report card should reflect the student’s current mastery level on that standard. Various data points may be used to determine the student’s proficiency level (anecdotal notes, exit tickets, summative assessments, etc.)
  • Report card comments should not be the same for your entire class. They do not need to be super lengthy, but they should reflect that you know the student, and they should address any concerns especially any DP's or N's. Please make sure comments are tactful. Put yourself in the parents' shoes. How would you feel reading the comment if it was your child? Begin with something positive and include any quarterly awards earned by the student.

*As a reminder, Mrs. Porter and I will be checking all 650+ report card comments. Please take your time to edit your own comments and then swap comments with a colleague to check before submitting them.

We will once again recognize our students’ accomplishments each marking period with the following awards.

  • Extraordinary Colt – is in the Productivity, Part & Collab, & Citizenship- All Ps AND at least 1 AP (no DP or N
  • Academic Excellence- is 5 APs in core subjects with no DP or Ns anywhere on RC
  • Attendance Award will be awarded to students in grades PreK through 5 displaying excellent attendance.

· 2 tardies (excused or unexcused) = 1 absence

- Leaving school early – Teacher monitoring – please report any patterns of early dismissal to Robyn

2020 Teacher of the Year Nominations

It is time for 2020 Teacher of the Year Nominations. Please send any 2020 TOY nominations to Patti Porter by Friday, November 2nd. A nomination must Include a paragraph on why you are nominating this teacher.

Eligibility Criteria are:

-Hold state certification in assignment area

-Be a current full-time classroom teacher to include librarian, counselor, ITS, reading specialist, math specialists, ESL teacher, and special education teachers.

-Have a minimum of 5 full years teaching experience

-Have received proficient standard or higher in all standards on summative evaluation

-Planning to continue as an active teacher

SCA United Way Coin Wars Drive / United Way Staff Support - Jeans Day

The SCA will have a Coin Wars Drive to support the United Way. This will take place during the week ofNov. 5th-9th with more information coming from the SCA.

We will also have a Staff Jeans Day for all of those contributing to the United Way. This Staff Jeans Day will be Wednesday, November 7th. You will need to print a copy of your receipt after you have donated electronically. Here is the link for you to donate:

If you did not donate online but would like to participate then donate $5.00 to Mrs. Porter by Nov. 6th. You will receive a sticker for supporting the United Way and allowing you the extra Jeans Day!


10/31 - Marissa Wisotzkey

Morning Meeting Moment

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

Important Links

Based on feedback from PAC, we have redesigned the Gazette to put the most important information top. Links that you might often or important memos from each week's principal packets will be found here.


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