Armstrong High School Weekly Update

Week Of February 8, 2016 to February 12, 2016 (Wk21)

"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 - February 8, 2016

Don't forget your commitment to the 'Armstrong Challenge'


8:00 am – 9:35 am


9:40 am – 11:10 am


11:15 am – 1:10 pm


1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Morning - Tutoring Schedule

Monday -- Math

Kristin Lee - Algebra I, Michael Wilkens - Algebra II, Greg Palmer - Geometry

Tuesday - 11 English - Mrs. Conley

Thursday - Science - Earth Science - Mark Zelonski and Ms.Lenkiewicz, Biology- Ms. Kern, Chemistry - Mr. Jaini

After school tutoring Schedule

Tuesday - Science

Wednesday - English/History

Thursday - Math

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

Professional Development time to be used from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Content/Departmental PD -- please see your department chair for location

Boys Basketball hosts James Monroe for the 2nd Annual Armstrong-Kennedy Hall of Fame Game. JV plays at 6:00 pm and Varsity plays at 7:30.

Tuesday February 9, 2016

Math Benchmark by period

After school tutoring Schedule

Tuesday - Science

Armstrong hosts the RPS Middle School Boys' Basketball Championship at 3:30 pm.

Wednesday - February 10, 2016 - Teacher Work Day - 2 Hour Early Release

Math Benchmark by period

After school tutoring Schedule

Wednesday - English/History

Wednesday-Boys' Basketball travels to Highland Springs. JV plays at 6:00 and Varsity plays at 7:30.

Thursday - February 10, 2016

Math Benchmark by Part II period

After school tutoring Schedule

Thursday - Math

Friday –February 11, 2016

Leadership team meeting - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - room 102

Math Benchmark Part 2 by period

5-5-5 Call Logs

DC: CPlanning Meeting Agenda

Wildcat Indoor Track competes in the Conference 26 Championship at the Arthur Ashe Center at 1:00 pm.

Wildcat Wrestling competes in Day 1 of the Conference 26 Championship at Skyline HS at 2:00 pm.

Saturday- February 12, 2016

Wildcat Wrestling competes in Day 2 of the Conference 26 Championship at 10:00 am.

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Concerns and Updates

  • School Counselors will work this week to finish registering students for SAT Day - administered at AHS
  • Twilight school will begin on Monday, February 22, 2016 - see Dr. Ward - Coordinator for Twilight School for more details
  • End of 2nd Nine Weeks - 1st Semester - February 9th
  • Grading Portal opens on February 9th -all grades posted by February 11th - Change in Date
  • February 10 - 2 hour early release - teacher workday - schedule 2, 6 & 8
  • Report Cards Mailed Home - February 17th
  • The deadline for some colleges' FAFSA submission is February 15th.
  • In spring 2016, the Standards of Learning (SOL) history tests will contain multiple choice and technology-enhanced field test items that assess the current 2008 History & Social Science Standards of Learning. In spring 2017, the SOL history tests will contain multiple choice and technology-enhanced field test items that assess the revised 2015 History & Social Science Standards of Learning. In order to support student preparation for technology-enhanced items (TEI) that may appear on history assessments, sets of practice items have been developed and will be delivered via electronic Practice Assessment Tools (ePAT).
  • Please note that the 2nd Benchmark assessment window will be open from January 20th - February 17th. The extended assessment windows have been planned in order to allow flexibility due to differences in pacing across grades and subject areas, as well as, to accommodate for differences in the availability of technology across the district.
  • Annual Military Inspection - February 18th - Gymnasium
  • Annual Military Inspection - Cadet's Presentation briefing - March 14th
  • March 2nd - SAT DAY -- All 11th grade students - location Gym
  • End of 3rd Interim - March 8th
  • March 10th 2 hour Early Release - Parent Teacher Conference
  • March 11th - No School For students - Parent Teacher Conference
  • Spring Break - March 28th - April 1st
  • 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
  • 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!
Semester Exam and Benchmark Schedule - Revised

Revised Testing Schedule As of 2/1/2016 - Make sure to note changes!

Superintendent's Memo #294-14

Information regarding SOL History Tests

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!

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.


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Archived Weekly Update Links

Weekly Update Links that have been archived for reference

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!