Armstrong High School Weekly Update

Week Of December 14, 2015 to December 18, 2015 (Wk14)

"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 - December 14, 2015

Morning - Tutoring Schedule

Fall SOL Retakes test - select students- Science

"6th Period History Remediation for SOL Retakes - last chance to remediate before Tuesday's SOL Test

Monday -- Math

Kristen Lee - Algebra I, Michael Wilkens - Algebra II, Greg Plamer - Geometry

Tuesday - 11 English - Mrs. Conley

Wednesday - History - Mr. Rotella - World I, Mr. Sturm - World II, Mr. McKinney and Ms. Golt - US/VA History

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

Weekly PD - 90 minute - Media Center

Tuesday December 15, 2015

Fall SOL Retakes test - select students - Social Studies

Morning - Tutoring Schedule

Tuesday - 11 English - Mrs. Conley

After school tutoring Schedule

Tuesday - Science

Wildcat Basketball plays in a triple header versus Thomas Jefferson at the Arthur Ashe Center.

JV Boys play at 4:30, Varsity Girls play at 6:00, and Varsity Boys play at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday - December 16, 2015

Fall SOL Retakes test - select students - 8th grade Reading and Math

Wildcat Indoor Track competes in RPS Meet #2 at the Arthur Ashe Center at 4:00 pm.

Thursday - December 17, 2015

Fall SOL Retakes test - select students - Reading

National Honor Society Induction 8:45 a.m. - Media Center

Potluck Christmas Staff Celebration - Media Center - 3:00 p.m.

Girls' Basketball hosts Patrick Henry and Boys Basketball travels to Patrick Henry. Tip-off is 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm for both venues.

Friday December 18, 2015

Fall SOL Retakes test - select students - Math

"Armstrong Has Talent" - Talent Show - 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Auditorium - students must have a ticket to enter

Wildcat Wrestling competes in Day 1 of the Lee-Davis Holiday Wrestling Tournament at 5:00 pm.

Girls' Basketball hosts John Marshall with JV playing at 6:00 and Varsity playing at 7:30.

5-5-5 Call Logs

DC: CPlanning Meeting Agenda

DATA: Unit Assessment #4

Saturday - December 19, 2015

Wildcat Wrestling competes in Day 2 of the Lee-Davis Holiday Tournament at 9:00 am.

Wildcat Indoor Track competes in the Dragon Relays at the Arthur Ashe Center at 9:00 am

Concerns and Updates

  • Ms. Gallo is the lead teacher of the CoC (Community of Caring) and she is making a strong effort to incorporate the core values of CoC into Armstrong High School's everyday way of doing things. The core values are caring, respect, responsibility, trust, and family. In an effort to highlight the caring and family values CoC is sponsoring a food drive. I would love for all of the staff and students to participate by bringing in one or more of the items on the list. The items will go to Feedmore to make an impact in someone's life. Please pitch in. Set an example for the students by discussing this service project with them and encouraging them to participate. Please bring all contributions to room 205.
  • Due to an unfortunate situation, John Kuchta from Lincoln Financial will not be at the Richmond Public Schools Benefits (RPS) office tomorrow, December 8th, to discuss the 403B plan. John will resume his regularly scheduled meetings at the RPS Benefits office on December 15th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 17, 2015 - Pot Luck Christmas Celebration - 3:00 p.m. - Media Center
  • Seniors expecting to graduate in Spring 2016 or Summer 2016 may participate in the January 25-29, 2016 Business Writing WorkKeys administration. Additionally, selected sophomores (recommended honors students) and juniors may participate as well.
  • 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!
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!