Armstrong High School Weekly Update

Week Of April 4, 2016 to April 8, 2016 (Wk28)

"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

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"100 and 80" days to make a difference in the lives of our students"

Monday - April 4, 2016

Morning - Tutoring Schedule for the Week:

  • 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 for the Week:

  • Tuesday - Science
  • Wednesday - English/History
  • Thursday - Math

Normal Bell Schedule:

8:00 AM – 9:35 AM 1st Block

9:40 AM -11:10 AM 2nd Block

1:15 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


Girls' Tennis hosts Spotsylvania while Boys' Tennis travels to Spotsylvania. Start time is 5:00 pm at both places.

Tuesday April 5, 2016


Wildcat Softball travels to Spotsylvania for a 5:00 pm game. Wildcat Soccer travels to Hanover for a 5:00 pm match.

Wednesday - April 6, 2016


Wildcat Track competes in a Capital District Meet at Atlee HS at 4:00 pm.

Wildcat Tennis travels to Varina for 5:00 pm matches.

Wildcat Baseball and Softball travel to Hopewell for 6:00 pm games.

Thursday - April 7, 2016

Leadership Team Meeting - 8:30 - 9:30 - ALP Room


World History II field trip departure time 9:00 a.m.

Girls' Tennis hosts Thomas Jefferson and Boys' Tennis travels to Thomas Jefferson. Start time is 5:00 pm at both venues.

Friday –April 8, 2016


Wildcat Soccer hosts Highland Springs at 5:30 pm.

Wildcat Softball hosts Highland Springs at the Henderson Sports Complex at 6:00 pm. Wildcat Baseball travels to Highland Springs for a 6:00 pm game.

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Concerns and Updates

  • Teachers to post grades for homebound & homebase students that no longer show in your grade book please refer to the email sent by Mr. Malcom. Under status you see two bullets, enrolled & withdrawn; when you click on the withdrawn bullet it will show all the student that you no longer see in your grade book. This is where you will place a grade only for homebound & homebase students if Mr. King has provided said grade. Remember after you input a numerical grade for each student click the post grades button. Please feel free to call (ext 508) or stop by my office if you have questions.
  • Twilight school will begin on Monday, February 22, 2016 - see Dr. Ward - Coordinator for Twilight School for more details
  • 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).
  • April 13-15 ARDT TESTING
  • End of 3rd Nine Weeks - April 14th
  • 2 hour early release - April 15th - Teacher Workday
  • All 3rd nine weeks grades posted on ASPEN by April 18th
  • Report cards mailed home April 22
  • 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!
Homebound Student List

Click to see the most updated list of Homebound students

List of Paneled Students and Disposition

Click the box above to see an updated list of homebound students

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!