Galloping Gazette

A newsletter for the Faculty and Staff - Week 4/8 - 4/12

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

Principal's Message for the week:

During this past week, we held our second school improvement process meeting. It was a time in which we looked back and celebrated on ALL that we have accomplished this year so far. We have students doubling their RI scores, students with disabilities growing over a year's worth of reading growth in three quarters of instruction, and more than 3/4 of our students already scoring 50% on their Ten Marks assessments.

However, data aside - the true celebrations came from hearing about the growth many of our teachers have felt with their classroom instruction this year. Many of you are trying things for the first time, bringing JOY into the classroom, and looking for ways to raise the level of rigor and student engagement in your lessons. It is not a bad problem to have when your list of celebrations is 15 items deep and you still have one more quarter to go!

As we were in our SIP meeting on Tuesday, I looked around the table and sat in awe of the level of commitment and talent that our coaches bring to CFES. Patti, Jenny, Debbie, Nicole, and Ashley put countless hours into our presentation, crunching numbers, peeling back layer by layer to get to the teacher and student level to make the best plan to reach everyones' needs. I am beyond grateful to have this team who puts in their all to serve CF and is always looking at ways to make the farm the best place it can be.

Let's go into this last week with intentions of bringing JOY into every lesson and loving on all of our students!

Thank you for being amazing!


Shout Outs

Shout out to all the teachers spreading JOY around the farm! - Danielle

Thank you to everyone for being flexible with me popping in and out of classrooms to get pictures for the yearbook as I am trying to get as many different kiddos featured as possible! - Tennys

Shout out to Damion for always having a smile on his face!! - Abbe

Thanks Tammy and Miriam for undecorating our hall! Only took my observant self 5 hours to notice! - Michelene

Shout out to Anna Shuttleworth, Kelsey O'Hanlon, Michelene Kesner, and Alli Crouch for your professionalism and great ideas during a meeting this week. Patti

Shout out to Tennys Kane for her generosity in sharing her pencil supply with me! - Susan

Shout out to Debbie Vickery and Kelly McNeely for the wonderfully enriching time we have had in our Joy Club! - Susan

Shout out to Heather Armstrong… for modeling strength every day! - Megan Z.

Shout out to Lauren Griffin for being my hero every day for juggling so much and still making daily fun even when things aren’t always fun! - Megan Z.

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

Schedule for upcoming weeks

Apr. 8th - Apr. 12th

Review LA Quarterly Data in PLC

Give Content Quarterly to students

Monday, April 8th

· Report Cards Go Home

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club

· 9:30a - 1:30p VA Aquarium Field Trip (3rd Grade)

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Newspaper Club

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

Tuesday, April 9th

· 7a - 7:30p Munchkins for Mom

· 3rd Grade PLC

· 3:00p - 4:00p PBIS Team Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, April 10th - Purple up day!

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club


· 1st Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

Thursday, April 11th

· 9a - 10a Fire Safety Assembly (K-AM, 2, 3)

· 1:30p - 2:30p Fire Safety Assembly (PK, K-PM, 1)

· 5th Grade PLC

· Spanish PLC

Friday, April 12th

· Spring Break Begins!!!


Apr. 22nd - Apr. 26th

Remember - this week starts PLCs will be only 45 mins from 2:15 - 3:00. Grades 3 -5 should bring their post-tests and notes from that week's roadmap.

Monday, April 22nd

· Earth Day (Help us beautify the front garden after school!)

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club

· 2nd Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p SCA Meeting (Cafeteria)

· 2:40p - 4:00p Newspaper Club

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

Tuesday, April 23rd

· 9:00a - 10:30a Kindergarten Registration

· 9:00a - 1:00p VA Beach Aquarium Program Kindergarten (Rm 7)

· 3rd Grade PLC

· 3:00p - 4:00p PBIS team Meeting (Library)

Wednesday, April 24th - Secretary's Day!

· 7:00a - 8:00a SOL Reading Club


· 9:00a - 1:00p VA Beach Aquarium Program Kindergarten (Rm 7)

· 1st Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:20p Girls on the Run (Rm 7)

· 6:00p - 7:00p Ms. Love's Parent Reading Night (Rm 17)

Thursday, April 25th - Take Your Child to Work Day

· 9:00a - 1:00p VA Beach Aquarium Program Kindergarten (Rm 7)

· 5th Grade PLC

· 2:40p - 4:00p Stem Club Meetings (Rm 34/ Computer Lab/ Rm 38 Art Room)

· 3:00p - 4:00p PTA Meeting

· 5:00p - 7:30p Papa Johns Delivery Night

Friday, April 26th

· 4th Grade PLC

· 8:30 - 2:30 Master Gardeners Program (1st Grade) (Rm 7)

PBIS: Being Responsible

Teachers and staff did an excellent job "catching students" Being Responsible this week. You did such a terrific job again this week that the following people have a token in their mailbox:

Minehan, S. Johnson, Dorbin, Hall, Willett, Cochran, Witherow, Gollihur, Young, Jones, Nicolosi, Pascual, Featherston, Kane, Kesner, Cooley, Kernodle, Zipprich, and Frierson.

When we return from Spring Break we are going to "Catch" students Being Respectful!

Q3 assessments important information

Social Studies and Science: 4/5/19 - 4/11/19

The quarterly benchmark assessments must be given with fidelity in a "testing environment." When planning to administer your quarterly assessments, please do NOT leave this for a substitute. As you may know. this is important to give us an accurate picture of student performance and you are going to provide that environment for your students. This is especially important for our Q3 assessment because this assessment is our best indicator for student performance and student need as it relates to remediation and instruction. The Q3 assessment also gives us the big picture of where students are performing before the SOL test for our remediation groups. If you have any questions, please come see Mrs. Backer. The following guidelines are expected of ALL classrooms in grades 2 - 5.

  • Testing environment - rooms should be set up in a manner that mimics what students will encounter during the SOLs. This does not mean walls must be covered, rather student desks should be arranged in a similar fashion. The assessment should be completed in a whole group format.
  • Small group - students with an IEP or 504 who have small group testing accommodation noted, must be pulled out of the classroom to complete their assessment. Note that this will impact scheduling as case managers and TAs will be administering assessments in multiple grade levels. Your flexibility is expected and appreciated.
  • Prompting, scaffolding, and supports - students with documented accommodations are the only students who should receive any accommodations. Students should not be prompted in any way during their Q3 assessment.
  • The use of scratch paper should be an expectation and students should carry out the routine and procedure that you have set.

Classroom Observatios

Mrs. Backer and Mrs. Porter will be completing the last round of classroom observations during the fourth quarter. So that we do not interrupt your teaching, please have learning plans for whole group and small group instruction available and/or accessible electronically when we arrive in your classrooms. A gentle reminder....learning targets should be posted and up to date, too. Finally, please review your tasks in Talent Ed so that you are not rushing on June 14th to get the "green check". We look forward to seeing engaging instruction!!
Don't forget about trying out our Colt Tracker!

This link will, also, be in our handbook along with our flowchart!


4/12 - Brenda Aston

4/22 - Rachelle Burkehead

Don't forget about an opportunity to bring some $$$ into CFES classrooms!

For the 2019 – 2020 school year, $150,000 will be awarded to Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in Virginia Beach Education Foundation grants. VBCPS staff members are encouraged to apply for these grants if they have ideas for innovative projects they wish to implement to engage students in hands-on learning activities not already funded by the school division.

The Innovative Learning Grant (up to $2,000) and Schoolwide Grant ($2,001 to $5,000) applications are available on under Hot Topics—Education Foundation.


➢ Educators and staff who work directly with Virginia Beach City Public School students can apply.

➢ Your principal and bookkeeper are required to sign that they approve of your project.

➢ A Technology Dept. or Technology Support Technician must sign that they approve the use of any equipment listed on the budget page of this application.

What: Grants awarded are for requests for funding up to $5,000.


➢ Email application to by the deadline; 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2019.

➢ Principals will be notified if the program has been approved for funding.

➢ Funds for the approved projects will be dispersed in July 2019 to school bookkeepers.

See the attachments for more info.

Important Links from the principal packet


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Please check out our form below to see how Mrs. Porter and myself will be celebrating our students and continuing our positive culture and environment.


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