Admiral Weekly News

Week of December 7- December 12, 2015

Admiral Parent Edition

Celebrating Mrs. McGhee

At the end of this week Mrs. McGhee will officially retire from ACPS. She is definitely the "mother" of Francis C. Hammond Middle School. Mrs. McGhee always had an ear to listen, a kind word, or her "motherly opinion" to give, it always came from a good place in her heart. As she moves into the next amazing chapter of her life, please take a moment this week to thank her for her service to ACPS, FCH, and most importantly our students.

We will celebrate Mrs. McGhee during all lunches on Tuesday. An official email regarding our staff celebration will be sent in a separate email tomorrow.

Administrative Team Thank You’s and Kudos

  • Thank you to Mr. Brannon and the INPS Teachers for an outstanding school visit.
  • Thank you to Mr. Abbatiello for going the extra mile for students and staff this week.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Baynes and Mrs. Prosch for creative and "out the box" lesson that still adhered to the VDOE Standards. Thanks for making learning relevant and fun!
  • Thank you to Mrs. Ragland for a great play! Thank you for cultivating the talent in our students.
  • Thank you to all teachers and staff who to the extra time to support and attend the play.

Important News You Can Use!

Daily Reminders - December 7 - December 12

Monday – December 7, 2015
  • Homeroom - Fire Drill Review - We will have a fire drill this week. Please review the procedure with students using the attached PowerPoint. Please also ensure that you have your clipboard and roster available. Although the fire drill may not occur during Homeroom, feel to practice with your students to remind them of proper procedure and behavior. Collect Box Tops
  • 12:00pm-3:15pm - Walkthroughs with Mr. Mann and Dr. Brown - Academic Review Areas - All grade levels - (Language Arts, Math, 8th Grade Social Studies, and 8th Science)
  • Staff Meeting with Dr. Mozingo - 3:30pm - Library - Teacher Talk Meeting - A conversation of how the Curriculum and Instruction department can best serve your teaching and learning needs.
  • FCH Admin Presents At Barrett PTA - 7:00pm

Tuesday – December 8, 2015
  • Spanish For Educator's Class Begins - 7:15am - Dr. Johnson's Classroom
  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Lesson - Collect Box Tops
  • Band Winter Concert - 7:00pm

Wednesday – December 9, 2015

  • Ms. Ortiz - AVID Conference - San Diego, Ca
  • Spanish for Educators Class - 7:15am
  • Homeroom: Admiral Pride Organizational Chart
  • Principal's Coffee - 8:30am -9:30am
  • Welcome Wednesday - 9:30am-11:00am - Welcome Meeting and School Tour for rising 6th grade parents and students

Thursday – December 10, 2015
  • Ms. Hall/Ms. Ortiz - AVID Conference - San Diego, Ca
  • Spanish For Educators Class - 7:15am
  • Homeroom: Attendance - Collect Box Tops
  • AVID/College/Career/Sorority/Fraternity Day – Please wear a shirt that represents AVID, College, Career, or Your Sorority or Fraternity.
  • Math/Language Arts/8th Grade Science Lesson Plans Due
  • Choir Winter Concert - 7:00pm

Friday – December 11, 2015
  • Ms. Hall/Ms. Ortiz - AVID Conference - San Diego, Ca
  • Homeroom: Attendance - Collect Box Tops
  • Admiral Pride Day
  • Medieval Times Reading Incentive Field Trip

Saturday - December 12, 2015

  • Saturday Academy - 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Rock Climbing Field Trip
  • Arlington Cemetery Field Trip

Coming Next Week

  • December 17 - Fine Arts Winter Assembly
  • December 18 - Basketball Game/Grade Level Team Building/Ugly Sweater Day for Staff
  • Holiday Celebration - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Weekly Reminders

  • Preparing for the Colder Months - ACPS has a temperature setting of 70-74 degrees during the winter months. Students and staff are encouraged to dress in layers as it is impossible to adjust room temperatures for individual rooms. If you believe the temperature in your office or classroom is below 70 degrees, please send an email to Ms. Hernandez. She will compile work orders for Mr. Bergeron. Please avoid emailing Mr. Bergeron directly.
  • Box Tops For Education - PTA Fundraiser - From December 1st through January 30 students will begin and turning in Box Tops for Education. The Box Tops are worth money for our school. More information will be emailed and provided for students during homeroom on Wednesday and through the morning announcements.
  • Please make sure that doors are securely shut as you enter the building
  • Science Fair and National History Day Judges Needed - If you know of any community member with science or history expertise who can serve as judges please email Ms. Riser or Dr. Holmes.
  • Francis C. Hammond Color Run - If your club or grade level team is interested in planning the Color Run please let Ms. Hall know. The date is tentatively planned for April. Profits raised from the Color Run will be equally split by all planners. For more information please see:

Hammond Happenings Of The Week!

Save The Date - FCH Upcoming Events

Band Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 7pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Principal's Coffee

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 8:30-9:30am

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Welcome Wednesday

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 9:30-11am

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

The FCH Administrative Team and School Counseling Department will welcome prospective private school students and rising 5th grade students and parents.

Choir Winter Concert

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 7pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Interim Grades Are Due

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 6pm


Our turn around time for review and printing is very short. Please ensure that grades are complete with comments on this date.