Admiral Weekly News

January 4-8, 2016

Happy New Year Message - 2016 Begins......

Happy New Year Colleagues:

On Monday morning we will open our doors to welcome students and staff to the new year. I trust that your holiday break was restful and you were able to enjoy family, relax and rejuvenate.

Now….. it’s time to continue what we started with increased enthusiasm and strength. Together, we will continue to develop our students into CHAMPIONS as we focus on improving student and family engagement, implementing the VA SOL’s through engaging lesson, and creating and maintaining our high expectations for school culture and climate. As a team we must commit and be determined to delivering excellence in instruction, school safety, respect, accountability, and student support.

As people often make resolutions and goals for the new year; it is also a perfect time to create them with your students. Our students have been away from us for two weeks and will need a “refresher” on our expectations. January is a perfect month to reteach expectations and set goals for learning, grades, and student behavior. Let’s work as a team to recommit to being visible at our doors and in the middle of the hall during every class change. In addition to your visible presence, please talk with students to reinforce our expectations, build relationships, and usher them along to class. When we are united in a vision as a team our students live up to and exceed our expectations. But we must tell and model what we want to see and follow through by being consistent in holding our students to a higher standard. They can do it!

January is a serious and pivotal month that sets the tone for the remainder of the school year. It is also a perfect opportunity to set the “RESET BUTTON” for students. Taking the time to do this now will assist us in making it through the long stretch to Spring Break, SOL’s, and the end of the school year. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any administrator. We want you to be successful. We are here to support and assist you!

Let's work together to help our students EXCEED OUR EXPECTATIONS!

Welcome back!

Admiral Pride Staff Member Of The Month - January

Congratulations to Veronica Jackson!

Our Admiral Pride Staff Member of the month is described by her colleagues as one who "models the qualities of an exemplary teacher" and "has a selfless commitment to student success." She is also described as someone who " demonstrates the importance of discipline, respect, and follow-through through music instruction." Congratulations to Veronica Jackson for being our Admiral Pride Staff Member Of The Month.

Important News You Can Use!

Weekly News - January 4-8, 2016

Monday – January 4, 2016
  • Homeroom - Homeroom will be extended by 15 minutes (8:30am-9:00am) for Benchmark Testing Preparation. Details will be emailed by Ms. Scott
  • 1st Period - Shortened 1st Period - 9:04am-9:36am
  • Admiral Pride Assemblies - Although we typically hold assemblies during electives, we will be holding the Admiral Pride Assemblies during content periods in order for all grade level teachers to attend. The times are detailed below.
  • 8th Grade Admiral Pride Assembly - 2nd Period
  • 7th Grade Admiral Pride Assembly - 3rd Period
  • 6th Grade Admiral Pride Assembly - 7th Period

Tuesday – January 5, 2016
  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Lesson
  • Staff Meeting -3:30pm -Auditorium - The agenda will include: Student Survey Summary Details/Updates on WIDA Testing/Benchmark Assessment Details

Wednesday – January 6, 2016

  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Organizational Chart and/or Team Activities and/or Announcements
  • 8:45am-1:45pm - Admin Team Observations and Walkthroughs - Inter-Rater Reliability- Just as we expect teachers to work in CLT's, the admin team also operates as a CLT. We will be conducting walkthroughs together to ensure that we are providing consistent observational feedback at all grade levels.
  • 1:45pm-3:15pm - Language Arts Walkthroughs with Mr. Mann and Central Office Staff
  • PTA Meeting - Topic: The Special Education Process - All Special Education Teachers are invited to attend. - 7:00pm

Thursday - January 7, 2016

  • Homeroom - College and Career Readiness Lessons
  • AVID/College Pride Day
  • Special Education Training - All SpEd Teachers - Period 2 and 3 - Ms. Ortiz will send more details.
  • New Teacher Meeting - This month's meeting will occur during your planning per period rather than after school. The agenda will include: Documentation Logs/Student Survey Summaries/Testing - What to expect - WIDA and SOL's/Celebrating Success and Resolving Challenges. More details including room location will be sent in a separate email. The meetings will occur during the following times:
  • 7th Grade - 1st Period
  • 6th Grade - 4th Period
  • Electives - 5th Period
  • 8th Grade/International Academy - 6th Period
  • PE - 7th Period

Friday - January 8, 2016

  • Homeroom - Admiral Pride Organizational Chart and/or Team Activities and/or Announcements
  • Admiral Pride Day
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Happy Birthday!

  • Denee Scott - 1/4
  • Erin Whatley - 1/6
  • Alison Walter - 1/7
  • Maryanne Peightel - 1/8
  • Bill Dwyer - 1/11
  • Nikkia Griffin - 1/14
  • Jen Schober - 1/23

Upcoming Events

Staff Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 5th, 3:30pm

FCH Auditorium

The agenda includes:

Student Survey Summary Details
WIDA Testing Updates
Benchmark Testing

New Teacher Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 7th, 12am


See above for more details.

VDOE CLT Planning Period Visits

Monday, Jan. 11th, 8:30am

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Department Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 12th, 3:30pm

TBD By Department Chair

This meeting will occur on the 2nd Tuesday for this month only.

Welcome Wednesday For Prospective Parents

Wednesday, Jan. 13th, 9:30am

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Science Fair - Judging

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 12pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Judging will take place from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Science Fair Parent Gallery Walk

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 5pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Staff Advisory Council

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 3:30pm


Please send agenda items to Mr. Chase.

Program of Studies and Electives Fair

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 6pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

AVID Site Team Meeting/International Academy Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 19th, 3:30pm


School Improvement Team Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 3:30pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA

Agenda: SOL Intervention Plan expectations

FCH School Leadership Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 12am


  • Period 1 - 7th Grade Team Leads
  • Period 3 - 6th Grade Team Leads
  • Period 6 - 8th Grade Team Leads
  • 3:30pm - Department Chairs/Sped Leads

PBIS Site Team Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 28th, 3:30pm


National History Day

Thursday, Feb. 4th, 1-3:15pm

4646 Seminary Road

Alexandria, VA