Armstrong High School

“Greatness is the Rightful Destiny of Every Person."

Principal's Message

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    Principal

    Welcome to Armstrong High School, home of the Wildcats! Thank you for visiting our website to learn more about our school community, including our amazing students, our loving staff, our supporting families  and partners, and our exciting programs. 

    We are dedicated to provide excellence and greatness for our students in all areas of life. Our primary goal at Armstrong High School is to help all students realize that Greatness is their Rightful Destiny and help them to achieve their dreams and find success in pursuing life goals. We are unconditionally committed to providing the best possible educational program to our students. We believe that there are numerous opportunities, both within our curricula and through extracurricular activities, for our students to gain the skills that will launch them to success in their lives after high school.

    As your principal, I am honored to lead our school community to help provide an exciting and rigorous educational experience for our students. Our team is committed to ensuring that our students receive the best possible support to learn and grow. 

    My vision for “The Strong“ is to provide students with an educational experience that inspires and motivates them to be lifelong learners and caring contributors to the world around them. Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment that meets the individual needs of each student, both academically and socially.

    Our skilled and devoted staff are committed to making a difference. They want to have a positive impact on your child and above all, they want to provide them with an engaging and joyful learning experience that supports them in becoming independent learners.  Our teachers are always working to get better at what they do through personal self-development and participation in a wide variety of professional development activities. They model life-long learning for our students and never settle for anything less than their best! Thank you  to our incredible staff for their amazing professionalism and incredible energy and their commitment to our students.

    Great schools always come back to the relationship between the child and the teacher. Be sure and find ways to engage yourself in school life – your child will notice and respond. There are numerous opportunities for parental involvement. Together, we can make a positive difference. A strong partnership between home and school fosters greater success for our children. Families, teachers, support staff, community members, and administration all play a part in helping our students develop academically, socially, and emotionally. May we all be present for the joy of learning, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the comfort that comes from belonging to a community. 

    To my students, staff, families, and community; I am so honored to be your servant leader. Thank you for the opportunity to work with such an amazing school community. I encourage you to stop in or call me to share ideas, concerns, or questions. I wish your family, and especially your student, great success this school year.

    If you have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi, please feel free to contact me via at wbell@rvaschools.net or 804.780.4449.

    Let’s continue our QUEST for GREATNESS together into 2021!

    Dr. Willie J. Bell Jr.

    Principal, Armstrong High School

Announcements

  • This is the updated schedule for Mobile Help Desk as of September 8th, 2020

    MLK- Mondays 8:30am-10:30am

    Fairfield Elem.- Tuesdays 2:30-4:30pm

    Chimborazo Elem.-Wednesdays 8:30-10:30am

    George Wythe HS.- Thursdays 2:30-4:30pm

    For all technical problems, please go to the above locations. 


     

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    Hello parents, guardian and students,

    We have great news to share regarding fall meal distribution. Due to recently announced changes at the federal level, students DO NOT need to provide their lunch codes when they come to pick up meals. As you know, we had previously communicated that lunch codes would be required for meal pick-up starting September 8. We are thrilled by this recent change because it makes the process much easier for our students and families. Please note anyone under the age of 18 regardless of enrollment status or location will be able to receive meals from any of our mobile bus or walk up meal distribution sites. 

    Additionally, to help our families locate the meal distribution site that is most convenient for them, we have created a google map that has each stop on our mobile meal delivery route! Simply click on the map to find the location that is closest to you and the times of distribution. The map is available at https://www.rvaschools.net/meals.

    Please communicate these exciting updates to your families and friends through your communication platforms.

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District Announcements

  • Winter Break Meal Packs - RPS School Nutrition Services will be providing 5-Day Meal Packs including breakfast and lunch items before RPS closes for Winter Break from December 21st to January 1st! There will be no meal distribution during Winter Break. Click here to pre-order your Meal Pack by November 30th!

     
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  • Reopening Survey - RPS Families and Staff, please complete our Second Semester Reopening Survey by December 7th! The survey for families is available in English and Spanish, and we have a separate survey for school-based staff.

     
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  • Open Enrollment and School Applications - The school application window for open enrollment, specialty schools, and regional governor’s schools is now open! Applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at 4:30 PM. To learn more about the application process, and to get started, visit the RPS Enroll Portal.

     
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  • #RPSLove Store - Show your #RPSLove and check out our new Bonfire store with t-shirts, hoodies, masks and more! All proceeds and donations benefit our schools, teachers and instructional assistants, and local racial justice, housing, and food support non-profits.

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  • #ReopenWithLove - For the latest information and resources for families, visit the #ReopenWithLove section of our website. It includes the most current information about meal distribution and other critical information.

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  • Family Support Helpline - Questions about reopening? Call the RPS Family Support Helplne at (804) 780-6195 and learn more about other resources available to families.

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  • Support RPS - There are many ways to support RPS and #ServeWithLove! Please consider volunteering, donating, or partnering with us, and for new and existing partners, don't forget to add your organization to our new searchable partnership database!

     
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  • Free Flu Shots - RPS is offering free flu shots on November 18th at MLK Middle School and December 2nd at Huguenot High School from 1pm-4pm. Learn more!

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  • Don't Wait, Vaccinate! - Up-to-date physicals and immunizations are required for all students. Learn more and schedule an appointment for free immunizations through the Richmond City Health District and area partners.

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"RPS Direct" Emails from Superintendent Kamras

  • RPS Direct Update - November 23, 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, I am heartbroken to share – yet again – that we have lost another student to gun violence. I no longer have the words to convey the sadness and anger I feel in the face of these senseless tragedies. So I'm going to channel my energy tonight into a plea for action. If you, or someone you know, is in trouble, please reach out for help: Mental Health – Call the Richmond Behavioral Health Authority crisis line at (804) 819-4100. Domestic Violence – Call the Safe Harbor crisis line at (804) 612-6126. Child Abuse – Call the Virginia Child Protective Services crisis line at (800) 552-7096. Suicide – Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. Let's also fight the darkness of this tragedy with light. Please flood my inbox with shout-outs tonight so that tomorrow's RPS Direct – my last before Thanksgiving – turns into one long love letter to our teachers, support staff, families, and partners. With great appreciation, Jason

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  • RPS Direct Update - November 20 (PM), 2020

    Dear #RPSStrong Family, Happy Friday! Just a few reminders tonight: All RPS schools and offices will be closed next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for Thanksgiving. Please note that we'll be providing double meals next Monday and Tuesday. For more information, please go to www.rvaschools.net/meals. Our surveys about the second semester are still open. If you haven't had a chance to weigh in, please do so using the following links: Family Survey in English, Encuesta de Familias en Español, and Staff Survey. As of 5 pm today, we're up to 2,447 staff responses and 4,913 family responses (English and Spanish). Don't forget that the deadline to apply for out-of-zone schools and specialty schools is December 1 at 4:30 pm. To learn about the different programs at our schools, check out our Virtual School Tour. The Lit Limo will be very busy tomorrow. We hope to see you! (Westover Hills Elementary School, 9 am; Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary School, 9:30 am; Miles J. Jones Elementary School, 10 am; G.H. Reid Elementary School, 10:30 am; J.L. Francis Elementary School, 11 am; Cardinal Elementary School, 11:30 am; Swansboro Elementary School, 12 pm; J.H. Blackwell Elementary School, 12:30 pm) To close out your week, please take a couple of minutes to watch this wonderful video of Bellevue Elementary School students singing "America the Beautiful" in honor of Veterans Day. Go, Dragons! With great appreciation, Jason

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