VSBA Announces 5th Annual Student Video Contest – Deadline: Oct. 4

VSBA LogoThe Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) invites Virginia high school students to participate in their 5th annual Student Video Contest. This year’s contest theme is “Choice,” and students are asked to submit a 30-second video about all the choices students have when it comes to a public education in Virginia. Submissions will be judged on how well they address the topic as well as the quality of the production and the creativity of the video. The submission deadline is October 4, 2017. For more details, visit the VSBA’s Annual Convention web page and scroll down to “Student Video Contest.”

Note: Each participating student must complete a release form.

Call for Proposals – VSTE 2017 Annual Conference

VSTE LogoVSTE’s 2017 Annual Conference, SuperEmpowering Kids & Learning, will be held December 3-5, 2017, at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. The Call for Proposals is open now through September 15.

Are you a classroom teacher who is using instructional technology in an interesting and engaging way? Are you transforming how technology is used in education? Are your students creating and sharing their learning in ways that other students and teachers would want to hear about? The 2017 VSTE Presentations Committee is seeking proposals from educators of all levels and backgrounds. Learn more »

How to Request Blackboard Classes for 2017-18

BlackboardACPS Educators: The integration between Blackboard and PowerSchool is now running and you can begin requesting Blackboard classes. Use the Blackboard Class Request Form as a reference for submitting your class creation requests to your school’s student information system (PowerSchool) contact. Your request will impact how your classes are created in Blackboard, and the form will help you pick the option that will best meet your needs.

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In a Community’s Most Difficult Moments: A Guide for Educators

Bernard HairstonDear Colleagues:

The impact from the events of this past weekend will continue to be felt well into the future. Many of the comments in the media this week referred to these events as being a teachable moment. I know all of you are thinking deeply about how you will engage students around this topic when they return to the classroom next Wednesday. Continue reading

Optima EAP: Two Sessions Tomorrow & Other Resources

Albemarle BeWellOften in the immediacy of traumatic events like we experienced over the weekend here in Charlottesville, many of us are struggling to regain a sense of normalcy. It’s not uncommon that the full impact of the event may strike us days or even weeks later. As we heal as a community, it’s important that we pay attention to the signs of stress in order to aid the recovery process.

We are offering two sessions of “Acknowledging Traumatic Events” on Friday, August 18, for employees. Continue reading

Grade Precision: PowerTeacher Pro & Calculating Grades

Matthew Haas, Ed.D.Greetings, Teachers:

I am writing to advise you of a central decision regarding how the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook will calculate grades. This decision was based on an operating principle for ACPS that we will have fair and equitable grading practices.

With the introduction of the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook, PowerSchool has moved the control of rounding/truncation and rounding precision from the teacher level to the school level. Continue reading

benefitsFOCUS: Open Enrollment period extended to Aug. 20

benefitsFOCUSWhat’s the BIG news?

Last weekend was a rough one for many of our colleagues, so we’re extending the Open Enrollment period until midnight on Sunday the 20th in order to give everyone a few more days to consider your options, review your information in the online system, enroll in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for next year, and make any changes you wish to your current lineup of benefits. Continue reading

Joint Statement From CCS & ACPS

ACPS-CCSDr. Rosa Atkins, Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools, and Dr. Pamela Moran, Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, have issued the following joint statement. They are joined in this statement by the School Board Chairs of both divisions, Juandiego Wade for Charlottesville City, and Kate Acuff from Albemarle County.


Dear Members of our School Communities: Continue reading