An Open Letter from County Executive Jeff Richardson

Albemarle County LogoAn Open Letter from County Executive Jeff Richardson Addressing the Upcoming Weekend of August 10-12

Dear Members of the Albemarle County Community,

We are less than a month away from the somber anniversaries of the violence that took place in Charlottesville and Albemarle County last August.

While the region anticipates individuals gathering in and around Charlottesville, as well as several community groups to hold events throughout the weekend of August 10-12, the safety and well-being of our community is paramount. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, July 20

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

Your mission and my mission every day is to establish a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor, one student at a time.

A thought for next week:

“The world cannot be understood without numbers. And it cannot be understood with numbers alone.”
— Hans Rosling

Good morning, everyone! I hope you have had a fine week. Continue reading

Employee Perks! Enroll Today!

Employee Perks 2018
The Albemarle County Social Activities Club (ACSAC) continues to look for new and innovative ways to appreciate employees. We are now offering employees access to 20-60% off of movies, hotels, shows, concerts, sporting events, and more! This is just a small token of our appreciation for your hard work. Enroll today to receive these complimentary perks!

How? Visit the TicketsatWork website and fill out the information to become a member (Company Code: AC18). You may enroll with either your work or personal email address.

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, July 13

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

Your mission and my mission every day is to establish a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor, one student at a time.

A thought for next week:

“Some people could look at a mud-puddle and see an ocean with ships.”
— Zora Neale Hurston

Good morning to you all! I hope that you have had a fine week and that you are getting a chance to rejuvenate this summer! Continue reading

Teacher Laptops

Lenovo 11eBeginning in the 2018-19 school year, all new teacher laptops and all replacement laptops issued to teachers will be the Lenovo 11e model, similar to those used by our students in the 1:1 laptop initiative.

This upgrade will better serve you as you design learning activities and projects for students informed by our Lifelong-Learner Competencies and Seven Pathways, particularly Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Interactive Technologies, and Connectivity. Continue reading

Teachers: Don’t Forget to Register to Attend an Upcoming Listening Tour With Superintendent Haas!

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Fellow Educators,

You’ve probably heard that I am hosting a Listening Tour this summer. My intention is to relearn our school system from a new perspective—to see and understand our students, parents, employees, and school communities through new eyes and ears.

The first opportunity for teachers to participate is next Wednesday, July 11, with two more events the following week on Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18. Additionally, I’ve reserved three dates in August specifically to hear from you: August 7, 14 and 29. Continue reading

Message From Superintendent Haas

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

There are a great many thoughts that come to mind as you prepare to succeed someone with the stature and impact of Pam Moran. As Superintendent for 13 years, she was much more than the leader of a school division. She was a role model for all organizations in the way in which energy, vision and purpose are used to change conventional thinking and pave the way for higher achievement. Continue reading

A Little Farewell History

Superintendent's BlogEvery generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children.” — Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, 1968

As I come to the end of 43 years working in public schools — 13 as superintendent — I still feel the power of this quote. I came to Albemarle County thirty-two years ago because I knew educators were doing great things for children and the community supported public education. During my years here, this shared value for educating children well has not faded. Our school division’s strengths reside in this community and in our historical commitment to education that does not stand still in time. Keep reading the June 27 Superintendent’s Blog post »

Gov. Ralph Northam Talks SOLs, Early Childhood Education

Ralph NorthamCurious about our governor’s perspectives on current public education issues? Last week, Governor Ralph Northam addressed Virginia educators in attendance at the second annual Virginia School Leaders Hot Topics Conference. Northam spoke about his desire for students to learn how to think creatively; the importance of recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers; and the need for SOL reform, more broadband access in rural Virginia, increased emphasis on vocational and technical training at the high school level, more diversification in early workforce development, and improved education at the early childhood level. Check out coverage of his speech in The Roanoke Times »

ActivInspire Update

ActivInspireTeachers: Due to changes in the way that Promethean licenses their products, the interactive whiteboard software ActivInspire will not be included on our instructional laptop computer image for the 2018-19 school year.

Despite this change, all teachers and students who routinely use a Promethean ActivBoard for instructional purposes will be able to use ActivInspire on their laptops. Continue reading