Albemarle County Writing Collaborative – Apply by April 23

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Last year, a small team of passionate educators got together to talk about writing, writing development, and writing professional learning in ACPS, and after months of conversations, the Albemarle County Writing Collaborative (ACWC) was born! We had a successful first year. Members of the Cohort #1 community are now planning the Year 2 experience for you!

Cohort #2 will be made up of 15 educators teaching in middle and high school classrooms across our division. The design team is encouraging both English and content area teachers to apply by Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Open the 2019-2020 application »

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Military/Veteran Events & Resources

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In conjunction with the Defense Affairs Committee, a component of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Assistant County Executive Trevor Henry hopes to (1) raise the awareness of upcoming events and resources related to military/veteran activities in our community, and (2) strengthen the military/veteran support network internal to Albemarle County staff. Stay tuned for future communications!

Several events in May and June are listed below, as well as local resources for military members, veterans, and public safety workers. Continue reading

Policy Updates: January – February 2019

Policy Updates

Albemarle County Public Schools maintains over 600 policies. Our policies are locally developed through our work with the Virginia School Boards Association and they are tied to Virginia Code. Several are locally developed. Our policies translate our core values of excellence, young people, community, and respect into the backbone of our daily operations and aspirations for students.

You can stay up-to-date on policy revisions, additions and deletions through the ACPS website! View the policy updates for January and February 2019, including 10 revisited policies and one new policy.

Support Our Fundraiser This Friday: Wear Jeans & Donate $1

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Don’t forget: This Friday, April 19, is our division-wide fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. All employees are invited to wear jeans for a cause and donate $1.00 to support the Food Bank.

Every dollar collected will go straight to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, which benefits our whole community, including many of our students and families in need. One dollar pays for four meals, so $10 pays for 40 meals, and $100 pays for 400 meals! Just think, if every single one of us wore jeans this Friday and chipped in a dollar, together we could provide enough funding to the Food Bank to pay for 10,000 meals for people in need in our community! Continue reading

Important Message for All Anthem Medical Plan Participants

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Attention Anthem Medical Plan Participants: New Anthem BlueCross BlueShield identification cards have been mailed to all Albemarle Select and Albemarle Choice medical plan enrollees. Anthem recommends that you destroy your old cards and begin using these new cards immediately. Please note: Your old cards will no longer work at your pharmacy after July 1.

The new cards reflect a change to the administration of our Anthem pharmacy benefits: Effective July 1, IngenioRx will assume the role currently held by Express Scripts. This change will impact retail, mail-order, and specialty pharmacy services. Learn more about this change »

Troops to Teachers Project Accepting Applications – Deadline: May 1

National Humanities Center

The National Humanities Center has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for their project, Troops to Teachers: Helping Communities and Classrooms Understand the Military Experience. This five-day Institute will recruit and support up to 30 current K-12 educators who are also veterans in a project-based initiative to help classrooms and communities better understand the military family experience. Interested educators should apply by May 1, 2019. Continue reading

30 in 30 Green Grants – Enter by April 30

30 in 30 Green Grants

Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) is now accepting applications for 30 in 30 Green Grants! The 30 in 30 Green Grants initiative is designed to empower groups all across Virginia to make an environmental impact in their own communities. Since 2011, KVB has provided $203,000 for 260 different projects throughout the state. KVB awards grants of $500 to $1,000 for projects in each of these four categories: Community Beautification and Greening, Litter Prevention, Recycling, and Cigarette Litter Prevention. The application process is underway and you are invited to apply, but hurry—the deadline is April 30! Continue reading

Save the Date: 2019 Equity Conference – June 1

2019 Equity Conference

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 9 to 2 p.m. | Jouett Middle School

The Office of Community Engagement takes great pleasure in inviting you to the 2019 Equity Conference. The conference will be on June 1 at Jouett Middle School from 9 to 2 p.m. This is our most exciting event of the year, as we honor and highlight the work of educators in our division who investigate what it means to embrace diverse student experiences, tailor instruction to reflect cultural landscapes, incorporate families and communities, and evolve as a culturally responsive educational community.

We Notice: Nominate a Colleague by April 10

We Notice

The ACPS County Student Advisory Council has launched their annual We Notice program! This is an opportunity for students, parents, employees, and community members to recognize a teacher or staff member whose work should be celebrated. Recognition can be given to any staff member who works in our schools, such as teachers, office staff, building service team members, teaching assistants, cafeteria workers, school nurses, and bus drivers. Nominate a colleague today!

UPDATE: The nomination deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 10. A reception will be held on Thursday, April 25.