Reminder: Sept. 18 Deadline to Change Student Passwords


The Department of Technology previously announced that all students in grades 3-12 will be required to change their password this year. This is a reminder that students who have not yet done this will be required through a prompt to change their default password on September 18, 2019. The new password must be 8 characters in length.

If you have questions, please talk with your school’s Learning Technology Integrator.

Adobe Creative Cloud Licensing

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe has changed their licensing structure and considerably increased the cost. Also, our data reveals a decline in usage by staff and students in the lower grades.

As such, the Department of Technology has purchased licenses for every secondary teacher and student to have the Creative Cloud Suite provisioned to their ACPS account. Each account owner can go to the Software Center in the Start Menu to download the application and install the Adobe products. View step-by-step install directions »

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Educator Night @ the Museum – Sept. 17

 Amazement Square

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Amazement Square

Amazement Square is excited to offer educators a FREE night at the museum! Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, for Educator Night @ the Museum, including hands-on demonstrations of our school and outreach programs, a tour of the museum and our new education center, and a raffle to win a free field trip! Space is limited. Register by Friday, September 13! Continue reading

Blackboard Sunsetting


By now, you likely know that ACPS has partnered with Schoology for our new Learning Management System (LMS). Our contract with Blackboard, which has been our LMS for many years, ends October 1, 2019.

Over the summer, we worked with Schoology to transfer as much content as possible from Blackboard. If you are missing items or still need content moved, please be sure to take care of that by October 1. Continue reading

Classroom Phones & Long Distance Calling

Phone Conversation

To enable communication and family engagement with all families across the division, teachers are able to use their classroom phones to make long distance calls to the parents and guardians of their students.

Long distance calling will require the use of a passcode that will be unique to each school. Principals have received the code for their building. Long distance calls by teachers should continue to be limited to parent/guardian communications.

JMU Master’s of Education in Literacy Education – Interest Meeting on Sept. 25

JMU Logo

September 25, 2019 | 5 p.m. | Stone-Robinson Elementary School Library

ACPS is excited to announce the creation of a cohort program through James Madison University (JMU) for those teachers interested in pursuing a Master’s of Education in Literacy Education. To learn more about the program, please join us in the library at Stone-Robinson Elementary School for a Q&A with JMU faculty on September 25 at 5 p.m. View the Course Schedule »

If you are interested but unable to attend, please reach out to Jenn Sublette.

Reminder: Change in Practice for Student Passwords


Today, Tuesday, August 20, every student’s ACPS Network Account Password will reset to their student lunch number. New students will receive their ACPS network information at their school.

As we shared with you in a June 3 Compass post, beginning this school year, all students in grades 3-12 must change their passwords a minimum of once per year. Continue reading

Moving Content From Blackboard to Schoology

Bb to Schoology

Teachers: By now, you are aware that ACPS has partnered with Schoology for our new Learning Management System (LMS). Blackboard (Bb) is our current LMS and has been for many years. We are aware that you may have a lot of content that needs to be moved over to Schoology. LEAD is working with both companies to move these materials over for you, and we will provide more communications and directions in August about this transition. Continue reading