Performance-Based Assessment: Making Math Relevant

Math teachers at Hampton High School (Allison Park, PA) have designed performance-based assessments to make learning engaging and relevant to life in the real world through authentic experiences. Watch how math students role-play air traffic controllers and pilots to assess their skills in this “Disaster Mission Relief” simulation:

Budget Update – Feb. 10, 2016

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Colleagues:

I’d like to begin by thanking so many of you who joined Matt Haas, Lorna Gerome and me last week during our all-day online discussion of the 2016-17 funding request. Every one of our schools was logged on at one point or another, and we were grateful for the opportunity to share information on the funding request in depth and to take and answer your questions. Your engagement with this process is helpful as we work with the School Board to adopt a balanced budget for next year.
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Edutopia Spotlights ACPS – Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need

At Albemarle County Public Schools, flexible classrooms empower student choice, increase student engagement, and improve student participation. Watch Edutopia’s spotlight on ACPS in their “schools that work” series, which highlights practices and case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are improving the way students learn.

Monticello’s Learning Commons Receives National Coverage

Earlier this year, when Monticello High School’s Learning Commons won the 2015 Magna Award, Albemarle County Public Schools became the first school division in the country to twice be honored by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as a national leader in innovative school programming. In its June 2015 issue of American School Board Journal, NSBA highlights the Learning Commons as an example of our division’s emphasis on project-based learning and on developing greater creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among all students. Read the cover story, Making It Real: The Maker movement spurs students to rediscover the joy of creating.

Also, check out NSBA’s YouTube feature:

Registration Now Open for the Summer Fine Arts Academy

Albemarle County Public Schools’ Summer Fine Arts Academy provides students from our region an opportunity to spend an extended period of time studying a field of art of their choice under the direction of a highly qualified and engaging teacher. Culminating in a public performance or display at a local venue, students can choose from jazz studies, creative writing, visual art, drama/playwriting, choral performance, or rock/rap. Learn more »

See what it’s all about: