Superintendent Listening Tour Survey: Please Participate by Sept. 28

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues,

The 2018-19 school year is well underway, and I’ve now had the privilege of being your Superintendent for more than two months! I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in one of my 16 Listening Tour sessions or shared insights with me through the Online Feedback Form. Throughout the tour, nearly 400 students, parents, employees, and community members shared their insights. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, September 14

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “Sometimes we lack the conviction that our success is needed, when in fact our families and communities need us to be uncommonly successful.”— Princess Fils Aime

Happy Friday!

Something happened earlier in September, and I have decided to tell you about it, hoping you will find it interesting. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, September 7

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “We were born to love, and we were born to have courage for it. So be brave, the rest is easy.” — John McCain

Good Friday morning!

Last night, I was reading some research from the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), and I found out that just over five percent of young men and about seven percent of young women high school cross-country runners go on to compete at the collegiate level. You may be wondering why I was curious about that. Continue reading

Classified Employees: You’re Invited to Join Me on September 6

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Classified Employees,

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.

Perhaps you have already attended one of my listening sessions this summer. If you have not yet had the opportunity, I invite you to join me at an upcoming session specifically dedicated to classified employees. We will meet on Thursday, September 6, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Albemarle High School. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, August 17

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings.” — Jenny Han

Good Friday morning!

When I think back to Tuesday and the beautiful sight of all our teachers together in the Monticello gym, I can only be overwhelmed. What a journey it is to become a teacher, a person so important to so many. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, August 10

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Good Friday morning!

I am so happy to know that all of our teachers are coming back to school next week! I had the pleasure of meeting 170 new teachers to the County on Tuesday this week; I think our veteran ACPS teachers are going to like them, and I know they can’t wait to meet you! Continue reading

A Note From Jeff Richardson, County Executive & Matt Haas, Superintendent

Albemarle County - Albemarle County Public SchoolsOn Friday of last week, members of the Albemarle County Local Government Leadership Team and the Albemarle County Schools Superintendents’ Cabinet had the opportunity to meet and talk about our shared values and objectives and how we can work more closely together to build upon our community’s quality of life excellence.

At the top of our lists when we were discussing mutual strengths are the highly talented and dedicated employees who do such an outstanding job in serving the residents of our county on a daily basis. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, August 3

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “We must accept the societal change in the mission of our schools.” — Rick Stiggins

Good morning, everyone! I hope you had an enjoyable July! This week, I had the opportunity to check in on the teacher leadership program, an intervention workshop, and threat assessment training, all out at Western Albemarle High School. Continue reading