Special Message from the Superintendent

This week, Superintendent Haas visited Monticello’s football field with a very special video message for our school community. Please help us celebrate and support all of our teams and student performers, including football, field hockey, volleyball, cross country, golf, mountain biking, cheer, scholastic bowl, and our fine arts, by staying safe in the stands and encouraging excellence on the field and stage.

End-of-Year Message from Superintendent Haas

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Congratulations, everyone, on completing what will no doubt be remembered as the most challenging school year we have experienced. As we close out the 2020-21 school year, my hope is that each of you will take time over the summer to rest, reset and recharge. You deserve it!

Thank you for your courage, your willpower, your creativity, and your love and concern for our students and their families. I hope you’ll take just a moment to watch my end-of-year “thank you” message:

Video Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier today, I shared the following message and videos with our middle and high school students, and I wanted to share that messaging with you as well.


Good afternoon, ACPS Middle and High School Students:

I hope you are all doing well today and are looking forward to the weekend. Please take a few minutes to view this video message that I created for you. In it, I talk about the responsibility we all have to look out for and support each other in our school community. In particular, I talk about national and local attacks toward Asian-Americans, some of which are related to our own schools. Continue reading

In Response to the Tragic Events of March 16, 2021

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Good afternoon, Colleagues:

I am checking in with you this afternoon to address the anti-Asian sentiment and violence toward Asian-Americans that has been rising across our nation over the past many months. I think it’s important to speak up about such acts of bigotry, as these are the types of crises that seep from the outside world into our classrooms. Continue reading

ACPS Will Return to Stage 3 on Monday, Feb. 1

Return to School 2020-21

Dear Colleagues:

As I reported to you earlier this month, two of the public health measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were increasing following the holiday period, placing us in a higher risk category for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in our county. It was on this basis that I determined that the safest course for our students, families and staff was to revert to all-virtual instruction.

I also said we would continue to work with the health department and closely monitor these public health measures and report back to you today on our plans for next week. Continue reading

ACPS Will Return to All-Virtual Instruction on Jan. 19

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

Working with the health department, I have closely been tracking the virus transmission data in our school community. Like many of you, I have become increasingly concerned about recent increases in the case incidence rate and the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in our county as reported by our health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the holidays, increases in these two measures signify increases in the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our county. Continue reading

Zoom Link for This Afternoon’s COVID-19 Recovery Focus Group Meeting for Teachers

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. | Zoom

Attention Teachers: If you’re planning to participate in today’s focus group conversation from 4:30 to 6 p.m. regarding the future response of ACPS to COVID-19 and the impact of COVID-19 on student learning and social-emotional well-being and development, please click here to join at 4:30 this afternoon. Continue reading

In Response to the Events of January 6, 2021

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

I was born on the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. While I was too young of course to realize it, 1968 was a remarkably traumatic year for our nation and families of seemingly unending division, violence and hopelessness.

While many of the wounds from that time remain unresolved, and while we have since endured 9/11, a pandemic, recessions, and escalating racial hatred and injustice, we have not witnessed an assault on our nation’s most cherished values that struck at the heart of our democracy like the events of yesterday. Continue reading

Save the Date: COVID-19 Recovery Focus Group Meeting on Jan. 13

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 4:30 to 6 p.m. | Zoom

Greetings, ACPS Teachers:

I am writing to invite you to a second focus group conversation from 4:30 to 6 next Wednesday evening, January 13, to talk about the future response of ACPS to COVID-19 and the virus’s impact on student learning and social-emotional well-being and development. We will gather on Zoom with up to 300 teachers to share an overview and have small group conversations about our response going into 2021-22. Continue reading