Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, July 20

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

Your mission and my mission every day is to establish a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor, one student at a time.

A thought for next week:

“The world cannot be understood without numbers. And it cannot be understood with numbers alone.”
— Hans Rosling

Good morning, everyone! I hope you have had a fine week. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, July 13

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

Your mission and my mission every day is to establish a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor, one student at a time.

A thought for next week:

“Some people could look at a mud-puddle and see an ocean with ships.”
— Zora Neale Hurston

Good morning to you all! I hope that you have had a fine week and that you are getting a chance to rejuvenate this summer! Continue reading

Teachers: Don’t Forget to Register to Attend an Upcoming Listening Tour With Superintendent Haas!

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Fellow Educators,

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.

The first opportunity for teachers to participate is next Wednesday, July 11, with two more events the following week on Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18. Additionally, I’ve reserved three dates in August specifically to hear from you: August 7, 14 and 29. Continue reading

Message From Superintendent Haas

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

There are a great many thoughts that come to mind as you prepare to succeed someone with the stature and impact of Pam Moran. As Superintendent for 13 years, she was much more than the leader of a school division. She was a role model for all organizations in the way in which energy, vision and purpose are used to change conventional thinking and pave the way for higher achievement. Continue reading

A Little Farewell History

Superintendent's BlogEvery generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children.” — Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, 1968

As I come to the end of 43 years working in public schools — 13 as superintendent — I still feel the power of this quote. I came to Albemarle County thirty-two years ago because I knew educators were doing great things for children and the community supported public education. During my years here, this shared value for educating children well has not faded. Our school division’s strengths reside in this community and in our historical commitment to education that does not stand still in time. Keep reading the June 27 Superintendent’s Blog post »

Best Wishes to You and Your Families for Much Success in the Years Ahead

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Colleagues:

“Every generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after. In due course, each generation makes its own accounting to its children.” — Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, 1968

As I come to the end of 33 years working with the Albemarle County Public Schools 13 as superintendent I truly feel the power of this quote. I came to ACPS because I knew people were doing great things for children, I inherited that mission and now, I bequeath that mission to the next generation. Continue reading

In Honor of Teacher Appreciation Week

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Colleagues,

I began teaching in 1975. The world I lived in was quite different and, at the same time, very similar to the world we all live in today. I remember learning how to thread a film projector and routinely botching that particular technology, which led to breaks in or a jumble of film piled on the floor. I also remember making copies of all kinds of textbook “supplemental materials” and tests using the duplicating machine. Finally, nothing rattled us as much as when the first computer landed in our school. I actually couldn’t find a video of it, but it was a Texas Instruments computer than ran from a cassette in a tape player. It was in the 1980s before we started to see a more high tech computer such as this one.

One thing I have learned across my career in education—as a teacher, building administrator, central office staff member, and now superintendent—is that tools change, furniture changes, curriculum changes, strategies change, and tests change. Yet, the constant that has stood the test of time is teachers who build relationships with young people, all young people, and see the assets and strengths in each learner we serve. Continue reading

Budget Update – May 2, 2018

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Colleagues:

Our theme for this year’s budget that was just approved, is Albemarle Forward: Equity & Opportunity. Our 2018-19 operating budget provides the resources that will bring that objective to life. I’m confident that those resources, matched with our incredibly talented and dedicated team, mean it’s only a matter of time until that theme becomes a reality. That will only happen because of each of you and your work to ensure that, in every department and every school, we are leveraging our resources to achieve our vision, mission, and one strategic goal.

This is the last budget process that I will oversee as superintendent, and for the first time since 2008, I believe that the challenging times of the great recession had little to no impact on this year’s budget. Continue reading

Thank You to Our Administrative Professionals

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Colleagues:

April is one of those months that carries a great deal of anticipation. Temperatures are warming, colors are intensifying, and the excitement of another great school year about to conclude leads to expectations about the new opportunities that await the next stage of life learning.

It’s also an important celebratory time to honor those among us whose contributions to building that excitement and opening up those opportunities are irreplaceable. April is the time when we recognize the selfless and exceptional talents of the administrative professionals who make our team so powerful, so dependable, and so caring. Continue reading

Special Thanks to Our School Counselors

Happy National School Counseling WeekDear Counselors:

We are so grateful for National School Counseling Week because it gives us the opportunity to share with you our deep appreciation for the difference you make in so many young lives every day. Among the most important evolutionary steps we have taken as a school division are initiatives that more closely align the student experience with the contemporary requirements of the world they will enter in their post-graduate life. Continue reading