Support Our Fundraiser This Friday: Wear Jeans & Donate $1

Matt wearing jeans at work

Don’t forget: This Friday, April 19, is our division-wide fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. All employees are invited to wear jeans for a cause and donate $1.00 to support the Food Bank.

Every dollar collected will go straight to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, which benefits our whole community, including many of our students and families in need. One dollar pays for four meals, so $10 pays for 40 meals, and $100 pays for 400 meals! Just think, if every single one of us wore jeans this Friday and chipped in a dollar, together we could provide enough funding to the Food Bank to pay for 10,000 meals for people in need in our community! Continue reading

Recording of March 7 Budget Q&A Now Available

Albemarle Rising

Last Thursday, March 7, Superintendent Matthew Haas hosted a video webinar on the School Board’s 2019-20 Funding Request. Following a presentation, employees had the opportunity to ask questions through an online chat. Thank you to everyone who participated!

In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here. You also can view a transcript of the online chat, which contains the Q&A portion of the event. Continue reading

Weekly Check-in Reminders: Pi Day & Our Fundraising Poll

Matt Haas

March 14 is Pi (ℼ) Day! Per the Superintendent’s February 15 Weekly Check-in, if you decide to wear a T-shirt that promotes math on ℼ Day, please send a photo of yourself wearing the T-shirt to Christine Thompson ( by noon on March 15. The wearers of the three best t-shirts will win a FREE pair of athletic shoes from either Crozet Running or Ragged Mountain Running. This opportunity is open to all employees!

Also, don’t forget to vote in our Fundraising Poll! Please participate by noon tomorrow, March 12. For more details, please revisit the March 8 Weekly Check-in.

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, November 2

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” — C.S. Lewis

Happy Friday! I am so excited that today is Making Connections day in Albemarle County Public Schools! Yes, I am excited that our educators have signed up for informative and engaging sessions with visiting presenters in fields that will help us keep getting better and better in this noble work we do. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, October 26

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “Everything looks like failure in the middle.” — Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Happy Friday! This week was National School Bus Safety Week. I had brunch with all the bus drivers and crews over at the Vehicle Maintenance Facility on Tuesday. Principals, assistant principals, and even a few Board members were there. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, October 19

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai

Good morning, everyone!

Wednesday afternoon, Jay Thomas and I were on our way back from Hampton after making a presentation about the “Profile of a Virginia Graduate” at the VDOE School Counselor Summit that morning. We made a stop in Richmond to meet up with Melisa Larson and Beth White, two terrific teachers from Western Albemarle High School, who were on a field trip with their students at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, October 12

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “Being a good teacher means helping students to be who they need to be.” — Kwame Alexander

Good Morning, everyone, and happy Friday!

On September 6, Virginia Slechta, a first-grade teacher at Crozet Elementary School, emailed Jamie Foreman and me to ask about expanding IP phone services in classrooms so that teachers can call parents who have held onto phone numbers from other area codes. I really appreciate Ginny emailing us because it started a larger conversation about connecting effectively with families, especially those that are transient. Continue reading

2019-20 School Year Budget Requests

Building Our 2019-20 BudgetDear Colleagues:

Among the most valuable input I receive each year in developing a budget for our school division comes from the professionals who are closest to our work. I deeply appreciate your engagement with our students, parents, programs and services, and community partners.

That’s why I am asking you to take some time over the next few weeks to think about and offer budget suggestions that will continue to improve our performance. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, October 5

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “Education is the new currency of the 21st Century.” — Joe Madison

Good Morning, everyone, and happy Friday!

On behalf of the School Board and our students and families, thank you for a terrific first month of school! I greatly appreciate all the hard work you are putting into each day and night for our children. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, September 28

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “Free public schools nourished the concept that what you know matters more than who you know. Common people coupled with an education, talent, and drive could counter social status and elitist contacts based on wealth or position. Only in America is there a Fanfare for the Common Man, instead of fanfares for some inherited royalty or elitist privilege. Public education celebrated the possibilities in the “common” diverse citizenry.” — George A. Goens

Happy Friday!

Yesterday I met with the Transportation Advisory Committee, a group of drivers, managers, and maintenance crew members with whom Jim Foley, Charmane White, and Chuck Leathers meet routinely to hear ideas and concerns for continuous improvement of our transportation services. Continue reading