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
Among his very first actions as our new Governor, Ralph Northam signed a proclamation designating this week as Virginia School Principals Appreciation Week. Across the Commonwealth, this week is a time of recognition for the invaluable contributions that school principals make to students and to the quality of education in our state. Nowhere in Virginia are these contributions more meaningful than they are here in Albemarle County. Continue reading →
AlbemarleForward: Equity & Opportunity is the title of the 2018-19 funding request I presented to our School Board last week, and it sums up the extraordinary work now before us.
Funding requests are value statements and, especially at this time, our values compel us to make equal the learning experiences we offer to all students and to have them leave us fully prepared to realize their highest potential for lifelong success. This means that the goals before us are to eliminate the predictive impact that race, class, gender, and special capacities have on student success; to increase career readiness skills for all students; and to support the professionals who will deliver these results. Continue reading →
Since the last Time & Attendance System communication on August 30, a cross-divisional team has worked to align our policies and gain employee input for design and development of the system. You may begin noticing the installation of time clocks in some building locations. These clocks will not be operational until employee training begins on the new Time & Attendance System. The testing phase of the system is scheduled to begin this spring, with implementation beginning in July.
Read the full update, which was emailed to all employees on January 24, 2018.
A note from Superintendent Moran: Jeff Richardson is the new county executive for Albemarle County. He’s excited to get to know our school communities and is a school supporter who values that the quality of life in a community is grounded in the quality of schools. Continue reading →
This past week, Walton Middle School opened their doors to local residents to distribute food and toys to families in need. Students were part of the effort to collect these items, learning an important lesson about what it means to care about all the members of your community, even those who too often can be invisible in our thoughts.
What happened at Walton was not unique to that school, of course. Many of our students, staff and parents across our division come together at this and other times of the year to lend a hand to those who are in need. It is the most satisfying of expressions of our school division’s values. Continue reading →
As we roll out out our implementation of High School 2022 and the competencies focus in our Profile of a Graduate, it is important that we continuously align our focus on curricula, assessment, instruction, and learning resources with the knowledge and skill sets that our graduates will need to be successful in life—as community and family members, lifelong learners, and in the workforce. This work begins with our pre-schoolers and continues until our teens walk across the graduation stage. Continue reading →
One of my first decisions as the new superintendent for Albemarle County Public Schools was to move the Wisdom Table into my office. It has been there ever since.
For many years, this modest, rectangular wooden table occupied a hallowed place in my grandad’s home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. I remember it with great reverence, because it was where I would sit down with my grandfather to work out the youthful problems and challenges that complicated my early life. Continue reading →
“Environmental stewardship has a long history in Albemarle County Public Schools. The School Board formalized an environmental management policy in 2006 and honors their commitment to support programs for continual improvement. A program that began its focus on environmental compliance quickly grew to include sustainability and unique offerings for project-based learning, leading first to Crozet Elementary and then Stony Point Elementary School receiving US DOE Green Ribbon School Awards. Individual recognition of these schools was followed by the entire division being honored in 2017 with a district-wide US DOE Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Award.” Keeping reading the October 2 Superintendent’s Blog post »
During its work session on Thursday, September 28, the Albemarle County School Board appointed Dr. Matthew Haas as the school division’s 20th Superintendent, succeeding Dr. Pamela Moran, who announced her retirement yesterday. Dr. Moran will retire on June 30, 2018, and Dr. Haas’ appointment takes effect the next day, July 1. Directly following both announcements, Superintendent Moran and Deputy Superintendent Haas addressed employees via email, and the school division published two news releases: Continue reading →