Horizon 2020 Update: Volume 2, Issue 1

Horizon 2020 UpdateThe Horizon 2020 Update newsletter features examples of the Albemarle County Public Schools strategic plan, Horizon 2020, in action. The first issue of 2016-17 highlights Western Albemarle’s mini-med school; Naviance, a new college and career readiness resource for students; and modifications to the Teacher Performance Appraisal process. Open Issue 1 »

If you have an event taking place in your school that showcases the implementation of our strategic plan, submit your event for inclusion in a future issue of the Horizon 2020 Update. Visit the archive »

Summer Compressed Work Week: ACPS Procedure Brief

Summer 4-Day Work WeekPolicy Reference GCA, Personnel Definitions

School and central office staff may institute a compressed work week for the dates ranging from June 20 through July 22, 2016. A compressed work week gives us the benefit of an extra day off by allowing employees to work the usual number of hours in fewer days per week. Our work week is defined as a 40-hour work week. We propose that, during the work weeks in the range here defined, employees working during the summer may work four 10-hour days each week and have a three-day weekend. Continue reading

Albemarle Innovators: Volume 1, Issue 2

Albemarle InnovatorsAlbemarle Innovators is a publication that celebrates the work of teachers in Albemarle County Public Schools. Issue 2 of Albemarle Innovators highlights librarian Anita Mays and her introduction of maker tubs at Baker-Butler Elementary School; kindergarten teacher Deb Zehnter’s use of genius hour at Broadus Wood Elementary; and the Crozet Elementary fifth grade team’s work on studying the water quality of community streams and rivers. Continue reading

Horizon 2020 Update: Volume 1, Issue 2

Horizon 2020 UpdateIssue 2 of the Horizon 2020 Update newsletter features the work of the ACPS career specialists, the newly opened learning space at the Western Albemarle Environmental Studies Academy, the newly revamped OA structure at the county office building, and the “Mind the Gap” program from Cale Elementary School. All of these highlights showcase how the ACPS strategic plan is being implemented within our school district. Continue reading

Albemarle Innovators: Volume 1, Issue 1

Albemarle InnovatorsWe’re highlighting the innovative work of our teachers and staff through a new publication, Albemarle Innovators! In this inaugural issue, we’re celebrating Erin Percival, Science 6 and Creative Design teacher at Sutherland; Andrew Sherogan, Art teacher at Meriwether Lewis; and Albemarle High School’s Team 19. Read Issue 1 »


Do you know someone in your school or department who deserves recognition for their innovative work with students? Continue reading

Feedback Wanted on the TPA Process – Participate by Feb. 26

Tell Us What You ThinkAs part of our continuous improvement plan, the school division is asking teachers and administrators to provide feedback on the teacher performance appraisal (TPA) process through a brief survey. The survey is open now and will stay open until the end of the day on Friday, February 26. We anticipate the survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Participate in the survey »

If you have questions about the survey or the process, please contact Patrick McLaughlin, Strategic Planning Officer (pmclaughlin@k12albemarle.org), or Clare Keiser, Assistant Director of Educator Quality (ckeiser2@albemarle.org).

2016-17 Calendar: Two Drafts Posted for Feedback – Survey Closes Jan. 27 at Noon

Tell Us What You ThinkSchool division staff presented an initial draft (Draft A) of the 2016-17 School Year Calendar to the School Board on January 14, 2016. This initial draft was the product of two joint City/County Calendar Committee meetings, during which internal and external stakeholder input was considered. Based on feedback from the Board, a second version (Draft B) was created for consideration. Employees, parents and students have been invited to provide feedback on the two drafts, which will be reviewed by the Board at their regularly scheduled meeting on January 28.

You may review the two calendar drafts as well as the process for how we arrived at these choices on the
2016-17 Calendar Development web page. Then, you are invited to participate in a brief survey, which will close on Wednesday, January 27, at NoonTake the survey »

Welcome to 2016 — It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter!

ACPS Supt's BlogWelcome to 2016! I hope everyone experienced a relaxing holiday season with family and friends. We asked our staff and students to take time away from school and homework over the winter break to spend time with their families, read a good book, visit relatives, or simply do those things that families accomplish together — cleaning out a closet or repairing something around the home.

Now it’s time to get back to school and re-engage with our learners as we head toward the end of the first semester.

January also heralds two important processes for our community — inclement weather decisions and budget season engagementRead more of the Superintendent’s January 4 blog post »