Communicating With English Learner Families: A Guide for Teachers and Staff

ESOL LogoSuppose one of your students has been coming to school late and her grades are starting to slip. You call home to discuss with the parent, but it is clear that the woman who answers the phone speaks a language other than English. You hang up and wonder how you can best engage with your student’s family. Then you remember that Albemarle County Public Schools has a number of protocols and resources in place to help bridge the school-to-home gap! Continue reading

Professional Administrative Day – Nov. 6

Save the Date 11.06.2017Monday, November 6 | 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon | AHS Cafeteria

Attention all school office associates (OAs) and bookkeepers: You are required to attend Professional Administrative Day on Monday, November 6, 2017, from 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon in the Albemarle High School Cafeteria. Participation is optional for department OAs and bookkeepers. All 10/11-month employees will be compensated for their time. View invitation »

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The International & ESOL Office Has Moved!

International & ESOL Welcome CenterThe International & ESOL office has officially moved to its new location at the Northside Library! The International & ESOL Welcome Center welcomes new international families to our schools and programs, registers families for school, provides language interpreters and translation services, and facilitates professional learning. You can assist us with spreading the word about our new location by sharing this flyer with families who come in contact with or ask about our office. We always recommend that families call our Welcome Center (434-296-6517) prior to dropping by, since staff may be out at schools or assisting other families.

OA Meeting Materials from August 7

Thanks for Being AwesomeA big THANK YOU to our office associates for being such great supporters of learners and learning! We hope the 2015 OA Summer Meeting provided an engaging forum for you to share ideas and brainstorm with your counterparts. In case you were unable to attend a session, or even the whole meeting, several of the roundtable presenters have provided their session materials below. Best wishes for a great school year! Continue reading

Free Workshop: Customer Service in Action – August 17

Customer ServiceYou’re invited! The Virginia Workforce Center, in cooperation with Virginia Cooperative Extension, is offering a FREE workshop entitled “Customer Service in Action,” on Monday, August 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will define the components of quality customer service; understand the importance of effectively communicating with customers; explore the impact of positive and negative communication practices on customer interactions; and identify personal actions that will improve delivery of on-the-job customer service. Continue reading

Free Office Supplies!

Office SuppliesThe Reusable Office Supply Exchange (ROSE) Program collects gently or never-used office supplies from departments throughout the University of Virginia and makes them available to the community. Teachers: Visit the Recycling Office Warehouse and take whatever supplies you like! The ROSE Program is located in the Recycling building at the end of Leake Drive (map below), and is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Typical materials are pictured below, and additional materials are expected after May 11. If accessing the facility during operating hours is an issue for an interested teacher, contact Lindsay Snoddy ( with request details. Continue reading

Today Is Administrative Professionals Day!

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Colleagues:

There’s a sign on the front desk of a local business that I visit from time to time that reads, “Director of First Impressions.” It caught my attention when I saw it initially, and its message is one I never have forgotten. It’s especially easy to think about that sign today, which is the time set aside to honor our administrative professionals. Continue reading

Communicating With Parents Who Don’t Speak English: A Guide for Teachers and Staff

Interpretation & Translation ServicesView a more current version of this information:
Communicating With English Learner Families: A Guide for Teachers and Staff (March 8, 2018)

Suppose one of your students has been coming to school late and her grades are starting to slip. You call home to discuss with the parent, but it’s clear that the woman who answers the phone doesn’t understand English. You hang up and wonder how you can communicate better with your student’s family.

Did you know that Albemarle County Public Schools has an interpreting and translating system that can help staff bridge the gap with limited English speaking parents? Continue reading

Central Office Welcomes New Administrative Office Manager, Barry Shawley

Barry ShawleyThe Central Office is pleased to welcome Barry Shawley as Administrative Office Manager. This position is the result of a needs-based expansion of an existing position and is responsible for the organization, supervision and performance of all administrative activities that facilitate central department operations. Continue reading