benefitsFOCUS: What you need to know about September payroll, our new benefits plan year, and more!

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benefitsFOCUS is our way of communicating important Albemarle County employee benefits information to YOU! We’ll give you updates, tips, and head’s up announcements throughout the year in order to keep you in the loop. In this larger than normal edition …

What’s the BIG news?

September payroll! Why is this a big deal? Continue reading

Dr. Pamela Moran Will Retire as Superintendent on June 30; Dr. Matthew Haas Appointed as Successor

Pam Moran and Matt HaasDuring 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

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VDOE LogoTeacherDirect is designed to establish a direct line of communication with classroom teachers and educators. The goal is to provide a way to share new instructional resources created by Virginia Department of Education staff as well as make teachers aware of professional development and grant opportunities, and other information of special interest to teachers and their students.

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Equity Institute – Nov. 9

Professional DevelopmentNovember 9, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | JMU Festival Conference Center

Coming up on November 9: Institute on Best Teaching Practices for Equity, Poverty, and Diversity. Topics include promoting and honoring diversity; equity practices to promote high expectations for student learning; responding to students’ emotional and social needs; supporting economically disadvantaged students; effective instruction for English learners; learning from students; and more. Register by October 15 and receive a reduced rate! Open the event flyer »

This learning opportunity is sponsored by Harrisonburg City Public Schools, James Madison University’s College of Education, and a coalition of Virginia city school systems.

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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Policy Updates: August & September 2017

Policy UpdatesAlbemarle County Public Schools maintains over 600 policies. Our policies are locally developed through our work with the Virginia School Boards Association and they are tied to Virginia Code. Several are locally developed. Our policies translate our core values of excellence, young people, community, and respect into the backbone of our daily operations and aspirations for students. You can stay up-to-date on policy revisions, additions and deletions through the ACPS website! View the policy updates for August & September 2017 »

Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention: Feb. 8-9, 2018

VCECFebruary 8-9, 2018 | Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center | Registration

The Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council and the Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association, is co-sponsoring the 22nd annual Children’s Engineering Convention for K-5 teachers and administrators.

The Children’s Engineering Convention has three major components: Continue reading

NEA Foundation Grants – Next Deadline: October 15

The NEA FoundationThe National Education Association (NEA) Foundation offers two grant opportunities for educators: Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants. Three grant deadlines are established annually: February 1, June 1, and October 15. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Continue reading

Schools Are Missing What Matters About Learning

The Atlantic“Curiosity is underemphasized in the classroom, but research shows that it is one of the strongest markers of academic success.” Keep reading in The Atlantic »

What Superintendent Moran has to say: Every one of us has one purpose for working in Albemarle County Public Schools: ensuring that every learner, from our 4-year-olds to our soon to be 2018 grads, gets what he or she needs to achieve success. Continue reading

Virginia License Plate Design Contest: Take Action Against Distraction – Enter by Dec. 15

DMV Take Action Against DistractionIn 2016, 13 Virginians were killed and more than 800 injured in crashes involving a distracted teen driver. That’s why Virginia DMV is launching a statewide license plate design contest for high school students (grades 9-12). The “Take Action Against Distraction” License Plate Design Contest aims to start the conversation and raise awareness about distracted driving. Also, it provides an opportunity for students to share their visual arts skills for a worthy cause and potentially save a life. Entries will be accepted from November 1 – December 15, 2017. Contest details »