2018 Drinking Water Clinic – Registration Now Open

Virginia Cooperative ExtensionRegistration is now open for the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s 2018 Drinking Water Clinic. Space is limited, so register early!

Affordable water testing and information about water quality and well and spring care maintenance will be offered for homeowners through the Virginia Cooperative Extension office in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City in May 2018. Continue reading

Life After High School Transition & Resource Fair – March 17

LAHS Transition FairSaturday, March 17, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | PVCC Main Building

PREP Parent Resource Center’s Life after High School Transition & Resource Fair is a FREE event for middle and high school students with disabilities or special needs and their parents and educators. Join us at Piedmont Virginia Community College (501 College Drive, Charlottesville) on Saturday, March 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., for presentations, a resource fair, food, door prizes, and more! View the event flyer »

Registration is appreciated. For more information or to register, please contact Deborah Anama at the PREP Parent Resource Center: 434-975-9400 or danama@k12albemarle.org.

benefitsFOCUS March Miscellany: Important retirement reminders and an HSA contribution limit update

benefitsFOCUSThinking About Retiring Soon?

VRS (The Virginia Retirement System) recommends that applicants send in your paperwork at least 60 days ahead of your intended retirement date in order to avoid delays in getting your first retirement benefit payment. If you’re a School Division employee and planning to retire at the end of the school year, please contact John McQuilkin (jmcquilkin@albemarle.org) in Human Resources ASAP (if you haven’t already) for guidance. Continue reading

American Creed Youth Publishing Project

NWP FB LogoAn announcement from Writing Our Future: American Creed:

Our youth publishing website that accompanies the PBS documentary American Creed, is now live. Teachers, librarians, and youth mentors are invited to engage young people as they work towards responding to the film through writing, media, or art using any of the five invitations created by educators. Adults at schools and learning centers can create accounts for youth to publish their work to a national, or even international, audience. Continue reading

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

Walton Hosting Two Math Competitions – March 14 & May 12

Math SymbolsAttention middle school math teachers: Walton Middle School is hosting two math events for students in grades 5-8: the Pi Day Math Festival on March 14, and our 1st Annual Math Tournament on May 12. We’d love for your students to attend! Open the event flyer »

High school friends: No need to feel left out! We’re also looking for student and teacher volunteers to work tables or oversee fun challenges. Open the volunteer flyer »

For more information and to register, please contact Natalie Capps, Walton Gifted Resource Teacher, at ncapps@k12albemarle.org.

Important Announcement About Students’ YouTube Accounts (Including Instructions!)

YouTube LogoAttention Elementary & Middle School Teachers: Albemarle County Public Schools has provided streaming video content and video management through YouTube to all students for a number of years as a component of our G Suite for Education. During our annual Terms of Service review, the Department of Learning Engineering, Access, and Design (LEAD) identified the need to remove access to certain features in YouTube for all elementary and middle school students. As a result, after Spring Break, elementary and middle school students will no longer be able to access the videos they have uploaded to their channel or the playlists associated with their account.

Students who wish to keep the content they have uploaded to YouTube will need to migrate their videos prior to March 30, 2018, using these instructions: How to download your YouTube videos »

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