Welcome to the Compass

Compass LogoIn case you’re unfamiliar, the Division Compass (or “Compass” for short) is a communication tool intended to keep Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) employees apprised of important, interesting and helpful information. The primary goal of the Compass is to improve employee engagement, and ultimately organizational effectiveness.

For the last five years, the Compass has existed as an online, subscription-based news blog. In accordance with direction provided by division leadership, the Compass is discontinuing its subscription option; beginning today, all ACPS employees will receive notification of new Compass posts via email. Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, November 2

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” — C.S. Lewis

Happy Friday! I am so excited that today is Making Connections day in Albemarle County Public Schools! Yes, I am excited that our educators have signed up for informative and engaging sessions with visiting presenters in fields that will help us keep getting better and better in this noble work we do. Continue reading

Retirement Planning Seminar Coming up on Nov. 19

Retirement PlanningNo matter when you are planning to retire, you probably have questions, like: How much money will I need in retirement? Where will it come from? How does VRS work? What are my options for saving? How does health insurance work when I retire? For answers to these questions and much more, you should attend the Retirement Planning Seminar! Continue reading

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, October 26

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “Everything looks like failure in the middle.” — Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Happy Friday! This week was National School Bus Safety Week. I had brunch with all the bus drivers and crews over at the Vehicle Maintenance Facility on Tuesday. Principals, assistant principals, and even a few Board members were there. Continue reading

benefitsFOCUS: Get ready for the upcoming November benefits Open Enrollment window!

benefitsFOCUSWhat’s the BIG news?

Your annual benefits Open Enrollment window (November 1st through November 16th) begins next week! This Open Enrollment window is the final step needed to transition our medical, dental and FSA (Flexible Spending Account) plan years to run on a calendar year basis. Any changes you make to your medical/dental/FSA elections during the upcoming Open Enrollment period will go into effect January 1, 2019, and will run through December 31, 2019. Continue reading

NEA Foundation Grant Opportunities – Next Deadline: Feb. 1

The NEA FoundationThe National Education Association (NEA) Foundation offers multiple grant opportunities for educators, including 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

Superintendent’s Weekly Check-in, October 19

Superintendent Matthew HaasDear Colleagues:

A thought for next week: “One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai

Good morning, everyone!

Wednesday afternoon, Jay Thomas and I were on our way back from Hampton after making a presentation about the “Profile of a Virginia Graduate” at the VDOE School Counselor Summit that morning. We made a stop in Richmond to meet up with Melisa Larson and Beth White, two terrific teachers from Western Albemarle High School, who were on a field trip with their students at the Virginia Holocaust Museum. Continue reading