VaSCL & VASCD Offering Professional Learning Events in Charlottesville This February

In February, two regional professional development events will be held in Charlottesville: VaSCL’s Engage Every Family: Every Student Learns on Wednesday, February 27, and VASCD’s Whole Child Institute on Thursday, February 28. Both relate to our strategic priorities.

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Speak Up Survey: Participate by Jan. 31

Project Tomorrow Speak Up

ACPS Educators: Each year the Speak Up Survey provides our district with rich data that helps us make important decisions for students. Through this survey, we learn how students use technology, what technologies are important to teachers, how our use of technology aligns with the needs of our families, and more. Continue reading

Weighted Grades: Three Upcoming Feedback Opportunities for High School Teachers – Jan. 9, 10 & 15

Books on Scale

Dear Colleagues:

Two years ago, our School Board adopted an updated view of our high school curricula, expanding beyond our traditional focus on developing content knowledge to include greater emphasis on the acquisition of workplace skills. The latter included such related student interests as career exploration, community engagement, and civic responsibility. The Board’s intent was to better position us to meet our one strategic goal for students—that they graduate with the skills and competencies needed for college and career success. Continue reading

Are You Registered for Community Emergency Alerts?

CodeREDThe Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management recommends that all residents and businesses in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region register for the CodeRED Emergency Alert System. By registering, residents may receive alerts about critical situations, such as weather warnings and emergency events, and necessary actions. Subscribers can select the type of alerts they would like to receive as well as how they are warned, including phone, text and email. Learn more »

Calendar Survey Results Prompt a Second Draft of the 2019-20 School Year Calendar

Calendar Draft 2The Calendar Committee has created a second draft of the 2019-20 School Year Calendar in response to survey feedback.

The purpose of our recent calendar survey was to collect community input on the Calendar Committee’s first draft of the 2019-20 School Year Calendar. In total, 1,018 students, parents, employees, and community members reviewed the initial draft and provided feedback over a two-week period, from November 2-16. Thank you to everyone who participated for engaging in the calendar development process. View the survey results »

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VaSCL Workshop: The Trauma Sensitive Classroom – Dec. 4

VaSCLDecember 4, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Holiday Inn, Charlottesville

There’s still time to register! The Virginia School Consortium for Learning (VaSCL) is still accepting registrations for their upcoming workshop on Tuesday, December 4: The Trauma Sensitive Classroom: Cultivating Mindfulness and Compassion to Support Learning. This workshop is geared toward K-12 classroom teachers, guidance counselors, special education teachers, support staff, and school-based and central office administrators. Continue reading

JMU Leadership Program – Interest Meeting Rescheduled for Nov. 27

JMU LogoNEW DATE: November 27, 2018 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. | Stone-Robinson Elementary

JMU will host an interest meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including its M.Ed. and certificate options, on Tuesday, November 27, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Stone-Robinson Elementary School library. There is a possibility, based on interest, that a cohort program will start in January with courses offered in ACPS and held one night each week. Continue reading

Inclement Weather: Annual Reminders for Employees

School ClosingsIt appears the inclement weather season is upon us. Special thanks to the Transportation Services Road Assessment Team, who wakes early and braves potentially hazardous road conditions in order to help the school division make safe choices for our students and staff.

Do you know how the school division makes and communicates scheduling decisions during inclement weather? Check out the Closings & Delays web page for all the details! In the meantime, here’s a quick reference: Continue reading

Virginia NBCT Network Awareness Meeting – Nov. 17

Virginia is for NBCTsSaturday, November 17 | 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | New College Institute

Teachers, school administrators, central office leaders, and School Board members: You’re invited to learn more about the benefits of National Board Certification in your division through quality professional development for teachers that improves student learning and achievement. Please attend the Virginia NBCT Network Awareness meeting this Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at New College Institute, 191 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA 24112. There is no cost to attend, and light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to nbctvirginia@gmail.com (Subject line: Nov Mtg).