Back to School Bash on Aug. 10 – Volunteers Needed!

Each year, Albemarle County Public Schools and Charlottesville City Schools join forces with several community organizations to offer free school supplies and backpacks to families in need. This year’s Back to School Bash will be held on Saturday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ting Pavilion in Downtown Charlottesville.

In order to make this special event a success for our families, we need volunteers! Continue reading

Start Planning Your Retirement Now! Nationwide Is Offering Free Virtual Consultations July 15-19!

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The sooner you start planning for retirement, the easier it can be, so let’s get started! Schedule a free 30-minute virtual consultation with one of our Nationwide consultants to learn more about Albemarle County’s 457(b) deferred compensation plan. Through a 457(b) plan, you can contribute to your account each pay period; invest that money so it can potentially grow into a lot more; and use tools to monitor your account and make adjustments as needed.

Appointments are set aside for ACPS employees July 15-19! To schedule, scan the QR code in the flyer below or visit Continue reading

Slots Still Open in Our July Mental Health First Aid Trainings!

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Are you interested in helping support students experiencing mental health challenges? Mental Health First Aid helps individuals assist someone who is experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

ACPS is excited to offer three Mental Health First Aid training opportunities this month, available to all staff! Slots still remain in all three courses:

  • Monday, July 22 | 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 14 of 30 slots open
  • Wednesday, July 24 | 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 21 of 30 slots open
  • Thursday, July 25 | 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. | 23 of 30 slots open
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Attention VRS Hybrid Plan Members: Changes Are Coming to Your Defined Contribution Deduction Schedule

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Right now, employees in the VRS Hybrid Plan have money taken from their first two paychecks each month for their Defined Contribution account. Starting July 1, 2024, VRS-participating employers are required to take both mandatory and voluntary Defined Contributions from every paycheck, even in months with three paychecks (such as August 2024 and January 2025 in the 2024-25 school year). The total yearly contribution will stay the same, but the amount taken from each paycheck will be smaller because it’s spread out over more paychecks. Here’s a summary of the deduction schedule for the 2024-25 school year: Continue reading

CATEC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration – Sept. 28

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CATEC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as an important educational option for the Charlottesville community. Opening its doors in 1973, CATEC has provided real-world educational opportunities to thousands of Charlottesville area youth and adults.

Join us on Saturday, September 28, to celebrate this important milestone as we look forward to our school’s future in the community. Activities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil our new name and signage, as well as food, activities for families, tours of the facility, and raffles.

Mary Baldwin School of Education Info Session – June 27

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Are you interested in earning a teaching license/degree or an additional endorsement in areas like Curriculum & Instruction, Reading Specialist Education, Gifted Education, ESL, Authentic Learning and Leadership, or Special Education? Courses are online and asynchronous! Attend Mary Baldwin’s virtual information session to learn more about their teacher education program, reduced tuition, and their deferment plan: Continue reading

Mark Your Calendar: Paramount Theater Teacher Reception – Aug. 7

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Save the date! The Paramount Theater will host their annual Teacher Reception on Wednesday, August 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This special event will provide an opportunity to meet and greet fellow educators, preview the 2024-25 arts education season, and learn about using The Paramount Theater as a classroom resource. All ACPS employees will be welcome! Stay tuned: Invitation to follow in mid-July! Continue reading