Reminder: Signed Teacher Contracts Due June 10

Electronic Contract

Teachers who were reappointed by the school board on May 26 were sent contracts from the ACPSContracts@k12albemarle.org account on May 27. As a reminder, these contracts are due on Friday, June 10. If you have not already done so, please sign and date your contract and email it as a PDF to ACPSContracts@k12albemarle.org.

Questions regarding staffing should be directed to principals. Other questions can be directed to the HR Business Partners: Eirini Vlavianos for Elementary and Instructional Support, or Jennifer Weller Kim for Secondary.

Summer Professional Learning for ST Math

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This summer, we will offer a professional learning experience for elementary teachers focused on ST Math. The course will be facilitated through Schoology and will include three learning experiences that dive into the philosophy and context of ST Math, ST Math Chats for each grade level, and the pathway students follow through the learning objectives.

Teachers can sign up for the course through the Professional Learning Management System (PLMS). We will accept the first 100 teachers who register. Continue reading

June Is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month!

Pride Month

According to U.S. Census Bureau, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States… The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.”

In Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS), student-led organizations providing affinity and advocacy for LGBTQIA students exist at all secondary schools.* These student organizations have leaned in to help ACPS achieve its strategic goal of “Affirming and Empowering Communities,” including respecting and championing the diversity of life experiences of all students. Continue reading

May 2022 Policy Updates

Policy Updates

Albemarle County Public Schools has a number of policies that govern our operations in alignment with state code and our division vision, mission and values. Our policies must be reviewed once every five years, though we often review them more frequently due to changes in Virginia Code or the needs of our school system. As part of the review process, we use our Equity Checklist to ensure that our policies are having a positive impact on equity in the school division. So far in 2022, we have updated, revised or deleted 52 policies. Continue reading

Did You Work With an Instructional Coach This Year?

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Teachers: If you worked with an instructional coach this year and your time together exceeded 5 hours, you have earned professional development (PD) points! Instructional coaches were asked to submit the number of hours that they worked with teacher partners this school year, and these hours will be posted on each individual teacher’s PD transcript by June 10, 2022. Continue reading

Gender-Inclusive Planning Team Invitation

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Would you like to have a meaningful impact on creating inclusive school environments for gender-expansive students? In August 2021, the Albemarle County School Board adopted the Policy on the Treatment of Transgender and Gender-Expansive Students. In order to plan for the implementation of the actions outlined in this policy, we are creating a diverse team of educators, administrators and employees, which will convene up to three times over the summer months. To be a part of this important team, or to share your thoughts on this topic, please contact Jamie Gellner at jgellner@k12albemarle.org by Thursday, June 9.

JMU Educational Leadership & Certificate Cohort Starting in August: Additional Info Session on June 13

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Monday, June 13, 2022 | 1:30 p.m. | Zoom

Is school leadership in your future? James Madison University (JMU) will host another informational meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including its master’s and certificate options, on Monday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom. JMU is planning to start a new cohort program this August. Classes will be held locally and meet weekly, and APCS teachers are eligible for discounted tuition. View the program brochure »

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Division PLC Attendance

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Teachers: In order to get your professional development points for attending Division Professional Learning Community (DPLC) meetings this year, please complete the 2021-22 DPLC Yearlong Attendance form by Tuesday, May 31. Your points will be populated in the Professional Learning Management System based on your form entries.

Questions? Please contact a Lead Coach.

Reaffirming Our Values & Commitments to Our Students & to One Another

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for all you are doing to support our students, families, and each other! I appreciate you taking a few minutes to read this important message.

The recent racially-motivated violence in Buffalo and the discovery of the shooter’s “hit list” that contained an elementary school is another painful reminder of the importance of both our nation’s commitment to anti-racism and the difficulty of its implementation. Across our nation, more and more communities are scarred by violence against our national cultures and values, most especially, but not exclusively, violence that targets our Black communities. Continue reading