Special Message from the Superintendent

This week, Superintendent Haas visited Monticello’s football field with a very special video message for our school community. Please help us celebrate and support all of our teams and student performers, including football, field hockey, volleyball, cross country, golf, mountain biking, cheer, scholastic bowl, and our fine arts, by staying safe in the stands and encouraging excellence on the field and stage.

End-of-Year Message from Superintendent Haas

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Congratulations, everyone, on completing what will no doubt be remembered as the most challenging school year we have experienced. As we close out the 2020-21 school year, my hope is that each of you will take time over the summer to rest, reset and recharge. You deserve it!

Thank you for your courage, your willpower, your creativity, and your love and concern for our students and their families. I hope you’ll take just a moment to watch my end-of-year “thank you” message:

Video Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier today, I shared the following message and videos with our middle and high school students, and I wanted to share that messaging with you as well.

Good afternoon, ACPS Middle and High School Students:

I hope you are all doing well today and are looking forward to the weekend. Please take a few minutes to view this video message that I created for you. In it, I talk about the responsibility we all have to look out for and support each other in our school community. In particular, I talk about national and local attacks toward Asian-Americans, some of which are related to our own schools. Continue reading

Video Spotlight: Taking the Temperature of Stage 4

3D Number 4

In a recent letter to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, School Board Chair Graham Paige described the work of employees through the pandemic as outstanding, and even heroic. This was certainly demonstrated earlier this month as the division more than tripled the number of students returning to in-person instruction.

We had the opportunity to catch up with some of your colleagues about the successful start to Stage 4 and thought you might want to hear what they had to say in this brief video:

In Response to the Tragic Events of March 16, 2021

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Good afternoon, Colleagues:

I am checking in with you this afternoon to address the anti-Asian sentiment and violence toward Asian-Americans that has been rising across our nation over the past many months. I think it’s important to speak up about such acts of bigotry, as these are the types of crises that seep from the outside world into our classrooms. Continue reading

In Response to the Events of January 6, 2021

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Colleagues:

I was born on the day Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. While I was too young of course to realize it, 1968 was a remarkably traumatic year for our nation and families of seemingly unending division, violence and hopelessness.

While many of the wounds from that time remain unresolved, and while we have since endured 9/11, a pandemic, recessions, and escalating racial hatred and injustice, we have not witnessed an assault on our nation’s most cherished values that struck at the heart of our democracy like the events of yesterday. Continue reading

Message from the Superintendent: A Cautious Step Forward in Our Return to School Plan

Superintendent Matthew Haas

Dear Families/Colleagues:

As I continue to talk with our public health experts, visit schools to talk with employees, and hear from our parents and students, I’m learning a great deal about the depth of challenges we all face. I’m also learning about the incredible talent, determination and caring of our families and staff, qualities that cannot be diminished by a virus. And, I’m learning that I have not said “thank you” enough.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch my video message and hear what I consider to be a very important message for all of us:

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How We’re Protecting Students & Staff During COVID-19

Eileen Gomez, ACPS COVID-19 Coordinator, and Lindsay Snoddy, Deputy Director of Building Services, present, How We’re Protecting Students & Staff During COVID-19:

The video, which highlights health and safety strategies that ACPS is implementing to help protect our staff and students, addresses: Continue reading

Stage 3 Details: Survey, Informational Video & Draft Slides

Return to School 2020-21

Dear Colleagues,

At their upcoming meeting on October 8, the Albemarle County School Board will decide whether the school division will progress to the next stage of reopening (from Stage 2 to Stage 3). The school division will remain in its current stage (Stage 2) through at least the end of the first quarter. The Board’s decision will impact the second quarter of the school year, which begins on November 9. Continue reading