Are You Subscribed to Our Electronic Notification System?

Phone CallAre you missing school schedule notifications? If so, you may not be subscribed to the ACPS Electronic Notification System, or perhaps your contact information needs to be updated.

Our Emergency Notification System enables us to notify you immediately in the event of an emergency and to contact you regarding school schedule changes due to inclement weather. To do so, we need to remain up-to-date with your contact information. Continue reading

Have a Joyous Thanksgiving

Superintendent Pam MoranDear Colleagues:

Much of the media this past week was focused on the anniversary of what experts have described as one of the most transformational events in the history of our country—the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963. The impact of that event for those in my generation is reflected in how quickly we can answer what is the standard measure of such an occasion—where were you when you heard the news. Continue reading

1st Draft of 2014-15 School Year Calendar Posted for Feedback

Tell Us What You ThinkThe 2014-15 Calendar Development web page has been updated with links to the first draft of the 2014-15 school year calendar and a new survey. We used feedback from your responses to our previous “Calendar Priorities” survey to make changes to the draft in collaboration with staff from Charlottesville City Schools. We had over 1,300 survey responses. Thank you!

Community members, staff and students are invited to provide feedback that will inform the second draft of the 2014-15 school year calendar. View the draft calendar and participate in the survey. This survey will close on Friday, December 6.

Division Selects New Assessment and Data Analysis System

Illuminate Education LogoInput from an advisory panel of teachers and instructional leaders representing a broad cross-section of the division’s schools has led to the selection of a new assessment and data analysis system for Albemarle County Public Schools. The new system, provided by Illuminate Education, will be in place by the beginning of next school year. Continue reading

Digital Wish Offering Monthly Technology Awards

Teacher with iPodSubmit a lesson plans to Digital Wish and become eligible for their monthly technology awards! Each month they post a new piece of technology, such as a video camera, curriculum tools, or a video set, that they award to the teacher who submits the best lesson plan incorporating the prize. All grade levels and subject areas are welcome to apply. Check out their grants calendar to learn more about their various grants and deadlines. Learn how to apply.

School Board Urges General Assembly to Support Balanced Student Assessments

Performance TaskIn its annual meeting with state legislators who represent Albemarle County in 2012, the School Board briefed legislators on the need for more balanced and relevant student assessments beyond the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests now in use across the state. As a result of the meeting, legislation was filed in the General Assembly that would eventually give school divisions the option of employing performance-based assessments to measure and align student learning with college and workforce readiness. Continue reading

Online Grad Program in School Administration & Supervision: Free Info Session Tonight at 7 p.m.

ISTE LogoLead the Charge Toward Digital Age Learning! Jump-start your career as a technology leader by developing the skills to effectively implement instructional technology in your school or district. ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) has partnered with the Johns Hopkins University School of Education to create an online Graduate Certificate Program in School Administration and Supervision, with an emphasis on digital age standards for teaching and learning. The application deadline for this program is December 6, 2013.

Learn more about this exciting yearlong program during a free information session November 19 at 7 p.m. Sign up now! Even if you can’t make the live event, ISTE will send you a recording so you don’t miss out.

First Student Film Festival Coming This Spring!

Student Film FestAlbemarle County Public Schools will present a showcase of our finest student films from 6th to 12th grade in our first ACPS Student Film Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Monticello High School auditorium. Students can submit films in narrative, documentary, foreign language, or experimental genres through the ACPS Student Film Festival website. Check the submissions guidelines on the web site for more details.