Save the Date: 2019 Equity Conference – June 1

2019 Equity Conference

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | 9 to 2 p.m. | Jouett Middle School

The Office of Community Engagement takes great pleasure in inviting you to the 2019 Equity Conference. The conference will be on June 1 at Jouett Middle School from 9 to 2 p.m. This is our most exciting event of the year, as we honor and highlight the work of educators in our division who investigate what it means to embrace diverse student experiences, tailor instruction to reflect cultural landscapes, incorporate families and communities, and evolve as a culturally responsive educational community.

We Notice: Nominate a Colleague by April 10

We Notice

The ACPS County Student Advisory Council has launched their annual We Notice program! This is an opportunity for students, parents, employees, and community members to recognize a teacher or staff member whose work should be celebrated. Recognition can be given to any staff member who works in our schools, such as teachers, office staff, building service team members, teaching assistants, cafeteria workers, school nurses, and bus drivers. Nominate a colleague today!

UPDATE: The nomination deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 10. A reception will be held on Thursday, April 25.

Meet Michael Thomas, Our New Licensure Specialist

Michael Thomas

There is a new contact for all things licensure-related!

Hello, I’m Michael Thomas and I am the new Licensure Specialist, following Beth Churms’ retirement in December. Having been with the Human Resources team since mid-2017, I’m thrilled to move into this role! As we move through the school year together, I aspire to improve communication and collaborate with each of you to work through licensure matters. Continue reading

Robin and Mani’s All Buddy Camp: Teen Volunteer Opportunity – Applications Due April 15

Robin and Mani's All Buddy Camp

All Buddy Camp is a unique volunteer opportunity for rising juniors and seniors attending an Albemarle County or Charlottesville City high school. A Big Buddy at All Buddy Camp is paired with a preschool age student with special needs (Little Buddy) and works cooperatively with our professional program staff. Buddies work one-on-one with each other for the entire week of camp. All Buddy Camp is a tribute to Robin and Mani Aldridge, who were committed to children with disabilities, art, and fun! Continue reading

New Cohort for a Master’s in Library Science Through ODU – Q&A on March 25

ODU Idea Fusion

ACPS is excited to announce the creation of a cohort program through Old Dominion University for those teachers interested in pursuing a Master’s in Library Sciences. To learn more about the program, please join us for a Q&A with ODU faculty on March 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Professional Learning Center at Seminole Place (click here for directions). Please email Jenn Sublette at with any questions. Continue reading

NEA Foundation Grant Opportunities – Next Deadline: June 1

The NEA Foundation

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation offers multiple grant opportunities for educators, including Student Achievement Grants and Learning & Leadership Grants. Three grant deadlines are established annually: February 1, June 1, and October 15. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. Grants fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Continue reading

Recording of March 7 Budget Q&A Now Available

Albemarle Rising

Last Thursday, March 7, Superintendent Matthew Haas hosted a video webinar on the School Board’s 2019-20 Funding Request. Following a presentation, employees had the opportunity to ask questions through an online chat. Thank you to everyone who participated!

In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here. You also can view a transcript of the online chat, which contains the Q&A portion of the event. Continue reading

Weekly Check-in Reminders: Pi Day & Our Fundraising Poll

Matt Haas

March 14 is Pi (ℼ) Day! Per the Superintendent’s February 15 Weekly Check-in, if you decide to wear a T-shirt that promotes math on ℼ Day, please send a photo of yourself wearing the T-shirt to Christine Thompson ( by noon on March 15. The wearers of the three best t-shirts will win a FREE pair of athletic shoes from either Crozet Running or Ragged Mountain Running. This opportunity is open to all employees!

Also, don’t forget to vote in our Fundraising Poll! Please participate by noon tomorrow, March 12. For more details, please revisit the March 8 Weekly Check-in.

Environmental Grants Offered by Dominion Energy – Deadline: Apr. 30

Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy recently announced it will provide up to $1.5 million in environmental grants this year through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. Public and private K-12 schools can apply for classroom grants up to $5,000 each for environmental education programs. Since 2003, the Foundation has donated nearly $32 million to projects that protect and improve the environment. Learn more »

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on April 30, 2019.