Important note: As we move into the 2021-22 school year, please know that there will not be a requirement for teachers to complete 6 hours of professional learning during the summer. However, we will be offering an array of optional learning opportunities that we will share through the Compass and our ACPS Professional Development web page.
We are excited to announce the summer dates for Responsive Classroom (RC) and Developmental Designs (DD) Summer Institutes! Both of these institutes support teachers in better understanding the social and emotional learning needs of their students and giving them the tools and understanding they need to create supportive learning environments for all students. Continue reading
Attention all regular full-time and part-time employees: If you haven’t yet completed Albemarle County’s Online Annual Training (OATs), today’s the day! OATs is your required yearly review of policies, procedures, and other important information. This year, completing the training is a two-step process that involves reviewing an online presentation and then certifying that you have completed the training. The whole process takes about 15 minutes, and the deadline is today, April 30! Here’s how it works: Continue reading
Each year, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) selects one teacher as its teacher of the year for the Commonwealth. The award is named for Mary V. Bicouvaris, who began her 26-year teaching career in Hampton and, in 1989, was named the National Teacher of the Year.
Based on the incredible work of our teachers every year and most especially this year, the Teacher of the Year Program is an excellent opportunity to recognize the impact our teachers are making in the lives of our students, families and colleagues. All teachers are invited to apply to represent our school division in this statewide program. Any teacher can self-nominate or nominate a colleague for consideration as Teacher of the Year.
We want to begin the process locally by asking interested teachers to complete our 2022 Teacher of the Year Interest Form by Friday, May 7. Continue reading
For the past few years, ACPS has used Google Translate’s website translator widget to provide free and automatic translation of our website content. However, Google announced in 2019 that they would no longer support their website translator widget. Eventually the tool will cease to work, likely without warning.
In order to ensure that our web content is accessible to users who prefer to read text in a language other than English, ACPS has partnered with a website translation service called Weglot (pronounced Wē-glŏt). Beginning Monday, May 3, Weglot will seamlessly integrate with our website to offer translation options. Continue reading
Classroom Teachers: If you haven’t already participated in the Teacher Survey to Inform the 2021-22 School Year, please provide your input by tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28. Your feedback, which we will share with the school board on May 6, will help inform our planning for next school year.
Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 4:30 p.m. | Zoom
James Madison University (JMU) will host an informational meeting for its Educational Leadership programs, including its master’s and certificate options, this Thursday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. JMU is planning to start a new cohort program this fall or winter. View the program brochure »
The Department of Technology is aware that some ACPS phone numbers are being used to make spoofing phone calls that are malicious in nature. As you do with phishing emails, please continue to use a “cautious lens” if you receive such a call. Before giving any personally identifiable information or providing payment for anything, please contact the entity that the caller is claiming to be to verify the request. As a reminder: No reputable organization will contact you asking for password or account information without you initiating the contact.
If you have questions, please reach out to the Service Desk during normal business hours at 434-975-9444.
There’s still time to help us select a beneficiary for the 2021 ACPS employee fundraiser! You may recall that we supported the ACPS Families in Crisis Program in 2020 and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in 2019. This year, we are choosing a beneficiary from seven programs submitted by employees. Please review the fundraising pitches and cast your vote by noon on Monday, April 26! Continue reading
Rivanna Solid Waste Authority will host the following special waste collection days this spring at the Ivy Materials Utilization Center (MUC), located at 4576 Dick Woods Road in Charlottesville: Residential Household Hazardous Waste Days on April 30 and May 1 and Bulky Waste Amnesty Days on May 8, 15 and 22. Continue reading
Classroom Teachers: As we shared earlier this week, Superintendent Haas has announced that the school division is planning to offer five days per week of in-person instruction at all school sites for students in all grades next school year. In addition, he announced that the division will offer an all-virtual school for elementary, middle and high school students. The all-virtual school will have its own principal and teaching staff and provide synchronous instruction to students.
Your input is essential to our successful planning! Continue reading