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First Meeting of Advisory Committee on Whether Elementary School’s Name Should Be Changed Is Tuesday, May 28

Cale Elementary SchoolThe inaugural meeting of the advisory committee that will make a recommendation on whether the name of Paul H. Cale Elementary School should be changed will be next Tuesday, May 28, at 6 p.m. The committee will meet in Room 241 of the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville.

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Three Elementary Schools, Murray, Stone-Robinson and Woodbrook, Will Have New Principals on July 1, All of Whom Have Served as Principals in the Division

New ACPS PrincipalsAlbemarle County Public Schools announced today that three elementary schools will be receiving new principals on July 1. The schools are Murray, Stone-Robinson and Woodbrook, and in each case, the new principal is serving or has served as an elementary school principal in the division.

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Dr. Stephen Saunders Appointed as Greer Elementary School’s Next Principal, Effective July 1

Dr. Stephen SaundersDr. Stephen Saunders, who has served as the principal at Baker-Butler Elementary School for the past five years, has been appointed as Greer Elementary School’s next principal, effective July 1. Saunders will succeed Jill Lee, who is relocating.

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EDEP Now Hosting Registration for 2019-20

EDEPThroughout the month of May, Albemarle County Public Schools’ Extended Day Enrichment Program (EDEP) is hosting online registration for the 2019-20 school year. EDEP offers after-school childcare for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Registration dates vary by school and space is limited. For specific registration dates and information about tuition and fees, financial assistance, and more, please visit our 2019-2020 Registration web page.

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Join Tonight’s School Board Meeting Live

Live StreamThis evening’s School Board business meeting begins at 6:30 and you can join the meeting in real time. The agenda includes an update on the new anonymous reporting app and the new state law prohibing tobacco and e-cigarette possession by anyone under the age of 21, proposals on how to reduce student stress in the learning environment and how technology is being integrarted into the curriculum. Also featured will be the two students headed to the Intel International Science Fair next week.


“Best Everything” Folk Tale From Broadway, London, Debuts at Monticello High School This Week With an Important Message for Audiences and Some Unusual Twists to the Production

Once On This IslandOn Broadway, it earned Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction, and Best Choreography. In London, it was the Best New Musical, and it later won a Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. On the Monticello High School stage this weekend, these stunning creative contributions will come not from professionals, but from students, a first for a local high school spring musical.

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Western Albemarle Is Piloting New Anonymous Reporting System Beginning This Monday, May 6; System Will Be Expanded to All Schools in the Fall

Anonymous AlertsBeginning this Monday, May 6, members of the school community at Western Albemarle High School will be able to use a web application to anonymously report threatening, abusive or unsafe behavior at school. Western is piloting the new system, Anonymous Alerts, through the end of the current school year prior to the division making the app operational for all schools in the fall.

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Summer School Registration Now Open

Summer School RegistrationOnline high school registration for summer school classes opened on May 1. Summer school begins on Monday, June 10 and concludes on Friday, July 26. All courses are online and physical education also can be taken onsite, from June 10 through the 28th at Western Albemarle and between July 8 and the 26th at Albemarle. For information on summer school course offerings and fees or to register for a class, visit:

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Community Members Being Sought to Join Cale Advisory Committee Reviewing the School’s Name, Including Two Members Who Do Not Currently Have Children in the School

Cale Elementary SchoolFollowing the School Board’s adoption of a new division policy on the naming or renaming of school facilities, applicants are being sought to serve on a community advisory committee that will conduct the first review under the revised policy. In October, the School Board directed Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas to “review our current policy on the naming of school buildings and facilities for the purpose of adding school division values to the criteria for such naming.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Students Earn 55 Awards at Regional Science Fair, Including Both “Best in Show” Honors

Virginia Piedmont Regional Science FairAlbemarle County Public Schools students earned both Best in Show Awards at the 38th annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair recently held in John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. Overall, students from Albemarle, Western Albemarle, and Monticello high schools received 49 awards at the show, including 11 first place awards in the 15 show categories. Students from Sutherland Middle School received six awards in their division, including a first place in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering.

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CATEC Director, Dr. Daphne Keiser, Appointed to Senior Leadership Role With Albemarle County Public Schools Leading Teacher, Administrator Recruitment

Daphne KeiserDr. Daphne Keiser, now the top administrator at CATEC as its director, has been appointed as the Director of Educator Quality for Albemarle County Public Schools. Dr. Keiser’s appointment is effective July 1. In her new senior leadership role, she will report to Lorna Gerome, the Director of Human Resources.

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Student, Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Soon-To-Be Principal, Ashby Johnson, Will Succeed Kathryn Baylor as Jouett’s Leader

Ashby JohnsonAshby Johnson, who attended Jack Jouett Middle School and later returned as a teacher, a coordinator of the school’s globally-recognized college preparatory program, and then assistant principal, has been appointed as the school’s next principal by the Albemarle County School Board. Johnson’s appointment is effective with the start of the new school year on July 1.

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Students join School Leaders to Discuss New Anti-Racism Policy

Charlottesville Podcast NetworkSchool Board member Katrina Callsen, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bernard Hairston and Dr. Kimalee Dickerson, are joined by three of the leadership academy students who helped to draft the division's new anti-racism policy, Lizzy Elvgren, Gauri Prakash and Cyrus Rody-Ramazani. The new policy was the subject of Sunday's hosted by Rick Moore on WPVC-FM.

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We Notice Recognition Program – Nominations Now Open!

We Notice 2019The County Student Advisory Council, in partnership with the Department of Instruction and Human Resources, invites students, parents and employees to recognize a special staff member for their work. This is an opportunity to share appreciation for our teachers, office staff, building service team members, teaching assistants, cafeteria workers, school nurses, and bus drivers.

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Summer Fine Arts Academy Opens Online Registration for Performing and Visual Arts and Creative Writing Programs

Summer Fine Arts AcademyOnline registration is now open for the sixth annual Fine Arts Academy, which will offer music, theater, visual arts, and creative writing camps for rising seventh through 12th grade students this summer. Program activities run from Monday, July 8, through Friday, July 12, at Albemarle High School.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Will Host Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, March 20

2019-20 Kindergarten RegistrationKindergarten is where the fun begins! Albemarle County elementary schools will host Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, March 20. Kindergarten Registration is an opportunity for parents to receive assistance with the enrollment process, present required documentation, and learn more about our kindergarten program. For more information, call 434-296-5820. Para asistencia bilingüe, llame 434-296-6517.

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Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas Says Symbols Associated With White Supremacy & Hate Groups Will Not Be Permitted in Schools

Superintendent Dr. Matt HassAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, said today that symbols, lettering or insignia of organizations or groups associated with white supremacy, racial hatred, or violence are not permitted in schools. This includes, but it is not limited to, such representations that support or promote the Ku Klux Klan, the Confederacy, Neo-Nazism, or other hate groups.

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Next Public Hearing on Proposed Budget is Apr. 9

Public HearingFollowing a series of upcoming budget work sessions by the Board of Supervisors, the Board will hold a public hearing on the county’s proposed budget for 2019-20, including schools, on April 9. Both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board are expected to formally adopt budgets later in the month.

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ACPS Spelling Champion Successfully Defends Her Title; Will Compete in Regional Bee for Fourth Consecutive Year

Spelling Bee ChampionHenley seventh grader, Layla Bouber, successfully defended her title as the Spelling Bee Champion for Albemarle County Public Schools at the school division’s 14th annual Spelling Bee. For the fourth consecutive year, Layla qualified to represent the county in the Daily Progress Regional Spelling Bee, which will take place on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 10 a.m. at Albemarle High School.

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Superintendent Haas’ 2019-20 Funding Request “Builds on a Strong Foundation,” Seeks to Raise Value of Connections Between Schools, Businesses and Albemarle County Residents

Funding Request PresentationCiting the interconnections between schools, business and service organizations, and community residents, Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, presented his 2019-20 funding request to the School Board last evening.

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Alcaro, Paige Elected to Board Leadership Roles

New School Board Leadership RolesAt its annual organizational meeting this month, the Albemarle County School Board selected its at-large member, Jonno Alcaro as the 2019 Board Chair. Graham Paige, who represents the Samuel Miller District on the Board, is the new Vice Chair. Alcaro succeeds Dr. Kate Acuff, who served three years as the Board Chair and will continue to serve on the Board as its Jack Jouett District representative. The Board also decided upon committee assignments for the new year. The Board’s next meeting is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the county office building on McIntire Road to receive Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas’ funding request for the 2019-20 school year. For all meeting updates, visit:

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To Support Student Participation at Jan. 10 Meeting, Albemarle County School Board Moves up Public Comment Period

School Board Public CommentFor its first School Board meeting in 2019, the Albemarle County School Board is moving up the public comment period on its agenda.

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Jouett's Model AVID Program is Revalidated

AVID ProgramIn 2013, Jack Jouett Middle School became one of the few schools in the world to earn select status for the quality and effectiveness of its academic skills and college preparation program, AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination). Over 90 percent of AVID students are accepted into four-year colleges and often are the first in their family to attend college. As one of the most powerful programs for closing achievement gaps, AVID is in more than 6,000 schools around the world, serving over two million students. Only 198 of these schools earn demonstration status as model programs. Recently, Jouett’s revalidation as a demonstration school was the subject of local news broadcasts.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Receives More Than 4,500 Community Responses Identifying Budget Priorities for the 2019-20 School Year

Budget Survey ResultsFor the second straight year, attracting and retaining high-quality teachers is the top goal for those Albemarle County residents who responded to the school division’s annual budget survey. The online survey attracted more than 4,500 responses to a question about the most important objectives for the 2019-20 school year budget.

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Teachers, Students, Staff, and Community Members Contribute to Superintendent’s 100-Day Report, Focusing on Role of Schools in Lifting All Students to Greatness

100 Day ReportAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, presented his 100-day report to the School Board this evening, outlining how his listening tour will shape his priorities this year.

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Nominations for the 2018-2019 Golden Apple Awards Open Through February 4; Program Honors Teaching Excellence & Community Outreach

Golden Apple AwardsNominations are now open for the 2018-2019 Golden Apple Awards, a program designed to honor outstanding teachers in public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City. One winner is selected from each school, and eight winners also will receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant, which can be used for classroom materials or to support the recipient’s professional development.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Graduates Again Exceed State & National Scores on SATs, College Readiness Benchmark

SAT ScoresAlbemarle County Public Schools graduates once again turned in strong performances on the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), with 2018 scores surpassing both state and national averages on the reading, writing and mathematics tests and on the Board’s college readiness benchmark.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Selects Experienced Teacher, National Tech Leader, as Its Chief Technology Officer

Dr Christine DiggsThe Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, Dr. Matthew Haas, said today that, following a nationwide search, Dr. Christine Diggs has been appointed as the division’s new Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Diggs said she long has been impressed by the innovative programming in Albemarle County Public Schools and by the opportunities she has had to learn more about the division from collaborating with its technology professionals at national conferences.

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Albemarle County Public Schools’ On-Time Graduation Rate Tops Statewide Rate for 11th Consecutive Year

GraduationThe on-time graduation rate for Albemarle County Public Schools once again exceeded the statewide rate in Virginia, according to a report issued this week by the state department of education. An on-time graduation means that a student completed his or her high school studies within a four-year period.

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Dr. Bernard Hairston Appointed Assistant Superintendent for School Community Empowerment

Dr. Bernard HairstonAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas announced today that Dr. Bernard Hairston, the school division’s Chief of Community Engagement, has been appointed Assistant Superintendent for School Community Empowerment. In his new role, Dr. Hairston will be responsible for expanding the participation and input of students, teachers, administrators, staff, and community partners in developing school division policies, programs, and budget initiatives to meet School Board priorities.

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Albemarle County, Charlottesville City Schools to Join Together to Ensure That “Racism and Discrimination Will Find No Home in Our School Communities”

Dr. Matt HaasAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, said today that both the county and city public school divisions can be a regional and perhaps national model for ensuring that “racism and discrimination will find no home in our school communities.”

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CATEC Receives $50,000 Grant to Expand Local Business Partnerships and Provide Students With More Job Opportunities

CATEC LogoA $50,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education will fund a new summer program designed to expand opportunities for students at the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) to earn paid apprenticeships while they also are earning academic and professional certification credits.

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Watch What Superintendent Haas Told 1,300 Teachers to Start the New Year

Dr. Matt Haas 2018 AddressAlbemarle County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas met with nearly all of the school division’s 1,300 teachers on August 14, the first time in 20 years such a meeting has taken place. Noting that the school division recently was ranked in the top two percent of all school divisions in the nation, Dr. Haas talked about the impact teachers have on the academic achievement of students.

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First Meeting of Advisory Committee on Whether Elementary School’s Name Should Be Changed Is Tuesday, May 28
32 ACPS Students From Six Teams Selected for Destination Imagination’s Global Competition
Albemarle, Charlottesville Communities Honor 40 Teachers in 18th Annual Golden Apple Award Celebration
Three Elementary Schools, Murray, Stone-Robinson and Woodbrook, Will Have New Principals on July 1
Center I at Seminole Place Is Expanding Enrollment for High School Seniors This August
Dr. Stephen Saunders Appointed as Greer Elementary School’s Next Principal, Effective July 1
“Best Everything” Folk Tale From Broadway, London, Debuts at Monticello High School This Week
National Signing Day at CATEC Will Match Nine Students With Jobs, Apprenticeships With Local Skilled Trades Companies
Western Albemarle Is Piloting New Anonymous Reporting System Beginning May 6
Starting This Evening, All School Board Meetings Will Be Available on Live Video Feed
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