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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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The School Board Approves 2019-20 Funding Request

Funding Request ApprovedThe Albemarle County School Board has approved a $195.8 million funding request for the school year that will begin on July 1. The request now goes to Albemarle County Executive Jeff Richardson to be incorporated into his budget presentation to the Board of Supervisors on February 15.

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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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National Education Assessment Organization Ranks Albemarle County Public Schools Among Top Two Percent of All Public School Divisions in the U.S. & Third Best in Virginia

NICHE - ACPS in Top 2 PercentAlbemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) ranks among the top two percent of all public school divisions in the nation, according to the 2019 Best School Districts in America ranking by Niche, the national educational assessment organization. In Virginia, ACPS was ranked third out of 131 school divisions.

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Murray High School Becomes First Public School in Virginia Selected to Join National Consortium

Murray High Selected for ConsortiumMurray High School is one of the first public schools in the nation and the first in Virginia to be selected to join a national school consortium seeking to better prepare students for lifelong success.

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New School Bus Safety Pilot Program Study Finds 89 Percent Reduction in Violations by Motorists

Bus Satefy Pilot ProgramThe frequency in which motorists illegally passed a stopped school bus declined by 89 percent in a pilot program conducted by the Albemarle County Public Schools’ transportation department in May and June. These results follow an earlier pilot program in which extended stop arms were installed on school buses in the fall of 2017.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Names Experienced Administrator as New Principal for Hollymead Elementary School

Craig DommerCraig Dommer, who has served as an administrator for six years at two Albemarle County public schools and as a member of the division’s nationally renowned instructional coaching program for three prior years, has been named principal of Hollymead Elementary School.

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Albemarle Educator is Virginia History Teacher of the Year

VA History Teacher of the YearThe Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History recently recognized Albemarle County educator Rusty Carlock as the 2018 Virginia History Teacher of the Year. Carlock teaches at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville. Carlock is an 11th-grade teacher of Virginia and United States History.

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Four Albemarle County Schools Receive a Total of Eight Shannon Foundation Grants

Shannon FoundationScottsville is one of four Albemarle County public schools that received a total of eight grants for the 2018-19 school year from the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. Teachers at Baker-Butler Elementary School, Burley Middle School, and Western Albemarle High School also were awarded grants for innovative learning projects.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Completes Appointments of 14 Assistant Principals as 2018-19 School Year Begins

14 Asst Principal AppointmentsAlbemarle County Public Schools today named seven new assistant principals for six elementary and high schools in the school division. Five other assistant principals are taking on new leadership roles, and two such appointments previously were announced. In all, 14 associate or assistant principals have assumed new roles for the 2018-19 school year.

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Dr. Pam Moran Named Executive Director of Statewide Education Professional Development Consortium

Pam MoranDr. Pamela R. Moran has been named the new Executive Director of the Virginia School Consortium for Learning (VaSCL). A statewide education organization headquartered in Palmyra, VaSCL includes a membership of more than 70 school divisions across the state. Its mission is to improve the quality of K-12 education in the state by providing high-quality professional learning to educators and by facilitating the sharing of best practices among school divisions.

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School Board Opts Not to Request a School Bond Referendum

ACPS LogoThe Albemarle County School Board has decided not to send a request to the Board of Supervisors this year for a November school bond referendum. Instead, the Board has decided to reduce its funding request in next year’s capital budget from $53 million to $5.4 million to concentrate on design work and land acquisition for three high priority projects.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Selects Experienced Administrator for Key Role as Director of Professional Learning

Jennifer SubletteJennifer Sublette, who has served in a series of increasingly responsible administrative leadership positions for Albemarle County Public Schools, has been appointed as the division’s Director of Professional Learning. Currently an assistant principal at Western Albemarle High School, Sublette will take on the planning, budgeting and operation of one of the most influential division-wide programs, one that affects the quality of instruction in schools across the county.

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Albemarle High School’s Student Services Team Receives Top Performance Excellence Award Earned by Only Two Percent of All High School Programs in the Nation

ASCA AwardAlbemarle High School’s Student Services team has earned the highest national award of excellence for the quality and effectiveness of its school counseling program.The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) said Albemarle High School’s program is the first in central Virginia to be named a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). Only two percent of the more than 36,000 public and private secondary schools throughout the country have counseling programs with RAMP status.

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Albemarle County School Board Appoints Five Principals for Elementary Schools

New PrincipalsThey came from as far away as 1,700 miles and as close as 11 miles, as the Albemarle County School Board selected five principals to lead elementary schools in the division, more than a month ahead of the division’s objective to have all principals in place by June 30.

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Head Teacher Named for Albemarle Tech as New High School Learning Facility Begins Preparing for August Debut

David GloverWork is well underway to ready Albemarle Tech, the new innovative student Center for Creativity and Invention, for its first class of students this August. Earlier this month, the use of 40,000 square feet of space at 1180 Seminole Trail, the “old Comdial Building,” was approved by the Albemarle County Planning Commission. That triggered the beginning of the transformation of the leased space into one of the most modern student-centered high school learning facilities in Virginia. Albemarle County Public Schools took another step forward this week by selecting David Glover to serve as the center’s first Head Teacher. Glover joined the school division in 2009 at Monticello High School.

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New Deputy and Assistant Superintendents, New Chief Operating Officer Named for Albemarle County Public Schools

New ACPS AppointeesEffective July 1, Debora Collins, the Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning for Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS), has been appointed as the school division’s Deputy Superintendent. Dr. Clare Keiser, currently the Director of Educator Quality in the Human Resources Department, will become Assistant Superintendent for Organizational Development and Human Resource Leadership. And Rosalyn Schmitt, now the Director of Budget & Planning, has been appointed as the school division’s Chief Operating Officer.

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A New, Modern Learning Experience Will Change Education for Some Albemarle County High School Seniors Beginning This August

Albemarle TechA new contemporary learning center for Albemarle County high school seniors is scheduled to open this August with the debut of Albemarle Tech, offering curriculum choices beyond what is found in traditional classrooms. Officially known as the Center for Creativity and Invention, the center will accept between 20 and 40 high school seniors from across the county. In future years, up to 150 students, including sophomores and juniors, will have the option of attending the center.

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Fifth Annual WinterSongs Concert, This Saturday at 5 p.m., Raising Funds to Support Victims of Domestic ViolenceNew
ACPS Spelling Champion Successfully Defends Her Title
AP Test Scores by ACPS Students Surpass State and National Averages
Division Spelling Bee on Feb. 11 Will Be Live-Streamed
School Board Approves 2019-20 Funding Request
School Board Will Discuss Capital Improvement Program During Special Meeting on Jan. 24
Superintendent Haas’ 2019-20 Funding Request “Builds on a Strong Foundation”
To Support Student Participation at Jan. 10 Meeting, Albemarle County School Board Moves up Public Comment Period
Learning Resources for Elementary and Secondary Language Arts Available for Public Review
ACPS Receives More Than 4,500 Community Responses Identifying Budget Priorities for the 2019-20 School Year
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