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Unleashing Each Student's Potential

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  • Community Engagement Manager for Albemarle County Public Schools Appointed to State Advisory Board

    grockholdGloria Rockhold, the community engagement manager for Albemarle County Public Schools, has been appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board.

    "Among my priorities will be to focus on closing the opportunity gap that exists between Latino students and the general student population," Rockhold said.

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  • Newsweek Spotlights ACPS Maker Program

    3dprinterIn its Sept. 8th edition, Newsweek describes the Maker Movement as a "global community of inventors, designers, engineers, artists, programmers, hackers, tinkers, craftsmen and DIY'ers." Reporter Louise Stewart noted in her story Maker Movement Reinvents Education the use of 3D printers as a key resource and spotlighted the Albemarle County Public Schools maker programs.

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  • ACPS Receives State Grant to Develop New Education Model

    grantAlbemarle County Public Schools has become one of the first school divisions in Virginia to receive a grant from the state Secretary of Education and Office of Virginia STEM to plan a new instructional model that will bring students closer in their learning to the needs of future employers.
    The $20,000 grant is part of the Commonwealth's Future Education and Environment Development (FEED) initiative, recently approved by the General Assembly to support innovative education practices in public schools.

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  • ACPS Moves to Paperless in 2014-2015 School Year

    paperlessThroughout the 2014-2015 school year, much of the information for parents and students will be distributed electronically. This change in the division's communications system will not only save money in a tight budget year, but also increase the immediacy and depth of information available to families with students enrolled in the division's 26 schools.

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  • Eight Albemarle County Schools Receive Shannon Grants To Fund 16 Innovative Classroom Programs Next Year

    Shannon Grants 2014Eight Albemarle County public schools have been awarded $17,152 in innovation grants from the Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. The grants will fund 16 different classroom programs in six elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school next year.

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  • Destination Imagination Teams from Albemarle High & Brownsville Elementary Are Among Top Five in the World

    DIThe Albemarle High & Brownsville Elementary teams placed fifth in their respective categories after extraordinary performances at the annual global competition held this past week at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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  • 28 ACPS Teachers Receive Golden Apple Awards and Grants for Classroom Excellence

    golden appleAt the 13th annual Golden Apple celebration, 28 ACPS teachers received awards and grants as part of the regional program sponsored by Better Living Building Supply and Better Living Furniture in Charlottesville. The Golden Apple program recognizes teacher performance excellence and curriculum innovations in 42 county and city public and private schools.

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  • Award-Winning Professors are Albemarle Grads

    grad vidsAlbemarle High School graduates Jeffrey McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Mary Washington, and Allison Orr Larsen, Associate Professor of Law at the College of William and Mary, received Outstanding Faculty Awards presented by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia at the 28th annual ceremony. Professor McClurken was selected as a Teaching with Technology recipient and Professor Larsen as a Rising Star honoree.

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  • Cale's Unusual Approach to Second Language Education

    cale languagesCale Elementary School is a leader in Central Virginia for its World Languages curriculum. The school is teaching kindergarten and first grade students not about Spanish but in Spanish. Students receive more than 100 minutes of instruction each week to develop a deeper level of bilingual competency. Cale plans to add another grade level to the program next year and install an Immersion Program as well.

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  • Horizon 2020: A View through the Future's Window

    horizon 2020Recently, Albemarle County high school students talked about how the school division's strategic plan is opening up new windows into their future for higher education and career plans.

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  • Fifteen More ACPS Teachers Earn National Board Certification

    national certificationFifteen ACPS teachers have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, successfully completing a rigorous, year-long process for demonstrating classroom excellence.
    Albemarle County Public Schools, with 40 certified teachers, is among the top school divisions in the state, and its percentage of certified teachers exceeds both the national and state averages.

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  • Harvard, UNC Have their Eyes on Division's 21st Century Learning Program

    mohs makers"ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - An Albemarle County high school is doing away with a traditional library space and is instead letting students take over. This week the school is getting national attention for its efforts." - NBC29

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  • Horizon 2020 Strategic Plan: The Future Speaks

    Strategic Plan ExpertsThe Albemarle County School Board recently adopted Horizon 2020, the school division's revised strategic plan. More than 10,000 survey responses contributed to the final version, which is summarized by these experts from grades one through five.

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  • Meriwether Lewis Earns National Honor for Excellence

    MLESMeriwether Lewis has been selected as a 2013 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, earning recognition in the "Exemplary High Performing" category. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education," said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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  • Presidential Advisor, Corporate Exec Impressed with STEM Focus Here

    STEMNorman Augustine, retired chairman and chief executive officer of the world's largest aerospace and defense company, Lockheed Martin, visited ACPS for briefings on the division's STEM programs and to meet with school officials, local business and community leaders, and educators from PVCC and UVA.

    Coverage by NBC 29, Daily Progress, and Charlottesville Tomorrow »

  • ACPS Featured in Center for Digital Education Article about Maker Spaces

    Student Makers"The maker movement is a global, DIY movement of people who take charge of their lives, solve their own problems and share how they solved them. And it's growing in schools that are searching for more authentic learning experiences for their students."
    -- Tanya Roscora, Center for Digital Education

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  • Going the Extra Mile: A Spotlight on ACPS in The American School Board Journal

    ASBJFrom ASBJ: “This month, we take a look at four districts that have worked tirelessly on behalf of disadvantaged students -- and, indeed, all students. All of the districts won Magna Awards this year from the editors of ASBJ and Sodexo.”

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 Press Releases


Community Engagement Manager for ACPS Appointed to State Advisory Board
21st Century Community Learning Grant Will Enable Club Yancey to Increase Its Services to Families in Need This Year
CATEC Board Appoints Bruce Bosselman as Center's Interim Director for 2014-15 School Year
Verizon Grant to Power Solar Energy System for New Environmental Studies Academy at Western Albemarle High School
Learning Resources for Music, Family Life, and Secondary Language Arts Now Available for Public Review
Teacher-Leader, Andy Johnson, Appointed Interim Principal of Stony Point Elementary
2014-15 Policy for Providing Free or Reduced Price Meals
ACPS Receives State Grant to Develop New Education Model
Stony Point Principal, Carrie Neeley, Leaving to Be Chief Elementary Officer for Stafford County Public Schools
Dr. Billy Haun Appointed by State Superintendent of Instruction as Virginia's Chief Academic Officer