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  • Dr. Billy Haun Appointed as Virginia's Chief Academic Officer

    haunDr. Billy Haun, the Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning for Albemarle County Public Schools, was appointed today to be the Chief Academic Officer for the state of Virginia. The appointment was announced by Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Steven R. Staples. Dr. Haun will assume his new responsibilities on September 1.

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  • Fine Arts Academy Open to all Central Virginia Students

    fine artsRegistration for the new Summer Fine Arts Academy is now open to all middle and high school students in the Central Virginia region. The academy will be held at Burley Middle School during the week of July 21-25, and will offer sessions in art, creative writing, dance, drama, choir, and jazz band.

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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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  • ACPS Moves to Paperless Next School Year

    paperlessThroughout the next 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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  • Henley Students Were All Business

    henley businessAs the school year came to a close, some Henley Middle School students were focused on what their life might be like in the world of business. Students in Henley's entrepreneurial class, who receive high school credit for developing their own business ideas and for researching, designing and presenting a business plan, attracted the front-page interest of the Daily Progress.

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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.

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  • 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


Dr. Billy Haun Appointed by State Superintendent of Instruction as Virginia's Chief Academic Officer
Rick Vrhovac Is Sutherland Middle School's New Principal
Program to Install School Bus Safety Cameras Moves Forward
Dr. Stephen Saunders Appointed Principal of Baker-Butler Elementary
School Board Seeking Applicants to Serve on Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee
8 Schools Receive Shannon Grants to Fund 16 Innovative Programs
ACPS Will Use the Internet to Replace Paper Next Year, Enhancing Its Information System for Parents
Dave Rogers to Retire as Sutherland Middle School Principal
International Organization to Recognize Central Virginia's Outstanding Educators This Evening
Destination Imagination Teams from AHS and Brownsville Among Top 5 in the World