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Sutherland’s Community Advisory Committee Suspends Its Review of Names for the Middle School in Support of COVID-19 Safety Measures

Sutherland Middle SchoolIn support of COVID-19 public health guidance limiting public meetings, Albemarle County Public Schools announced today that the school naming review of Sutherland Middle School has been suspended.

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Jason Lee, Current Albemarle High School Assistant Principal, Will Succeed Dr. Patrick McLaughlin as Western Albemarle High School’s New Principal

Jason Lee, New WAHS Principal Jason Lee, currently an assistant principal at the school division’s largest high school, Albemarle, has been appointed as the new principal at Western Albemarle High School, effective July 1. He will succeed Dr. Patrick McLaughlin, who is completing his term as the school’s interim principal. Dr. McLaughlin will be returning to his role as the school division’s Chief of Strategic Planning, also on July 1.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Expanding Student Meal Distribution to 11 New Sites Throughout the County

Student Meal ServiceAlbemarle County Public Schools is expanding its distribution of breakfasts and lunches to students who qualify for the federal government’s free and reduced meal program. The division began offering meals to students at six school locations on Tuesday, March 17, and is adding 11 more sites in communities throughout the county beginning tomorrow.

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This Week’s School Board Meeting Will Be Virtual; Public Can Access via Live Stream

Live Stream School Board MeetingThe regularly scheduled March 26 Albemarle County School Board meeting will be a virtual one, in keeping with Governor Ralph Northam’s emergency declaration that prohibits public meetings of more than 10 people at a time. Members of the public will still be able to live stream school board meetings. Thursday’s meeting will begin with a closed session at 6 p.m. The public portion of the meeting will begin at 6:30.

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Schools Will Remain Closed Through the End of the School Year

ACPS ClosedThis afternoon, Governor Ralph Northam announced that all public and private schools in Virginia will remain closed at least through the end of this academic school year. We have been advised that guidance from the Virginia Department of Education will be forthcoming tomorrow on how this will impact graduation requirements and the earning of standard and verified credits. There also will be direction on how school divisions are to meet the instructional needs of every student over the next three months and into next year.

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WINA Interviews Dr. Haas About the Extended School Closure

Dr. Haas WINA InterviewACPS Superintendent Dr. Matt Haas recently had the opportunity to talk with WINA’s Les Sinclair, who asked excellent questions about how the current school closure might affect future events in the division, including whether students will have to redo their current school year (they won’t) if schools remain closed through June. Several important topics that have been on the minds of many of you these past few days were covered in their conversation.

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Supporting Student Learning During Our Closure

Student Learning SupportAmong our priorities during this school closure is to be as supportive as possible of all students while they are at home. We’d like to adapt one of our most successful programs, Check and Connect, to our work with students beginning this week. In the Check and Connect program, academic coaches stay in touch with students on a regular basis. They provide advice and encouragement to students in the program to help meet a child’s academic and personal development needs. We are now expanding this program to include all students.

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School Closure Extended Through April 10

Schools ClosedSuperintendent Dr. Matthew Haas is announcing today that all Albemarle County public schools will remain closed at least through Friday, April 10. This action is being taken now in light of the latest information and guidance from federal and state public health officials that indicate current restrictions on public meetings are not likely to be lifted in the near future.

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ACPS Providing Meal Service to Families in Need

School Breakfast and LunchBeginning tomorrow, March 17, the school division will begin providing meal service to families in need. Students and siblings, ages 18 and under, may come to any of the locations listed below to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch. Meals will be available free of charge, regardless of income level, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the duration of the emergency school closure. No appointment is necessary.

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Sutherland Advisory Committee Postpones March 25 Public Meeting

Schools ClosedThe first public meeting of the Sutherland Middle School Community Advisory Committee, originally scheduled to be held at the school on Wednesday, March 25, has been postponed. The advisory committee’s public meeting was to have solicited input from members of the community about names for the school that were submitted in an online survey that began on March 10. Since then, more than 400 people have participated in the survey which is being extended through Friday, March 27, to enable as many community members as possible to participate.

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Schools Now Closed March 16-27

Schools ClosedDue to the spread of COVID-19, Governor Northam has ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for a minimum of two weeks, from March 16-27. ACPS school buildings will close beginning Saturday, March 14. Staff and families who need to pick up personal belongings or medications may do so during normal school hours on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17. After that point, school buildings will not be accessible. All department offices will remain open and accessible for the duration of the school closure. From March 14-27, all weekend, evening, and after-school activities are canceled, as is all community use of our facilities. Our EDEP holiday program will not operate.

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Protecting Against COVID-19: Tonight’s School Board Meeting Is Canceled; Schools Will Close to Students on Monday

Non Student DayContinuing the Albemarle County school division’s emphasis on actions to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 in schools and in the community, the Albemarle County School Board has canceled their meeting this evening.

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First Community Meeting of Sutherland Name Review Committee on Wednesday, March 25, Will Seek Opinions on Proposed Names

Sutherland Elementary SchoolThe Sutherland Middle School Community Advisory Committee, which is reviewing the name of the school, will holds its first community meeting on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the school. Beginning today, parents, staff and students who attend or live in the Sutherland attendance zone and the school’s three elementary feeder schools, Baker-Butler, Hollymead, and Stony Point, are being asked to suggest preferred names for the school. Respondents are asked to propose names for the school that are consistent with the school division’s values of excellence, young people, community, and respect.

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First Community Meeting of Sutherland Name Review Committee on Wednesday, March 25, Will Seek Opinions on Proposed Names

Sutherland Elementary SchoolThe Sutherland Middle School Community Advisory Committee, which is reviewing the name of the school, will holds its first community meeting on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the school. Beginning today, parents, staff and students who attend or live in the Sutherland attendance zone and the school’s three elementary feeder schools, Baker-Butler, Hollymead, and Stony Point, are being asked to suggest preferred names for the school. Respondents are asked to propose names for the school that are consistent with the school division’s values of excellence, young people, community, and respect.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Management Plan for COVID-19 Emphasizes Wide Range of Infection Control Measures

COVID-19Albemarle County Public Schools said today their near-term management plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, focuses on increased attention to personal infection control measures and ensuring that all buildings and facilities have adequate supplies of EPA-approved antimicrobial surface disinfectants.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Will Host Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, March 18

Kindergarten RegistrationAlbemarle County elementary schools are excited to host Kindergarten Registration on Wednesday, March 18. Kindergarten Registration is an opportunity for parents to receive assistance with the enrollment process, provide required documentation, and learn more about our kindergarten program. For details, please visit www.k12albemarle.org/kindergarten.For more information, call 434-296-5820. Para asistencia bilingüe, llame 434-296-6517.

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Sutherland Community Advisory Committee Appointed; Organizational Meeting Scheduled for Monday

Sutherland Middle SchoolThe first meeting of the Sutherland Community Advisory Committee will be this Monday evening, March 2. A total of 13 school and community members have been selected to serve on the committee, which will review the name of the school consistent with a School Board directive and the school division’s updated facility naming policy.

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Third Annual Call for Nominees to Western Albemarle’s Visual and Performing Arts Hall of Fame

WAHS Visual and Performing Arts Hall of FameNominations are now open for the Western Albemarle High School (WAHS) Visual and Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Characteristics to consider for nominations include leadership, impact on the WAHS fine arts program, honors or awards, community involvement, or length of affiliation. Nominees can be WAHS alumni, former teachers and staff, administrators, and community supporters of the arts. Alumni must have graduated at least seven years ago.

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Relatively Rare in Virginia: One School, Grades 6-12, Proposed to the School Board for the Division’s Two Charter Schools

Stephanie Passman, Chad RatliffIn would be a relatively rare innovation for Virginia’s public education system, the principal of Murray High School and the Community Public Charter School (CPCS) proposed to the Albemarle County School Board last evening that the two schools be merged into one beginning next August.

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The Winning Word Suggests Speaking Softly, but the Division’s Three-Time Spelling Bee Champion’s Performance Spoke Volumes

Layla Spelling Bee WinnerOne of the winning words, sotto voce, means to speak softly, but Layla Bouber’s third consecutive division championship last evening spoke loudly about her scholarship and dedication to excellence. Layla, an eighth-grade student at Henley Middle School, became the school division’s first three-time champion at the division’s 15th annual Spelling Bee. It took 21 rounds of spirited competition among the 21 students who won their individual school championships, and Layla captured her title by spelling both sotto voce and resiliency in the final round.

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Championship Wednesday: Division Spelling Bee to be Live-Streamed

Spelling Bee Live StreamThe 15th annual division-wide Spelling Bee will be held this Wednesday evening, beginning at 6:00 in Lane Auditorium inside the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road in Charlottesville. The competition among 21 champion scholars from 15 elementary schools and six middle schools will also be video live-streamed.

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Influenza Is on the Rise

Flu SeasonWe are experiencing an increase of influenza and influenza (“flu”) like respiratory illness across both our school division and the general community. Albemarle County Public Schools is working with the Thomas Jefferson Health District to take the appropriate steps to protect the health of our staff and students.

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Next Steps for Next Year’s Funding Request

February 4 School Board MeetingFollowing three work sessions and a public hearing, the Albemarle County School Board will be meeting on Tuesday, February 4 and may vote to approve a funding request for the next school year that begins on July 1. Once the Board has approved a funding request, it goes to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors for review and adoption as part of the county’s overall budget for the new year. The School Board will then formally adopt a budget in April. You can hear Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas discuss the funding request during a recent appearance on WINA’s Charlottesville Right Now.

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School Board Makes It Official—Mountain View Elementary School; Next School Name to Be Reviewed Is Sutherland Middle School

Cale EntranceAt its meeting last evening, the Albemarle County School Board formally approved changing the name of Cale Elementary School to Mountain View Elementary School, effective July 1. The Board’s action supported the recommendations of the Cale Community Advisory Committee, Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas, and members of the Cale School Community.

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Call For CATEC Foundation Board Directors

CATECIn January 2020, new Board Directors will be appointed to the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Foundation, Inc. We are seeking nominations and/or recommendations to be reviewed by our Board Development Committee for the purpose of identifying candidates for CATEC Foundation Board service. We are requesting you give thoughtful consideration to individuals you believe would be ideal candidates. The deadline for submission of applications is Friday, January 9th, 2020.

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Community Satisfaction Survey Now Open!

Community SurveyACPS invites students, parents, employees, and community members to participate in our Community Satisfaction Survey. Feedback will provide the school division with valuable operational information that we will use as part of our commitment to continuous improvement. Responses also will inform the development of our 2020-21 budget and our long-range planning decisions.

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Cale Community Advisory Committee Agrees With the School’s Students and Staff: Mountain View Will Be Recommended to the School Board as the School’s New Name

Cale Elementary SchoolFollowing its meeting last evening to hear from the community on new names for Cale Elementary School, the Cale Community Advisory Committee unanimously agreed the new name should be Mountain View Elementary School.

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School Board Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Planning, Health Advisory Boards

VolunteersThe Albemarle County School Board is accepting applications from county residents who are interested in serving their community as a member of either the Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee or the School Health Advisory Board. Both committees contend with issues that significantly influence the future quality of public education in the county.

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On Tuesday, December 10, Cale Community Advisory Committee Will Hear From Public on Preferred New Name for School

Cale Elementary SchoolThe Cale Community Advisory Committee, which will recommend a new name for the school to the Albemarle County School Board early next month, will hear from the public on Tuesday evening. At a meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria, the floor will be open to comments from community members about the six names under consideration by the advisory committee.

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Cale Advisory Committee Narrows List of New Names to Six Suggested by Members of the Community

Cale Elementary SchoolThe Cale Community Advisory Committee, in its first meeting since the School Board voted to change the name of Cale Elementary School, has narrowed the list of potential new names for the school to six. Last evening, based on nearly 550 suggestions, committee members agreed that the school’s new name should be selected from the following community suggestions: Avon, Avon Ridge, Biscuit Run, Mill Creek, Mountain View, and Southside.

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Nominations Now Open for 2020 Golden Apple Awards; Program Honors Excellence in Teaching & Community Outreach

Golden Apple AwardsNominations are now open for the 2020 Golden Apple Awards. The program, which began in 2001, honors outstanding teachers in public and private schools in Albemarle County and Charlottesville City. Sponsored by Better Living Building Supply and Cabinetry, the program recognizes educators, from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade, for their outstanding classroom performance and influence on the success of their students.

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Cale Advisory Committee Set to Receive Public Input on School Name Change

Cale Elementary SchoolThe Cale Community Advisory Committee will be holding three meetings, including two to receive input from the public, prior to recommending a new school name to the Albemarle County School Board in January. Following a decision by the School Board on October 10 to change the name of the school, the advisory committee is reconvening and, by policy, will be recommending a new school name to the School Board no later than January 10. Committee Chair Dennis Rooker said one decision already has been reached by committee members: No names of individuals will be recommended to the School Board.

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Albemarle County School Board Votes to Change the Name of Cale Elementary School, Consistent With Superintendent and Community Advisory Committee Recommendations

Cale Elementary SchoolThe Albemarle County School Board voted at their meeting last evening to change the name of Cale Elementary School. The vote followed recommendations by both a Cale community advisory committee and Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas that the name should be changed. The advisory committee will now reconvene and have up to 90 days to recommend a new name to the School Board.

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Community Speaker Series Thursday Focus on Teaching Hard History

MontpelierThis Thursday, as part of our continuing Community Speaker Series, one of our nation’s leading scholars and authors from the Civil Rights Era, Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, will be in Charlottesville. Dr. Jeffries is a powerful advocate for justice for people of all races through his writings, television appearances and social media podcasts. All are invited to join Dr. Jeffries for an extended conversation on why the teaching of what has been called hard history is so valuable to the social, emotional and professional development of our students and communities. This one-hour discussion begins at 4:30 and is being held in the African American Heritage Center at the Jefferson School in Charlottesville. The program is funded in part by Montpelier and the Charlottesville Albemarle Community Foundation.

Western Albemarle’s Athletics Hall of Fame Debuts This Month With Two Events to Raise Money to Support Student Athletes

Western Albemarle High SchoolOne of Virginia’s highest-rated public high schools for the quality of its athletic programming, Western Albemarle, is establishing an Athletics Hall of Fame to recognize athletes, coaches, administrators and teams who have excelled throughout the school’s storied history. In all, Western Albemarle boys and girls teams have earned 60 state championships for the school, including eight this past year.

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Superintendent Haas Recommends to the School Board that the Name of Cale Elementary School be Changed

Cale Elementary SchoolSuperintendent Haas has recommended to the School Board that the name of Cale Elementary School be changed. The Superintendent’s action is consistent with the recommendation of a citizens advisory committee that represented the Cale school community. “While we cannot know all that was in the hearts and minds of our school division leaders more than 60 years ago, we do know those leaders served during a period of time in our history that was unequivocally racist. While it was a time that should always be remembered, it is not a time to be celebrated,” Dr. Haas said.

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Albemarle County High School Seniors Again Outperform Their State & National Peers on College Readiness Scores

College BoardHigh School seniors in Albemarle County’s four public high schools once again turned in strong academic performances on the College Board’s SAT tests this past school year.

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Beginning This Week, Members of the Public Will Have More Options for Being Heard at School Board Meetings

Submit Public CommentThe Albemarle County School Board has expanded opportunities for members of the community to participate in their meetings by offering multiple options to sign up for public comment.

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Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, Focuses Priorities for the New Year on Programs to Improve Student Performance, Career Planning & Community Participation

Dr. Matt HaasIn a sweeping call to action, Albemarle County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Haas, told the division’s nearly 1,400 teachers that priorities this year include establishing multiple career pathways at each high school and student center; engaging the community in conversations on modernizing a “broken grading system”; bringing principals together to develop strategies and practices that will improve student performance on such measures as the state’s Standards of Learning (SOL) tests; and a new approach that will reduce out-of-school suspensions of middle schools students.

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Online Anonymous Reporting System to Keep Schools Safe Now Operational Across 10 Middle & High Schools

Anonymous AlertsAlong with the start of the new school year, Albemarle County Public Schools’ new online school safety reporting system is now operational in all middle and high schools across the division. This past May, the division introduced the new system, Anonymous Alerts, on a pilot basis at Western Albemarle High School. On average, the school received about one report per day between May 6 and the end of the school year on June 7.

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School Board Adds Virtual Meetings on COVID-19 at 2 p.m. on April 2, May 7, June 18 & July 16New
Sutherland Advisory Committee Suspends Review of Names for the Middle School in Support of COVID-19 Safety MeasuresNew
Jason Lee Will Succeed Dr. Patrick McLaughlin as Western Albemarle High School’s New Principal
ACPS Expanding Student Meal Distribution to 11 New Sites Throughout the County
This Week’s School Board Meeting Will Be Virtual; Public Can Access via Live Stream
ACPS Now Will be Closed at Least Through Friday, April 10
ACPS to Offer Breakfast, Lunch for Students and Siblings at Six School Locations Throughout the County
Sutherland Advisory Committee Postpones March 25 Public Meeting
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Protecting Against COVID-19 - Tonight’s School Board Meeting Is Canceled; Schools Will Close to Students on Monday
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