Speak Up 2017

Albemarle County Schools (ACS) is participating in Speak Up 2017 from October 16th through January 19th. This survey provides a way for students, parents and educators to share their views on technology and learning with ACS.Your input informs decisions about technology, as well as contributes to the national dialogue about educational technology. Questions or concerns can be directed to the Learning Technology Team at learningtech@k12albemarle.org. Follow these instructions to take the survey:

  1. Visit speakup.tomorrow.org.
  2. Select “Begin Survey.”
  3. Select your group (Parents or Educators).
  4. Search for your school by entering your zip code or by selecting Virginia and selecting your school’s name from the list.
  5. Read the instructions and begin the survey.

Golden Apple Awards

Is there an outstanding teacher you’d like to recognize and nominate for this award? Submission deadline is February 1. One winner will be selected from each school, and is eligible to receive a $1,000 Golden Apple Grant. Grants are awarded to eight candidates: 3 elementary, 2 middle, and 2 high school candidates, and 1 from the schools that are members of the VAIS. The grant award is used for classroom materials or to support the recipient’s continued professional development. Golden Apple Award recipients will be announced in May. Visit the ACPS website for more information;  download the form here.

Fall PTO Update

Wondering what the PTO does with all of the money we raise and volunteers we recruit?  Here’s a brief rundown of things the PTO has accomplished or been involved with so far this year:

  • purchased Volta Inclusive Spinner on playground
  • provided staff breakfasts and snacks on teacher workdays
  • stuffed back to school packets
  • hosted Open House activities, Kindergarten Popsicle Party and the Welcome Back Picnic
  • purchased umbrellas for our drop off/pick up staff
  • gave money to support the Jamestown Field Trip
  • bought classroom supplies for teachers
  • purchased clothing for changes as needed in school
  • helped with International Night
  • organized the Fall Festival
  • planted flowers around the school, and
  • supported after school programs and the Day of Caring.

Staff Spotlight !

Mr.  Barron

Our own Mr. Barron has been a teacher for 21 years.  He brings a love of music to all the kids and families at Agnor-Hurt from playing the piano or ukulele in the hallways to the wonderful music concerts we get to enjoy throughout the year. Here are some things you many not know about Mr. Barron. He enjoys Bonefish Grill and Chipotle and snacking on almonds and pistachios. His favorite color is purple and he loves coffee!  Back in the 80’s, Mr. Barron says he had long hair past his shoulders!

Who will be next to be in spotlight!  Check out the next Gator Gazette to find out!

Technology Night

Join us for Technology Awareness Night TONIGHT (Tuesday, November 28) at 6:30pm. Cary Shaffer along with representatives from the county will be present to share information about technology use in the school as well as safety tips for technology use. This will replace our usual PTO meeting for November.

Redistricting Notes

The Redistricting Advisory Committee has one meeting left before they present their recommendation to the School Board.  That meeting will be Monday, November 27, 6:00-8:00pm in the Agnor-Hurt library.  Parents are encouraged to attend, although we cannot speak at this meeting.

ACPS has created a survey for community members to provide some input, please go to the ACPS website for a link to this survey.  You will also find notes from all of the Redistricting Committee meetings to date and details on the three scenarios that are currently under discussion.  The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, November 17 at 11:59pm.

Community members are also welcome to write to the School Board with their thoughts on the redistricting process (schoolboard@k12albemarle.org )

Books and Burritos

Save the date…  Sunday, December 3.

Do some holiday shopping, treat your family to a Chipotle dinner, and help the school all in one shebang!  Please join us on Sunday, December 3 for Books and Burritos…  All day, you can shop at Barnes & Noble (at Barracks’ Road) and they will donate a percentage of your sale to the school.  (You must mention this to the cashier when you pay.)

Then, between 5 and 9pm, if you purchase food from Chipotle, they will donate a percentage of that sale to the school!  (Again, mention it to the cashier.)

You can shop the Barnes & Noble book fair online AND in-store for an additional 5 days!  Between December 4-8, if you shop online, use the Bookfair ID 12150025.  In store, just let the cashier know that you want your purchases to count toward Agnor-Hurt’s book fair.

We are looking for volunteers to help wrap gifts, share information at our wish list table, and support children at the art and craft table at our Barnes & Noble Book Fair from 2-6 p.m.  To volunteer, please sign up here.  If you have questions, you can contact the PTO at agnorhurtpto@gmail.com

Silent Auction Items Available

These items are still up for grabs from the Fall Festival Silent Auction!

1.  Enjoy some family fun with Family Admission to the Discovery Museum!  There are two  passes available.  Value: $32. Starting bid $10.  Will go to the two highest bidders.

2.  Enjoy a family day at the Paramount Theater with 4 tickets to see Guess How Much I Love You (value $31.50) and a Chaps gift card (value $15). Starting bid $25.

3. My Zone MZ-3 Physical Activity Belt. An exercise tracker and heart rate monitor with memory!  (value $149).  Starting bid $45.
4.  Ben and Jerry’s 12 scoop punch card (value $36). Starting bid $10.
Bids will be noted as they are received.  Bidding will end on Tuesday, November 21 at the end of the school day.  Please email agnorhurtpto@gmail.com if you are interested in placing a bid.

Skate Night

Redistricting Survey

The redistricting survey is now available online. Time is of the essence for you to voice your opinions…both in this survey and in letters to the Redistricting Committee. The survey is open through Friday, November 17th. Please take time to consider the options and impacts of each of the scenarios on our community.


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