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Jackson-Via focuses on world, school culture through Sister Cities

Jackson-Via Elementary School has taken a page from the “Harry Potter” series by sorting students into “houses,” like the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. However, the house system at the school is designed to teach students about far-off places in the real world. At the beginning of second grade, students at Jackson-Via are […]

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Albemarle School Board begins budget analysis

After one week and two work sessions in the fiscal year 2016 budget process, Albemarle County Public School’s gloomy financial picture isn’t becoming any clearer. “Overall, this request is a very modest request,” Jackson Zimmerman, director of finance for the school division, told the board during a recent work session. “The key takeaway we’re trying […]

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Albemarle schools eye world language expansion

In the near future, more and more of Albemarle County’s elementary students might be receiving instruction in a language other than English. During a recent update to the county’s School Board, schools officials briefed the division’s leadership on plans to expand world language instruction to all of the county’s elementary schools. The change would eventually […]

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Albemarle School Board: Start world languages earlier

In the coming years, the language you hear Albemarle County’s elementary school teachers speaking might not be limited to English. While particulars such as the pace and scale of the program’s roll out, and which languages would be offered are yet to be determined, the Albemarle School Board Thursday showed initial support for the plan […]

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Future of world languages instruction uncertain amid budget talks

First in a series exploring local education budget initiatives Next year, a group of Cale Elementary students may spend half the school day learning in Spanish. At a recent parent information session at Cale, principal Lisa Jones and Albemarle County School’s world languages facilitator Russell Carlock introduced a proposal to pilot a dual language immersion […]

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Albemarle School Board hears community’s budget concerns & other school news

Parents, teachers, and principals packed Lane Auditorium last week to say they value small class sizes and innovative teaching. The comments came during a public hearing on the Albemarle County Schools superintendent’s $164.28 million funding request. The budget request to the School Board represents a six percent jump from last year’s $155.3 million, and comes […]