January 16th Community Check-In
Agnor-Hurt Elementary School (Townwood & Triangle Neighborhoods)
Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas held his first Community Check-in of the new calendar year in Agnor-Hurt’s media center, with eleven parents present. Families expressed their gratitude for the support that schools provide for their children, with some noting that they have not moved from their neighborhoods in part because of their child’s love for Agnor-Hurt, Jouett Middle School and Albemarle High School.
Among the issues brought up by parents were some concerns about students fighting at Albemarle High School. Dr. Haas noted that having students involved in a positive activity, including activities that gave them the opportunity to work with others and include mentors or advisors, often is helpful, especially as children get older. The school division does have an online reporting system, Anonymous Alerts, which allows students to report threats, bullying or assaults. All reports are investigated by administrators at the school.
Parents also asked about schedules of high school seniors, which make it possible for students to arrive at school at different times in the morning. The superintendent said one solution for seniors that could be beneficial is adding study halls to their schedules, which also would support their academic work.
Among other concerns, one parent mentioned her son was offered pills ‘to feel better’ in middle school. The parent counseled her son to look for other friends.
Several parents told Dr. Haas that they have had good experiences using the online parent portal to access up-to-date information about their child’s academic progress and assignments. Other parents shared positive experiences with the Bright Stars (pre-K) program and in particular, with the family support worker assigned to their school.
In his comments, the superintendent mentioned the new center being built by the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia on the grounds of Albemarle High School. The new center will offer after-school enrichment programs to as many as 300 children in additional to the division’s Extended Day Enrichment Program. Dr. Haas highlighted the opportunities for middle and high school students that will be part of the new Boys and Girls Center, which is projected to be open next year.
There was a fair amount of conversation around preparing students for career or academic success after their high school graduation. Dr. Haas talked about career academies that will be available to all high school students and the strong link these academies will have with a student’s career interests.