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ACPS Announcements
Welcome!

Welcome to Appomattox County Public Schools!  Explore our division website and our school websites.  Appomattox County is located in rural central Virginia.  We provide public education to approximately 2200 students who are enrolled in our four schools in the school division.  Those schools include Appomattox Primary School (Preschool - Grade 2), Appomattox Elementary School (Grades 3-5), Appomattox Middle School (Grades 6-8), and Appomattox County High School (Grades 9-12).  We are proud of our students and staff in ACPS. 

Our theme for this year is Striving for Excellence.  Our goal is to engage every student in meaningful and rigorous work with high expectations.  We will accomplish this through the use of innovative instructional practices, a guaranteed curriculum, and up-to-date technology.  We want our students to be motivated and hard workers in order to be career or college ready for a rapidly changing world.  ACPS aims to provide a high quality education for every child, filled with a wide range of academic, extra-curricular, and athletic opportunities.

All of our schools are fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.  We are only one of 37 school systems in Virginia to have all schools fully accredited.  Many thanks to our staff, students, and parents for their hard work in making this tremendous accomplishment a reality.

Digital Copier/Printer/Scanner bid
Appomattox County Public Schools will receive sealed bids on Digital Copier/Printer/Scanner Cost-Per-Copy Program.
Posting April 22,2016
Pre Bid Meeting May 2, 2016 10:00 AM Appomattox County School Board Office
Complete RFP
Preschool: Bright Beginnings
The 4-year- old Program for Appomattox County Public Schools is “Bright Beginnings” and is located at Appomattox Primary School. The purpose of this program is to provide a comprehensive preschool program for at-risk four- year- olds who are not being served by other federal programs and who reach their fourth birthday on or before September 30. The program will conform to the school year calendar of 180 days.

Applications for the 2016-17 school year are available at Appomattox Primary School as well as the school board office and will be accepted through May 15, 2016 at either location.  For more information about this program, you may contact Ms. Michele West at 352-5766 or Mrs. Beth Haught at 352-8251.
 
Free Computer Support
The ACHS Computer class will hold an open house on May 3rd, 2016 for free technical support.  Students will be given the opportunity to apply real life skills in supporting client machines while improving their communication skills.   We encourage anyone interested in FREE technical support to visit our technology class located at Appomattox County High School in the Career and Technical Educational classroom 302. Support time will be from 5-7PM.
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Virginia High School Registration Week
Governor McAuliffe issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 24-30, 2016 as Virginia High School Registration Week.  The purpose of the week will be to encourage high school student and teachers across the Commonwealth to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.  Click here for the full proclamation.
Appomattox County High School Auto Mechanics Excels
This past Thursday April 14th the ACHS Auto mechanics had three students pass the written part of the State Inspection License program test.   Students still need to undergo a background check by the Department of State Police and the practical (Hands on) examination.  ACHS redesigned the Career and Technical education program with an emphasis to “get students job ready upon graduation”.  Master Trooper T.D. Lacks and Senior Trooper G.A. Smith are pictured administering the written State inspection test. Instructor David Cardwell has transformed the program from a regular class into a job training program.   The program has increased its state inspection testers by four hundred percent.   We congratulate the students and the instructor for building our community one child at a time.
Congratulations to   William Francis (Frankie) Hoffman, Dennis Alan Thomas, and Stephen Jacob Breeding. 
 
CVCC Summer Career Academies
CVCC is offering academies for students (ages 8-15) in Elementary, Middle and rising 9th and 10th graders this summer.  These are GREAT opportunities for students to learn about different career areas of interest this summer!  Click here for the full flyer.

AMS Student Advances to National Spelling Bee Competition
Appomattox Middle School student, Chloe Epps, won a regional spelling bee in late March to advance her to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.  Congratulations Chloe on your success and good luck in May!
ACHS National Park Student Volunteers
The 12 Student Volunteers received high praise for their hard work, enthusiasm, and professionalism from the Rangers and visitors at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.  Thank you to the students and their mentors!
ACHS FFA Competes at FFA Southside Area Rally
A dozen students recently competed at the FFA Southside Area Rally in Chatham. FFA members participated in 5 different events at the Olde Dominion Agriculture Center. Students were coached by FFA Advisors Elizabeth Duncan and Ed McCann.

ACHS has several teams advancing to the state level in June:
Tractor Troubleshooting Career Development Event
Veterinary Science Career Development Event
HUB Federation Extemporaneous Public Speaking Career Development Event
Junior and Senior Agricultural Mechanics Teams

Congratulations to all of the participants and their coaches! 

ACHS State Champion Entrepreneurship Team
The Entrepreneurship team of Geoff Zdgiebloski, Nick Walton, Brian Rubio and Nathan Simpson placed 1st in the 2016 SkillsUSA State Leadership and Technical Skills Competition in Fredericksburg, VA. They will be traveling to the "Nationals" competition in June, as a team! Wish them well as they try to bring home a National Championship for ACHS and ACPS!

Shingle Roof RFP
Appomattox County Public Schools will receive sealed bids for an asphalt shingle roof replacement at Appomattox Elementary School.
Bids Due:  May 10, 2016 at 2pm
Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting:  April 26,  2016 at 10am
Click here for the full RFP with more information.
Grant Award for Food Service Department
Appomattox County Public Schools Food Service Department recently received award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2015 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grant.  Appomattox Primary School (APS) was awarded $7,045.58 to purchase an additional double convection oven.  Priority award for this grant is given to schools where 50 percent or more of enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.  The percentage of students who receive free or reduced meals at APS is 56.17%.  The goal of these funds is to allow APS to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety, and expand access.
 
For more information on this grant please visit the grant website through the USDA at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fy2015-nslp-equipment-assistance-grants-sfas .
Month of the Military Child
The VDOE's Superintendent, Steven R. Staples, released a note to school divisions recognizing military connected children and their families.  Below is an excerpt of the note.  The entire note can be found here

"On behalf of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), I am pleased to announce that Governor McAuliffe has issued a certificate of recognition proclaiming April 2016 as the Month of the Military Child, a special time to celebrate and honor our military-connected children and their families.  Additionally, the Virginia Board of Education will be issuing a resolution commemorating April 2016 as the Month of the Military Child at its meeting, March 17, 2016.

Frequent moves, family separations through deployments, and reintegration following deployments can make school-, home-, and community-life challenging for military children. Yet, even in such circumstances, these students continually demonstrate resilience and perseverance.  Their contributions to our schools and communities also include unique and valuable perspectives on learning, friendship, and growing up."

2016-2017 School Calendar
The Appomattox County School Board has approved the 2016-2017 Student Calendar.  You may view the calendar here.  The first day for students to report to school will be Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
ACPS Teachers and Staff use day for training
On January 4, 2016 the Appomattox County Staff participated in training which included the new Microsoft office 2016, Microsoft Sway, iPads, and student response systems Class Flow.   Teachers attend various training sessions throughout the year to help them keep up to date on the changing technology and how these technologies can be integrated into their classrooms.    
 
Appomattox County Public Schools Leads in On-Time Graduation Rate
Information released today by the Virginia Department of Education shows the On-Time Graduation Rates for each school division in the state.  A closer look at our scores shows that not only have we surpassed the state average percentage, we have the highest reported rate in comparison to all Region 8 and Region 2000 divisions.  Appomattox’s 94% 2015 On-Time Graduation Rate is up from 91.4% in 2014.
Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard to improve the graduation outcomes for our students in Appomattox County.

Bus Route Information Online
ACPS Transportation has a new location on the division website!  The transportation department has compiled a list of bus routes and information.  These lists can be found here.  (Updated 12/17/2015)
Bullying Hotline
ACPS has set up a Bullying Hotline for students and faculty to call if they feel they are being bullied. Messages can be left anonymously, if desired. School administrators are checking this number for messages and looking into any issues. The number is (434) 352-2071. 

In addition to the Hotline, students and faculty can now text their concerns to (434) 609-7146.  This is a texting only phone and will be checked daily.  If you do not have access to a phone you can use our on-line system to send text message alerts.                           
Click here to report Bullying if you do not have a cell phone

For more information about bullying, please visit the following link on the Virginia Department of Education's website at
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/prevention/bullying/.
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