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ACPS Announcements
Welcome!
On behalf of the Appomattox County School Board and our staff, welcome to our website.  Explore our website and our four 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.  Last year all four of our schools were fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. We were one of only 37 school divisions in Virginia to achieve this status.

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 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 upon graduation.  ACPS aims to provide a high quality education for every child, filled with a wide range of academic, extra-curricular, and athletic opportunities. 
Statewide Tornado Drill
On Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017, all Appomattox County Public Schools participated in, and successfully completed, a statewide tornado drill. While the drills themselves were run by school staff, all schools, businesses, or individuals register for the drill through the Virginia Department of Emergency Services (VDEM). All students and staff follow their crisis plan protocols for a tornado drill, which are based off of recommendations from the VDEM. The basis of their recommendations are as follows:
  • Everyone should act as though a tornado warning has been issued for the immediate area or a tornado has been sighted near the building.  They should move as quickly as possible to the nearest safe place.  Use stairs to reach the lowest level of a building; avoid using elevators.
  • Remind participants that when they reach their safe area during a real tornado threat, they must crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down and covering their heads with their hands.  Ensure that everyone in your group knows this.
tornado drill at appomattox elementary school      tornado drill at appomattox middle school
Science Fair at Appomattox Elementary School
On March 16, 2017, over fifty Appomattox Elementary School students participated in our 4-H Science Fair.  Just a few topics of study included thermal tumbler use, truss strength, nail polish endurance, and gum variability.  Students were able to successfully explain their projects to judges.   Many were selected to compete in the 4-H division program which will be held in April.  Congratulations to all the young scientists who entered our Science Fair!
 
AMS Tutoring Program
Every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, Appomattox Middle School is holding a tutoring program for students seeking extra academic support.  The tutoring program will last until May when SOL testing begins. Currently,  45 AMS students are enjoying the one-on-one or small group attention focused on areas of weakness in their individualized programs.    Students are being tutored in math, English, science, and social studies at all grade levels, 6-8.  When they gather in the library in the afternoon, all students are provided a snack and drink to get them jump-started for the extended study time. 
 
APS Celebrates Black History Month
Appomattox Primary School had a local Appomattox native and school board member, Rev. Al Jones, visit a group of students and introduced them to many Black History historical figures.  Below are two pictures of Rev. Jones with our students.


Rev Jones talks about important figures in history     Rev Jones talks about important figures in history
AMS Celebrates Black History Month
All students watched the “I Have a Dream Speech” by Martin Luther King Jr.  They discussed parts of the speech, paying close attention to the number of people in attendance and the parts of the speech where Dr. King mentions people working together.  Students were asked to write their dream (for America, themselves, each other…student choice) on a strip of paper.  We talked about how important it is to acknowledge our dreams, write them down (which connects back to what was presented by Mr. Contartesi at our fall assembly), and work together to make our community and country better.

Students write down their dreams on paper   Students link those dreams together to form a chain
 
2017-2018 School Calendar
At the February 23, 2017 School Board Meeting, the 2017-2018 School Calendar was approved.  The first day of school for students for the 17-18 school year will be Tuesday, August 8.  To see the approved calendar in it's entirety - click HERE.
AES Celebrates Black History Month
Are YOU doing your best?  Mrs. Jamerson’s fifth graders learned this question that Booker T. Washington would ask his students at the school he started, The Tuskegee Institute.  They listened to Mrs. Jamerson read this accelerated reader book, Booker T. Washington, A Photo-Illustrated Biography by Margo McLoone.  Each day since reading this book, the students have written this question on the classrooms whiteboard in the hall as a daily reminder to themselves to always do their best!!  We appreciate the efforts of Mr. Washington in helping us to be at our best each and every day.
 
Appomattox APPS
Reminder to all Parents/Guardians.   Appomattox County Public Schools has an app.  The app allows you to keep up with your child's grades, attendance, and important information concerning your child's education.   The district app combines all apps provided by the schools in one place. We would like to encourage all parents/guardians to download the app today.  
APPS for Appomattox
These are a few Apps that we suggest to help you keep up with information pertaining to your student.
Division APP
PowerSchool for Parents 2.5 is now available!
PowerSchool for Parents 2.0 is now available!

PowerSchool App
PowerSchool for Parents 2.5 is now available!
District Code : TQHS   (You will need this code after you download the app)

PowerSchool for Parents 2.0 is now available!
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 07/27/2016)
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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