Have a wonderful summer!
Summer school will be June 8 - June 26.
The first day of school for students for 2015-2016 will be August 10, 2015.
On behalf of the Appomattox County School Board and our staff, I welcome you to our website. I encourage you to explore our 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.
Ed McCann, Agriculture Teacher at Appomattox County High School (ACHS) , has been selected as the Appomattox County Public Schools (ACPS) Teacher of the Year. He will now move on to participate in the 2016 Mary V. Bicourvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year Program. This program honors teachers who represent the best in teaching in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.
Mr. McCann received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from Virginia Tech in 2007 and his Master of Science Degree in 2008 from Virginia Tech in Career and Technical Education. He began his teaching career in Appomattox County Public Schools in 2008. Mr. McCann is an instructor in Small Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Production Technology, Agricultural Production Management, Foundations of Agriculture, Agricultural Power Systems, and Advanced Agricultural Mechanics. In addition to teaching, Mr. McCann manages a 25 acre land lab for ACPS students. The land lab is home to beef cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens. Students are taught how to raise and show animals across the state.
Mr. McCann is a member of the Virginia and National Association of Agricultural Educators, Central Virginia Livestock Show Board Member, Virginia FFA State Advisory Council, and a member of the Appomattox County Public Schools Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee.
Mr. McCann has led a host of workshops in his field. Among them are the Virginia Department of Education CTE Work-Based Learning Cooperative Education Workshop, National Association of Agricultural Educators National Convention Participant, and the VA Tech Early Career Teachers Conference Speaker.
Mr. McCann has earned the Virginia Association of Agriculture Educators Teacher of Teachers Award for 2015, the VT College of Agriculture and Life Science Department of Agricultural Education Recent Alumnae Award, and is the recipient of the Building our American Communities Grant.
Under Ed McCann’s leadership, the Agriculture Department of ACHS and ACPS has earned numerous prestigious awards at the local, state, and national levels, including the National FFA Organization Three Chapter Contest, VA FFA Association Statewide First Place FFA Chapter, National Chapter Contest, and the VA DOE Career and Technical Education Creating Excellence Award for Region 8 in Vet Medicine Program.
We wish to extend our appreciation and congratulations to Mr. Ed McCann as the ACPS Teacher of the year for 2014-15. Mr. McCann exemplifies the qualities of an inspirational and exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher. He has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues. He plays an active role in the community as well as ACPS. We wish him the best as he moves on to the next level of competition with the Virginia Teacher of the Year Program.
The Career and Technical Education department at Appomattox County High School restructured its department to focus on getting students more career ready for our area. Appomattox County has a lot of resources with our students. The key is to find the right fit for each child and help them reach their goals.
Fourth and fifth grade students at Appomattox Elementary School were recently involved in the 24 Game Math Tournament. Three students from each class were selected to participate based on performance in their classrooms. After the school tournament rounds one and two, the list was narrowed to 12 semi-finalists. From there, three finalists competed for the championship.
Fourth Grade Finalists: Ava Beckhouse, Nate Dillon, and Trey Shrock. After the final round, Trey Shrock was declared our 4th Grade 2015 Tournament Champion.
Fifth Grade Finalists: Tye Robertson, Conner Scruggs, and Mannix Wilhoit. After the final round, Tye Robertson was named our 5th Grade 2015 Tournament Champion.
Congratulations to all of these excellent math students!
The new Appomattox County HS Computer Systems Technology program and its instructor, Jason Clark, will offer a special free service to the public. The students of the program will run and operate a FREE AFTERSCHOOL computer repair helpdesk within the high school as they accomplish their CompTIA A+ certifications. The instructor will be in direct charge of the students as they work. It's a community service outreach, student skills OJT development, and public relations combined into one program.
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems. The FFA chapter at ACHS is a 3-star National Chapter award recipient. Student leaders are engaged in developing members’ potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. Teachers employ differentiated, diverse and hands on teaching strategies that engage students in high order critical thinking. Students in the production agriculture and veterinary science programs manage a 30 acre land laboratory with cattle, swine, sheep and goats. Students learn to operate a variety of the latest metal fabrication technologies such as a CNC plasma cutter, milling machine, MIG and TIG welder, sheet metal brake and other tools in the new Emerging Agricultural Technologies Welding course. Every student completes a Supervised Agricultural Experience project, an at home work-based learning program. Students leave the program ready for the next step.
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