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Have a wonderful summer!
2015-16 Open House/Registration for students will be Thursday, August 6 at all schools from 1:00-6:00pm.
The first day of school for students for 2015-2016 will be August 10, 2015.
Upcoming Events
 
ACPS Announcements
Welcome!

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.

Bright Beginnings
The Bright Beginnings Four Year Old Program has openings for students for 2015-16.  If you have a child who will turn 4 years old by September 30, come by the School Board Office to pick up an application.  Completed applications can be dropped off at the School Board Office.  There is an application process for this program. 
 
Mr. Ed McCann - ACPS Teacher of the Year

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.

ACHS FFA Chapter Named Best in State
Appomattox Senior FFA received top honors at the 89th Virginia FFA Convention on the VA Tech campus in June.  The chapter placed first in the National Chapter Award contest out of 186 chapters and 8,576 FFA members across the Commonwealth.  Appomattox was selected for its extensive program of activities and accomplishments.  These included a week-long food drive, working with APS to host Little Farmer’s Day agricultural education program, and developing an array of leadership opportunities for its members.  This is the second year in a row that we have won this prestigious award.

Early College Video
Click the link found here to watch a video created by students enrolled in the early college program through Central Virginia Community College (CVCC).
Dr. Grasty Receives Regional Superintendent of the year
Recently Dr. Grasty accepted the Region VIII Division Superintendent award presented at the State Superintendents Conference.  The school divisions that make up Region VIII consist of :Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greenville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, and South Boston.  Congratulations to our Superintendent Dr. Dorinda Grasty.  
Appomattox County High Schools First State Inspector License issued
On Tuesday April 5th, 2015 Cody Sams became the first student from Appomattox County High School to earn the Virginia State inspection license.   Master Trooper T.D. Lacks from the Virginia State Police Safety Division presented the license to Cody Sams.   Instructor David Cardwell was present during the final testing phase of the inspection.  Mr. Cardwell stated “I’m very proud of Cody and all of his hard work.  I hope to get more students certified in the years to come”.
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.  
 
24 Math Tournament at AES
Pictured to the left are the 5th grade finalists: Conner Scruggs, Tournament Champion Tye Robertson and Mannix Wilhoit

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!
 
Two High School Programs selected by VSBA "Showcase for Success"
ACHS Computer Help Desk
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.
Agriculture Education
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.
Complete News Release from VSBA
Complete list of Schools
Download the Appomattox County School APP today!
A reminder to all parents. students, and community members that Appomattox County Public Schools has an App that can be downloaded to keep up with your child’s grades, lunch schedules, announcements, sports, and other information pertaining to the Appomattox County Public Schools.   Please click below to download the App today.
PowerSchool for Parents 2.5 is now available!
PowerSchool for Parents 2.0 is now available!
 
 
 
Farm to School Program
The Farm to School Program is an initiative seeking to bring nutritious fresh food from local farms to schools.  Virginia schools currently spend more than $6 million annually on fresh produce.  The Farm to School Program in Virginia will open the door for more of those dollars to stay within the state and support Virginia farmers by promoting opportunities for schools, distributors and growers to work together to increase the volume of locally grown product served in school cafeterias around the state.  Incorporating local products into school meals also enhances the educational opportunity for students who benefit by learning about the seasonality of food products, the importance of supporting local agriculture and the benefits associated with reducing transportation cost and protecting farms and farmland in our communities. 
 
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.
Ebola Virus Information
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has been made aware that many school personnel have questions about what education professionals can do to keep students and adults safe from the Ebola virus.  At the current time, there are no cases of Ebola in Virginia.  Our national health system has the capacity and expertise to quickly detect and contain this disease and is working with states and school districts to ensure the safety of our students and school employees.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is our primary source of information on Ebola.  Current information may be found at the CDC Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/ebola/HealthCare.htm
For more information, please visit:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/
Enterovirus D68: Information
Below is a link regarding Enterovirus D68 from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).  VDOE works closely with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and other state and federal authorities to provide the latest information and guidance. Specific concerns about symptoms about the Enterovirus should be directed to your primary care provider. Students and staff are being educated about proper and frequent hand washing while at school.
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/ev-d68_virus_facts.pdf
Web Feature, “What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68”
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/index.shtml.
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