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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.
 
ACPS Announcements
Welcome!

Welcome to Appomattox County Public Schools' web page.  Appomattox County Public Schools is located in central Virginia.  We offer educational services to more than 2,200 students enrolled in preschool through adult classes in one high school, one middle school, one elementary school, and one primary school.  Alternative middle and high school programs, gifted programs, and programs for students with special needs are also available.  The public school system of Appomattox County is dedicated to excellence in education and strives to ensure that all children of school age receive the highest quality education appropriate to their individual needs and abilities.

Our theme for this year is Achieving Creative Prepared Students.  We continue to strengthen our professional learning communities in each of our schools.  Our vision is to equip our 2,200 students with the critical thinking skills needed for today and for their future.  As we increase student achievement through the Standards of Learning (SOLs), we must also train our children to be inquisitive as they access and analyze information.  ACPS aims to provide a high quality of education for every child, filled with a wide range of academic options, as well as many extra-curricular and athletic opportunities.

 

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.  
 
ACHS "Civil War Day" Field Trip

Museum of the Confederacy interpreter Jimmy Lipscomb explains daily life of a Civil War soldier to ACHS students.

 

Student Billy Nicholas explores the Civil War using a new interactive computer exhibit at the Museum of the Confederacy.
Student volunteers Kaitlyn McCleese and Nicholas Servis explain the Battle of Appomattox Court House.
Student volunteers Adam Fleshman and Anna Paige Wingfield explain the surrender at the McLean House.
ACHS Students Participate in Model General Assembly
On April 16, 2015 Whitley Drinkard, Jimmy Moore, Colby Phillips, Caroline Thomas, Maya White, and Anna Wingfield traveled with Ms. Tyree to Richmond, Va to participate in Model General Assembly. This is a three day conference that occurs annually for high school students across the state. This year, Caroline Thomas served as the Committee Chair for the House Committee on Education. Maya White (Senator) and Colby Phillips (Delegate) sponsored a bill concerning welfare. Unfortunately, their bill was struck down in committee. Anna Wingfield (Senator) and Whitley Drinkard (Delegate) sponsored a bill concerning mental health, which passed all committees, both chambers, and was signed into law by the Youth Governor. Jimmy Moore (Delegate) was able to sponsor an amendment in his committee and speak to it on the floor of the House of Delegates. Whitley Drinkard used the opportunity to run for Lieutenant Governor. She spoke before the conference on Thursday night. On Friday night a banquet and “Governor’s Ball” were held to allow the students a chance to relax after a long day of debate and deliberation. The conference opened and closed at St Paul's Episcopal Church. The opening night offered a speech from the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam, who offered words of encouragement. Appomattox was lucky to be a part  of the Old Dominion contingent this year, as the actual General Assembly was in session on Friday, last minute changes had to be made, causing the other half of the conference to miss the opportunity to debate in the actual House and Senate chambers. The closing of the conference saw the announcement of the nominations for the CONA, Conference on National Affairs, which is held every summer in North Carolina. Representatives from CONA observed the students all weekend and chose thirty to forty students to nominate, though only ten are ultimately chosen from Virginia to attend. Of the few chosen, two were from Appomattox. Whitley Drinkard and Anna Wingfield were selected to be nominated for CONA, a great honor and accomplishment. This was a great weekend packed with hands on learning and quick thinking. Our students should be proud!
 
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!
 
Miss Virginia Visits AES!
Miss Virginia, Courtney Garrett, visited Appomattox Elementary School students on May 4, 2015.  She visited all third grade classrooms, some resource classes, and gave encouragement to all students to be positive leaders, treat others fairly, and make good choices.  Miss Garrett spent time eating lunch with students in Mrs. Ferguson’s class, playing kickball on the playground, and encouraging students to do their best on the upcoming SOL assessments. 

 
AMS Open House
Rising 6th graders and their parents visited AMS on April 21st.  Students rotated through the four core classes; finding information about dress code, lockers, and “the world of a 6th grader.”  NJHS members lead tours of the campus and introduced Encore teachers.  In Social Studies classes, students and parents took part in a dress code quiz on the Socrative Student Response app. 
 
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”
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