The football game scheduled for Friday night against Gretna will be played Saturday at 7:00 pm.
Parents/Guardians: Please take a moment and complete your students’ registration. Use the following link to login to your parent portal and update your students’ information. PowerSchool for Parents
Instructions can be found on this webpage as you are logging in. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please visit your school’s office and bring your photo ID to obtain a login.
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.
Appomattox County School Board Chairman Bobby Waddell and Board Member Al Jones are shown visiting with students in Mrs. Susan Harris' classroom at Appomattox Primary School. Board Member Cindy Hall is seated (second from right) in the Culinary Arts Department at Appomattox County High School.
The conference presenters were all current state FFA officers. Each presenter stressed that the FFA organization has countless student opportunities for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success. The conference presenters shared their time tested wisdom and advice with the FFA leaders from our school and motivated the officer leadership team to strive for higher goals and objectives and become more efficient leaders.
Danielle Alexander, ACHS FFA President said, “I’ve been a chapter officer for several years and I learned more about the FFA at this year’s Southside Area COLT. This conference was very helpful for both the new and experienced leaders on our officer team.”
The conference focused on instilling leadership qualities in the students that would not only benefit them in the present but in our future as well.
Eighty-one percent, or 1,482, of Virginia’s 1,825 public schools are rated as Fully Accredited for 2016-2017, a 3-point improvement over 2015-2016, when 78 percent of schools earned the state’s top accountability rating.
“I hope these results will encourage teachers, principals and other educators in all of our schools as they strive to help students meet Virginia’s high expectations for learning and achievement,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said.
Of the 218 schools rated as Partially Accredited: Warned School-Pass Rate during 2015-2016, 59 are now Fully Accredited.
|2016-2017 Accreditation Ratings|
|Accreditation Rating||Number of Schools||Percent of All Schools|
|Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-Pass Rate||49||3|
|Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-GCI||0||0|
|Partially Accredited: Improving School-Pass Rate||11||<1|
|Partially Accredited: Improving School-GCI||0||0|
|Partially Accredited: Warned School-Pass Rate||97||5|
|Partially Accredited: Warned School-GCI||5||<1|
|Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School||0||0|
|Conditionally Accredited (New Schools)||7||<1|
|To Be Determined||145||8|
For a school to earn full accreditation, students must achieve adjusted pass rates of at least 75 percent on English reading and writing SOL tests, and at least 70 percent on assessments in mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a benchmark for graduation and completion. Accreditation ratings may also reflect an average of achievement over several years.
Seven schools earned full accreditation after undergoing reconstitution last year. Reconstitution involves significant changes in school leadership, governance, faculty or attendance and reconstitution status must be approved by the state Board of Education. These schools are as follows:
- Bedford County — Staunton River Middle
- Buchanan County — Riverview Elementary/Middle
- Buena Vista — Parry McCluer Middle
- Petersburg — Walnut Hill Elementary
- Southampton County — Riverdale Elementary
- Suffolk — King`s Fork High
- Virginia Beach — Williams Elementary
Two schools — Hunter B. Andrews School (PK-8) in Hampton and Kiptopeke Elementary in Northampton County — moved from Accreditation Denied to Fully Accredited as a result of improved student performance.
All schools are fully accredited in 53 of the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions, compared with 36 divisions last year. The divisions with all schools fully accredited (other than new schools that automatically receive conditional accreditation) are as follows:
- Appomattox County
- Bath County
- Bland County
- Botetourt County
- Clarke County
- Colonial Beach
- Colonial Heights
- Craig County
- Dickenson County
- Falls Church
- Floyd County
- Fluvanna County
- Franklin County
- Giles County
- Goochland County
- Greene County
- Hanover County
- Highland County
- Isle of Wight County
- King George County
- King William County
- King and Queen County
- Louisa County
- Manassas Park
- Mathews County
- Middlesex County
- New Kent County
- Patrick County
- Powhatan County
- Prince George County
- Rappahannock County
- Richmond County
- Roanoke County
- Russell County
- Scott County
- Southampton County
- Stafford County
- Surry County
- Tazewell County
- Washington County
- West Point
- Williamsburg-James City County
- Wise County
- Wythe County
- York County
Region 8 includes the 12 counties of Appomattox, Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward. Mrs. McCann was chosen from all teacher applicants from these 12 counties. To be chosen at this level is a high accomplishment.
On September 13, 2016, Mrs. McCann was surprised in her classroom by Superintendent Dr. Dorinda Grasty, School Board Chairman Bobby Waddell, School Board Vice-Chairman Greg Smith, AES Principal Karen Cyrus, and many AES staff. She was presented with flowers, a commemorative plaque, and certificates from the Governor and State Superintendent of Instruction. Mrs. McCann was surrounded by her excited students.
Mrs. McCann received her Bachelor of Science Degree from VA Tech in Early Childhood Development in 2006 and her Master of Arts Degree from VA Tech in Curriculum and Instruction in 2008. She began her teaching career in Appomattox County Public Schools (ACPS) in 2008. She has been a fourth grade language arts teacher at Appomattox Elementary School, a fifth grade writing teacher/instructional coach, and a school instructional coach and reading remediation teacher.
Mrs. McCann is a member of the Virginia Education Association and Phi Delta Kappa. She has been awarded the Lynchburg College Economic Education Award. Her students have had works published in Creative Communication and Instructor Magazine.
Katie McCann has participated in and led numerous professional development activities as follows: Region 8 Performance Based Assessment Workshop, Interactive Achievement Trainer, Piedmont Area Reading Council Young Writers School Coordinator, AES After School Tutoring Clubs Coordinator, Piedmont Area Reading Count Young Writers Regional Judge and District Coordinator, AES Watch DOGS Coordinator, AES Language Arts Coordinator, AES Unpacking SOLS Leadership Coordinator, AES School Mentor Teacher, AES Student Council Association Co-Leader, AES Bucket Filling Character Development Committee Chairman, OLWEUS Bully Prevention Trainer, AES Math/Literacy Night Coordinator, and ACPS Research-Based Instructional Strategies Trainer.
Mrs. McCann is active in the Appomattox community and in her church outreach programs at Liberty Baptist Church. She has worked to establish a backpack program to feed children in need at Appomattox Primary School, Appomattox Elementary School, and Appomattox Middle School. She has also volunteered with others in the community to provide needed school supplies for students.
Katie McCann is married to Ed McCann and they have two children. Ed McCann was selected as the 2016 Region 8 Teacher of the Year.
Karen Cyrus, AES Principal, notes that “Mrs. McCann is an encourager by nature who seeks to build relationships with students that foster their leadership abilities and build within them a sense of self-efficacy. She exemplifies for students and colleagues a strong work ethic, a belief in the innate goodness of every individual, and a joy for learning all things new.”
This is the second time in two years that an Appomattox County Public School teacher has been chosen as the Region 8 Teacher of the Year. ACPS is extremely proud of Mrs. McCann and wishes her the best as she moves forward to state competition in October. Mrs. McCann exemplifies the qualities of a caring, committed, and exceptionally professional educator. She is continually focused on increasing academic achievement for all of her students. She is deeply respected by her colleagues, and students. We wish to congratulate Mrs. McCann upon receiving this high honor in the field of public education.
Click here for the full article in the Times Virginian.
Congratulations to William Francis (Frankie) Hoffman, Dennis Alan Thomas, and Stephen Jacob Breeding.
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.
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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/.