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Summer school will be June 6-30. 

The first day of school for students next year will be Wednesday, August 10. Open House and Fee Day will be August 8 from 2:00 -6:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events
- Closeout Meeting
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
ACPS Announcements

Welcome to Appomattox County Public Schools!  Explore our division 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.

All of our schools are fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.  We are only one of 37 school systems in Virginia to have all schools fully accredited.  Many thanks to our staff, students, and parents for their hard work in making this tremendous accomplishment a reality.

This past week the Entrepreneurship State Champions traveled to Louisville for the Skills USA National Championships.   The team will bring home the  National Championship to Appomattox County.  Congratulations to the team and their coach.  Team members left to right: Geoff Zbgiebloski, Nathan Simpson, Instructor/Coach Mr. Jason Clark, Brian Rubio, and Nicholas Walton.
Allison Maxwell New Primary School Assistant Principal
Allison Maxwell has been named the new assistant principal at Appomattox Primary School, beginning July 1.  Maxwell will be entering her ninth year with Appomattox County Schools since moving to the area in 2007.

She has taught 6th grade at Appomattox Middle School and has been an Instructional Data Coach for Appomattox County Public Schools the past two years, as well as an Administrative Assistant at Appomattox Primary School the past school year.

Maxwell has served on the School Improvement Leadership Team, the ACCESS Team, has been a 504 Coordinator, Differentiation Trainer, Math Instructional Coordinator, Technology Trainer, and Best Instructional Practices Marzano Team Trainer.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Averett University, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Trident University and additional post-graduate course work in Administration and Supervision.

Stephanie Totty New Middle School Assistant Principal
Stephanie Totty will become the new assistant principal at Appomattox Middle School on July 1.  Totty, an Appomattox native now living in Rustburg, will be entering her fifth year with Appomattox County Public Schools.  She has teaching experience as a middle school teacher in Campbell County Public Schools and Appomattox County Public Schools.

Totty has been an Instructional Data Coach for Appomattox County Public Schools the past two years.  She has served on the Rustburg Middle School Leadership Team, Differentiated Instruction Training Team, the Appomattox Middle School Leadership Team, and the Appomattox Project Based Learning Team, as well as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher with ACPS.

After graduating from Appomattox County High School, she received a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with concentrations in elementary education, middle school science, and middle school social studies from Longwood University.

Totty plans to complete a Master of Science in Education, Administration and Supervision from Old Dominion University in August.

New Student Dress Code Starting 2016-2017
At the May 26, 2016 School Board Meeting, a new student dress code was adopted.  This dress code will be followed starting in the 2016-2017 school year. 

Please click here to view it.
Appomattox County Public Schools' Teacher of the Year
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 worked with others in the community to provide needed school supplies for students. 
Katie McCann is married to Ed McCann and they have two children.
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.”
ACPS wishes to extend our appreciation and congratulations to Mrs. Katie McCann as the ACPS Teacher  the Year for 2015-16.  Mrs. McCann exemplifies the qualities of an inspirational and exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher.  She has earned the respect and admiration of students, parents, and her colleagues.
Blue Jackets, Gold Standards
The ACHS FFA chapter has continued its biennial initiative called, “Blue Jackets, Gold Standards”. All students in the Foundations of Agriculture courses at Appomattox County High School were eligible to participate. Participants took a test on FFA history, leadership principles and parliamentary procedures. Students with the best scores were invited to write an essay on the value of the FFA Jacket. The winning essay from each class period was selected for a free FFA jacket, sponsored by the FFA chapter and the Appomattox FFA Alumni.

Josh Ellis was the winner of a brand new FFA jacket and tie sponsored by the ACHS FFA Alumni Chapter. Ellis is a freshman at ACHS and wrote about the vision that the FFA jacket creates for leadership and community service.

In his essay, Ellis wrote, “The FFA helps students become leaders by giving younger members examples of excellent student leaders. The FFA jacket would show the world my devotion to the FFA and my commitment to helping people in need.”

The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
Football Ring Ceremony
Our Group 2A State Football Champions received their state rings at a ceremony with parents and supporters in the ACHS auditorium May 4.  The Raiders had a 15-0 perfect season.   ACPS is proud of their hard work and achievement in securing this first-ever title for ACPS and the community.  Go Raiders!

Preschool: Bright Beginnings
The 4-year- old Program for Appomattox County Public Schools is “Bright Beginnings” and is located at Appomattox Primary School. The purpose of this program is to provide a comprehensive preschool program for at-risk four- year- olds who are not being served by other federal programs and who reach their fourth birthday on or before September 30. The program will conform to the school year calendar of 180 days.

Applications for the 2016-17 school year are available at Appomattox Primary School as well as the school board office and will be accepted through May 15, 2016 at either location.  For more information about this program, you may contact Ms. Michele West at 352-5766 or Mrs. Beth Haught at 352-8251.
Appomattox County High School Auto Mechanics Excels
This past Thursday April 14th the ACHS Auto mechanics had three students pass the written part of the State Inspection License program test.   Students still need to undergo a background check by the Department of State Police and the practical (Hands on) examination.  ACHS redesigned the Career and Technical education program with an emphasis to “get students job ready upon graduation”.  Master Trooper T.D. Lacks and Senior Trooper G.A. Smith are pictured administering the written State inspection test. Instructor David Cardwell has transformed the program from a regular class into a job training program.   The program has increased its state inspection testers by four hundred percent.   We congratulate the students and the instructor for building our community one child at a time.
Congratulations to   William Francis (Frankie) Hoffman, Dennis Alan Thomas, and Stephen Jacob Breeding. 
CVCC Summer Career Academies
CVCC is offering academies for students (ages 8-15) in Elementary, Middle and rising 9th and 10th graders this summer.  These are GREAT opportunities for students to learn about different career areas of interest this summer!  Click here for the full flyer.

2016-2017 School Calendar
The Appomattox County School Board has approved the 2016-2017 Student Calendar.  You may view the calendar here.  The first day for students to report to school will be Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
Appomattox County Public Schools Leads in On-Time Graduation Rate
Information released today by the Virginia Department of Education shows the On-Time Graduation Rates for each school division in the state.  A closer look at our scores shows that not only have we surpassed the state average percentage, we have the highest reported rate in comparison to all Region 8 and Region 2000 divisions.  Appomattox’s 94% 2015 On-Time Graduation Rate is up from 91.4% in 2014.
Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard to improve the graduation outcomes for our students in Appomattox County.

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 12/17/2015)
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
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