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The football game scheduled for Friday night that was postponed due to rain will be
Saturday, October 1, at 7pm at Bragg Stadium.  Go RAIDERS!!!

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ACPS Announcements
On behalf of the Appomattox County School Board and our staff, welcome to our website.  Explore our website and our four 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.  Last year all four of our schools were fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. We were one of only 37 school divisions in Virginia to achieve this status.

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. 
School Board Tours ACPS
On Thursday, September 22, 2016 Appomattox County School Board Members, along with invited state and local elected officials, toured all schools in Appomattox County Public Schools.  The group visited classrooms in language arts, math, science, and social studies.  They observed technology integration in instruction and participated in lessons with students and saw summer maintenance upgrade projects at the schools.  Board members had lunch prepared by Culinary Arts students at Appomattox County High School and also saw teachers involved in common planning sessions. Appomattox County School Board Members tour the schools in the fall and spring each year.  Below are a few pictures from the day.
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.
2015-2016 Annual Report
Click this link, to read our Annual Report containing accomplishments from each school for the 2015-2016 school year,
AES' K.O.P. Club
After School Clubs are off to a great start at Appomattox Elementary School. SRO Deputy Karen Nipper and Guidance Counselor Carolyn Lawson meet with students in the K.O.P. Club (Kids on Patrol). Each week, students are introduced to different aspects of our heroic law enforcement service to our community.  Pictured here are members of the club, along with guest visitors Deputy Dave Sparnroft and K9 Finn.
FFA Officers Attend Southeast Leadership Conference
The Appomattox Senior and Appomattox Middle FFA Chapter officers recently attended the first annual Southeast Area Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) conference at Dinwiddie High School. The theme for the Virginia FFA Association is “Transform”. Conference participants developed skills that will transform their FFA chapter, school and community.

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.
ACHS Wins 1st Annual "Souper Bowl"
The ACHS FFA Chapter helped to organize the first annual Souper Bowl. Both Appomattox County High School and Buckingham County High School competed to collect the most canned goods and charitable donations. FFA members collected donations from first block classes. The FFA chapter sponsored a breakfast for the class that donated the most during the week. Mrs. Ronda Matthews’ class earned top marks by donating $282.15 worth of non-perishable foods. 95% of first block classes at ACHS chipped in to help the Raiders win the contest. Raider fans helped give Appomattox a last minute surge by donating a host of canned goods before halftime. ACHS collected $1,898 worth of food. The Buckingham Knights collected $927.00. All of ACHS’ Souper Bowl donations will be kept in Appomattox County to help fight food insecurity.
Appomattox County Public Schools Has All Schools Fully Accredited By The Virginia Department Of Education For The Second Year In A Row
RICHMOND, Va. — More than eight out of 10 Virginia public schools are now fully accredited as the result of improved performance of students on Standards of Learning tests and 2016 legislation providing multi-year accreditation for schools that have consistently met the commonwealth’s accountability standards.
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
Fully Accredited 1,482 81
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
Accreditation Denied 29 2
Conditionally Accredited (New Schools) 7 <1
To Be Determined 145 8
Total Schools 1,825 100
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
  • Covington
  • Craig County
  • Dickenson County
  • Falls Church
  • Floyd County
  • Fluvanna County
  • Franklin County
  • Fredericksburg
  • Galax
  • Giles County
  • Goochland County
  • Greene County
  • Hanover County
  • Highland County
  • Isle of Wight County
  • King George County
  • King William County
  • King and Queen County
  • Lexington
  • Louisa County
  • Manassas Park
  • Mathews County
  • Middlesex County
  • New Kent County
  • Norton
  • Patrick County
  • Poquoson
  • Powhatan County
  • Prince George County
  • Radford
  • Rappahannock County
  • Richmond County
  • Roanoke County
  • Russell County
  • Salem
  • 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 Teacher of the Year Named in Appomattox for Second Year in a Row
Appomattox County Public Schools (ACPS) is very proud to announce that Katie McCann, fifth grade teacher at Appomattox Elementary School (AES), has been selected as the 2017 Region 8 Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. McCann was selected as the Appomattox Teacher of the Year in May 2016.  Her application packet was then forwarded on to the Virginia Department of Education, where a panel examined teacher packets from across the state.  Mrs. McCann will now move on to participate in the 2017 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.  The next step will be Mrs. McCann traveling to Richmond in October for a panel interview with the seven other finalist teachers from Virginia.  At the end of the day, the Virginia Teacher of the Year will be selected and announced.
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.
ACPS Welcomes New School Psychologist
Appomattox County Public Schools is excited to welcome Matthew H. Wallin as our new, division level, School Psychologist.  Matt started work in July and has a wide variety of duties.  Some of those include psychological testing, crisis management planning, and food services. 

Click here for the full article in the Times Virginian.
Appomattox APPS
Reminder to all Parents/Guardians.   Appomattox County Public Schools has an app.  The app allows you to keep up with your child's grades, attendance, and important information concerning your child's education.   The district app combines all apps provided by the schools in one place. We would like to encourage all parents/guardians to download the app today.  
APPS for Appomattox
These are a few Apps that we suggest to help you keep up with information pertaining to your student.
Division APP
PowerSchool for Parents 2.5 is now available!
PowerSchool for Parents 2.0 is now available!

PowerSchool App
PowerSchool for Parents 2.5 is now available!
District Code : TQHS   (You will need this code after you download the app)

PowerSchool for Parents 2.0 is now available!
School Supply List
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.
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!

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. 
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 07/27/2016)
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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