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1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
ACPS Announcements

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.

1pm Early Dismissal - Friday, Sept. 4; Closed for Labor Day Holiday - Monday, Sept 7
In appreciation of the hard work of staff and students, Friday, September 4 will be a 2 hour early dismissal for students at approximately 1:00pm.
Schools will be closed Monday, September 7 in honor of Labor Day.
Schools will reopen on Tuesday, September 8.

We hope students and staff will enjoy the Labor Day weekend.
Thank you for your support as we are striving for excellence this year!
Division Wide SOL Scores
Appomattox County Public Schools is pleased to announce and celebrate the increase in Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores from spring 2015.  Thank you to our teachers and staff for their instruction, unpacking of SOLs, realignment of pacing guides, and caring of our students.  Congratulations for a job well done! 

To read the article in its entirety, please click here.
New ACHS Staff Members
Please help us welcome our new staff members!
Front Row:  Mahala O’Brien (Teacher – Alternative Education), Jennifer Querry (Teacher – Math), Alexis Manuel (Teacher – Math), Brooke Mlaka (Teacher – English), Andy Cox – Teacher – Alternative Education)

Back Row: Chad Haiar (Teacher – French), Josh McGowan (Teacher – Math)

Not Pictured: Rachel Bennett (Teacher - Math)

New AMS Staff Members
Standing:  David Pierce (Assistant Principal), Casey Henry (Teacher – Language Arts 8), Dana Hale (Teacher – Special Education), Caitlyn Ondrick (Teacher – Life Science 6), Ashleigh Gilliam (Teacher – Language Arts 8), Amanda Shapard (Teacher – Language Arts 6 & 7), and David Spence (Teacher – Language Arts 7)

Sitting:  Debbie Barksdale (Secretary), Alex Moreno (TA and Teacher – Spanish), Emily Wilson (Teacher – Language Arts 7 & 8), Susie Hemler (Teacher – Math 7 and Algebra I), and Bethany Millner (School Nurse)
New APS Staff Members
Laura Page (Teacher – Grade 2), Valerie Yoder (Teacher – Special Education), Mary Bradley (Teacher Assistant), Christen Thomas (Teacher Assistant), Ami Gonzales (Teacher Assistant), and Daniel Wooldridge (Teacher – Physical Education)
Student School Hours
Please review our school hours below.  Students are expected to be in school during these hours.  *Please make note of Appomattox Middle School's new school hours.
Appomattox Primary School          8:25am - 3:00pm
Appomattox Elementary School     8:25am - 3:00pm
Appomattox Middle School            8:10am - 3:15pm*
Appomattox High School               8:15am - 3:15pm

Please click here for the Attendance Policy and School Hours.
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).
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!
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 hereThis will be updated soon for the 2015 - 2016 school year.
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:

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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.
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
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