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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. 
Four ACHS Students Honored by Lynchburg Regional Technology Council
ACHS Students, Nathan Simpson, Nick Walton, Geff Zdgiebloski and recent graduate Brian Rubio (class of 2016) were honored by the Lynchburg Regional Technology Council on Thursday October 13, 2016. The Technology Council presented them with the Special Recognition Entrepreneur of the Year Certificate. These young men have formed their own small business called True Dimension Education.
In the picture - left to right - Des Black, Chairman of the Technology Council Board of Directors; Nick Walton; Nathan Simpson; Geff Zdgiebloski; Brian Rubio; Del. Kathy Byron
Welcome New APS Students
Students new to Appomattox Primary School joined Mrs. Allen for a Welcome to APS party. 
Students transferring to APS learned more about our school, enjoyed a snack, and received a welcome gift.  We’re excited to meet and greet all of our new students!
Fourth Grade Students Enjoy Jamestown
Mrs. Trent and Mrs. Benedict pose with their fourth grade students at the Jamestown Settlement on September 30.  They were able to visit models of the English ships, the first permanent colony fort, and the Powhatan village. 
AMS SODA (Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol) Program
The Students Opposed to Drugs and Alcohol (SODA) Program allows ACHS students to come to AMS and mentor sixth graders for eight weeks during the fall. High school students work with small groups to teach them about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. The younger students look forward to and enjoy seeing the SODA mentors each Friday and participating in fun and engaging activities planned for them each week.
ACHS Theatre Class
The Theatre Class also rounded out a unit on Greek Theatre by attending Randolph College’s performance of “The Frogs” by Aristophanes.  Students were able to experience first-hand what a Greek theatron may have felt like and what Greek masks may have looked like.  They concluded their visit with a tour of the campus, theatre facilities, and art installations. 
ACPS Celebrates Virginia Farm to School Week, October 3-7, 2016 and National School Lunch Week, October 10-14, 2016
This past week, Appomattox County Schools celebrated the annual Virginia Farm to School Week, October 3-7. The Farm to School Program seeks to bring fresh food from local farms into school cafeterias. Appomattox County Schools allotted $40,000 USDA entitlement dollars for fresh fruits and vegetables for the 2016-2017 school year. The Farm to School Program in Virginia helps to ensure those dollars stay within the state and support Virginia farmers. While the seasonality of produce can be a concern when providing fruits and vegetables within the school year, Virginia farms, such as Lynchburg Grows, have expanded capabilities with greenhouses and/or hydroponic growing.

At our Offer versus Serve schools, we offer a variety of fruits and vegetables to our students daily. During the month of October, Appomattox County School cafeterias will be serving locally grown fruits and vegetables. Appomattox County Schools also participated in the statewide “Crunch” on Thursday October 6 at noon. As can be seen in the pictures, our students and staff enjoyed biting into fresh fruits and vegetables during Lunch on Thursday.

This week Appomattox County Schools will be celebrating National Lunch Week. Created in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, National School Lunch Week celebrates the benefits of the National School Lunch Program (the largest federal child nutrition program). Children spend two-thirds of their waking hours in schools. Schools also provide 50% of kids’ meals. They offer the best opportunity to improve children’s health and educate them on how to make better meal choices at home. This year’s theme, “School Lunch: Show Your Spirit,” (Recommended by the School Nutrition Association) reminds parents, students and school officials that a healthy school lunch helps students power through the day. It also invites everyone to come together to show how much spirit they have for school lunch. ACPS invites parents and families to have lunch with your child at least once this week to help celebrate and participate in a healthy school lunch together.

Notice of Change in Meeting Location
Notice of Change in Meeting Location
The location of the November 3, 2016 Joint Meeting of the Appomattox County School Board and the Appomattox County Board of Supervisors has been changed:
From:  School Administration Building
           316 Court Street
           Appomattox, Virginia 24522
To:      Appomattox County High School
          198 Evergreen Avenue
          Appomattox, Virginia  24522
5:00 p.m. in Culinary Arts Department for Meal
6:00 p.m. in Library for Superintendent’s Presentation
The location change is necessary to accommodate a meal for the members of the two boards that will be prepared by the students in the ACHS Culinary Arts Department.
ACHS Student Receives CVGS Research Recognition Award
Congratulations to Adam Vaughan, who, along with one other student, received the 2016 Central Virginia Governor’s School Research Recognition Award for outstanding visual display of his research.  Adam was recognized for displaying knowledge of the topic, effectively communicating the importance of the study, clearly indicating the directions for future research, and presenting a good visual display that was easily understood and demonstrating excellence in written communication.
As a recipient of this award, he was invited to the Lynchburg Optimist Club August meeting to share his research project, reflections on the scientific process, and answer questions from club members.  Adam also received a $50 gift certificate to Given Books and a numbered Lynchburg medallion.
Adam is pictured with his parents, Teresa and Robert Vaughan
ACHS FFA Team State Runner Up in Tractor Troubleshooting Contest
Two students from the Appomattox County High School FFA chapter competed in the State FFA Tractor Troubleshooting Career Development Event at the 2016 State Fair of Virginia. Frankie Hoffman and Andrew Sams represented ACHS FFA for the State contest. Hoffman and Sams completed a written exam about tractor operation, safety, and repair. During the practical part of the contest, they found problems with five different tractors and later repaired a tractor. Hoffman and Sams were able to troubleshoot New Holland, Mahindra and Kubota tractors. They found and fixed engine, electrical, hydraulic, and cooling system problems. The students placed 2nd in the contest and each will receive a $200 scholarship from the State Fair of Virginia. FFA Advisor, Ed McCann, coached the Tractor Troubleshooting team.
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.
School Board Chairmen Bobby Waddell Visits classroom   School Board Member Rev. jones Visits classroom   School Tour attendees meet for Lunch
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.
Picture of K.O.P Club
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.
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
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.
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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