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ACPS Announcements
Welcome!

Welcome to Appomattox County Public Schools' web page.  Appomattox County Public Schools is located in central Virginia.  We offer educational services to more than 2,230 students enrolled in preschool through adult classes in one high school, one middle school, one elementary school, and one primary school.  Alternative middle and high school programs, gifted programs, and programs for students with special needs are also available.  The public school system of Appomattox County is dedicated to excellence in education and strives to ensure that all children of school age receive the highest quality education appropriate to their individual needs and abilities.

Our theme for this year is Achieving Creative Prepared Students.  We continue to strengthen our professional learning communities in each of our schools.  Our vision is to equip our 2,230 students with the critical thinking skills needed for today and for their future.  As we increase student achievement through the Standards of Learning (SOLs), we must also train our children to be inquisitive as they access and analyze information.  ACPS aims to provide a high quality of education for every child, filled with a wide range of academic options, as well as many extra-curricular and athletic opportunities.

Reminder of School Board Meeting
There will be a regular monthly Appomattox County School Board Meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the School Board Office.  The public is invited to attend.
 
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.
State Champions
Congratulations to the Appomattox Raiders Golf Team for winning the 2A VHSL State Championship on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.
 
School Bus Safety Week October 20-24, 2014
Governor McAuliffe has proclaimed October 20-24 School Bus Safety Week across Virginia. The average school bus transports 54 students, replacing approximately 36 family vehicles. School buses are equipped with safety measures, including bright colors, stop sign arms, and cross-view mirrors to avoid crashes and prevent injuries. School bus drivers are required to undergo rigorous driver training and certification requirements.
We wish to recognize our bus drivers and transportation staff for their steadfast commitment to safely transporting the children of ACPS each day. Thank you to our school bus drivers

 
October is National Farm to School Month
During the month of October, Appomattox County Public Schools cafeterias will be serving locally grown apples and sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are from a farm to school partnership with New Beginnings Farm in Charlotte Court House and will be the first of many selections we will see from them this school year. Please enjoy some of our locally grown items!
Our new 2014-2015 menu selections are a hit! Students and staff alike are enjoying the Chicken Ranch Pizza and Chicken Teriyaki at AES, AMS & ACHS. The Bacon Cheddar Burger and Mushroom Swiss Burger at ACHS are also very popular choices.
 
School Security Grant Awarded
On September 25, 2014, Appomattox County Public Schools (ACPS) was awarded $33,360 in School Security Equipment Grant funding through the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services.  The grant will be used at Appomattox Middle School and Appomattox County High School to increase security and safety for students.  Our school division is part of 100 school divisions that applied for and received funding for items such as video monitoring systems, electronic access controls, visitor identification systems, lock systems, and other security upgrades in 373 schools across Virginia.  This is the second year ACPS has applied for and received funding through this security grant. 
 
QCV Receives Grant for Appomattox County
Charlottesville, Virginia (10/3/2014) – QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to announce it has received a second grant from the Walter J. Payne Foundation, which funds non-profit activities exclusively in Appomattox and Prince Edward counties. This year’s grant will be used to buy equipment for all four public schools in Appomattox County and the Jesus Center, which provides out-of-school programming for more than 60 at-risk kids. All PE teachers in Appomattox were trained in August 2014 right before school started and are ready to get their students learning to play and having FUN! Also, a portion of the grant has been earmarked for a QuickStart “tennis garden” at a school as part of QCV’s “Grow Veggies for QuickStart” initiative.


Walter Joseph Payne, Jr., a lifelong resident of Pamplin, Virginia, was the first male graduate of Longwood College and a former school teacher in Appomattox and Prince Edward Counties. When he passed away in 2001 at age 94, he left funds to create his namesake foundation solely for the benefit of the residents of those two counties. In addition to being very generous, Mr. Payne also had a very keen sense of humor. The inscription on his tombstone reads:


Why stand ye here and gaze at me,
        Where I am you soon will be;
        Teaching school my life I spent,
        Now you guess which way I went.

Lynda Harrill, QCV QuickStart Tennis Coordinator, says, “We are so grateful for the continued support from the Payne Foundation, which will benefit 2,300 kids in Appomattox. The Appomattox PE teachers are so receptive and appreciative. This is what getting tennis in schools is all about – partnering with generous foundations and enthusiastic schools and teachers. It doesn’t get much better than this!”
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QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia is an all-volunteer, grassroots Community Tennis Association established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to promote, develop and grow QuickStart Tennis in 23 counties and one independent city in central Virginia for all beginners, especially underserved youth.
QCV’s Service Area includes Albemarle, Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Nottoway, Orange, Prince Edward, Powhatan and Rappahannock counties and the City of Charlottesville, where we serve 140 schools with 67,000 kids, three Boys & Girls Clubs and two YMCAs.
Visit QCV at: www.quickstartcentral.org

 
5th Annual Watch D.O.G.S. Program Begins at AES
On October 2, approximately 100 men came out for pizza night
with their students to participate in the fifth annual Watch DOG
kickoff event at Appomattox Elementary Schools. It was a HUGE success!
Who are WatchDOGS? Fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and
other father figures who volunteer to serve at least one day a year in a
variety of school activities as assigned by the school principal or other administrator. 
Commons B was filled with dads/grandpas/uncles/brothers and AES students.
Thanks to Leaders, Mrs. McCann and Ms. Christian, and helpers Mrs.
Jamerson, Ms. Yeatts, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. Lewis,
Mr. McCann, Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Knight and the cafeteria staff,
Mr. Bowyer and Mrs. Cyrus.
 
Annual Title 1 / Special Education Parent Meeting
Parents will be invited to attend the annual Title 1/ Special Education meeting which will be held at APS this year on Monday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m.  Special Education and Title 1 staff from APS and AES will present information about their programs with take-home materials being provided for parents following a brief question/ answer period.  All parents of children receiving special education or Title 1 reading services are encouraged to attend this event. 
 
Seniors
Get Help with College Applications, Scholarships, SAT/ACT Registration.  The Appomattox County High School will be providing help to all Seniors on OCtober 8th, 15th, 22nd, and the 29th.  From 3:30-5:00 P.M. in Room 224.  See Mrs. Hall for more information.
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: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

For more information, please visit:  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/ebola/HealthCare.htm
For more information, please visit:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/

 

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.
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/ev-d68_virus_facts.pdf
Web Feature, “What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68”

 
Board Supports National FFA Organization
As a result of hard work from the Appomattox County High School National FFA Organization (also known as Future Farmers of America), the school board has decided to make a monetary contribution for their upcoming convention.
The Appomattox County School Board voted August 28, 2014  to contribute up to $575 per student for 24 high school students that plan to attend the National FFA Convention in October. The total contribution is up to $13,800.
ACHS’ FFA chapter is expected to receive a national award at the convention, which is October 29 through November 1 in Louisville, Ky.  Teachers Ed McCann and Elizabeth Duncan presented information about the many state and national awards ACPS students have received in this program.
 
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 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/prevention/bullying/index.shtml.
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