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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 2,200 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 2,200 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.

 

Partnerships in Action
Students in Mr. Sullivan’s Appomattox Middle School class use a wind tunnel built by a student from the Central Virginia Governors School (CVGS) to test and design cars with the least amount of drag, or resistance, in order to prepare for competitions. The Governors School donated the wind tunnel free of charge to help the students of Appomattox  Middle School.
 
Tech Class Open House
Tuesday,  March 17th the Computer Science Class opened their doors from 4:00-6:00 p.m. to offer free technical support for the faculty and staff at Appomattox County Public Schools.  The night was a success with students working on PC’s and saving our employees time and money.  The students gained valuable experience by working on real machines with real problems.   Pictured above are students working with Instructor Mr. Jason Clark.   The class plans to offer more Open Houses which will be offered to the community.
 
Tornado Drill in ACPS
The teachers and staff of Appomattox County Schools attempt to prepare students as well as themselves for a variety of crises.  On Tuesday, March 17, in accordance with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s statewide drill, Appomattox County Public Schools participated in a division-wide tornado drill.  Teachers evacuated classes and supervised students in crouching to the ground and covering their heads; these steps are designed to promote student safety and prevent injury in the event of an actual tornado.  In addition to the four main school buildings, the alternative school and even the school board office participated.  While the town’s emergency alert siren wailed, students and staff quietly evacuated classrooms, moved to their buildings’ lowest floors, and assumed the tornado position.  Although promoting learning is paramount in the Appomattox County Public Schools, student safety is a priority, and it is consistently practiced through the tornado and other drills. 
 Pictured are students from Appomattox Middle School participating in the drill.
 
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!
 
 
 
Appomattox County Extended Days
Dear Parents,
We have missed 10 full instructional days and 10 additional hours due to delayed openings for inclement weather as of March 6.  This equates to nearly 12 school days of lost instruction.  Teachers now face less time to catch up with SOL fast-paced pacing guides and upcoming SOL testing. 
We do not have any teacher workdays remaining to turn into instructional days.  Using spring break days this year is not feasible, given this is the week of the Sesquicentennial; thousands of people and heavy traffic are expected in the county during that time.   Saturday school days are not received well by parents and are not well attended.  Adding days to the end of the school year after SOL testing is completed is not academically sound nor useful to students.
At Friday night's School Board meeting, the Board approved a plan to add 30 minutes to the end of each school day from March 9 through April 17 (5 weeks). This will make up a portion of the 58 missed instructional hours. This plan is being implemented for the instructional benefit of our students. 
We had to devise a plan to recoup lost instruction quickly in response to repeating snow storms which continued through last week.  
We also need to move the end of the 3rd 9 weeks from March 13 to March 20 due to lost days.  Report Cards will go home March 26, rather than March 19.  March 13 and 20 will be full school days.
This addition of 30 minutes per day for 25 days is being done for the instructional and academic benefit of our students, your children.  Each school has a somewhat different plan for where and how to use the 30 minutes since each level has different schedules and needs.  In every school it is our goal to design this extended time to be as productive, targeted, and meaningful as possible.
Thank you for your support of ACPS as we work to provide academic instruction for your child.
 
Dorinda G. Grasty, Ed.D.Superintendent
Appomattox County Public Schools
316 Court Street
Appomattox, VA 24522
434-352-8251
Achieving Creative Prepared Students
 
Farm to School Program
The Farm to School Program is an initiative seeking to bring nutritious fresh food from local farms to schools.  Virginia schools currently spend more than $6 million annually on fresh produce.  The Farm to School Program in Virginia will open the door for more of those dollars to stay within the state and support Virginia farmers by promoting opportunities for schools, distributors and growers to work together to increase the volume of locally grown product served in school cafeterias around the state.  Incorporating local products into school meals also enhances the educational opportunity for students who benefit by learning about the seasonality of food products, the importance of supporting local agriculture and the benefits associated with reducing transportation cost and protecting farms and farmland in our communities. 
 
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.
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”
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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