Appomattox County Public Schools

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Striving For Excellence

District Announcements

  • Appomattox County School Board Appoints Superintendent

    The Appomattox County School Board, in regular session on Thursday, May 10, 2018, approved the appointment of Dr. Annette A. Bennett as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2018.  Dr. Bennett, who began her affiliation with Appomattox County Public Schools in 1991 and has served as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction since August 2008, accepted the Board’s offer of a three-year contract.

    A Charlotte County native, Dr. Bennett began her teaching career in Campbell County as a special education teacher in 1985. She has been employed by Appomattox County Public Schools for twenty-seven years in numerous administrative positions including assistant principal, Director of Remedial and Special Education, principal, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

    Dr. Bennett earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from James Madison University in 1985 and a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Lynchburg College in 1989; in 2017, Dr. Bennett earned the Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

    The strengths Dr. Bennett brings to the office of Superintendent include a wide variety of roles and experiences she has held in K-12 education and a 27 year-long commitment to our schools, our community, and our youth.  She has introduced research-based instructional best practices that have resulted in significant increases in student achievement and led to regional, state, and national recognitions. Most recently she has worked collaboratively with teachers and administrators to lead ACPS to be the only Region 8 or Region 2000 school division to achieve full state accreditation status for 3 consecutive years.

    Dr. Bennett has commented that “building on the strong foundation that Dr. Grasty has established, our school division has the potential to serve as a role model for school divisions in Virginia.  Given our highly talented and committed staff who care for the wonderful students in our community, we can meet any challenge to make sure our students are ‘life-ready’, no matter what their future educational or career goals may be. I have no doubt, we have what it takes to create authentic, high-quality learning experiences that will prepare our students to compete on a global level.”

    Dr. Bennett believes that engaged parents and a supportive community serves as the cornerstone for educating our students and is committed to creating and maintaining a collaborative and trusting environment for all stakeholders.

    Dr. Bennett is married to Jim Bennett, a cattle farmer; they have two children, Dalton and Leighanne, who are both graduates of ACPS and Virginia Tech.

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  • Welcome!

    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.  We are proud to announce that all of our schools are fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education for a third year in a row.  We are one of 65 school divisions, out of 132 total division in Virginia, to have all schools fully accredited.  This exemplifies the daily dedication of our teachers and staff to our students. 


    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.
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  • Extended School Hours for APS and AES

    Click here to read the letter in its entirety.  Below are the key items from the letter about starting and dismissal times if you do not have access to a pdf reader.

    Parent of AES and APS,

    In an effort to meet the state requirements for instructional hours, and to avoid adding any more days to our school calendar (during Spring Break, Saturdays, or to the end of the school year), we will need to add 20 minutes to the school day for our Primary and Elementary students.

    In the mornings:
    --  The tardy bell will now ring at 8:15 (previously 8:25).  Announcements and formal instruction will begin at 8:15.
    --  Bus and car-riders will be allowed to enter the buildings beginning at 7:50.  Student arriving before 8:00 will be supervised in the gym until they are dismissed to their classrooms at 8:00.
    -- Some buses may need to adjust pick up times along their routes in the mornings.  The Transportation Department will be in direct contact with any parents of the students effected.

    In the afternoon:
    --  The car-riders will be dismissed at 3:10 (previously 3:00) and
    --  The first buses will be loaded at each school at 3:15.  The Transportation Department has made adjustments for the afternoon pick up at each school so that bus riders should have no change in their return time home in the afternoons.

    Please note this additional make-up time is only required at APS and AES.  This is because AMS and ACHS have been using the 8:15-3:15 schedule all year to accommodate their block-scheduled classes.

    If you have questions about this new schedule, do not hesitate to contact an administrator at your child's school or the central office.

     

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ACPS School News

  • Appomattox County School Board Appoints Superintendent

    The Appomattox County School Board, in regular session on Thursday, May 10, 2018, approved the appointment of Dr. Annette A. Bennett as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Bennett, who began her affiliation with Appomattox County Public Schools in 1991 and has served as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction since August 2008, accepted the Board's offer of a three-year contract.

    A Charlotte County native, Dr. Bennett began her teaching career in Campbell County as a special education teacher in 1985. She has been employed by Appomattox County Public Schools for twenty-seven years in numerous administrative positions including assistant principal, Director of Remedial and Special Education, principal, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

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  • ACPS Announces 2019 Teacher of the Year

    Appomattox County Public Schools is proud to announce Jason T. Clark as Teacher of the Year for the school division.  Mr. Clark teaches Computer Systems Technology at Appomattox County High School in the Career and Technical Education Department, where he has been an instructor since 2014.

    Mr. Clark has also coached three SkillsUSA State Conference Championships in Entrepreneurship and two Skills USA National Championships in the same event.  He also serves on the coaching staff of the Appomattox Raider Football Team who are three-time back-to-back state football champions.  He is also currently coaching the boys’ tennis team this spring.  Mr. Clark is the founder and sponsor of the Appomattox Aeronautics STEM Drone Racing Team. 

    Mr. Clark received his Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University with a Major in Printing Production Management.  He received his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Appalachian State University and went on to receive another Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Longwood University.  He holds certifications in CompTIA, Automotive Warranty, Graymark Home Technology Integration, and Internet and Computing IC3.

    Mr. Clark began his teaching career in 1994 at Heritage High School in Lynchburg.  He has also worked for the Virginia Department of Education and at Jefferson Forest High School in Career and Technical Education.

    Please click the link to read the full article.

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  • AES Science Fair

    Appomattox Elementary School had seven students participate in the 4-H District competition for Science Fair projects. These students competed at Appomattox County High School. All students participating received either a Purple, Blue, or Red ribbons.

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  • AES Afterschool Workshop

    Science Teachers at AES and Mr. Matt Wallin were part of an afterschool workshop with AstroCamp Virginia. This resource for students and teachers in Grades 3-12 is right in our backyard of Clover, in Charlotte County. In this picture, Mrs. Ranson and Mr. Wallin are discovering if their balloons hold helium or hydrogen. The picture shows teachers with deal-breaking answer!

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  • AES STEM/Literacy Projects

    Students in Melanie Ranson's classes are sharing their fully electrical "rat houses," created as part of their STEM/Literacy project upon reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. House are equipped with student-created circuits for lighting, cooling, and elevator services!

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  • AMS Spring Concert

    Mrs. Brenda Jarrett’s chorus and Mr. Bryan Allgood’s middle school band members entertained family and friends with a variety of traditional and contemporary music and song during their Spring Concert.

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  • Appomattox County Public Schools On-Time Graduation Rate Increases in 2017

    Appomattox County Public Schools (ACPS) is proud to announce their 2017 on-time graduation rate is 95.1. This is an increase from the 2016 rate of 92.4 and is 4 percentage points above the statewide rate of 91.3. ACPS is celebrating the highest on-time graduation rate in Region 8 this year

    Statewide, nine out of ten students who entered the ninth grade in 2013 earned a diploma within four years. Of the 95,348 students in the class of 2017, 91.1 percent earned a Board of Education approved diploma, compared with 91.3 percent of the 2016 cohort. The dropout rates of 214 high schools in Virginia were equal to or lower than the statewide rate of 5.8 percent.

    The state’s dropout rate for the class of 2017 was 5.8 percent, compared with 5.3 percent for the previous graduating class. In comparison, the dropout rate for Appomattox was 1.6 percent this year.

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  • 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. Click the headline or this story to view the full details.

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  • 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 on our new page listed under Departments, then Transportation.  (Updated 07/27/2017)

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  • 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.

    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/.

    If you wish to use the online form, please click District and then Report Bullying in the menu above.

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