Allegany County Public Schools

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  • Saturday, August 13, 2022 6:33 AM 
    All schools are operating in accordance with the published school calendar.

Latest News

  • ACPS Provides Inclement Weather Plan for 2022-2023 School Year

    The Maryland State Department of Education will allow local school districts to utilize up to eight (8) days of virtual learning this school year. In Allegany County Public Schools, those alloted days will be used as inclement weather days. 

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  • ACPS Students Complete PTECH Summer Internship Program

    Students in the Allegany County Pathways in Technology Early College High (PTECH) Program recently completed their summer internships with various local employers.

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  • ACHD to Offer Immunization Clinics for Incoming 7th Graders

    Parents of incoming 7th grade students are reminded that additional immunizations are required before starting school in the fall.

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  • ACPS Hosts Successful Secondary Summer Camp for Students with Disabilities

    Allegany County Public Schools concluded a successful six-week secondary summer camp for students with disabilities on Thursday, July 28, 2022, that culminated in an outdoor carnival celebration.

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  • WTCI/Egyptian Delegation visit Allegany County Public Schools

    On Friday, July 15, 2022, staff from the Allegany County Public Schools gave a presentation on the Active Learning Labs (ALL) initiative, the Gradual Release of Responsibility integrated with the guidelines of Universal Design for Learning (GRRUDL) model, and how technology is integrated into instruction within our classrooms.

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  • ACPS Wraps-Up Successful Elementary Summer Learning Program

    Allegany County Public Schools offered in-person summer learning programs for students beginning at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 school year through July 14, 2022.

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  • CCTE Graduates Compete in National Skills Competition

    The annual National Leadership & Skills Conference (NLSC), a showcase of career and technical education students, was held in Georgia in June, and five recent graduates of the Career Center had the opportunity to compete against more than 6,500 other career and technical education students, all of whom were state contest winners.

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      Spotlight on Our Schools

      • Allegany County is home to fourteen public elementary schools, four public middle schools, three public high schools, one technical school, and one alternative placement program. All twenty-two schools are staffed by highly qualified teachers. Every day, these schools and staff do amazing things for our students.

        Each year we would like to take the opportunity to highlight some of these accomplishments, programs, and more. Several schools will be "featured" on a weekly basis, and then their highlights will move into a folder under the Accolades section of our website for the public to view all year long. 

        We encourage you to take a moment to enjoy our weekly ACPS highlights and visit the archives to view an individual school spotlight to see what great things are happening in Allegany County Public Schools!



      Weekly ACPS Highlights

      • ACPS Staff Work Hard to Prepare for Students’ Return; Summer Months are Busy as Schools Set to Open in August

        Many people think that the summer break marks a down time for school system staff, but they would be wrong. For the ACPS maintenance, operations, transportation, and food service staff, that is quite the opposite. Staff work tirelessly from the end of the school year until the doors reopen in the fall to be sure that buildings, grounds, and vehicles are ready for students’ safe return.

        Custodians use the summer months to clean furniture, wipe down walls and baseboards, and wash windows. Additionally, they take the opportunity to move furniture out of classrooms to strip and rewax floors while buildings are empty of staff and students. Custodians also make any necessary furniture and building repairs, replace lights and fixtures, and change all of the filters in HVAC units.

        Maintenance department staff use the summer break to complete projects and repairs that would otherwise be disruptive during the school year. This summer, staff undertook a large project as they began the construction of the Early Childhood Center at Westmar Middle School. They are converting five classrooms to pre-K classrooms that will house pre-K3 and pre-K4 students from George’s Creek and Westernport Elementary Schools. The staff is also busy remodeling the former Westmar High School football field house into offices and meeting space that will be utilized by the Judy Center.

        At Braddock Middle School, maintenance personnel removed and replaced approximately 10,000 square feet of asbestos flooring from the auditorium, library, and consumer science lab, as well as converted two adjoining offices into new classroom space. A new concrete block wall was installed at South Penn Elementary School to help reduce the distractions for students and teachers in classrooms adjacent to the gym. Similarly, at Fort Hill High School, a concrete block wall is being installed in the girls’ locker room to provide a private space for girls’ team sports, and the gymnasiums at Beall, Bel Air, and Braddock were repainted as well.

        In addition, maintenance department staff worked on the maintenance and irrigation of sports fields in an effort to have them ready for practices on August 10th, and classroom technology devices, such as SmartBoards, interactive camera systems, and TVs, were installed for the ACPS IT department.

        The ACPS Food and Nutrition Services department provided free meals for summer school programs at nine school locations, which included the secondary summer camp for students with disabilities, middle school summer school, elementary summer learning programs, and high school and CCTE summer school. Additionally, staff also provided free meals for several local parks and recreation departments. Breakfast and lunch were prepared four to five days per week on site, with a total of 3,529 breakfasts and 10,233 lunches being served during June and July.

        In addition to providing summer meals, the food and nutrition services department uses the summer break to order necessary food and supplies to prepare for the upcoming school year. Menus will be subject to change depending on the availability of supplies as food shortages are still proving to be a challenge.

        The ACPS transportation department has been working diligently this summer to prepare for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. In addition to transporting students for summer school programs, staff have been upgrading ACPS and contractor buses with a new radio system which will give expanded communications reliability and capabilities. Additionally, prior to the start of school, the department will complete one of four annual school bus safety inspections to ensure that buses meet all state and federal requirements to allow for the safe transport of students.

        Moreover, the department has hosted several new driver and bus attendant training classes in the hopes of filling open staff positions. The transportation department is always looking for drivers and substitutes to fill open positions throughout the school year, so interested parties are encouraged to call the office directly at 301-729-3773 for more information.

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      Back to School Events 2022

      • Mountain Ridge High freshman/new student tours Monday, August 15, 2022, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

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      • Braddock Middle 6th Grade Orientation Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 9 a.m and 10 a.m.
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      • Mt. Savage Elementary Back to School Splash Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 6-9 p.m. at the Frostburg Pool

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      • South Penn Elementary Meet the Teacher Open House Thursday, August 18, 2022, 4-5p.m.
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      • Bel Air Elementary Back to School Bash at Bel Air Pool Thursday, August 18, 2022, 3-5 p.m.

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      • Fort Hill High Freshmen & New Student Orientation Thursday, August 18, 2022, 4-6 p.m. 

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      • Cresaptown Elementary Back to School Night/Open House Thursday, August 18, 2022, 3-5 p.m.

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      Vision and Mission of ACPS

      • ACPS Vision Statement: To raise all children up to their potential with caring relationships, high expectations, and rigorous and relevant learning so that all students graduate ready for college and careers.
        ACPS Mission Statement: To ensure that students acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes which enable them to be caring human beings and productive members of a democratic society. 

      COVID Information

      • Allegany County Public Schools is committed to keeping parents, students, and the community informed about COVID. Please click the button below to find up-to-date information, announcements, guidelines, etc. as it pertains to COVID. 

      Important Announcements

      • The first day of school for teachers will be on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. The morning will be used for school-based professional development, and the afternoon will be used for teacher work time. 

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      • The first day of school for students will be on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, and there will be a three-hour early dismissal. Welcome back!

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      • Schools open for pre-kindergarteners and kindergartners on Monday, August 29, 2022

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