Allegany County Public Schools

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    Mountain Ridge High School Hosts NHS Induction Ceremony

    The Mountain Ridge High School Chapter of the National Honor Society recently held its induction ceremony for the 2022-2023 school year, welcoming 58 new members to the organization.

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    School System Considers Many Factors When Delaying, Closing Schools

    The Allegany County Public School System considers a number of factors when making the decision to delay or close schools.  The first consideration is for the safety of students traveling to and from school, including the outside access to school buildings. 

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    Board of Education Honors High School Bands for Performances

    At the November 22, 2022, public meeting of the Board of Education, school board members took the opportunity to recognize ACPS high school bands for their exceptional performances at recent competitions. All three band programs earned champion status.

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    ACPS, ACM, FSU Participate in Annual Leadership Allegany! Education Day

    On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Allegany! Class of 2023 participated in the program’s annual Education Day co-hosted by the Allegany County Public Schools, Allegany College of Maryland, and Frostburg State University. 

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    Westernport Elementary School Celebrates 100 Years in the Community

    On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, Westernport Elementary School hosted a recognition ceremony celebrating 100 years in the community.

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    MSDE Awards Grant to ACPS to Initiate Maryland Leads Partner Program “Grow Your Own Staff"

    The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded Allegany County Public Schools a grant to initiate the Maryland Leads Partner Program “Grow Your Own Staff,” a partnership with Allegany College of Maryland.

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    Three ACPS Students Win Scholarships at Tri-State College Night

    On Tuesday, October 11, 2022, Allegany College of Maryland hosted the annual Tri-State College Night.  More than 60 colleges, universities, technical schools and branches of the military were on hand to help parents and students make educated decisions about post-secondary plans.

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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

      • Cresaptown Elementary School 

        • Veterans Day Celebration 2022

          • On Friday, November 11, 2022, Cresaptown Elementary School hosted nearly 60 veterans who were family members of students for a Veterans Day celebration. Coordinated by music teacher, Kelsey Shreve, with assistance from art teacher, Marne Troutman, Cresaptown students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade had the opportunity to perform patriotic songs, recite poems, and create thank you cards for local veterans. Cresaptown principal, Mr. Scott Llewellyn, opened the program by welcoming the honored guests and thanking them for their sacrifices and service to our country. Mr. Llewellyn noted that it is important for students to be in school on this holiday so that they have the opportunity to learn what Veterans Day is and why it is celebrated annually on November 11th. 


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            • 100th Anniversary Celebration

            • On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, Westernport Elementary School hosted a recognition ceremony celebrating 100 years in the community. Students and staff in attendance were clad in matching sweatshirts specially designed using a picture drawn by alumni, Krystle Everline Wack, for the event.  

              Chaired by the school's library media specialist, Deb Hendrickson, the program included a welcome by the school principal, Mr. Derek Horne; the Pledge of Allegiance; the Star Spangled Banner; a timeline of the school's history by fifth grade students; proclamations and messages by the Mayors of Westernport and Luke; and a concluding school song performed by students entitled "We're the Calico Cats" written by former music teacher, Patty Zimmerman.

              In addition to students and staff, those who attended the program included past principals of WES, retired WES teachers and staff, representatives from the Towns of Westernport and Luke, representatives of the Westernport Historical Society and the Allegany County Old Schools project, officers of the Bruce High School Alumni Association, and Mr. Jeff Blank, ACPS Superintendent of Schools. Two special guests were Florence (Tinsley) Welsh and Tara (Hanna) Fazenbaker, daughter and granddaughter of Pearl (Lambert) Tinsley, who was a member of the first Bruce High School graduating class in 1932. They also represented one of several five-generation families whose members have attended the school. 

              The cornerstone of the school was laid on November 9, 1922, back when the building was named Bruce High School in memory of Oliver Bruce, an educator in the community. The first graduation was held in the school's gym on June 25, 1923. On September 4, 1924, 156 students and ten faculty members moved into the building. 

              In the late 1930's, an addition was made to expand the building, and the cafeteria and kitchen were also added. In April of 1958, the building was renamed Westernport Elementary School. The calico cat was adopted as the school mascot in 2001 and also became the official cat of Maryland. 

              Among some of the contents of the 1922 cornerstone is a copy of resolutions passed by the Board of Education naming the school Bruce High School; programs from commencement ceremonies since 1893; a 1923 Silver Peace Dollar presented by the Alumni Association of Westernport High School; photographs of former school buildings; names of the teachers and students of the Westernport High School to name a few. 

              In addition to Mrs. Hendrickson, other Westernport staff members who volunteered to serve on the 100th Anniversary Committee included Kaylin Cadwallader, Shelly Fitzgerald, Katelyn Hendrix, Jennifer Hughes, Tim Martin, Devin McGregor, Brittany McMahon, and Amy Smith. 

              Special thanks went out to members of the Westernport Historical Society and other community members who shared memories of attending school at Westernport Elementary. 



      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. 

      Virtual Learning Schedules 2022-2023

      • ACPS will use three asynchronous days first if the district is closed due to inclement weather. Up to five synchronous days will be used, if needed, beyond the three asynchronous days.  For the synchronous (real-time learning with a teacher) days, students will need to login to Schoology and attend their classes. 


      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

      • REMINDER: All Allegany County Public Schools will DISMISS 3 HOURS EARLY on Thursday, December 22, 2022. Schools will be CLOSED for Christmas Break through January 2, 2023, and will REOPEN on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, with a 3 HOUR DELAYED OPENING

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      • ACPS school meals will no longer be free to all students this school year. Free and Reduced meal applications will be sent out to households, and should be filled out accordingly, if necessary. 

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