Amherst County

I’m Responsible for Overcoming Negativity (IRON)

Categories: Amherst County, Innovative Programs | 2012

The mission of the ACHS IRON organization is to provide male students the opportunity to cultivate and maintain positive learning experiences in high school. The program is designed to place a special emphasis on collaboration, team building, trust, community outreach, and acceptance of diversity. Each IRON member is held accountable by IRON mentors (teachers) who contribute many hours of their personal time to facilitate weekly meetings and supervise purposeful activities.

The highlights of this program includes workshops such as college visitations, resume writing, dress for success seminars, mock interviews, and peer tutoring programs. Additionally, the program entertains community service projects such as Salvation Army bell ringers, Habitat for Humanity, and United-way bowl-a-thon. The program also invites their members to participate in personal development activities which include trips to college football games, college fashion shows, Amherst jail visits, and participation with the Lynchburg College ropes course.

Contact: Haywood M. Hand, Jr., Principal, Amherst High School. 434-946-2898

Superintendent: Dr. Brian Clay Ratliff


Leadership Academy

Categories: Amherst County, Innovative Programs | 2012

Central Elementary School Leadership Academy, in Amherst County, is for students in fourth and fifth grades who want to develop leadership ability.  Students in the program participate in a two-week summer camp and approximately fifteen after-school sessions during the year.  While in the program students learn about leadership through community service, the study of strong leaders in our community and nation, problem solving experiences, and teamwork challenges.  Time management and organizational skills are emphasized in pursuit of personal and academic excellence.  Activities in the summer include field trips to places such as Mt. Vernon, the Barter Theater, the ropes course at Lynchburg College, a rock climbing wall, and a leadership forum, in addition to hearing special speakers and reading and writing about leadership.  During the three years the program has operated, more than sixty students have completed the application process and been accepted into the program.  Program acceptance is based on average to above-average grades, teacher recommendations, and an independently-written student essay.  Community donations and grants have been used to fund the program.  Students involved in the program have demonstrated initiative by maintaining or improving their academic achievement and by implementing community service projects with limited adult direction.

Contact: Kathy Pierce, Principal, CES, 434-946-9700

Superintendent: Dr. Brian Clay Ratliff


T.E.A.S. (Technology Education Application System)

Categories: Amherst County, Vocational and Technology | 2012

T.E.A.S. (Technology Education Application System) brings together the World Wide Web and mobile devices such as iPods and iPads.  T.E.A.S.  has a dynamic web component that allows teachers to create and control the content in applications for their mobile devices.  The second component of T.E.A.S. is the applications developed specifically for Apple iPods and iPads.  Some examples that Amherst County Public Schools teachers have created in iTunes are EduTime, EduPhonics, EduBingo, EduKicks, EduSort, EduPatterns, EduBasketBall, EduCount, and AppleTree.

Students are engaged with activities and games that are directly related to the content being taught in their class. Whether it’s a simple sorting application like EduSort that replaces the old paper handouts and scissors to a more complex full blown game like EduKicks, students are willing learning participants.

Contact: David Childress, Supervisor of Technology, 434-847-4210


Superintendent: Dr. Brian Clay Ratliff