New immunization requirements for rising 7th grade students

Below is the link to the new immunization requirements for 7th grade. Please note the VA Department of Education is now requiring all rising 7th grade students hybrid or virtual to receive the meningococcal vaccine in addition to the already required TDAP booster. HPV is recommended however, not required.

Please make plans to contact your child's pediatrician and or the local health department at 352-2313 to have your child vaccinated before the 2021-2022 school year. Any questions please call the school nurse at 352-8257.

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/requirements/

Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, or Tdap) - A minimum of 4 properly spaced doses. A child must have at least one dose of DTaP or DTP vaccine on or after the fourth birthday. DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus) vaccine is required for children who are medically exempt from the pertussis-containing vaccine (DTaP or DTP). Adult Td is required for children 7 years of age and older who do not meet the minimum requirements for tetanus and diphtheria. Effective A booster dose of the Tdap vaccine is required for all children entering the 7th grade.

Meningococcal Conjugate (MenACWY) Vaccine - Effective July 1, 2021, a minimum of 2 doses of MenACWY vaccine. The first dose should be administered prior to entering 7th grade. The final dose should be administered prior to entering 12th grade.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine - Effective July 1, 2021, a complete series of 2 doses of HPV vaccine is required for students entering the 7th grade. The first dose shall be administered before the child enters the 7th grade. After reviewing educational materials approved by the Board of Health, the parent or guardian, at the parent's or guardian's sole discretion, may elect for the child not to receive the HPV vaccine.

FOOD DRIVE

The SCA will be teaming up with Gleaning for the World this year for a food drive. The canned items and/or nonperishable items will be collected by each homeroom.

The homeroom with the greatest number of items will be treated to an ice cream party.

Let's make this food drive our biggest yet, so that more families can be blessed by your donations. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Thomson or Mrs. Burleigh.

The deadline for donations is November 23rd.

CHESS CLUB

Mr. Lankford has applications for the Chess Club in room 504.

If you love chess or ever thought of learning chess, he'd love to have you join the Chess Club.

SCA OFFICERS

Congratulations to our new 2021-22 SCA officers:

President - Tristan Wall

Vice President - Lexi Ranson

Secretary - Kara Harris

Treasurer - Lucas Hunter

INDOOR TRACK

If you are interested in participating in Indoor Track, there is a sign-up sheet in the office for both boys and girls.

To sign up, you must have a valid physical and be academically eligible.

Practice will begin on Monday, November 15th at ACHS from 3:30 - 5:30.

Indoor Track will not be held until after Thanksgiving. If you are interested, sign up in the Main Office. Remember ... practice will resume after Thanksgiving!

Any questions, see Coach Marshall.

WINTER JV AND VARSITY SIDELINE CHEER

Try-outs for Winter JV and Varsity sideline cheer will be held on Tuesday, November 23rd, from just after school until 6 pm, in the ACHS Cafeteria.

Tryout forms will be available in the Main Office.

AMS Chorus

Ten AMS Chorus students took the opportunity to audition for All-District Chorus by preparing the audition song and completing a sight-singing exercise with only 20 seconds to look at it first.

Of the ten Appomattox auditionees, we are thrilled to announce that seven were selected to the 2022 Middle School All-District Choir.

Congratulations to the following selected students who will represent Appomattox Middle School in the All-District Choral concert event at Auburn High School on March 5th!

Selected to the All-District Treble choir:

6th grade Soprano, Sarah Witt

6th grade Soprano, Karley Jenkins

6th grade Soprano, Avery Hubbard

6th grade Alto, A.J. Hensley

8th grade Alto, Keidy Hernandez-Varela

Selected to the All-District Mixed Choir:

6th grade Alto, Emma Letterman

8th Grade Soprano, Yasemin Rende