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School Closing

Due to inclement weather, King William County Schools will be closed on Tuesday, Decmeber 11, 2018.  Employees follow Code 6.

Homecoming Spirit Week Fun! Cavalier Day

What a great 2018 Homecoming Spirit Week we had at AES. Check out some of the awesome pictures from the week!

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Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton Holmes Middle School to receive input from employees, parents, residents, and organizations regarding the 2019-20 School Budget.  The regular meeting will begin following the public hearing.

We are "On Top of the World" after our first week back at school! Welcome Back!

We are "On Top of the World" after our first week back at school!



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Welcome Back AES! Back to School

We are so excited to have all of our students back for another great school year!

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SafeSchools Online Training Program

SafeSchools Online Training Program can be accessed by clicking the link

The login information instructions can be accessed by clicking here.


Back to School Information

The Back to School Issue containing information from each of our schools and the Bus Routes for 2018-19 are attached below:

Back to School Issue Information

Bus Routes - CSPS & AES     REVISED 8-20-18

Bus Routes - HHMS & KWHS

Returning Student Registration

You will need to complete the returning student registration form for each of your children. This can be done online at any time. Once you are logged in to the parent portal, you can complete the form from the link at the bottom left side of the page.

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Returning Student Registration

You will need to complete the returning student registration form for each of your children. This can be done online at any time.

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This is a notice to inform you that the phone lines at KWCPS are currently down.  We are working to resolve this issue and we thank you for your patience.

2018-2019 Supply Lists supply

As you begin your summer and have some free time, please feel free to begin stocking up on school supplies for 2018-2019! It will be here before you know it! Please follow the link on the left hand side to access the supply lists or click here.

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SOL Schedule Change! Change

Due to Friday’s closing, the SOL schedule will be as follows: 

Monday, 21st - VA Studies 

Tuesday, 22nd - Math 3

Wednesday, 23rd - Math 4 Part 1

Thursday, 24th - Math 4 Part 2

Friday, 25th - MAKEUPS

Tuesday, 29th - Science 5


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AES Hits A Homerun! baseball

AES students attended the Richmond Flying Squirrels Game on Friday night as a reward for reading The Lemonade War earlier in the school year!

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Field Day! field day

Although it was a little windy, last Friday was the perfect day to have Field Day! Students enjoyed playing tug of war, running relays, and spending time with their classmates!

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Career Day Fun! career day

Career Day participants from all over the state of Virginia joined us at AES the Friday before Spring Break! Students loved hearing about allt he various types of jobs they could possibly have in the future! It was a great way to connect our schools and community!

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School Calendar Reminder

REMINDER - Friday, March 30, 2018 will be a full school day.

Spring Break springbreak

Spring Break will be April 2-6 for students and staff.

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Twin Day Reacheduled! Twinday

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Due to the school closing on March 2, 2018, twin day will be on Monday, March, 5.

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Inclement Weather Delay

Due to inclement weather, the schools will be closed today, Friday, March 2, 2018. Employees follow Code 6.

Read Across America Week drsuess

This week is Read Across America Week! Please join us in celebrating Dr. Suess' birthday week by dressing up in your favorite outfit to represent his famous books!

Tuesday: Crazy Sock Day!
Wednesday: Pajama Day!
Thursday: Crazy hat & stripes day!
Friday: Twin day!

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Letter to Parents

Letter to Parents 2-23-18

Happy School Counselors Week counselor

Happy School Counselor Appreciation Week to Mrs. Donna Pitts! The image below describes Mrs. Pitts perfectly here at Acquinton. Mrs. Pitts has the student's best interest in mind everyday and always steps up to the plate in times of need. Thank you for all you do Mrs. Pitts!

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Flu Letter

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We have entered the time of year when we see influenza (flu) and other respiratory viruses at school.  This year, KWCPS has seen an increase in the number of documented cases and we want to let you know what steps we are taking to keep our school community healthy and how you can help.  Our custodial staff is taking additional precautions to ensure that common areas within our schools are properly sanitized to minimize the spread of germs.  And, as always, staff encourages students to regularly wash and/or sanitize their hands to prevent children catching the flu or cold.

Respiratory infections, such as the flu and common cold, are spread when people come in close contact with sick people and inhale airborne droplets, or come in contact with contaminated surfaces.  Flu and cold symptoms can sometimes be difficult to tell apart.  Please review the chart below for a comparison:

To view the letter in it's entirety, please CLICK HERE


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The HHMS renovation is underway. Construction crews have begun demolition of the school board offices and will then begin the construction of what will be the 6th grade wing. Starting TOMORROW, Wednesday January 24th,  the access road from Rt. 30 to AES will be closed until further notice.  Therefore, all traffic coming to and from AES will need to use Acquinton Church Road.  We realize that this is an inconvenience for our families and we appreciate your patience as we make much needed improvements to the HHMS facility.

Schedule Change!

January 26, 2018 will now be a full day for students.

Inclement Weather Closing

Due to inclement weather conditions, King William County Schools will be closed on Thursday, January 18.  Employees should follow Code 2.

School Calendar Adjustments

Due to the recent inclement weather and loss of instructional time, the school calendar is being changed to the following:

KWHS and HHMS students will NOT have exams.  (DE students will still have exams for those courses.)

January 23rd will now be a normal school day for all students.
January 24th will now be a normal school day for all students.
January 25th will now be a normal school day for all students.
January 26th will now be a normal school day for all students.

Spelling Bee spelling bee


Congratulations to the Acquinton Elementary School Spelling Bee winners: Abby Dobson, Harmony Robertson, Isabella Bonifacio, Tranay Carter, and Cammie Heller.

All AES students participated in classroom spelling bees. The classroom winners then competed in the school spelling bee on December 14. The five school winners will advance to the King William district bee, competing against the five school winners from Hamilton-Holmes Middle.  The county bee will be held on January 9, 2018 at 4:00 at Acquinton Elementary. The district champion will represent King William County Schools in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Library of Virginia in downtown Richmond.

"Welcome to Virginia" concert

We could not be more proud of our 4th graders last night for performing their concert, "Welcome to Virginia!" Great job 4th graders!

York River State Park Field Trip thirdgrade

Third graders had a wonderful time at York River State Park! They found fossils that they could keep as a souvenir!

Battle of the Books! battle

Our Battle of the Books is well underway! Diary of a Worm won the first battle and Two Bad Ants won today! Who will the winner be?? We shall wait & see! 

Fourth Graders Participate in STEM Activity stem

Fourth graders recently participated in a STEM bottle flipping activity!

Homecoming Spirit Week at AES! pennant banner

Next week is Homecoming Spirit Week at AES!!

Monday: U.S.A: Wear RED, WHITE, & BLUE

Tuesday: African Safari: Wear ANIMAL prints

Wednesday: Polar Region: Wear ALL WHITE

Thursday: Relax in the Caribbean: Wear TROPICAL clothing (no bathing suits)

Friday: Back Home: Wear BLACK & GOLD

Update on Incident on Route 30 - October 5, 2017

Please CLICK HERE to view a copy of correspondence sent home regarding an incident on Route 30 on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

King William NAACP Donates Supplies NAACP donates to 3rd grade

Many thanks to the King William NAACP for donating school supplies to all eight classes of 3rd grade! We are so thankful for the support from our community!

Back to School Night 10/3/17 back2school

Please join us for Back to School Night: Student Showcase on October 3, 2017 from 6:00-7:00!

Thank you Broadus Church! Broadus
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Feed Virginia Day of Action - September 29, 2017

King William County Public Schools will offer ALL students FREE BREAKFAST on Friday, September 29, 2017. Please review the attached flyer for further information - CLICK HERE

Friendship Sushi! Sushi!

Third grade students in Ms. Allensworth's class made Friendship Sushi!
Rice Krispie Treat - choose to be a friend in all that you do!
Marshmallow Spread - stick with it this year, learn to work as a team!
Fruity Pebbles - friends that you will make this year!
Swedish Fish - it's ok to be a fish out of water and try new things!
Fruit Roll Up - wrap it all up and prepare for a great year!

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School Nutrition Program Update

The new MyPaymentsPlus Program is up and running.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Returning Student Registration Returning Student Registration

Complete the returning student registration this summer and make open house a breeze!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend! usa

Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend!

Teacher Appreciation TAW

We are so grateful for the amount of work our teachers do here at Acquinton. Teachers have been spoiled this week with all kinds of goodies! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

NBC 12 Weather Shoutout! Students on NBC 12


Thanks to Andrew Freiden for the AES shoutout on NBC12 news in the morning! 

Congratulations gentlemen! gc

Congratulations to the new members of the Gentlemen's Club at AES. This is quite the accomplishment!

Field Day Rescheduled

Due to the impending weather, Field Day will be postponed to a later date. Thank you for your patience and cooporation. 

RO Champs! aes

Congratuations to the Reading Olympics team Book, Line, and Sinker for winning the competition last night! It was an incredible night of fun and engaged learning!

Field Day Postponed! sad face

Due to the impending weather, AES Field Day will be postponed and rescheduled for next Thursday, April 6th. Information will go home in Tuesday folders.  



Community members are invited to attend a presentation of the proposed 2017-18 School Budget by Dr. David O. White, Division Superintendent, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Hamilton-Holmes Middle School Atrium prior to the regular School Board Meeting.


KWCPS will dismiss 2 hours early today as scheduled. All after-school activities are canceled for this afternoon. The Parks and Recreation after-school program will remain on the normal schedule.

Attention 3rd & 4th Grade Families! field day

If your child needs to purchase a Field Day T-Shirt, please send in the form and money on Monday, February 27th.

February 28th-LITERACY NIGHT! charlie

REMINDER: Mark your calendar for the AES Literacy Night on Tuesday, February 28th featuring a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme! You will not want to miss this fun night and the chance to WIN a prize!

Join us for the Eagles 5k! AES

On Tuesday, flyers were sent home with students for an Eagles 5k! If you are intertested please fill out the form and return it to AES. 

Andrew Frieden, NBC 12 visits! Andrew Frieden

Andrew Frieden came to talk with 4th grade studnets about weather today! Be sure to watch the news tomorrow morning for a video of studnets singing a speical song! 

Spelling Bee Winner from AES! #shawna

Congratulations to Shawna Tarkington, who was named the 2017 district spelling bee champion for King William County Public Schools.  Shawna, a fifth grade student at Acquinton Elementary, won the spelling bee by correctly spelling the word “haversack.” She will compete at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee, scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Library of Virginia.

In order to participate in the district level spelling bee, students from Acquinton Elementary School and Hamilton-Holmes Middle School first competed in classroom bees and school level bees.  The top five spellers from each school were invited to compete in the KWCPS spelling bee.

Winter Donations Donations

A huge thanks goes out to Broadus Memorial Baptist Church for donating hats and gloves to our school. They were a huge hit for those snow days!

MathScience Innovation Center Programs msci

Spend your Saturday morning exploring the world of Science, Math, Technology and Engineering! Click the link below to sign up!


Girls on the Go and Boyz on the Run will be cancelled today, November 14, 2016 due to the impending weather this afternoon. 

AES Students Participate in Unity Day AES Unity Day

On October 19th, Acquinton Elementary School’s staff and students participated in Unity Day to show that they were "United Against Bullying" and are doing all they can to make the school safer for everyone. Students participated in a classroom lesson about the meaning of Unity Day. 

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Open House

Open House will be from 2:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday August 31, 2016.


Acquinton Elementary families we wish you the best over summer break! We hope you all are able to enjoy the sunshine, water and a good book! See you next school year. 

Celebrating the end of the school year with Kona Ice!

What a sweet and cool way to celebrate the end of the 2015-2016 School Year! Acquinton enjoyed a refreshing cup of KONA ICE Thursday, the last day of school! 

I think we can say our students really enjoyed their Kona Ice!

DARE Graduation!

5th Grade D.A.R.E Graduation! What a great accomplishment for our 5th graders as they close the door to Elementary School and begin getting ready to move on to Hamilton Holmes Middle School next school year! Congrats!

End of the School Year Awards

Congratulations to all of our AES Students! You have worked hard and learned many new things over the school year. Here are a few pictures from our Awards Ceremonies we had earlier this week! 

Dr. White Takes Oath of Office as KWCPS Superintendent

Dr. David White took the Oath of Office at the King William County Courthouse on April 22, 2016 as he prepares to join KWCPS as Division Superintendent in May.  Supported by family members and former colleagues, Dr. White is excited to be joining the KWCPS family and is looking forward to building upon the successes already established within the division.  He has expressed great admiration for the administration, faculty and staff for the work that they have done, and is very appreciative of the warm welcome that he has experienced from those whom he has met thus far.

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Field Day this Thursday

2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will be participating in Field Day this Thursday, April 21st!  This is a change due to Friday's impending weather.  Field Day for 4th and 5th graders will begin at 8:30.  2nd and 3rd graders will compete in Field Day starting at 12:30.  Parents are encouraged to attend!


Foreign Language Textbook Adoption: Community Input Requested

KWCPS will be adopting new foreign language textbooks to be used starting in the 2016-2017 school year.  The community's input on the selection is requested. Textbooks will be on display from April 5-29 in the KWHS Library.  Please stop in, peruse the textbook samples, and share your input.  

Welcome Back!

Happy Spring and welcome back to school students and staff! We hope everyone enjoyed their Spring Break with their family and friends. I hope you all are just as excited as we are to get back into the swing of things here at AES and finish up our school year just right!  

KW's OM Teams Successful at Regionals

Success!  AES sent two teams to the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition on Saturday, March 19th.  The teams competed in the No Cycle Re-Cycle vehicle challenge and the Stack Attack balsa challenge and both took 2nd place.   The HHMS OM team won 1st place in the balsa challenge for Division II and will compete at the state level on April 16th in Newport News.  

Congratulations to these teams!


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5th Grade Wax Museum!

On March 7, the fifth grade students at Acquinton Elementary School participated in a very fun and educational Living Wax Museum.  As part of Black History Month in February, students researched prominent African Americans and compiled biographies on those individuals.  On the day of the Museum, students dressed up as their characters and posed in the hallways.  Throughout the day, classrooms from the third, fourth, and fifth grades would then visit the Museum.  By pressing a button next to each student, the character would come to life and orally deliver his/her biography.

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One Book One School Kick off!

One Book One School at AES

The kickoff was a success and students are pumped up about reading Nim’s Island, the selection for our One Book One School program! To help spark the reading enthusiasm for the kickoff, we had a surprise visit from Nutzy from the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Nutzy read a book to the students and talked about the importance of reading every day. Make sure you follow the chapter assignments so you are able to participate in the daily trivia questions.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

We are excited to share our love and passion of reading with Dr. Seuss!

Principals Appreciation Week

Governor McAuliffe has declared this week as Virginia Principals Appreciation Week. KWCPS is fortunate to have great principals leading our schools.

Thank you to Mrs. Ball (CSPS), Mrs. Nester (AES), Mrs. Young (HHMS), and Dr. Waskiewicz (KWHS)!

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Happy Veteran's Day


Acquinton Elementary's students and staff would like to thank all of the US Veterans that have served our country and fought for our freedom! We are forever grateful for such bravery. 



AES Box Top Celebrations

Box Tops 4 Education is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs. Each box top turned in earns our school 10 cents to go towards things our students could use! Here are some of the top winners from each grade, at their Snow Cone Celebration this morning. 




Red Ribbon Week- Super Hero Day

We have the POWER to say no to things that will harm our bodies. Today Acquinton staff and students wore Super Hero shirts to support Red Ribbon Week.

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KWCPS Celebrate Unity Day 10.21.15

On October 21st, KWCPS will celebrate Unity Day: National Bullying Prevention Day.  Staff and Students are encourgaed to wear orange to show their support!  Click here to view the Unity Day Poster.

Back to School Night

AES Families,

Come join us Thursday, October 1st at 6:00 P.M. for our annual Back to School Night! Students have the opportunity to earn a free book by having various AES faculty fill out and sign their scavenger hunt cards through out the afternoon. 

See you then,

AES Faculty

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King William Public Schools Education Foundation Hosts Dancing for the Arts

The King William Public Schools Education Foundation invites all to attend the "Dancing for the Arts" program on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the King William High School gym.  Following the same theme as the popular television show, Dancing with the Stars, local dignitaries will showcase their dance floor expertise in front of the audience and panel of judges.  Please join the Foundation at this event in support of the Arts in King William County.   

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KWCPS Convocation Ceremony

More than 350 teachers, administrators, staff members, students, and business partners representing the King William County community and four schools showed their school spirit during convocation on August 26, 2015.  The KWHS JROTC opened the ceremony with a color guard drill.  Mrs. Beverly Young sang the National Anthem followed by a warm welcome from school board vice chairperson, Mrs. Kathy Morrison.  King William County’s Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Tina Oberg, addressed the staff and shared a touching tribute video in which many KWCPS students honored their favorite teachers.  Keynote speaker Bill Curry addressed King William staff and entertained them with stories and lessons from a football life.  

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Policy for Providing Free or Reduced Price Meals

Please CLICK HERE to view a copy of the 2015-16 Policy for Providing Free or Reduced Price Meals.

KW Educators Attend Google Classroom Camp

KWCPS is proud to be a Google Apps for Education school district.  Google Apps for Education offers educators innovative resources to promote digital literacy among students.  On Tuesday, August 11th, Instructional Technology Resource Teachers, Mike Embrey and Brittany Groff, facilitated fundamental and advanced trainings for teachers.  Teachers spent time building Google classrooms and exploring tools that can be used to excite and engage students. 

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Students Attend Summer Regional Governor's School

There was no sleeping-in for 26 KWCPS students during the week of August 3-7!  These students participated in the Middle Peninsula Summer Regional Governor’s School and spent their week gaining new perspectives, developing important 21st century skills, and grappling with and solving various real-world problems.  Held at St. Clare Walker Middle School in Middlesex County, King William students collaborated with other students from across the region in problem-based classes designed for students identified as gifted in grades 3-7. 


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King William Students Participate in Summer Stem Academy

Eight seventh and eighth graders from Hamilton-Holmes Middle School participated in a summer STEM academy conducted by Bridging Communities STEM Academy administration and teachers and Rappahannock Community College staff on July 13 - 23, 2015. 

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AES Fifth Grade Performance

The fifth grade students at Acquinton Elementary School did an outstanding job with their performance for family and friends on May 7, 2015.  Under the direction of Mrs. Freda Sanford, students performed several upbeat songs on their recorders, including the newly adopted state song of Virginia, “Sweet Virginia Breeze,” written by Robbin Thompson and Steve Bassett.   Students began their study of the recorder in fourth grade and had a great time showcasing their many accomplishments and talents.

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AES Students Participate in Lesson on Measurement

Third graders in Ms. Cassidy and Ms. Longest’s class enjoyed a delicious lesson on measurement!  First, students created colorful paper tacos with their choices of toppings and graphed the tacos according to topping favorites.  

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Tdap Clinic for Rising 6th Graders-May 11
A notice was issued to ALL parents of rising 6th graders last Friday (4/24/15). Those documents included an informational flyer entitled a Vaccine Information Statement (page 1 and page 2) (page 1 Spanish and page 2 Spanish) including Q & A, explanation of potential risks, and contact to learn more from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In addition, a 2015 STUDENT Tdap VACCINATION CONSENT FORM  (Spanish) is provided from the Virginia Department of Health stating the parent "read...and understands the risks and benefits to receive the Tdap vaccine (shot)." 

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Reading & Technology at AES

Fifth grade students at Acquinton Elementary School have been reading every chance they get! During the past nine weeks, they have put their reading skills to work while using technology by designing, researching, and creating a PowerPoint presentation based on a person of interest to them. Students chose a person they wanted to learn more about, developed questions they wanted answers to, and then researched their questions while reading a biography and using online websites recommended to them by the librarian. 

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AES Teams Travel to Odyssey of the Mind State Competition

Two student teams from Acquinton Elementary won 1st place in the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in Fredericksburg on Saturday, March 14, ensuring their participation in the State Finals Competition in Northern Virginia on Saturday, April 18.


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Never Too Young to Set Goals

Acquinton Elementary School (AES) is in the business of teaching students the importance of “goal setting” and demonstrating the impact a realistic goal can have on an individual.  During a district professional development session, the teachers of King William County Public Schools were given the opportunity to discuss one of John Hattie’s high yield strategies: goal-setting. The workshop focused on how to better equip students to set realistic educational goals.  One thing teachers are finding is that the students are unsure how to set a goal and then take the proper steps to attain that goal.  Third grade teachers are working hard to help change that.



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Dr. Sheila Carr Named National Special Educator of the Year
Dr. Sheila Carr, Director of Special Programs for King William County Schools, was awarded the National Outstanding Special Education Administrator of the Year Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and National Council for Administrators for Special Education (CASE) at its annual conference on April 8, 2015.  CASE is an international professional educational organization affiliated with the CEC whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society.  
The Virginia Council for Administrators of Special Education (VCASE) recognized Dr. Carr as Virginia's Outstanding Administrator in 2014.  VCASE paid for her travel and attendance at the National Conference in San Diego because of her work in Virginia. Dr. Carr did not learn of this national honor until she was called to receive the award at the national conference.  
Please join in congratulating Dr. Carr for earning this prestigious award.  

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AES Inducts New Gentlemen's Club Members

Acquinton Elementary School inducted 14 young men into the Gentlemen's Club on Thursday, April 2, 2015. These students were donned with "GC" neckties by their sponsors. The Gentlemen's Club was established 5 years ago at AES to support the character development and growth of students.

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Agrium's Seed Survivor Mobile Classroom Visits AES

Agrium’s Seed Survivor Mobile Classroom visited Acquinton Elementary this week!  This interactive learning experience encouraged third grade students to master the elements that plants need to grow.  Seed Survivor is a free, curriculum-based program that tours North America year-round.  

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AES Students Participate in MSIC Lessons

Teachers from the Math Science innovation Center brought lessons to both Cool Spring and Acquinton students during the month of March to enhance the regular math and science curriculum.

Summer classes for rising 4th-9th grade students are also available through the MSiC Camp Innovation. Registration is now open at


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AES Students Drive to Victory at Arena Racing Event

On Friday evening two Acquinton Elementary School students won first and second place in the Arena Racing youth event at the Richmond Colliseum in front of a crowd filled with their classmates and families.  During the week the school recognized the drivers, and on Wednesday the drivers brought their cars for their classmates to see and the owner of Arena Racing spoke with the students.     



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Mrs. Yates Named Librarian of the Year

Please join in congratulating Mrs. Michelle Yates who has been named the 2015 VA Association of School Librarians "Librarian of the Year" for the Rappahannock Region.  Mrs. Yates does many things for King William High School as well as for King William County Schools.  She is extremely deserving of this award.  Congratulations to Mrs. Yates. 

Girl Scouts Participate in Pledge of Allegiance Activity

Girl scouts from Acquinton Elementary School and Hamilton-Holmes Middle School recited the pledge of allegiance during morning announcements in recognition of the 103rd birthday of the Girl Scouts.  The Girl Scout birthday is March 12.

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Virginia Trekkers Visit Fourth Graders at AES

Acquinton Elementary School's fourth graders were quizzed today on their knowledge of Virginia history and geography by two members of the Virginia Trekkers.  The Virginia Trekkers are a team of four elementary teachers from Henrico County, Virginia who travel around the state making educational videos. Most of their items are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning.  Fourth grade teachers have used the resources published by the Trekkers in their classroom lessons and encouraged the team to visit Acquinton when they were exploring and making videos of historic sites in King William.

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As the school division prepares for the possibility of inclement weather on Thursday, March 5, 2015, parents are reminded to check local television stations or go online to the school division website,, to monitor changing weather conditions in the event of an early release. Should the need arise to dismiss early because of inclement weather, parents are encouraged to have prescheduled arrangements for your child to be received off the bus. As always, the safety of students and staff is of primary concern.

School Board Recognized

Students, teachers, staff, and administration recognized the School Board of King William County during Thursday evening’s meeting with cards and a banner thanking them for the direction and leadership they provide.  School Board Chair, Mrs. Lindsay Robinson, thanked everyone for their support. 

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King William County Schools are closed today because of inclement weather. Employees follow Code 5.

All employees including teachers and paraprofessionals report at 9:00 a.m.

The February School Board Meeting will be held this afternoon at 4:30.
School Closing

King William County Schools will be closed on Friday, March 6, 2015.  Employees follow Code 2.


Because of inclement weather, the schools will be closed on Thursday, February 19, 2015.  Employees follow Code 4.

The School Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in the School Board Office Conference Room.


School Board Clerk Appreciation Week

Please join in thanking Mrs. Cathy Edwards for her excellent work as Clerk of the School Board of King William County.  The duties of the clerk of the board are specified by law.   In general, the clerk must keep a record of the meetings and proceedings of the board, a record of all receipts and disbursements, a record of all official acts, a file of vouchers, contracts, and other official papers.  She attends all meetings of the board to record the proceedings and to supply the records and other information which the board may need.   

King William County Public Schools is very fortunate to have such a dedicated clerk of the school board.


Music Karate at AES

Fifth graders are continuing their study of recorders which they began in fourth grade.  Students are learning using the Music Karate method of instruction.  Songs get progressively harder and as students learn how to play a new song, they perform for the teacher and receive a new bead to add to their bracelet.  

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Paper Airplanes at AES

What are those kids doing…flying paper airplanes in school? Actually, students in Ms. Moreau’s math classes are gathering data.  They are measuring the distance traveled by paper airplanes, recording their findings, and organizing their data on stem and leaf plots.  Way to fly high fourth graders! 


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President's Day Observance

The schools will be closed on Monday, February 16, 2015 in observance of President's Day and will reopen on Tuesday, February 17th.

After School Activities

All after school activities scheduled for today, Thursday, February 12, 2015 have been cancelled except for the King William Parks & Recreation After-School Program.

AES Third Graders Perform Patriotic Concert

Acquinton's third grade students performed a patriotic concert last night to honor America's servicemen and women.  Current servicemen and women and veterans in the audience were honored for their service to our country.  Directed by Acquinton's music teacher, Mrs. Sanford, third graders sang beautifully and proudly!

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February - School Board Appreciation Month

Please join in recognizing members of the School Board of King William County for their dedicated and tireless service to the students of this county.  This year's theme — Student Focused Leadership — reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate for public education with local, state, and federal leaders.

As citizen leaders, school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. That job entails an endless string of meetings and school functions to attend; reams of reports, agendas, proposals and other information to read and study; and a host of difficult decisions to make.

We greatly appreciate the hard work that our school board members do in making King William County Schools a great place to learn. 

AES Celebrates Academic Awards

Acquinton Elementary School celebrated students' academic achievements during 1st Semester Awards Assemblies on Friday, January 30, 2015.

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Virginia Principals Appreciation Week

Governor Terence R. McAuliffe has signed a Certificate of Recognition declaring January 25-31, 2015, as Virginia Principals Appreciation Week.  Please join in acknowledging the tireless efforts of our school principals.

The role of the principal as the instructional leader of the school is critically important to ensure students are provided the opportunity to learn.  Our principals work diligently to help students and teachers excel, and their leadership and hard work are essential to the success of our schools.  They deserve all the recognition and praise we can give them.

The full text of the Governor’s Certificate of Recognition announcing Principals Appreciation Week is attached.  

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Two Acquinton Students Participate in Arena Racing

Two Acquinton Elementary School students have participated in arena racing at the Richmond Colliseum for two years.  Both have been competitive and won races there.  

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Delayed Opening

Because of inclement weather, King William County Schools will operate on a 2 hour delay on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.


The schools will be closed on Friday, February 27, 2015.  Employees follow Code 4.

Dr. Stephen Peters Recognizes Gentlemen's Clubs in Each School

The primary objective of GC is to teach young men the skills needed to be men of character. This process begins as early as primary school by “capturing” these young students and helping them to see themselves differently and in turn, the world will perceive them differently. There are numerous clubs spread throughout the United States from Virginia, Texas, Kansas, and Florida, to South Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio. The main focus is on education, attendance and behavior.

King William County Public Schools is proud to have a club in each of our schools.  Please visit to find our more information about GC.  




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AES Student Attends Washington Redskins Game

CJ’s wish was pretty simple: attend his first Washington Redskins game with nice seats. On Sunday, he got way more than he expected. Arriving outside of FedExField in the morning, CJ, along with his father and uncle, met with Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation (WRCF) team for a whirlwind tour throughout the stadium before the Redskins-Cowboys game. To view the article, please CLICK HERE.

Mrs. Yarbrough Selected to Present at Children's Engineering Convention

Mrs. Krystle Yarbrough, teacher at Acquinton Elementary School, has been selected to present her lesson, Genius Hour, ideas at the Children's Engineering Convention in Williamsburg this February.  We congratulate her on her selection.

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Third Graders Discover Ancient Mali

Acquinton Elementary School’s third graders have completed their studies of Ancient Civilizations this quarter.  After sailing the seas of the Mediterranean and walking the Roman roads, these students traveled south to the dry heat of the Saharah.  The students spent three weeks studying the physical and human characteristics of this ancient African civilization.  The students learned about the exciting lives of the rich Kings Sundiata and Mansa Musa.  They learned about the colorful tales of the talented griots, or storytellers, and they enjoyed creating their own repersentations of Ancient Mali.


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Fourth Grade Goes to Jamestown

Acquinton Elementary School's fourth grade students took a field trip to the Jamestown settlement in Williamsburg. They were able to bring to life all of the information they have been studying so hard in class.  They were able to walk around a re-creation of the Jamestown fort and enjoy the island where the first English settlers landed.  Students loved getting to board ships like the Susan Constant, Godspeed, and the Discovery.  It was an amazing day for our fourth graders as they were able to bring history to life!

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Mrs. Ball Receives First Virginia L. McLaughlin Leadership Award
Mrs. Rachel Ball, Principal of Cool Spring Primary School, was recognized as the first recipient of the SURN Virginia L. McLaughlin Leadership Award last Friday afternoon.  Mrs. Ball is completing her Doctorate in Administration and Supervision from the College of William and Mary.   

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Acquinton Elementary Holiday Chorus and Percussion Discussion Concert

The fifth grade chorus and the Percussion Discussion from Acquinton Elementary performed on Thursday evening, December 4, to a full auditorium of parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, administrators and community members.  

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The School Board of King William County Attends Annual VSBA Conference

Members of the School Board attended the annual Virginia School Boards Association Conference on Wednesday, November 19, and Thursday, November 20.  They heard nationally recognized speakers, legal experts, members of the Virginia Department of Education, representatives from other school divisions, and others speak on educational issues of importance.  The school division, also, received the Gold Award for the Green Schools Challenge at the conference.     

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School Board and Representatives from Delegate Peace's Office Tour Schools

The School Board hosted representatives from the state legislature on Friday, November 21 in the schools.  The principal of each school led the contingent on a tour of his/her building.  This is an annual event that has been held on the Friday after the School Board returns from its annual state conference.

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American Education Week 2014

Please join us this week as we recognize our students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community during American Edcuation Week.  American Education Week was born out of national concern over illiteracy and was first celebrated in 1921. Events take place the week before Thanksgiving and are designed to honor the hard work of students, recognize the professionalism and commitment of educators, and appreciate parents and community members who work toward quality public schools for every student.

Education Foundation Hosts 2nd Annual King William's Got Talent

The King William community witnessed a treat Saturday evening in King William High School's gym as the King William Public Schools Education Foundation's hosted its second annual King William's Got Talent Show.  The audience was entertained with solos, duets, instrumental pieces, dance interpretations, and even an excellent bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace.  Mrs. Renee MIlls, President of the Foundation, welcomed and informed the crowd of the Foundation's focus to build an auditorium in King William, and Mrs. Malynn Unser was the emcee.  Many community performers as well as students participated.     

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King William Teachers Provide Professional Development

Seventeen King William County teachers provided eight different professional development sessions for division staff on November 4, 2014.  The following topics were covered: 1) Feedback, 2) Self-report Grades, 3) Formative Assessments, 4) Reciprocal Teaching, 5) Meta-cognitive Strategies, 6) Student Goal Setting/Self- Assessment, 7) Concept Mapping, and 8) Cooperative vs. Individualistic Learning.  Each topic covered is one of John Hattie's high yield strategies.  We thank Mrs. Stacy Johnson and the instructional team, the following presenters- Ms. Parson, Ms. Brown, Ms. Galgano, Ms. Phillips, Ms. Yarbrough, Ms. Chatos, Ms. Huffman, Ms. Wray, Ms. Unser, Ms. Hulsey, Ms. Taylor, Ms. Mitchell, Ms. Longest, Ms. Tupponce, Mr. Cooper, Ms. Slack, and Ms. Rector, and all teachers in attendance.


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Early Release - November 3 and Teacher Workday on November 4

Students will be released at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3 and schools are not in session for students on Tuesday, November 4 because of a scheduled teacher workday.  The schools resume normal operating hours on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

CSPS and AES Teachers Participate in Professional Development

Teachers from Cool Spring Primary and Acquinton Elementary participated in Number Talks and Reading professional development after school on Wednesday, October 29.  The teachers in both schools continue their research of high yield strategies that make a difference for children as they learn.

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AES Students Participate in Red Ribbon Week

Healthy lifestyles are essential for all people to lead happy and healthy lives. It is important that students learn about healthy lifestyles as part of the character education program in the school setting.  Acquinton Elementary School will observe National Red Ribbon Week the week of October 27 – 31, 2014. 

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Teachers from CSPS, AES and HHMS Participate in MAP Training

Teachers from Cool Spring Primary, Acquinton Elementary and Hamilton-Holmes Middle participated in a 1/2 day workshop conducted by a representative from the Northwestern Evaluation Association (NWEA) on using the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment instrument.  


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Students Become Archaeologists!

Fourth grade students at Acquinton Elementary became archaeologists during the month of October.  While studying Virginia’s history, students learned how archaeologists discovered artifacts in order to learn everything we now know about life in Jamestown.  

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AES Third Graders Attend State Fair of Virginia

Acquinton Elementary’s Third Graders enjoyed an exciting educational experience at the State Fair of Virginia in September.  

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AES Students Receive Donation of Dictionaries

Fourth grade students at Acquinton Elementary were each presented with a student dictionary during an assembly on Thursday, October 9th.  

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AES Teachers Participate in Book Study

Teachers at AES are reading "Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn" by John Hattie and Gregory Yates.  On Monday afternoon they met from 3:10 until 4:15 discussing chapters 1-3.  

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Mrs. Garner and Mrs. Ball Present at 23rd Annual Create Conference


Mrs. Tara Garner, Principal of Acquinton Elementary School, and Mrs. Rachel Ball, Principal of Cool Spring Primary School, presented at the CREATE Conference on Friday, October 3.  Also, they participated in a roundtable discussion with Dr. Zhao and had the opportunity to hear him speak. His research stresses the importance of creativity in US education, as compared to countries that focus strictly on international assessment performance.

You may find out more about his work at the following link.


AES Teachers Receive Mini-Grants

Three Acquinton Elementary School teachers received two mini-grants from Three Rivers Soil and Water Conservation District this week!  Mrs. Yarbrough was awarded $339 for her R’NEWable Resources with K’NEX project, and Ms. Watkins and Mrs. Abramson received $250 to purchase rain barrels for their courtyard project.  Congratulations to Mrs. Yarbrough, Ms. Watkins, and Mrs. Abramson.


Number Talks

This year in math classrooms at Acquinton Elementary School (AES), teachers and students are participating in Number Talks. Number Talks are designed to have students create a better understanding of the relationship between numbers. 

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Administrators Attend VASS Conference on New Local Assessment Guidelines

The new state guidelines for local assessments were approved at the September 18 Board of Education meeting and will go into effect immediately. The Virginia Association of School Superintendents workshop on September 23 featured VDOE officials, assessment experts, and school divisions modeling best practices to assist school divisions in understanding the new guidelines and how they can be implemented in their school divisions.  Mrs. Stacy Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Mrs. Beverly Young, Principal of HHMS, Mrs. Tara Garner, Principal of AES, and Dr. Jones attended the workshop.  

The legislation requires each local school board to annually certify that it has provided instruction in the content assessed by the eliminated tests and administered an alternative assessment, consistent with Virginia Board of Education guidelines, to students in grades three through eight in each SOL subject area in which the SOL assessment was eliminated.


Mrs. Garner and Mrs. Ball to Present at 23rd Annual Create Conference

Mrs. Tara Garner, Principal at Acquinton Elementary School, and Mrs. Rachel Ball, Principal at Cool Spring Primary, will present at the CREATE Conference on the campus of The College of William and Mary in October.  

Acquinton Elementary School Recognized for Full Accreditation

The King William County School Board recognized Acquinton Elementary School at their September 16, 2014 meeting for receiving Full Accreditation through the Virginia Department of Education.  

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AES Girls on the Go Running Club Begins

Beginning its third year at Acquinton Elementary School, the Girls on the Go running club is gaining in popularity among young ladies in grade 3-5.  Fifty-three girls began training together on Monday, September 15th as they work to increase their endurance and prepare to run the Twin Rivers Road Runners’ Turkey Trot 5k on November 22nd at Cool Spring Primary School.  Led by runner and teacher Rachael Moreau, “Girls on the Go” learn to encourage and support each other with their running and make healthy choices in their lives.     

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Math Teachers Participate in Staff Development

CSPS and AES math teachers engaged in professional development this morning from 8:00-10:00 facilitated by Mrs. Ball.  Number Talks will be implemented at both CSPS and AES this year as we strive to build students' mental math capabilities.  This joint staff development is aligned with our vision of Two Schools, One Mission.  Outstanding job, Mrs. Ball! Thank you for having us, CSPS!

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Virginia’s Popular Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Returns Friday

~ School Supplies, Clothing and Footwear will be Exempt from Sales Tax ~

It’s time to make your shopping list because Virginia’s popular sales tax holiday for clothing, footwear, and school and office supplies begins Friday.  For the ninth straight year, many clothing items, shoes, and school and office supplies will be sales tax-free during the first full weekend in August, which is Friday, Aug. 1, through Sunday, Aug. 3 this year.


VDOE Announces that All King William County Schools Earn State Accreditation

Congratulations to all staff, students and parents!!!

Students Attend Cyber-Security Camp

Ten King William County Public Schools' students are attending a Cyber-Security Camp at King William High School conducted by Mr. Mike Embrey, the school division's Instructional Technology Resource Specialist.  

2014 SCA Ballot

Click here to submit your vote!

Dr. Sheila Carr, Director of Special Programs, is recognized by VCASE

The Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education (VCASE) recognized Dr. Sheila R. Carr's hard work and dedication to improving the lives of students with disabilities at their Spring 2014 Conference.  Dr. Carr, Director of Special Programs for King William County Public Schools, was presented with the James T. Micklem Award of Outstanding Excellence.  The James T. Micklem Award of Excellence, named after the first State Director of Special Education, was established in 1978 in recognition of his outstanding service and leadership. This is VCASE’s highest award that is presented in May at the Annual Spring Conference. 


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Schools Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

King William County Schools will be closed on Monday, May 26, 2014, in obserance of Memorial Day.  The schools will open on Tuesday, May 27.  We wish each of you a restful holiday. 

You are a Masterpiece!

Advanced fifth grade students, under the guidance of AES Art Teacher, Crystal Watkins, were proud to provide an interactive art display for the Fine Arts Festival.  The festival, benefiting the King William County Public Schools Education Foundation, was held Saturday, April 12 at the King William High School. 

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Fifth Grade Students Create Instruments

During the third nine-weeks, fifth grade students worked on Science SOL 5.2 (Sound). As a culminating project, students were asked to create a musical instrument. Requirements included producing at least three different pitches of sound and using recycled materials.

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Fourth Graders Measure Long Jumps

Before spring break fourth grade students in Ms. Moreau’s class practiced using their new measurement skills using U.S. Customary and the Metric System to measure their long jumps down the hallway! 

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Muffins with Mom

Acquinton will be serving muffins, coffee, juice, and milk  from 8:00-8:30 in the gymnasium on Friday, May 9th. This will be a time for you to enjoy having breakfast with your child at school and an early celebration for Mother’s Day. 

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National School Nurse Day-May 7, 2014

Please join us as we recognize our school nurses, today!  Did you know that 23% of students have pre-diabetes and diabetes, 20% of students have a mental disorder, 18% of students have chronic health conditions, 10% of students lack health insurance, 9.7% of students cannot afford healthcare,  10 Million students have asthma, 19% of students have food allergies, and 32% of students are overweight or obese. References: (Baisch, Lundeen, & Murphy, 2011; Cohen et al., 2011; Perrin, Bloom & Gortmaker, 2007; Van Cleave Gortmaker & Perrin 2010)

Our school nurses add value to the division by ensuring that students are prepared to learn. 


Fifth Grade Invites you to our…. “Annual Science Fair”

Fifth Grade Invites you to our “Annual Science Fair.” Acquinton Elementary School, Thursday, April 17th at 6 pm.

We look forward to seeing our families come out  and view projects on display.

Our Librarian is Stuck to the Wall!

For the month of March students at AES were given a challenge by our librarian, Mrs. Barber. Students were encouraged to take and pass AR tests on their level. For each test passed they were given a piece of duct-tape. On Tuesday, April 1st students who had met the challenge helped tape our librarian to the wall. 

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Please join King William County Schools' foreign language classes as they celebrate National Foreign Language Week during March 3 - 8, 2014.  "National Foreign Language Week was inaugurated in the Spring of 1957 by Alpha Mu Gamma. Sister Eloise Therese, the National President of Alpha Mu Gamma from 1956 to 1960, discovered that such a week had never been officially celebrated in the United States as a whole, although foreign language had receive recognition by different educational institutions at various periods of the academic year. Inspired by her the National Council of Alpha Mu Gamma began to formulate plans to make the United States aware of the need for and importance of foreign language study through the celebration of NFLW. The first celebration was set for the week of February 17 to 23, 1957. Each year since then the National Executive Council of AMG has set a week for this event. In recent years it has become the practice to have NFLW during the first full week of March.

KWHS Girls Advance to Conference Tournament

The King William High School girls basketball team plays tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. vs Arcadia. They are the number 3 seed entering Conference 33 tournament play.  Please come out and support them.

February 14, 2014-King William County Schools Closed

Because of inclement weather, all schools in King William County are closed. Employees follow Code 2.

Acquinton Elementary School Beneficiary of ExxonMobil Grant

Acquinton Elementary School in King William County has received a $500 grant from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program to support the school’s math and science programs.

Ms. Joan Gayle, manager of Spencer’s Stop N Go in West Point, Virginia, worked with school officials to secure the grant, which is one of many available to schools across the country served by Exxon or Mobil stations.

The grant was made possible by funding from the ExxonMobil Corporation.

The ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.

Acquinton Elementary School appreciates the support of community stakeholders and their investment in their children’s education. 

February 3 - 8, School Counselor Week

Please join in recognizing our school counselors this week during National School Counseling Week.  The theme this year is "School Counseling: Building Magical Futures."   This celebration focuses public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems. This week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.  We greatly appreciate the outstanding job that our counselors do. 

AES Celebrates Kindness

At Acquinton Elementary School, the impacts of bullying are addressed throughout the year with guidance lessons, class meetings, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and in everyday lessons and interactions with students.

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AES Fifth Graders Create Number Projects

Do you have a lucky number, a favorite jersey number or a number that you just connect with?  While learning about prime/composite numbers, factors, multiples, even/odd numbers and prime factorizations, fifth grade students at Acquinton Elementary School chose a special number between 10 and 100 and collected information about their number to create a project. 

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Students Set Personal Goals to Ensure SUCCESS

“There is nothing wrong with having your goals set really high and trying to achieve them. That’s the fun part. You may come up short. I’ve come up short on a lot of my goals, but it’s always fun to try and achieve them.”  ~Tiger Woods

This year, students are putting their words into action.  It’s one thing to verbally set goals, but it has been proven that the most effective way is putting pencil to paper. That’s just what our fifth graders at AES are doing! 

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AES Students Recognize Administrators for Principal Appreciation Week

A roar of cheers filled the AES cafeteria as the administrators entered the room.  Students at AES wanted to share a token of appreciation to principal Tara Garner and assistant principal Rachel Ball for everything they do.

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Acquinton Elementary Student Council Officers Participate in State Leadership Workshops

The Student Council Officers at Acquinton Elementary School recently participated in a Leadership Workshop sponsored by the Virginia Student Council Association at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg.  

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In an effort to promote awareness of school bullying, the Virginia School Boards Association’s (VSBA) Board of Directors has designated the month of January as VSBA Bullying Prevention Month.  Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide. It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem, and, in some cases, school violence.  Statistics show that 160,000 children in the United States miss school each day as a result of being bullied.

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Principals Appreciation Week-January 6-10, 2014

Please join in recognizing our principals during Principals Appreciation Week for the outstanding jobs that they do for our students and staff members.  They work long hours ensuring that all aspects of their schools are functioning at optimum levels.  Their leadership is essential to maintaining the high levels of achievement that our school community has come to expect of our students.  We thank them for their dedication and commitment.   


Because of inclement weather, all school division student activities will end today at 3:30 p.m.  Parks & Recreation after-school care program will maintain its regular hours.

A Christmas Carol Cancelled

The drama performance, A Christmas Carol, scheduled for this afternoon, Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. has been cancelled because of inclement weather.

American Education Week - November 18-22, 2013

Please join King William County Schools as we recognize all of our educators during American Education Week.  This week presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. We thank all of our educators for the excellent job that they do.

Fall Festival Date Change

The AES Fall Festival has been re-scheduled for Friday, November 22 from 5:00-8:00.

School Psychology Awareness Week

King William County Schools joins the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Academy of School Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists in celebrating School Psychology Awareness Week.  As schools and school divisions continue to improve optimal learning opportunities for all students, the contributions of school psychologists are noteworthy.  School psychologists positively impact the academic, social, and emotional development of each student they serve.  They are trained to assess student learning profiles, provide appropriate learning and behavioral interventions, and offer schoolwide collaboration for safe and supportive learning environments.  They utilize data-based decision making in order to evaluate student outcomes.  Please join in recognizing Mrs. Julie Kelvin, school division psychologist, for her excellent contributions to King William County Schools.

Principal Leads Book Study at AES Mrs. Garner, Principal of Acquinton Elementary School, leads a book study from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, for teachers on John Hattie's book "Visible Learning for Teachers".
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Reading Memo from Mrs. Garner On October 3rd, Acquinton students will celebrate Read for the Record day, but every day we celebrate when our students increase their reading skills and love for reading.  Reading provides the foundation for a successful future of learning.  We will continue working together with you to provide the essential reading skills that our students will need to be successful in the future. 
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KWHS to Recognize Former Coach Brookes The School Board of King William County unanimously approved a request on September 17, 2013, from Michael Commins, Howard Brown, and Scott Moore to name King William High School's football field in honor of Coach Roger G. Brookes. Please join the School Board, administrators, teachers, parents, students and community residents on October 25 during halftime of the home football game between King William and Middlesex as Coach Brookes is honored. He compiled a record as follows:  269 wins, 154 losses, 4 ties, 16 district championships, 4 regional championships, and 1 state championship in 2000.  His teams made the playoffs 23 times, and he was voted coach of the year 16 times during 40 years of coaching high school football in the Commonwealth. He ranks as one of the top 10 coaches with the most wins in Virginia High School League Football History.

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of King William County will hold a Public Hearing on the Code of Student Conduct for the 2013-14 school year on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the atrium at Hamilton Holmes Middle School. The regular meeting will begin following the Public Hearing with a Closed Session at the Regular Meeting.

All interested persons may appear and present their views regarding the Code of Student Conduct at the above time and place.

Teacher Appreciation Week

During this week join us in recognizing all of our teachers for their outstanding work with the students in King William.  Their commitment and dedication to the young people under their tutelage is seen everyday in the care each provides to their students.  We appreciate all that they do. 

School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week -May 6-10, 2013

Please join the Virginia Department of Education and King William County Schools in recognizing the important contributions that school nutrition employees provide to the success of our students.  Celebrate the professional commitments made every school day by school nutrition employees across the Commonwealth.  The importance and nutritional value of school meals are well documented.  For many children, school lunch is the most important and nutrient-rich meal of their day.

Between preparing healthy meals for Virginia’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are integral to the success of our students.  To kick off School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week, Friday, May 3 is designated as School Lunch Superhero Day. The day aims to highlight the ways in which school nutrition professionals make a difference for every child who comes through the cafeteria.  School nutrition employees must balance many roles and follow numerous federal, state, and local regulations to ensure safe and healthy meals are available in schools.  They provide nutrition education to students and use their creativity to make the cafeteria a fun and welcoming place. The new federal nutrition standards for school meals went into effect this school year.  These new standards are intended to ensure that every school lunch provides students a well-balanced meal offering low-fat or fat-free milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  School meals also meet limits on calories, sodium and unhealthy fats.  The professionals in school nutrition have embraced these changes with enthusiasm.

School Nutrition Employee Week is the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in school cafeterias. 


Daylight Saving Time Begins

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on March 10, 2013 and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November.  Clocks are set forward by one hour to permit longer daylight during the afternoon.

Cells, Cells and More Cells

Fifth grade students at Acquinton Elementary have been busy learning the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells.

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How Many Hours Reading Challenge

Students at Acquinton Elementary School are participating in a new reading challenge this year called "How Many Hours?"

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3rd Grade Spirit Week June 13-16

Monday: "Campfire Day" Dress in your camping gear (hats, binoculars, boots, etc.) while we make s'mores!

Tuesday: "Olympic Day" Each class will choose a country. Come dressed in that country's colors and compete against each other in Olympic style events!

Wednesday: "All-American Day" Come decked out in Red, White, and Blue to shoe how much you love America!! 3rd grade classes will compete in a waffle ball tournament!

Thursday: "Luau Day" Dress in hula skirts, sunglasses, and Hawaiin shirts as we say "aloha" to 3rd grade and "aloha" to summer and 4th grade!

Lending a Helping Hand!

Students from Acquinton Elementary School were devastated about the loss of many homes and properties in Tappahannock, VA. Students from Ms. Muse's class and many others donated household items, non-perishable foods, toys, and toiletries to take to the donation centers in Tappahannock. We are so incredibly proud of the compassion and sympathy that our students have to help others in need.

Colleagues Select Apples of Our Eye

KWCPS Principals recognized educators selected by their colleagues as Apple of Our Eye during the School Board meeting on January 19th. Congratulations to Mr. James Broaddus (HHMS), Mr. Kendan Shoup (KWHS), Mrs. Katie Freeman (CSPS), and Mrs. LaTanya Clark (AES)!

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Scholastic Book Fair!

AES Book Fair is here right in time for the Holidays! 

Book Fair Dates: December 7-16, 2015

Shopping Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm

Special Activities: Family Night December 10th until 7:30pm. (Same night as the chorus concert)

Come visit us for a chance to win a Book Fair prize pack

Click to see more details about ordering online!

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Red Ribbon Spirit Week

Acquinton staff showed support for Red Ribbon Week by participating in spirit-themed days. 


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Puzzle Piece Project for Ability Awareness

This week students at Acquinton Elementary School participated in a Puzzle Piece Project for Ability Awareness. Students drew something that represented their own uniqueness on a puzzle piece. Puzzle pieces were put together to make something beautiful. Discussion for the project centered around how each puzzle piece (person) is unique. When all the pieces come together, it makes something beautiful. 

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5th Graders are ready to ROCK THEIR SOL's!!!

Students at AES have worked very hard all year to prepare for their upcoming SOL's. Our fifth grade students have even prepared an SOL music video to help get us all motivated and ready to ROCK OUR TESTS!

Use the following link to download and view their video: 

"Test Me Maybe"

SURN Power Tools for Literacy Conference

On November 21, 2013, four teachers and one administrator from Acquinton Elementary School took part in the SURN Power Tools for Literacy conference held at The College of William & Mary's School of Education. 

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2013-2014 Classroom Supply Lists

3rd Grade Supplies

4th Grade Supplies

5th Grade Supplies

The Countdown is on....

As our 2015-2016 School year is coming to an end we still have a FEW activities and dates to remember.

- SOL retakes: June 6-10

-KW High School Graduation: Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 am

-  4th Grade Awards: Monday, June 13 at 11:00 am

- 3rd Grade Awards: Monday, June 13 at 1:30 pm

- BMX Bike Show: Tuesday, June 14 at 1:00 pm

- 5th Grade Promotion Celebration/Awards: Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 pm @ HHMS

- 5th Grade Picnic & DARE Awards: Wednesday, June 15 8:00-2:00

- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: Thursday, June 16 early dismissal & REPORT CARDS go home with students

1st Semester Awards!

Congratulations to all of our AES students who earned an award for their hard work during the first semester of our 2015-2016 school year! 

Keep up the great work students! We are very proud of all of you! 

AES December Canned Food Drive

Help support families in our community by participating in AES Canned Food Drive! We are in need of canned goods (fruit, vegetables, peanut butter, pasta or any non-perishable foods)! 

Bring in non-perishable foods to your homeroom teacher between December 2nd-December 16th! 

During our November Food Drive we received enough food to serve 7 families! Your help was greatly appreciated by those families in our community, so thank you to all that donated! 

Thank you in advance for your support! 

National Red Ribbon Week at AES


October 26-October 30, 2015


    National Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Students all across the nation are educated about the dangers of drugs and alcohol during this campaign held the last week of October each year.  At AES, we talk about making good choices and living healthy lifestyles. The following spirit-themed days are planned for AES the week of October 26-October 30, 2015.  Students are encouraged to participate.


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Teachers of the Year 2014-15

King William County Schools is proud to recognize the Teachers of the Year for the 2014-15 School Year.  They are as follows:

Ms. Katie Kilgore - Cool Spring Primary School
Ms. Susan Benitez - Acquinton Elementary School
Ms. Malynn Unser - Hamilton-Holmes Middle School
Mr. Howard Hill - King William High School


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AES Fourth Graders Visit the MSiC

In October the Fourth grade students at Acquinton Elementary traveled to the Math and Science Innovation Center for a lesson on Legos Energy.  Students worked together to build a car out of Legos.

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Good Luck AES Students!

Good Luck to our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders over the next couple of weeks here at Acquintion Elementary School! 

End of the 2nd Nine Weeks

AES Families,

Time sure does fly when your'e having fun! Today marks the end of our 2nd nine weeks for our 2015-2016 school year! Tomorrow we will begin our 3rd nine weeks!

Student report cards will be going home NEXT Tuesday, February 09, 2016. 

KWPCS 2015 Spelling Bee

On Tuesday, January 5th AES had several students compete in the county wide Spelling Bee. We would like to congradulate our students for a job well done! 

1st Place Champion- Lily Azimov

Runner up- Shawna Tarkington


Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish all of our families a warm and safe Thanksgiving Holiday! We will be closed Wednesday, November 25- Friday, November 27 in observance of the holiday!

AES Participates in National Bullying Prevention Month

Communities united nationwide to raise awareness of bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month. Throughout the month of October, everyone was encouraged to take an active role in preventing bullying from happening in their school and community and online.  King William County Public Schools participated in Unity Day on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  Students and staff wore the color orange to send a message of support, hope, and unity.  They stood together and showed that they were united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.  

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King William School Board Announces Acting Superintendent

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Holleran has been appointed Acting Superintendent of Schools for King William County Public Schools.  Dr. Holleran will officially begin his duties on December 1, 2015.

Dr. Holleran previously served in Mathews County Public Schools for 13 years as Division Superintendent of Schools.  Dr. Holleran earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from Longwood College, Masters in Education from the University of Richmond and his doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

We know that you will join us in welcoming Dr. Holleran to his role as Acting Superintendent of Schools.

King William School Board Announces Superintendent Search

(October 21, 2015) - The King William County School announced today that it will begin the process of hiring a new superintendent by seeking public input on qualifications.

The school board has created a survey related to superintendent criteria, which is available at, and on the home page of the division website.  Hard copies of the survey will also be available at the school board administration offices, at each school and the public library.

In addition to the survey, the board will hold a public hearing:

Date:  January 19, 2016
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Location:  Hamilton Holmes Middle School Atrium

“Hiring a new superintendent is the biggest task a school board will face and we want to make sure that the public has a voice in this process,” said School Board Chair Lindsay Robinson, “We hope that parents, staff and residents will take time to fill out the survey or attend the public hearing.”

The school board selected the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) to assist the Board with the superintendent search.

Support Staff Members of the Year Recognized

King William County Schools is proud to recognize the Support Staff Members of the Year for the 2013-14 School Year.  They are as follows:

Ms. Brenda Young - Cool Spring Primary School
Ms. Jennifer Temple - Acquinton Elementary School
Ms. Amy Dobson - Hamilton-Holmes Middle School
Ms. Brenda Rudolph - King William High School
Ms. Teresa Robinson - Division Level


AES Fourth Graders Turn into Archaeologists

The Acquinton fourth graders got the opportunity to go on an artifact “dig” right in their very own classroom.  The students dug in buckets of corn looking for artifacts. 

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Fifth Grade Authors Visit Third Grade Classrooms

Fifth grade students at AES spent their Friday afternoon sharing their cause and effect books with younger Acquinton students. After studying cause and effect stories in their Language Arts classes these students wrote and illustrated their own short stories. These stories were modeled after Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

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2016 Field Day

Our 2016 Field Day here at AES was nothing but a blast and a great success for all of our students! We would like to send a special thank you to our parents who came out and supported their children yesterday. We were very pleased and fortunate with the beautiful weather as well! 

A BIG thank you to our Physical Education teacher Mrs. Baker for setting up and running such a smooth and successful day for all of our students. Teachers, students and parents thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


3rd Grade-

1st- Mrs.Swecker

2nd- Ms.Allensworth

3rd- Mrs.Holmes

Tug-O-War- Ms.Allensworth

4th Grade-

1st- Mr.Jordan

2nd- Mrs.Painter

3rd- Ms.Herring

Tug-O-War- Mrs.Huffman

5th Grade-

1st- Mrs.Gammon

2nd- Mrs.Casey

3rd- Mrs.Clark

Tug-O-War- Mr.Valentino


Happy Counselor's Week Mrs. Pitts!

Perhaps this should say "OUR School Counselor is..." 

Thank you Mrs. Pitts for all that you do for us here at Acquinton Elementary! 

AES Goes to Jamestown

Fourth grade students at Acquinton Elementary School were able to make history come alive with their field trip to Jamestown.  Their field trip consisted of three stops, the Jamestown Settlement, The Glass House and Historic Jamestown.  


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AES 4th Grade Concert

Virginia History Scholar attends AES Concert

Aquinton Elementary Fourth Graders recently presented a concert about Virginia.  Their songs include facts they need to know in their Virginia Studies lessons.

The noted Virginia History and Civil War scholar, Dr. James I. Robertson, Jr. and his wife, Betty, attended the AES Fourth Grade concert on November 12.   “Our Great Virginia”, which is now the “Official Traditional State Song of Virginia”, was inspired and commissioned by Dr. Robertson, Virginia Tech’s award-winning professor emeritus and author.


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MSiC Partners with KWCPS to "Imagine, Create, and Lead"

KWCPS is proud to partner with the MathScience innovation Center (MSiC) to provide students with innovative hands-on math and science lessons.  As a consortium member, the MSiC provides STEM programming for students and educators both at the center in Mechanicsville and within the classrooms of KW schools.  In addition, the MSiC offers Saturday programs, a Camp Innovation summer camp, and professional development for teachers.


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Virginia Police Week - May 11 - 17, 2014

Please join in recognizing Officer Metzger, School Resource Officer, and the Sheriff's Office for the support and assistance they provide to the school division.  They are always present at school events ensuring that everything runs smoothly.  We thank them for all that they do for the school division.  Governor Terry McAuliffe declared the week of May 11 through May 17 Virginia Police Week.  You may click here to view his proclamation.

AES Fifth Graders Compete in Genre Book Challenge

In reading class, fifth grade students have enjoyed competing in a “genre book challenge” this year. Each week, students meet in an individual reading conference to set a reading goal towards a book on their reading level.

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AES Names Teacher of the Year

Acquinton Elementary is pleased to announce Mrs. Jessica Robinson as the 2013-2014 Teacher of the Year and recipient of the Apple of Our Eye Award.

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Bus Transportation Announcement

King William County Public Schools (KWCPS) has been notified that road maintenance on Route 30 will be taking place between now and the end of the school year.  Specifically, crews will be paving near the Caroline line and between Black Gum Road and the West Point town limit.  This road maintenance may affect KWCPS bus schedules.  We thank you, in advance, for your patience. 

2015 Educational Alliance Math and Science Grant Recipient

Acquinton Elementary is a 2015 Educational Alliance Math and Science Grant Recipient. Wednesday January 13, 2016, Shelley Nester principal of Acquinton Elementary was presented with a $500 check by Joan Gail from Exxon Mobil in West Point. Exxon Mobil supports educational programs, like Educational Alliance, that focus on improvements in math and science from pre-school to higher education. They believe is it important to encourage the next generation to pursue studies and careers in fields involving math and science. AES thanks Exxon Mobil for their partnership.

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school AES students and faculty! We hope you all enjoyed your winter break with friends and family. As winter weather is now upon us please remember to bundle up and come to school prepared for chilly temperatures at the bus stops as well as recess! 

KWCPS Remains a FULLY ACCREDITED School Division

Governor McAullife has announced accreditation ratings for Virginia’s public schools.  All four of King William's schools are once again Fully Accredited according to the Virginia Department of Education.


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Farewell Reception for Dr. Mark Jones

KWCPS staff, parents, students, and community members gathered on Wednesday afternoon to bid farewell to Dr. Mark Jones, Division Superintendent. Dr. Jones has served as superintendent in King William since 2007.

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Cool Spring Primary Welcomes New Principal

The School Board of King William County approved the recommendation naming Mrs. Rachel Ball as Principal of Cool Spring Primary.  Mrs. Ball is a graduate of King William High School and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Education Degree from The College of William & Mary.  She is working on her Doctorate in Education from William & Mary as well.  She will begin July 1, 2014.  Mrs. Ball is currently the assistant principal at Acquinton Elementary School.


Gentlemen's Club Induction Ceremony

The Acquinton Elementary School Gentlemen's Club had their 2016 Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April 14.  Students who are a part of this group are fourth or fifth graders who were nominated to participate.  During the induction ceremony, the new members received a certificate and their official Gentlemen's Club tie.  Each gentleman had a sponsor, a male who plays a special role in their life, to present them with their tie and fasten it around their necks to complete their Gentlemen's Club uniform.  We were thankful to have a well-respected volunteer from the community, Mr. John Gresham, as our guest speaker. Mr. Gresham also participates with the club each Thursday to teach the boys their GC lessons on the topics of rights, responsibilities, and respect.  The Gentlemen's Club is co-sponsored by Mrs. LaTanya Clark and Mrs. Lindsey Wray.

5th Grade Volleyball Tournament

On Thursday, December 17, the fifth graders from Acquinton Elementary School participated in their annual Volleyball Tournament.  This event is always eagerly anticipated by the fifth grade students. Ms. Clark's class took first place by defeating Ms. Hardwick's class, which came in second.  In the match for third place, Ms. Benitez' class defeated Ms. Thibodeau's class. The students all had a great time and displayed excellent sportsmanship.  Many thanks to Ms. Baker, Acquinton's PE teacher, for organizing and running this event.

Doughnuts with Dad at AES!


Another successful "Doughnuts with Dads" in the book here at Acquinton Elementary! Thank you to all of our Dads and family members who came out and created memories with their children this morning while also enjoying  delicious doughnuts and coffee!

Happy Bus Drivers Appreciation Week

Happy Bus Drivers Appreciation Week to all of our caring and wonderful bus drivers! Don't forget to express your appreciation! 

Mrs. Lisa Thompson Graduates from SURN

Mrs. Lisa Thompson, Principal at Cool Spring Primary School, graduated from the Principal Academy through SURN.  SURN Principal Academy is a collaborative project with school administrators from urban, suburban and rural school districts based at The College of William and Mary.  We congratulate Mrs. Thompson for her commitment to excellence.  Mrs. Tara Garner, Principal of Acquinton Elementary School, is a member of SURN's 2nd cohort of principals

Red Ribbon Week Red Ribbon Week!

National Red Ribbon Week                  

Healthy lifestyles are essential for all people to lead happy and healthy lives. It is important that students learn about healthy lifestyles as part of the character education program in the school setting.  Acquinton Elementary School will observe National Red Ribbon Week the week of October 26 – 30, 2015. National Red Ribbon is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. All across the nation, students are educated about the dangers of unhealthy choices in their lives. It is important that students learn to avoid things that lead to unhappiness. Education is the key. Our hope is that education will inspire students at Acquinton Elementary to grow up to live productive, happy, and successful lives.

Interested in Advanced English 6 at Hamilton-Holmes?

Is your 5th grader interested in taking Advanced English 6 next year at Hamilton-Holmes? If so use your mobile device to scan the QR code. The code will take you to a video which explains Advanced English 6. 

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Happy Custodians Appreciation Week!

We sure do appreciate and love our custodians here at AES! 

Picture Day

AES Families,

Picture day is almost here! All grades will take their individual school pictures Friday, October 16th

-AES Faculty and Staff


disABILITY Awareness Month

Virginia Celebrates Disability History and Awareness Month

RICHMOND—Did you know that October is Disability History and Awareness Month in Virginia? The 2009 Virginia General Assembly responded to the call from young people with disabilities to pass a resolution designating the month and to encourage public schools and universities to engage in activities that promote awareness. 




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Custodian Appreciation Week!

Help us celebrate "Custodian Appreciation Week" by thanking our amazing custodial staff for all they do in and for our school here at Acquinton Elementary! 

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Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP)

Acquinton Elementary School has implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) to help reduce bullying and create a safe and caring school environment. Class meetings are a core part the program. Starting this week, all homerooms will have two Olweus Bully Prevention lessons per month.

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