Updated School Calendar

ACPS Posts Updated School Calendar

Today  Alachua County Public Schools released the calendar for the 2024-2025 school year. That means time to updated those family calendars with all the important school dates and vacations times. This updated calendar reflects the current start date for all Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) which will be August 12. The last day of school

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Middle School Success: Getting Your Middle Schooler Prepared

You have done the tours and you have met the teachers. Now, with only a few days to go until your kiddo’s first day of middle school, how do we parents make sure the transition from elementary school is a smooth one? Listen with intent Do not dismiss your child’s feelings. Going from the top

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Back-to-School Blues

Put a Stop to Back-to-School Blues!

Another summer break is wrapping up and it’s time to lie out the children’s finely pressed uniforms and sit in the morning traffic. Everything seems to be as fine as it can be in the middle of a pandemic. And then, as the alarm goes off on that first day of school, you know in

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Teaching Inclusion to Our Children

Teaching Inclusion to Our Children Starts at Home

By sheer definition, as defined by the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word inclusion means “the act of including,” and to add on to that, “the act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded.” Teaching inclusion to our children is so important, and it should start at home. It seems so

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Encourage Good Handwriting

The Write Stuff: How to Encourage Good Handwriting

Learning how to write is a struggle, for both the kids and the parents! Kids have to learn to hold a pencil with “pinchy fingers,” keep their hands and shoulders steady and leave spaces between words. Parents have to learn how to have patience with beginning writers, avoid placing pressure on or rushing their children

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Alachua County Public Schools 2022-23 School Calendar

The School Board approved the 2022-23 Alachua County Public School (ACPS) calendar on Feb. 15. The calendar indicates that ACPS Spring Break aligns with that of the University of Florida (UF). The Spring Breaks are planned to begin on March 13 until the 17th in 2023. This would be a week earlier than the break

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GHS Student Scores Top 15 Spot in Climate Change Competition

Gainesville High School (GHS) student David Cagle placed among the top 15 in a climate change competition on October 23, 2021. Cagle, a junior at GHS, and his out-of-state partner Jackson Parrott, worked together virtually to compete in the tournament-style Climate Science Olympiad. The Olympiad is a problem-solving tournament in which youths, aged 14-25, find

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ACPS Offers New Scholarship Search

The search for college scholarships can be daunting due to the sheer amount that exist, but the district is offering a service to make the process easier for students and their families. Thanks to the new agreement between Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) and a free service called Going Merry, students now have an efficient

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SF Achieve Helps Students Get to College

Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) has partnered with Santa Fe (SF) College to help high school students prepare for college. The SF Achieve Program has team members from Santa Fe College located at ACPS high schools to help guide students in applying for college, offering scholarships, mentoring and even money towards books. SF Achieve is

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Temporary Mask Mandate for ACPS Employees

According to a press release sent out by the Alachua County Public Schools on Monday August 2, 2021, masks will be temporarily required for Alachua County Public School employees, vendors and visitors to district facilities. This ACPS mask mandate is due in large part to the rapidly rising rate of COVID cases in the community

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