District News

AHPS Summer School Information
06/14/2024
The Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Division will hold summer remediation (summer school) for students in grades K-12 from June 17 – July 18, 2024, Monday through Thursday with the exceptions as follows.
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Adaptive Music Gives AHS Students a Fun Way to Boost Learning
06/14/2024
As an example of Alleghany Highlands Public Schools’ goal of expanding student opportunities, Alleghany High School has added an adaptive music course to its curriculum.
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AHS Student Leader Learns Valuable Skills at HOBY Seminar
06/10/2024
Joowon Chung of Clifton Forge served as Alleghany High School’s representative at a recent Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar in Harrisonburg.
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AHPS Honors Retirees
06/04/2024
AHPS Retires Honored on May 30.
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AHPS Special Education Director Receives Statewide Honor
06/04/2024
Dr. Jason Conaway, director of special education for Alleghany Highlands Public Schools, has received the statewide Mary Lou Wall Award from the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education (VCASE).
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AHPS Again Providing Free Summer Meals to Children
05/31/2024
Alleghany Highlands Public Schools will provide free meals to children during the months of June and July at designated locations in the Alleghany Highlands.
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Coach Gives Callaghan Students Good Pep Talk on Life Lessons
05/28/2024
Students at Callaghan Elementary School recently heard some important life sessions during a recent talk from the head football coach at Bassett High School.
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Alleghany Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2024
05/21/2024
Riley Spangler and Victoria Critzer are best friends, and they will soon walk across the stage as the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Alleghany High School Class of 2024.
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AHPS Conducting Important Survey on Student Attendance
05/21/2024
Alleghany Highlands Public Schools is surveying parents and guardians about school attendance practices.
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AHS Senior Hayli Givens Mixes Poetry with Career Ambitions
05/21/2024
Hayli Givens is an honor graduate in the Alleghany High School Class of 2024. She graduated earlier this month from Mountain Gateway Community College. She plans to become a forensic psychologist. And she is a poet laureate.
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Alleghany Junior Recognized for Heroic Life-Saving Measure
05/16/2024
An Alleghany High School junior is being hailed a hero after jumping into action to save a choking student.
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Initial Class of Seven Inducted Into AHPS Employee Hall of Fame
05/13/2024
Seven individuals are in the inaugural class of inductees into the Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Division Employee Hall of Fame.
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Grant Will Help Support AHPS Summer Food Service Program
05/13/2024
Alleghany Highlands Public Schools has received a $4,600 grant that will help ensure that all children in the Highlands will remain nourished and healthy this summer.
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Two AHPS Students Stand Out in VSBA Regional Art Contest
05/10/2024
Works by two Alleghany Highlands Public Schools students placed in this year’s Virginia School Association Blue Ridge Regional Art Contest.
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AHS Senior Class Raises $4,900 for 2024 Give Local Campaign
05/03/2024
Graduating seniors at Alleghany High School are giving back to their community by raising $4,900 for the Give Local Alleghany Highlands campaign.
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AHPS Success Stories Highlighted in VSBA Showcase Directory
05/02/2024
Two programs in Alleghany Highlands Public Schools are featured in the Virginia’s School Board Association’s Showcases for Success directory. The directory highlights successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools.
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AHPS Bus Driver Crowned Champion
05/01/2024
LOW MOOR — Frankie Ratliff is the Alleghany Highlands Public School Division’s Bus Road-E-O champion for 2024. Ratliff, a veteran bus driver, has worked for the local school divisions for more than six years.
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Paige Harris to Serve as AHS Hugh O’Brien Youth Ambassador
04/26/2024
Alleghany High School sophomore Paige Harris has been selected as this year’s Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Ambassador.
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JRTC Culinary Students, Staff Visited by World Famous Chef
04/25/2024
World-renowned chef Dan Giusti recently visited students, staff, and board members from Alleghany Highlands Public Schools.
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AHS Student Receives Unique Opportunity to Study Oncology
04/25/2024
LOW MOOR — Alleghany High School sophomore Taylor Jenkins has been selected to participate in a unique summer program that gives students an opportunity to explore careers in oncology, a branch of medicine that specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer.
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AHPS Still Seeking Students for VPI/Pre-Kindergarten Program
04/17/2024
Alleghany Highlands Public Schools is still enrolling students for its PreK/Virginia Preschool Initiative program for eligible four-year olds.
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AHPS Kindergarten Assessments Will Help ‘Jumpstart’ Students
04/12/2024
When enrolling AHPS kindergarten students arrive for further assessment on dates April 15-17, family members will be provided with an opportunity to learn about ways to support them as they prepare to enter school.
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AHPS to Release Students Early Monday, April 8 for Eclipse
04/05/2024
Alleghany Highlands Public Schools will release students from school three hours early on Monday, April 8, to avoid timing difficulties that might occur with a solar eclipse that will happen during the afternoon.
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Team of JRTC Students to Compete in National Tournament
04/04/2024
Four Jackson River Technical Center students have earned the opportunity to compete as a team in the National Anatomage Tournament set to take place at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on June 1.
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AHS Reopens; Plumbing Issues Still Being Monitored By AHPS
03/25/2024
Alleghany High School opened on schedule Monday, March 25, after being closed on March 22 because of a recurring plumbing problem that has been technically difficult for maintenance workers to diagnose.
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AHPS Partnering With Law Enforcement to Stress Online Safety
03/21/2024
LOW MOOR — To address the perils of social media and technology that confront youth both in and outside of schools, Alleghany Highlands Public Schools is partnering with law enforcement agencies to stress the importance of online safety to students in middle school and high school.
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AHS Graduation Scheduled For Casey Field, June 1
03/20/2024
LOW MOOR — Alleghany High School will hold its 2024 Commencement Exercises on Saturday, June 1, at Casey Field in Covington. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
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AHS Student Learns From Internationally-Acclaimed Guitarist
03/15/2024
How many high school students get an opportunity to receive a one-on-one lesson from an internationally-acclaimed classical guitarist?
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AHS, JRTC, CMS, CLASS Reopening March 15th, 2024
03/14/2024
Alleghany High School, Jackson River Technical Center, Covington Middle School, and Clifton Academy will reopen Friday, March 15, after being closed for two days due to a plumbing issue at AHS.
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Plumbing Issue Prompts School Closures on Thursday, March 14
03/13/2024
Due to a plumbing issue, Alleghany High School, Covington Middle School, Jackson River Technical Center and Clifton Academy will be closed on Thursday, March 14.
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Kim Halterman Honored As Regional Superintendent of the Year
02/20/2024
Kim Halterman, superintendent of Alleghany Highlands Public Schools, has been selected as regional superintendent of the year for a part of Virginia that includes the Highlands.
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Alleghany High School senior Grayson Siers is a welding student at Jackson River Technical Center. Welding is among numerous Career and Technical Education programs that help prepare AHPS students for the future. (AHPS Photo)
JRTC to Host Open House for Highlands Community on March 1
02/20/2024
The month of February is nationally and locally recognized as Career and Technical Education month and this year, Jackson River Technical Center is celebrating its 50th year in serving the Alleghany Highlands as a hub of workforce training education within the public schools and adult sectors.
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Members of the Whitehead family present the Gary “Boo Boo” Whitehead Memorial Scholarship to Isaiah Hubble in 2023
‘Scholarship Season’ Is Community Effort to Support AHS Seniors
02/06/2024
“Scholarship Season” is in full swing for the Alleghany High School administration and guidance staff as they work to provide financial assistance to graduating seniors who plan to further their education.
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Opportunities to Help Bus Driver Shortage
01/31/2024
Do you know what is involved when Alleghany Highlands Public Schools staff cancel a bus route on a given school day?
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AHPS Now Offering Online Tutoring Service to Boost Learning
01/24/2024
In a move designed to assist students and accelerate learning, the Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Division is now offering Varsity Tutors for Schools.
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AHS senior Riley Spangler (right) has been named one of 11 recipients of the prestigious Harry F. Byrd Jr. Leadership Award. This photo was taken at a Jackson River Governor’s School awards ceremony last year. At left is Teresa Ellison of the governor’s school board and Eddie Graham, executive director of the governor’s school.  Riley is an honor roll student at Alleghany High School and Mountain Gateway Community College. (AHPS Photo)
AHS Senior to Receive Prestigious Harry Byrd Jr. Leadership Award
01/19/2024
An Alleghany High School senior is one of the recipients of the statewide Harry F. Byrd Jr. Leadership Award for 2023-24.
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Alleghany High School freshman Elijah Halterman (left) is serving as a Page in the Virginia House of Delegates during the 2024 General Assembly session. Halterman is working with Del. Terry Austin (right) and other lawmakers to experience Virginia’s legislative process firsthand. (Photo courtesy of Del. Terry Austin)
AHS Freshman Learning Virginia Legislative Process Firsthand
01/16/2024
An Alleghany High School student has been selected as a Virginia General Assembly House of Delegates Page. Ninth grader Elijah Halterman was chosen for the program and he is attending the General Assembly session in Richmond this winter.
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Covington Middle Receiving Security Upgrades under State Grant
01/08/2024
The Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Division has been awarded a grant to enhance safety and security features at Covington Middle School.
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Sharon Elementary School Feted in Style over U.S. News Ranking
12/21/2023
A grand celebration was held at Sharon Elementary School on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 20, in recognition of the school being named one of the top 100 elementary schools in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
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Braylee Boggs Wins First AHPS Holiday Card Design Contest
12/21/2023
Braylee Boggs, a second grader at Callaghan Elementary School, has been named the winner of the first ever Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Holiday Card Design Contest.
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Culinary Students’ Gingerbread Designs Are ‘Uniquely Alleghany’
12/13/2023
Unique gingerbread designs by Jackson River Technical Center culinary students are on display at the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center in Clifton Forge.
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AHPS Receives Grant to Boost Breakfast Participation at AHS
12/07/2023
The Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Division has received a $13,400 grant from No Kid Hungry to help increase student breakfast participation at Alleghany High School.
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U.S. News Ranks Sharon among State’s Best Elementary Schools
11/29/2023
Sharon Elementary School is listed as one of the best elementary schools in Virginia in rankings recently released by U.S. News & World Reports.
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Grant To Enhance Agriculture in Classroom at JWES
11/21/2023
Jeter-Watson Elementary School has been awarded a $500 grant to help students better understand agriculture.
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AHPS Creates Friendly Rivalries to Boost Attendance
11/07/2023
LOW MOOR — As part of its ongoing efforts to address chronic absenteeism, Alleghany Highlands Public School has launched a friendly competition among schools.
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Students at Mountain View Elementary School receive tutoring to boost learning. Alleghany Highlands Public Schools will use special funding from the state to provide students with even more tutoring as part of an effort to address learning loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. (AHPS Photo)
AHPS ‘All In’ On State Plan to Boost Learning and Attendance
10/30/2023
Like school divisions around the state, Alleghany Highlands Public Schools is developing and implementing an ALL In Virginia Plan.
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Callaghan Students Combine to Write Halloween Thriller
10/27/2023
Students at Callaghan Elementary School pulled off a unique feat by completing a schoolwide writing project.
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Statement On CMS Incident
10/16/2023
Alleghany Highlands Public Schools have returned to normal operations after a lockdown was initiated at Covington Middle School earlier today. All other schools were under shelter in place as an added precaution to ensure student and staff safety.
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AHPS Band Trailer Reflect Community Spirit
09/28/2023
LOW MOOR — A spiffy trailer being used by the Alleghany High School Band is proof that the Alleghany Highlands Public Schools Division is helping put unity in the community.
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Two AHPS Teachers Earn Recognition from School Group
09/26/2023
High expectations and a love for students have helped two Alleghany Highlands Public Schools teachers achieve recognition from a group of public school divisions in Virginia.
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CMS Changes Schedule Format to Improve Student Instruction
09/18/2023
LOW MOOR — With a goal of providing students with a more continuous level of instruction, Covington Middle School will be implementing a new scheduling format.
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Teacher Has Important Role In Evaluating VA SOL Tests
09/05/2023
LOW MOOR — Jeter-Watson Elementary School teacher Hannah Gibson recently wrapped up work on a committee that plays an important role in evaluating and refining the Virginia Standards of Learning assessments.
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AHPS is a CEP Division for the 2023-2024 School Year
08/23/2023
All students in AHPS can continue to receive a breakfast and lunch free of charge under the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
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School Bus Routes and Schedules 2023-2024
08/19/2023
Alleghany Highlands Public Schools - Bus Routes for the 2023-2024 School Year.
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Alleghany Cougars Team Store Launches
03/10/2023
The Alleghany Highlands Public School Division’s athletic department has teamed with its official outfitter, BSN Sports, to launch an exclusive online store featuring Alleghany Cougars apparel and merchandise.
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