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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

April 3, 2017

Employee of the Week: 

Please join in recognizing Mrs. Angela Motley, Teacher Aide at Kentuck Elementary School, on her selection as Employee of the Week for Pittsylvania County Schools. Please click on the following link to find out what employees do to make this A Great Place to Learn and Work! http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/staff/employee-of-week/

Anthem’s Link for Its Spark Webinar Series:

Helping our employees engage in their health and wellness is a top priority. Therefore, the Human Resources Department is sharing the link provided by Anthem for their Spark Webinar Series - bringing together exciting topics and presenters to help employees get inspired and improve their life. These webinars are 60 minutes or less. They're packed with valuable information that can help you tackle everyday challenges. Please review the topics and view any webinar that is of interest to you.

You may access this link by clicking on http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/hr/wellness/sparkwebinars.html

Educators of the Year Announced:

Please join me in congratulating the teachers at each school selected as 2017 Educators of the Year.

  • Stacey Harville, Brosville Elementary School

  • Harriet Sherlock, Chatham Elementary School

  • Christy Lipscomb, Chatham High School

  • Jesse Dalton, Chatham Middle School

  • Katie Petrick, Dan River High School

  • Leslie Bassett, Dan River Middle School

  • Katie Reynolds, Gretna Elementary School

  • Paul Shelton, Gretna High School

  • Dana Robertson, Gretna Middle School

  • Melanie Frederick, Hurt Elementary School

  • Stephanie Giles, Kentuck Elementary School

  • Chasity Wertz, Mt. Airy Elementary School

  • Joan Hendrix, Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center

  • Stephanie O’Brien, Regional Alternative School/STEM Academy

  • Paige Hines, Stony Mill Elementary School

  • Michael Dowell, Southside Elementary School

  • Ann Thompson, Tunstall Middle School

  • Patricia Buchanan, Tunstall High School

  • Cynthia Scearce, Twin Springs Elementary School

  • Lisa Nichols, Union Hall Elementary School

Henry Adams wrote, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” The rewards may be small like watching a student make a connection or seeing a child caring for someone like she never cared before. They may be large like seeing your students receive outstanding awards or even receiving one yourself. Thank you all for what you do for the students in Pittsylvania County Schools.

Union Hall Elementary School Students Celebrate Read Across America Day:

The students at Union Hall Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day (also Dr. Seuss's birthday) on Thursday, March 2, 2017. In celebration of the day, students made hats like The Cat in the Hat. The preschool class had a surprise visit from Mrs. Janet Wood, cafeteria manager at Union Hall, who was dressed as The Cat In The Hat! She read Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham to Ms. Amanda McKenzie’s Pre-K class and cooked green eggs and ham.

Libraries: Charting the Course, Roanoke Spring Regional Conference:

On Wednesday, March 8, several of the Pittsylvania County Schools librarians joined with librarians around our VAASL region to learn from each other. Those in attendance were Jo Davis, Julia Dawson, Lisa Hartgrove, Robert Joyce, and Linda Yeatts. Three of these individuals also presented sessions. These sessions included: 1. "Where Did Those People Go?" by Robert Joyce

The Social Studies Standard of Learning was revised in 2015. The focus of the SOL in grades K-3 received a noticeable makeover. Several important historical figures were moved into the curriculum taught in the lower grades, and several new important individuals were included as well. This session provided a live binder access to resources and ideas on how to assist teachers in grades 1 & 2 with finding information.

2. "Dueling Vokis-Persuasive argument meets Technology" by Linda Yeatts

Participants were introduced to excellent collaborative projects that blend research and creativity with higher order thinking skills. They were also shown how to use online debate/persuasive argument resources and the Vokis presenter application. Participants were challenged to a duel ...Voki style.

3. "Destiny Home Pages" by Jo Davis - The home pages are useful resources for students doing research as well as looking for a good book to read.

Radford University Offers Mathematics Conference:

Gretna Elementary School Science Fair 2017:

On the evening of March 9, 2017, the Gretna Elementary School students participated in a science fair. The students displayed and explained their experiments from 5:30-6:30 that evening. Mr. Ron Smith, fourth grade teacher, coordinated this event.

Chatham High School Senior Earns Jefferson Scholarship:

Lance T. Hardcastle, senior at Chatham High School, was notified on March 27, 2017, that he was the recipient of a Jefferson Scholarship. The Jefferson Scholarship is granted solely on the basis of merit and provides full financial support for four years of undergraduate study at the University of Virginia. Please join me in congratulating Lance.

Dan River Middle School Assembly – “No Limits, No Excuses”

On Tuesday, March 28th, Dan River Middle School welcomed Liberty University student and admissions counselor Mark Simpson who presented to all three grade levels his "No Limits, No Excuses" way of life. Simpson's presentation to the students and staff began by doing push-ups with two students, and in his words, not "dinky pushups, either." The students, and Simpson had to do a full push-up, with a clap as they left the floor. What made it even more special for Simpson to do these push-ups is that he did five of them ... without any legs. Simpson was born in Mumbai, India, without thigh bones and had his legs amputated at the age of 17. He was adopted at the age of 2 by an American family. Since then, he has graduated high school, gotten his bachelor’s degree, gotten married and is pursuing his master’s degree at Liberty University. Earl Glass, physical education teacher at Dan River Middle, found out about Simpson from a mutual friend, and invited him to DRMS to help motivate the students to always do their best, no matter what their circumstances. Simpson used Dan River Middle School's ROARS (Respectful, Organized, Appropriate, Responsible, and Supportive) acronym for behavioral expectations to relate the five things that will be the students' recipe for success. “I had to do five things to get where I am today, and actually those five things are things that your school, that you guys are already doing. It’s your slogan — ROARS,” Simpson said. “Do you know why your teachers wake up in the morning, grab a cup of coffee and come into work every day? You want to know why,” Simpson asked. “They care about you. They want you to succeed. They want you to get to your fullest potential, to get to that next level. All these teachers support your roar.” The students and staff were inspired by Mr. Simpson and the message of "No Limits, No Excuses" that he shared.

The North Star Theatre Project Presents Legally Blonde, Jr., The Musical:

Many of the cast members of Legally Blonde, Jr., The Musical, are students in the Pittsylvania County Schools, and I look forward to attending a performance. The live show opens on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. with performances on April 1, 7, & 8 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 2 & 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Danville Community College/Pittsylvania County Schools Announce Summer Enrichment Program:

The Summer Enrichment Program for identified gifted students in grades eight through ten will be held on June 5-9, 2017, on the Danville Community College campus. Each participant will be enrolled as a DCC student for this enrichment session and must test and receive qualifying scores on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) to be eligible to take any of the courses offered. In order to apply to the Summer Enrichment Program, each student must complete an application and a DCC Summer Enrichment Parent Permission Form and return each to Mr. Cedric Hairston, Supervisor of Specialty Curricula Areas, by April 7, 2017.

PCTC To Host State SkillsUSA Precision Machining Championship:

The Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center Precision Machining Program will be hosting the State SkillsUSA Precision Machining Championships on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The competition will take place throughout the morning and end around noon, with the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.


  • April Character Word of the Month – Caring

  • Teachers’ Advisory Council Meeting, Monday, April 3, 2017, @ 2:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting, Monday, April 3, 2017, @ 6:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • Support Staff Advisory Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, @ 10:00 a.m., School Board Office

  • Citizens’ Advisory Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, @ 1:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • PBIS Workshop (Elementary), Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., STEM Academy

  • Student Leaders’ Forum, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, @ 10:30 a.m., PCTC

  • PBIS Workshop (Middle and High School), Thursday, April 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., STEM Academy

  • Spring SRC Data Corrections by Schools Final Deadline, Thursday, April 6, 2107, @ 12:00 noon, to Mrs. Finney

  • Last Day of Marking Period, Students Dismissed at 1:00 p.m., ½ Teacher Workday, Friday, April 7, 2017

  • Special Education Advisory Meeting, Friday, April 7, 2017, @ 1:00 p.m., ECC-Room 2

  • VSBA Art Contest Entries Due, Friday, April 7, 2017, @ 4:00 p.m.

  • PRGS Staff Meeting, Saturday, April 8, 2017, Chatham High School

  • PowerSchool Assessment and Analytics Posttests, March 28 – May 25, 2017

  • Small Business Idea Fair – April 20, 2017, @ Tunstall High School, 6:00 p.m.

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