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Chatham, Virginia 24531  
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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

 

 

 

Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

 

August 19, 2016

Employee of the Week: 

Please join in recognizing Mrs. Debbie Hubbard, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper for Chatham 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/


 

A Tribute to a Colleague:

On Saturday, August 13, 2016, the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), from Chatham High School (CHS), Dan River High School (DRHS), Gretna High School (GHS) and Tunstall High School (THS) honored the life of Captain (Retired) Roderick James Henderson at Chatham High School.  Captain Henderson served as the JROTC Officer at Chatham High School from 2005 until 2016.  He passed away on August 4, 2016.  Mr. Randy Foster, Principal of Chatham High School, and Mr. Ronnie Emerson, Warrant Officer (Retired) of the JROTC at Dan River High School, remembered and honored Captain Henderson.  Both spoke of his dedication and concern for his students, as well as his work ethic and strength.  Countless students and parents of students spoke of what he meant to them.  Their stories of how he impacted their lives are a legacy that he leaves.  Each spoke of how he encouraged (many said coerced) and taught them and because of this, they became self-confident and strong.   JROTC Cadets ceremonially folded the flag, fired a three-round volley, played taps, and presented the flag to his family.  

 

Compensation Study Update:

The employee orientation and outreach sessions during the week of August 29, 2016, have been extended to September 1, 2016, to ensure that bus drivers have an opportunity to attend.  Please be reminded that all employees are invited and highly encouraged to attend one of the orientation sessions.  The revised schedule is as follows:

 

  • Monday, August 29, 2016, at 3:30 PM - Gretna High School and Tunstall High School Auditoriums
  • Monday, August 29, 2016, at 6:00 PM - School Board Office Boardroom
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at 3:30 PM - Chatham High School Auditorium
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 3:30 PM - Dan River High School Auditorium
  • Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 10:00 AM - School Board Office Boardroom

Employees who cannot attend a session are encouraged to watch the video of the session on our website.  Employees will be randomly selected to attend focus groups to provide feedback on current compensation and classification practices.  These employees will be individually notified.

 

I would like to report that Amaia Jones placed 4th in the National SkillsUSA Competition Job Skill Demo A instead of 5th place as she was recognized in the Weekly Wrap-Up last week.

 

State 2015-2016 Standards of Learning Results 

Dr. Steve Staples, Virginia State Superintendent for Public Instruction, announced the results of the 2015-2016 Standards of Learning (SOL) tests on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.  His report indicated improvements in math, reading and science scores across the State.  Eighty percent of students achieved proficient or advanced scores in reading, and the same percentage passed tests in mathematics, compared with 79 percent in both subjects in 2014-2015.  Eighty-three percent passed grade-level or end-of-course SOL tests in science, compared with 82 percent previously.

 

Dr. Staples said, “A one-point improvement in mathematics means that approximately 11,500 more students met or exceeded the benchmark for proficiency for their grade or course.  In reading, a one-point increase equals approximately 8,000 students, and in science, more than 6,000.  The success of these students – many of whom have struggled in the past – reflects great credit on our teachers, especially given Virginia’s rigorous standards and challenging online assessments.”

 

His report also indicates larger gains made by third graders, fifth graders and high school students on specific grade- and course-level tests, as follows:

  • 77 percent of third graders earned proficient or advanced scores in mathematics, a three-point gain compared with achievement during 2014-2015;
  • 82 percent of fifth-graders achieved proficient or advanced scores in reading, a two-point gain over 2014-2015; and
  • 89 percent of high school students taking the Algebra II test achieved proficient or advanced scores, also a two-point gain.

He noted that 915, 904, and 939 of the 1,822 public schools in Virginia improved in mathematics, reading, and science, respectively. 

The State, Division and school averages for the tested areas are provided in the tables below.  

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS   2015-2016 Standards of Learning Pass Rates

 

VA

State

Ave.

PCS

Division

Avg.

BES

CES

GES

HES

KES

MAES

SES

SMES

TSES

UHES

Gr. 3 English: Reading

76

84

79

100

75

95

82

90

75

88

87

96

Gr. 3 Mathematics

77

83

74

100

73

81

82

90

85

82

88

89

Gr. 4 English: Reading

77

84

63

92

87

81

77

96

87

86

87

89

Gr. 4 Mathematics

83

88

81

92

95

85

89

100

95

87

82

91

Gr. 4 VA Studies

87

91

80

94

92

91

88

100

92

97

90

100

Gr. 5 English: Reading

81

82

78

85

86

85

69

68

92

90

83

94

Gr. 5 Mathematics

79

86

71

88

94

93

76

74

93

94

83

100

Gr. 5 Science

81

89

85

98

92

89

83

66

99

96

85

100

 

MIDDLE SCHOOLS   2015-2016 Standards of Learning Pass Rates

 

 

 

VA

State

Ave.

PCS

Division

Avg.

CMS 

DRMS

GMS 

TMS 

Gr. 6 English: Reading

77

78

83

76

78

78

Gr. 6 Mathematics

82

85

87

87

79

88

Gr. 7 English: Reading

82

85

90

80

82

89

Gr. 7 Mathematics

72

45

48

35

25

65

Gr. 7 Civics & Econ

87

86

81

79

88

97

Gr. 8 English: Reading

75

75

75

75

69

82

Gr. 8 English: Writing

71

65

65

67

53

72

Gr. 8 Mathematics

73

76

86

78

57

84

*Algebra I

83

89

90

97

92

90

Gr. 8 Science

79

82

84

82

82

82

 

HIGH SCHOOLS   2015-2016 Standards of Learning Pass Rates

 

 

 

VA

State

Ave.

PCS

Division

Avg.

CHS

DRHS

GHS

THS

English: Reading

89

90

93

92

83

91

English: Writing

83

87

89

86

86

88

*Algebra I

83

89

90

89

85

86

Algebra II

89

97

99

97

88

99

Geometry

80

93

89

95

95

98

Biology

84

86

86

93

78

88

Chemistry

88

93

96

99

82

93

Earth Science

84

87

90

82

84

93

VA& US History

86

91

91

95

82

93

World History I

84

85

84

97

73

88

World History II

86

89

93

92

73

96

 

Congratulations!
 
Cyber Saturday Event Held at STEM Academy

The STEM Academy held a Cyber Saturday event on August 13, 2016, for 65 gifted students in grades 6 through 9.  Students flew drones, built robots, made batteries and flashlights, programmed with NXT, and worked with TI-84 Calculators.  The following staff members and volunteers assisted with this activity:

  • Staff-Ms. Deborah Powell (Principal), Ms. Tommie Evans, Ms. Jill Collins, Mr. Jacob Taylor, Mr. Phillip Stamps, Mr. Charlie Hudson, and Mr. Lawrence DeShazor

  • AmeriCorps Volunteers-Ms. Audia Harris, Ms. Jessica Beebe, Mr. Don Cox, and Ms. Katie Scott

  • School Volunteers-Ms. Carol Cox and Ms. Rhonda Jefferson

Eighth grade gifted students from the four middle schools visited the STEM Academy on August 17 and August 18, 2016.  A Keokee grant funded this opportunity for students to complete hands-on engineering activities with model rockets and model race cars.  The grant will provide additional opportunities for these students to participate in the engineering design process during the 2016-2017 school year.  The next opportunity is scheduled on September 21 and September 22, 2016.     

 

Your patience on Monday and Wednesday afternoons this week was greatly appreciated.    On both afternoons, all air conditioning units at designated schools were set at nighttime set points beginning at 2:15 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  This energy management program allows school divisions to reduce spending.  Because this was a one-time event, we will not have to repeat this process during the school year unless there is a very high demand on power companies between now and the end of September.

 

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Accounts Payable Cut-off Due to Mrs. K. Wade - August 23, 2016, by 12:00 noon

  • Volunteer Fingerprinting - August 24, 2016, @ School Board Office, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Volunteer Fingerprinting - August 25, 2016, @ Tunstall High School, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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