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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

December 16, 2016

Holiday Wishes from the Superintendent

I’m proud to work with so many great people who dedicate their professional lives, and much of their personal lives, to building our community’s future by serving children directly and indirectly both in our schools and in support of our schools.  I express my appreciation for all you do to make “Pittsylvania County Schools A Great Place to Learn and Work!”  I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Governor McAuliffe Proposes 1.5% Bonus:

The governor announced Tuesday that his budget includes about $55.5 million to cover bonuses for teachers to be distributed in December 2017.  The governor said, “the budget isn't where it needs to be to do that yet, however, the state’s revenue picture is improving.” Additional information will be provided as more is known about the 2017-2018 Budget.

United Way Contributions

Appreciation is expressed to staff for the 2016-2017 United Way contributions.  A total of $15,521.62 was received.  The following schools/facilities were recognized as top contributors:

  • Elementary Schools – Kentuck Elementary School - $1,400.00 / Total Per Capita - $17.07

  • Middle Schools – Dan River Middle School - $1,333.75 / Total Per Capita - $16.47

  • Secondary Schools – Tunstall High School - $2,362.68 / Total Per Capita - $21.58

  • Other Groups – School Board Office – $1,505.00 / Total Per Capita - $36.71

  • SkyRocket Per Capita Award for highest increase in contributions – Mt. Airy Elementary School at 212%

Dr. Willie Sherman to Present at the VEA Teachers of Color Summit:

Dr. Willie Sherman’s workshop proposal titled “WHAM Phenomenonology A Transformational Experience!” has been accepted by the 2017 VEA Teachers of Color Summit Committee. He will present at the Summit on February 16 – 18, 2017, at the Hilton Richmond Downtown in Richmond, VA.

Schools Hold Holiday Performances:

Across the division, schools have held holiday choral, band and drama performances in the last few weeks.  From high school to elementary students, the fine arts are alive and well in Pittsylvania County Schools thanks to our staff.  Hundreds of parents, grandparents, friends, teachers and administrators have packed into auditoriums to see our students perform.    

Tunstall Middle School's Canned Food Drive:

Tunstall Middle School Jr. BETA, FFA, and FCCLA sponsored a canned food drive for the Salvation Army. Students and staff collected a total of 6,156 non-perishable items. Mr. Michael Nemec, an eighth grade teacher, proposed a challenge that he would do five pushups for every homeroom that exceeded the total for his homeroom. Mrs. April Hawkins’s sixth grade homeroom came in first place with 1,311 items. Mr. Nemec’s eighth grade homeroom came in second with 1,260 items. Mrs. Hilary Simmons’s seventh grade homeroom class was third with 664 items. Mr. Nemec will be doing his pushups at the Holiday Program at school on December 21 in front of the entire student body.

canned food

Grinch Days:

In efforts to promote reading, Southside Elementary School's kindergarten team celebrated Grinch Day. Teachers and students dressed up as characters from the book, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss. Southside's teachers have the unique ability to bring fun and excitement into the classroom.


The Pre-K classes at Gretna Elementary School celebrated Grinch Day on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. The students and faculty dressed as characters from the popular Dr. Seuss book entitled “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The students read the book and saw the movie. Everyone seemed to enjoy the festivities.


Girls on the Run Float:

The Girls on the Run from Gretna Elementary School entered a float in the Gretna Parade. The theme of the float was traditions around the world. It was entitled "Girls Run the World." The float was designed and built by Robin Hall and Sonja Scott (staff members at Gretna Elementary School).  The float won first place.


Fraternal Order of Eagles Donate Christmas Gifts to Students:

The Fraternal Order of Eagles - Piedmont Aerie 4420 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles - Piedmont Aerie 4420 Eagle Riders recently donated Christmas gifts to 43 Pittsylvania County Schools' students.  The large gift bags and boxes contained new winter clothing and toys (games, dolls, books, art supplies, bicycles, scooters, sports equipment, etc.) to help make a child's Christmas special. It is truly a blessing what they bring to our children and their families during this holiday season.   We greatly appreciate their service, generosity and dedication to Pittsylvania County Schools.   

Operation Warm “More Than Just a Coat”

Southside Elementary School was chosen by Operation Warm "More Than Just a Coat" along with Unique Industries to supply coats to all students. Over 50 volunteers took time out of their busy schedules to greet Southside students with smiles and open arms. Each student was properly sized and fitted for coats in preparation for winter. Southside students experienced what "More Than Just a Coat" truly stood for. Each volunteer took the time to get to know each child while allowing them to pick their favorite color coat. Southside Elementary students and staff were thankful for these generous organizations for showing that love and goodwill still exists in the community.


  • Graduate of Merit Application Deadline – Wednesday, December 21, 2016, Due to Guidance Department

  • Last Day of First Semester/Students Dismissed at 1:00 p.m./Teachers Dismissed at 1:30 p.m./School Division Operations End at 3:00 p.m. (School and bus shop administration remain until all buses have completed their routes if after 3:00 p.m.) – Wednesday, December 21, 2016

  • Holiday for Students – December 22, 2016, through January 8, 2017

  • Holiday for Teachers – December 22, 2016, through January 4, 2017 (Teacher workdays scheduled on January 5 and 6, 2017)

  • Holiday for 12-month Staff – Please check calendar

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Last update: Friday, December 16, 2016 04:22 PM