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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

December 9, 2016

Employee of the Week: 

Please join in recognizing Mrs. Liliane Dean, Pre-School Teacher at Twin Springs 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/

Virginia’s First Lady Calls to Recognize School Nutrition Department:

On Thursday, December 8, 2016, the First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe, called to thank Mrs. Kara Scott, Supervisor of School Nutrition, school nutrition employees, and school staffs for their good work implementing the School Breakfast program. She was very complimentary of the efforts that have been made which have resulted in increased participation rates for students. Mrs. McAuliffe has dedicated her efforts as First Lady to eliminating childhood hunger and improving access to Virginia’s fresh, locally-grown agricultural products for all citizens.

REMINDER For VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan Members (Newly hired to VRS service on or after January 1, 2014) - upcoming December 15th deadline for Hybrid Voluntary Contributions:

In addition to mandatory contributions, members may contribute up to an additional 4 percent in voluntary contributions to the defined contribution component of the Hybrid Retirement Plan each month. There is also an employer match (up to 2.5%) for contributions to the plan. Take Action with Voluntary Contributions!

Beginning January 1, 2017, the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan’s Auto-Escalation Feature goes into effect. This plan feature is designed to help employees save more for retirement by slightly increasing the amount that you contribute from each paycheck to your retirement savings. The voluntary contributions will automatically increase by 0.5 percent every three years until you reach the maximum of 4 percent unless the employee opts out of the auto-escalation. December 15, 2016, is the last day to opt-out of the January 1, 2017, automatic escalation of .5 percent. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Janet Hancock, Clerk of the Board, at janet.hancock@pcs.k12.va.us or 434-4m32-2761, ext. 5008.

Breakfast with Santa:

Santa greeted Southside Elementary School students with a big smile as friends and family enjoyed a well-balanced breakfast. In preparing for the holiday season, students, staff and family had the pleasure of talking and taking pictures with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa
Pictured in the photo is 3rd grade student Danner-Faith Cibrian with Santa at Southside Elementary School's annual breakfast with Santa.

Veterans' Day:
Chatham Elementary School celebrated Veterans' Day by inviting local veterans to a program at the school. The purpose of the program was to honor those who served in the armed forces, and to teach the students that freedom is not free. Mrs. JoAnn Hightower, Cafeteria Manager, read a poem that she wrote, students sang Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA, and everyone sang The Star Spangled Banner. It was a timely lesson that we were able to conduct in the context of a special program. The students gained an appreciation for our veterans’ sacrifices, and the veterans were honored in a way that made them proud of their service.

Pictured are Wanda Carter, Principal; Donald Snead, Jessie Barksdale, Robert Neals, Adam Pickeral and Jeremy Gray.

Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports:

A team from Pittsylvania County Schools attended the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) Aligning Practices: Where the Rubber Meets the Road conference in Roanoke on December 6, 2016. I was fortunate to have been a part of this group from our division. I was encouraged by what was shared throughout the morning while I was there. Many of the established practices in place in Pittsylvania County schools were listed as enhancements in the Tiered Fidelity Inventory. Some of the Enhancements are as follows:

  • Evidence based practices (EBPs) are selected, defined and implemented in a way that is culturally responsive.

  • Pacing guides and written guidelines for instructional expectations are aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning and are used for lesson planning. EBPs are implemented with fidelity.

  • Lesson plans are matched to task demand and include application to real world scenarios.

  • Lessons provide scaffolding to promote success for students.

  • A procedure is in place to evaluate Tier 1 data with re-teaching.

  • Measurable goals and measures of student performance are in place.

The good work provided by our staff is making a difference for our students and our County.

Christmas Events:

Students at Chatham Elementary School have ushered in the Christmas Spirit wholeheartedly. Fifth grade choral students participated in the Town Illumination and Festival of Carols on Friday, December 2, 2016. Over 70 students, along with faculty and staff participated on Saturday in the Chatham Christmas Parade. A Christmas concert was held at the December PTO meeting with audience participants joining in the singing of carols. In keeping with this Spirit, a canned food drive was sponsored by the Jr. Beta students and Chatham Elementary School with approximately 300 canned goods collected and donated to the Salvation Army. Chatham Elementary School wishes all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous and Happy New Year.

Students pictured are Taliah White, Trinity Custer, Will Anderson, and Ben Williams.

Holiday Concerts:

I have attended several holiday concerts across the division this year and all have been outstanding. As we wind down the first semester, I hope that all is well with you and your families.


  • Substitute Teacher Orientation – Tuesday, December 13, 2016, School Board Office @ 1:00 PM

  • School Board Meeting – Tuesday, December 13, 2016, School Board Office, Closed @ 6:30 p.m. and Open @ 7:00 p.m.

  • All Payroll Submissions Due – Wednesday, December 14, 2016

  • Principals’ Meeting – Thursday, December 15, 2016, School Board Office @ 8:30 a.m.

  • Family Life Education – Tunstall Middle School, December 9 – 20, 2016

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