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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

February 10, 2017

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mr. Darrell Buchanan from the Maintenance Department on his 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/

School Board and Board of Supervisors Hold a Joint Meeting – February 9, 2017:

The School Board and the Board of Supervisors met on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the School Board’s 2017-2018 Budget. The proposed budgets for the Senate and House of Delegates will be published by Monday, February 13, 2017. Once the Finance Department receives these figures, a comparison will be made with the budget developed by the Governor’s office in December.

School Board Clerk Appreciation Week, February 19 - 24, 2017:

Please join me in recognizing Mrs. Janet Hancock, Clerk of the Pittsylvania County School Board, for all that she does for Pittsylvania County Schools. She is a tireless champion for the students and staff of this county, who spends countless hours each week on tasks which ensure that the school division operates at its optimum. In every aspect of her job, she is a consummate professional.

School Board Appreciation Month:

Governor McAuliffe has proclaimed February 2017 as School Board Appreciation Month to help build awareness of the crucial role school board members play in our communities and schools. Board members are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing school divisions. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children. Administrators, school staff, students, and the community all should recognize our School Board members for this exemplary commitment and sacrifice, and join in thanking them for all that they do for Pittsylvania County Schools.

Pittsylvania County Schools All-County Band Concert – Saturday, February 18, 2017

The band directors of Pittsylvania County Schools would like to invite everyone to the All-County Band Concert on February 18, 2017. The concert will be held at Chatham High School in Chatham, Virginia, and will start at 7:00 p.m. The guest conductors for this event will be Mr. Earl Shaffer and Mr. David Holley. Some may know Mr. Holley as a former Tunstall High School graduate and former Pittsylvania County Schools’ employee. The public is invited to attend, and there is no admission fee to the concert.

Workforce Development Board – Area 17: Plan for this Area:

The West Piedmont Workforce Development Board’s strategic vision for preparing an educated and skilled workforce inclusive of youth and individuals with barriers to employment in order to support the local area economic growth and economic self-sufficiency is employers having access to a skilled workforce and individuals maximizing their desired career potential. As the second largest employer in this region, Pittsylvania County Schools plays a vital role in preparing a quality workforce. The Plan lists the top three areas of growth in employment opportunities in this region are as follows:

Area Estimated Employment
Projected Increase
Annual Change
Health Care and Social Assistance 10,356 12,490 1.89%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 1,718
2,026 1.66%
Construction 1,991 2,216 1.08%

February is Black History Month:
In celebration of Black History Month, the Virginia Department of Education has provided teachers and school divisions with materials to use.  These materials may be found in the link to the VDOE memo as follows:


Please use these resources as you celebrate the accomplishments of many prominent African Americans.

100th Day Celebration - 100 Blessing Buckets:

Celebration of 100 Days of School - Twin Springs Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The entire week was spent enjoying special activities centered around the number 100. As their culminating activity on Friday, the school set a school-wide goal to fill 100 Blessing Buckets for God's Pit Crew. The day was called, "Pajamas That Provide." Each grade level was assigned a particular item to bring for the buckets, and everyone wore his or her pajamas. With the help of the children, parents, staff, several businesses in the area as well as donations from various people and churches in the area, their goal was met! It was an amazing sight watching 800 children bringing in the items to fill 100 Blessing Buckets. Staff and students definitely had a fun week of learning and the students learned the importance of helping others in a time of need!

Pennies for Leukemia:

The Dan River Interact Club sponsored a Pennies for Leukemia Drive by collecting loose change to make a change for the cure and assistance for patients dealing with cancer. All proceeds collected will be donated to the Danville/Pittsylvania County Cancer Association. The school collected $420 during lunches from Dan River students, administration and staff members.

Former Gretna High School Student Authors Article:

Ms. Sally D. Clements, a former teacher for thirty-eight years in the Pittsylvania County School System, shared an article her daughter had authored. She wrote in her e-mail to me, “I am always pleased to hear about the many achievements of our students and former students.” I feel the same way. Her daughter, Courtney L. Clements, is a graduate of Gretna High School.

Gretna Middle School Students Celebrate Chinese New Year: A True Cultural Experience!

Gongxi Facai! "Happy Chinese New Year"! was the new phrase from Mr. Roger Nauss’ class as students participated in a week-long celebration of the Chinese New Year. They learned of China’s contribution to the world by making Chicken Fried Rice, egg rolls and mooncakes. They created masks and Chinese lanterns, and studied the traditional Chinese story of Mulan. The highlight of the celebration came as students constructed their own rockets and successfully launched them in the field behind the school.

District VI All-District Chorus:

The 2017 District VI All-District Chorus is being hosted this weekend at George Washington High School. One student from Dan River High School and one student from Tunstall High School will be representing Pittsylvania County this year in the 2017 All-District Treble Chorus.

The final concert will take place Saturday, February 11th at 5:00 p.m. It is free to the public and generally lasts one hour. If time permits, please plan to attend the concert and see what great things our students are doing in choral music!

Middle Schools Sweep BETA T-Shirt Competition:

At the State annual Beta Club convention, Pittsylvania County middle schools swept the t-shirt design competition as follows: Gretna Middle School - 1st Place, Chatham Middle School - 2nd Place, and Dan River Middle School - 3rd Place.

Other honors included: Gretna Middle School – 2nd in Woodworking, 2nd in Skits, 1st in Banner; Chatham Middle School – 2nd in Songfest, 3rd in Computer-Enhanced Photography; and Dan River Middle School - 3rd in Fiber Arts. Keri Divers, a seventh grader at Gretna Middle School, was selected as the new State Vice President.

Tunstall High School Army JROTC Recycles:

The Tunstall High School Army Junior ROTC Trojan Battalion is currently upgrading the program’s recycling project which was begun in 2012. Over the past 5 years, the cadets have collected 59,565 pounds or nearly 30 tons of paper materials for recycle. According to the records provided by Eastern Microfilm/ EMI Imaging (EMI) of Stuart, Virginia, 520 trees have been saved and $7,713 of estimated landfill expenses have been eliminated. EMI supports the project by providing collection bins and transportation for the material. In addition to helping protect the environment, Tunstall High School received $870 from EMI as reimbursement for the material collected.

The recycling improvement effort is part of the upcoming JROTC Program for Accreditation (JPA) School Visit that will be conducted in April for all the Army Junior ROTC programs in Pittsylvania County. The JPA School Visit is designed to assess the unit primarily in the areas of teaching and learning. As part of the visit, the cadet battalion staff must plan and conduct a Continuous Improvement Project that is initiated, planned, led, executed and documented by cadets. The staff must also present a briefing to the inspectors from the 4th Brigade JROTC headquarters at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

To date, the cadet battalion staff plans to improve its collection efforts by enlisting the help of the faculty, staff, and student organizations at Tunstall High School. Boxes for recycle have been made available for the school classrooms and offices, and cadets have been assigned to pick up the material collected. This project began as an effort to improve our environment, but it has become clear that educating the community beginning with the students of Tunstall High School is the key to changing our culture which wastes too much.


  • Character Word of the Month – Self-Control

  • February is Black History Month

  • February is School Board Appreciation Month in Virginia

  • Grading and Reporting Committee Meeting, Monday, February 13, 2017, @ 2:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • Title I District Parent Advisory Council Meeting, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, @ 10:00 a.m., School Board Office

  • School Board Meeting, Tuesday, February 14, 2017, @ 6:30 p.m. (Closed), 7:00 p.m. (Open), School Board Office

  • Principals’ Meeting, Thursday, February 16, 2017, @ 9:30 a.m., School Board Office

  • Instructional Principals’ Meeting, Thursday, February 16, 2017, @ 1:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • Spring Writing SOL Training for School Counselors, Thursday, February 16, 2017, @ 10:30 a.m., ECC/TC

  • PSNA Meeting, Thursday, February 16, 2017, @ 4:00 p.m., Gretna High School

  • Smart Beginnings Luncheon, Thursday, February 16, 2017, @ 12:00 noon

  • All County Band Concert, Saturday, February 18, 2017, @ 7:00 p.m., Chatham High School

  • Family Life Education Schedule for February

  • BES Grade 4 02-27-2017 to 03-02-2017 p.m.

  • Grade 5 02-27-2017 to 03-03-2017 p.m.

  • CMS Grades 6-8 02-13-2017 to 02-17-2017 and 02-21-2017 to 02-23-2017

  • SMES Grade 4 02-27-2017 to 03-02-2017 a.m.

  • Grade 5 02-27-2017 to 03-03-2017 a.m.

  • WorkKeys Writing – February 1, 2017, to February 28, 2017

  • PALS Mid-Year Assessments (PK-K) ends February 6, 2017

  • PALS Data Due – February 10, 2017

Tdap clinics and dates have been approved by the Health Department and are listed below:

9:00 a.m.         Gretna Elementary School
1:30 p.m.         Hurt Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Chatham Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Southside Elementary School
1:30 p.m.         Union Hall Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Twin Springs Elementary School
1:30 p.m.         Mt. Airy Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Kentuck Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Stony Mill Elementary School
1:30 p.m.         Brosville Elementary School

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Last update: Monday, February 13, 2017 09:33 AM