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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

February 24, 2017

Employee of the Week: 

Please join in recognizing Mrs. Barbara Neal, Cafeteria Manager at Gretna 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/

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.

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 resources 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.

Rates for Local Option Health Insurance Plan Released:

Rates for the local option health insurance plan (SB 364) have been published.  In all, 210 groups with 102,390 enrolled employees and a total of 204,029 enrolled members provided the necessary information.  A minimum of 5,000 enrolled employees and 10,000 enrolled members is required for the plan to be offered in July 2018. 

Preliminary Rates

Based on the experience and demographics of the groups that submitted data, the preliminary rates for COVA Local in FY 2019 are projected to be the same as the rates for the state COVA Care Basic plan, and the buy-ups are projected to be the same or  less than the state plans: 


Once the School Board has reviewed the rates, a non-binding decision will be made to continue or discontinue participation in the preliminary plan.  At the time when the State receives all notices from participating divisions, new rates will be established and divisions will make binding elections.  It is anticipated that final elections will be required by December 31, 2017.  The COVA Local plan will begin on July 1, 2018.   

Virginia Students Among Nation’s Top AP Achievers:

Virginia has the nation’s sixth-highest percentage of public high school seniors qualifying for college credit on Advanced Placement examinations, according to data released by the College Board.   According to the College Board, 28.3 percent of the Commonwealth’s 2016 graduating seniors earned a score of three or higher on at least one AP examination.  Nationwide, 21.9 percent of 2016’s graduating seniors achieved a score of three or higher on at least one AP test. 

According to revised data from the College Board, 28 percent of Virginia’s 2015 public high school graduates earned scores of three or higher on at least one AP examination.


Young Writers Contest Participants:
A list of the one hundred four (104) students who won or received honorable mention in the Young Writers’ competition is provided your PCS email.

Southside Elementary School's Valentine's Dance:

Southside Elementary School celebrated Valentine's Day on Friday, February 17, 2017, with a dance.  The dance was open to all Southside students and parents.  Students were greeted by a special guest who graced the stage to dance along with students and parents.

All-County Band and Chorus Performances:

The All-County Band concert was held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Chatham High School.  Middle and high school students from the County schools participated in this event.  Special appreciation is extended to Mr. Cedric Hairston, Supervisor of Specialty Curricular Areas, and the band directors from the schools for planning this outstanding activity and preparing the students to perform so well.  



Pictures were provided by Kathy Hodges, parent of a Gretna High School student.

The All-County Chorus performance was held at Tunstall High School on Thursday evening, February 23, 2017.  On behalf of the school division, I would like to thank Mr. Cedric Hairston, Supervisor of Specialty Curricular Areas, and the high school choral teachers.  The students did an excellent job.



Chatham Middle School and Dan River Middle School Earn School of Merit Awards:

Chatham Middle School and Dan River Middle School have been recognized as a 2016 - 2017 National Beta School of Merit by the National Beta organization.  In May, the schools will receive a congratulatory letter and a National Beta School of Merit window decal to proudly display as a symbol of this accomplishment.  In addition, a list of National Beta School of Merit recipients will be publicized at the 2017 National Beta Convention. 

John L. Hurt, Jr. Elementary School Produces PBIS Videos:

The faculty of Hurt Elementary School made three PBIS videos that emphasize school rules and safety.  Congratulations to Mrs. Vickie Murphy, Principal, and her staff for producing these videos.  Should you wish to view them, please contact Mrs. Murphy. 

Books for Africa:

Recently, three teachers, Mark Austin and Adam Louhoff of Tunstall High School, and Jerry Dallas of Tunstall Middle School, delivered forty boxes of used books and workbooks to the Phi Theta Kappa Sorority at Danville Community College. These books will be boxed by members of the sorority and shipped to schools in Africa which are in great need of teaching materials. This project is part of a joint effort between the Tunstall High School Army Junior ROTC, Ms. Sherry Gott, the Phi Theta Kappa Sorority advisor, and the faculty and staff of Tunstall High School and Tunstall Middle School.  At the end of each semester, as part of the JROTC program recycle project, the cadets organize a locker cleanout to collect any items that can be reused. Additionally throughout the year, teachers provide books and other materials that are outdated and would otherwise be thrown away.  This is the third load of books provided to Phi Theta Kappa this school year.  Last fall, teachers Tara Mills and Aaron Book and Cadet Chris Davis delivered two truckloads of forty boxes each to the sorority.


Danville Dental Visits Southside Elementary School:

Danville Dental visited Southside Elementary School to encourage good dental hygiene. Students were shown a video called, “How To Brush Your Teeth Properly For Kids.”   The video may be located on YouTube for students to view at home with parents.  In an effort to promote healthy teeth, Southside Elementary School continues to stress its importance at school as well as at home


  • February Character Word of the Month – Self-Control

  • March Character Word of the Month - Fairness

  • February is Black History Month

  • February is School Board Appreciation Month in Virginia

  • Report Cards Sent Home, Monday, February 27, 2017

  • Gifted Advisory Committee Meeting, Monday, February 27, 2017, @ 3:00 p.m.

  • School Board Budget Committee Meeting, Tuesday, February 28, 2017. @ 6:00 p.m.

  • Behavior Management Committee Meeting, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, @ 2:00 p.m.

  • 2017 Southern Virginia STEM-H Summit, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, (8:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.) & Thursday, March 2, 2017, (8:00 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.), Institute for Advance Learning and Research

  • Emergency Management Training, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) & Thursday, March 2, 2017, (9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.), Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services

  • Concussion Management Team Meeting, Friday, March 3, 2017, @ 9:00 a.m., School Board Office

  • CPR/First Aid Training, Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Gretna Middle School

Family Life Education Schedule for February

Grade 4 02-27-2017 to 03-02-2017 p.m.
Grade 5 02-27-2017 to 03-03-2017 p.m.

Grade 4           02-27-2017 to 03-02-2017 a.m.
Grade 5           02-27-2017 to 03-03-2017 a.m.

Grades 6-8      03-07-2017 to 03-16-2017

Grades 6-8      03-27-2017 to 04-06-2017

Spring SRC Data Collection
(Schools to enter and validate data by) – 03-17-2017

WorkKeys Writing – February 1, 2017, to February 28, 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: Friday, February 24, 2017 04:16 PM