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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

January 6, 2017

Welcome Back!

I hope each of you had a restful Holiday and time to relax and enjoy those things that get pushed to the backburner. Research supports the importance of vacation to our personal health as well as our productivity at work.

Employee of the Week:

Please join in recognizing Mrs. Maria Miller, Administrative Assistant at Gretna Middle 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/

Professional Development – January 5, 6, 2017:

The Pittsylvania County Schools Instructional, Information Technology, Support Services, and Human Resources Teams collaboratively planned and provided multiple professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators on January 5 and 6, 2017. The focus of the professional development was the four content areas (math, reading, science, and social studies), CTE, data disaggregation to support PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), Tier III instructional interventions, assessments, and mentor teacher expectations.

Your participation in these professional development activities is greatly appreciated.

What’s Next?

The December 2 edition of the Superintendent’s Wrap-Up featured an article about Computer Coding as a possible next opportunity for students in Pittsylvania County. The information provided by our legislators, in the media, and in many business and education journals supports efforts to enhance learning opportunities in Computer Science for students in K-12. The following information was found on the US Department of Labor’s website and provides a list of high demand computer careers and the outlook for employment in these areas over the next ten years:

  1. Software applications developer - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015); 165,063; Projected growth (2012-2022); 22 percent or higher; Median annual salary (2014); $95,510

  2. Computer systems analyst - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 32,018; Projected growth (2012-2022): 22 percent or higher; Median annual salary (2014): $82,710

  3. Computer systems engineer - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 21,144; Projected growth (2012-2022): 3 – 7 percent; Median annual salary (2014): $83,410

  4. Network systems administrator - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 21,089; Projected growth (2012-2022): 8 – 14 percent; Median annual salary (2014): $75,790

  5. Database administrator - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 20,835; Projected growth (2012-2022): 15 – 21 percent; Median annual salary: $80,280

  6. Business intelligence analyst - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 20,589; Projected growth (2012-2022): 3 – 7 percent; Median annual salary (2014): $83,410

  7. Web developer - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 19,993; Projected growth (2012-2022): 15 – 21 percent; Median annual salary (2014): $63,490

  8. Computer programmer - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 19,229; Projected growth (2012-2022): 8 – 14 percent; Median annual salary (2014): $77,550

  9. Software systems developer - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 17,356; Projected growth (2012-2022): 15 – 21 percent; Median annual salary (2014): $102,880

  10. Software quality assurance (QA) tester - Available jobs (7/2014 – 6/2015): 16,179; Projected growth (2012-2022): 3 – 7 percent; Median annual salary (2014): $83,410

Burning-Glass.com (analysis of 561,194 computer science jobs, Jul. 01, 2014 – Jun. 30, 2015)

NOTE: Job duties, outlook and median annual salaries were taken from the U.S. Department of Labor. Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries, and employment conditions in your area may vary.

Virginia Lottery Seeks Nominations for Super Teacher! Awards:

The Virginia Lottery is seeking nominations of outstanding K-12 public school teachers for the Virginia Lottery Super Teacher Award. Winners will earn $2,000 in cash and $2,000 from The Supply Room Companies for classroom supplies. Online nomination forms can be found at http://www.vasuperteacher.com/ and must be received by midnight on February 13, 2017.

The Department of Education has announced regulatory actions as follows:

Licensure Regulations for School Personnel (8VAC20-22)

At its September 22, 2016, meeting, the Board of Education approved amendments to the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel (8VAC20-22) to conform the regulation to Chapter 649 of the 2016 Acts of Assembly. The amendments require every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license to complete awareness training on the indicators of dyslexia and the evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia. (The requirement to complete Mandatory Dyslexia Training will become effective July 1, 2017, for persons seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license.)

The amendments to the regulation will become effective January 25, 2017.

Procedure for Adjusting Grievances (8VAC20-90)

At its April 28, 2016, meeting, the Board of Education approved amendments to the Procedure for Adjusting Grievances (8VAC20-90) to conform to changes in the Code of Virginia enacted by Chapters 588 and 650 of the 2013 Acts of Assembly and Chapters 13 and 103 of the 2014 Acts of Assembly and make other technical and clarifying changes.

The amendments (i) remove a teacher's option to have a grievance heard before a fact-finding panel, (ii) permit a local school board to designate an impartial hearing officer from outside the school division to hear a teacher's grievance, (iii) eliminate probation as a form of discipline, and (iv) reduce the time in which a teacher who received a notice of dismissal has to request a hearing to 10 days.

Regulations Governing Secondary School Transcripts (8VAC20-160)

At its May 26, 2016, meeting the Board of Education approved amendments to the Regulations Governing Secondary School Transcripts (8VAC20-160). The amendment allows for flexibility in the mandate relative to sending standardized test scores to postsecondary institutions by adding language to information for transcripts that requires each local school board to adopt a policy setting forth the procedure by which parents, guardians, or others having legal control or charge can elect in writing to have their child's test record excluded from the student transcript.

The amendment to the regulation became effective December 1, 2016.

Union Hall Elementary School Celebrates Christmas with Family Fun Night:

Union Hall Elementary School held its annual Family Fun Night celebrating the Christmas season on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Families enjoyed a free hot dog supper, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, face painting, music, dancing, and a performance by the student chorus led by Mr. James Day, Union Hall Elementary School Custodian.

Everyone had a fun time and left in the Christmas spirit!


On December 17, 2106, Dan River JROTC Cadets participated in Wreaths Across America where they presented the Colors and joined in the laying of wreaths on Veterans graves at the Danville National Cemetery.

Cadets were Emily Liverman, Austin Hudson, Paige Perkins, Callie Kirk & Isabel Valadez

For the 16th consecutive year, cadets from Dan River School and Tunstall High School braved the weather to collect toys for needy children in Pittsylvania County. Toys were distributed to surrounding elementary schools and Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services. Over 800 toys were collected. Sgt. Major Royall, JROTC-Tunstall High School, said, “This is what Christmas is all about with our cadets.”

Pajama Day/Winter Wonderland:

Southside Elementary School celebrated the holidays by having Pajama Day followed by Winter Wonderland. Students wore comfortable pajamas and watched “The Polar Express.” The following day parents joined in celebrating Southside's annual Winter Wonderland with staff and students. Both events were a great way to kick off the winter break.

From left to right: McKenna Dunlevy, Destiny Griffith and De'Shanigue Johnson

Old School Car Club Donations:

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, two student families at Kentuck Elementary School received Christmas dinners courtesy of the Old School Car Club of Danville. This organization has been contributing to families in South Central Virginia over the last few years as a way to give back to the community. One of the club’s members, David Gunter, attended Kentuck Elementary School as a child. He approached the school with the club’s desire to provide the holiday meals, and then he personally delivered and presented those meals to the families as students prepared to take their Christmas break. Kentuck Elementary School greatly appreciates the generosity of the Old School Car Club and its compassion for the kids and their families. Club members include Larry Miller, James King, Dale Miller, Brad Miller, Curtis King, Ernest Hughes, Henry Medley, Jack Littlefield, Dean Williams, Vennie Whitlock, David Gunter, and Daniel Wimbush.

Pictured: Mr. Bobby Shields, Principal of Kentuck Elementary School, and Mr. David Gunter


  • Second Semester Begins – Monday, January 9, 2017

  • School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting – Monday, January 9, 2017, School Board Office @ 6:00 p.m.

  • Family Life, SSES Grades 4 & 5 – January 10 – 13, 2017

  • School Board Budget Committee Meeting – Tuesday, January 10, 2017, School Board Office @ 6:00 p.m.

  • School Board Meeting – Tuesday, January 10, 2017, School Board Office, Closed @ 6:30 p.m. and Open @ 7:00 p.m.

  • VSBA Art Contest Participation Due to Mrs. Tonda Finney – Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  • Principals’ Meeting – Thursday, January 12, 2017, School Board Office @ 8:30 a.m.

  • Middle Border Forward's Fellowship Session on Education – Thursday, January 12, 2017, STEM Academy @ 2:00 p.m.

  • Graduate of Merit Candidate Listing Due to Mrs. Tonda Finney – Thursday, January 12, 2017

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Holiday for all students and personnel – Monday, January 16, 2017

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Last update: Friday, January 06, 2017 01:02 PM