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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

March 10, 2017

Employee of the Week: 

Please join in recognizing Mrs. Sandra Jones, Teacher Aide-Guidance at Tunstall High 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/

Anthem Offers Assistance:

Balancing work and personal priorities can be a challenge.  ​Pittsylvania County Schools' employees that participate in our Anthem insurance plan have the benefit of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which can provide access to support if needed. Whether seeking guidance for a family problem, resources for assistance with a financial or legal concern, tips on work issues or options for dependent care – ​EAP can help.

​You may access information about EAP at ​https://f.tlcollect.com/fr2/617/69487/Anthem_BCBS_VA_English_Mar_2017.pdf.

March is National Nutrition Month: 

Anthem's March Employee Wellness Newsletter includes helpful tips for nutrition at:  http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/hr/anthem-nutrition-month-2017.pdf.

The Pittsylvania County Transportation Department will Hold a Banquet for All Bus Drivers on April 27, 2017:

Traditionally, schools throughout the division have held separate ceremonies each spring to acknowledge the vital role played by our division’s bus drivers in providing safe transportation for our students. This year, the Transportation Department will host a banquet to recognize all drivers throughout the division together in a single event on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham, Virginia.

Teachers Present at STEM-H Summit:

The STEM-H Summit was held recently at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The following teachers presented workshops to students and teachers who attended. They were Ed Sherlock, Jill Collins, Jake Taylor, Tommie Evans, Susan Franklin-Smith and Brenna Takata. Mr. Ed Sherlock was also a nominee for an award for STEM-H Educator of the Year.

Students in Gretna High School’s FBLA Attend Regional Spring Conference at Longwood University:

FBLA students from Gretna High School attended the Regional Spring Conference at Longwood University on March 2, 2017. First and Second place winners qualified for the State Conference to be held in April. The Gretna High School FBLA has 56 members. FBLA sponsors are Ellen Moorefield and James Meadows, teachers.

Tunstall High School Students Participate in FBLA District Conference:

Students attended the 2017 FBLA Spring District Leadership Conference at Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia, on March 2, 2017. Students were recognized for their performance in various competitive events. The FBLA Advisors were Matt Beard and Kristal Harris, Teachers.

Tunstall High Schools FIRST Robotics Team Finishes Second in First Qualifying Meet:

Tunstall High Schools’ FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team finished second in the Chesapeake District’s Southwest Virginia event on Saturday, March 4, and Sunday, March 5, 2017.  Tunstall advanced in the tournament phase and advanced to the semifinals before losing to the number one team in a close match.  The next match for the Trojans is on March 24-26 in Glen Allen, VA. 

Tunstall High School’s DECA Chapter Attends State Leadership Conference:

Tunstall’s DECA Chapter attended the State Leadership Conference, March 3 – 5, 2017, in Virginia Beach, VA. Tunstall earned nine (9) ribbons and had a 2nd place overall winner.

Mrs. Lisa Baynes was also recognized as Outstanding DECA Advisor.


PCTC District III Competition:

There were 36 students from the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center (PCTC) who competed in the SkillsUSA District III Competition on February 17, 2017, at the Bedford Science and Technology Center. PCTC has 17 students who are eligible to attend the 53rd Annual SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and Skills Championships in Fredericksburg, Virginia, April 28-29, 2017. In addition, the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center will host the 2017 State Precision Machining Championships at PCTC on April 7 & 8, 2017. PCTC has six (6) students who are eligible to compete in the State Precision Machining Championships. We are proud that 23 out of 36 students will be competing in the State SkillsUSA Championships. A list of the winners is in your PCS email. Please join in congratulating these young men and women on their hard work and accomplishments.

Skype Event with Hillary Jordan:

On Monday, March 6, 2017, Tunstall High School's AP Literature class hosted a Skype chat with author Hillary Jordan about her novel, “Mudbound.” The class read the novel over the past month, which is now an international bestseller and winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction. Students in the class asked questions about Jordan's inspirations for the novel and specific questions about her background and the text itself. The class was privileged to hear about the soon to be published sequel to “Mudbound,” and the author even revealed the title and first sentence of her upcoming novel. The classroom was buzzing with excitement to be able to interact with such a distinguished author. Tunstall's AP Literature class is taught by Adrian Nester.

Students Recognized for Work with Russian School:

Students in Tunstall High School's AP Language class were awarded a certificate for their participation in a project about modern American idioms conducted by two eighth grade students in Chekov, Russia. Junior Ava Wood facilitated the project through an English teacher that served as a translator while Ava was in Russia on a mission trip.

Lynchburg College’s Annual Rosel Schewel Lecturer to Speak About Coding on March 23, 2017:

Lynchburg College will host Mr. Kevin Brookhouser, author of the 20time Project: How Educators Can Launch Google’s Formula for Future-ready Students and Code in Every Class: How All Educators Can Teach Programming, on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Memorial Ballroom, Hall Campus Center. Mr. Brookhouser’s discussion will focus on transforming the classroom to be more student-centered, collaborative, and project oriented. He believes that students can become real-world problem solvers and content creators in our classrooms. He is also the founder of grmr.me, an interactive website designed to help writing teachers and students tackle the most common writing errors through flipped instruction, interactive quizzes, and badges. Lynchburg College invites all area educators to attend this lecture.

Danville and Pittsylvania County High School Business Idea Fair:

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Business Idea Fair at each of the public high schools in Danville and Pittsylvania County. Students are eligible to participate and submit a business idea for the prize competition. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three (3) student business ideas. The Business Idea Fairs are being held prior to the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year.

Each student participant will be required to prepare a tri-fold project board for their business idea. If students have an actual business prototype or sample(s), they are welcome to include those as part of their display; however, this is not required. Students will also complete a “Business Plan Executive Summary.”

chamber business fair


  • March Character Word of the Month - Fairness
  • Teacher Job Fair, Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Chatham Middle School
  • Pittsylvania County Schools All-County Elementary Chorus, Saturday, March 11, 2017, @ 4:00 p.m., Chatham High School
  • School Board Meeting, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Closed @ 6:30 p.m., Open @ 7:00 p.m., School Board Office
  • IY Training, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., ECC
  • IY Training, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., ECC
  • Instructional Principals’ Meeting, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., School Board Office
  • Principals’ & Supervisors’ Meeting, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, @ 10:00 a.m., School Board Office
  • Granville P. Meade Scholarship Applications due – Wednesday, March 15, 2017, E. Craig
  • Public Hearing on FY 2017-2018 Budget Proposal, Thursday, March 16, 2017, @ 6:00 p.m., School Board Office
  • Educator of the Year Applications due – Friday, March 17, 2017, to Chamber of Commerce
  • SOL Writing Test – Middle Schools and High Schools, March 13-17, 2017
  • Spring Break-March 20-24, 2017, for Students and Teachers
  • Spring Break-March 20-22, 2017, 12-month personnel
  • Family Life Education Schedule for March (Revised 03-06-2017)
  • GMS Grades 6-8 03-27-2017 to 04-05-2017
  • Spring SRC Data Collection (Schools to enter and validate data by 03-17-2017, Final data due 03-31-2017)

Family Life Education Schedule for March (Revised 3-06-2017)

Grades 6-8      03-27-2017 to 04-05-2017

Spring SRC Data Collection
(Schools to enter and validate data by 03-17-2017, Final data due 03-31-2017)

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

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, March 13, 2017 09:15 AM