Pittsylvania County Schools: Great Place to Learn and Work!
Pittsylvania County Schools:
A Great Place to Learn and Work!
P.O. Box 232 • 39 Bank Street, SE
Chatham, Virginia 24531
Telephone: (434) 432-2761 • 1-888-440-6520
Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up
School Year 2016-2017
March 24, 2017
Employee of the
Please join in recognizing Mrs. Lindsey Wyatt, First
Grade Teacher at Hurt 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
Hello Everyone. My name is Erin Mayhew, and I am a
senior from Gretna High School. It is my honor to share
March 's Character Word of the Month, which is Fairness.
According to Webster Dictionary, Fairness is impartial
and just treatment or behavior without favoritism or
One word that relates heavily with fairness is equity.
Equity is not the same as equality. Equality is a
concept that emphasizes the sameness of outputs, but
equity is a concept that focuses on the representative
distribution among outcomes. With this is mind, fairness
is the process which equity is achieved. And with
this, fairness means not every individual receives the
same in order that equity is achieved.
In education, equity is fairness. Equity encompasses a
wide variety of educational models, programs, and
strategies that may be considered fair, but not equal.
It has been said that "equity is the process, and
equality is the outcome." This means that equity which
is fair and just may not in the process of educating
students reflect strict equality, which is
distributed equally. Inequities occur when biased or
unfair policies, programs, practices, or situations
contribute to a lack of equality in educational
performance, results, and outcomes.
The growing importance of education equity is based on
the individual's level of education directly correlated
to the future quality of life. Therefore, an academic
system that practices educational equity is a strong
foundation of a society that is fair and striving.
Fairness and equity are not just things that are nice
to have if we can afford them. They are the foundation
of prosperity and success in a society. These elements
help a society learn and keep a society healthy. And if
we abandon fairness and equity, we abandon society
itself, and any of the benefits we as individuals draw
from it in turn. Here's a quote by Rick Lavoie, "Fair
doesn't mean giving every child the same thing, and it
means giving every child what they need."
I hope that
each of you is having a restful and relaxing Spring Break!
Job Fair a Success:
Nearly one hundred (100) prospective candidates for open
positions in Pittsylvania County Schools attended the
Teacher Job Fair at Chatham High School on Saturday, March
11, 2017. I would like to thank Dr. Lillian Holland,
Assistant Superintendent for Administration, Mrs. Shari
Dudley, Executive Administrative Assistant for Human
Resources, Mrs. Colleen Hardy, Administrative Assistant for
Human Resources, Mrs. Janet Hancock, Clerk of the School
Board, Mr. Raymond Prunty, Custodian at Chatham Middle
School, principals, assistant principals, guidance
counselors, and teachers who assisted with this event.
Board of Supervisors Recognize JROTC, Beta, and Interact
At their meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the members of
the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors recognized the
JROTC Instructors and Cadets from Chatham High School, Dan
River High School, and Tunstall High School, as well as the
Beta and Interact sponsors and students from Chatham High
School. Mr. Robert Warren, Chairman of the Board of
Supervisors, wrote a letter to the school division thanking
these groups, their sponsors, and their student members for
assisting the Pittsylvania County Department of Social
Services (DSS) with its annual "Project Santa Claus" effort.
They helped DSS provide toys for more than five hundred
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Dental of Virginia Oral Health Tip, March 2017:
Spring is well on its way, bringing warmer air, sunshine and
beautiful blooms. However, while lush grass and budding
bouquets may look beautiful, they may not sound so appealing
if you suffer from seasonal allergies. The pollen they
produce can drive allergy levels through the roof.
Do your itchy eyes and sneezes occasionally come with a
Many allergy sufferers often experience tooth pain and
sensitivity. This can be mistaken for dental decay when it
is really just a sinus pressure indicator. Mucus build-up
causes pressure in your maxillary sinus (located under your
cheekbones). Because your back molars and maxillary sinus
are neighbors, tooth pain is inevitable.
Here are clues your tooth pain signals a visit to your
You have a
history of dental problems
is confined to one tooth
persists, even after allergy symptoms subside
allergy pain is different for everyone. Your dentist and
doctor are the only ones who can accurately diagnose your
specific problem. Do not wait for the pain to disappear -
spring into action! Visit your doctor and dentist for a
smile fit for all seasons.
Pittsylvania County Elementary
Schools Perform at Chatham High School:
Over one hundred (100) elementary
students from the ten (10) County elementary schools
performed at Chatham High School on Saturday, March 11,
2017, to a full auditorium of parents, friends,
teachers, administrators, and relatives. I would like
to thank Mr. Cedric Hairston, Supervisor of Specialty
elementary music teachers, elementary schools staff, and
Chatham High School staff for their good work preparing for
The Gretna High School Beta Club competed at the State Beta
Convention in Williamsburg, VA, February l0- 11, 2017.
Remington Brooks placed 1st in Sculpture, Kenna Thacker
placed 3rd in Mixed Media, Haley Saunders placed Ist in
Fiber Arts and 2nd in Woodworking, Faith Simpson placed Ist
in Photography and 2nd in Best in Show, Kayla Brown p laced
2nd in Poetry Division I , Peyton Jefferson placed 3rd i n
Poetry Division II, and Mitch Doss placed 1st in
Agriculture Division II. The club placed 3rd in Convention
Scholastic Sweepstakes. Jalil Johnson won a $500 State Beta
Scholarship in honor of Barbara Anderson, former National
Sponsor. Lacey Shelton was elected the new Virginia State
Beta Secretary for 2017-2018. Mrs. Rebecca Franklin was
elected the new Virginia State Sponsor for 2017-2019.
Overall the club received 9 invitations to National
Convention that will be held in Orlando, FL in June.
Pittsylvania County and Danville City Public Schools JROTC
Hold Annual Ball:
The JROTC units from Pittsylvania County and Danville City
Schools held their annual military ball on Saturday evening.
March 18, 2017. This is an annual formal function that is
planned and attended by the cadets enrolled in J ROTC from
each of the county' s high schools and George Washington
High School. Military personnel and male cadets dressed in
formal uniforms and female cadets wore formal dresses. Male
guests wore suits and female guests wore formal dresses .
School Board members from Danville City Schools and
Pittsylvania County Schools, Central Office Administrators,
High School Principals, JROTC Instructors, and other
dignitaries formed a welcome line to welcome the Cadets and
their guests to begin the evening. Dan River High School 's
Color Guard posted the Colors and C/SSG Rachael Peters,
Chatham High School, sang the National Anthem. Cadet CSM
Nick Mitchell, Chatham High School, said the invocation and
representatives from George Washington High School's J ROTC
performed the Missing Man Ceremony. JROTC Instructors SFC
(R) Eddie Perdue (CHS), SFC (R) Michael Coder (DRHS), LCDR
(R) Frank Hitt (GWHS), Maj. (R) Herbert Daniel (GHS), and
SGM (R) Bill Royall (THS) recognized each senior member of
their units. A dinner, catered by Gentlemen's Ridge,
followed the ceremony.
Chatham High School JROTC Marksmen Successful at Regional
The Chatham High School JROTC Marksmanship Team participated
in the Army Northern Regional Marksmanship Championship at
Camp Perry, Ohio. The following cadets competed: Tim Fuller,
Amber Mitchell, Devon Williams, Owen Goad, and Robert Knick.
SFC (R) Ed Perdue and Mr. Randy Fowlkes
attended the event with the students. Cadet Owen Goad won
Place in Precision Marksmanship and Cadet Robert Knick
finished in Fifth (5th)
Place in the Supporter Division. Teams from the northern
United States and Germany participated. Cadet Goad will
compete in the national competition later this year.
Tunstall High School Students Donate:
Tunstall High School held a two-day blood drive on March 2
and 3, 2017, for the Danville Regional Medical Blood Donor
bank. Participants successfully donated fifty-six (56) pints
of blood with thirteen (13) students deferred who also were
willing to donate. According to blood donor sources, one (1)
pint has the potential to save as many as three (3) lives
and three (3) teaspoons of blood can save a baby's life.
NASCAR Comes to Gretna Elementary School:
Richard Childress Racing (RCR) in conjunction with Pit Stops
for Hope will come to Gretna Elementary School (GES) on
March 31, 2017, to visit with students. Pit Stops for Hope
was founded by Ray Wright, who is Pit Crew Coordinator for
RCR. Pit Stops for Hope is a collaborative effort amongst
the racing community that is designed to improve conditions
for America’s youth. A fundamental belief of this
organization is that positive change will come to
communities by investing in children. Pit Stops for Hope
plans to invest in youth by primarily assisting nutritional
providers and educators. Food and education work hand in
hand to produce success. Their mission is to replace poverty
with hope in our community!
Pit Stops for Hope will be bringing the #27 Pit Crew for
Paul Menard and #13 Pit Crew for Ty Dillon to GES. The Pit
Crews are visiting GES to inspire the students to work hard
and strive for success. The Pit Crews will be performing
live pit stops for the entire school. Students in Grades
PK-2 will attend the live performance as follows: PK/K-10:30
AM, Grade 2-11:00 AM, Grade 1-11:20 AM. Grades 3, 4, and 5
will attend the performance from 12:30-2:30. Motivational
speeches will be conducted to inspire the students to
perform with excellence on upcoming SOL tests. Motivational
speakers will include Ray Wright, Founder and President of
Pit Stops for Hope, Derrell Edwards, jack operator for the
#27 Pit Crew, and Gretna’s own Seth Saunders, Rear Tire
Carrier for the #27 Pit Crew.
Union Hall Elementary School
5th Graders Win Flocabulary's Shoutout Contest:
On Friday, March 10, 2017,
students in Ms. Tamela Warren's 5th grade class participated
in Flocabulary's Shoutout Contest and won. They created an
original rap to the beat of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”
theme song about how to help people in the community that
are in need. As a result, the students will be featured in
the March 17 edition of "A Week in Rap" on Flocabulary’s
website. Flocabulary is a learning program for all grades
that uses educational rap music to engage students and
increase achievement across all subject areas.
Dr. Haskins Reads to Gretna Elementary
School First Grade:
Dr. Patricia Haskins, a representative of the Farm Bureau,
read to the first grade students at Gretna Elementary
School. Each year she visits and reads a story about
something related to agriculture. This year Dr. Haskins read
"Sleep Tight Farm" by Eugenie Doyle. Additionally, the Farm
Bureau donated a copy of this book to the Gretna Elementary
Tunstall Middle School recently lost a seventh grader to
a tragic accident. To support the family, the students and
faculty raised $1,000.00 for them. Each day for one week,
students were allowed to purchase links in a chain before
school and during lunch. These links were put together to
form a chain. There was one chain for each grade level.
Seventh grade beat the sixth grade by only $4.00. All
seventh graders were treated to an ice cream party for their
willingness to go above and beyond.
A Celebration of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss'
Mt. Airy Elementary School celebrated “Read Across
America” and Dr. Seuss’ birthday the week of March 6-10,
2017. Highlights of the week included: Monday wearing
mismatched socks; Tuesday dressing as your favorite Dr.
Seuss character and a breakfast of green eggs and ham;
Wednesday dressing in mismatched, backwards, or inside out
clothes; Thursday wearing your favorite hat; and Friday
wearing your pajamas. To celebrate reading, each student
received a new book.
The Magic of Motown: Gretna High School’s
Scholarship Pageant – 2017:
I had the good fortune to attend the 2017 Gretna High
School’s Scholarship Pageant held on March 11, 2017. This
annual event that raises money for scholarships for students
has been held since 1998. I enjoy this evening each year
because the participants seem to have such fun performing,
and staff members appear to delight in hosting it.
The North Star Theatre Project Presents Legally Blonde,
Jr., The Musical:
Many of the cast members of Legally Blonde, Jr., The
Musical, are students in the Pittsylvania County Schools,
and I look forward to attending a performance. The live show
opens on Friday, March 31, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. with
performances on April 1, 7, & 8 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 2
& 9 at 2:30 p.m.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
March Character Word of the Month - Fairness
Instructional Assistant Principals’ Meeting,
March 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., School
Spring Non-Writing SOL Training for
Elementary, Middle, and High School Counselors,
March 30, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., ECC/TC
VAAP Pre-Scoring, March 27-31, 2017, ECC
VEA Delegate Assembly, March 30 – April 1,
2017, Richmond, VA
PowerSchool Assessment and Analytics
Posttests, March 28 – May 25, 2017
Family Life Education Schedule for March
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
Student Leaders Forum, April 5, 2017, 10:30
clinics and dates have been approved by the Health
Department and are listed below:
Stony Mill Elementary School
Brosville Elementary School
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