Pittsylvania County Schools: 
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P.O. Box 232 • 39 Bank Street, SE 
Chatham, Virginia 24531  
Telephone:  (434) 432-2761 • 1-888-440-6520
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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

March 3, 2017

Employee of the Week: 

Please join in recognizing, Mrs. Deborah Miller, Language Arts teacher at Dan River 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/

Virginia Retirement System News:

The February issue of Member News from the Virginia Retirement System is posted at: http://www.varetire.org/newsletter.

February Topics include:

  1. You have Options if you Leave your VRS-Covered Position
  2. myVRS Enhancements Continue in 2017
  3. 2016 Annual Financial Report Available Online
  4. Virginia General Assembly 2017 Session Wrapping Up
  5. It’s America Saves Week: Use VRS Resources to Help You Start Saving
  6. Celebrate National Financial Literacy Month
  7. Commonwealth of Virginia 457 Plan Contribution Limits Unchanged for 2017
  8. Are You Eligible to Save More? Take Advantage of Catch-Up Options in Your 457 Plan
  9. Questions About Your Deferred Compensation Plan? You Have Resources
  10. FAQ: Define Unreduced Retirement and Reduced Retirement

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mrs. Janet Hancock, Clerk of the Board, at (434) 432-2761, ext. 5008 or e-mail at janet.hancock@pcs.k12.va.us.

Rates for Local Option Health Insurance Plan Released:

In the table below, you will find a comparison of the benefits offered by the Local Option Health Insurance Plan and the two plans offered by Pittsylvania County Schools.

Insurance Rate Comparison - PCS KC 500, PCS KC 30, PCS HDHP, and State COVA SB364
Employee Cost (12 month rate less PCS Employer Share) The table below provides a comparison of the costs of the Local Option Health Insurance Plan and the three plans offered by Pittsylvania County Schools.

Gretna Elementary School Features Read Across America:
Gretna Elementary School administration, teachers, staff, students, and volunteers decorated their hallways, classrooms, offices, cafeteria, library, and other spaces in celebration of Read Across America. The theme this year was “Under the Sea.”



Gretna High School has been recognized as a 2016 - 2017 National Beta School of Merit. In May, the school 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.

Tunstall High School’s AP U.S. History Students Assist Pittsylvania Historical Society:

Members of Mr. Patrick Touart’s AP US History classroom began the work of archiving collected papers of celebrated author and noted community figure Frances Hallam Hurt at the Pittsylvania Historical Society Museum. Mrs. Hurt was the grandmother of former Congressman Robert Hurt and Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt and the mother of author Henry Hurt. She was instrumental in the creation of the Pittsylvania County Literacy Program, the Bicentennial Committee of Pittsylvania County, the start of the County's library system, and helping to save the Chatham Train Depot from demolition. She also wrote several major works of local history, including “An Intimate History of the American Revolution in Pittsylvania County, Virginia,” and she was the originator of the Callands Festival.

The students volunteered for this rare opportunity to become archivists and are now members of the Pittsylvania Historical Society. This project was coordinated by Dr. Larry Aaron and Mr. Glenn Giles of the Pittsylvania Historical Society.

Teachers and Students Participate in the STEM-H Summit:

Pittsylvania County teachers and students participated in the STEM-H Summit, sponsored by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Coalition, the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, New College Institute, and the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, on March 1 & 2, 2017. The Summit brought together regional stakeholders, business & community leaders, teachers, and students to explore STEM-H education and workforce development.

History United Announces Summer Content Academy:

History United has started a promotion for their Teacher Content Academy planned for Saturday, June 10, 2017. This event is sponsored through the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and is especially targeting English and history teachers of 5th, 7th and 11th grade students. However, any interested teachers are encouraged to attend this professional development opportunity. The school division is offering recertification points for this activity. Teachers may register for the teacher content academy on Eventbrite at this link:

Also, teachers are encouraged to attend an open community event the night before at High Street Baptist Church with historian Ed Ayers. All members of the public may RSVP for that event here:



  • March Character Word of the Month - Fairness
  • CPR/First Aid Training, Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Gretna Middle School
  • School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting, Monday, March 6, 2017, @ 6:00 p.m., School Board Office
  • Graduate of Merit Videotaping, Monday, March 6, 2017, Chatham High School (AM), Gretna High School (PM)
  • Graduate of Merit Videotaping, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Tunstall High School
  • Start Strong, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Tunstall High School, @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Graduate of Merit Videotaping, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, Dan River High School
  • Start Strong, Thursday, March 9, 2017, @ 5:00 p.m., DRMS, CHS, & GMS
  • Pre-School Applications and Kindergarten Registration, Friday, March 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Elementary Schools
  • Progress Reports To Be Sent Home, Friday, March 10, 2017
  • Educators of Year Selections Due, Friday, March 10, 2017, to Ms. Teresa Petty
  • 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
  • National School Breakfast Week – March 6-10, 2017

Family Life Education Schedule for March

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, 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.         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, March 03, 2017 01:13 PM