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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

November 11, 2016

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mr. Billy Stowe, Bus Driver at Tunstall High School, on his 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!


School Board Approves National Anthem Resolution:
At its meeting on November 8, 2016, the School Board of Pittsylvania County adopted a resolution in support of our National Anthem. It reads as follows:

National Anthem Resolution

On this occasion of November 8, 2016, the Pittsylvania County School Board pauses to approve a resolution in support of the National Anthem of the United States as follows:

WHEREAS Frances Scott Key penned “Defense of Fort M’Henry” as the British attacked Fort McHenry during the War of 1812; and,

WHEREAS on the morning of September 14, 1814, Major George Armistead’s soldiers stopped the British landing party in a blaze of gun fire; and,

WHEREAS shortly thereafter Major Armistead ordered the American flag made by Mary Pickersgill and her daughter be raised in all its glory over Fort McHenry; and,

WHEREAS Frances Scott Key and all in sight of Fort McHenry were awe inspired when the smoke cleared at the site of the Country’s flag unfurled against the sunrise with the fort standing strong; and,

WHEREAS by congressional resolution, signed by President Herbert Hoover on March 3, 1931, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the National Anthem of the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the School Board of Pittsylvania County recognizes the sacrifices many have made for this Country, supports national pride and proper etiquette during the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner,” encourages all to stand and face the flag with hand over heart or proper salute, and realizes the rights of each individual under the Constitution of the United States.


Reminder to Employees of 2016 Deadlines for Purchases of Prior Service:

Purchase of prior service (PPS) provisions will change beginning January 1, 2017. If members want to purchase service under current rules, they should act immediately to finalize purchase payment agreements and ensure lump-sum payments arrive in time.

The 2017 changes may increase the cost of purchasing service credit, and there will be limits on the number of months eligible for purchase of some types of service.

Should you have questions, please contact Mrs. Janet F. Hancock, Clerk of the Board, at janet.hancock@pcs.k12.va.us.


Representatives from Tunstall High School Receive Blue Ribbon Award:

Ms. Teresa Petty, Ms. Elizabeth Craig, Mr. Brian Boles, and Ms. Linda Yeatts attended the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award Ceremony in Arlington, Virginia, on Monday and Tuesday, November 7-8, 2016. Pictured above from left to right are Ms. Yeatts, Mr. Boles and Ms. Craig.


Pittsylvania County Schools Receive $35,000 in Scholarship Funds:

On behalf of the Gene Haas Foundation, Ed Blackburn has presented Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center’s Precision Machining/Advanced Manufacturing Program a $15,000 Scholarship Grant. In addition, Mr. Blackburn awarded $5,000 Scholarship Grants to Chatham High, Dan River High, Gretna High, and Tunstall High Schools.

These scholarship funds are to be utilized for students who will be enrolling in a machining-based training program at the college level. The scholarship funds provided will be utilized by these students to further their education and will lift the financial burden that higher education can bring. Financial peace of mind is a quality that is rarely found in today’s college students, and we genuinely appreciate the actions of the Gene Haas Foundation to alleviate this.

We firmly believe that partnerships such as this create a successful skilled workforce. It is easy to see that the Gene Haas Foundation is truly “Building a Better Future” by investing in the lives of Pittsylvania County students.

American Education Week – November 14 – 18, 2016:
In 1919 the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion met to generate public support for education because 25% of the Country’s WWI draftees were illiterate and 9% were physically unfit. In 1921 the NEA Representative Assembly in Des Moines, Iowa, called for the designation of one week each year to spotlight education. The NEA called for “An educational week…observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools.”

During this special week, we thank every staff member for all that is done for the students in this County. Your hard work and dedication is evident in the tremendous accomplishments across the division.

American Education Week Schedule

  • Monday, November 14, 2016: Kickoff Day

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016: Parents Day

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016: Education Support Professionals Day

  • Thursday, November 17, 2016: Educator for a Day

  • Friday, November 18, 2016: Substitute Educators Day

Read Their Way to the Race:

From Left to Right: Abegale DeFord, Chase Callahan, and Karli Campbell

During the month of September, students had the opportunity to "Read Their Way to the Race." Students were given the chance to win a free ticket to a race at the Martinsville Speedway for reading the required number of books. Abegale DeFord, Chase Callahan, & Karli Campbell were honored with leading the Pledge of Allegiance before the Goody's Fast Relief 500 Nascar Race on October 23, 2016.

Anti-Bullying Month:
October was anti-bullying month. Southside Elementary School students participated in a variety of activities, such as Red Ribbon Week, to bring awareness to prevent drug use. Students also had the privilege to experience several demonstrations by Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office in hopes to promote positive relationships with the community and law enforcement. In addition to spreading awareness throughout the school, students were given the opportunity to wear costumes and enjoy treat bags. Southside Elementary School continues to actively promote positivity and also integrate fun in its school environment.

#1 Photo - From left to right on front row: Hannah Leader, Jacob Eanes, Colin Soyars, James Elliot, Aiden Totten, Colten Neal, Standing from left to right: Jake Buck, Logan Hill, Indea Chandler, Neveah Fitzgerald, Gia Stone

#2 Photo - Kindergartner Jeremiah Mayes with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit. From left to right: Deputy Tompkins, Jeremiah Mayes, Deputy Ferguson, Sgt. Szelc with K9, Zwei.

Virginia High School League Update for Fall Sports:

  • Chatham High School - Golf, 4th Place-State, Cross County, Individual runner participating in State Meet, Volleyball competed in regional play

  • Dan River High School – Football, Participating in regional playoffs, Cross Country, Individual runner participating in State Meet, Golf competed in regional play

  • Gretna High School – Cross Country, Team won Region and advances to State Meet

  • Tunstall High School – Football, Participating in regional playoffs, Cross Country, Individual runner participating in State Meet

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Report Cards Sent Home – Monday, November 14, 2016

  • Instructional Assistant Principals’ Meeting – Tuesday, November 15, 2016, School Board Office @ 9:30 a.m.

  • Incredible Years (I-Y) Cohort Training – Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Educational and Cultural Center @ 8:30 a.m.

  • Incredible Years (I-Y) Cohort Training – Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Educational and Cultural Center @ 8:30 a.m.

  • Family Life Education – Wednesday through Monday, November 16 – 21, 2016, Gretna Elementary School (Grade 4)

  • Family Life Education – Wednesday through Tuesday, November 16 – 22, 2016, Gretna Elementary School (Grade 5)

  • Virginia School Boards Association Conference – Wednesday through Friday, November 16 – 18, 2016, in Williamsburg, VA

  • American Education Week – November 14 – 18, 2016

  • Geography Awareness Week – November 14 – 18, 2016

  • School Psychology Awareness Week – November 14 – 18, 2016

  • Teachers’ Advisory Council (Virtual) Meeting – Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m.

  • Thanksgiving Holiday for all students and all personnel – Wednesday through Friday, November 23 – 25, 2016

  • Character Word of the Month for November – “Respect”

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Last update: Friday, November 11, 2016 03:21 PM