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
November 18, 2016
Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first and official
Thanksgiving holiday in 1863. It was during this time that
Thanksgiving became an official national holiday, declared
on the fourth Thursday of every November. George Washington
was the first president that mentioned this term back in
1789. With decades of dispute, the ability for the
government to rightly recognize and celebrate this holiday
took years. Lincoln made it a reality.
Our Thanksgiving holiday will begin at the close of business
on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. I hope you and your families
have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Pittsylvania County School Board Attends Virginia School
Boards Association Conference:
The School Board attended the Virginia School Boards
Association (VSBA) Annual Conference on Wednesday, November
16, through Friday, November 18, 2016. The VSBA Annual
Convention is the largest and most anticipated VSBA meeting
of the year.
This event brings together over one thousand school board
members, superintendents, and school division staff from
across Virginia. Board members participate in over 50 hot
topic breakout sessions, have the opportunity to meet with
businesses dedicated to serving schools, network with
members from other school divisions, and hear updates on
school law and school finances.
School Board Liaisons Earn Scholarships at VSBA
Four Virginia seniors were awarded 2016 Virginia School
Boards Association (VSBA) Exhibitors Scholarships at the
VSBA Annual Convention in Williamsburg, VA on Wednesday,
November 16, 2016. The scholarships, funded by exhibiting
companies at the VSBA’s annual convention, were made
available to spring 2017 graduating seniors who had served
as student school board representatives. Erin Mayhew from
Gretna High School was recognized with the Silver Award.
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Free Professional Learning Courses by Oracle Academy
Available to Staff:
In response to the recent
legislation calling for the development of K-12 Computer
Science Standards of Learning, the Virginia Department of
Education is proud to provide information regarding FREE
professional learning courses by Oracle
computer science topics, including JAVA Foundations,
Database Foundations, and Getting Started in Programming
Using Alice. Although the program is competitive, prior
computer programming experience is not required for
participation in any of the courses. You can find course
descriptions, dates, as well as an interest survey on this informational
surveys are due by November
28th, 2016. If the link to the flyer does not
work and you are interested, please contact me or Dr. Jeff
Pittsylvania FFA Hosts Tractor Driving
On November 9, the Pittsylvania County FFA hosted the
Federation Tractor Driving contest. Contestants representing
each County high school competed in the Junior and Senior
divisions to see who would be named the County champions.
The contest consisted of a two-wheeled wagon obstacle course
and a four-wheeled wagon backing event, where competitors
had to back a wagon into a shed to park it. Placings for the
Senior Division were 1st – Kendall Shelton, Chatham High;
2nd – Adam Moore, Gretna High; 3rd – Adam Watson, Tunstall
High and 4th – DJ Moser, Dan River High. Junior Division
placings were 1st – Dylan Burgess, Chatham High and 2nd –
Holly Moore, Gretna High.
The winners earned the right to represent the Pittsylvania
County FFA chapters at the Southridge Area Rally contest in
Chatham Middle School Earns Beta School of Distinction
Chatham Middle School’s Beta Club has received the National
Beta School of Distinction award. National Beta is the
nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth
organization committed to recognizing and promoting high
academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy
character, improving student leadership skills, and
encouraging service to others. Its motto is “Let Us Lead by
Brosville Elementary School Holds
Veterans’ Day Program and Science Fair:
On Tuesday evening, November 15, 2016, Brosville Elementary
School held a Veterans Day program that featured second and
third grade students and the Tunstall High School JROTC
Color Guard. The second and third grade classes led the
Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner, and performed
My Flag, We Will Not Forget, and Thankful for the USA.
Veterans attending the performance were recognized and
thanked for their service.
The school also displayed students’ science fair projects
for parents and community members to view.
Twin Springs Elementary School Holds Veterans’ Day Luncheon
Twin Springs Elementary School held its annual Veterans’ Day
Luncheon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Veterans were
treated to a lunch of turkey and ham with all the fixings,
followed by a choral performance by the students.
Disney’s Mulan, Jr. Performed at Danville’s North Star
While this is not a Pittsylvania County Schools program, I
had the good fortune to attend the performance of Disney’s
Mulan, Jr. at Danville’s North Star Theatre on Saturday
evening, November 12, 2016. Many Pittsylvania County
students participated in this play. The final performances
are scheduled on Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19, 2016,
at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 2:30 p.m.
You may wish to attend and experience an outstanding evening
of entertainment performed by some extremely talented young
Cadets Participate in Veterans’ Day Event at National
Approximately 75 cadets & instructors from Pittsylvania
County Schools took part in the annual Veterans' Day
activities on Friday, November 11, 2016. The D-Day Memorial
made a special tribute to CPT Rod Henderson by dedicating a
Memorial Brick in his memory for his outstanding commitment
and service not only to the D-Day Memorial but to his JROTC
unit at Chatham High School.
Governor’s School Students Partner
with the Institute to Teach Chemistry:
Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and
Technology (PGS) students in Susan Propst’s chemistry class
recently developed interactive science lessons for 70 third
grade students from Park Avenue Elementary School in
collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Learning and
Research. The elementary school students completed various
hands-on activities. The stations were designed and
facilitated by PGS students along with assistance from the
Institute’s Advanced Learning staff. Park Avenue Elementary
School students were exposed to a variety of interactive
labs including: making slime, the science of candy, making
silly putty, and a MENTOS/soda geyser.
“My students enjoy preparing for this program every year.
Our hope is to inspire younger students to enjoy learning
about science by showing them how it relates to everyday fun
activities,” said Susan Propst. “We are very thankful to be
able to work with the PGS to enhance STEM education for
students. Introducing STEM topics early is a great way to
spark their interests. The PGS students also enhanced their
leadership and mentoring skills by assisting with the
activities,” said Dana Silicki, Advanced Learning
Coordinator at the Institute.
Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science, and
Technology is housed at the Institute for Advanced Learning
and Research for Danville and Pittsylvania County students.
The program provides a challenging, project-driven,
research-based curriculum in a technology-infused
Propst added, “One of the third graders stated this was the
best day ever. Seeing their excitement makes all of the hard
work and preparation worth it.”
Dan River High School
Raises Money for Injured Graduate:
A recent graduate of Dan River High School was injured in an
accident. He has been released from the hospital and is now
recovering at home. We are very thankful that he is making
progress and continuing to improve. The DECA club, FBLA
Club, and SCA completed fundraisers on his behalf. A
presentation of these funds was made on Friday, November 11,
2016. Best wishes - the Wildcat family is always here to
Dan River Runner Finishes 13th in the State Meet:
Cameron Lee was an All-State medalist in the Group AA State
Cross Country meet which was held at Great Meadow Park on
Friday, November 11. He finished 13th in the State.
Dan River Middle School Reaches for the Gold:
Dan River Middle School held its second annual Reach for the
Gold event in honor of National Pediatric Cancer Awareness
Month in October raising money for the Claire Parker
Foundation. Students raised over $4,700 for the foundation
bringing its total for the two years to over $10,000.
Mark Your Calendars:
Teachers’ Advisory Council Meeting
(Virtual) – Monday, November 21, 2016, @ 2:00 p.m.
Support Staff Advisory Council
Meeting – Tuesday, November 22, 2016, @ 10:00 a.m.
Citizens' Advisory Council Meeting –
Tuesday, November 22, 2016, @ 1:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Holiday – Wednesday,
November 23, 2016, through Friday, November 25, 2016
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