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 4, 2016
Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mrs. Annie Tucker, Administrative
Assistant at Chatham 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!
Jury Duty Protocol:
At times each of us is called to serve jury duty. Serving on
a jury in our society is both a privilege and a legal duty.
When serving on jury duty, please be reminded to follow
School Board Policies GCBD-PC, PROFESSIONAL STAFF LEAVES AND
ABSENCES, and GDBD-PC, SUPPORT STAFF LEAVES AND ABSENCES.
Both policies read as follows:
“Jury Leave - In situations when school personnel are
required to perform jury duty, they will be paid their
regular salary for that day, less the amount they receive
for jury duty.”
When requesting leave for jury duty, staff members are
required to notify the appropriate staff member in their
building responsible for staff attendance regarding the
dates of service. The absence is recorded as jury leave.
Each day one reports to the courthouse, he/she receives
$30.00 from the Clerk of the Court which is paid at the
conclusion of the service. This amount is set by the State
legislature. Employees must accept this payment because
School Board Policies GCBD-PC and GDBD-PC require this
amount to be deducted from salary each day a staff member is
serving on jury duty.
Review Window of Proposed 2017-2018 Calendar: Friday,
November 4 – Monday, November 28 (4 PM): Employees, parents, students and the community are
invited to review the proposed calendar. Each may make
comments and/or suggestions that will be shared with the
Calendar Committee at its next meeting on December 1, 2016.
Please make sure that if you recommend a change, you also
recommend a solution.
Dan River High School Senior Selected as SkillsUSA
District III Officer:
Amaia Jones, Senior at Dan River High School and Criminal
Justice Student at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical
Center (PCTC), has been selected as the SkillsUSA District
III Vice President for the 2016-2017 school year. To earn
this honor, students had to campaign within their school,
write and deliver a speech, and campaign at the district
level. Amaia will represent PCTC at all District III events.
Union Hall Students Recognize Veterans: Friday, November 11, 2016, is Veteran’s Day. Prior to
1954, Veterans Day was called “Armistice Day,” to
commemorate the signing of the armistice with Germany that
ended hostilities during World War I. In 1954, Congress
changed the name to Veteran’s Day to recognize all Veterans.
Students at Union Hall Elementary School are making sure
veterans know they are appreciated. In Ashley Ferrell’s
Guidance class, students in all grades (PK-5) are making
cards for veterans leading up to Veteran’s Day on November
11. Students learned about the freedoms they have compared
to children of other countries and about how veterans
protect those freedoms. In the cards, students wrote
heartfelt words to the veterans. Some of the heartfelt notes
in the cards written by students include: “You have my
respect and love, and thank you for everything”; “Thank you
for giving me freedom. Thank you for saving our Country”;
“I’m thankful that I have you all to count on. You all have
done the nicest things for our world.” Over 200 cards will
be distributed throughout Chatham and Danville to veterans
in doctor’s offices and nursing homes. Special thanks to
Johnny Rice with American Legion Post 47 of Chatham for
distributing the cards to the area veterans.
2016 Southside Science Fair:
Southside Elementary School students participated in the
annual Science Fair where each student was given the
opportunity to display their many talents. Students were
able to present their projects and display them during
Super Saturday STEAM Event Held at STEM Academy:
The Gifted Education Program in Pittsylvania County Schools
hosted a Super Saturday
on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at
the STEM Academy. Over 65 gifted students attended this
action packed morning, representing all ten elementary
schools and the four middle schools. Students were able to
choose from three areas of studies – Hummingbird Robots, How
to Create Aboriginal Art, and Chess is Like War on a Board.
Instructors for the day were Mr. Ron Smith from Gretna
Elementary; Ms. Elizabeth Killian from Gretna/Chatham
Middle; Mr. Phillip Stamps from the Regional Alternative
School; and Mr. Jacob Taylor, Mrs. Tommie Evans, and Mrs.
Jill Collins, all from the STEM Academy. Administrators in
attendance were Ms. Teresa Petty, Assistant Superintendent
for Instruction; Ms. Deborah Powell, Principal of the
Regional Alternative School; and Mr. Cedric Hairston,
Supervisor of Specialty Curricula Areas. The students were
just as excited as they exited the campus as they were when
they entered and are looking forward to the next Super
Saturday STEAM event to be held in April 2017.
Gretna Elementary Partners with McDonalds to Raise Funds:
On Thursday evening, October 27, 2016, Gretna Elementary
School staff and parents partnered with McDonalds in Gretna
to raise funds for the school. The school raised $500 during
Pictured: Ms. Paula Cocke, Principal, Ms. Amanda Rucker,
McDonalds' Representative, and Ms. Amy Emond, Assistant
Dr. Willie Sherman Appointed to the Virginia Board of
Education’s Advisory Board on Teaching and Licensure (ABTEL):
Dr. Willie Sherman, Business Teacher at Chatham High School,
has been appointed to the Virginia Board of Education's
Advisory Board on Teaching and Licensure (ABTEL). He has
been appointed to serve a term from July 1, 2016, through
June 30, 2019. We congratulate Dr. Sherman on his
appointment. Dr. Billie K. Cannaday, Jr., President of the
Virginia Board of Education, said in his letter to him, “The
appointment to this advisory committee reflects your
commitment to Virginia's educational future. We commend you
for accepting the challenge to serve the Commonwealth and
its children in this capacity.” We, also, thank Dr. Sherman
for representing Pittsylvania County Schools on this
Mark Your Calendars:
Daylight Saving Time Ends – Sunday, November 6,
2016, @ 2:00 a.m.
Election Day – Division Staff Development Day –
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
School Board Meeting – Tuesday, November 8, 2016,
Closed @ 6:30 p.m., Open @ 7:00 p.m.
ParaPro Assessments – Educational and Cultural
Center – Wednesday, November 9, 2016, @ 9:00 a.m.
Grades Entered into PowerTeacher – Wednesday,
November 9, 2016, by 5:00 p.m.
Principals’ Meeting – Thursday, November 10, 2016, @
Character Word of the Month for November – “Respect”
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