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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




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.

The proposed calendar is located on the Pittsylvania County Schools’ website at http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/.

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 Science night.

Super Saturday STEAM Event Held at STEM Academy:
The Gifted Education Program in Pittsylvania County Schools hosted a Super Saturday S(cience)T(echnology)E(ngineering)A(rts)M(athematics) event 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 McTeacher Night.

Pictured:  Ms. Paula Cocke, Principal, Ms. Amanda Rucker, McDonalds' Representative, and Ms. Amy Emond, Assistant Principal

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 Advisory Board.

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, @ 9:30 a.m.

  • Instructional Principals’ Meeting - Thursday, November 10, 2016, @ 1:00 p.m.

  • Veteran’s Day – Friday, November 11, 2016

Character Word of the Month for November – “Respect”

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