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Chatham, Virginia 24531  
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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017


October 28, 2016

Employee of the Week:

Please join in recognizing Ms. Pam Dalton, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper at Kentuck Elementary 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/

Update Regarding the Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP):
The School Board of Pittsylvania County has requested a review of the ERIP policy because of recent information provided in a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires a 26-week break in service for employees who retire or resign and wish to return to work in the school division. To ensure appropriate guidelines are addressed for this provision, the School Board has asked staff to provide a rewrite of the policy. There is no plan at this time to eliminate ERIP or change the length of time an employee may participate in this program.

Virginia Students Earn Top Science Marks - Virginia Fourth Graders Tie for Highest Achieving in Nation:

The results of the 2015 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” indicate the following:

  • Fifty percent of Virginia fourth-grade and eighth-grade students met or exceeded the rigorous NAEP proficiency standard in science, compared with 37 percent nationwide.

  • Virginia fourth graders achieved an average score of 165 on the national science test, with no state performing at a statistically higher level. Nationwide, the average score for fourth-grade public school students was 153.

  • Forty percent of the Commonwealth’s grade-8 students met or exceeded the NAEP proficiency standard, compared with 33 percent nationwide.

  • Virginia eighth graders achieved an average score of 160, compared with a national average of 153.

SOL Achievement Celebration:
The faculty and staff of Stony Mill Elementary School celebrated the outstanding SOL scores achieved during the 2015-16 school year with a hot dog lunch complete with homemade chili, slaw, baked beans and a cake. Everyone had a great time eating and celebrating this achievement!


Pittsylvania County Career and Technical Center Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:
Members of the Pittsylvania County School Board, members of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, representatives from Danville Community College, Pittsylvania County Schools (PCS) Central Office Administration, Pittsylvania County Administration, representatives from State legislative offices, distinguished guests from industries and businesses, and the administration, faculty, staff and students at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center (PCTC) celebrated the establishment of the Industrial Maintenance program at PCTC. The two pathways within the program are electrician and mechanic.

This celebration commemorated the accomplishment of a major milestone that involved many individuals who worked tirelessly to ensure a superior program that meets the high expectations of the industries to which the graduates will matriculate. This ceremony recognized the excellent collaboration and support from the Tobacco Commission, business, industry, State legislators, School Board members, members of the Board of Supervisors, Danville Community College, Pittsylvania County and PCS administrators, and PCTC administration and staff. It celebrated the mammoth challenges that were overcome to obtain state of the art equipment and develop a rigorous curriculum for the students of PCS.

PCS students are benefitting because of the leadership, foresight, careful planning and philanthropy of each group listed above.

Dan River High School Hosts “The Home Show”

The band directors of Pittsylvania County Schools will be hosting the annual Home Show. The Home Show is a showcase of the marching bands from Pittsylvania County Schools. The Home Show is being held on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 11 AM and will be hosted at Dan River High School. There is no admission fee for the Home Show. If you have any questions, please contact Maxtan Artis at (434) 822-7081

Virginia Retirement System Hybrid Plan Participants:

Pittsylvania County Schools is offering an employer-sponsored hybrid 403(b) plan for employees under the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan. VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan employees may elect to make voluntary contributions to the employer-sponsored hybrid 403(b) plan or to the VRS Hybrid 457 Deferred Compensation Plan (ICMA-RC) during the annual election period of November 1 to 30 (the election will become effective the following January 1). The R. J. Baldwin Agency is the administrator of the employer-sponsored hybrid 403(b) plan. If you wish to make contributions to the employer-sponsored hybrid 403(b) plan, please contact a representative at the R. J. Baldwin Agency at (434) 792-9146. Representatives from this agency may also contact eligible employers discuss 403(b) plans.

The Dan River High School JROTC hosted its annual “Spiking For A Cure” on Tuesday evening, October 18, 2016. The gym was transformed into a sea of pink & black in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, October, 2016.

This was the eighth year in a row that the JROTC program has sponsored this event for such a worthy cause. Their efforts, including selling pink & black “Spiking For A Cure” shirts, sponsorships, bake sale and taking up donations, which will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This year the event collected an estimated $6,110, which brings the overall total for the eight years to over $43,000. There were 31 sponsors that contributed to the event which allowed this year to be one of the best years yet. Ms. Samara Lott, Education Outreach/Development Coordinator representing the Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge affiliate, was on hand to accept this year’s check. She commented “75% of all funds collected will stay in this area to support victims, and the other 25% goes to research. Breast cancer is an every month issue, not just October.” Cadet Command Sergeant Major Charlie Holifield thanked all of the sponsors, players, family members and the student & faculty for their efforts. “Without the support of the students, faculty, staff, parents and the community, none of this could have happened.” A special touch was added when cancer survivors were recognized by being presented a flower from a cadet in the DRHS JROTC program.

Dan River’s volleyball teams, cheerleaders, parents & family members assisted in the effort by decorating the gym in pink, white & blue balloons. Flowers & posters adorned the walls & bleachers for the occasion. Besides the decorations, the players’ parents made special deserts & “sweets”, and all of the proceeds that were collected were added to the overall total. The final tally will exceed $6,000 to fight this dreaded disease. In addition to the fundraising efforts for the evening, everyone in attendance saw a competitive volleyball match between the Lady Generals of William Campbell and the Lady Wildcats. The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Generals three matches to one. The junior varsity contest was also won by the Lady Wildcats.

The Dan River High School JROTC would like to thank all of the many sponsors, parents, students, coaches, faculty and the community for supporting this great cause as we continue “Spiking For A Cure” against Breast Cancer.


Mark Your Calendars:

  • Super Saturday @ Pittsylvania County Schools’ STEM Academy – Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon

  • School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting – Monday, October 31, 2016, @ 6:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • Title I Parent Advisory Committee Meeting – Tuesday, November 1, 2016, @ 10:00 a.m., School Board Office

  • Calendar Committee Meeting – Tuesday, November 1, 2016, @ 2:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • Fall Non-Writing SOL Training for High School and Middle School Counselors (Chatham Middle School, Gretna Middle School, Tunstall Middle School) – Educational and Cultural Center @ 10:30 a.m.

  • Yaskawa Robotics Curriculum Development Meeting – Wednesday, November 2, 2016, @ 1:30 p.m., Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR)

  • Last Day of 2nd Marking Period – Students Dismissed at 1:00 p.m./Teacher Workday p.m. – Friday, November 4, 2016

  • Family Life - Gretna Middle School, Grades 6-8, November 1-3, 7, 9-11, 14

  • Election Day – Division Staff Development Day – Tuesday, November 8, 2016

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

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Last update: Monday, October 31, 2016 09:56 AM