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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017


October 7, 2016

“The world of literature has everything in it, and it refuses to leave
anything out. I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the
genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language.
Because of them I rode with Don Quixote and danced with Anna Karenina at a ball in St. Petersburg and lassoed a steer in "Lonesome Dove" and had
nightmares about slavery in "Beloved" and walked the streets of Dublin in
"Ulysses" and made up a hundred stories in the Arabian nights and saw my
mother killed by a baseball in "A Prayer for Owen Meany." I've been in ten
thousand cities and have introduced myself to a hundred thousand strangers
in my exuberant reading career, all because I listened to my fabulous
English teachers and soaked up every single thing those magnificent men and women had to give. I cherish and praise them and thank them for finding me when I was a boy and presenting me with the precious gift of the English
language. ”  - Pat Conroy

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Ms. Stephanie O’Brien, Mathematics Teacher at the Regional Alternative 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/

Pittsylvania County Schools’ On-Time Graduation Rate:

On September 28, 2016, the Virginia Department of Education updated On-Time Graduation Rates for high schools across the State for the 2016 Student Cohort. The Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate is based on four (4) years of individual student-level data that takes into consideration student mobility, changes in enrollment, and promotion and retention policies and decisions. Overall, Pittsylvania County Schools’ On-Time Graduation Rate of 93.0 % is above the State average of 91.3 %. For the second consecutive year, Pittsylvania County Schools’ On-Time Graduation Rate was the highest rate in this area. Congratulations!

SOVA Career ChoICE Youth Expo

Pittsylvania County students participated in the SOVA Career Expo on October 5 and 6, 2016, at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Center. The event provided students with an opportunity to see firsthand the jobs available here in this region of Virginia. Students had an opportunity to ask employers and employees about the education required to work in their companies and the skills needed to be successful. The Expo revealed to students that there are jobs in this area that pay very well and require at a minimum a high school diploma. They saw that most of the higher paying jobs require another credential in addition to a diploma.

Twin Springs Celebrates 20th Anniversary:

On Monday, October 3, 2016, Twin Springs’ faculty, staff, parents, students and community members celebrated the school’s 20th Anniversary. Staff and volunteers provided a hotdog dinner and music and activities followed. Students wore their new grade level TSE shirts.

Integrated Systems to Drive Implementation: Navigating a Three Lane Highway:

On October 5 & 6, 2016, Ms. Teresa Petty, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Ms. Carolyn Harris, Principal of Union Hall Elementary School, Mr. Cedric Hairston, Supervisor of Specialty Curricula Areas, Ms. Jenny Eaton, Director of Title 1 and Instructional Programming, Ms. Cathlene Scolpini, Lead Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, Ms. Robin Haymore, Director of Special Education, Ms. Elizabeth Craig, Director of Middle and Secondary Education, and Mr. Steve Mayhew, Principal of Dan River High School, attended the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) conference in Richmond, Virginia. VTSS is a data-driven decision making framework for establishing the academic, behavioral and social-emotional supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students.

The County has been participating in the VTSS systemic approach that allows divisions, schools and communities to provide multiple levels of supports to students in a more effective and efficient clearly defined process. Implementing the VTSS requires the use of evidence-based, system-wide practices with fidelity to provide a quick response to academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs. The practices are progress-monitored frequently to enable educators to make sound, data-based instructional decisions for students.

VTSS functions under the anchor process of integrating data, practices and systems to affect outcomes. The essential elements of an effective VTSS framework are:

  • Data Informed Decision-Making

  • Evidence-Based Practices

  • Family, School and Community Partnerships

  • Monitoring Student Progress (including universal screening)

  • Evaluation (outcomes and fidelity)

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Columbus Day – October 10, 2016, Holiday for Students and Teachers

  • Pittsylvania County School Board Meeting – October 11, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m. (closed) & 7:00 p.m. (open)

  • Voter Registration for High School Students – October 11, 2016 During Lunch

  • The 2017 McGlothlin Awards for Teaching Excellence Application Due – October 11, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

  • Principals’ Meeting – October 13, 2016 @ 9:30 a.m. (regular) & 1:00 p.m. (instructional)

  • Progress Reports Distributed – October 14, 2016

  • Family Life Education – October 11 – 14, 2016, Hurt Elementary School (AM), Mt. Airy Elementary School (PM)

  • National School Lunch Week – October 10 – 14, 2016

  • Teen Read Week – October 10 – 14, 2016

  • Character Word of the Month for October – Honesty

  • VSBA Bullying Prevention Month – October 2016

  • Month of the Young Adolescent – October 2016

  • Computer Learning Month – October 2016

  • National Book Month – October 2016

Please send media requests to: http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/media/.  This may be (1) to request media presence on site to cover an upcoming event or (2) to request media coverage (without media on site) of an upcoming event or (3) to report news from a past event.  Thank you for identifying the great things happening in the schools!


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Last update: Monday, October 10, 2016 09:17 AM