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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


December 1, 2017

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mr. Samuel Cobb, custodian at Kentuck Elementary School, on his 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/

Gretna High School Beta Club School of Distinction:
Gretna High School Named National Beta School of Distinction Gretna, VA – National Beta is proud to announce Gretna High School as a 2017-2018 National School of Distinction. This award is an honor for Beta Chapters striving towards academic achievement, exemplary character, demonstrated leadership and service to others. With an ongoing quest to instill these qualities in more students, the National Beta School of Distinction Award is designed to award those schools that show an increase in membership for the current school year. Award recipients received a National Beta School of Distinction banner to proudly display as a symbol of their accomplishment. In addition, National Beta School of Distinction recipients will be publicized at the 2018 National Beta Convention in Savannah, Georgia, this June. “This prestigious honor is a true indication of Gretna High School’s dedication to academic excellence, leadership development and commitment to celebrating their students’ achievements.” said National Beta’s Chief Executive Officer, Bob Bright. About National Beta: National Beta is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America. Since its beginnings in 1934, National Beta has been committed to providing students with a positive experience in a supportive manner in grades 4-12. The organization recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement to school and community, and fosters leadership skills.

Southside Elementary School's Turkey Ball Classic:
Southside Elementary School students and staff participated in the first ever Turkey Ball Classic Annual Dodge Ball competition. The PTO organized a fun way to support and raise money for the Physical Education Department.

Great News For VRS Hybrid Retirement Members (newly hired to VRS service on or after January 1, 2014):

The Hybrid Retirement Plan Features & Benefits Series Webinar is coming soon!!

Improve your knowledge of the defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) components of the Hybrid Retirement Plan. Explore the payout options for the DB component and your investment options for the DC component. In addition, the webinar will highlight your other VRS benefits as a hybrid member. You’ll learn how to access your account and tap into retirement planning resources including publications and online tools.

Friday, December 8, 2017.  To register online click the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact Janet Hancock, Clerk of the Board, at janet.hancock@pcs.k12.va.us.

Union Hall Elementary School Staff Recognized for Blue Ribbon Award:
On Monday, November 27, 2017, School Board members, State legislators, Central Office staff, and members of local newspapers celebrated the success of Union Hall Elementary School for receiving the National Blue Ribbon School award. Mr. Calvin Doss, Chairman of the School Board, presented the Blue Ribbon School plaque to Mrs. Amy Emond, Principal, during the celebration. Union Hall Elementary School was one of seven schools in Virginia to receive this award.

Blue RIbbon School

Chamber Grants Awarded:
James Meadows, Collin Johnson, and Morgan Tyree applied for and were awarded a Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce grant in the amount of $3,500 to fund a recycling initiative at Gretna High School.  The title of their project is Gretna Hawks SOAR (Sustainable Opportunities to Advance Recycling) 

Longwood College Spring Online Classes Announced:

The College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Longwood University announces its Spring 2018 Online Continuing Education and Professional Development Courses for educators.  Longwood offers a selection of affordable courses designed to fit teachers’ schedules. The courses are designed for non-degree seeking students who would like to earn graduate credit or recertification points during the Spring.

For more information about spring and summer graduate courses, non-credit classes, summer institutes, certificates and endorsements, please visit and bookmark this new website: http://lancerlearning.com/continuing-education/

Course Number


Course Title- (100% Online Courses)



PEDU 506 P03


Contemporary Social Issues in American Education* (formerly titled Foundations of Edu)


8 week-March 17th-May 12th

PEDU 521 P03


Human Growth & Development*




8 week-Jan. 20th-March 17th

PEDU 530 P03


Teaching Reading in the Content Area*



8 week-March 17th-May 12th

PEDU 550 P03


Classroom & Behavior Management*


8 week-Jan. 20th-March 17th

PEDU 595 P01


Models of Creative Problem Solving



4 week-March 17th-April 9th

*Indicates courses required by State of Virginia for full teacher licensure status.

Do you know someone with provisional status interested in moving into full teacher licensure? If so, Longwood offers four of the classes required by the VDOE to work towards the licensure.  They are marked with * in the table above.

Rate  - $275/credit (in-state), $825 per class.

For more information or to download a printable flyer, visit: http://lancerlearning.com/continuing-education/credit-classes/

Registration for the graduate courses is open now: http://lancerlearning.com/continuing-education/credit-classes/

Non-Credit Classes:

In addition to gaining professional skills, this is a perfect opportunity to acquire recertification points, professional development credits, or continuing education units (CEU’s). For a description of the classes or flyer, visit: http://lancerlearning.com/continuing-education/non-credit-classes/

Course Title- (100% Online Courses)



Adapting Instruction & Collecting Evidence for the VAAP Portfolio

Special Education, K-12

February 19th – March 19th

Teaching Math with Children’s Literature

Literature, K-8

January 15th – February 9th

Creative Problem Solving

All K-12 teachers

February 5th – March 5th

Project Based Assessment

Project Based Assessment

March 13th – April 7th

Classroom Management

All K-12 teachers

March 27th – April 21st

Understanding Addiction

General Audience

April 10th – May 5th

Class Rate: $99.00
Class Duration: 4 weeks
Suggested Recertification Points: 30

Please contact Janet Hancock, Clerk of the Board, at janet.hancock@pcs.k12.va.us before registering for any courses to ensure the class will count toward licensure/renewal requirements.

Pittsylvania Career & Technical Center (PCTC) Culinary Arts Pizza and Catering:

The Culinary Arts program at the Pittsylvania Career & Technical Center (PCTC) service students from all four County high schools. The students prepare for managerial, production, and service skills used in government, commercial, or independently owned institutional food establishments and related food industry occupations. Their study includes planning, selecting, storing, purchasing, preparing, and serving food and food products; basic nutrition, sanitation, and food safety; the use and care of commercial equipment; serving techniques; and the operation of institutional food establishments. Critical thinking, practical problem solving, and entrepreneurship opportunities within the field of culinary arts are emphasized. The teacher highlights the basic skills of math, science, and communication when appropriate in content. Time management and team work are priorities within the program.

Recently, the students learned about different types of sandwiches and pizzas. The PCTC custodian, Mr. Mike Miraglia, originally from Italy, came to the class and explained the steps of preparing a pizza and Stromboli. His demonstration was entertaining, and students enjoyed learning how to prepare an Italian pizza. The class then enjoyed eating the pizza. The students and staff greatly appreciate “Mr. Mike” showing off his talent and expertise to our students.

For the Thanksgiving holiday, the Culinary Arts students took orders for various cakes, pumpkin rolls, cookies and pies for the County schools. During the week before Thanksgiving the students made 50 cakes, 29 pumpkin rolls, 31 banana breads, 7 pecan pies and 204 cookies. This not only teaches students about basic baking skills but also how to prepare large orders for catering.

Mrs. Donna Hutson is the instructor for the Culinary Arts Class at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center.

 Pizza class
Pictured L to R:  Shania Clark, TaKayla Oakes, Taliiya Lanier, Franshon Covington, Lexus Rosser, Taliah Hunt, Kiayah Boone, Eve Shelton, Cameron Graves, Mr. Mike Miraglia, Owen Gregory, Valencia Boone, Nina Hawk, Niyah Wilson

Tunstall High School Highlights:
Senior Sean Gunter was one of the donors who helped contribute 33 units of blood for the Fall blood drive held at Tunstall High School on October 26-27, 2017. Tunstall High School is always proud of their students and faculty who participate in giving back to the community in this area of vital need.

Tunstall Donor

Four Tunstall High School students from Mr. Patrick Touart's AP US Government class  participated in the UVA Center for Politics: Common Grounds Initiative Conference. The conference focused on conflict resolution and restoring civility to American discourse. Pictured from left to right are Seniors Jacob Motley, Morgan Harris, Molly Hughes, and Jalen Moore.
Tunstall High AP Students

Several of  Mr. Patrick Touart's AP US History students who entered essays in the Daughters of the American Revolution-Moving Forward in Service to America: Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. Also pictured are members of the Thomas Carter Chapter of the DAR, Alice Coles and Joan Shelton. Students submitted essays up to 1200 words in length on the topic of advantages and disadvantages of working relationships between foreign parties.

THS - DAR Students
Junior Grayson Hardy was awarded first prize in the Columbus essay contest by DAR member Alice Coles. Mrs. Coles was instrumental in organizing the competition for the Tunstall High School AP US History students and Mr. Patrick Touart would like to express his appreciation of her and all the ladies of the DAR for their continued support of American History education.

Tunstall DAR Students

Chatham High School Update:

Chatham High School Technology and Small Engines students work to repair farm equipment during the fall semester 2017.

Dan River High School Paints VDOT Snow Plows:
Dan River High School FFA and Agriculture students partnered with the local Kentuck VDOT to participate in the "Paint A Plow" Project. The purpose of this program was to promote a positive image with local high schools and students while decorating Snow Plows for the winter season. DRHS Snow Plow 
PICTURED: (L-R) Dylan McCoy, Marcus Knight, Selena Pruitt, Adreane Crihfield, Emily Riggins, Tkai Chaney, Megan Saunders, Kayla Stork, Ezra Johnson, D.C. Douglas, and Byron Robertson

Character Word of the Month - Courtesy


  • Family Life
    Tunstall High School
    Grade 10 December 1, 4
    Grade 9 December 5-7

    Twin Springs Elementary
    Grade 4 December 15, 18-20
    Grade 5 December 8, 11-14

  • Jamestown-Yorktown Presentations – Elementary Schools through December 8, 2017

  • School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting, Monday, December 4, 2017, @ 6:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • VTSS State Training, Tuesday, December 5, 2017


December 4 – 1991 Hostage Terry Anderson freed in Lebanon
December 5 - 1945 Aircraft squadron lost in the Bermuda Triangle
December 6 - 1884 Washington Monument completed
December 7 - 1941 Pearl Harbor bombed
December 8 – 1941 President Roosevelt asks Congress to declare war on Japan

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