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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


April 13, 2018

Employee of the Week:
Please join me in recognizing Ms. Maggie Oakes, English Teacher at Gretna High 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/

Also, please join me in recognizing Mrs. Betty Shelton, Network Specialist in the Information Technology Department, on her selection as Employee of the Week for the week of April 9, 2018.

Standards of Learning:
I wish all of you the very best over the next weeks as our students take Standards of Learning assessments. This is truly a “whole-school” endeavor, and I thank each of you for the tremendous effort you are making.

FBLA Longwood Region Conference:
Future Business Leaders of America Spring Competition was held at Longwood University recently. FBLA members competed in various business related skills contest. Pictured are Adam Hughes, who placed third overall in EXCEL spreadsheet, and James Wagstaff, who placed first overall in Personal Finance. These students competed against students from the entire Longwood Region, which includes schools from Danville to the West and Buckingham County to the East.

Pictured are left Adam Hughes, 3rd place overall in EXCEL spread sheet and Right James Wagstaff, 1st place overall in Personal Finance.

Jump Rope for Heart:
Stony Mill Elementary School held its annual Jump Rope for Heart Event in February, raising $10,464.42 for the American Heart Association. Coordinator, Coach Katherine Blair, says, “I am so proud of all the students who participated in this great community service event. Their efforts will help fight heart disease, our country’s greatest health enemy.”

Pictured are (left to right): AHA Representative Marnie Mills, Katherine Blair, and Principal, Kim Haymore

Pictured are (left to right): Principal, Kim Haymore, Morgan Curtis, Denver Dalton, Katherine Blair, and Dalton Curtis

Lynchburg College Plans Regional Cohort M.Ed.in Educational Leadership: Classes begin August 29, 2018.
Lynchburg College in cooperation with area school divisions will begin a cohort program in Educational Leadership beginning Fall 2018 and concluding Summer 2020. Participants can be seeking their first Masters or have a Masters in a related field.

Students will submit a M.Ed. application to Lynchburg College along with official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a personal essay outlining: 1) your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree, and 2) your career goals and how the graduate program will help meet those goals, and three letters of reference. Course adjustments may be considered for individuals who have a Masters degree in another field if prior courses can be applied to the educational leadership coursework.

Students will take 2 graduate courses (6 credit hours) in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020. Fall and Spring semester courses are back-to-back on Wednesdays from 4:30-7:00PM and 7:00-9:30PM. Summer courses (one course each during the first two 3-week summer sessions) are also in the evenings beginning at 4:30 PM and the frequency of how often the classes meet is determined by the instructors.

The special tuition rate for each of the 3 credit hour courses is $975 (rather than $1,530) for the duration of the 2018-20 cohort. There is no cost to school divisions for participants in the cohort. School divisions may elect to provide additional tuition assistance to participants if funds are available.

Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2018. Nominated students should complete the full application process as soon as possible. Applications must be submitted by August 10 to begin classes on August 29, 2018.

For additional information, contact Dr. John Walker at walker.jc@lynchburg.edu (434) 544-8032, Dr. Mary Ann Mayhew at mayhew.m@lynchburg.edu (434) 544-8515, or Dr. Bobbi Johnson at JOHNSON_BF@lynchburg.edu (434) 544-8513.

An online degree-seeking application is available at

Civics and Economics Institute (grades 6-12)
A Civics and Economics Institute is being held in Franklin County on July 23-26, 2018, for middle and high school educators. The institute is free and includes curriculum and meals. Educators will receive 30 recertification points for completing the Institute.

Franklin County Public Schools
150 Technology Drive, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
8:30 am- 4 pm
The study of economics goes hand in hand with the study of civics in developing students into responsible and knowledgeable citizens and voters. This 4-day institute will focus on the importance of civic and economic education. This institute will equip middle and high school teachers with hands-on lessons and resources to teach economic concepts to their students. Connections will be made to the Civics & Economics Standards of Learning, as well as economic concepts in the high school Economics and Personal Finance course. The institute is comprised of eight modules, which include:

  • Economics is About Making Choices

  • Why Do We Need an Economic System?

  • How Our Economy Flows

  • Markets and Prices

  • How Does Government Relate to the Economy?

  • What is Globalization and How Does It Affect Me?

  • Banks and the Federal Reserve System

  • How the Economy Affects You Financially

Participants completing the 4 instructional days in class and additional assignments outside of class will be eligible for 30 hours of re-certification credits and receive recognition as a VCEE Certified Economics Educator in Civics & Economics. Participants receive a number of resources for use in the classroom including a Virtual Economics flash drive with over 1,400 activity-based lessons searchable by grade and topic, 51 key economic concepts, and a glossary with over 500 terms. ($160 value) Morning Snacks and Lunch will be provided. A refundable deposit of $40 is required to hold your space for the institute and must be received by Monday, June 4, 2018, to participate in the class. Checks will be returned uncashed to participants who complete the entire 4-day institute. Please mail your $40 refundable fee to: Rebecca Booth, Director, Lynchburg College, Center for Economic Education, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501.
Register at: http://vcee.org/workshop/civics-economics-institute-2/

Character Word of the Month – Caring

April is

  • School Library Month

  • Keep America Beautiful Month

  • Mathematics Awareness Month

  • Autism Awareness Month

  • National Poetry Month


  • Concussion Management Team Meeting, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, School Board Office @ 9:00 a.m.

  • Piedmont Regional Governor’s School Drama Auditions, Saturday, April 21, 2018, Chatham High School @ 10:00 a.m.

  • Young Writers Awards Program, Saturday, April 21, 2018, Heritage High School @ 9:00 a.m.

  • Student Representatives to the School Board Applications Due to Principal, Friday, April 27, 2018


April 16 – 1947 Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War”
April 17 – 1964 Ford Mustang debuts at World’s Fair
April 18 – 1906 The Great San Francisco Earthquake
April 19 – 1775 The American Revolution begins
April 20 – 2010 Massive oil spill begins in Gulf of Mexico

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