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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


April 20, 2018

Employee of the Week:
Please join me in recognizing Mrs. Louise Weatherford, Custodian at Chatham 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/

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 commitment and efforts toward the success of our students.

Gretna High School and Tunstall High School ranked in 100 Best W!SE High Schools:

First published in 2013, the 100 Best W!se High Schools national ranking recognizes the top 100 performing high schools in W!se’s national network, showcases excellence in financial education and motivates schools to “race to the top” in personal finance instruction. The ranking also encourages school districts and administrators to expand and improve the quality of personal finance instruction in their schools and elevate the importance of financial education.

Gretna High School ranked 29th in the Nation and Tunstall High School was in the top 100 schools in the Nation. This national ranking is determined with support from an Advisory Board of experts from academia and finance. The predominant factor was the average score on the Financial Literacy Certification Test with consideration given to eligibility for free lunch and the proportion of test takers to the school population.

Tunstall High School Students Participate in Cyber Defense Competition:
James Madison University computer science professors and JMU Cyber Defense Club students were onsite at New College Institute to provide a realistic experience to teams of 2–3 students and one coach. Each team was presented with a scenario of being the newly hired information technology department for a small company. Each team had two computers, the company’s Windows Client and Linux server. The teams had to ensure all business-critical services continued and set up the appropriate systems to protect three files containing Intellectual Property (IP) for the company.

During the competition, teams were continually protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical information technology assets. Teams were also asked to improve the company’s security posture and defend it against cyberattacks.

Each team was scored throughout the competition on its performance, and at the end of the competition the team that cost its company the least amount of money was the winner. The winning team with a 95% uptime representing Bassett High School included Justin Compton, Colby Willard, Michael Todd, and Donna Hicks (coach). The second place team, representing the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge with a 94% uptime included Michael King, Malachi King, Maria Johnson, and Catrica Dillard (coach). The third place team with an 89% uptime representing Tunstall High School included Jenica Howell, Christopher Davidson, and Ed Sherlock (coach).

Jenica Howell, Christopher Davidson, and Mr. Ed Sherlock (coach).

Mrs. Angela Andrepont Presents at 2018 National Business Education Association Convention:
Mrs. Angela Andrepont, Business and Information Technology teacher at Dan River Middle School, presented two sessions at the 2018 National Business Education Association Convention and Trade Show. Both sessions of "Go App Wild: Motivating and Engaging Middle and Secondary Students in Career/Business Education Curriculum through the Exciting World of Free Apps" were a huge success. State association leaders from around the southern region have approached and requested Angela to be a presenter at their state conferences.

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Andrepont.

Students Present Business Plans:
Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Angela Andrepont, Business and Information Technology teacher, and the Dan River Middle School Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA!) participants for their accomplishments. On Monday evening, April 16, 2018, YEA! participants had the pleasure of presenting their business plans and inventions to a panel of local financial investors in hope of securing financial backing for their businesses. Each participant received a $2,000 scholarship from the Danville Community College Educational Foundation. The investors' panel awarded Halle Vaden - The Halle Collection - $975; Abigayle Gestel - Kreature Crafts - $700; Danasia Dickerson - Nasia Generates Clothes - $500; and Olivia Morris - Olivia's Graphics and More - $750. To date Dan River Middle School has produced twenty-seven middle school entrepreneurs, and remains the #1 supporter of the YEA! program.

Chatham FFA Holds Annual Recognition Dinner:
On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Chatham High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) held its annual awards banquet. Officers Kelsey Guill, President, Logan Mills, Vice-President, Ariana Colon-Sifre, Secretary, Sarah Weiss, Reporter, and Katie Callands, Sentinel, presided over the evening’s activities. The Chapter recognized the following individuals:

Greenland Degree Recipients: Christian Aaron, Katie Callands, Cole Clampsey, George Clark, Timeka Echols, Hailey Harris, Brent Kerley, Tiffany Kristier, Wyatt Leonard, Lauren Scearce, William Smith, and Persia Starling.

Chapter Degree Recipients: Daniel Barbour, Dylan Burgess, Samantha Shumaker, Sarah Weiss.

Honorary Degree Recipients: Mrs. Angela Rigney and Mrs. Stephanie Weiss

Pictured (left to right): Mrs. Victoria Gregory, Mr. Jason Ince, Kelsey Guill, Logan Mills, Ariana Colon-Sifre, Sarah Weiss, Katie Callands, Mrs. Stephanie Weiss and Mrs. Angela Rigney

RASAP Youth Advisory Council Promotes Prevention Campaign:
Recently the RASAP Youth Advisory Council (students from all four county high schools) hosted a week long promotion of their underage drinking prevention campaign at all four county high schools. The campaign message was simple…. Don’t be pressured, join the 65% who choose not to use alcohol.

They selected this message for the following reason:

  • An overwhelming majority of students reported they didn’t use alcohol in the past year

  • They wanted students to know, not everyone is drinking

  • They wanted to promote a positive peer message with “don’t be pressured”

  • They selected the week after Spring Break because it was prom season with graduations soon to follow

During the week they promoted their message with morning announcements, posters, magnets on all of the lockers, cups, pop-sockets, phone sleeves, mood cups and t-shirts. They added two days of information disseminations with brochures, informational banners and fatal vision goggle activities. Students were given multiple opportunities to make and take the pledge to join the 65%.

Appalachian State Offers Online Opportunities:

This summer, Mathematics Education Leadership Training (MELT) is offering three synchronous online institutes for particular audiences. In the MELT online institutes, all participants will use computers, webcams, microphones, and the internet to interactively, and in real time, participate with others in the live Institute. There will be activities in which to participate, communicate, and collaborate. Some of these activities will be completed individually and followed up by group discussions, and others will be completed live and online with other participants. Participants will not be simply watching videos; they will be actively involved. There will be almost continuous dialog as would be the case if participants were face-to-face in a classroom location.

The three online institutes for this summer include:

  • June 25-June 29, 2018: Digital Learning & Mathematics Education Technology (Grades 6-12). (Math/Digital Learning CEUs)

  • July 9-13, 2018: Differentiating Instruction and Assessment (Grades K-12). (Math CEUs)

  • July 16-20, 2018: Digital Learning & Mathematics Education Technology (Grades K-5). (Math/Digital Learning CEUs)

Additionally, MELT is offering up to 15 face-to-face institutes.
The following information is available online:

The Department of Economics at Radford University is organizing a Southwest Virginia Economics Teacher Conference on July 26-27, 2018, on Radford University's campus. The conference will offer secondary school educators an opportunity to meet with their peers and explore some of the key topics in economics that would be beneficial for students to know as they enter college. Meals, one night's lodging (or two if you would like to arrive the day before), and course materials will be provided for all participants. Space is limited to 30 participants on a first-come-first-served basis, so please register early.

Please visit this website for additional information and registration details: https://rueconomics.wixsite.com/swvet2018

Character Word of the Month – Caring

April is

  • School Library Month

  • Keep America Beautiful Month

  • Mathematics Awareness Month

  • Autism Awareness Month

  • National Poetry Month


  • 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.

  • Administrative Professionals Week – April 23 – 27, 2018

  • VSBA Regional Forum and Art Contest, Monday, April 23, 2018, Mecklenburg County @ 5:00 p.m.

  • VSBA Art Entries to be Picked Up, Friday, April 27, 2018, Central Office

  • Student Representatives to the School Board Nominations Due to School Board Office, Friday, April 27, 2018


April 23 – 1954 Hank Aaron hits first home run of his MLB career
April 24 – 1781 Phillips and Arnold launch attack on Petersburg, Virginia
April 25 – 1719 Robinson Crusoe is published
April 26 – 1954 Polio vaccine trials begin
April 27 – 1773 Parliament passes the Tea Act

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