December 8, 2017
Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mr. Cecil Pyron, Jr., lead mechanic in the Pupil
Transportation Department, 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!
I hope that your experience this year as you have worked to mold and develop the
intellect and character of your students has been excellent. As we enter the
Christmas season with our tradition of giving gifts, I want to thank you for the
gift that you give to your students every day – a structured, safe and caring
environment (a classroom, school bus, cafeteria, etc.) that promotes learning
and encourages critical thinking. William Glasser said, “Effective teaching may
be the hardest job there is.” In most other fields, one’s performance is based
on how well he or she performs. For educators, success lies in the success of
others. The profession you have chosen is a selfless one that is dedicated to
building the lives of others. The gift that you give to your students lasts a
lifetime. Thank you!
Colleagues Earn ServSafe® Credential:
The following cafeteria
employees recently undertook a comprehensive 8-hour ServSafe® food safety
education course and subsequently passed the nationally accredited 2-hour exam!
Their hard work and achievement are outstanding!
Christine Anderson, Brenda Bartley, Shermaine Millner, Frances Craft
Amanda Doss, Christie Cahill, Shamanda Anderson
Dan River Middle:
Janice Ingram, Tina Johnson, Rose Kirk
Dan River High:
Barbara Neal, Tara Hunley
John L. Hurt, Jr.
Lisa Adkins, Camille Atkins
Shirley Gunn, Doris Ewell, Sheryl Vickers, Amy James, Elsie Richardson
Brenda Saunders, Jane Mays
Stony Mill Elementary:
Rosylind Fitz, Kelly Soyars, Donna Hawker, Mary Beth Woods
Joy Childress, Cindy Dixon, Diane Burke, Misty Eaton
Union Hall Elementary:
E-mail from John Eisenberg, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and
Student Services at the Virginia Department of Education:
I am most pleased to share with you some great news. On Friday, Virginia
received our 2016 OSEP Differentiated Monitoring Determination Letter. I am
thrilled to report that Virginia received the highest levels, Universal, on all
four areas. The areas included Results, Compliance, Fiscal, and the State
Systemic Improvement Plan. Essentially these determinations mean that OSEP
believes that Virginia has very low levels of risk in special education and we
will not be required to develop any corrective actions/required technical
assistance. I want to thank you all for all the hard work you have done to help
Virginia continue to be one of the best states in the country for special
education. I strongly believe all our collective collaborative efforts have
helped accomplish this determination. I would also like to thank my staff for
their incredible hard work in helping report on these critical topics. I am
lucky to have such a dedicated and professional team. GO VIRGINIA!
John Eisenberg, M.Ed
On behalf of the School
Board of Pittsylvania County, I thank our Support Services Department and all of
our special educators for their hard work and assistance accomplishing this
recognition as one of the best states in the country for special education.
Schools Participate in Hour of Code:
Brosville Elementary School
During Computer Science
Education Week, students at Brosville Elementary School participated in Hour of
Code. Using the Code.org site, each grade was given a set of tasks to complete
within their library time. The tasks included: creating a program to tell a
character how to move or creating a picture drawn on the screen. The second
graders in the Coding Club practiced these skills every Friday since September
and were ready to assist their fellow students!
Union Hall and
Mt. Airy Students Coding
Stony Mill Elementary School's 11th Annual
Stony Mill Elementary School students participated
in the 11th annual STACKUP on November 9, 2017. Since 2006, the WSSA has set a
new Guinness mark every year for "Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple
Locations in One Day." Students stacked with 635,000+ people around the globe to
help set a new Guinness World Record. Students also held a canned food drive for
our local Salvation Army, collecting an estimated 1,000 cans of food! Students
also participated in three competition stacks. Trophies were awarded to the
fastest stackers in all grade levels. Trophy winners were: Hailey Grace Blalock,
Andres Ortiz-Torres, Sydney Brummett, Tylaisha Elmore, Evan Hyler, Shayla
Williamson, Tyler Doss, Chloe Hines, Tristan Strange, Porter Sands, Ryen Scott,
Faith Crews, and Madi Jones. Coach Katherine Blair coordinated the event and
comments that "sport stacking is an amazing sport of fitness, agility, speed and
concentration that has been proven to improve reading and math skills. Having
this event also helps to teach our students the benefits of community service.
Our students did a great job!"
Southside Elementary School's Science Fair Winners:
School hosted its first Math and Science STEM Night. There were activities
throughout the evening for students and parents alike. In the grade level
classrooms, teachers led hands-on experiments, while the STEM Academy had a
variety of electronic demonstrations for all students to explore. Throughout the
halls, Science Fair projects were displayed for all to observe. Science Fair
winners were revealed and recognized for their hard work on projects.
Southside Elementary School's STEM Night:
School hosted a STEM night to incorporate science, technology, engineering and
math into a night of fun and learning. Parents and students experienced hands-on
science experiments as well as math activities. In addition to the Book Fair,
photo booth and viewing of science projects, students enjoyed the STAR Lab
portable planetarium sponsored by Danville Science Center.
The Tuesday before
Thanksgiving break, students at Brosville Elementary School celebrated the
holidays at the Gobble Wobble. This event was a behavior incentive as part of
our PBIS program. Activities during the event included running, dancing, jump
ropes and hoopla hoops! Throughout the day, students used their resource time
to catch up with friends in other classes while they enjoyed the outdoor
activities. Fun and laughter abounded as students danced the "Turkey Dance"
(aka the Chicken Dance) and played games of "Catch the Turkey Tag."
Union Hall Elementary School holds Salvation Army canned food drive:
Union Hall Elementary
School held a canned food drive benefiting the Salvation Army throughout the
month of November. Students and staff brought in 1,058 canned food and dry food
items. Mrs. Lisa Nichols’ first grade class and Mrs. Georgie Bridgforth’s class
collected the most cans per school wing, earning a dance party for the class -
Mrs. Nichols’ class brought 180 items, and Mrs. Bridgforth’s class provided 117
items. Each week, Junior Beta Club members at the school collected the cans and
counted the cans to announce which grade level and class were in the lead for
the dance party. Union Hall Elementary School was honored to hold the Salvation
Army drive to help to offer hope to the hungry in the Danville/Pittsylvania
County area this holiday season.
Danville Science Center and STEM Academy comes to Southside Elementary School:
Southside Elementary School sends a huge thank you to the Stem Academy. Jill
Collins, Tommie Evans, and Jacob Taylor did an amazing job teaching our students
about coding and robotics. Also, Southside Elementary School appreciates Mr.
Brian Buchanan from the Danville Science Center for coming and bringing the
portable STAR Lab for students to engage in a real astronomy lesson.
Elementary School Chorus sings at the Fire Station:
On Monday, December 4, the
Brosville Elementary School Chorus sang for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at
the Brosville Fire Station. Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades have been
practicing their songs since September, and their hard work showed in the flair
and confidence of the performance. The students sang at the beginning of the
solemn event where many members of the community, past and present, were
Swings at Brosville Elementary School:
Students were finally able
to use the long-awaited swings at Brosville Elementary School. Students have
been breathlessly watching as the swings were constructed. The rules were taught
and modeled. Their patience finally paid off when Mrs. Atkins officially opened
the swing set.
Participation in the Virginia Breakfast Challenge:
Schools has signed-up and is participating in the Virginia Breakfast Challenge.
The Challenge is an excellent way to demonstrate support for Virginia school
breakfast along with over 100 other divisions across Virginia.
From October 1 through December 31, 2017, schools across the Commonwealth are
competing for prizes and recognition by increasing participation in their school
breakfast programs. School winners will receive $1,000 each in addition to
exciting recognition events. Division winners will receive special prize
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Twin Springs Elementary
Grade 4 December 15, 18-20
Grade 5 December 11-14
School Board Meeting, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, Closed 6:30 p.m., Open
7:00 p.m., School Board Office
Principals’ Meeting, Thursday, December 14, 2017, @ 9:30 a.m., School Board
Instructional Principals’ Meeting, December 14, 2017, @ 1:00 p.m., School
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
December 11 – 1620 103 Pilgrims land at Plymouth
December 12 – 2000 GM announces phase-out of Oldsmobile
December 13 – 2003 Saddam Hussein captured
December 14 - 1911 Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first explorer to
reach the South Pole, beating his British rival, Robert Falcon Scott
December 15 – 1791 The Bill of Rights becomes law
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(3) to report news from a past event. Thank you for identifying the great things
happening in the schools!