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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


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! http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/staff/employee-of-week/

Dear Colleagues,

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!

Brosville Elementary:
Christine Anderson, Brenda Bartley, Shermaine Millner, Frances Craft

Chatham High:
Amanda Doss, Christie Cahill, Shamanda Anderson

Dan River Middle:
Janice Ingram, Tina Johnson, Rose Kirk

Dan River High:
Penny Wilson

Gretna Elementary:
Barbara Neal, Tara Hunley

Gretna Middle:
Mable Moore

John L. Hurt, Jr. Elementary:
Lisa Adkins, Camille Atkins

Kentuck Elementary:
Shirley Gunn, Doris Ewell, Sheryl Vickers, Amy James, Elsie Richardson

Southside Elementary:
Brenda Saunders, Jane Mays

Stony Mill Elementary:
Rosylind Fitz, Kelly Soyars, Donna Hawker, Mary Beth Woods

Tunstall Middle:
Joy Childress, Cindy Dixon, Diane Burke, Misty Eaton

Union Hall Elementary:
Janet Wood

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.  Thank you!

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

Students coding on computers


Stony Mill Elementary School's 11th Annual STACKUP:
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!"
Stony Mill Stack Up

Southside Elementary School's Science Fair Winners:
Southside Elementary 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.

Science Fair Winners

Southside Elementary School's STEM Night:
Southside Elementary 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.
STEM at Southside

Gobble Wobble:
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." 
Brosville Gobble Wobble

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.

Brosville 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 honored.

New 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:
Pittsylvania County 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 packages.
Breakfast Challenge


  • Family Life
    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 Office

  • Instructional Principals’ Meeting, December 14, 2017, @ 1:00 p.m., School Board Office


  • December 11 – 1620 103 Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock         

  • 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 151791 The Bill of Rights becomes law

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