February 16, 2018
Employee of the Week:
Employee of the Week:
Please join me in recognizing Mr. Christopher Keen, teacher aide at Stony Mill
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!
February is School Board Appreciation Month:
School Board Members Pictured Above: Mr. Don Moon, Mr. Todd Sanders, Mr. J.
Samuel Burton-Vice-Chairman, Mr. George Henderson, Mrs. Cassandra Crump, Rev.
Raymond Ramsey, and Mr. Calvin Doss-Chairman
The month of February marks the annual observance of School Board Appreciation
Month—a time to salute the work of school board members and celebrate public
education. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Advancing Opportunities for
All,” reflects the top priority of local school board members as they advocate
for public education with local, state, and federal leaders on behalf of all
students. The Pittsylvania County School Board develops policies and makes tough
decisions on complex educational and social issues impacting the entire county.
They bear responsibility for an annual budget of $88 million, 8,700 students,
1,500 employees and 22 buildings. They preserve the core of our democracy—public
Please join me in recognizing and celebrating the work of our school board.
Board Clerk Appreciation Week:
The VSBA Board of Directors has designated the third week in February
(February 19-23, 2018) as VSBA School Board Clerk Appreciation Week, with a goal
of building awareness of the role school board clerks play in assisting school
board members, superintendents, and our local schools. School board clerks are
appointed by law to fulfill the duties and responsibilities as outlined in
policy by their local school boards.
Please join me in thanking Mrs. Janet Hancock, Clerk of the Pittsylvania County
School Board, and Mrs. Tracey Worley, Deputy Clerk, for all that they do for the
National Geographic Bees Completed:
The National Geographic Bee is an annual competition organized by the National
Geographic Society, designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the
world. Students in grades four through eight (4-8) from 10,000 schools across
the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance
to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee
School Bees have ended and school champions who qualify for the State Bee will
be notified by March 2. State Bees will take place in every state, and the
District of Columbia, on April 6.
Night at Stony Mill Elementary:
Stony Mill Elementary School recently held STEM Night on February 6, 2018. This
was held in conjunction with the annual STEM Fair. Students and parents had an
opportunity to view STEM Fair projects completed by students in grades K-5. In
addition to this, the STAR Lab, courtesy of the Danville Science Center, was
open for students and guests. The staff of Pittsylvania County Schools' STEM
Academy demonstrated some of the equipment students have the opportunity to use
when they visit. Teachers planned and conducted hands-on science experiments and
engineering activities for families to enjoy. It was a fun night had by all! The
gym was packed with STEM Fair projects completed by the students.
Congratulations to the following students in grades 3-5 for being a finalist in
the STEM Fair. Grade 3: Ashlee Sams, Clara Mills, Jamison Dishman, Connor Smith;
Grade 4: Trinity Overstreet, Tanner Sims, Hailey Robertson, Nikki Matzganis; and
Grade 5: Hunter Mills, Kaden Brower, Derrick Jackson, Kaylee Smoot.
Schools Recognized by National Beta Club:
The following Pittsylvania County Schools have been recognized as 2017-2018
National Beta Schools of Merit:
State Junior Beta Convention
The Beta Clubs from the elementary and middle schools participated in the State
Beta Convention this week. The schools represented Pittsylvania County well.
Several schools have reported the following outstanding accomplishments:
Gretna Middle School
Nathan Toon - 1st place in Woodworking
Jadin Ratliff - 1st place in Language Arts (7th grade)
Nathan Toon for Vice-president skit - 3rd place, participants: Suter Clark,
Latreyion Martin, Ben Blair, Jaden Ratliff, Lilly Hudgins, and Gabby Keatts.
Chatham Elementary School
Mariam Afify - 1st place in Charcoal
Lily Scarce - 2nd place in Wreath
Ava Miller - 1st place in Science
Elise Gatewood - 1st place in Language Arts
Miles Oditt - 1st place in Math (4th grade)
Morgan VanDerhyde - 2nd place in Essay and 3rd place Math (5th grade)
Carleah Witcher - 2nd place in Poetry
Nathan Paris - 1st place in Social Studies (4th grade)
Samuel Siebert - 2nd place in Social Studies (5th grade)
Isabelle Wyatt and Eliana Gray-1st place in
Gretna Elementary School
Abigail Breedlove: VA State Jr. Beta Reporter
Campaign skit - 1st place, participants: Sanylah Thompson, Olivia Franklin,
Jayden Smith, Jayden Dalton, Seth Fint, Alex Robbins, Alaisha Woodruff, Keysahun
Witcher, Peyton Pillow, Elijah Jones, Olivia Doss
Dana Richardson - 1st place in Wreath
Sanylah Thompson - 2nd place in Jewelry
Ina Cox - 3rd place in Language Arts (5th grade)
Jayden Smith - 3rd place in Science (4th grade)
Olivia Doss - 3rd place in Math (4th grade)
February is Dental Health Month, Delta Dental of Virginia Oral Health Tip:
The average child smiles 400 times a day. With so much grinning going around,
your little ones should be proud to display their pearly whites! Educating
children about the importance of dental health is key for a lifetime of healthy
teeth and gums.
Teach your kids the importance of proper dental health during National
Children's Dental Health Month this February with one of these two fun
Brushing and flossing
chart. The earlier children learn to take care of their teeth, the better.
Make sure they are getting their daily dental dose with our brushing and
flossing chart. Let your child color a circle each time a dental duty is
completed. Stickers work, too!
Download the printable chart here.
Tooth fairy coloring pages.
Add one more sparkle and a smile to your their National Children's Dental
Health Month experience. After all, who doesn't love the Tooth Fairy?
Download coloring pages here.
Character Word of
the Month – Self-Control
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
February is Black History Month
February is School Board Appreciation Month
February is Career and Technical Education Month
February is Dental Health Month
School Board Clerk Appreciation Week – February
19 – 23, 2018
National FFA Week – February 19 – 23, 2018
Dan River Middle School
February 27-March 2, 5-8
Tunstall High School
School Day with 1:00 p.m. Dismissal for
Students, Monday, February 19, 2018 (Inclement weather make-up)
Instructional Assistant Principals’ and
Guidance Counselors’ Meeting, Tuesday, February 20, 2018, School Board
Office, Session I - 9:30 a.m., Session II – 1:00 p.m.
Pittsylvania County All-County Chorus,
Thursday, February 22, 2018, Chatham High School, @ 6:00 p.m.
Band Concert, Friday, February 23, 2018,
Tunstall High School, @ 6:30 p.m.
Report Cards Sent Home – Friday, February
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
February 19 – 1847
Donner Party rescued
February 20 – 1792
Postal Service Act regulates U.S. Post Office Department
February 21 – 1948
February 22 – 1980 U.S.
hockey team makes miracle on ice
February 23 – 1945 U.S.
flag raised on Iwo Jima
Please send media requests to:
This may be (1) to request media presence on site to cover an upcoming event or
(2) to request media coverage (without media on site) of an upcoming event or
(3) to report news from a past event. Thank you for identifying the great things
happening in the schools!