February 9, 2018
Employee of the Week:
Please join me in recognizing the School Board
Office’s 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.
Schools Recognized by National Beta Club:
The following Pittsylvania County Schools have been recognized as 2017-2018
National Beta Schools of Merit:
Dan River Middle Students
Take a Google Expedition:
On Friday, February 2, 2018, Mrs. Angie Tate's 6th Grade Science class went on a
Google Expedition using the 20-unit kit that is on loan to the Division from
Longwood University's ITTIP. Students have been studying cloud formation and
the cloud cycle in class, and Google Expedition allowed the students to
experience this first hand. Students were able to see cloud formations from the
ground and from a bird's eye view, and then they were able to experience being
inside of a cloud, viewing the water molecules up close. The expedition not
only allowed Mrs. Tate to reinforce the instruction in her classroom, but
allowed students to experience clouds in a hands-on, visual, and fun way! Ms.
Elizabeth Craig, Director of Middle/Secondary Education, also had the
opportunity to experience part of the expedition with the students!
University Offers Master of Education Degree:
Hollins University is offering an online Master’s in Teaching and Learning
beginning in the summer of 2018. This 40-credit program will be completely
online, and teachers will be able to finish the degree in two years. A flyer
has been provided to the schools with information regarding this new degree.
Also, additional information may be found on the Hollins website. Questions may
be addressed to Donna Martin, Education Program Assistant (362-7460) or Hollins’
Graduate Center (362-6575).
Basketball Players Score 1,000th Point:
Chatham vs. Altavista varsity girls’ basketball game on Tuesday, February 6,
2018, the game was stopped twice to recognize the 1,000th point
scored by two (2) players. In a USA Today, High School Sports article,
Scoring 1,000 points in high school basketball still is a major feat,
states, “any player that has scored 1,000 or more points didn’t do it by
accident. They have all put in countless hours shooting the basketball.” Please
join me in congratulating Destiny Wilson (#24) and Tommari Lee (#14) on this
outstanding accomplishment. Another Chatham High School student, Breanna Price
(#44), also scored her 1,000th point at the Chatham vs. Dan River
game on January 5, 2018.
School Holds Be Kind Assembly:
Tunstall Middle School held a "Be Kind" Assembly to kick off the school-wide
reading of the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Speakers were David Potts, Head
Football Coach and teacher at Tunstall High School, and Kenny Lewis, Sr., former
NFL player and school administrator. Mr. Potts told a story about teaching a
student with special needs earlier in his career. The student was initially
reserved but was able to open up a little bit after developing a relationship
with MR. Potts and became a very
very successful student and person. Mr. Lewis spoke about everyone needing to be
a little bit different and not letting anything get in the way of their dreams.
TMS students Ulises Royal and Madison Walton hold up a skull and human brain
that Coach Potts brought to help explain some of the surgeries that his former
Kenny Lewis, Sr. speaks to TMS students
The Virginia Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has
announced that it will be participating in the 2018 U.S. National Chemistry
Olympiad (USNCO). The primary goals of this program are to stimulate interest
and achievement in chemistry among high school students throughout the United
States and to provide recognition of outstanding young chemistry students,
teachers, and schools.
Students competing in the USNCO are eligible to be selected as members of the
United States team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO). For the past
thirty-four years, the United States has sent a team of four students to compete
with nations around the world at the IChO. The students participate in both
theoretical and laboratory examinations over several days. Gold, silver, and
bronze medals are awarded to the best performers, and the IChO provides students
the opportunity to interact with their peers from other countries. This year the
international event will be held in Bratislava Slovakia and Prague Czech
Republic, July 19-29, 2018.
The Virginia Blue Ridge section has decided to conduct a preliminary screening
of students through the use of the Local Section Exam (provided by USNCO) during
the month of March. Students can use past exams available at
www.acs.org/olympiad to prepare for
both the local and national exams.
All students who participate will be recognized and presented with a
certificate, and the top 150 students at the national level will receive
recognition for outstanding performance. In addition, the local section will be
awarding the student with the highest score on the Local Section an Amazon gift
If you are interested in entering students in this competition, please contact
Ms. Elizabeth Craig, Director of Middle and High School Education.
Character Word of
the Month – Self-Control
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Black History Month
School Board Appreciation Month
Career and Technical Education Month
Dan River Middle School
February 27-March 2, 5-8
Tunstall High School
February 12-16, 20
FCCLA Week –
February 12 – 16, 2018
Meeting, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, School Board Office, 6:30 p.m.-closed,
7:00 p.m. open
Meeting, Thursday, February 15, 2018, School Board Office, 9:30 a.m.
School Day for Students, February 16, 2018 (Changed because of inclement
for Students and Staff, February 19, 2018, Early Dismissal @ 1:00 p.m.
(Changed because of inclement weather)
Chorus, Saturday, February 10, 2018, Christiansburg High School, @ 5:00 p.m.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
February 12 – 1973 Release of U.S. POWs begins
February 13 – 1776 Patrick Henry named colonel of First Virginia battalion
14 – 1779 Patriots defeat Loyalists at Kettle Creek
February 15 – 1903 First Teddy bear goes on sale
February 16 – 1923 Archaeologist opens tomb of King Tut
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happening in the schools!