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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


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

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 education.

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:

  • Chatham Elementary School

  • Chatham Middle School

  • Dan River Middle School

  • Gretna High School

  • Tunstall Middle School

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!

Hollins 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).

Three Chatham Basketball Players Score 1,000th Point:
At the 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.    

1000 points scored 

Tunstall Middle 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 student underwent.

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 card.

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


  • February is Black History Month

  • February is School Board Appreciation Month

  • February is Career and Technical Education Month

  • Family Life

  • Dan River Middle School     
    Grades 6-8     
    February 27-March 2, 5-8

  • Tunstall High School            
    Grade 9          
    February 21-23
    Grade 10        
    February 12-16, 20

  • FCCLA Week – February 12 – 16, 2018

  • School Board Meeting, Tuesday, February 13, 2018, School Board Office, 6:30 p.m.-closed, 7:00 p.m. open

  • Principals’ Meeting, Thursday, February 15, 2018, School Board Office, 9:30 a.m. 

  • Regular School Day for Students, February 16, 2018 (Changed because of inclement weather)

  • School Day for Students and Staff, February 19, 2018, Early Dismissal @ 1:00 p.m. (Changed because of inclement weather)

  • All District Chorus, Saturday, February 10, 2018, Christiansburg High School, @ 5:00 p.m.

February 12 – 1973   Release of U.S. POWs begins
February 13 – 1776   Patrick Henry named colonel of First Virginia battalion
February 14 – 1779   Patriots defeat Loyalists at Kettle Creek
February 15 – 1903   First Teddy bear goes on sale
February 161923   Archaeologist opens tomb of King Tut

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Last update: 02/11/2018 11:34 AM