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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


January 12, 2018


Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Deputy Chris Brown, School Resource Officer at Tunstall Middle School, on his selection as Employee of the Week for Pittsylvania County Schools for the week of January 8 – 12, 2018. Please click on the following link to find out what employees do to make this A Great Place to Learn and Work!

Also, please join me in recognizing Mr. Mike Miraglia, Custodian at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center, on his selection as Employee of the Week for Pittsylvania County Schools for the week of January 15 – 19, 2018. 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/

I hope that you had a restful break with time for family and friends. As we begin the New Year, I would like to share some thoughts about Pittsylvania County Schools. I am amazed by what each of you accomplishes each day. We hear much about Return on Investment (ROI) when investing our money and in business regarding corporate profits. The ROI in Pittsylvania County Schools is exceptional. The returns that are realized by our students-academic success, strong work ethic, the ability to follow through, a positive attitude, the ability to work in teams, and communication skills are evident and prepare them for successful futures.

Tunstall High School Receives Proclamation from Virginia’s General Assembly:
Delegates Danny Marshall and Les Adams and Senators Frank Ruff and Bill Stanley sponsored a proclamation approved by Virginia’s General Assembly to acknowledge Tunstall High School on its recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School. The Proclamation was read and accepted by the School Board at its meeting on January 9, 2018.

Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center Students Attend Amthor Announcement:
Mrs. Angela Rigney, Director of Career and Technical Education, and Mrs. Rebecca Roberts, Principal of the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center (PCTC), PCTC teachers and students were invited to attend Governor Terry McAuliffe’s announcement regarding the expansion of the Amthor, International plant on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex in Chatham. This expansion will create ninety (90) high-paying jobs in welding and industrial maintenance. Pictured below are students from the welding and industrial maintenance programs at PCTC with the Secretary of Commerce for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Todd Haymore.
career tech

National Board Certification: Going for Gold! Conference:


The College of William & Mary is offering a conference that provides opportunities for both National Board Certified Candidates and certified National Board Certified Teachers to participate in sessions on unpacking the National Board Standards, writing strategies, and tips for re-tooling for those resubmitting components. Additional sessions focus on each of the four parts of the process: Component 1 (Content Knowledge/Assessment Center), Component 2 (Differentiation in Instruction), Component 3 (Teaching Practice & Learning Environment), and Component 4 (Effective & Reflective Practitioner). National Board Certification offers educators enriching personal and professional growth.

Registration includes continental breakfast & box lunch (make selection when you register). SEVA Members $55; Non-Members $60

All participants are asked to bring a laptop or other device capable of using Wi-Fi. Bring your materials and components in process to take advantage of working opportunities during the conference.

To REGISTER: Go to https://sevanbctrn.wufoo.com/forms/p1phol4f1tho65j/to register online. CREDIT CARD & PAYPAL ACCEPTED ONLINE.
(If the link doesn’t work correctly, please copy and paste into your browser address bar.)
Registrations received later than JANUARY 10 will incur a $10 late registration fee. Registration closes JANUARY 14. Walk-in participants will be accommodated as possible for registration + late fee of $15 (late registration + walk-in fee)—lunch provided for walk-ins on an as-available basis.
Questions? Contact us at SEVANBCT@gmail.com
Paper registration forms available by request only.

Tunstall High School Holds Informational Session:

Mrs. Amanda Oakes, Director of Prevention Services for Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services, and Ms. LeAnne Hardy, Chair of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk, have worked with Mr. Brian Boles, Principal of Tunstall High School, and Tunstall High School staff, to bring “Talk Saves Lives” to Tunstall High School on January 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. This event was funded by Danville-Pittsylvania County Out of the Darkness Walk and available through the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, Virginia.

Old School Car Club Donates Christmas Meals to Kentuck Families:

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, five student families at Kentuck Elementary School received Christmas dinners courtesy of the Old School Car Club of Alton, VA. This organization has been contributing to families in South Central Virginia over the last few years as a way to give back to the community. Two of the club’s members, David Gunter and Anthony “Tony” Tana, delivered and presented those meals to the families as students prepared to take their Christmas break. Kentuck Elementary School greatly appreciates the Old School Car Club and this wonderful display of Christmas spirit and giving. Club members include David Gunter, Ernest Hughes, Curtis King, James King, Jack Littlefield, Brad Miller, Dale Miller, Henry Medley, Larry Miller, Stan Morphew, Anthony Tana, Vennie Whitlock, and Daniel Wimbush.

Dan River Middle School Teacher Awarded Grant:
Ms. Tara Stafford, 7th Grade Life Science teacher at Dan River Middle School, has received a grant in the amount of $3,167 from the Toshiba America Foundation, which funds projects in grades 6-12 to provide students with the opportunity to do science in new ways that promise to increase their engagement with their subject matter and improve their learning. Dan River's grant will provide six (6) 3D printers, along with the filament needed for them, and a set of novels. Mrs. Stafford's students will read a novel relating to ecosystems and human activity. They will then design and build a 3D model to retell the novel they read and how it relates to ecosystems and human activity. As a follow up, students will have the opportunity to design a tool to help reduce the impact of human activity on the world. Congratulations to Ms. Stafford for being awarded this grant, for her innovative teaching, and for incorporating reading into her science classroom!

Holiday Happenings at Brosville Elementary School:
During the last three (3) days before Winter Break, Brosville Elementary School celebrated in style! On Monday it was pajama day; students were able to wear their favorite PJs to school, many classes watched Polar Express or other holiday movies with popcorn, and Mrs. Elizabeth Shorter’s kindergarten class even made cookies! Mrs. Michelle Estes’ second grade class received a special gift from Santa. Tuesday was the day for holiday parties, and many parents came to celebrate with their students. Wednesday was our holiday sing-along with our very own Brosville Chorus and a hilarious Ugly Sweater Contest for the teachers!

New Instruments at Brosville Elementary School:
Brosville Elementary School is excited for the new arrival of a 15 piece Orff instrument set! This includes various sizes of glockenspiels, xylophones, and metallophones. Mrs. Abigail Kesling, music teacher, wrote the proposal and received the Teacher Creativity Grant from the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. The goal of this grant is to further expand the creativity, independence, critical thinking skills, and problem solving skills of the students. Furthermore, the effects of using the Orff instruments and teaching model will be seen in the classroom. Students should develop better citizenship because students will be taking turns and working together to make music. The student will not realize that they are working because they will be having so much fun! Thank you so much to the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce! The music education experience at Brosville Elementary School has been amplified tenfold!

Brosville Elementary School Geography Bee:
On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, Brosville Elementary School held a geography bee with 4th and 5th grade participants. Students answered questions about places around the world to compete to become the school champion. The winner of the geography bee, Elijah Keatts, will go on to compete in the County-wide contest.

Stony Mill Elementary School's Giving Tree:
Stony Mill Elementary School has a long standing tradition of helping others during the Christmas season through a project called "The Giving Tree." For many years, the project has produced various items to help people who have been victims of natural disasters, poverty, and hunger. People in many places throughout the world have been touched by the generosity of parents, students, faculty, and staff. The project, led by Coach Katherine Blair, began when she was planning a mission trip during the Winter Break with Haitian refugees in Jamaica. These refugees needed many items, one item being a toothbrush. The very first Giving Tree produced hundreds of toothbrushes that Coach Blair delivered to the refugees in Jamaica. In recent years, items collected have included stuffed animals, flashlights, paper products, coloring books and crayons, Kool-Aid, and stocking hats and gloves. This year, God's Pit Crew will be the recipient of hundreds of little cars, trucks, and dolls to include in their blessing buckets that go to many places in the world, including here in the U.S. Stony Mill Elementary School students have been loading the Giving Tree with these gifts since Thanksgiving!

Southside Elementary School Christmas Parade:
Southside Elementary School students and staff participated in the first ever Christmas Parade. In efforts to spread holiday cheer, Southside Elementary School encouraged creativity and team work for each grade level.

Santa Visits Brosville Elementary School:
On Friday, December 15, Brosville Elementary School had a very special guest… Santa! Santa took time out of his busy holiday season to visit with the Pre-K class at Brosville Elementary School. They sang songs and sat on Santa’s lap to share their Christmas lists with him. Afterwards, the Pre-K class created a sugary treat in the form of a gingerbread house. There were some very creative architects!

Holidays in the Library:
As part of a school-wide PBIS incentive program, the students at Brosville Elementary School participated in a holiday party in the library. Students were able to choose an activity ranging from winter themed crafts to games and Legos. Everyone enjoyed the festive time to socialize with friends!
Santa Day at Union Hall Elementary School:
Union Hall Elementary School held its annual Santa Day sponsored by the PTO celebrating the Christmas season on Wednesday, December 20, with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Families came to have pictures made with Santa.

The Road to Revolution at Brosville Elementary School:
The fifth graders of Brosville Elementary School were treated to a visit from Mr. Michael Coyle who works for the Jamestown/Yorktown Outreach Program. Mr. Coyle helped student to see the many perspectives of all the people involved in the colonies. As the drama unfolded in the classroom, students played many roles and discussed the events that led up to the American Revolution. This engaging demonstration will certainly stick with the students at Brosville!

Liberty University Invites Students to Basketball Game:
The Athletics Department at Liberty University is extending an educator discount ($5 tickets!) as part of their Education Day recognition at the LU Men’s Basketball Game on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2:00 pm Liberty will be playing against UNC Ashville. If you’re interested in coming to campus for this Education Day at the Vines Center on LU’s campus, be sure to order your tickets online using the discount word in your PCS email.

Character Word of the Month – Responsibility


  • Family Life

    • Gretna High School               
      Grade 9    January 11-12, 16
      Grade 10  January 8-10

    • Gretna Middle School
      Grade 6-8 January 17-19, 22-26

    • Tunstall Middle School 
      Grade 6-8 January 30 – February 2, 5-8

  • Holiday for Students and Staff, Monday, January 15, 2018

  • Graduate of Merit Candidate Meetings

    • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
      GHS – 8:45 a.m.
      CHS – 10:15 a.m.
      DRHS – 12:00 noon
      THS – 1:45 p.m.

  • Make-up Graduate of Merit Candidate Meetings

    • Thursday, January 18, 2018
      THS – 8:45 a.m.
      DRHS – 10:30 a.m.
      CHS – 12:15 p.m.
      GHS – 1:45 p.m.

  • Access for ELLS Testing Window (ES, MS, HS):  Jan. 8 – March 2, 2018

  • PALS Mid-Year Assessments: Jan. 8 – February 1, 2018
    (Data due – February 12, 2018)

January 15 – 1967
Packers face Chiefs in first Super Bowl
January 16 – 1938
Benny Goodman brings jazz to Carnegie Hall
January 17 – 1781
Battle of Cowpens, South Carolina
January 18 – 1919
Post-World War I peace conference begins in Paris
January 19 – 2007
First McDonald’s drive-through opens in Beijing

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