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!
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
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Grade 9 January 11-12, 16
Grade 10 January 8-10
Gretna Middle School
Grade 6-8 January 17-19, 22-26
Grade 6-8 January 30 – February 2, 5-8
Holiday for Students
Staff, Monday, January 15, 2018
Graduate of Merit
Make-up Graduate of
Merit Candidate Meetings
Access for ELLS Testing
Window (ES, MS, HS): Jan. 8 – March 2, 2018
Assessments: Jan. 8 – February 1, 2018
(Data due – February 12, 2018)
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
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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