March 16, 2018
Employee of the Week:
Please join me in recognizing Mrs. Janet Wood, Cafeteria Manager at Union Hall
Elementary School, on her 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!
County to Hold Public Input Sessions on 2018-2019 Budget:
During the month of March, the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors is
considering the County budget for 2018-2019. You may wish to attend one of the
public input sessions to speak on behalf of full funding for the School Board’s
advertised budget. I encourage you to speak with your principal about this
opportunity. Your attendance at one of these events in support of the schools is
very important. Thank you.
Hurt Elementary Spelling Bee
On Thursday, February 22, 2018, selected third, fourth and fifth grade students
at Hurt Elementary School participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Karmen Evans emerged as the winner and Kristen Waller received second place.
Both students are invited to participate in the region spelling bee at Averett
University on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
The following students also earned a spot in the final round of the school
spelling bee: Amber Davis 5th grade, Angel Farmer 5th grade, LaVern Glass 5th
grade, Dylan Turk 4th grade, Nathan Payne 4th grade, Christopher Dawson 4th
grade, Lillie McKenna 3rd grade, Jonathan Ferris 3rd grade, Avery Jennings 3rd
grade, Autumn Cooper 4th grade, Layah Lopez 3rd grade, Katelynn Brumfield 3rd
grade, Joseph Runells 3rd grade, and Carmen Haskins 4th grade.
Twin Springs Elementary Spelling Bee
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, third, fourth and fifth grade students at Twin
Springs Elementary School participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The
students were given words to spell from materials prepared by the Scripps
National Spelling Bee program. Students displayed knowledge learned throughout
their school experience while competing for top honors. Ceilidh Hicks, a fourth
grader, and Anna Inman, a fifth grader, emerged as the first and second place
winners. The following students also earned their way into the final round of
the school spelling bee: Kayleigh Mazza, Ethan Leftwich, Lauren Torborg, John
Daniel Adkerson, Amaiya Price, Carleigh Strader, BreAsia Wyn, Andrew Howell, Jan
Blair Quintan, Cody Emerson, Paris Spencer, Jordan Tisdale, and Sheila Rose.
Ceilidh and Anna are invited to participate in the Danville Area Spelling Bee,
which will be held at Averett University on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Brosville Elementary Spelling Bee
On Thursday, February 22, 2018, third, fourth and fifth grade students from
Brosville Elementary School participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The students were given words to spell from materials prepared by the Scripps
National Spelling Bee program. Students displayed knowledge learned throughout
their school experience while competing for top honors.
Marlee Sharpe, a fifth grader, and Carsen Barksdale, a third grader, emerged as
the first and second place winners. The following students also earned their way
into the final round of the school spelling bee: Bryan Hudson, Abram Bryan,
Reese Jenkins, Mary Bledsoe, Emily Nunn, Catherine Mansfield-Campbell, Xavier
Christian, Timia Prunty, Karianna Roberts, Sophia Blair-Chisom, Elijah Keatts,
and Whitney Nelson.
Delta Dental Healthy Tip:
Tooth-Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Work
Delta Dental of Virginia Oral Health Tip
Elementary School Black History Month Celebration
Students at John L. Hurt, Jr. Elementary School wrapped up Black History
Month with a very special interpretive program presented by two National Park
Service Rangers from the Booker T. Washington National Monument. Ranger Brittany
Webb Lane and Ranger Betsy Haynes presented programs in all grade levels, Pre-K
through Grade 5. The students in the primary grades heard about the tools of the
trade and Booker's life down on the farm when he was a slave. The students in
grades 3-5 received a look at life after the slaves were freed on the
plantations after the Civil War.
The first picture is Ranger Betsy Haynes, from Booker T. Washington National
Monument, demonstrating what can be learned about our ancestors through
archeology; she made that point by showing what we can learn about someone by
digging in their trash. Students in the picture are from Mrs. Cynthia Bryant's
4th grade class, from left to right as follows: Hailey Glenn, Heaven Jennings,
Connor Brumfield, and NaShiya Hailey.
The second picture is in Mrs. Lori Goad's kindergarten classroom. Ranger
Brittany Webb Lane and Ranger Betsy Haynes talk to the children about the tools
that young Booker would have used as a slave working on Mr. Burroughs'
Plantation in Franklin County in the mid 1800's. Students seated in the chairs
from left to right are as follows: Isabella Turner, Hailey Yowell, Cameron
Shelton, Jackson Rigsby. Students pictured seated on the floor from left to
right are as follows: Payton Deel, Kaidden Coffey, Noah Rigney, Hailey Kinsler,
Dickson Hastings, Caleb Johnson, Ace Blair and Adrianna Benton
Gretna High School Constructs Outdoor Classroom:
The picture below shows the progress being made on the outdoor classroom
being built at Gretna High School. When the classroom is completed, teachers
will be able to take their classes outside for instruction.
Tunstall High School Band Performs at WGI:
Please join me in
recognizing the Tunstall High School band for being selected a finalist and
champion at the Digi awards.
Representatives with JMU and NCI will be onsite to discuss current program
offerings at NCI including:
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership
Bachelor’s Degree of Individualized Studies with concentrations in autism
spectrum, entrepreneurship, workplace communications, business technology,
and human resources development
Educational Leadership Certificate
Defense Competition for regional high school students on April 14
Boot Camp for regional educators June 4-8
variety of health and human services certifications:
Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
The All-County Art Show to be held at Reid Street Gallery on March 21-29:
Please take time to visit
the All-County Art Show being held at the Reid Street Gallery on March 21-29,
2018. Student artwork from the County schools will be on display.
Character Word of the Month – Fairness
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Brosville Elementary School
Grade 4 March 22-23, 26-27 p.m.
Grade 5 March 22-23, 26-28 p.m.
Dan River High School
Grade 9 March 19-20
Stony Mill Elementary School
Grade 4 March 22-23, 26-27 a.m.
Grade 5 March 22-23, 26-28 a.m.
Budget Public Input Session, Monday, March 19, 2018, Twin Springs Elementary
School, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Rescheduled from March 12.)
Instructional Assistant Principals’ Meeting, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, School
Board Office @ 9:30 a.m.
School Board Budget Meeting, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, School Board Office,
All-County Art Show, Wednesday, March 21, to Thursday, March 29, 2018, Reid
Budget Public Input Session, Thursday, March 22, 2018, Dan River High
School, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
JROTC Military Ball, Saturday, March 24, 2018, Olde Dominion Agricultural
Center, @ 6:00 p.m.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
March 19 – 2003 War in Iraq begins
March 20 – 1934 Babe Didrikson goes to the mound for Philly
March 21 –
1871 Stanley begins search for Livingstone
March 22 –
1765 Stamp Act imposed on American colonies
March 23 –
1839 OK enters national vernacular
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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!