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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


March 23, 2018

Employee of the Week: 
Please join me in recognizing Mrs. Cindy Johnson, Instructional Aide at Brosville 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! http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/staff/employee-of-week/

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. 


I would like to thank all of those who have attended and spoken at the previous input sessions. 

2018 SVRTC Awards Banquet:
The Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium hosts an annual awards banquet to celebrate the outstanding technology leadership in its 25 member school divisions. Pittsylvania County Schools recently recognized two educators for their use of technology to enhance the education of students in the Division. Mrs. Tamela Warren-Williamson, teacher at Union Hall Elementary School, received the Technology Teacher Award for her use of technology in instruction. Mr. Edward Sherlock, Tunstall High School teacher and Lead Mentor of Tunstall High School's FIRST Robotics Team 5950, was honored with the Instructional Technology Support Award for his leadership in promoting robotics education.

Edward Sherlock and Tamela Warren-Williamson

Congratulations to the following Gretna High School FBLA students for their awards at Longwood University on March 15, 2018:

  • Tionne Fitzgerald, 2nd place, Accounting

  • Jacob Wageman, 3rd place, Advertising

  • Cole Rigney, 3rd place, Agribusiness

  • Megan Bowles, 2nd place, Economics

  • Hayley Payne, 3rd place, Insurance & Risk Management

  • Bethany Catlin, 3rd place, Intro to Business Procedures

  • Nathan McClimans, 3rd place, Intro to Information Technology

  • Faith Simpson, 3rd place, Journalism

  • Robbie Stallard, 3rd place, Networking Concepts

  • Brandon Sexton, 2nd place, Networking Concepts

  • Kenna Thacker, 1st place, Organizational Leadership

  • Monique Barbour, 2nd place, Public Speaking II

  • Morgan Layne, 3rd place, Securities & Investments

  • Hannah Hartung, 2nd place, Securities & Investments

  • Blake Sanchez, 2nd place, Spreadsheet Applications

Gretna High School FBLA Chapter, 1st place, Largest Chapter in the Longwood Region. Winners are eligible for State Conference in Reston, VA on April 13-14.  Sponsors are Ellen Moorefield and James Meadows.

Union Hall Presents "Flakes!":

On Thursday, March 1, 2018, the first and second grade students at Union Hall Elementary School performed a Winter themed program under the direction of Mrs. Alyssa Reeves as part of PTO night. The program, entitled "Flakes!," introduced us to a group of snowflakes that start as beautiful white flakes and turn into snirt, a combination of dirt and snow. As the program continues, the snowflakes start to question whether or not they are really all that different. They begin to feel that they are nothing special, nothing new, and easy to ignore. However, the snowflakes learn that no matter how alike they may appear, they are still special in their own way. The audience learns a valuable lesson that not a single person is the same and that we are all as "special as a snowflake!" Both Mrs. Reeves and the students did a wonderful job and left the audience chilly!


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, Chatham, Virginia, on March 21-29, 2018.  Student artwork from the County schools will be on display.   




EXCITE is a week-long professional development program placing 25 teachers in Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell (NC) County business settings in order to connect the classroom to the workplace.  The program will accept 25 teachers. Participating teachers will receive a $600 stipend for successfully completing the program.


Week June 25 – 29 OR July 9 - 13

                        Monday 9:00AM – 4:00PM  Business 1

                        Tuesday 9:00AM – 4:00PM  Business 1

                        Wednesday 9:00AM – 4:00PM  Business 2

                        Thursday 9:00AM – 4:00PM  Business 2

                        Friday 8:30AM – 12PM  Debrief at IALR


Teachers must meet the following criteria:

Be a middle or high school teacher (6th – 12th) in Danville, Pittsylvania, or Caswell (NC) County. Priority is given to public middle school teachers.

                        Be able to provide their own transportation.


Teachers must also attend a one-hour orientation on June 12th or June 22nd.

Apply online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EXCITE2018

Application Deadline: April 23, 2018, Program Contact: Dr. Julie Brown, Phone: 434-766-6711


The New College Institute (in cooperation with James Madison University) is sponsoring a Cyber Defense Competition. The competition is open to teams of three current high school students accompanied by a faculty coach. The goal of the competition is to present students with a challenging and realistic experience managing and defending computer systems that are under attack.  No prior experience is required of participants.


During the competition, each team will receive an identically configured network of systems that represent the IT infrastructure of a small company. During the competition, teams will be asked to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical IT assets.  From time to time during the competition, teams will also be asked to complete tasks that management views as beneficial to the company. In addition to the team’s responsibility for managing the company’s IT resources and completing business tasks, the team is also expected to improve the company’s security posture and defend it against cyber attacks.  Failure to complete business tasks

costs the company money as do security breaches, which may result in the failure or degradation of business services or loss/modification of sensitive information.  Each team will be scored

throughout the competition on its performance and at the end of the competition the team that has cost its company the least amount of money will be the winner. The competition will be a great opportunity for interested students to have fun and learn about Cyber Defense.


The Cyber Defense Competition is Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at New College Institute.  This is a free event.  Lunch will be provided for all participants and a $150 stipend will be provided to the public school employee serving as the team coach.  If you have questions or would like to register, please contact Ruby Jones, NCI Administrative Services Coordinator, at (276) 403-5605 or rjones@newcollegeinstitute.org. 


Great News!!!!

The Hybrid Retirement Plan Purchase of Prior Service (PPS) Webinar is coming soon!!

Considering purchasing prior service credit but not sure how it will impact your benefit or even if it is worth purchasing?  Attend this Hybrid Plan webinar to learn more about the different types of prior service that can be purchased and credited to your service and how it affects your benefit.  The webinar explains how to calculate the cost, the different methods of payment to choose from, and how to initiate the process.


Thursday, March 29, 2018
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET
Register Online


This webinar will be recorded and posted to the website also.




Character Word of the Month – Fairness




  • Family Life
    Brosville Elementary School
    Grade 4 March 26-27 p.m.
    Grade 5 March 26-28 p.m.

    Stony Mill Elementary School
    Grade 4 March 26-27 a.m.
    Grade 5 March 26-28 a.m.

  • All-County Art Show - Reid Street Gallery, March 21-29, 2018

  • JROTC Military Ball, Saturday, March 24, 2018, Olde Dominion Agricultural Center, @ 6:00 p.m.

  • Teachers’ Advisory Committee Meeting, Monday, March 26, 2018, School Board Office, 2:00 p.m.

  • Budget Public Input Session, Monday, March 26, 2018, Gretna Fire Department, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Tornado Drill, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, @ 9:30 a.m., Identified Schools

  • Support Staff Advisory Meeting, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, School Board Office @ 10:00 a.m.

  • Citizens’ Advisory Council Meeting, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, School Board Office @ 1:00 p.m.

  • Budget Public Input Session, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Mt. Cross Fire Department, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Student Leaders’ Forum, Thursday, March 29, 2018, PCTC @ 10:30 a.m.

  • Public Hearing on School Board’s Budget, Thursday, March 29, 2018, School Board Office @ 5:00 p.m.

  • Budget Public Input Session, Thursday, March 29, 2018, Brosville Elementary School Department, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

  • Last Day of Marking Period, Friday, March 30, 2018, Students dismissed at 1:00 p.m., Teacher Workday p.m.

  • Spring Break – March 31 – April 8, 2018




  • March 26 – 1953   Salk announces polio vaccine

  • March 27 – 1939   March Madness is born

  • March 28 – 1979   Nuclear accident at Three Mile Island

  • March 29 – 1974   Mariner 10 visits Mercury

  • March 301981   Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinckley, Jr.

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