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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


May 11, 2018

Employee of the Week:
Please join me in recognizing Mrs. Kathy Bennett, Attendance Clerk at Hurt 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/

Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Educators of the Year for Pittsylvania County Schools:
Mrs. Starlette DeVall, Reading Specialist at Brosville Elementary School, was named Educator of the Year for Pittsylvania County Schools by the Danville/Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce at the its Annual Awards Banquet held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research on Monday, May 7, 2018. Please join me in congratulating Mrs. DeVall on this outstanding accomplishment. Also, the Chamber recognized all twenty Educators of the Year from Pittsylvania County that evening.

Mrs. Starlette DeVall, Reading Specialist-Brosville Elementary School

Pittsylvania County Educators of the Year

Please join me in congratulating all of our County high schools for their ratings in the U.S. News and World Report’s latest ranking of high schools in the United States. The Silver rating was earned by Tunstall High School and Dan River High School, Gretna High School and Chatham High School each earned a Bronze rating.

Also, all four high schools ranked in the top 100 secondary schools in Virginia.

Pittsylvania County Schools 2017-2018 Retirees:
Pittsylvania County Schools held its annual retirement luncheon at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex on May 4, 2018.  Twenty-nine staff members were recognized.  Years of service ranged from five years to over fifty years with Pittsylvania County Schools.   

  • Margaret Benz

  • Jetty, Burgess

  • Teresa Cannady

  • Ann Cassada

  • Glenn Clements

  • Ricky Cole

  • Michael Dowell

  • Tina Early

  • M. Elizabeth Shorter

  • Tommie Evans

  • Marie Hawker

  • Lynda Hill

  • Lillian Holland

  • Gazetta Jones

  • Diane Jones

  • Elizabeth Killian

  • Ann Martin

  • Eloise Millner

  • Eleanor Pearson

  • James Pollard, Jr.

  • Derrick Reese

  • Kenneth Richardson

  • Thomas Scolpini

  • Deborah Stowe

  • Delores Sunde

  • Larry Thompson

  • Louise Weatherford

  • Sonia Williams

  • Barbara Woodford

Mrs. Mabel Scott, President of the Pittsylvania County Schools Retired Teachers Association addresses retirees

Averett University Recognizes Graduates Who Are Pittsylvania County Educators of the Year:

Pictured:  (Left) Mrs. Ellen Mayhew, Teacher at Mt. Airy Elementary School, and (Right) Mrs. Virginia Wyatt, Teacher at Chatham Elementary School, receive a plaque from Dr. Tiffany Franks, President of Averett University

Averett University recognized Pittsylvania County Educators of the Year who are Averett Alumni at a reception at Averett’s North Campus on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

Chatham High School Teacher Receives Liberty Bell Award: 
Mr. Roger Maxfield, Government and History Teacher at Chatham High School, received the Liberty Bell Award from the Pittsylvania County Bar Association.  The Liberty Bell Award is based on criteria established by the American Bar Association to recognize persons outside the legal profession who have served to promote a better understanding of our government.  The award is given to persons who:

  1. Promote a better understanding of our form of government, especially the Bill of Rights;

  2. Encourage a greater respect for law and the courts;

  3. Stimulate a deeper sense of individual responsibility to the end that citizens recognize their duties as well as their rights;

  4. Contribute to the effective functioning of our institutions of government; and

  5. Inculcate a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law.

Stony Mill Gets “Fired Up” for SOL Testing:
Stony Mill Elementary School’s faculty, staff, and students enjoyed a motivational SOL Pep Rally on April 13, 2018. The theme was “Fired Up.” Third, fourth, and fifth grade students received encouraging words and actions to “fire them up” to do their best on the SOL tests. The pep rally began with PreK-grade 2 students lining the hallways with positive posters and cheers as the third, fourth, and fifth grade students paraded down the hallways. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students then went to the gym for motivational speeches and fun games. A special thanks to four Tunstall High School students, Justin Fuller, Lauren Jackson, Allen Ford, and Brenda Arellano, for coming to speak to our students and encouraging them to do their best on the SOL tests. Students enjoyed competitive games with each other and teachers as well. It was a fun and motivational afternoon for all!

Students and teachers had fun playing Brain Toss.

Pictured clockwise from left: Annalise Dalton, Mrs. Michelle Tittiris, Mrs. Leslie Christian, Rylie Disman, Mrs. Cathleen McGarvey, Tyler Spencer, Zion Murphy, Mason Clark, Mr. Ryan Reynolds, and Mrs. Elizabeth Piercy

Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity Scholarship Awards Dinner:
Congratulations to Tunstall High School senior Anna Catherine Kueng, the recipient of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Student of Integrity Scholarship. She received a $1,000 scholarship in recognition of her academic performance, integrity, and personal essay. She is the daughter of Mrs. Carol Kueng, VPI Teacher at Stony Mill Elementary School, and the sister of Elizabeth Kueng, Eighth Grade English Teacher at Chatham Middle School.

Pictured: Anna Catherine Kueng receives her award from Julie Wheeler, BBB President

Young Writers Contest Winners:
Winners of the Regional Young Writers contest were honored on April 21, 2018, during a ceremony at Heritage High School.  Please join me in recognizing winners from Pittsylvania County Schools.


Trojan Messenger Earns School Newspaper Online Excellence in Writing Badge:
The Trojan Messenger is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of a School Newspaper Online Excellence in Writing Badge. They are the only site in Virginia to currently have this distinction. Senior Editor-in-Chief Anna Catherine Kueng has been recognized for three articles including "Writing an open letter to the teacher who changed my life.”

Sophomore Cliresa Hall also received a SNO award for her opinion piece "Reflecting on my experiences as an African-American in a predominantly white school." Read more of the Trojan Messenger's news, sports, and features here.

Character Word of the Month – Citizenship

Family Life Education

  • HES Grades 4, 5 05-14-2018 to 05-18-2018 a.m.

  • MAES Grades 4, 5 05-14-2018 to 05-17-2018 p.m.


  • School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting, Monday, May 14, 2018, School Board Office @ 6:00 p.m.

  • All County Art Show, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Chatham High School 3:30 to 9:00 p.m.

  • Graduate of Merit Program, Thursday, May 17, 2018, E. Stuart Grant Center, Averett University @ 6:00 p.m.

  • PALS Spring Assessments End, Friday, May 18, 2018 (Data due May 24, 2018)

May 14 - 1804 Lewis and Clark depart
May 15 - 1781 Continentals capture Fort Granby, South Carolina
May 16 - 1929 First Academy Awards ceremony
May 17 - 1954 Brown v. Board of Education is decided
May 18 - 1980 Mount St. Helens erupts

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