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!
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
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.
M. Elizabeth Shorter
James Pollard, Jr.
Mrs. Mabel Scott, President of the Pittsylvania
County Schools Retired Teachers Association addresses retirees
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 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
Promote a better understanding of our form of
government, especially the Bill of Rights;
Encourage a greater respect for law and the
Stimulate a deeper sense of individual
responsibility to the end that citizens recognize their duties as well as
Contribute to the effective functioning of our
institutions of government; and
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
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
Character Word of the Month – Citizenship
Family Life Education
HES Grades 4, 5 05-14-2018 to 05-18-2018
MAES Grades 4, 5 05-14-2018 to
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
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
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)
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
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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