May 18, 2018
Employee of the Week:
Please join me in recognizing Mr. Harry
Carter, Custodian at Chatham High School, on his 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!
Department Recognizes Graduate of Merit Recipients:
Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Averett University’s North Campus, one hundred
twenty-nine (129) seniors from the four (4) County high schools received
Graduate of Merit awards. Ms. Teresa Petty, Assistant Superintendent for
Instruction, welcomed more than five hundred (500) guests, including the
recipients, to the ceremony and facilitated the evening. This program
recognizes and acknowledges the accomplishments of graduates who exemplify
attributes of achievement, proficiency, character and social development
demonstrated through commitment to excellence in education. This was the
nineteenth (19th) annual Graduate of Merit awards program that has recognized
over two thousand (2,000) Pittsylvania County Schools’ seniors. The program
would not be possible without the assistance of many community partners that
include businesses and industry, civic organizations, churches, individuals and
other groups that donate and give of their time. Appreciation is expressed to
the future Graduates of Merit, Anne Sease, Walter Sease, John Scott of Chatham
High School, Emily Wilkerson of Tunstall High School and Adriana Pizzino of Dan
River High School, for volunteering and assisting in the awards ceremony.
Appreciation was also expressed to Colonel Charles Phillips, Senior JROTC
Instruction, and the Chatham High School JROTC Color Guard members , Cadet 1LT
Bryanna Bushey, Cadet CSM Justin Harrington, Cadet SFC Lindsey Stafford and
Cadet SSG Timothy Fuller, for the posting the colors to begin the event.
Also, many school division staff members devoted countless hours to the
preparation of this event. Please join me in thanking the following:
Mr. Mike Hutson, Director of Maintenance/Facilities, and the
maintenance staff for setting up the tables and chairs and who were there
before 7:00 AM on Friday morning to take things down.
Dr. Jeff Early, Assistant Superintendent of Operations, and
the IT staff for all their assistance in the audio visual and sound portion
of the program. Special thanks to Ms. Ashley Clowers, Mr. Marvin Mullis,
Ms. Betty Shelton, Mr. Brandon Higgins, Mr. Bryan Williams.
The Executive Administrative Assistants who assisted in
welcoming guests and directing participants. Assisting were Ms. Janet
Hancock, Ms. Shari Dudley, Mrs. Kimila Wade, Ms. Teresa Wilkerson, Ms.
Barbara Clay, Ms. Laurie Dishman, Ms. Deborah Shelton, Ms. Anita Adams and
Ms. Dawn Perkins.
The instructional department staff for their assistance in
the preparations for the evening. Special thanks to Ms. Kim Clifton and Ms.
Tonda Finney. According to Ms. Petty, Mrs. Clifton is the wizard (like in
the Wizard of Oz) and the expert production specialist who pulled all the
pieces together for the PowerPoint show and ran the command center behind
the screens. Ms. Tonda Finney has coordinated the entire event each year
since the inception of the program. She spends months ahead of time
planning and preparing for this event.
Mr. Kenyon Scott, Director of Transportation, and Mr. Todd Sease, Director
of Elementary Schools, for their assistance in recording the highlights of
The high school principals and school counselors for their
work with the students in the schools.
And, especially, Ms. Teresa Petty who coordinated and emceed
Karen Janet Sanchez Godinez receives the Pinnacle award as presented by the
Fraternal Order of Eagles President, Bobby Walker, and his wife, Dale Walker.
The Pinnacle Award is sponsored by three donors: The Fraternal Order of Eagles
Piedmont Aerie 4420, the Dr. John W. Amos Memorial and Danville Toyota Scion.
Taylor Boone of Gretna High was awarded the Greg Cox Memorial Scholarship by
Greg's mother, Lillian Cox.
History United Hosts Teachers at Averett
University on May 19:
Dear Educators & Friends,
You are invited to participate in a Teacher
Content Workshop on Saturday, May 19. History United welcomes all teachers for
a fun day and kick off for the Teacher Content Academy that will take place in
the fall. Your participation in this workshop will not only support your
professional development, but also ensure that important stories of the Civil
Rights Era get passed onto the next generation of Danville area residents.
This workshop will be located in the
multipurpose room at Averett University from 10:00am-2:00pm. We are looking
forward to having a panel discussion with local residents who participated in
the 1963 Civil Rights Movement with special guest Robert Zellner. Click on the
link below for more information on Zellner. We will have a session that will go
over the primary and secondary resources available to area teachers to bring
these stories to life in the classroom followed by a delicious catered lunch.
Incentives will be provided for teachers who participate.
History United hopes to continue working
with the regional schools in the future to support teachers and connect our area
youth to the stories that build civic engagement and inspire compassion for
others in the Dan River Region.
Smiling is good for your
When you smile,
neurotransmitters are released that can relax your body and lower your heart
rate and blood pressure. They can also serve as a natural pain reliever and
studies even show a connection between smiling and an overall healthier
Smiling makes you happier
Smiling gives us the same happiness that
is induced by exercise,
generating positive emotions that make us feel happy. It can even help us
deal with negative emotions and have a better overall sense of
Smiling makes you more
attractive to others.
People are drawn more to people who appear to be happy. When you smile, you look
better to those around you and cause others to view you as more attractive and
Smiling positively affects those around
Your smile IS contagious. Studies have
shown, the more you smile, the more those around you smile. It actually takes a
conscious effort not to smile when someone is smiling at you.
Nothing you wear is more
important than your smile. So take good care of it and celebrate this National
Smile Month by putting your best smile forward! Visit our
website to find a dentist and schedule your next appointment.
Welding Class Designs and Fabricates Dog Park
Mr. Travis Wood, Welding Instructor at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical
Center, and his students designed and fabricated a sign
for the Pittsylvania County Animal Shelter’s dog park. The sign is visible from
Highway 29 past the Career and Technical Center when you are travelling
Character Word of the Month –
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Union Hall Elementary School Recognition
(Delegate Les Adams), Monday, May 21, 2018, UHES @ 8:30 a.m.
High School Exams, Tuesday, May 22, 2018
High School Exams, Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Last Day of School for Students (1:00 Dismissal
for Students), Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Report Cards, May 23, 2018, Elementary and
Teacher Workday, Thursday, May 24, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018, THS @ Averett University
North Campus, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 25, 2018, GHS @ Averett University
North Campus, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, May 25, 2018, CHS @ Averett University
North Campus, 11:30 a.m.
Friday, May 25, 2018, DRHS @ Averett University
North Campus, 2:00 p.m.
Friday, May 25, 2018, THS @ Averett University
North Campus, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 26, 2018, GHS @ Averett University
North Campus, 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 26, 2018, CHS @ Averett University
North Campus, 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 26, 2018, DRHS @ Averett
University North Campus, 6:00 p.m.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN
May 21 - 1881 American Red Cross founded
May 22 - 1843 Great Emigration departs for
May 23 - 1949 Federal Republic of Germany is
May 24 - 1883 Brooklyn Bridge opens
May 25 - 1977 Star Wars opens
Character Word of the Month – Citizenship
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