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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


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! http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/staff/employee-of-week/

Instructional Department Recognizes Graduate of Merit Recipients:
On 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 event.

  • 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 the ceremony.

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 health

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 anti-depressant. Some studies even show a connection between smiling and an overall healthier life.  

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 well-being

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 approachable. 

Smiling positively affects those around you.
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 Sign:
Mr. Travis Wood, Welding Instructor at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center, and hi
s 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 – Citizenship


  • 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 Middle Schools

  • Teacher Workday, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Graduation Practices

  • 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.

Graduation Exercises

  • 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.


  • May 21 - 1881   American Red Cross founded

  • May 22 - 1843   Great Emigration departs for Oregon

  • May 23 - 1949   Federal Republic of Germany is established

  • May 24 - 1883   Brooklyn Bridge opens

  • May 25 - 1977   Star Wars opens

Character Word of the Month – Citizenship

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