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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


May 25, 2018


I wish to express my appreciation to everyone for all of the accomplishments of this school year. As the students leave for summer break, the 2017-2018 school year will be remembered as a year of success. The life lessons learned, the inspirations shared and the sparks ignited will culminate into the development of successful futures for the students of Pittsylvania County Schools. None of this would be possible without our great staff – teachers, administrators, teacher aides, custodians, maintenance workers, administrative assistants, cafeteria workers, nurses, bus drivers/mechanics and other support staff. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and I wish to express my gratitude for all of your hard work. I hope that you all enjoy the summer as we look forward to the 2018-2019 school year.

Monday, May 28, 2018, Memorial Day:
“Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.”

Delegate Les Adams Presents General Assembly Proclamation to Union Hall Elementary School:

Delegate Les Adams presented a proclamation to Mrs. Amy Emond, Principal of Union Hall Elementary School, on Monday, May 21, 2018, on behalf of the General Assembly of Virginia.   The proclamation recognized Union Hall for its recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.  

Honoring Ms. Anne Mitchell:
On Friday, May 11, 2018, the final bell rang for Ms. Anne Mitchell to leave her Earthly home and gain her angel wings in Heaven.  She lost her short battle to melanoma cancer. Ms. Mitchell had been a teacher at Stony Mill Elementary School since 2004. Prior to her service at Stony Mill, she taught at Park Avenue Elementary and Coates Elementary Schools.  She was a dedicated educator for 29 years.  What a legacy she leaves behind!  On Monday, May 14, 2018, faculty and staff of Stony Mill honored the memory of Anne Mitchell by wearing Team Anne shirts.  The shirts were created by fellow teachers and sold to the community as a fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.  The family received over $2,000 in proceeds from the sale of the shirts.  Anne was an extraordinary educator, coworker, but most of all a dear friend. Ms. Anne Mitchell will forever hold a special place in the hearts of her Stony Mill Family.   

Row 1, L to R: Amy Mabe, Jennifer Brown, Amy Lovern, Joanne Hopkins, Cathleen McGarvey, Polly Shelburne; Row 2: Nicole Root, Kay Phillips, Bethany Dillion, Stephanie Abbott, Michelle Tittiris; Row 3: Carli Rader, Pat Owens, Sydney Boyles, Kelly Ditmer;
Row 4: Robin Shields, Angela Adams, Rebecca Gatewood, Pam Bowman, Kim Watson;
Row 5: Katherine Blair, Karen Butler, Hilliary Devall, Pauline Miller, Crystal Wimmer, Lisa Smith; Row 6: Allyson Bartley, Dawn Webb, Katie Thompson, Kimberly Haymore, Roberta Johnson, Teresa Montgomery; Row 7: Don Haymore, Gergana Hearp, Kesha Calloway, Lori Austin, Sarah Barker, Kiara Stone, Carol Kueng, Leslie Christian, Charlotte Bowman, Sandra Parker

National Colonial Dames of America Essay Winners:
This essay contest is a major project of The NSCDA held under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government for high school students. Winners receive full tuition, including seminar materials, university campus housing, and two meals daily, for a week of citizenship education about the national government, plus fun, new friends, and tours of sites in our nation’s capital. The essay for this year was the following:

2018 Essay Topic and Title
“Why did the authors of the United States Constitution give Presidents the power to issue Executive Orders? How did Congress and the Judicial Branch limit these orders?”

The winners will attend The Congressional Seminar in Washington, DC, on June 23-29, 2018, for six days. The trip will focus on US Government and American History.

Left to right Molly Hughes, Tunstall High School, Alexis Toufas, Tunstall High School, Samuel Hedrick, Chatham High School, Kathleen Lightfoot, Chatham High School, Lauren Jackson, Tunstall High School

Tunstall Middle School Recognizes Mrs. Stowe:
The faculty and staff of Tunstall Middle School recognized Mrs. Deborah Stowe, Principal, at their annual end-of-year luncheon. Mrs. Stowe is retiring at the end of the year and has worked at Tunstall Middle School as an assistant principal or principal since the school opened in 2003.

Adult Education Program Graduation:
The Adult and Career Education Center celebrated the graduation of 18 students on Thursday, May 24, 2018.  Nine graduates along with approximately 100 guests attended the ceremony and reception.  Among the speakers on the platform were three students: Mr. Randall Brooks, Ms. Connie Tucker, and Ms. Angel Reynolds who wrote speeches for the occasion.  Each student expressed thanks to their friends, family, and teachers for supporting them in their educational journey.  Mr. Brooks shared that he had now accomplished a life-long goal.  Ms. Tucker said she gave thanks and glory to God and encouraged anyone without a high school credential to get their GED.  Mrs. Reynolds added, “From the beginning we were asked to give a reason why we wanted to take the GED class and graduate.  I’m sure there were many responses like ‘to get a good job’ or ‘go to college.’  Both of these are great answers, but in my case there is no better reason than bettering my family and myself.”

Please join me in thanking the faculty and staff of PCS:

  • Adult Education and Career Center for organizing this outstanding ceremony.

  • Mrs. Rebecca Roberts, Principal PCTC

  • Mrs. Lesa Shelton, Adult Education Lead Instructor

  • Ms. Patricia Thompson, Adult Education Administrative Assistant

  • Mrs. Neter Gunn, Adult Education Night Teacher (part time)

  • Mrs. Robyn Tucker, Adult Education Night Teacher (part time)

  • Mrs. Kathy Ramsey, Adult Education Teacher (part time)

    New College Institute and James Madison University Offer Leadership Program:

    Qualified Candidates:

    In this competitive market to prepare future administrators in the Southwest Virginia area, I want to bring your attention to a program in educational leadership being offered by James Madison University. This program is designed for individuals wishing to obtain a master’s degree in educational leadership and for those individuals with a master’s degree seeking administrative licensure.

    Classes will be taught at the New College Institute, 191 Fayette Street, Martinsville, Virginia, and you need to only commit to one night per week. An information session has been scheduled on Wednesday, June 6, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in Room 107 at the New College Institute. Should you have any questions, please contact J. David Martin, Coordinator
    James Madison University Educational Leadership Program, at jmartin1735@comcast.net or at 276-224-7154. You may also gain information at the JMU outreach website, outreach@jmu.edu.

    DCC Offers Classes at Gretna High School This Summer:

    DCC will be offering two (2) courses at Gretna High School this summer that may help teachers with recertification points.
    Summer Classes
    AST 195-9GH (22560) Topics in: Intro to Word
    Tuesday (June 5), Thursday (June 7), from
    8:30 to 4:30

    AST 295-9GH (22530) Topics in: Creating and Formatting Documents
    Tuesday (June 12), Thursday (June 14), from 8:30 to 4:30

    Please contact Danville Community College if you are interested.

    The Farmers’ Market in Chatham Provides Discounts to Teachers:
    Competition Alley Farmers' Market is featuring a Happy End-of-the-Year discount for teachers this week: 5% off of all purchases (at participating vendors). Additionally, the first 25 teachers to visit the market will receive a free Virginia Grown shopping bag. The market runs every Tuesday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, in Competition Alley in downtown Chatham.


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

I wish for each of you a Restful and Relaxing Summer!

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