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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


November 3, 2017

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Ms. Mary East, School Nurse at Chatham High 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/

Union Hall Elementary School Receives National Blue Ribbon School Award:
Ms. B. Teresa Petty, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Mrs. Carolyn Harris, Retired Principal from Union Hall Elementary School, and Ms. Tamela Warren, Teacher at Union Hall Elementary School, attended the National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC, on November 6, and 7, 2017. Union Hall Elementary School was one of seven Virginia schools to receive this award in 2017.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

State Releases Local Option Health Insurance Plan Rates:
Last spring the School Board approved a request for the School Division to express preliminary, non-binding interest in the local option health insurance plan (SB 364).  Additional information was received from the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) on November 2, 2017.  Based on the experience and demographics of the groups submitting data in Round 2, the final rates for COVA Local in FY 2019 are provided in the table below.

Table 1:  COVA Round 2 Rates


Round 1 rates were published in February 2017 and are listed below in Table 2.
Table 2: COVA Round 1 Rates (February 2017)

COVA Local Plans

FY 2019 Initial Monthly Rates



OON Buy-Up

Enhanced Dental Buy-up

Vision and Hearing Buy-Up

Basic with All Buy-Ups



Enhanced Dental Buy-Up

HDHP with Enhanced Dental

EE Only

$  794.00

$    19.00

       $    31.00

$    20.00

$  864.00


$  598.00

$    31.00

$  629.00



$     35.00

$     57.00

$     37.00




$      57.00




$      51.00

$      84.00

$      54.00




$      84.00


Both Round 1 and Round 2 rates for the COVA Plans are based on 12 monthly payments (PCS rates are based on 10 monthly payments).  The final rates provided for Round 2 are slightly higher than Round 1 rates published in February.   

Table 3 below provides a comparison of Pittsylvania County Schools’ insurance rates with the final rates for the State COVA SB264 plan.  To allow for an “apples to apples” appraisal between plans, the rates for Pittsylvania County Schools have been prorated over 12 months.  The rates for both plans have been reduced by the employer share of insurance paid by Pittsylvania County Schools. 

Table 3: Insurance Rate Comparison

This information will be shared with the School Board at its November meeting.

November 2017 EAP Newsletter:
Being thankful can be the first step to finding happiness. Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to help you figure out where to start.

Appreciating the things you already have can be one of the best ways to find happiness. Take a minute each morning to appreciate what you have accomplished and those who have been with you along the way. Being grateful can put you in the right mood to start your day. And that positivity can also help you have healthier relationships, give you a boost of energy to work out and inspire you to eat better. Try starting a daily journal where you can write about the good things in your life. Or let the important people in your life know how much they mean to you. Volunteering to a cause close to your heart is another good way to show how grateful you are for the things you have in life. Not sure how to get started? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here to help you find ways to express your gratitude.

Log on to the Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield website (anthemEAP.com or 1-800-346-5484) this month to read these featured articles:

  • Understanding gratitude

  • Practicing generosity builds resilience

  • Tips for families who want to volunteer

Flu Clinic Update:

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Chatham Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries to Third Graders:

The Chatham Rotary Club donated dictionaries to the third grade students in Pittsylvania County Schools. 

Union Hall Elementary School students make Veteran's Day cards for area veterans:
Students at Union Hall Elementary School are making sure veterans know how much they are appreciated. In Ashley Ferrell’s Guidance class, students in all grades (PK-5) made cards for area veterans to be given out for Veteran’s Day on November 11. Students learned about the freedoms they have compared to children of other countries and learned about how veterans protect those freedoms. In the cards, students wrote heartfelt words to the veterans. Some of the heartfelt notes in the cards written by students included, “Thank you for freedom, rights, and thank you for serving our Country,” “I’m very happy that we’re safe from harm, that’s all because of you,” “Thank you for your service, you risked your life to save mine,” “I am so happy that you are here, and if you weren’t here, we would not have freedom, Thank You!,” “Thank you for letting us have a lucky life,” “We love you and we appreciate you and your hard work,” and “You are our hero, Thank you!” Making the cards meant a lot to students, and they realized the sacrifices of the veterans. Daimon Golden, fifth grader at Union Hall, said the veterans “helped us so we can be free and do whatever we want… we can be who we are.” Golden said it was an honor to do something nice for the veterans. “It means a lot because they served the Country and they need a ‘thank you.’” Emma Hodnett, fifth grader at Union Hall, was happy to make a card that will help to brighten a veteran’s day. “I’m so happy, I’m speechless” to get to do this for a veteran… “They could’ve done something else for a job, but they chose to do this job” of serving our Country and it means so much,” Hodnett said. “They sacrificed their life for us, they did so much,” she added. Hodnett said if she could speak directly to a veteran, she would say, “Thank you for your service, thank you so much.” Over 200 cards will be distributed throughout Chatham and Danville to veterans in doctor’s offices and nursing homes. Special thanks to Johnny Rice with the American Legion Post 47 of Chatham for distributing the cards to the area veterans.

Stuffed Animal Collection:
Gretna Elementary School recently had a God’s Pit Crew donation drive to collect items for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The focus of the drive was on the children who have had to go through tough times because of these massive storms. God’s Pit Crew distributes items to families in need that help give comfort in times of struggle. Our students enjoyed bringing stuffed animals to send to children to give them some sense of comfort and to let them know people are thinking about them and care about them.

Brosville Elementary School Halloween Parade:
To celebrate the season of thanksgiving, Brosville Elementary School has kicked off their canned food drive with a bang! On Halloween, students brought in canned food to participate in a Halloween costume day. At the end of the day, all students paraded through the halls to show off their costumes. Fun music was played and a festive spirit filled the air! The canned food drive will run until the end of November and all donations will be given to the Salvation Army.

Southside Elementary School Fall Celebration:
Southside Elementary School teachers celebrated with students for the first ever costume parade and trick or treating.

Southern Virginia GO Region 3 Issues Four Requests for Proposals:
The Southern Virginia GO Region 3 Council announces the issuance of four Requests for Proposals (RFPs) as described below. The RFPs are available on the website located at www.southsidepdc.org.  Responses to all RFPs are due in full by the following dates and times, to the Southside Planning District Commission:

  • Friday, December 1, 2017, by 2:00PM

    • Marketing, Branding & Communication Services

      The primary purpose of the Marketing, Branding & Communication Services RFP is to effectively contract with a firm to provide professional marketing, public relations, media planning and placement, and an overall communications strategy for the Region 3 Southern Virginia GO Council.

  • Friday, December 8, 2017, by 2:00PM

    • High-Value Wood Products

      The primary purpose of the High-Value Wood Products RFP is to develop strategies, approaches and potential projects that will result in the highest probability of positive outcomes, as discussed in the Region 3 Growth & Diversification Plan, specifically in the area of High Value Wood Products.

    • Apprenticeships

The primary purpose of the Apprenticeship RFP is to develop strategies, approaches and potential projects that will result in the highest probability of positive outcomes, as discussed in the Region 3 Growth & Diversification Plan, specifically in the area of Apprenticeships.

  • Cyber Infrastructure

    The primary purpose of the Cyber Infrastructure RFP is to develop strategies, approaches and potential projects that will result in the highest probability of positive outcomes, as discussed in the Region 3 Growth & Diversification Plan, specifically in the area of deployment of cyber infrastructure.

For all the RFPs, the Southside Planning District Commission will serve as the Region 3 primary agent and will select one or more firms to provide these services using the competitive negotiation procedure defined in Section § 2.2-4302.2. of the Virginia Public Procurement Act. These RFPs do not commit the Southside Planning District Commission to award a contract, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a proposal for this project, or to procure or contract for services. The Southside Planning District Commission reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals received as a result of this request, to negotiate with any qualified firm, or to modify or cancel in part or in its entirety the RFP if it is in the best interest of the Southside PDC and the Southern Virginia GO Region 3 Council. The Southside PDC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other basis prohibited by state law relating to discrimination in employment.  Minority, small, and women-owned businesses are encouraged to submit a proposal.

GO Virginia is the Commonwealth's emerging economic development initiative. The mission of GO Virginia is to encourage collaboration among business, education, and government in each region, on activities that will enhance private sector growth and opportunity, economic competitiveness, and alignment of workforce development programs with the needs of the employers in the regions. GO Virginia is managed within nine regions of Virginia. Southern Virginia GO Region 3 includes the Counties of Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Lunenburg, Buckingham, Cumberland, Charlotte, Amelia and the Cities of Martinsville and Danville.


  • Week of November 13 – 17, 2017

  • American Education Week

  • Geography Awareness Week

  • School Psychology Awareness Week

  • Principals’ Meeting, Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 9:30 a.m., School Board Office

  • IY Parent Training, Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 5:15 p.m., Gretna Elementary School

  • Title I District Parent Advisory Meeting, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 10:00 a.m., School Board Office

  • School Board Meeting, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, Closed @ 6:30 p.m., Open @ 7:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • Virginia School Boards Association Conference, Wednesday, November 15 through Friday, November 17, 2017, Williamsburg, VA

Family Life:

Tunstall High School
Grade 10  November  27, December 1, 4

Tunstall Middle School
Grades 6-8  November 3-17, 20-21


  • November 13 - 1982 Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated

  • November 14 - 1851 Moby-Dick published

  • November 15 – 1777 Articles of Confederation Adopted

  • November 16 - 1959 The Sound of Music premieres on Broadway

  • November 17 - 1869 Suez Canal opens

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