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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


November 21, 2017


Pittsylvania County School Board Approved
American Education Week Proclamation:


The Pittsylvania County School Board approved a proclamation affirming November 13 -17, 2017, as American Education Week. The Proclamation read as follows:

WHEREAS, the future of our community depends on the quality of education our public school schools provide; and
WHEREAS, the Superintendent and School Board have affirmed the importance of education; and
WHEREAS, our public schools remain a vital vehicle for turning the dreams of our students into realities;
NOW, THEREFORE, the Pittsylvania County School Board proclaims the week of November 13-17, 2017, as American Education Week.

Pittsylvania County School Board Members Collaborate with Fellow Education Leaders at VSBA’s Annual Convention:

Pittsylvania County School Board members returned from the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) 2017 Annual Convention in Williamsburg this week. Approximately 1,000 school governance leaders attended the convention, participating in more than 50 workshops, clinics and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as board governance, school law, workforce readiness, school construction, advocacy, student discipline, and educational trends.

School Board
From Left to Right: George Henderson, Todd Sanders, Dr. Charles Miller, Calvin Doss – Chairman, Sammy Burton, Neal Oakes – Vice Chairman, and Don Moon

2018-2019 Calendar Survey Reminder:
The 2018-2019 Calendar Committee has developed a proposed calendar for review on the division's website. Staff, parents and the community are welcome to view the proposed calendar and submit comments from November 3 through November 27. Please use the link below to provide comments.

Delta Dental Oral Health Tip:
As you prepare for Thanksgiving this year, you may be thinking about how it is going to affect your waistline, but what about your smile? Not only are some foods better for your body than others, but the same goes for your teeth.

Here are their top three picks for a tooth-healthy Thanksgiving.

  1. Turkey. This Thanksgiving centerpiece is rich in protein and contains phosphorus.  When combined with other vitamins, such as vitamin D and calcium, phosphorus improves tooth and jaw development.

  2. Cranberries. This tart fruit contains compounds that fight against bacteria and tooth decay.

  3. Pumpkin and sweet potatoes.  These bright orange fall vegetables are full of beta-carotene, a great source of vitamin A, which helps strengthen tooth enamel.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Donate Thanksgiving Meals to PCS Families:
The Fraternal Order of Eagles donated twenty-six (26) boxes of frozen turkeys, dressing, canned vegetables and desserts for families of students in Pittsylvania County.   This organization has contributed Thanksgiving meals for PCS families for many years.  Please thank a member of this group for all they do, if you an opportunity. 

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Pittsylvania Career & Technical Center Health Occupations Nursing Assistant class:

The 2016-2017 Health Occupations Nursing Assistant class had a wonderful and successful school year.  This one-year program instructed by Joan Crane Hendrix, R.N., at the Pittsylvania Career & Technical Center (PCTC) is an excellent way for students interested in a health care career to get started.  Following strict Virginia Board of Nursing and Virginia Department of Education requirements, this program is also a dual enrollment class through Danville Community College.  Only twenty (20) students from all four (4) County high schools are accepted into the program, and it takes exceptional young people to meet the rigorous demands. This class excelled in meeting these guidelines and surpassed their community service projects requirements through their Health Occupations Students of America organization.  Starting in September, they held a schoolwide memorial for victims of 9/11.  In October, they concentrated on breast cancer - painting pink pumpkins for residents at Roman Eagle Health and Rehabilitation Center and holding a schoolwide pink out.  In November, they coordinated with SkillsUSA at PCTC and collected items and funds for 27 Samaritan's Purse Christmas shoe boxes.  They also sent cards to area Veterans and marched in the Veterans Day Parade.  In December, they assisted with the fundraising Christmas Bazaar at Roman Eagle as well as played the role of elderly residents in their youth in the Roman Eagle Activity Department's version of "A Christmas Carol."  February was Heart Month, and the residents at Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center were given Valentine's cards and lots of hugs from this special group.  Heart Healthy classes were also taught to 6th grade students at Chatham Middle School and to the preschoolers at Children First Child Care Center.  They also collected supplies for God's Pit Crew in collaboration with the National Technical Honors Society and volunteered to pack Blessing Buckets.  These students did all of these community service projects while simultaneously taking on the rigorous academic requirements of the Health Occupations Nursing Assistant program.  Students are in the classroom three (3) days per week for the theory component and then in four (4) area health care facilities for two (2) days per week for the clinical component of this program.  After completing the course, students are eligible to take the Virginia Board of Nursing NNAAP exam for licensure as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  This is a 2-hour written / 30-minute skills test that is very difficult and stressful for students to pass.  All twenty (20) students who were enrolled in the 2016-2017 PCTC Nursing Assistant class successfully took this exam and are all now registered through the Virginia Board of Nursing as Certified Nursing Assistants ready for employment and to use these skills as they pursue an education in a health-related career.  Virginia needs a new generation of special young people to replace the large number of health care providers who are retiring.  This fine group of HOSA students is the promise of the future, and as these many accomplishments reveal - they are also a vital and valuable asset to our community now even at such a young age.  Pittsylvania County has every reason to be proud of the PCTC Nursing Assistant class of 2017!

Festive Five

The Danville Mall announced today that the 451 Chorus is the winner of The Festive Five earning the most votes and the title of Danville’s Festive Favorite. The five night event featured choirs, musicians, dance groups and more spreading holiday cheer through live performances. Throughout the week, the community could vote for their favorite holiday performance to become the 2017 Festive Favorite.  

“We want to thank all of the acts that participated and made The Festive Five a success!  Our community is full of talented individuals and groups that came together to kick off the holiday season.  Congratulations to the 451 Chorus on winning the title of Danville’s Festive Favorite! We look forward to continuing and growing this event year after year,” said Coles Doyle, Marketing Director for Hull Property Group, owner of the Danville Mall.     

The 451 Chorus, led by Mr. Jeff Chapman, music instructor, consists of young vibrant voices from Twin Springs Elementary School.  For more information, please visit http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/tse/.  As the winner of The Festive Five, the 451 Chorus will receive The Festive Favorite award and be featured on the holiday mural located in the Mall.

Other groups that performed during the five nights included: Ballou Senior Citizen’s Choir, Danville Academy of Dance, Inc., Westwood Middle School Chorus, and Westwood Middle School Band. The Festive Five is hosted by the Danville Mall at no cost to participating performers. Individuals or groups interested in performing in the 2018 Festive Five can visit www.thefestivefive.com or email thefestivefive@hullpg.com for more information.

Dan River Middle School Teacher Receives Award:
Mrs. Angela Andrepont, Business and Information Technology teacher at Dan River Middle School, is the 2017 recipient of the Southern Business Education Association Middle/Junior High Teacher of the Year Award. She is the first teacher in the Pittsylvania County School System to receive this award. Mrs. Andrepont contended with other innovative and creative teachers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia for the award.  Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Angela Andrepont!

Tunstall High School Holds SCAEL/Scholastic Bowl Match (Senior Night):
Tunstall High School hosted Patrick County for the Senior Night match of the 2017-2018 SCAEL/Scholastic Bowl Season on Monday evening, November 20, 2017. The match featured the following six (6) rounds of Academic Competition: Round 1: Junior Varsity; Round 2: Science; Round 3: Math; Round 4: Literature; Round 5: Social Studies; and Round 6: VHSL Scholastic Bowl (ACE). 

Tunstall High School Hosts Invitational:
Tunstall High School was host to the Pittsylvania County Schools’ Fall Band Festival on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  The bands from the four County high schools performed their field routines.    

Chatham Elementary School Holds Veterans Day Celebration:
Chatham Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day by inviting local veterans to a program at the school. The purpose of the program was to honor those who served in the armed forces, and to teach the students that freedom is not free. Ava Miller read a poem, Mrs. JoAnn Hightower, Cafeteria Manager, read a poem that she wrote, students sang Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA, and everyone sang The Star Spangled Banner. “It was a timely lesson that we were able to conduct in the context of a special program. The students gained an appreciation for our veterans’ sacrifices, and the veterans were honored in a way that made them proud of their service,” said Chatham Elementary School Principal Wanda Carter.

School Board Representatives Participate in VSBA Work Session:
Student Representatives
Student Representatives on the School Board, Monique Barbour-GHS, Jordan Keatts-THS, Talarra Stone-CHS, and Kristina Silverman-DRHS, participated in work sessions at the annual Virginia School Boards Association Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, on November 15 & 16, 2017.  On Thursday afternoon, they also toured the campus of The College of William & Mary. 

Second Marking Period Accelerated Reader Party:
The theme for Brosville Elementary School's Accelerated Reader (AR) program is "Reading Around the World!"  During the second marking period, students who reached their AR goal went to a South American themed dance party.  Participants learned the basic Salsa dance and drew animals for a rainforest mural. Some brave students even tried cocoa powder!  All students enjoyed chocolate treats and left ready to keep reading.  Congratulations on all your hard work!

Brosville Elementary School Fall PTO Performance:
On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the second and third graders at Brosville Elementary School put on a harvest festival extravaganza! Students sang several songs for parents during the PTO meeting and even performed several dances including square dancing and a marching parade. The songs covered all of the highlights of fall from falling leaves, Veterans Day, and the icy weather to come. Everyone at Brosville Elementary School is so proud of our second and third grade performers! 

Miss Virginia Visits Mt. Airy Elementary School:
Miss Virginia 2017, Cecili Weber, visited Mt. Airy Elementary School on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Miss Virginia School Tour is a partnership between Virginia ABC and the Miss Virginia Organization. In conjunction with her platform, Miss Virginia visits elementary school students across the Commonwealth to encourage healthy choices and leadership. Mt. Airy Elementary School students enjoyed meeting Miss Virginia as she visited each classroom and talked to the students about making healthy choices in life.

4-H Reality Store:

Tunstall Middle School hosted the 4-H Reality Store on November 9, 2017. Assistant Principal Kenya Gravely set up this event with 4-H Extension Agent Mandi Dolan. This was the first time that a Pittsylvania County middle school hosted this event. Ms. Sheryl Lashley's classes navigated the Tunstall Middle School gymnasium and learned about real life expenses. Students were randomly assigned an educational background, a career, and a family situation and had to make difficult choices about housing, food, entertainment, childcare, and other real life expenses. Students learned about the importance of getting an education and were surprised by how expensive real life can be. Tunstall Middle School is looking forward to having more students participate in the spring!


  • Family Life: Tunstall High School/Grade 10: November 27, December 1, 4

  • Instructional Assistant Principals’ Meeting, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, @ 9:30 a.m., School Board Office

  • Co-Hort Training III, Tuesday, November 28, 2017, All Day, ECC/TC

  • Co-Hort Training IV, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, All Day, ECC/TC

  • School Board Agenda Planning Meeting, Thursday, November 30, 2017, @ 9:00 a.m., School Board Office

  • Progress Report Sent Home to Parents, Friday, December 1, 2017


  • November 27, 2007 Indy 500 champ Hélio Castroneves wins “Dancing with the Stars” 

  • November 28, 1520 Magellan reaches the Pacific

  • November 29, 1963 Johnson establishes Warren Commission

  • November 30, 1954 Meteorite strikes Alabama woman 

  • December 1, 1913 Ford Motor Company’s assembly line starts rolling





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