November 21, 2017
Pittsylvania County School Board Approved
American Education Week Proclamation:
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.
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
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.
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.
Cranberries. This tart fruit contains compounds that fight against
bacteria and tooth decay.
and sweet potatoes. These bright orange fall vegetables are full of
beta-carotene, a great source of vitamin A, which helps strengthen tooth
of Eagles Donate Thanksgiving Meals to PCS Families:
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.
Pittsylvania Career & Technical Center Health Occupations Nursing Assistant
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!
ANNOUNCES THE WINNER OF THE FESTIVE FIVE:
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
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.
451 Chorus, led by Mr. Jeff Chapman, music instructor, consists of young vibrant
voices from Twin Springs Elementary School. For more information, please visit
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
for more information.
Dan River Middle
School Teacher Receives Award:
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).
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.
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
Representatives Participate in VSBA Work Session:
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!
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
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.
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
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
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
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
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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