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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 Mr. Earl Glass, Physical Education Teacher at Dan River Middle 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/

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. 

William Butler Yeats

Thank you for lighting the fire within each of your students.

A young bobcat was photographed by Mrs. Tonda Finney, Executive Administrative Assistant, on her way to work on November 2, 2017.

Daylight Saving Time Ends – November 5, 2017:

Clocks will be set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017, to 1:00 a.m.  This practice is set through the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which puts Daylight Saving Time starting the second Sunday in March and ending the first Sunday in November.

To view the schedule click here: http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/instruction/calendars/2017-2018/november2017-pd.pdf

STEM Academy Holds Super Saturday:
STEM Academy
The Gifted Education Program in Pittsylvania County Schools hosted a Super Saturday STEM event on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at the STEM Academy. Over 65 gifted students attended this action packed morning, representing all ten elementary schools and all four middle schools. Students chose from three areas of studies – Code If You Can, Haunted House – Robotic Style, We’re All In A Watershed. Instructors for the day were Mrs. Brenna Takata from Twin Springs Elementary School, Mrs. Cynthia Mills from Dan River High School; Mr. Jacob Taylor and Mrs. Jill Collins both from the PCS STEM Academy; and Special Guest Instructor Ms. Christy Deatherage, Education Manager with the Virginia Museum of Natural History. Administrators in attendance were Ms. Teresa Petty, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction; Ms. Deborah Powell, Principal of the Regional Alternative School; and Mr. Cedric Hairston, Supervisor of Specialty Curricula Areas.

Union Hall Elementary School Celebrates Do-The-Right-Thing Week:
Students and staff at Union Hall Elementary School celebrated Do-The-Right-Thing Week October 23-27, 2017, with themed days promoting kindness, good choices, career exploration, and achievement. In the photos below, students were celebrating Career Day and S.W.A.G. (Students Who Achieve Goals) Day during the week.

Union Hall Elementary School holds Book Character Parade for Halloween:
Students and staff at Union Hall Elementary School celebrated Halloween on October 31, 2017, with costumes of their favorite book characters.  A costume parade was held in the afternoon. Students enjoyed showing off their costumes to all grade levels in the parade.

Brosville Elementary School Fall Festival:
Brosville Elementary School will hold its Third Annual Fall Festival on Friday, November 10, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  There will be concessions, games, face painting, inflatables, raffles and much more!  All Pittsylvania County employees are invited to attend.

Brosville Red Ribbon Week:
During the week of October 23-27, 2017, Brosville Elementary School students and staff participated in Red Ribbon Week. Students donated a dollar per day to dress up. All proceeds, $643.50, were donated to United Way. Each day was a different dressed up theme: Monday - Hat Day, Tuesday - Twin Day, Wednesday - Wacky Day, Thursday - Future Job Day, and Friday - School Spirit Day. The students also learned about the dangers of drugs and alcohol during guidance class. Students AND teachers really got into the spirit of dress up; there were many wonderful costumes!

Flu Clinic Is A Success:
According to School Nurse Coordinators, one thousand, six hundred and eight-five students and adults have received the flu vaccination.  The breakdown is as follows:
 1,367 Students +  318 Adults =   1,685 Total            

Danville Science Center Hosts KidWind Challenge:
The Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University (JMU) is hosting a KidWind Challenge Practice Day at the Danville Science Center on Saturday, November 11, 2017.   

The event is formatted like an open house.  Staff and students from JMU will bring the KidWind Challenge wind tunnel out for students to try out.  Bring a turbine your students are working on or come out and build a turbine with JMU’s materials and equipment.  The day is all about learning more about wind energy and the KidWind Challenge.   Regional KidWind Challenges are planned throughout Virginia, with the closest event in Roanoke at the Science Museum of Western Virginia on March 5, 2018.

The KidWind Challenge is a wind turbine engineering design competition for students in 4th through 12th grades.  The Northern Virginia KidWind Challenge will offer a K-3 Weightlifter Challenge this year.  KidWind Challenge teams build a working wind turbine to test in the wind tunnel.  The score is based on turbine performance as well as the team’s time with a team of judges where they must defend their design and show documentation of their process.  Lastly, students take a short, on-line knowledge quiz. 

The concepts and skills addressed in the KidWind Challenge meet a variety of SOLs and keep students engaged as they learn about engineering, technology, science and math related to wind energy. The Center for Wind Energy offers resources and services to help teach these concepts and skills (see  https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/f48260_dd8d5d48722048d2bb95a7e42ff48f97.pdf)

The cost to register up to three teams is just $25 (register here https://www.kidwindchallenge.org/events?category=all).  Starter parts to begin building a turbine with your students are only $14 (see https://www.vernier.com/products/kidwind/wind-energy/kw-btpart/).

I hope that you consider encouraging teachers in your district to attend a KidWind Challenge event in your area.  Please check out our website (https://virginiakwc.wixsite.com/kwcva) for more information and resources and email at panglerm@jmu.edu  if you have any questions or to be added to our KidWind Challenge email list to receive updates and information.

You may access information regarding this opportunity by clicking the link below:

Halloween at Southside Elementary School:
Southside Elementary School celebrated Halloween in a fun and exciting way this year. Students were allowed to dress in fun costumes and participate in a costume parade around the school. Not only were the students able to show off their amazing costumes, they also enjoyed popcorn and school-wide treat or tricking. Every student enjoyed a day full of fall and Halloween themed activities.


  • Character Word of the Month: Respect

  • Mid-Year MAP Assessment Testing Window (PK-8)  
    November 27-December 20

  • School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting, Monday, November 6, 2017, School Board Office @ 6:00 p.m.

  • Division Staff Development Day (No School for Students), Tuesday, November 7, 2017. View the schedule

  • CPR Training, Thursday, November 9, 2017, ECC/TC, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Report Cards Sent Home with Students – Friday, November 10, 2017

Family Life:

Chatham High School                       
Grade 10  November  6, 8-9

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

Tunstall Middle School
Grades 6-8  November 10, 13-17, 20-21


  • November 6, 1860 Abraham Lincoln elected president of the United States

  • November 7,1965 Art Arfsons sets land-speed record of 576.553 miles per hour

  • November 8,1895 Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen became the first person to observe X-rays

  • November 9, 1965 The Great Northeast Blackout where New York State and portions of seven neighboring states and parts of Canada were without power.

  • November 10,1969 Sesame Street debut

  • November 10,1775 Birth of the U.S. Marine Corp

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Last update: 11/03/2017 03:52 PM