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!
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.
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:
STEM Academy Holds Super
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
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
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
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
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
email@example.com 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
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
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
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
WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
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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