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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


October 20, 2017

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Ms. Tricia Siebert, Teacher Aide at Chatham Elementary 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/

North Theatre to Feature Xanadu, Jr.:

Gretna Middle School Recognized by Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

Gretna Middle School has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) as a 2017 Virginia Naturally School for its effort in supporting environmental conservation and stewardship.  Seventy-two (72) schools in Virginia were honored this year.  This is the eighteenth (18th) year that the DGIF has coordinated this effort.  Please join me in congratulating the staff and students at Gretna Middle School.

PINK Out Week at Mt. Airy Elementary:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mt Airy Elementary School hosted a “PINK OUT!” event the first week of October. Many activities filled this week of awareness including spirit days, a classroom door decorating contest, a Faculty and Staff volleyball game, and an "In Memory Of" and "In Honor Of" Wall. On Friday, October 6, 2017, almost the entire school wore PINK in honor of Mt. Airy's very own, Jamie Patrick, who is fighting breast cancer.

Tunstall High School Messenger Earns First Class Ranking:

Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Adrian Nester, Tunstall High School English Teacher, Anna Catherine Kueng, Editor-in-Chief, contributing reporters Allison Crank, Gavin Draughn, Noah Barker, Amanda Field, and Asa Herndon and others who worked on the Trojan Messenger.  This publication earned a First Class ranking from the Virginia High School League (VHSL) in online publications.  You may view this publication at www.trojanmessenger.com

NASA Offers Program for Juniors and Seniors:


NASA is currently recruiting high school juniors and seniors to apply for the Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) program.  Students can earn up to four (4) (FREE) transferable college credits in GOL 195.  If they perform well in the course, they will be invited to participate in a Free Residential Summer Academy hosted at NASA Langley Research Center where they will work with NASA Scientists and Engineers as well as Industry and Academia partners.

The course consists of 7 Modules and a final project which begins December 1, 2017, and concludes April 15, 2018.  The course requires one APA paper, a quiz, and one data analysis lab per unit. Students are provided online research reference materials and an online teacher to oversee and grade work.

The deadline for applying to the VESSS program is November 12, 2017.  You may click here http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/superintendent/2017-2018/vesss-course-flyer.pdf to view the flyer that provides information about the course, and if more information is needed, the VESSS website is: http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS/

BLAST Program Available for Eighth and Ninth Graders: 


Character Word of the Month: Honesty
October is VSBA Bullying Prevention Month

October 16-20, 2017
Character Counts Week
American Safe Schools Week
National School Bus Safety Week

  • Multiple Choice Writing SOL Testing, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (High Schools)

  • Short Paper Writing SOL Testing, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, (High Schools)

  • Earthquake Drill, Thursday, October 19, 2017, @ 10:19 a.m.

  • Advisory Council for Minority Concerns, Thursday, October 19, 2017, SBO, 3:00 p.m.

  • IY Training, Friday, October 20, 2017, ECC/TC

Family Life

Chatham Middle School
Grades 6-8 October 18-20, 23-27

Union Hall Elementary School
Grade 5 October 16


  • October 16, 1701:  Yale University is founded as The Collegiate School of Killingworth, Connecticut by Congregationalists who consider Harvard too liberal.   

  • October 17, 1777:  British Maj. Gen. John Burgoyne surrenders 5,000 men at Saratoga, N.Y.     

  • October 18, 1867 - The Alaska territory is formally transferred to the U.S. from Russian control.

  • October 19, 2003 - Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II for her work among “the poorest of the poor.”

  • October 20, 1941 - German troops reach the approaches to Moscow

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