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!
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
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
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
Recognizes Students During National School Bus Safety Week:
This week Pittsylvania County Schools joined divisions across the country in
observing National School Bus Safety Week, a time set aside by our federal and
state governments to emphasize the importance of bus safety and to recognize the
men and women throughout the country who serve as school bus drivers.
In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week, students were invited to
participate in a fun school bus trivia challenge. Each day from Monday through
Thursday, a safety or school-bus-themed question was asked during the morning
announcements. Participating students turned in their answers to the questions
to the office each day. For every correct answer students submitted, they
received one entry in their schools' prize drawings that were held on Friday,
October 20. The winners at the high school and middle school levels received
insulated school-bus-themed travel cups provided by the Transportation
Department. Winners at the elementary school level received Thomas C2 lunch bags
provided by Sonny Merryman, Inc.
Mr. Eric Moon, Assistant Principal, and Gretna Elementary School's Winner,
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
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
view the flyer that provides information about the course, and if more
information is needed, the VESSS website is:
BLAST Program Available for
Eighth and Ninth Graders:
The Building Leaders for
Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) program is a partnership between the
Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Old Dominion University, the University of
Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The program offers
an exciting, on-campus summer experience designed to increase student interest
and curiosity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Participating students must have a C+ average and a desire to explore STEM
opportunities. BLAST is free for students who are selected; however,
transportation to and from university campuses is the family’s responsibility.
You may click here
http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/superintendent/2017-2018/blast-flyer.pdf to access
a copy of the 8th/9th-grade BLAST program. If more information is needed, the
BLAST website is
Fire Prevention Program:
Kindergarten, first and second grade students at Stony Mill Elementary School
enjoyed a visit from the Brosville Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday,
October 12, 2017. Students learned all about fire safety and fire prevention.
They also practiced fire escape routes by visiting the smoke house and were told
all about the equipment found on the fire truck. Of course, all the students
loved seeing Sparky! Much appreciation is expressed to the Brosville Fire
Department for this awesome program and their dedication to the community.
North Theatre to Feature Xanadu, Jr.:
Students from Pittsylvania County and other school divisions in this area will
present Xanadu, Jr. at the North Star Theatre in Danville on Friday and
Saturday, November 10, 11, 17, & 18 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, November 12 & 19
at 2:30 p.m. Xanadu, Jr. is a hilarious musical adventure about a Greek muse,
Kira, who is on a quest to inspire a struggling artist to achieve the greatest
artistic creation of all time…. the first ROLLER DISCO!
History of Education in Pittsylvania County Video:
All staff members are invited to attend a video presentation of the history of
education in Pittsylvania County on Thursday, October 26, 2017, in the ECC
auditorium at 6:00 p.m. The video was produced by Mr. Rickey Parker, Retired
Assistant Superintendent of Information Technology, Mr. Clarke Scott, Retired
Director of Middle School Education, and Dr. Larry Aaron, Retired biology
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Character Word of the Month: Honesty
October is VSBA Bullying Prevention Month
October 23-29, 2017
Red Ribbon Week
Salary Taskforce Meeting,
Monday, October 23, 2017, SBO @ 10:00 a.m.
IY Training, Tuesday,
October 24, 2017, ECC/TC All Day
Gifted Advisory Council
Meeting, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, SBO @ 3:00 p.m.
IY Training, Wednesday,
October 25, 2017, ECC/TC All Day
Media Relations Committee
Meeting, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, SBO @ 3:00 p.m.
Grading and Reporting
Committee Meeting, Thursday, October 26, 2017, @ 2:30 p.m.
History of Education in
Pittsylvania County Video Presentation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, ECC
Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
Chatham Middle School
Grades 6-8 October 23-27
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
The first transcontinental air service begins from New York to Los Angeles
1929- Black Thursday takes place–the first
day of the stock market crash which began the Great Depression
The Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series, defeating the Atlanta Braves in
the 11th inning of the 6th game, to become the first Major League Baseball team
from outside the US to win the series
October 25, 1954
President Dwight D. Eisenhower conducts the first televised Cabinet meeting
October 26, 1774
The first Continental Congress, which protested British measures and called for
civil disobedience, concludes in Philadelphia
Movie-tone news, the first sound news film, is released
1941- In a
broadcast to the nation on Navy Day, President Franklin Roosevelt declares:
“America has been attacked, the shooting has started.” He does not ask for
full-scale war yet, realizing that many Americans are not yet ready for such a
Please send media requests to:
This may be (1) to request media presence on site to cover an upcoming event or
(2) to request media coverage (without media on site) of an upcoming event or
(3) to report news from a past event. Thank you for identifying the great things
happening in the schools!