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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/

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

Transportation Department 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, Brandon Blankenship

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: 

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 https://blast.spacegrant.org/

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 teacher.

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.

Family Life

Chatham Middle School
Grades 6-8 October  23-27


October 23, 1929 
The first transcontinental air service begins from New York to Los Angeles

October 24:
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      

October 27:

1927-  Fox 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 step.

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