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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


October 27, 2017

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mr. Eric Moon, Assistant Principal at Gretna Elementary 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/

State News:
Dr. Staples Announces Retirement:

Dr. Steven Staples, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has announced his retirement effective January 1, 2018. Prior to his appointment as State Superintendent, Dr. Staples served as Executive Director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS), was on the faculty of William & Mary’s School of Education and served as Superintendent of York County Schools for 16 years. In 1997, he was recognized as the Virginia Superintendent of the Year.

He will be missed.

Union Hall Collects Items for God's Pit Crew:
Union Hall Elementary School recently had a God’s Pit Crew donation drive to collect items for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The campaign, titled “Bring Hope Through a Blessing Bucket,” ran for approximately two (2) weeks ending on September 25, 2017. Several boxes of items were donated to God's Pit Crew in Danville. Ms. Tamela Warren, fourth grade teacher at Union Hall Elementary School, organized the drive and delivered the donations. God’s Pit Crew distributes Blessing Buckets to individuals who are in need of essential supplies after losing everything. The blessing bucket items collected included words of encouragement with students writing a personal note to let the recipient know someone is thinking of them; food items such as bottled water and non-perishable foods; personal items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, wash clothes, bath towels, etc.; and miscellaneous items such as flashlights, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.

Students Use Logical Thinking to Begin to Code at Union Hall Elementary:

Students in Mrs. Diane Callahan’s class have had two (2) lessons and Mrs. Maryanne Dalton’s class has had three (3) lessons on Coding at Union Hall Elementary School this year. “It is amazing to see these kindergarteners work! Mrs. Brenna Takata, ITRT, had used the SMART Board and allowed the students to complete the puzzles at the Board first. When they completed the lesson on their Chromebooks, most went right through and on to the next level! We decided to assist them as they worked, and the majority was able to correctly plan the bird's path to the pig in each puzzle. They absolutely LOVE coding, are learning the vocabulary, and already understand how to move through the programs. While challenging, it is very rewarding to see how excited they are and how they are able, even at this age, to think their way through the puzzles. They are even attempting to apply their newly-learned vocabulary words, their favorite being ‘debugging.”

Pre-K Paint Party:
Ms. Elizabeth Barrett's Pre-K class learned how to paint from artist Kathy Anthony. Each child followed her directions to paint a pumpkin on canvas. Parents were invited to help and watch their children become artists. It was a fun time for all!

Water Bottle Collection for Hurricane Relief:

Tunstall Middle School students were challenged to collect water bottles to donate to God's Pit Crew. For every 1,000 bottles collected, another faculty or staff member would receive a pie-in-the-face. The goal was 10,000 bottles and 10 select teachers. In the end over 12,000 bottles were collected so two additional teachers volunteered.

Lady Hawks Volleyball Hold Cancer Awareness Night:

Gretna High School’s volleyball teams hosted their annual Cancer Awareness game earlier this month when they played host to Chatham. Several individuals and businesses helped to sponsor this event. A total amount of $2,861 was collected and given to the Claire Parker Foundation. In addition to sponsors for t-shirts, other individuals and businesses donated items for the bake sale and raffle. The following individuals and businesses helped sponsor this event.
Mama Rosas, J.M. East Painting, Dr. Michael Bond & Betty Bond, Brown's Farm, Tyler Flower Shop, Perkins Tire, El Cerrito Mexican Restaurant, Mabry Auto Group, Claire Parker's Nana & Papa (Randy & Valerie Parker), Lynchburg Polaris, Clydene Oakes, Kenny's Carpet Service,
Gretna Drug, Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Centra, Blair Homes, LLL, Jack's Quick Snack, Creative Xpressions, Perky's Restaurant, Point Blank, Inc., Parker Productions (Jonathan Parker), Rowland Rock Farms, Evergreen Lawn Maintenance, Inc., CRB Electrical & Mechanical Inc., The Rhythm Co. Dance Studio, Joan & Jordan Moorefield, Pickeral Family Painting, LLC, Crider Law Office, E&S Mart (Two Sisters Deli & Tap Room), Kelly Reynolds Photography, and Commonwealth Driver Improvement (Vic Ingram). The following donated baked goods and items for the raffle: Alma’s Treats, Blair Aldridge, Sharon Souers, Cynthia Butcher, Rae Ann & Kavon Woolfolk, Junior & Jacque Oakes, Angie Covington, Penny Custer Waller, Jody Pugh, Elle Belle Wilson, Evelyn Osborne, and Cleo Dalton

Chatham Middle School Plans Fall Festival:

Chatham Middle School is hosting a Fall Festival as a school-wide community service project on November 4, 2017.  All proceeds will be donated to the Pittsylvania Pet Center.  We will have vendors available, a silent auction, inflatables, a kids’ zone, fun run, cup stacking tournament, cake walk, corn hole tournament, and a pet parade/costume contest.  In addition, Pittsylvania Career & Technical Center students will be providing dog washes, and the Pet Center will hold an adopt-a-thon.  Please come out and support this worthy cause!  (10am - 4pm @ Chatham Middle School)

Southside's "Marvel-ous Monday"
During the week of October 23-October 27, 2017, Southside Elementary School has been participating in the Red Ribbon Campaign through Spirit Week. Southside Elementary School uses this creative and fun way to end bullying throughout the school. Monday was "Marvel-ous Monday." Students were able to dress up as a Super Hero of their choice.

Wacky Olympics:
Stony Mill Elementary School hosted “Wacky Olympics” on October 19-20, 2017.  Students who collected donations of money for the Claire Parker Foundation participated in lots of fun games and activities.  The students raised a total of $2,943.40 in grades PreK-5 for the Claire Parker Foundation. The Claire Parker Foundation serves families and the children they care for that are battling pediatric cancer.  Together, we can make a difference!

Gretna High School Plans for Outdoor Classroom:

Gretna High School has been planning for an outdoor classroom.  This area will be utilized by teachers and students, as well as various clubs and organizations within the school.  After much planning, the school is nearing the beginning of construction for this outdoor classroom.  Gretna High School is offering a unique opportunity for the community to have a part in this endeavor by offering personalized engraving for the pavers which will make up the majority of the outdoor space.  As the school is nearing the beginning of the construction phase, they would like to offer, for a limited time, engraving for pavers.  The pavers must be engraved before being installed; therefore, orders must be received by Friday, November 3, 2017.  This is an excellent opportunity to remember or honor a loved one and leave a permanent stamp on the campus of Gretna High School.  All proceeds from the sale of engraved pavers will assist with the cost of building materials and other associated costs. 


  • Character Word of the Month: Respect

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

  • Calendar Committee Meeting, Monday, October 30, 2017, School Board Office @ 2:00 p.m.

  • Last Day of Marking Period, Students Dismissed at 1:00 p.m., Teacher Workday 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Friday, November 3, 2017

Family Life

Chatham High School
Grade 9       1-3
Grade 10     6, 8-9

Tunstall High School
Grade 10      27
December 1, 4

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

October 30 -    1938   War of the Worlds Radio Play causes mass hysteria
October 31 -    1941
  The Mt. Rushmore sculpture is completed
November 1 -   1927   Ford Model A begins in production
                       1938   Seabiscuit Match Race against War Admiral at Pimlico

November 2 -  2000   One American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts became the first to                                 move into the international space station, preparing for a four-month stay    

November 3 -  1913   The first American citizens receive information about the new national income tax. A married man living with his wife, who is in receipt of an income of $5,000 pays $10 a year and if his income is $10,000 he pays $60 per year.

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