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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


October 6, 2017

Employee of the Week: 
Please join in recognizing Mr. David Bandy, Technology Teacher at Tunstall High 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/

District News:

Incredible Years for Parents:
Pittsylvania County Schools will host two sessions of the Incredible Years (IY) Parenting Program this year. The division will offer the Attentive Parent Program at Gretna Elementary School beginning on October 16, 2017. This program is designed for parents of pre-school age children. It is also appropriate for VPI parents; however, parents of ECSE students are not eligible to participate. Classes are scheduled to meet every Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for six weeks. Dinner and child care will be provided.

In January, a second program will be offered in the Chatham area. It is designed to be a 12-week IY parenting program for school age children. This program is designed for parents of school-aged children who may be experiencing some behavioral difficulties with their children. Dinner and child care will be provided each evening.

These opportunities are funded by a grant from Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania County. Both programs have a target group of 15 parents.

SOVAH Heart Walk:

Team Mt. Airy participated in the SOVAH Heart Walk on September 21, 2017, at Gretna Middle School. The event was held in memory of Drake Robertson and Charles Lingafelt and raised over $13,000 to fight heart disease. Team Mt. Airy placed third in fundraising.

Union Hall Elementary School Receives Grant from James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs for Classroom Library:

Ms. Tamela Warren, Teacher at Union Hall Elementary School, received a $500.00 grant from author James Patterson to use for her classroom library. Scholastic Book Clubs will send Ms. Warren matching funds in “bonus points” that she can use to purchase books and other items for her classroom. Ms. Warren was selected from 82,622 applicants for this grant.

When Ms. Warren was asked about receiving the grant, she said, “I am so honored and thrilled to receive the James Patterson and Scholastic Book Club grant! The money and bonus points will allow me to purchase various book series and dozens of award-winning novels to enrich my classroom library. It is my hope that my fourth grade students will befriend and fall in love with these characters and develop a lifelong love for reading.”

Sonday Training:
Pittsylvania County Schools’ teachers participated in a workshop on Thursday, October 5, 2017, focused on the Sonday System reading program created by Arlene Sonday. Ms. Sonday based this program on the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading. The Orton-Gillingham approach has been the subject of five major reading research studies over the last 70 years, in 1940, 1956, 1969, 1979, and 1984. Citing these, the National Reading Panel identified Orton-Gillingham as one of the effective methodologies that address the needs of struggling readers (National Reading Panel, 2000).

This approach begins by teaching beginning letter and sound recognition through most phonograms. The Sonday System resources include the essential components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension) and also integrate a systematic spelling component.

Gretna High School Student Participates in Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders:
In June 2017, Alexander Mahan represented Gretna High School at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders held in Boston, Massachusetts. Alex was nominated by his Chemistry teacher, Mr. Paul Shelton. The conference was led by numerous scientists in the fields of physics and engineering.

Employee Assistance Program

For our employees who are enrolled in our Anthem Health plan, the Employee Assistance Program is available. To go to the Program you may click here: http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/superintendent/2017-2018/oct6/anthem-oct2017.pdf

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide access to needed support. Whether one is seeking guidance for a family problem, resources for assistance with a financial or legal concern, tips on work issues or options for dependent care, EAP is available to help.


  • Character Word of the Month: Honesty

  • October is VSBA Bullying Prevention Month

  • National School Lunch Week – October 9 – 13, 2017

  • Teen Read Week – October 9 – 13, 2017

  • Columbus Day, Holiday for Students and Teachers – October 9, 2017

  • School Board Meeting, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, School Board Office, Closed @ 6:30 p.m., Open @ 7:00 p.m.

  • PSAT, All Sophomores, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, High Schools

  • CPR Training for Nurses, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, ECC/CTC, All Day

  • Principals’ Meeting, Thursday, October 12, 2017, School Board Office, @ 9:30 a.m.

  • Concussion Management Team Meeting, Friday, October 6, 2017, School Board Office, 9:00 a.m.

  • Progress Reports, Friday, October 13, 2017

Family Life

Chatham Elementary School
Grade 4 October 10-13 (p.m.)
Grade 5 October 10-13 (p.m.) 16 (p.m.)

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

Union Hall Elementary School
Grade 4 October 10-13
Grade 5 October 10-13, 16


October 9 1635
Rhode Island founder, Roger Williams, banished from Massachusetts

October 10 1863
The first telegraph line to Denver is completed

October 11 1968
Apollo 7, with three men aboard, is successfully launched from Cape Kennedy

October 12 1492
Christopher Columbus and his crew land in the Bahamas

October 13 1792
George Washington lays the cornerstone for the White House

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