October 6, 2017
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!
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:
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.”
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
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:
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.
Word of the Month: Honesty
VSBA Bullying Prevention Month
School Lunch Week – October 9 – 13, 2017
Week – October 9 – 13, 2017
Day, Holiday for Students and Teachers – October 9, 2017
Board Meeting, Tuesday, October 10, 2017, School Board Office, Closed @
6:30 p.m., Open @ 7:00 p.m.
Sophomores, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, High Schools
Training for Nurses, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, ECC/CTC, All Day
Principals’ Meeting, Thursday, October 12, 2017, School Board Office, @
Management Team Meeting, Friday, October 6, 2017, School Board Office,
Reports, Friday, October 13, 2017
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
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY?
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
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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(3) to report news from a past event. Thank you for identifying the great things
happening in the schools!