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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


September 15, 2017

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mrs. Linda Hale, school nurse at Dan River High 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/

At the beginning of a new school year, a Central Office administrator writes and delivers the first presentation on the Character Word of the Month to the School Board.  On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, Mr. Cedric Hairston, Supervisor of Specialty Curricular Areas, made the following presentation on Trustworthiness.

Tonight, I am honored to stand before you to initiate our Character Education Program for the 2017-18 school year.  As we celebrate our 17th year in supporting this program, we will continue to identify and define the nine character traits that we focus on individually each month.  Chairman Doss has asked for a student representative to present the character word each month beginning in October, so tonight, I will introduce September’s word, “Trustworthiness.” 

Trustworthiness is being the kind of person in whom other people have confidence.  Trustworthy people do no lie or cheat or steal.  They are individuals who are honest, dependable, and sincere.  They are the ones who have integrity and are unselfish.

Just imagine - If the cable reception for your TV is flaky, nothing seems to work right. Even if you have the best High Definition 80” Plasma Screen, an unreliable television provider will cause you constant grief.  The same goes for the trust levels in organizations and personal relationships. Where trust is fragile, people are always looking over their shoulders.   They are reluctant to share information, collaborate, or accept accountability for results.

 In low-trust environments, everything seems to slow down, or as we would say in TV terms “no signal or buffering.”  Nobody seems willing to do much of anything without a lot of hoop-jumping and multiple approvals, or better yet, when people are collaborating around the table and one makes the famous statement, but that is not the way we have done it in the past.  This kills creativity within the room.

The flip side is a different world. Where trust is robust, people benefit from transparency.  They comfortably challenge each other's thinking.  With high trust, teamwork is more of a reality than a hollow buzzword.  Innovation is vibrant. Productivity tends to be strong and is typically more sustainable.

There is a short story I would like to share with you tonight in regards to trust.  Often children have a better way to define words than Merriam Webster.

A little girl and her father were crossing a bridge.
The father was kind of scared, so he asked his little daughter,
'Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don't fall into the river.'
The little girl said, 'No, Dad. You hold my hand.'
'What's the difference?' asked the puzzled father.
'There's a big difference,' replied the little girl.
'If I hold your hand and something happens to me,
chances are that I may let your hand go.
But if you hold my hand, I know for sure that no matter what happens,
you will never let my hand go.'
In any relationship, the essence of trust is not in its bind, but in its bond.
So hold the hand of the person who loves you rather than expecting them to hold yours...

I would like to thank each of you for your commitment to the children and the employees of Pittsylvania County.  Its citizens have elected you because they felt you were trustworthy to do what is right in making decisions that affect the children who are our future.  And for that, we say Thank You!

Congratulations! All Schools in Pittsylvania County Are Fully Accredited:

Dr. Steven Staples, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, officially announced on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, that all schools in Pittsylvania County are Fully Accredited based on Standards of Learning assessments administered last year.  Thank you for the important role you played in making this happen!   Your hard work reviewing data, aligning curricula, planning and delivering lessons, mapping and pacing instruction, and developing professional relationships with students and parents is making a difference.  The work done to ensure our buildings are clean, dry and comfortable, and that our students arrive safely and have nutritious meals to eat each day is creating a positive environment.  The efficiency in which our offices are run, records are kept, and bills are paid is also important to ensuring the effectiveness of our schools.  Thank you.

The following information relating to State Accreditation for all school divisions in Virginia has been provided by Dr. Staples. 

2017-2018 Accreditation Ratings

Accreditation Rating


of Schools

Percent of

All Schools

Fully Accredited



Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-Pass Rate



Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-GCI



Partially Accredited: Improving School-Pass Rate



Partially Accredited: Improving School-GCI



Partially Accredited: Warned School-Pass Rate



Partially Accredited: Warned School-GCI



Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School



Accreditation Denied



Conditionally Accredited (New Schools)



To Be Determined



Total Schools











All schools are Fully Accredited this year in 65 of the Commonwealth’s 132 school divisions, compared with 53 divisions last year.   

Division News:

Schools Hold 9/11 Remembrance Programs:
Dan River High School, Tunstall High School and Dan River Middle School held 9/11 ceremonies in remembrance of the tragic events that took place in New York, Washington, DC, and in a field in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. 

Mr. Earl Glass, Physical Education Teacher at
Dan River Middle School

Mr. Bob Chenery, Former Navy Pilot, speaking at
Tunstall High School

Ms. Angela Andrepont Recognized by Virginia Business Education Association:

Ms. Angela Andrepont, Business and Information Technology teacher at Dan River Middle School is the 2017 recipient of the Virginia Business Education Association Al Roane Middle School Business Teacher of the Year Award. This award was established in 1998 to recognize the unique contributions of middle school teachers of business education. The award is intended to recognize teachers who have demonstrated exemplary classroom performance and contributions to their school or school system. In 2008, this award was named the Al Roane Middle School Business Teacher of the Year Award to recognize the contributions of Mr. Roane to Business and Information Technology at the middle school level. 

Ms. Lisa Baynes Recognized at 2017 Virginia Association of Marketing Educator’s Conference:
Retired marketing teacher Ms. Lisa Baynes was honored at the 2017 Virginia Association of Marketing Educator's Conference in August.  She was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Ms. Baynes retired last year after 32 years of service.  Please join me in congratulating Ms. Baynes!

Tunstall High School Water Drive:
In conjunction with the Interact Club, Tunstall High School showed their Trojan PRIDE by collecting nearly 500 cases of water totaling approximately 11,500 bottles and 193,481.9 fluid ounces for God's Pit Crew disaster relief. Special thanks are expressed to Interact Officers Blake Mitchell and Lauren Jackson for helping with water collection and counting each morning. Mrs. Olivia McCraw's class collected the most water, followed closely by Mr. David Thaxton, Mrs. Pam Hitt, and Mrs. Tara Mills.

Tunstall High School’s Robotics Team Prepares for Upcoming Year:
Tunstall High School’s Robotics team has invited all staff to join them on October 7, 2017, at 9 AM for the Mid-Atlantic (Broadband) Robotics Showdown!  Robots from around the Chesapeake region will complete tasks in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Steamworks.  The event will be held in the Tunstall High School gymnasium.  The event is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center Students Repair Computers:
Ms. Scottie Clowdis’ students in her Computer Systems class at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center have been working on disassembling, simulating repairs and reassembling computers.  This is an area that the division is targeting for possible expansion as new courses are being added.


Old Dominion University to Offer Masters in Education Library Science Program:

The Old Dominion University faculty will present a webinar on their Masters in Education with School Library Endorsement on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.
The link for the webinar is:  https://connect.odu.edu/schoollibraryprogram/

To join - click on the link and sign in with your name as a guest. For further information, e-mail libraryscience@odu.edu

Space is Still Available to Register:

The Conservators Center, a wildlife conservancy located in Mebane, NC, has invited educators to an inaugural Educator Appreciation Day on September 22, 2017, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 p.m. This event takes place in the late evening hours when visitors can best experience roaring lions, howling wolves, and some unique animals many never knew existed!

Participants will learn about the Center’s education resources -- including popular field trip programs aligned with grade-level science curricula -- and will participate in an amazing tour of the park which is home to over 80 individual animals. The Center offers field trip tours for all age groups and can accommodate elementary, middle, high school, and college level curricula if requested when a tour is scheduled.

Educator Appreciation Day is FREE for licensed teachers and administrators in any public, private, or home school with a valid school ID.

Educators can register by email at fieldtrips@conservatorscenter.org  with:

  • Name

  • Address

  • Phone number

  • Name of school and county

  • Number of attendees (number of teachers and administrators).

If you have questions, you may contact Michelle McKay, at michelle@conservatorscenter.org


The Danville and Pittsylvania County United Way Kicks Off Campaign:
Mr. Phillip Haley, President and CEO of the United Way of Danville and Pittsylvania County, attended the Pittsylvania County Schools Principals’ Meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, to officially kickoff this year’s campaign. 

In the near future, you will be receiving pledge information at your base school. You are commended for giving unselfishly in previous campaigns to those who are less fortunate. Historically, Pittsylvania County Schools has been a community leader in total contributions.  Below is a listing of the dollar amounts given by Pittsylvania County Schools’ staff since 2004.

Mark Your Calendars:

  • Instructional Assistant Principals’ Meeting, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, SBO @ 9:30 a.m.

  • Special Education Liaison Meeting, Wednesday, September 20, 2017, ECC @ 3:00 p.m.

  • Last Day of Marking Period (Students dismissed at 1:00 p.m.), Friday, September 22, 2017

  • Accreditation Ceremony, Friday, September 22, 2017, Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

  • Early Learning Symposium, Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, IALR

  • Initial MAP Assessment Testing Window – K-8, Ends September 16, 2017

  • PALS Screening – Grades 1-3, Ends September 17, 2017

  • PALS Screening – Grades PK-K, September 20 –October 15, 2017

Family Life

  • DRHS
    Grade 9 September 18-19

  • DRMS
    Grades 6-8 September 20-22, 25-29


September 18               1793, George Washington lays the cornerstone to the United States Capitol building, the home of the legislative branch of American government.

September 19               1957, Nevada is site of first-ever underground nuclear explosion.

September 20               1963, President John F. Kennedy proposes joint mission to the moon.

September 21               1981, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton strikes out the 3,118th batter of his career to break Bob Gibson’s National League record for career strikeouts.

September 22               1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

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