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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up



Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2017-2018


September 22, 2017


Employee of the Week: 
Please join in recognizing Mrs. Amy Emond, Principal of Union Hall 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/

State News:
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is revising the accountability reports timeline distributed in June to accommodate the date selected by the College Board for the release of SAT and Advanced Placement data, and the U.S. Department of Education’s annual Blue Ribbon School Awards announcement. The revised timeline for next week is as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 26:    
    VDOE issues news release on performance of Virginia 2017 public school graduates on the SAT and on Advanced Placement examinations. VDOE will provide school-level and division-level results to news media on request. All SAT and AP data are provided by the College Board.

  • Wednesday, September 27:   
    VDOE issues news release on graduation and dropout rates for the class of 2017. The department also will update cohort data on the VDOE website and update related presentations on the School Quality Profile reports for schools, divisions and the Commonwealth.

  • Thursday, September 28:     U.S. Department of Education announces 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools. VDOE will issue a release on Virginia public and private schools receiving 2017 Blue Ribbon School Awards.

Letter from the Council of Chief State School Officers Regarding Hurricane Relief:

Dear Chiefs, Deputies, Communications Directors and Federal Liaisons,

Thank you to all who have offered support to Texas and its schools after Hurricane Harvey, and to those of you who have since reached out to support Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and our other CCSSO members who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. 


Here is an update on how you and the educators in your state can offer support at this time:


In most areas, it is too soon to assess the full damage and share specific needs. The Florida Department of Education shared the following information if you are interested in offering support at this time:

Governor Rick Scott has activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Hurricane Irma. The Florida Disaster Fund helps provide financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster. To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org

or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10.


US Virgin Islands
Officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands are expecting the recovery process, especially for the St. Thomas/St. John district, to be long and arduous. At this time, they have several needs but flagged the following that would provide the greatest relief for the SEA’s employees and families:

  • Batteries (all sizes)

  • Battery-operated radios

  • Battery-operated fans

  • Snacks

  • School supplies for children

Please contact Assistant Commissioner Chermaine Hobson at chermaine.hobson@vide.vi prior to shipping. She will let you know the best mailing address, as many post offices are working to re-open as quickly as possible.  Assistant Commissioner Hobson said in an email, “We are holding steadfast and are committed to the recovery process. Please let your members know that we are humbly grateful for any words of encouragement, prayers or assistance that they can provide.” 


Please let us know if you have any questions, or if other states have specific needs for assistance and support to share with the CCSSO community.

Division News:


Pittsylvania County Schools Celebrating 100% Accreditation:

Thank you for all you do for the students in Pittsylvania County.

When I am asked what we are doing to accomplish these good results, my response is always that our staff works extremely hard and goes the extra mile in everything that they do.

Pittsylvania County Schools is the only division in this part of the State with all schools fully accredited.  Patrick County is the closest.  This speaks volumes about what is taking place in your classrooms each day and the pride that you have in the jobs that you do.

From our teachers in the classrooms, our instructional support staff, custodians, school nurses, food service providers, administrative assistants, technicians, maintenance staff, transportation staff, and administrators, every role is essential to providing a quality education for our students.

I thank you for the long hours spent working on school responsibilities, the sleepless nights reflecting on events that transpired during the day, and the countless time taken from your weekends to prepare for the upcoming week.  The certificates your principals received today represent all of your hard work.  You represent the finest in our profession and are second to none.  I am proud to say that I work for Pittsylvania County Schools because of the staff that work here.

Thank you to our supporting sponsors:


  • Negril

  • Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors

  • R. J. Baldwin Agency

  • Virginia Professional Educators 


  • Carpets by Worley

  • Coca Cola

  • Dan Valley Foods

  • Lands Towing, Inc.

  • Sonny Merryman, Inc. 


  • Bojangles (Rt. 29, Blairs)

  • C & Es Restaurant (Gretna)

  • Dairy Queen (Gretna)

  • Danville Produce

  • El Cazador (Gretna)

  • Food Lion

  • Franks (Chatham)

  • Cedric Hairston

  • Robin Haymore

  • Haymore’s Garden Center

  • Jack’s Quick Snack (Gretna)

  • Jennings Creek Kennel

  • Keystone Information Systems

  • M & W Flower Shop

  • Mt. Hermon Baptist Church

  • Multi-Business Forms

  • Neal’s Produce (Neal Oakes)

  • Office Depot, Office Plus

  • O’Kelly’s

  • PEA

  • Teresa Petty and Brenda Petty

  • ReyChem

  • Taylor Business

  • Trane, Wilco

  • Windy Acres Nursery

  • Dr. Travis Worrell

Super Saturday at the STEM Academy:
The Gifted Education Program in Pittsylvania County Schools hosted a Super Saturday STEAM event on Saturday, September 16, from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at the STEM Academy.  Over 65 gifted students attended this action-packed morning, representing all ten elementary schools and all four middle schools.  Students chose from four areas of studies –Owl Pellet Dissection, “TOON” in with Current Events, Origami Art, and Chess is Like War on a Board

Instructors for the day were Mr. Ron Smith from Gretna Elementary; Ms. Michelle Hairfield from Gretna/Chatham Middle Schools; Mr. Phillip Stamps from the Regional Alternative School; and Gifted Coordinators - Mrs. Melanie Chappell, Mrs. Toni Harvey, and Mrs. Scharlotte Cassell.  Also in attendance were Gifted Interns Kathryn Forney, Ashley Stanley, and Tara Cook.   Administrators in attendance were Ms. Teresa Petty, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction; Ms. Deborah Powell, Principal of the Regional Alternative School; and Mr. Cedric Hairston, Supervisor of Specialty Curricula Areas.  The students were just as excited as they exited the campus as they were when they entered and are looking forward to the next Super Saturday STEAM event to be held on October 28. 

Flu Clinics to be Offered:
Flu clinics have been scheduled for the 2017 school year. Below is a schedule for vaccination clinics that will be held until 5PM to accommodate employees and their families who wish to receive the flu vaccine:

  • Chatham Middle School
    Wednesday, October 4

  • Dan River Middle School
    Tuesday, October 10

  • Tunstall Middle School
    Thursday, October 19

  • Gretna Middle School
    Tuesday, October 24

Student vaccinations must be completed before personnel and are generally finished by 2-2:30pm.  Students will need to have a consent form completed by parent before they can be vaccinated.

New College Institute Offers Graduate-level Instruction Course- EDUC 547, Tech for Teachers:

The course is being offered over 10 weeks with 3 in-class meetings (one per month) at the New College Institute.  Participants will earn 3 graduate credits OR equivalent to 90 recertification points.  Students will cover the following topics:

  • October: Technology applications in the classroom. 

  • November: Using technology to assess and differentiate instruction

  • December: Steps to become technology certified (Apple, Google, etc.) and using technology to design, deliver, assess, and differentiate instruction

Sign up online at NewCollegeInstitute.org
Deadline to register: September 29, 2017

The VRS Member September Newsletter:

The Newsletter is available on-line at


The Member Benefit Profiles (MBP) for Plan 1 and Plan 2 VRS members are also available.  If anyone wishes to receive a paper copy of the MBP, please contact Mrs. Janet Hancock at janet.hancock@pcs.k12.va.us.

Chatham High School Student Recognized with National Award:
Anasia Harrell, a Chatham High School student, received The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence this summer for successfully completing the Congress which was held in Boston, Massachusetts.  She watched live surgeries, had a chance to question surgeons in person, and was taught by some of the greatest minds in medicine, including several past Nobel Prize Winners.

ServSafe Manager Certification Test:
The Culinary Arts class at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center recently spent 4 weeks learning and understanding all of the food safety risks faced by food establishments through the ServSafe® program.  The ServSafe® program is developed by the National Restaurant Association with the help of foodservice industry experts.  The certification is good for five years, and this national accreditation as a food protection manager offers you acceptance in all 50 states.  The following students passed the certification:

Front Row:  Nina Hawk and Eve Shelton

Back Row:  Brenley Cox, Franshon Covington, Owen Gregory, Lexus Rosser, Cameron Graves

Gretna High School Helps with Disaster Relief:
Gretna High School’s FFA chapter coordinated a hurricane relief drive to raise funds for displaced and affected families in the South.  Over two weeks, homeroom classes collected money totaling $2,000.00 to be distributed by God’s Pit Crew to areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  In addition, a large quantity of supplies was collected from students and their parents, Gretna High School staff, and community members in the Gretna area. 


Dan River High School Holds Water Drive for Hurricane Relief:

A school-wide Water Drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey was sponsored by The Dan River High School Interact and BETA Clubs. Collectively, they donated 2700 bottles of water to God's Pit Crew. A huge “Thank You” to Claude Stephens for making the delivery.


PICTURED:  Dan River High School Interact Club officers L to R:

Secretary: Alexis Crews, Vice President: Jasmine Owen and President: Stephney Tucker. 


  • Teacher’s Advisory Meeting, Monday, September 25, 2017, School Board Office @ 2:00 p.m.

  • Cohort Training 1, Monday, September 25, 2017, ECC/TC, All Day

  • Cohort Training 2, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, ECC/TC, All Day

  • Support Staff Meeting, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, School Board Office @ 10:00 a.m.

  • Pittsylvania County Parks Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Dan River Middle School @ 11:00 a.m.

  • Citizen’s Advisory Council Meeting, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, School Board Office @ 1:00 p.m.

  • Grades Entered in PowerTeacher, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

  • SOVA Career Expo, Olde Dominion Agriculture Complex, Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • SOVA Career Expo, Olde Dominion Agriculture Complex, Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • School Board Agenda Planning Meeting, Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.

  • Fall Writing SOL Training for High School Counselors, Thursday, September 28, 2017, ECC/TC, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • PALS Data Due, Friday, September 29, 2017

  • PowerSchool Maintenance, Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 3:30 p.m.

  • Final Fall SRC Data Input in PowerSchool, Friday, September 29, 2017

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

Family Life  DRMS              Grades 6-8       25-29




September 25, 1804
The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the procedure of choosing the president and vice-president


September 26, 1913
The first boat is raised in the locks of the Panama Canal.

September 27, 1920
Eight Chicago White Sox players are charged with fixing the 1919 World Series.

September 27, 1964                                 
The Warren Commission, investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, issues its report, stating its conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman.

September 28,  1959
Explorer VI, the U.S. satellite, takes the first video pictures of Earth.

September 29, 1932, A five-day work week is established for General Motors workers.

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