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!
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:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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,
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:
Assistant Commissioner Chermaine Hobson at
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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
Thank you to our supporting sponsors:
(Rt. 29, Blairs)
C & Es
M & W Flower
Produce (Neal Oakes)
and Brenda Petty
Super Saturday at
the STEM Academy:
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:
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:
Wednesday, October 4
Tuesday, October 10
Thursday, October 19
Tuesday, October 24
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.
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:
Technology applications in the classroom.
Using technology to assess and differentiate instruction
Steps to become technology certified (Apple, Google, etc.) and using
technology to design, deliver, assess, and differentiate instruction
Sign up online at
Deadline to register: September 29, 2017
The VRS Member
The Newsletter is
available on-line at
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
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
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
Brenley Cox, Franshon Covington, Owen Gregory, Lexus Rosser, Cameron Graves
School Helps with Disaster Relief:
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:
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
PICTURED: Dan River High School Interact Club officers L to R:
Crews, Vice President: Jasmine Owen and President: Stephney Tucker.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Advisory Meeting, Monday, September 25, 2017, School Board Office @ 2:00
Training 1, Monday, September 25, 2017, ECC/TC, All Day
Training 2, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, ECC/TC, All Day
Meeting, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, School Board Office @ 10:00 a.m.
County Parks Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Dan River
Middle School @ 11:00 a.m.
Advisory Council Meeting, Tuesday, September 26, 2017, School Board Office @
Entered in PowerTeacher, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.
Expo, Olde Dominion Agriculture Complex, Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 9:45
a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Expo, Olde Dominion Agriculture Complex, Thursday, September 28, 2017, 9:45
a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Agenda Planning Meeting, Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.
SOL Training for High School Counselors, Thursday, September 28, 2017, ECC/TC,
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Due, Friday, September 29, 2017
Maintenance, Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 3:30 p.m.
SRC Data Input in PowerSchool, Friday, September 29, 2017
Screening – Grades PK-K, September 20 –October 15, 2017
DRMS Grades 6-8 25-29
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
The 12th Amendment is ratified, changing the procedure of choosing the president
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.
1932, A five-day work week is established for General Motors workers.
Please send media requests to:
This may be (1) to request media presence on site to cover an upcoming event or
(2) to request media coverage (without media on site) of an upcoming event or
(3) to report news from a past event. Thank you for identifying the great things
happening in the schools!