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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

 

 

 

Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017


December 2, 2016

Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up – December 2, 2016

Employee of the Week: 

Please join in recognizing Mrs. Rosylind Fitz, Cafeteria Manager at Stony Mill Elementary School, on her selection as Employee of the Week for Pittsylvania County Schools for November 28 – December 2, 2016.  Also, please join in recognizing Mr. Jim Tolbert, School-Home Coordinator/Attendance Officer, for the School Division, on his selection as Employee of the Week for Pittsylvania County Schools for December 5 – 9, 2016.  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/

PCS – Looking to the future:

In February 2016 an article regarding the status of employment opportunities ran in CNN Money. In the article the author wrote that while there were 5.6 million job openings in December 2015, companies were finding that it was hard to fill the vacancies because most applicants did not have the skills that those available jobs required. The article indicated that employers had complained for years that while there may be many people looking for work, the pool of qualified applicants was small. Economists have called this phenomenon the job skills gap.

At a meeting at Harvard Business School with CEOs, mayors, governors, university presidents, and organized labor and policy experts in 2013, the answer to the question regarding the shortage of skilled workers was discussed. After a long discussion, these leaders did not find an answer to this dilemma. Many of these jobs, including computer technology, nursing, and high-skill manufacturing, require postsecondary technical education and training and, in some instances, college math courses or degrees. Finding “a one-size fits all” approach to training unemployed workers for the myriad of job vacancies available across the U.S. is highly unlikely.

In our school division, we are very fortunate to be able to offer students a solid foundation of coursework and many opportunities in different programs of interest to them. Many of these programs are in high-need areas that will provide graduates with lifetime careers. As the division continues to expand on these opportunities for students, another area is being explored. It has been several years since the division taught secondary courses in computer programming. While the job outlook for computer programming is not as optimistic as other computer-related opportunities, two closely related jobs, web developer and software developer, are projected to have positive changes in employment opportunities of 27% and 19%, respectively. An understanding of computer coding is a prerequisite for training in these areas. Over the coming months the division will continue to research computer coding as a viable option for students.

Canned Food Drive for God's Storehouse:
Dan River Middle School and the Community Relations Team sponsored a canned food drive in November for God's Storehouse. There was a competition between the boys and girls as to who would bring in more. The girls won with 610 items while the boys had 522 items for a grand total of 1,132 items weighing more than 1,200 pounds for the food pantry.


PICTURED: Back row: Earl Glass, Yesenia Nava-Sarmiento, Emily Rodgers, Madison McCormick, Carrie Hodge, Grace Weber, Rylee Fletcher, Dakota McDaniel, Dillion Rojas, and Melanie Gilbert.  Front row: William, God's Storehouse representative, Keyshawn Johnson, and Brandon Pruitt

Twin Springs Students Participate in National Chorus:
Congratulations are in order for three (3) former Twin Springs Elementary School students.  After hard work, intense musical analysis, stringent vocal training, and a belief in something greater than themselves, three (3) former Twin Springs Elementary School students were accepted to the 2017 American Choral Director's Association's National Honors Choir!!!  
The students trained for months with Mr. Jeff Chapman, their former music teacher at Twin Springs Elementary School.  The students had to be personally selected by a current member of the American Choral Director's Association to which Mr. Chapman belongs.  Over 4,200 students from all over the United States, including nine (9) from this area, auditioned for the 2017 National Honors Choir.  In the end, Chase Snead - Tunstall Middle School, Gracie Wood - Tunstall Middle School, and Luke Clatterbuck -Chatham Middle School (students pictured below with Mr. Jeff Chapman), were adjudicated and selected to participate.  These three (3) students will travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in March 2017 to participate in 2 choruses made up of the best 300 young singers in the nation.  They will learn several songs to perform, some of them in different languages.  They will represent their school, Pittsylvania County, and the State of Virginia during this prestigious and auspicious event!  This is the first time this accomplishment has been achieved in Pittsylvania County Schools.

Fraternal Order of Eagles Donates Thanksgiving Dinners:
The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) - Piedmont Aerie 4420 recently donated Thanksgiving dinners to 26 Pittsylvania County Schools' families.  The dinner boxes contained a full traditional dinner with turkey and all the fixings.  We greatly appreciate all the FOE does for the school division and the families of this County.  We thank them for their generous donation to those in need.


PICTURED:  (left to right)
Dr. Mark Jones, Superintendent, Eagle member Kathy Moorefield Dodson, Past President Tony Pass, Vice President Bobby Walker, Secretary Ann Farmer and Trustees Kay Duncan and Jerry Shelton
 

Danville READS:
Danville READS Spirit Night took place at the Piedmont Mall located in Danville, Virginia, where students were recognized and encouraged to continue reading. Students who attended were given the opportunity to enter a book raffle. Mason Fanin, Katlyne Nester and Shanaisha Coates were Southside's book raffle winners, and each student won a book.


Pictured (left to right):  Mason Fanin, Katlyne Nester, Shanaisha Coates and Heidi Irvin, Librarian

Gretna High School DECA wins Quiz Bowl:
On November 16, 2016, the team from Gretna High School placed first in the Quiz Bowl competition hosted by Virginia DECA District 6.  The competition requires each of the four team members to take a 50-question quiz made up of questions related to marketing and DECA.  The scores of the four team members are combined, and the team with the highest score wins.  The Gretna team out-scored teams from Dan River High School, Tunstall High School, Halifax High School, Park View High School and Bluestone High School.  The Quiz Bowl is an annual competition.  


From left to right: Tyleka Robertson, Zach McGill, Jacob Short, and Anjell Davis.

Chatham Middle School Provides Food During Thanksgiving: (Shared in a letter from Ms. Julia Woodward, Principal of Chatham Middle School, to Chatham Middle School [CMS] staff.)

“Just wanted to take a moment today to let you know how very thankful I am for all of you and to be a part of this AWESOME family! 

Because of your dedication to our students, we were able to meet our goal of sponsoring 10 CMS families for Thanksgiving!  Our students' families were overwhelmed by the gesture and many were concerned that they were not going to be able to celebrate this year due to hardships. 

Now they will celebrate Thanksgiving with a 13 pound turkey, 32 oz. sides of mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, green beans, dirty rice, a dozen fresh biscuits, and a gallon of sweet tea from Bojangles.  They were also presented with a $20 gift card for future groceries at Food Lion.

Thanks to Bojangles for partnering with us for this opportunity!!!  If you get a chance to meet Angela Beard, manager, please thank her for working with us!  She's wonderful! 

Thank you for all that you do daily for our Cavaliers and for making the extra effort to support our CMS family!

I sincerely hope that you all have a WONDERFUL and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!”

Second 6-weeks Accelerated Reader Celebration:
Brosville Elementary School held a second 6-weeks Accelerated Reader celebration to reward students who achieved their Accelerated Reader (AR) goals for the second 6-weeks marking period.  The theme this year is "Read Across America," and this celebration was inspired by the Space Camp in Alabama.  Students participated in space-themed activities like "Space Tag" and launching their own bottle rocket.

 
The students were excited to watch their bottle rockets launch high in the air!
In the photo with the bottle rocket stand is Nahla Atkins and Leslie Barksdale (teacher).

The second photo (left to right): Ethan Davis, Avery Merricks, Takiya Martin, Ada McGuire, Peyton Lovelace, Riley Parsons, and Faith Saunders

Tunstall Middle School Supports The Claire Parker Foundation
Claire Parker was the daughter of Jordan and Connie Parker.  Tragically, the Parker’s lost their daughter, Claire, to Leukemia at the early age of 20 months. Due to their tragic loss, they decided they wanted to help others so they began the Claire Parker Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to support and care for families affected by pediatric cancer. Please visit the website at www.claireparkerfoundation.org to learn more about their journey. To assist in supporting the other families who face pediatric cancer, our family at Tunstall Middle School participated in a fundraiser on their behalf. Tunstall Middle School’s fundraiser was a total team effort. We had 306 students participate in gathering donations that ranged from $2.00 to $400.00. Top four (4) fundraisers were Robert Denny, Jr., John Watts, Peyton Henderson and Meredith Hughes. Several faculty/staff members contributed to the cause as well. The grand total raised was $4,610.00. The focus was that everyone contribute something, no matter how small or how large. To celebrate our efforts and to honor the memory of Claire, we ran a 4-square tournament as an event for the students who participated. All students joined in the 2-day event and either participated or were spectators. The tournament allowed us to have eight (8) divisions at various levels for grades 6, 7 and 8. Winners were rewarded pins in conclusion of the championship level.
 


PICTURED:  (left to right)

John Watts-7th grade; Robert Denny-6th grade; Meredith Hughes-8th grade; Peyton Henderson-6th grade

Union Hall Elementary School Holds Annual Science Fair:

Union Hall Elementary School held its annual Science Fair on Friday, November 18, 2016. Students in grades 1-5 submitted projects.
 

sciencefair

Pictured are the Science Fair winners (from bottom, left) Hunter Adkins, second grade, 2nd place; Timothy Wilson, Jr., second grade, 3rd place; Brooklyn Rigney, second grade, 1st place; Joy Hyler, first grade, 1st place; Shyann Jackson, third grade, 1st place; Peyton Willis, first grade, 2nd place; Sydney Scarce, third grade, 2nd place; Josey Nadeau, third grade, 3rd place; (from top, left) Patrick Barker, fourth grade, 2nd place; Holden Mills, fifth grade, 3rd place; Adrianna Cook, fifth grade, 1st place; Ava Norris, fourth grade, 3rd place; Michaela Willis, fifth grade, 2nd place; Jacob Hughes, fourth grade, 1st place.

Gretna Middle School Students Participate in Operation Christmas Child:

Mr. Roger Nauss' classroom at Gretna Middle School has been participating with Operation Christmas Child. In this service project, students have been making shoeboxes for disadvantaged children across the globe as a practical way to learn about Thanksgiving. These boxes will be used to provide a Christmas gift for children who have been victims of war, disease, famine, natural disasters, and poverty. The students are packing the ten shoeboxes in a car for delivery to the collection center.
Operation Christmas Child
Students from LEFT to RIGHT: Shakira Sibold, Cayden Owens, Christopher Adkins, Casey Jefferson, Daniel Myers, and Jasmyn Grasty.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

  • School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting – Monday, December 5, 2016, School Board Office @ 6:00 p.m.

  • VTSS Conference – Tuesday, December 6, 2016, Roanoke, VA

  • Pittsylvania Career and Technical Education Advisory Council Meeting – Thursday, December 8, 2016, PCTC @ 8:30 a.m.

  • Salary Taskforce Meeting – Wednesday, December 7, 2016, School Board Office @ 10:00 a.m.

  • Family Life Education – Chatham Middle School, December 1 – 7, 2016

  • Family Life Education – Tunstall Middle School, December 9 – 20, 2016

  • Jamestown Yorktown Presentations to Elementary Schools – November 29 – December 9, 2016


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