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Chatham, Virginia 24531  
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Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up




Superintendent's Weekly Wrap-Up

School Year 2016-2017

February 3, 2017

Employee of the Week:
Please join in recognizing Mr. Michael Jefferson, Teacher at Gretna 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!  http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/staff/employee-of-week/

School Board Budget Meeting – February 2, 2017:
At a called School Board meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2017, a representative from Evergreen Solutions, LLC, presented findings from the compensation study.  The School Board approved this study last spring for a review of staff salaries for internal and external equity.  During the economic downturn experience over the last eight years, the Division’s salary schedules have been compressed.  This study has addressed the compression of the salary scales as well.  Staff may find The Compensation Study, Final Report for Pittsylvania County Schools at:  http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/hr/pcs-compensation-study.pdf.

School Board Appreciation Month:
Governor McAuliffe has proclaimed February 2017 as School Board Appreciation Month to help build awareness of the crucial role school board members plays in our communities and schools. Board members are extraordinary people who voluntarily tackle the enormous job of governing school divisions. Their actions and decisions affect the present and future lives of our children. Recognizing board members for this commitment and sacrifice takes a combined effort on the part of all they serve: administrators, school staff, students, and the community.  Please join in recognizing and thanking our School Board members for all that they do for Pittsylvania County Schools.

February is Black History Month:
In celebration of Black History Month, the Virginia Department of Education has provided teachers and school divisions with materials to use.  These materials may be found in the link to the VDOE memo as follows:


Please use these resources as you celebrate the accomplishments of many prominent African Americans.

Pittsylvania County Schools to Hold Teacher Job Fair:
Dr. Lillian Holland, Assistant Superintendent for Administration, has announced that a Teacher Job Fair will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Chatham Middle School.  This will be an opportunity for applicants to meet District and school administrators, gain information about quality professional development, provide a resume’, and complete an application.  Please encourage friends and relatives who are interested in a career in education to attend.  An informational flyer can be found by clicking http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/jobfair/.

FOR EMPLOYEES HIRED ON OR AFTER January 1, 2014, and participating in the VRS Hybrid Retirement Plan:
VACORP has provided an Employee Handbook for the Hybrid Disability program.  This handbook is available online under the Coverages tab at www.VACORP.org. (Login is not required).  Questions should be addressed to Mrs. Janet F. Hancock, Clerk of the Board, or Mrs. Robin M. Holley, Payroll Specialist.

Longwood University Offering Credentials in Library Media PK-12:
Longwood University is offering an opportunity for interested teachers to pursue an endorsement in Library Media PK-12 or to pursue a Masters of Education Degree in School Librarianship. An informational session has been scheduled on February 22, 2017, at 4:30 PM at the New College Institute (NCI) in Martinsville. Courses will be offered in Martinsville using a hybrid format beginning Fall 2017.

Virginia Tech Offers Postgraduate Program:
The Educational Leadership Program at Virginia Tech is currently recruiting for a Doctoral Cohort for the Fall of 2017 at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. Attached is a brochure with information about the program. Also, some traditional weekly meetings will be held along with offering classes on weekends. 

An in-depth session for those interested in the Educational Leadership program will be held at the Higher Education Center in the Virginia Tech 701A seventh floor conference room on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.; a second session will be that evening from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Those interested in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Cohort may apply at http://graduateschool.vt.edu/admissions/how-to-apply.html.  You may contact the Bursar’s website at: http://www.bursar.vt.edu/ to find information regarding the cost.

The tentative schedule is to have all applications completed by May 1, 2017, with interviews held in late May, and notification from Virginia Tech Graduate School by June 1, 2017.  An organizational meeting will be held early in August with classes starting around Labor Day, 2017.

National School Counseling Week – February 6 – 10, 2017:
Please join in recognizing school counselors during the week of February 6-10, 2017, as we celebrate National School Counseling Week.  This year’s theme, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is entitled “School Counseling: Helping Students Realize Their Potential.”  School counselors have a tremendous impact on assisting students achieve school success and plan for a career.  They work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing academic concerns, social/emotional issues, and career awareness for high school options.  (Steven R. Staples, Superintendent’s Memo #025-17)

Tunstall teens interact (Star Tribune, January 27, 2017):
The Interact Club at Tunstall High School packed 60,000 meal servings for needy families in Honduras.  The club, comprised of 30 students, formed stations to pack 10,000 baggies with hand-measured portions of soy, rice, vegetables, spices, and vitamin supplements.  After every 1,000 packages, Sarah Goard, President, pounded an oriental gong held by Vice President Blake Mitchell.  The Tunstall Interact Club is sponsored by Mrs. Adrian Nester.

Cup Stacking Event:
Stony Mill Elementary School students recently participated in a school-wide cup stacking event. Students from each grade level competed and won trophies for fastest cup stacking times. This event enabled students to take part in setting a new world record for "Most People Sport Stacking at Multiple Locations in One Day." This new record will be published in the next edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Tdap clinics and dates have been approved by the Health Department and are listed below:

9:00 a.m.         Gretna Elementary School
1:30 p.m.         Hurt Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Chatham Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Southside Elementary School
1:30 p.m.         Union Hall Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Twin Springs Elementary School
1:30 p.m.         Mt. Airy Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Kentuck Elementary School

9:00 a.m.         Stony Mill Elementary School
1:30 p.m.         Brosville Elementary School


  • School Board Disciplinary Committee Meeting, Monday, February 6, 2017, @ 6:00 p.m., School Board Office

  • Emergency Alert Test for School via Bus Radios, Monday, February 6, 2017, @ 9:00 a.m.

  • Elementary Cafeteria Managers’ Meeting, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, @ 1:30 a.m., School Board Office

  • Emergency Alert Test for School Buses, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, @ 3:00 p.m.

  • Lee-Jackson Scholarship Applications/Essays due, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, to Ms. Elizabeth Craig

  • Middle School Cafeteria Managers’ Meeting, Wednesday, February 8, 2017, @ 9:00 a.m., School Board Office

  • High School Cafeteria Managers’ Meeting, Thursday, February 9, 2017, @ 9:00 a.m., SBO

  • Young Writers Contest entries due, Thursday, February 9, 2017, @ 4:00 p.m., to Ms. Brenda Dawson or Ms. Anita Adams

  • Character Word of the Month – Self-Control

  • February is Black History Month

  • February is School Board Appreciation Month in Virginia

  • National School Counseling Week - February 6 – 10, 2017

  • National SkillsUSA Week – February 6 -10, 2017

  • Family Life Education Schedule for February

Grade 4           02-27-2017 to 03-02-2017 p.m.
Grade 5           02-27-2017 to 03-03-2017 p.m.

Chatham Middle:
Grades 6-8      02-13-2017 to 02-17-2017
                        02-21-2017 to 02-23-2017

Stony Mill:
Grade 4           02-27-2017 to 03-02-2017 a.m.
Grade 5           02-27-2017 to 03-03-2017 a.m.

Twin Springs:
Grade 4           02-01-2017 to 02-02-2017
Grade 5           02-03-2017 to 02-09-2017

  • WorkKeys Writing – February 1, 2017, to February 28, 2017

  • PALS Mid-Year Assessments (PK-K) ends February 6, 2017

  • PALS Data Due – February 10, 2017

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Last update: Friday, February 03, 2017 06:22 PM