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The Center for Survey
Research, a unit of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public
Service at the University of Virginia, recently posed this
question to 1,026 individuals from the Danville,
Pittsylvania County and Caswell County geographic areas:
When a child from the Danville region is ready to leave
home, do you think it would be better for them to stay in
the Danville region or move to some other area to live?
The responses from the group were enlightening. Nearly
seventy (70%) percent said it was better to leave. Just
under twenty (20%) percent indicated that it was better to
stay along with nine (9%) percent saying that it depends.
The final two (2) percent indicated that it did not
matter. I am of the opinion that this is a reflection of
the economic downturn coupled with a perception that there
is a lack of availability of good-paying jobs in this
area. There are some good employment opportunities
available for young people in this geographic region if
they have the skill sets that employers are seeking. Also,
we must partner with local businesses and industries to
heighten awareness regarding employability expectations
and the availability of good paying jobs. Finally, the
survey included this question: Have the schools in the
region gotten better, worse or remained about the same?
Nearly thirty-two (32%) percent say the schools have
gotten better with just over twenty-two (22%) percent
indicating that schools have gotten worse. Nearly half
(46%) indicated that schools have remained about the same.
“Sameness,” writes Petrarch, “is the
mother of disgust, variety the cure.” Indeed, if
these figures are accurate, we must assess our standing in
the school community and make plans for improvement.
However, almost every objective measurable tool used to
assess school and school division success indicates that
Pittsylvania County Schools has shown phenomenal growth
over the past ten (10) years. This division’s
assessment data is consistently above State and national
norms. It is a tribute to the vision and
direction-setting of our School Board, the leadership of
our administrative team, the expert instruction provided
by our teachers, the support services supplied by our
classified staff and the dedication of our students.
Clearly, it is the quality of our professional staff that
makes Pittsylvania County Schools A Great Place to
Learn and Work!
Students will be dismissed at
1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2009. The remainder of
the day is designated as a Teacher Workday. Teachers will
use this time to plan, consult, grade papers, prepare
bulletin boards, etc. Please be reminded that all
teacher aides and full-time nurses work a full day.
November 9-13, 2009, is School
Psychology Awareness Week. This year’s theme, "See
the possibilities in you. We do!" focuses on
shining a light on the positive work school psychologists
do to promote the endless possibilities for academic and
personal success in the lives of the students they serve.
The program involves a series of resources and activities
that school psychologists can use to reach out to school
staff, students and parents to help students feel
connected, supported, and ready to achieve their
individual goals. Pittsylvania County Schools and the
Virginia Department of Education is pleased to join the
National Association of School Psychologists in
celebrating the contributions that school psychologists
make to our collaborative work as professional educators.
Pittsylvania County Schools,
the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have
designated this week as Virginia Farm-to-School Week. All
schools in Virginia, kindergarten through college, are
encouraged to purchase, serve, and promote locally grown
foods in their cafeterias. Providing locally grown foods
is an effort to distribute healthier, fresh produce to
schools while supporting Virginia agriculture.
Pittsylvania County Schools Nutrition Program has asked
our local produce supplier to source local produce to
serve during this week. Elementary schools will be
offering Virginia grown apples and sweet potatoes, and
middle and high schools will be offering Virginia grown
apples and cabbage.
Congratulations to Ms.
Debra Bray and the Tunstall High School Trojan Vanguard
Band for being named USSBA Virginia State Champions
recently in Salem, Virginia. This is the second year in
a row that the band has won the State competition. Last
weekend the band traveled to Annapolis, Maryland, to
compete in the USSBA Nationals against fifteen (15)
other Division I bands in the Annapolis Naval Stadium.
This was a three day event with bands competing from all
across the United States. Please join me in
acknowledging the fabulous success of the Trojan
Vanguard Band. Detailed results from the national
competition will be shared in the Minute as they are
Book Buddies are an
integral part of the instructional program at
Mt Airy Elementary School. Presently, there are
seven (7) volunteers working with the 25 students
enrolled in the program. Each morning this small but
growing group of caring instructors gathers in the
library to work one-on-one with the students. The
participants really enjoy this reading program because
of the individual attention they receive which
contributes to their overall skill development. All in
all, this program has been a great boost to improving
student academic achievement at Mt. Airy Elementary
to (1) 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 our schools!
PLEASE NOTE DEADLINE
DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, is the deadline to
provide extra pay submissions to our payroll department
for the month of November. The early deadline date is
because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
County School Board will conduct its next meeting on
November 10, 2009, here at the Administrative Offices in
Chatham, Virginia. The closed session will begin at 6:30
p.m., and the business meeting will start at 7:00 p.m.
All interested persons are invited to attend.
The next Principals’ and
Supervisors’ meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November
12, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in the Boardroom at the School
Board Office. Agenda items should be submitted to Ms.
Janet Hancock, Clerk of the Board.
Education Week (AEW) is scheduled for November 15-21,
2009. AEW spotlights the
importance of providing every child in
with a quality public education and the need for
everyone to do his or her part in making public schools
great. The annual theme of Great Public Schools: A
Basic Right and Our Responsibility reflects the
challenge of providing students with quality public
schools so that they can grow, prosper, and achieve in
the 21st Century. The calendar of
events includes the following:
November 16: American Education Week begins.
Tuesday, November 17: Parents
Day. Schools invite parents into the classroom
for a hands-on experience of what the day is like
for their child.
Wednesday, November 18: Education Support
Professionals Day. Individuals who provide
invaluable services to schools are recognized for
their outstanding work.
Thursday, November 19: Educator for a Day.
Community leaders are invited to serve as educators
to get a glimpse at a day in the life of a school
Friday, November 20: Substitute Educators Day.
This day honors the educators who are called upon to
replace regularly employed teachers.
Budget Calendar has been approved for the 2009-2010
school year. Public presentation of budget priorities
may be presented to the School
Board on November 10, 2009, and again on December 8,
2009. Other dates and times relative to the budget
process are to follow. Now is the time to begin
reviewing new initiatives and submitting them to your
supervisor. The School
Board has adopted a process that can be outlined by your
immediate supervisor. On behalf of the Pittsylvania
Board, may I say thanks for your continued involvement in
the budget process. Budget
The Employee of the
Week schedule is on-line. You can review the schedule by
clicking on this link: http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/staff/employee-of-week/2009-10/employee2009-10-schedule.htm
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