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April 30, 2012
Please join me in offering congratulations to the
Pittsylvania County Educators of the Year! Ms.
Angela Jones, Kentuck Elementary School, Ms. Kate Wells,
Tunstall Middle School and Ms. Emily Potts, Tunstall
High School, are our representatives. Ms. Potts
has been selected by the Danville Pittsylvania County
Chamber of Commerce to represent Pittsylvania County in
Virginia’s 2011-2012 Educator of the Year program.
Clearly, this is an accomplishment worthy of
distinction. These recipients have demonstrated
excellence in the classroom, participated in many
school-related activities, and are concerned deeply
about their students, colleagues, school and work. They
model consistency and serve as excellent mentors to
their peers. They encourage others to think and
problem-solve and serve as a catalyst for change. Their
work is always completed in a quality manner as they
continually strive for excellence. They readily accept
other assignments, regardless of the request, and
provide first-rate treatment to each duty. All the
while, they continue to keep the school and district in
mind by refusing to limit their view of what is best for
Your input is very important to Pittsylvania County
Schools as we evaluate our present programs and plan for
the future use of technology in our schools. Please
assist us in gathering information relative to the
community's use of the Internet by completing the 2012
Community Technology Survey located at
http://www.pcs.k12.va.us/survey/ by May 13, 2012.
The results of this survey will be considered as we
continue to evaluate the current and future uses of the
Internet in our schools.
Recently, Pittsylvania County Schools students
participated in the Young Authors Contest sponsored by
the Piedmont Area Reading Council. Students were given
the opportunity to participate in one of the three areas
of fiction, poetry, or essay. Congratulations to all of
our district winners!
AVERETT UNIVERSITY TEACHER RECERTIFICATION
ED534 Teaching of Reading in the Content Area
Huff, N. (3 credits) Martinsville #208
Schedule: Fridays (5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.): June 8,
22 and 29. Saturdays (9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.): June
9, 23 and 30.
This course provides for study and application of
literacy to teach all content area courses across the
curriculum when applying Virginia Standards of Learning.
Topics include development of study and independent
reading habits, reading comprehension, vocabulary,
written expression, motivation, attitude and
self-assessment. Classes will include flexible skill
groupings of learners including gifted and talented and
those with special needs to accelerate or remediate
instruction according to student needs. Technology will
be addressed in class discussions and various class
activities and assignments.
ED562 Characteristics of the Student with
Learning Disabilities Montgomery, J. (3
credits) Martinsville #304 Schedule: 8 a.m. until 12:00
noon: July 9-14 and July 16-20.
Theories, characteristics and needs of students with
specific learning disabilities are studied from an
interdisciplinary perspective. This course provides a
comprehensive view of research of the study of learning
disabilities, criteria and diagnostic techniques for
identification and appropriate intervention.
For registration or additional information: Call Valerie
Dosier at (800) 849-0115 or contact by email:
May 7-11 2012, is proclaimed National Teacher
Appreciation Week. Teachers make public schools great by
opening students’ minds to ideas, knowledge and dreams.
They help lay the foundation for good citizenship and
serve as listeners, explorers, role models, motivators
and mentors. Indeed, teachers continue their influence
long after the school days have ended. We honor those
hard working, patient and understanding people who are
entrusted with the responsibility to provide our
students with the tools they need to be successful in an
ever-shrinking, highly competitive world. How do we
effectively say thank you to a group of individuals that
are making the most significant impact on the lives of
our students? There are many possibilities; however, I
would like to take this opportunity to simply say “thank
you” to these talented individuals for all they do to
make Pittsylvania County Schools “A Great
Place to Learn and Work!”
May 7-11, 2012, is also designated as the sixth annual
Support Staff Appreciation Week for Classified
Employees. The significant contributions of custodians,
cafeteria workers, teacher aides (attendance clerks,
guidance clerks), nurses, maintenance workers,
transportation mechanics, technology specialists, bus
drivers and bus attendants will be celebrated and
honored. Principals will recognize the contributions of
these talented individuals based at a school. We plan to
have a cookout on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. to
show our appreciation to the support staff (Central
Office, Information Technology, Maintenance and Bus
Shop) affiliated with the School Board Office. Indeed,
they make Pittsylvania County Schools a high-quality and
inviting place to learn.
Since 1972, National School Nurse Day has been set aside
to recognize school nurses. Wednesday, May 9, 2012, has
been designated as School Nurse Appreciation Day. It is
a day to recognize and acknowledge the contributions and
work of school nurses, including collaboration with
families and communities in recognizing that the health,
safety, and well-being of students are crucial to their
growth, development, and educational success. The theme
this year is “Nurses: Advocating, Leading,
Caring.” We are indeed fortunate to have
these quality health-care professionals working with us
to ensure that our students remain healthy and
May 7–11, 2012, is Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation
Week. Each member of the School Nutrition Team plays a
crucial role in providing nearly 1.3 million nutritious
meals and snacks for the children, parents, faculty and
staff during the 2011-2012 school year. They also strive
to provide nutrition education that will help our
students make food choices that lead to a healthy
lifestyle. Child Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week
provides an excellent opportunity to recognize these
caring individuals for their special effort and
dedication. Caring, trained, thoughtful, professional
and dedicated are just a few of the words that could be
used to describe today’s child nutrition professional.
Please join me in thanking these individuals for their
Thus far, my experiences in Pittsylvania County Schools’
classrooms have been interesting, enlightening and
engaging. Although my visits have resulted in
“snapshots” of what is taking place in the classrooms,
there are certain fundamental instructional practices
that I am focusing on during these “walk-through”
Do the students know what they are
Are students activating their prior
Are students provided think time?
Do students actively participate in
Is the learning objective posted and
understood by the students?
Are measurements being used to assess
What is the engagement level of the
Does the classroom environment
contribute to student learning?
Is the use of technology being
successfully integrated into the instructional program?
Please join me in congratulating Ms. Debbie
Shelton, Executive Administrative Assistant for
Transportation, on her selection as Pittsylvania
County Schools’ Employee of the Week. Please
click on the following link to find out what our
employees do to make this A Great Place to Learn
Rachel Brown, a senior and Valedictorian at
Chatham High School, recently won the Optimist
Club of Danville’s oratorical contest based on
the theme, How My Optimism Helps Me to
Overcome Obstacles. Ms. Brown was awarded a
$2,500 scholarship for the honor. Please join me
in congratulating Ms. Brown on her attainment of
this noteworthy accomplishment.
Recently, Ms. Angela Rigney, Director of Career
and Technical Education, Mr. Jimmie Tickle,
Principal of the Pittsylvania Career and
Technical Center, members of the instructional
staff and qualifying students attended the 48th
annual SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference and
Skills Championships in Hampton, Virginia.
Congratulations to our
D.R.E.A.M. (Drumming and Dance; Rejoicing and
Reciting; Enriching and Enlightening; Acting and
Achieving; Music and More) was the theme for
this year’s Title I Parent Night at Kentuck
Elementary School. Students, parents, and
teachers did a Gallery Walk viewing posters
(from various countries) that were on display.
The posters were done by the Gifted and Talented
students at Kentuck Elementary School and Ms.
Tyrabia Womble, Student Representative to the
School Board from Dan River High School.
They also enjoyed an evening of the taste
of America, China, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan, and Mexico. Mr. Roderick Fitz, the Title
I District Parent Advisory Council
Representative, shared information from the
Parent Summit he attended in Lynchburg followed
by a question and answer session. Back again
this year by popular demand was the Nguzo Saba
African American Drum and Dance group. The night
ended with a preview of “Shades of Africa”
fashions. Ms. Alice Walker introduced and
briefly described each garment as the models
proceeded down the runway. Attendees were
mesmerized to see the many fashions from Mali,
Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, India, Egypt and
Pakistan (just to name a few). Reports indicate
that the night was phenomenal.
students and staff from Gretna Elementary School
participated in the 2012 Mathathon. The students
raised $1,025.91 to benefit St. Jude's Hospital.
Charitable giving to the less fortunate is
another shining example why Pittsylvania County
Schools is A Great Place to Learn and Work!
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The Attendance Clerk Recognition Luncheon is
scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 12:00 noon
at the Dry Fork Junction at the Pittsylvania Career
and Technical Center. On this day we will
acknowledge their significant contributions to the
school system. On behalf of the Pittsylvania County
School Board may I take this opportunity to thank
them for all they do to make Pittsylvania County
Schools A Great Place to Learn and Work!
The Dan River High School will be presenting its
Spring Concert on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. The
program begins at 6:00 p.m. in the school
auditorium. Admission to the concert is free, and
the public is invited to attend.
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