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Superintendent's Message - April 2017

April 2016

“To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan but also believe.“ Anatole France

Pleasants County Schools is proud to present the Senior Class of 2017 for graduation. On Sunday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m. our graduates will be presented their diplomas at Bill Hanlin Stadium in front of family and friends. This group of young people have a lot to be proud of in terms of their accomplishments in and out of the classroom. We wish them the very best as they begin their future journeys.

Please be reminded that Parent/Teacher Conferences this spring will be on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 from 4:15 to 7:45 p.m. I encourage parents to participate in conferences with your child’s teachers and work together for the betterment of our students and their education. By partnering together we can ensure a successful future for your child.

Our school system just completed the WV OEPA (Office of Educational Performance Audits) review. The central office and each school was visited by a team which spent the entire day evaluating the Pleasants County School system. We will receive the results of the audits sometime in May 2017. Although the visits were technically an evaluation, it was also an opportunity to showcase our schools, teachers and students. We have made great gains in our overall performance academically and our facilities are some of the best in the state. Pleasants County Schools certainly has a lot to be proud of in 2017.

This year’s Spring Break will be in conjunction with Easter: April 10th through April 17th, 2017. The excitement for this break is already being felt in our schools and will be well deserved by all. Students will return to school on Tuesday, April 18th. The end of the school year is quickly approaching. It is with great pleasure that I state that due to a mild winter we only missed two full days of school for inclement weather. “If” we miss no other days of school, students are on schedule to be finished May 23rd, 2017.

I encourage parents to stay involved in your child’s education and attend all school programs and activities. Pleasants County Schools thanks you for your continued support of our school system. Our partnership and continued work is shaping Pleasants County Schools into the very best in the state of West Virginia.

February 2017

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. It is really hard to believe that it is February 2017 already. The weather has been odd this year with the temperatures being extremely warm or really cold. We will continue to keep our students’ safety our number one priority as decisions are made this winter in regards to school closings. Remember that Pleasants County has ten (10) days built in the school calendar; including Spring Break, before we would have to add days on the end of the 2016-2017 school calendar.

The third nine weeks is in full swing and mid-terms were sent home with students on February 7th, 2017. The academic year continues to be a success with each school working diligently in improving instruction, so that every student can reach their full potential in the classroom.

The Office of Education and Performance Audits will visit Pleasants County Schools in March with the following dates: Central Office- March 21st and All Schools- March 29th. The audit team will spend the entire day evaluating the central office and each school. The purpose of the audit is to make sure we are providing our students a top quality education in West Virginia and that the school system is compliant with laws, policies and regulations. I look forward to showcasing our students and their work, as I believe they are the best and brightest in the state.

I encourage parents to stay involved in your child’s education and attend school programs and activities. I also encourage everyone in the community to continue to support our student-athletes at Pleasants County Middle School and St. Marys High School with Boys and Girls Basketball, Wrestling and Cheerleading.

December 2016

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! It is always nice to spend time with friends and family around the holiday season. We are so blessed in Pleasants County to now be the home of two state championship teams! Congratulations to the SMHS Cross Country Team and to the SMHS Football Team for bringing home the trophies! Pleasants County is beaming with pride and honor to be the home of such wonderful student athletes. Their hard work, dedication, and character is truly reflected in their actions on and off the playing field. A job well done Blue Devils!

Pleasants County Schools is still celebrating the official WVDE A-F model grade assignments. We are proud to announce that our school system meets full accreditation with all schools meeting the criteria of a letter grade of C or higher. Unofficially, we are the only system in the state to earn a 3.0 average county score. This was an amazing accomplishment for our students and staff who worked diligently to improve student achievement. We plan on continuing on this path of improvement this school year by setting high academic expectations at every grade level. Thank you for your support in encouraging your child to always strive to perform to the best of their abilities. Together we can make a difference in your child’s future and continue to rank at the top in our state in every arena. Please continue to stay actively involved in your student’s education and do not hesitate to contact your child’s school with any concerns or questions.

The Christmas season is almost upon us. Students are currently preparing for their Christmas Concerts and are excited to perform for their parents, teachers and the community. We encourage everyone to come out and support our students at one of the school concerts to help you get in the holiday spirit.

It’s hard to believe the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year is almost over. The second nine weeks will end on December 22nd. Christmas break will be from December 23rd, 2016 through January 2nd, 2017. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 and we will resume striving for excellence.

I would like to wish everyone… A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!


October 2016


Pleasants County Schools is nearing the end of the first nine weeks, which will be October 14th, 2016. Report cards will be sent home with students on October 24th. Many educational programs continue to be provided throughout our schools. The implementation of APL strategies has been a real positive for our teachers and instructional practices. Each school’s curriculum and leadership teams have completed their school’s 2016-2017 strategic plan which outlines their specific reading/language arts and mathematics goals for this year. Our schools are continuing to guide students academically to reach their full potential. The county central office and each school has also completed their self-rating and documentation for the (OEPA) Office of Education Performance Audits.

The demolition of Old St. Marys High School is within days of being completed and the SBA project at PCMS which includes two new ADA compliant restrooms and a “safe schools” entrance at the front of the school is scheduled to be completed in the middle of October. We have been so fortunate in Pleasants County to have been the recipient of numerous School Building Authority projects. Maintenance and renovation of our schools continues to be a top priority and our facilities reflect the great care we take of them.

The 2016-2017 school year has begun in a very upbeat and positive manner with each school seeing success and gains on their school and students’ GSA results. Included in each school’s strategic plan is the professional development and goals identified to continue to improve in reading/language arts and mathematics.

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” -Christian D. Larson

“Back to School” 2016-2017

I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all staff, students and parents as we begin another great year in Pleasants County Schools! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer filled with fun and relaxation.

I must take a moment to thank the maintenance crew, custodians, volunteers, and administrators for working diligently to complete summer projects. Our schools look great. We take great pride in our facilities and it certainly shows in all our schools.

The demolition of the old St. Marys High School continues. The restroom and safe school entrance renovations at Pleasants County Middle School are under way and will be completed in the Fall of 2016.

We have a few new teachers for the upcoming year as follows: Mr. Blaze Armstrong, 2nd Grade- SMES, Mr. Tyler Satterfield, 2nd Grade- SMES, Mr. Kyle Lancaster, Science- PCMS, Mrs. Stephanie Creighton, Spanish/ESL- SMHS and PCMS, Mrs. Kathleen Johnson, Math-SMHS. We are very excited to have these talented new staff members join our team!

Our school system continues to strive to provide the very best education for our students. The GSA results will become available at the beginning of the year, as we reflect and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of our school system. I believe that we have the very best staff and know confidently that we will continue to strive for academic improvement, growth and success.

I am very proud of the hard work our students, staff and administration has demonstrated over the past year. I believe we will see significant academic growth in student performance at our schools. We must celebrate our successes and continue to strive to be the very best school system in the state of West Virginia.

I would like to thank the staff, students, and community for your continued participation, dedication, and support for our schools in Pleasants County.

As the new school year begins, we must remember that our students are counting on all of us. We will aim high and set goals for each learner knowing that our students will rise to our expectations. It is going to be a great school year in Pleasants County!

Superintendent’s Message July 2016

Pleasants County Schools is gearing up for the 2016-2017 School Year. There are many educational programs provided throughout our schools during the summer time, including: Energy Express and Summer Boost at St. Marys Elementary, Extended School Year at Belmont Elementary, and Credit Recovery at St. Marys High School.

The Maintenance Department and custodial staff is working hard getting our schools ready for opening day. Floors are being waxed, classrooms/hallways and parking lots painted, and general cleaning throughout the county.

We also are continuing with the demolition of Old St. Marys High School, which should be completed in August of 2016 and beginning new construction at Pleasants County Middle School. The SBA project at PCMS includes two new ADA compliant restrooms and a “safe schools” entrance at the front of the school.

Several teachers are working during the summer, including each school sending teachers to APL Training on July 6-8, 2016. There will be a total of 60 participants in this very meaningful training which focuses on instructional practices.

The 2016-2017 school year will begin for teachers on August 8th which includes three preparation/continuing education days. Students first day for school will be Thursday, August 11th, 2016.

Please continue to stay actively involved in your student’s education and do not hesitate to contact your child’s school with any concerns or questions. Together we can make a difference.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable remainder of Summer 2016!

 

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