January 4 - 10, 2016

You are the light of 2016!

Thank you for a great 2015! I appreciate you always being here for our students – before school, during school, after school – whether it is in regards to academics or just to chat or even someone for them to confide in. You are are the light of Powdersville!

If Mr. McCall or I can do anything to make 2016 better than 2015, please do not hesitate to ask.

Way to Go!

Ms. Dansby recently earned funding at donorschoose.org for a classroom project called "Kindness Counts." Several hundred dollars of materials will be delivered soon!

Great job, Barbara!

Patriot Family News

Please continue to keep Raquel Barbary and her family in your in your thoughts and prayers as her son, Colton, continues to improve from surgery. Also, lets remember James McCormac, 7th grade student, and his family whose house burned over the break.


January 1 - Ame Powers

January 26 - Kevin Williams

This Week in Pville

Monday, January 4 – Basketball vs. Pickens Middle – 5:30

Wednesday, January 6- PVMS Instructional iCoaching Sessions - Jessica Priesig

Thursday, January 7 -– Basketball at Wren – 5:30

New Year Resolutions

As we begin 2016, many of us make resolutions that we strive to keep throughout the year. Though I'm not a huge fan of New Year's resolutions (given my failure rate), I do believe that we as educators are positioned to make and keep them. Why? Because holiday break affords us time to reflect. We think about how the first semester went and come up with ways to improve for the next.

Personally, I plan to develop more student relationships by meeting with students in a systematic approach. I realize I am missing the middle group of students. I know the students who misbehave. I know our athletes and I know students whose parents come to school on regular basis. I don’t know many of our “average Joes.” Students who come to school and do what they are suppose to but maybe not stand out. I will strive to know these students by the end of the year.

Perhaps you want to seek more professional development opportunities or become more involved in school programs. Maybe you want to make a better effort calling parents or returning assignments back more quickly (the struggle is real).

In my years in education, I've seen a number of complacent educators who are content with using the same lesson plans, assessments and materials each year. The truth is that even teachers who've been in the profession for over 25 years can improve in one way or another.

On the other side, the newer educators may feel utterly overwhelmed and needing to get better at various things.

That's why every educator can and should strive to improve in at least one way or another. That's a reasonable New Year's resolution.