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Nov. 10: Honoring Our Veterans

VeteransDay2Please join Dinwiddie County Public Schools in honoring all veterans, and those who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Schools from around our county are celebrating with Veterans Day breakfasts’, ceremonies, and other signs of the appreciation we have for them.

In 1918, a temporary cease-fire went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month ending World War I. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

In 1954, Armistice Day officially became known as the first “Veterans Day”: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Thank you again, veterans, for your sacrifice in order to keep our country free.

For more information on Veteran’s Day, visit

Nov. 7, 2017: No School for Students


Tuesday, November 7, is a teacher workday so students do not have to come to school.  Need something fun for the kids to do?  This is a good time to read a good book, catch up on any missed work, go to a museum, or make a fun science project. You can visit  for some fun ideas for easy science experiments and science fair projects. Have fun and enjoy your Tuesday off.

Nov. 5, 2017: Daylight Saving Time Ends

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday at 2:00 am.  Make sure you set your clock backward one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.  Enjoy your “extra” hour of sleep!

Sept. 2017: Midway Elementary Named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Dinwiddie, VA (Sept. 28, 2017)

Midway Elementary is among the seven Virginia schools named today by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools are selected based on one of two criteria: performance on state assessments, or in the case of private schools, performance on national standardized tests and high school graduation rates; or performance in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years while increasing graduation rates for each subgroup.

The school will celebrate this recognition with the students, staff, and community during an assembly on Friday, September 29, 2017, at 2:00 PM in the gymnasium.

The U.S. Department of Education will honor all of the nation’s 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools during a conference and awards ceremony November 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C. More information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program can be found at

Editorial contact:

Dinwiddie County School Board
Christie Clarke
(804) 469-4190

Aug. 2017: Sutherland Elementary School Assistant Principal Named

Dinwiddie, VA (Aug. 08, 2017)

Richard SpenceThe Dinwiddie County School Board has selected Mr. Richard Spence as the new Assistant Principal of Sutherland Elementary School. Mr. Spence brings 10 years of educational experience to the position of assistant principal.

Mr. Spence earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Science from John Tyler Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Science in Exceptional Education from Virginia State University and a certificate in Educational Leadership from James Madison University.

Mr. Spence has worked at both the elementary and secondary levels as a special education teacher. For the past two years, Mr. Spence has served as Southside Elementary School’s Administrative Intern. Mr. Spence also has experience working in the private sector as a mental health provider and as a Communications Specialist while serving in the Virginia Army National Guard.

Mr. Spence will assume his new role as assistant principal at Sutherland Elementary School on August 14, 2017.

Editorial contact:

Dinwiddie County School Board
Bonnie Gholson
(804) 469-4190

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