Nov. 15-21, American Education Week 2015

PresidentObamaPresident Barack Obama proclaims November 15 through November 21, 2015, as American Education Week and calls upon all Americans to observe this week by supporting their local schools and educators through appropriate activities, events, and programs designed to help create opportunities for every school and student in America.

Education has the power to put aspirations within reach and help make real the promise of opportunity that defines America.  That promise begins with making sure all who work hard have an equal shot.  By supporting our students, educators, and schools, we can ensure the well being of our Nation, earn back our status as having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world, and safeguard our legacy as a participatory and informed democracy.  During American Education Week, we reaffirm our dedication to providing the finest tools, resources, and opportunities to our Nation’s students and we recommit to making America a place where individuals are limited by nothing but the scope of their dreams.

Read more of the President’s press release here.

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Nov. 17-19, Flags Half-Staff

The U.S. flag is at half-mast at Atterbury circle at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 11, 2012, during the memorial for Army Capt. Wilfred "Fred" Toczko before his burial at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Toczko, a World War II veteran and survivor of the Japanese attack on Hickam Army Airfield, died earlier in the month at his home in Arizona. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth/Released)

The flags are being flown at half-staff from today, November 17, 2015, until the evening of November 19, 2015, as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on November 13, 2015, in Paris, France.  Order of the President……

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Nov. 11, Honoring Our Veterans

VeteransDay2Dinwiddie County Public Schools would like to honor all veterans, and those who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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

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Dinwiddie Elementary Honors Five Decades of Administrators

On Monday, October 25, 2015, Dinwiddie Elementary School honored five decades of administrators.  Invitations were sent to all surviving principals of Dinwiddie Elementary School from the current Principal Davis Roberts. Seventy-six years after opening its doors, ten of the eleven administrators were in attendance for a historic photo and a brief tree planting ceremony.  Dinwiddie Elementary School PTO, led by Mrs. Samantha Voda, also contributed to a light breakfast for the event.

Following the picture and ceremony, SCA members, led by Ms. Jordan Reekes, guided the principals around the building for a tour. Renovations have changed parts of the building since some of the principals have left the leadership role of the school. Currently the original ceramic tile is still noticeable in the hallways. One day with additional landscaping the beautiful brickwork may be seen from the highway as it once was when the building was built.  Special thanks is extended to Strawbridge Studios for taking the photo.

The principals are listed below:

1. Ivan M. Butterworth 1928-1964(DHS) 1965-1969(DES)
2. James Blankenship 1969-1975
3. Ken Wright 1975-1978
4. Thomas F. Green 1978-1987
5. Charlie J. Taylor 1987-1995
6. Bernice J. Bracey 1995-2003
7. Christie D. Clarke 2003- 2005
8. Patricia A. Moody 2005-2012
9. Trina Harris 2012-2013
10.Danielle Moore-Winn 2013-2015
11.Davis Roberts, Jr. 2015- Present


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Employee Goes “Over the Edge” for Special Olympics

OTE8Sutherland Elementary School’s Title I Reading Paraprofessional Christine K. Pagan went over the edge of the Sun Trust building in downtown Richmond on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Over the Edge is an event to raise money for the Special Olympics of Virginia.

Mrs. Pagan and her daughter Marina (a former Dinwiddie Middle School student and graduate of the Appomattox  Regional Governor’s School for the Arts And Technology in Petersburg, Virginia), rappelled off the top of the Sun Trust building in support of Special Olympics of Virginia.  OTE4Christine stated, “Marina and I did this in honor of her brother and my son, Richard, who is a Dinwiddie High School Special Olympics athlete and his teammates. It was terrifying once again, but Marina and I did have fun! I raised $1010 and Marina raised $1000. ”  She continued to say, “This was my second year participating and Marina’s first. Although we received donations from many DCPS employees across the county, our biggest supporters were Christopher Baird and family and the staff of Sutherland Elementary School.”  


OverTheEdgePaganSpecial Olympics raised $90,000 during Over the Edge! This benefits our students as Dinwiddie County Public Schools has a Special Olympics program.

Photos are courtesy of Relish Photography, Anna Pleskow and Dave Parrish Photography.

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Oct. 23 – NHS Pink Out for Cancer Awareness


Friday, October 23rd

Show you care, be aware!

Please join Dinwiddie County High School’s National Honor Society as we sponsor our 2nd annual Pink Out by bringing awareness to Breast Cancer. We encourage everyone to wear pink on Friday, October 23rd. Together we can support the fighters, admire the survivors, honor the taken, and NEVER give up HOPE!



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Oct 21, Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at 5:00 PM, the Dinwiddie Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) will meet in the Annex Building of the Historic Southside High School Education Center.  This is located at 12318 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, Virginia. Please visit this form link to RSVP for the meeting.

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Oct. 19, Candidates Forum Hosted by Dinwiddie County Farm Bureau

On Monday, October 19, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM the Dinwiddie County Farm Bureau will host a candidates forum for all local candidates who have opposition in the upcoming election. The event will be hosted in the auditorium of Dinwiddie High School and is open to the public.

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Central District Cheerleading Champions

The Dinwiddie High School (DHS) Generals won the Central District Cheerleading competition hosted by DHS on October 12, 2015.  All six teams participating in the tournament performed outstanding.  The DHS Competition Cheer Team placed first out of six teams.  The placements were first -Dinwiddie, second -Thomas Dale, third -Prince George, fourth -Colonial Heights, fifth -Hopewell, and sixth -Matoaca.

Congratulations and Go Generals!




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October 13, 2015 School Board Meeting

The next Regular School Board meeting is Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 4:00 P.M. in the Pamplin Administration Building located at 14016 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, Virginia 23841.

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