Nov. 2017: Coach Mills Named 2017 Redskins Coach of the Year

Dinwiddie, VA (Nov. 6, 2017)

Coach Billy Mills, II

Coach Billy Mills, II
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On November 6 the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation announced that Dinwiddie High School’s head football coach, Billy Mills II, has been named the 2017 Redskins High School Coach of the Year presented by Inova Sports Medicine.

Mr. Mills came to Dinwiddie in 2005 to help turn around the football program in which the program had only won four of 39 games in its previous four seasons.  Since then, Coach Mills and his coaching staff have been able to turn the program around and this year led the Generals to a 12-1 season; the only loss being in the Class 4, Region B championship game to Louisa County, 38-27. Coach Billy Mills was also selected as the Redskins High School Coach of the Week for the Week of September 23.

Dinwiddie High School Athletic Director Jeff Walters said, “From the outside looking in, most would assume that Mills’ football coaching ability is what makes him special, however, it is his ability to motivate student-athletes and his passion for developing these young men into productive citizens when they leave Dinwiddie High School that makes him successful. He demands and expects his players to be accountable to each other, the coaching staff and this community. Simply stated, there is not a finer coach that I am aware of in any sport or any town.”  Not only is this the sentiment of Dinwiddie’s athletic director, but also of the students, staff, parents, and community in Dinwiddie County.

With Coach Mills’ selection as 2017 Redskins High School Coach of the Year has earned him a nomination for the 2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award.  Mr. Mills will be invited to attend the USA Football National Conference and Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

Please join Dinwiddie County Public Schools in congratulating Coach Billy Mills, II on this prestigious award.

About Redskins High School Coach of the Week presented by Inova Sports Medicine

The High School Coach of the Week program is a league-wide initiative designed to recognize area high school football coaches who continuously demonstrate hard work and dedication to their football programs, the health and safety of their players, and who make a difference in their communities.

This season, in partnership with Inova Sports Medicine, the Redskins Charitable Foundation has convened a panel of local high school football media experts to provide nominations of deserving high school coaches for consideration and selection. Each coach chosen throughout the high school football season will receive a $2,000 donation from the Redskins Charitable Foundation to their football program and a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden, Redskins President Bruce Allen and Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams, as well as other giveaway items from the Redskins Charitable Foundation and Inova Sports Medicine.

For more information on the Redskins High School Coach of the Week program or the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, visit http://www.redskins.com/community or follow the Foundation on Twitter at @RedskinsCR or on Instagram @redskinsgiveback.

 

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 http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp.

Nov. 7, 2017: No School for Students

REMINDER

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 https://www.education.com/science-fair/  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 http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.

Editorial contact:

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

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