Principal's Message

The education program at W. W. Moore, Jr. Detention Home is a State Operated Program, which is supervised by the Virginia Department of Education.

The purpose of the education program is to provide appropriate educational services to school age (10-17) students residing in the facility. The education program is designed to provide a continuum of program alternatives to meet the individual needs of each student. Our main goal is to ensure that the educational services that we give will allow the students to maintain and/or advance his/her current level of functioning. In an effort to ensure a smooth transition into and out of the detention home, we will provide instruction that follows as closely as possible the student's home school curriculum, including the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL).

The mission of the education program at W. W. Moore, Jr. Detention Home is to provide instruction that is based on the Standards of Learning (SOLs); to provide the educational support that will meet the individual needs of students; and to promote academic achievement.

During this school year many exciting events have already occurred. Highlighted below are some of the programs and events that we are most proud of:

Character Education

Character education is a vital component of the curriculum at W. W. Moore, Jr. Detention Home. One of our academic goals is to prepare students to be respectful citizens by integrating character education across the curriculum. On a monthly basis we highlight a different character trait. Each teacher incorporates the trait into his or her discipline throughout daily instruction. At the end of the month a guest speaker addresses the student body on the topic. It is our hope that the students will generalize lessons learned into their school and community settings when they return home.

Jane Pretty, a registered nurse from Danville Regional Medical Center, was our speaker in September. She conducted a drug awareness workshop and addressed the character trait "responsibility".

In October, we welcomed the Honorable Judge Joel C. Cunningham from Halifax County District Court. Judge Cunningham spoke to the students about tolerance and hate crimes.

November's character trait is citizenship. Ms. Doris Wilson, a member of the Danville School Board, will address the student body on November 18, 2002.

Stop the Violence Awareness Week

During the week of October 21-25, 2002, we observed "Stop the Violence" Awareness Week. The students participated in a poster contest to depict their ideas about how to prevent violence. The students voted on the five best posters to be entered into a statewide contest along with twenty-two other detention homes. The winning posters will be printed on a calendar that is published by the Virginia Department of Education and distributed throughout the State. Last year we had two winners. We hope to have even more winners this year.

American Spirit Assembly

On September 11, 2002, we held an American Spirit Assembly. Major Todd Yeatts, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, was our guest speaker. He reviewed the events of 9-11, discussed how our lives have changed since 9-11 and encouraged the students to become leaders and to be involved in building strong communities. Patriotic songs and a candlelight ceremony entitled "We Remember" which was written and performed by the students was also a part of the assembly. Student participation was evident throughout the assembly.

American Education Week

We will observe American Education Week during November 17-22, 2002. Mrs. Ruby Archie, a member of City Council, will speak on "The Value of Education" on November 21, 2002. Also, during this week students will be writing essays on educational related topics and presenting them orally. Additionally, an appreciation luncheon will be provided for teachers on November 19, 2002. First State Bank who is one of our business partners will sponsor the luncheon.

Service Learning

An extension of our character education program is service learning. This approach to character education is one of the best ways to have students practice what they learn. During the month of November, our students will make Thanksgiving cards for the residents of a local nursing home. This project will enable them to demonstrate caring for others through service.

Post-disposition & Transition

The Post-disposition Education Program serves youth remanded to the detention home by the courts for a period of 60 days to 6 months. The mission of the PD Program is to afford students the opportunity to continue their academic studies while preparing for the transition back to school, community and work. These students continue their program of study whether it is through general education, special education or GED instruction. The three main focuses are academics, life skills (including career exploration) and transition back into school and community. A counselor, probation officer and the PD teacher compose the Treatment Team responsible for implementing the program.

Currently, we have one student who is scheduled to take the GED test. One student passed his GED test while with us this fall. We also have one student who has been approved to work.

During this school year, we have five field trips scheduled to the following places: Danville Community College, Averett University, Danville Science Center Exhibit, Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History and the National Cemetery. The students are looking forward to this experience.

Additionally, this year a small greenhouse has been purchased for the program. A mini-program in horticulture will be taught to give these young people vocational training in this area. Lessons in horticulture will include seed/plant propagation, greenhouse maintenance and marketing of the greenhouse products. The activities will range from science lessons to marketing strategies. All activities will be hands-on. It is anticipated that each student will leave this program with a basic knowledge of the operations of a greenhouse. The hope is that with this knowledge will come an increase in self-esteem and a marketable job skill. An added bonus will be the sale of plants grown. Monies from the sales will help keep the greenhouse running.

-Patricia A. Davis, Principal