Over the years, I have watched from a distance as various hurricanes have hit the US. Many of you have experienced several directly. This is my first official one. It is a very strange feeling watching everything play out over many days. While the school had little damage and my home survived just fine, I know that is not the case for many. If you are one of those who suffered property damage or any financial strain, please let me know. We have several folks who want to help in any way we can. That’s what families do.
All of this serves as a reminder that the most important things in life aren’t things. I am thankful for the connection I feel with each of you. It is funny that while I was spending time back in KY and TN with my immediate family, I was constantly thinking about my school family back here. In the midst of all of chaos and craziness, both natural and manmade, I find a level of peace in knowing that we have each other’s back if needed.
Regarding make-up days, we have not been able to get all of the information needed to make a definitive decision today. As soon as we can nail all the details down, we will let everyone know.
Accelerate Engineering Program Parent Meeting
Are you a 9th grader here at PSA?
Will you have completed Algebra 2 by the end of the current school year?
Are you interested in a career in Engineering?
If you answered yes to all of the above, you’re invited to an Accelerate Information Meeting. PSA, partnering with GSSM and Clemson University, will be continuing the Accelerate Engineering Program for next year. We have one class of sophomores presently in the program and will be selecting the 9th graders for next year. If you can’t make the meeting but are still interested, contact Dr. Gott or Mr. Connor.
Date: October 13, 2016
Time: 6-8 pm
Location: Palmetto Scholars Academy
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Middle School Basketball - We will hold an interest meeting Wednesday, October 12th at 6 pm. The turnout for this meeting will determine whether or not we will host a boys and/or girls Middle School Basketball Team. Directions for registration will be provided that evening.
JV / Varsity Basketball - Please register online via PlanetHS.com. Both the Parent and Student need an account to register. Click HERE for more information.
Middle School, JV & Varsity sports carry a fee of $75 for the first sport, $50 for each additional. Please see Ms. Trubey if assistance is needed.
Middle School will be next week, the date will be given at the interest meeting tomorrow @ 6 pm.
High School will be October 31st, Girls @ 7 am / Boys @ 4 pm
Online registration must be completed, including a sports physical, no later than 10/24 to try out for HS sports.
PSATs Wednesday 10/19
The PSAT will be given next Wednesday, October 19th for all 8th, 10th and 11th grade students. 8th and 11th graders will receive a practice guide this week. Testing will begin at exactly 9 am. Students should be well rested and have eaten a balanced breakfast! Please bring a Number 2 pencil.
Did you know PSA has an Archery Club??
YES we do! Last year was our first year and I’m excited to coach it again this year.
Be on the lookout for an informational meeting and practices to start soon.
Tournaments are generally on Saturdays.
If you have any questions – feel free to contact Coach Wiman
8th Grade Parents and Students
Thursday night was the parent informational meeting for the annual 8th grade trip to DC. Information packets were handed out and the cost, what it covered, and a sample itinerary was shared. If you were unable to attend, please have your child pick up a parent packet from Mr. Gadsden ASAP.
Registration Due Date: October 25, 2016 for $99
First payment Due Date: November 5, 2016
Trip Dates: May 24-27, 2017
Nations Classroom Website Link: http://www.nationsclassroomtours.com
Participation Goal: 40 students
It was a blast last year and we are excited to offer it again this year to celebrate the end of middle school! If you have questions or are interested in chaperoning, please contact Miss Craddock at email@example.com.
Middle School Halloween Dance
The Middle School Halloween Dance will be held on October 28, 2016. More information will be sent out as MSHC decides the details.
If you get a chance, take a look at the walkway to the new swing gazebo. We have decided to incorporate the donated stones into this wonderful addition. The campaign will continue through this fall. If you are interested in purchasing one (or more), pick up a form in the office.
$100 regular paver (3 lines / 13 characters per line)
$500 larger stone (5 lines/15 characters per line)
Dominican Republic Service Cruise Information
Dominican Republic Service Cruise - $100 deposit was due September 30th, make checks payable to PSA - turn in to Mrs. Hakamiun. As of 10/3/16, 16 of the available 32 slots have been filled.
Sign up to Remind.com - Text the message @f2hbc to the number 81010.
Students! Want to give back to others and learn about a different culture? Join us on a community service trip to the Dominican Republic starting on July 29, 2017. We will be taking a trip on the Adonia, part of the Fathom cruise line on one of their social impact trips.
We will leave Charleston on July 29, 2017 and drive to Miami where we will spend the night before boarding the ship the next day. The ship will set sail from Miami on Sunday, July 30, 2017. The students will spend Monday on board learning about the culture and project expectations.
Fathom™ impact travel activities in the Dominican Republic include a wide range of projects focused on economic development, education and the environment. During the three days on the island, we will work directly alongside community members and various partner organizations, doing what they do, helping where they need us.
On Friday afternoon, the ship starts its journey back to Miami. We arrive back in Miami on Sunday, August 6, 2017, and return back to Charleston that evening. The trip cost will be $1000 per student and will include transportation to Miami, one night hotel stay, all meals, taxes and fees for the cruise, as well as program costs while in the Dominican Republic.
Interested? Contact Mrs. Brogan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Gadsden at email@example.com or Mrs. Hakamiun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6th Grade Camp Kanuga Trip
The 6th graders are going to the Mountain Trail Outdoors School at Camp Kanuga. The Mountain Trail Outdoors School at Camp Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC offers myriad team building and environmental programs (e.g., ecology, orienteering, high ropes course) against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Date: Oct.31 - Nov. 2, 2015 (Departing approximately 7 am, returning approximately 6 pm)
Cost of trip: $250 (includes charter bus transportation, food, lodging, and all activities)
The first installment of $100 is due August 31. Subsequent $75 installments are due September 28 and October 21.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessica McQuatters