Principal's Desk Newsletter - 5/14/2019

May 14, 2019

Gott’s Notes

One of my biggest challenges personally is to realize that I don’t have to do things alone. I struggle with this cognitive distortion that I somehow have to come up with all the answers and fix all the problems by myself. Just typing this out helps me realize again how ludicrous that mindset is. I grew up not wanting to be dependent on anybody. As I became more independent, I built a false foundation on my pride and ego. This has led to some painful experiences over the years. Slowly, however, I have been learning that interdependence is the actual goal. One definition of interdependence is independent people choosing to be dependent on each other. As we determine who we are and what we have to offer, we can then choose to work in partnerships and teams to live our lives more meaningfully. In fact, it’s the only way we can truly accomplish long-term, sustainable success. I am grateful for all of the people in my life that choose to work with me (despite my hard-headedness). It’s been a phenomenal ride so far and I look forward to what tomorrow holds.

General News

Volunteer / Service Hours Reminder: The last day to enter your student and family volunteer hours is Friday 5/24. Anything entered after that will be automatically counted for the 2019 - 2020 school year. To enter your hours go to:

Bus Services for Next Year: In case you missed last week's announcement, 2019-2020 student busing enrollment is officially open! Go to for details and to Enroll Now because seating is limited. For those who are currently riding, you'll notice a few changes. First, we're offering three routes next year: 2 servicing Mount Pleasant, Daniel Island and Park Circle areas, and 1 servicing West Ashley. Second, the rate changed to help offset rising fuel and operating costs. The good news is that it only went up about $.50 per ride. Sibling discounts still apply. If you prefer to pay in full and save a little, or if you have a question, please call 843-928-3028. Otherwise, visit and Enroll Now. 

Counselor’s Corner: Please continue to support your students through the remainder of our middle school testing sequence. They need rest, nutritious meals, and encouragement. Please reschedule any unnecessary appointments, as make-up testing is difficult on everyone. The days can be long when we administer state-mandated tests and 8th-grade students also take EOC exams. It is especially important to support one another and remain positive. Let's finish strong PSA! 

Mini Trade Show: Some of our Middle and High School students will be having a mini trade show during lunch on May 17th. They will be set up by the Art classroom and corridor by the back entrance to the stage area. Lots of items to buy - snacks, treats and handmade items. Come ready to shop!

Spring 2021 Travel Abroad Trip: If you are interested in traveling to Spain and Morocco in the spring of 2021 with Mrs. Hudgens, you can check out the itinerary at

Next Year’s 7th Grade Trip: The 7th grade class trip to Camp Thunderbird will be October 21-23, 2019. Sign up, read more info, and make payments here

8th Grade Picnic: 8th Grade Picnic Donations and Chaperone Signup are online at this link.  
Date:  May 29th Time: 1:45-3:45 pm
Please have all refrigerated donations in by noon on the 29th. Items that do not need to be refrigerated can be turned in earlier.

Campers and Volunteers needed: Rock camp is a space for girls, trans youth, and gender nonconforming youth that focuses on music and social justice! There are three different ways for folks to get involved in Rock Camp, listed below. Unsure about where you fit in? Feel free to contact us at with any questions or concerns!
All camper, youth leader, and volunteer applications are due May 30th!

Click here to access the 2019 Camper Application!
Click here to access the 2019 Youth Leader Application!
Click here to access the 2019 Volunteer Application!

Fine Arts News

Early Bird Art offerings for next year:

Interior Design I and II
 meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  7:30-8:20 am (must have completed Interior Design one in order to take Design level II)
Graphic Design I and II meets Tuesday, Thursday, Friday . 7:30-8:20 am (must have completed Interior Design one in order to take Design level II)
Students may come to class every morning and use it as studio time.
Classes are open to rising high school students for a 1/2 credit year in fine arts. Both classes can be taken for a full art credit.
Please email so that I can enroll you in the class. 

HS THEATRE PERFORMANCE of The Skin of Our Teeth, Thursday, May 16, 7:30 pm: Mr. Loar's 7th-Period HS Theatre class will perform Thornton Wilder's great play, The Skin of Our Teeth, in its wacky entirety. The play centers on the Antrobus family of Excelsior, NJ, as they survive the Ice Age, a flood, and a major war, coming back from each disaster to re-establish civilization. The play is funny, philosophical, and ultimately quite poignant. Call time for student actors is 6:50 pm on Thursday. Wednesday night will be the dress rehearsal, with call time at 6:40 pm and start time at 7 pm.

High School Band - Reminder: All High School Band students are required to participate in Graduation. It is May 25th at 3 pm. The location is different from the past! It will be held at Lightsey Chapel in North Charleston.

Art Show at the Orange Spot Coffee House: PSA is currently hosting an exhibit until the end of May at the Orange Spot Coffee House in Park Circle. If you are in the area, stop in and check out our exhibit. 

Summer Art Camps: If you are interested in any of the summer art camps at PSA...please contact to enroll by the end of the school year. 

KONA Ice TOMORROW during lunches

News from the PCA

PCA Elections: Would you like to be more involved with the PSA Community? Are you looking for a meaningful way to support our students and faculty? The PSA Parent Community Association (PCA) needs your help! We are preparing for our annual board election on May 28th and are seeking nominations for all positions described below. The PCA generally meets 8-10 times per year.

The President sets agendas, presides over board meetings and communicates with faculty in order to support PSA in the most effective way. This person facilitates votes regarding funding requests and serves as an ex-officio member of all committees of the PCA.

The Vice President supports the President in their efforts and presides over meetings in his or her absence.

The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining permanent records to track financial transactions.

The Secretary takes minutes at board meetings and maintains and preserves PCA records and important documents to pass on at the end of the term.

The Member at Large attends meetings, gives input regarding activities & spending, and votes on all matters. Note: we currently have five Member at Large participants.

Please email with nominee suggestions, to volunteer or for more information!

The PSA Parent Community Association is a volunteer organization which exists to support and enrich the academic and community life of the PSA community. This past year, through the generous support of our families, we have sent teams to national competitions, paid for field trips, purchased supplies for LEAP day sessions and class equipment, helped to meet general unfunded classroom needs and much more. Join us in support of our phenomenal faculty and extraordinary students!

Calendar (click here for the full calendar)

May 15 - Kona Ice 
During lunches at PSA

May 16 - 6th Grade Field Trip to Boeing

May 16 - PCA Planning Meeting
4 pm at PSA

May 17 - LEAP Day / $5 Pizza Lunches

May 20-23 - High School Final Exams

May 21 - Athletic Banquet
6 pm 

May 24 - High School Carowinds Trip

May 25 - Graduation
3 pm at Lightsey Chapel

May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday
No School

May 28 - PCA Elections

May 29 - High School Picnic & Awards

May 29 - Eighth Grade Picnic
1:45 pm 

May 30 - Middle School Awards
9 am at PSA

May 31 - Last Day of School
Full Day - Weather Make up

View the 2019-2020 Planning Calendar
Volunteering Info - click here
Sign up for Carpool Info - click here
PSA Calendar - click here
FAQs for New Families - click here
Frequently used links - click here

Principal, Dr. Tim Gott

Phone:  843-300-4118
Palmetto Scholars Academy website