Principal's Desk Newsletter - 5/21/2019

May 21, 2019

Gott’s Notes

This is the penultimate week of the school year. Penultimate is an interesting word. It means second to last. It is a fairly new word in my vocabulary. Applied to book, movie, or television series, the penultimate episode is usually the cliffhanger that sets up the finale. One of the things that usually comes with a penultimate event is a build up of tension and stress. In a school, this is definitely true. Students have endured state testing and are preparing for finals. Teachers are collecting all of the last assignments of the year and trying to determine grades. Administrators are just hoping to hold everything together for just a few more days. All of us are eager for summer break. 

With all of this penultimate pressure in mind, it is important to also stop and breathe for a minute. We can miss the good in these moments if we become too focused on getting to the end. This can be a time to reflect on the positive things that have happened this school year. We can choose to be grateful for the awesome people in our lives presently. Let’s be careful not to overlook the value of today while anticipating what June holds. Not to be morbid, but we never really know if today is our penultimate day. To be on the safe side, carpe diem!

General News

Yearbook Pickup:

Seniors 9 am-3 pm Mon-Fri or at the Senior dinner tomorrow at PSA!

HS During Lunch on Wednesday 5/22
11th 12 pm
10th 12:10 pm
9th   12:20 pm

MS During Lunch on Wednesday 5/22
8th grade at 11:10 am
7th grade 11:20 am
6th Grade 11:30 am

Extras go on sale on Friday! See or email no earlier than Friday!

Save the Dates: Upcoming Back to School Events

Middle School Game Night: August 3; 6-8 pm

Back to School Night: August 8; MS 6-7 pm HS 7:30-8:30 pm

Counselor’s Corner: We are completing middle school testing this week. Students have done a wonderful job being mindful of one another, staying focused, and respecting hallway quiet times. The last scheduled middle school test is being administered this morning (Tuesday). Make-up tests will take precedence until they are complete. For those of you who rearranged schedules and made sure attendance, rest, and nutritious food were a priority in the last two weeks, thank you! Commend your students for persevering through altered routines, performance anxiety, and lots of seat time. Our middle school teachers were phenomenal juggling extra tasks while continuing to teach, discern when movement breaks were needed, and grading end-of-year assignments, projects, and tests. We are finishing strong in 2019!! 

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.

Service Opportunity: Keep North Charleston Beautiful (KNCB) is excited to share a volunteer opportunity that may be a great fit for high school students seeking volunteer service hours over the summer!
KNCB needs volunteers to help water the pollinator gardens in and around Park Circle. These gardens need daily care, and volunteers are needed each day, Monday-Thursday and the specific time each day is flexible and can be coordinated with each individual volunteer. (Volunteers normally water for a few hours each day between the hours of 9 am-4 pm, but volunteers can start as early as 7 am after they receive training.)
This is a great opportunity for anyone who likes working independently. Many of our volunteers enjoy bringing earbuds with them to listen to music/podcasts/audiobooks/etc. while they are watering the gardens.
KNCB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we are happy to provide verification of volunteer service to any volunteers who may need volunteer service hours.
KNCB welcomes volunteers who are 16 and older. Anyone under the age of 16 may volunteer as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
If anyone needs additional information or would like to sign up for this opportunity, please email or call 843-745-1073.
Volunteers may also sign up to volunteer by using
our sign up link.

Field Trips and Travel News

Costa Rica Trip 2020: 
Informational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 29th in Ms Truesdale's Room at 4 pm. Attend the meeting, sign up for the trip, and receive $100 off! 

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

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. 

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. 

News from the PCA

Family Volunteer Hours:  Each school year, PSA Parents (or other family members) are asked to support our school with a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer service during the school year. Parents may donate $20 per hour to PSA in lieu of volunteering. If you didn't have a chance to volunteer or make a donation yet, $20 = 1 hour of volunteer service. The link to donate in lieu of hours is

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

HS Robotics News

High School Robotics will stay active all summer. We will be meeting most Saturday mornings in the Robotics trailer from 9 am-12 pm. Don't miss out as we discuss exciting topics like Team Building, Version Control, Vex Code, Power Tool Safety, Game Rules, Strategy, Setting Goals and the Design Process. It all begins June 8th. 

If you are interested in joining robotics for the 2019-20 season please
fill out the this form.

Subscribe to
HS Robotics Calendar

Virtual Enterprise Class News

Congratulations to the students for placing in the top 5 for all websites (from over 900 schools), as well as receiving Honorable Mention for their newsletter. The Virtual Enterprise program is designed to allow students to work in an actual business and sell their product to other schools. This is our first year and the students have done an amazing job creating their business, having to do a personal budget and running the day to day. Our CEO, Petar Babec will be graduating and was the first to complete a Capstone project in this program. We wish him the best as he begins at The Citadel this fall. Our website can be viewed at this link. We will be looking for business mentors this fall to interview and come in once a month to assist in the different departments. Email Mrs. Brogan at if you are interested in helping out.

Calendar (click here for the full calendar)

May 21 - Athletic Banquet
6 pm at PSA

May 21 - Board of Directors Meeting
6 pm at PSA

May 22 - Senior Dinner
6 pm at PSA

May 24 - High School Carowinds Trip
6:45 am - 10 pm

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
Awards - 9am at PSA
Picnic - 10:30 am-3 pm at JICP

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

Aug 3 - Middle School Game Night
6-8 pm at PSA

Aug 8 - Back to School Night
MS 6-7 pm 
HS 7:30-8:30 pm

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