✏  Principal's Desk Newsletter - 3/28/2017  📚

March 28, 2017

Gott’s Notes

I probably have mentioned before that one of my favorite sayings is:

Find yourself, Accept yourself, and Give yourself away.

It captures much of what I believe about our purpose. Today, I have been focused on the “give yourself away” part. It’s really all about service. There have been some wonderful examples of that lately around here. Many of you have noticed that we are putting in some new landscaping up front. This is a collaboration with Clean City Sweep. The team is transforming the entrance. One of our Leap Day groups is going to a nearby elementary school to meet with their “Reading Buddies”. Several of our students have been helping with the North Charleston Recreation program. One parent has committed to managing the military gate entrance all year. A couple of students help restock our vending machine everyday. There were a multitude of folks who stepped up and helped with our science fair. One parent manages our lost and found for the school. I can go on and on. I intentionally didn’t name names because I am sure I will leave someone out. However, I want to thank everyone for being the heart and soul of our school. There is nothing more noble or pure than when we strive to serve those around us. In giving ourselves away, we truly find ourselves.

Incoming 6th Grade Assessment

All incoming 6th grade students are asked to attend an assessment day. These assessments are not for admissions purposes. They are used to help determine a baseline for next year.

All sessions begin at 9 am.

Saturday, April 22 
Saturday, May 6
Saturday, May 13
Wednesday, June 7
Saturday, June 10

HS House Council News

HS House Council is selling paper Flower hats for the Hats on for Progeria service project. Each hat is $1, and for every hat you buy, you will receive 1 ticket to dunk and teacher or a student on Friday during lunch. All donations will go to the Progeria Research Foundation. 

Teacher for Dunk Tank:
-Mr. Laviano
-Mr. Connor
-Mrs. Ragland
-Mrs. Cannon
-Ms. Craddock
-Mr. Hughes

-Jayden Johnson
-Lucy Nickle
-Stephen Munn
-Zach Amerson
-Chris DuRant

There is a sign-up genius for the HS Spring Fling this Friday. Anyone that can donate to this event, HS House Council will be very appreciative!

Graduation Information

The Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2017 will be Sunday, June 4 at 3 pm at the North Charleston Coliseum Ballroom C. Seniors will need to arrive by 2 pm. There will be a Senior Breakfast for the students and families Saturday June 3 at 10 am.

DC Trip for Rising 8th and 9th Graders

Last week was the informational meeting for next school year's field trip to DC. For families interested in participating in this trip please review the information below. If you are interested in the information about this trip, please have them pick up the packet in room 186. Any questions, please contact

Registration Date: April 15, 2017
Registration Amount: $99
Trip Dates: October 10-13, 2017

Science Fair Follow Up

Thank you to all the students and families for their hard work and support with the science fair projects. The fair showed great enthusiasm in the students and support from families and the local community! The results will be shared Friday during advisory and the winners will be traveling the College of Charleston on Tuesday April 4, 2017 for the Lowcountry Regional Science Fair! 

Clemson BME

Students taking the Biology Merit Exam at Clemson, please turn in your permission forms to Ms. Craddock or Dr. Moseley ASAP. 

6th Grade Kayak Trip

On May 16th and 17th, the 6th grade will be participating in an ecology kayaking trip along Shem Creek. The best part is that there is no cost to you!! Coastal Expeditions, along with the help of the PCA, is providing PSA with this unique, curriculum based, hands-on learning experience.
May 16th: Mr. Laviano’s 1/2 block and Miss Ruth’s 3/4 block
May 17th: Miss Ruth’s 1/5 block and Miss Ruth’s 7/8 block

7:45am--early arrival at PSA. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE! We must leave promptly at 8.
8:00--students leave for Shem Creek
9:00--students start morning kayaking trip
12:30--students complete trip and eat lunch on site
2:00--students arrive at PSA and attend 7th period

Please fill out the permission slip and the liability form and turn it in to Ms. Ruth by April 21st.

Prom Info

Prom tickets will be available on line through the end of this week. Please be sure to get your prom tickets this week.

TED Talk Conference

Students that were  part of the TED talk group participated in a conference last weekend in Columbia. The group invested time  in weekly discussions that culminated in a student-run TED talk conference. The student leaders were Jayla Lester, Emi Olson and the discussion participants were Nicole DeMato , Max Mast, Caleb Stegelin, Margaret Jensen, Amalie Revheim, Jacqueline Strauss, Abby Goldberg, and Chris DuRant. We had some pop in visits from Alex LaRocque and Briana Sharper. I'm really proud of this group of "thinkers" who had meaningful and thoughtful conversations week after week. If you have an interest in being part of our discussion groups please email

Odyssey of the Mind Breakfast Sales

Our OM teams need to raise funds to help them defray costs associated with competing at the upcoming World Competitions. They will be selling breakfasts on the following Mondays: 

April 3
April 17
April 24
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

Summer Camp Opportunities:

iTeams Xtreme Science Camp

PSA is hosting iTeams Xtreme: Next Generation. This is a week long summer camp for rising 7th and 8th grade students, held July 24-27, 2017, provided by the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. The focus will be microcontrolled robotics, electronics, circuits, and programming. The cost is $165 if enrolled before April 10, $185 if after April 10. To learn more or apply online at or call Irene Middleton at 843-383-3901 x3309. Application deadline is May 15, 2017 Financial Aid is available.

The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series for Rising 6th-12th Graders

This is a summer academic camp for academically talented students offered through the University of South Carolina. The CMS Adventure Series creates unique opportunities for young people to expand their knowledge by attending fascinating lectures, participating in hands on learning and exposing them to student life. There are different weekly camps from June 5 - July 15 in the following topics:

  • Aerospace
  • Aviation
  • Business-Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Gaming
  • Creative Writing 
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Exercise Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic/Digital Design
  • Law
  • Natural Hazards and Civil Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Speech Pathology
  • Ultrasound
  • Vex Robotics
  • Women in Engineering

Weekly program fees are $975 for residential students, $575 for commuter, and $665 for commuter plus. Partial and full scholarships and discounts are available! For more information on any of these opportunities, visit

Second Annual Phoenix Run 5K

PSA’s National Honor Society will host the Second Annual Phoenix Run 5K on April 29th, 2017 at Wannamaker Park at 9 a.m. The registration fee is $30 which will include a t-shirt. Come out for a fun run, walk, or a lovely treat at the food truck.
Please click here to register.

Bus Service for 2017-2018 from SchoolWheels Direct 

If you are planning on using the bus service next year, don’t forget to register before April 1. Routes and stops are determined by confirmed advance registrations. Now through April 1st 2017

Registration Available:
Mt. Pleasant / Daniel Island
West Ashley / Park Circle
Summerville / North *(New Route)

  Click here for details

Mar 31 - Clean Cities Sweep

Mar 31 - LEAP Day & $5 Pizza Lunches 

Apr 6 - Ninth Grade Field Trip -- all day

Apr 6-9 - Senior Trip to Orlando

Apr 10-14 - Spring Break

Apr 18 - Board of Directors Meeting
6 pm at PSA

Apr 22 - Incoming 6th Grade Assessment
9 am at PSA

Apr 26 - Virtual School Exams

Apr 27 - PCA Planning Meeting

Apr 29 - Phoenix Run
9 am - 2 pm at Wannamaker Park

May 4 - Spring Chorus Concert
7 pm at PSA

May 6 - Incoming 6th Grade Assessment
9 am at PSA

May 9 - Spring Band Concert
7 pm at PSA

May 13 - Athletics Banquet
5 - 8 pm at PSA

Weekly Announcements - click here
PSA Calendar - click here
FAQs for New Families - click here
Frequently used links - click here
Parents - click here to volunteer

Principal, Dr. Tim Gott

Dr. Gott

Phone:  843-300-4118
Palmetto Scholars Academy website