✏  Principal's Desk Newsletter - 11/15/2016  📚

November 15, 2016

Gott’s Notes

So I have been on the road several times lately. The past few days, I have been in Chicago for a meeting. While on the planes and trains heading in and then heading home, I was struck by the diversity of people, places, and perspectives. Sitting on the train, I was within a few feet of folks of nearly every race or creed. For a brief moment we shared a part of our journeys. While not much was said, I tried to imagine what each of them had been through that day. What kind of day did they have? What was waiting at home for them? Were they satisfied with what they accomplished in those hours? Somehow, despite the silent barriers that each of us put up, I felt a kinship with my fellow travelers. We all were just trying to work through another day, probably doing the best we could with what we had.

Then on the flight out, I looked down and saw the lights of hundreds of vehicles and homes. Another perspective on the human experience. Things were far less personal but it still hit me that there are multitudes of people going about their business down there. It was a whole mosaic of living, a broad view of the patterns of life.

So, the point of my rambling is that sometimes we need to take a look at the people beside us and other times we need to get a view of the big picture. Both situations help us know that we are not alone; we are all in this together. Our daily efforts do make a difference. When we connect with each other, we create a strong foundation for establishing meaningful relationships that empower everyone involved. During this season of thanksgiving, let’s stop for a moment and remember what we have here at PSA and work to sustain it in the days ahead.

After School Dismissal Caution

We have a substantial safety issue that needs to be addressed with after school dismissal. Please do not drive around the buses while students are dismissing. Use the 2nd and 3rd lanes to exit the lot until the buses leave. Thanks!

Lunch Program Update

With any new system, it takes time to work out the bugs and integrate things such as technology. Our partnership with Charleston County Food Services is developing each week. We now have the online system working. Each student will be assigned a specific number which will make paying more manageable. If you wish to put money on their account, you can go to the CCSD homepage at Look under quick links and find the Prepay Meals Online. I hope by next semester that this process is smoothed out and easy to use.

Attention all 7th Grade Parents

We must have a completed DHEC form from every 7th grade student for the TDAP vaccination. Please make sure that your student has one on file by the end of the week. If you have questions on this, contact Tammy Wiman at

Squares for STEM

Thursday is the last day to play Squares for STEM! Play for a chance to win $500 in prizes while watching the Clemson vs. University of South Carolina game on 11/26. Click here to purchase or buy from a Mission Design Student.  
Congratulations PSA Cyber Defense Team! 

Congratulations to the
PSA Cyber Defense Team for a phenomenal performance Sunday in the AFA Cyber Patriots competition!  We'd like to thank Mrs. McQuatters our teacher liaison and our team mentors and coaches: Fred Durand, Brian Freedman, Janet De Valle, Chris Watson, Michael Stark and our SPAWAR mentor Mr. Alan Deyoe.  

Reminder for Container Gardening Students

Please do not forget to take home your adopted container for Fall Break. To ensure they come back to school strong and healthy, make sure they get lots of TLC at home.

MS Science Fair Work Session Sign Ups

Are you a middle school student who is interested in reserving a spot to work with your group and/or get assistance with your science fair lab report? Then this the sign up for you! Please choose a slot for any date you are interested in to work in Miss Craddock's room and possibly get some help on your science fair lab report! This is first come first serve. 

Drama News

MS DRAMA PERFORMANCES--CHANGE OF DATE!: The MS Drama classes' performances of Football Romeo and Romeo and Juliet One-Act (possibly also of Romeo and Juliet at Verona High) will be on Dec. 14th, NOT Dec. 15th. Apologies to parents and students for the mistake in scheduling. Call time for all 7th-grade MS Drama students on the 14th is 6 pm. Shows start at 7 pm. Dress rehearsal will still be on Dec. 12th, with staggered call times as explained in an email from Mr. Loar. Students may stay at school on both nights; parents, please RSVP to Mr. Loar if you plan to have your son or daughter stay at school. 

December Art Show and Sale

Please join us for an exciting holiday art event on December 2nd in the art room starting at 4 pm. We will have holiday greens in bundles, original art work, photography, works from the textile class, art from professional artist, Calley Sharon, Mr. Harris' studio class and more for purchase. To really make things festive, we will have live music by some of our own PSA students, cookie decorating, and hot chocolate. Plan to stop by before heading home for the weekend and enjoy a fun event. The art elves have been working overtime to bring you something handcrafted and original for this holiday season. 

Blood Drive December 1st

We will be having a Blood Drive on Thursday, December 1st! It will be from 12 pm to 5 pm on the Bloodmobile in the school parking lot. We have a goal of 30 pints of blood, so help us reach our goal! To sign-up, go to and use the sponsor code PSA or email Emi Olson at We will also have student sign-ups (16 years old and up) available during lunch in the near future. Anyone can donate, so sign up! We look forward to seeing you on December 1st!

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Upcoming Events & Reminders:


Updates from Athletics

Your Phoenix Athletics Department is hosting a Thanksgiving Meal for our Charleston AFB Men and Women that can't go home for the Holidays, and for local teens. We are asking for your help. We still need donations and volunteers. Please visit our sign-up genius for more information and to join us in giving back this Thanksgiving.  
Our Athletic Newsletter is available by clicking HERE.
Spring Sports Registration is open now. Deadline for Spring Sports (Soccer / Track) is the 16th of January, 2017. You and your child must have a account to register. Instructions may be found HERE.

Homecoming Festivities Dec. 3rd

Homecoming Dance
Theme: Winter Wonderland
Date: December 3rd 
Time: 6-9 pm 
Location: PSA Gym 
Ticket Cost:$7 ONLY for this week, $10 from the 28th to the 2nd, $13 at the door 

Professional DJ, food, and prizes will be taking place at PSA's homecoming dance. 

*Food and Drink Donations are greatly appreciated
Please email Ms. Ruth for further details

Homecoming Court
Interested in running for King and Queen?
Please email Tatiyana Adkins for further information

8th Grade DC Trip

Please click the link below to register. If you are interested in information packets, please have your child get one from Mr. Gadsden. With questions about the trip or if you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Miss Craddock at 

Trip Dates: May 23-26, 2017
Nations Classroom Link:
Trip Goal: 40

2017-2018 Applications now available.

The deadline for applications to be entered into our lottery is December 16th, 2016.
Please click HERE for the online application. Note -- Siblings of current students will need to fill out an application. Returning students will have a different form which will be available in December.

Nov 17 - Kevin Kurtz Author Visit

Nov 17 - PCA Planning Meeting
4 pm at PSA (room 186)

Nov 21-25 - Fall Break

Nov 28-Dec 2 - Spirit Week

Dec 1 - Blood Drive 
12-5 pm at PSA

Dec 2 - LEAP Day & $5 Pizza Lunch

Dec 2 - Homecoming Pep Rally
3 pm at PSA

Dec 2 - PSA Art Show
4 pm at PSA

Dec 3 - Homecoming Dance
6-9 pm at PSA (Gym)

Dec 6 - Open House for Prospective Students
7 pm at PSA

Weekly Announcements - click here

PSA Calendar - click here

Principal, Dr. Tim Gott

Dr. Gott

Phone:  843-300-4118
Palmetto Scholars Academy website