✏  Principal's Desk Newsletter - 9/13/2016  📚

September 13, 2016

Gott’s Notes

South Carolina will be releasing the state assessment data for several tests on Sept 22. The schools get this data ahead of time to analyze and determine next steps. So, I have been swimming in data. Testing, examinations, and other types of assessments are necessary in many areas. We all want qualified drivers on the roads, certified electricians working on our houses, and skilled surgeons operating on us. I personally hope that in each of these situations, people are held to high standards. 

When looking at school exams and state-wide assessments, it is important to remember that any “score” is a snapshot of what a student may know on that material that day. It is not the final word. We are all more than our “grade” on a test. Someone suggested that we think of these type of assessments like a health physical instead of an autopsy. We should take a look at the information, celebrate the successes, learn from lower scores, and adjust accordingly. 

I am reminded that I would fail miserably on working on a car engine, flying an airplane, or interpreting a foreign language. I also know there are many things that I would be successful with. Our real goal is to equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills that allow us to have a purposeful and meaningful life. Any and all assessments should be internalized as just a momentary evaluation of where we are at the moment on a narrow band of content. If that measurement is critical for a skill we need, let’s do the work to improve. If not, focus on what we do well. 

Make Up Weather Day

We will be making up the day we missed on Sept 2 on Oct 21st. 

Open House Dates

For all prospective students and families, we will be hosting three open houses this fall.

Wednesday Oct 12 at 7:00 pm
Saturday Oct 29 at 10:00 am
Tuesday Dec 6 at 7:00 pm

These sessions will be a time to get information about the school, have a Q&A about all things PSA, and get a tour of the school from some of our students. See you soon.

College Financial Aid Workshop

We will be having a College of Charleston Financial Aid Counselor come to talk to our parents about the ins and outs of FAFSA, Scholarships, and other financial aid at 6:00 pm on October 5th.

8th Grade DC Trip Parent Meeting

The 8th graders have an opportunity to take a field trip to DC as a school group through the company Nations Classroom on May 23-26, 2017. Last year this company did an excellent job providing a fun educational tour of our nation’s Capital and we are excited to do it again this year! Nation's Classroom will be here on September 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm to carry out a parent interest meeting to inform you of the itinerary of the trip, the cost, and what exactly their company provides. Contact Erin Craddock at for more information. See you there!

Community Service Trip

Information Meeting - Septmeber 15 at 6:00 pm at PSA - Community Service Trip to Dominican Republic July 30-August 6, 2017 on Fathom.

Orlando Trip is Cancelled

If you paid cash, please send a note allowing Ms. Trubey to send the cash home with your child or stop by and she can give it back to you directly. If you paid by check, those checks are being voided.

Ted Talk is coming to Charleston

We will be hosting a livestream of the event at PSA in October. Please email Mrs. Reese ( if you want to sit in on the viewing.


The fine arts department is taking high school students and Mr. Loar's theater students to see a performance of Dracula at Charleston Stage. The show is open to all high school students. Please see Mrs. Reese for a permission  slip and info. Slips are due back by Sept. 23. 


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)

LEAP Day Knitting info

All students in the knitting LEAP session need to make sure to have their own materials or bring in $10 for materials. This will cover knitting needles and yarn for personal and community service projects. 

If students want to bring their own materials, they need to have size 7 or size 8 needles and at least one skein of worsted or medium weight yarn. No red heart brand yarn. 

Spanish I - Hispanic Heritage Month

The Spanish 1 students will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by taking Salsa lessons with an award winning professional dancer and trying new Latin American foods. The cost is $5 and will take place on Friday September 23rd from 1:30-3:45 pm. Students will be bringing home permission slips this week. Thanks!

NHS Tutoring

NHS is doing tutoring after school starting next week! The schedule is as follows:
Monday - Science
Tuesday - Languages 
Wednesday - Math
Thursday - Humanities
Friday - No tutoring 
Tutoring is done in Mrs. Ragland's room. All tutoring lasts from 3:45 to 4:30. We currently do not have a French tutor, so if you want to stay after school on Tuesdays and tutor French please contact Aiden Durand at

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 7:00 pm, returning approximately 6:00 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

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

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. 

Parent University

Please join Dr. Gott and the PCA for our second installment of Parent University
featuring Dr. Jim Delisle; Gifted and Teenage, too. THIS Thursday September 15th, 7:00 pm at PSA room 186. 
Intellectually gifted students have many academic strengths. However, they are also teenagers, intent on enjoying their brief years as adolescents with all the zeal they can muster. School is important, but so are friends, fun and everything electronic. How do you, as parents, and they, as students, balance the rigors of school life with the need for relaxation and personal growth? Come learn about some strategies and attitudes that will help make your gifted teen's life fulfilling--academically, socially and emotionally. 

PSA Night at the Battery

Come join in the fun on September 24th at 7:00pm! The PSA Chorus and Band will play, clubs and groups will set up booths and this year look for PSA students on the Jumbotron at halftime. Best of all, PSA receives 50% of the ticket price! To purchase tickets go to or look out for a ticket order form that will be sent home with your student.

Phoenix Athletics

Please join our Varsity News Network message service through our Athletic website or by clicking HERE.

We will no longer send our Athletic Newsletter through the school's general email service. If you would like to stay connected to our Athletic news and updates, please join VNN. Once joined, you will have the option to select the sports for which you'd like to receive information. Newsletter links will be sent to all members of the site.

****Basketball registration will begin in 2 weeks. Be on the look-out for the online link to register.****

Annual Box Tops House Competition

PSA Students! We need Box Tops to help raise money for our school to help fund your clubs. Each Box Top you bring in for your house will take you one step closer to winning the donut party awarded to the house with the most turned in by May. Last year, Stoigtly won over McHaddock with a total of 1,625. In years prior we have raised around $2,000 with Box Tops. Lets see if PSA can make more this year!
How do you turn in your Box Tops?! Cut all Box Tops out and put in a plastic Ziploc bag with your house’s name on it. Turn that bag into the box in the front office or a box top folder in one of your classrooms (like your advisory). Thanks and happy cutting!

PSA Shakes will hold its regular meetings this week, Tuesday and Thursday, 3:50--4:40 pm, on the stage. 

Sept 15 - PCA Planning Meeting
4 pm at PSA

Sept 15 - Community Service Trip Meeting
6 pm at PSA

Sept 15 - Parent University #2 - Jim Delisle
7 pm at PSA (note time change)

Sept 20 - PSA Board of Directors Meeting
6 pm at PSA

Sept 22 - School Picture Day

Sept 23 - LEAP Day & Pizza Lunch

Sept 24 - PSA Night w/the Charleston Battery
6 pm at MUSC Health (formerly Blackbaud) Stadium

Sept 29 - 8th Grade DC Trip Info Meeting
5 pm room 186 at PSA

Oct 5-7 - 7th Grade Barrier Island Trip

Oct 7 - LEAP Day & Pizza Lunch

Oct 7 - Art Department Drive-In Movie
6 pm at PSA

Oct 14 - Fall Band Concert
6 pm at PSA 

Oct 18 - Fine Arts Coffee House
4:30-6:30 pm in the PSA Gym

Oct 20 - PCA Planning Meeting
4 pm at PSA

Oct 21 - Weather Make Up Day

Oct 28 - Middle School Halloween Dance
Time TBD at PSA

Weekly Announcements - click here

PSA Calendar - click here

Principal, Dr. Tim Gott

Dr. Gott

Phone:  843-300-4118
Palmetto Scholars Academy website