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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 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 email@example.com.
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