✏  Principal's Desk Newsletter - 2/7/2017  📚

February 7, 2017

Gott’s Notes

One of my favorite educational leaders is Mike Rutherford from NC. His insights and practices have inspired me in many ways. In one session I attended, he mentioned that a successful classroom has these three elements:
  • Profound Knowledge of the subject taught
  • Meaningful relationships among the students and teacher
  • Purposeful pedagogical skills (intentional teaching strategies)
I want to talk about profound knowledge today. My father had a construction company that focused mainly on caulking and waterproofing. Dad is considered to be one of the best in his field and was sought out by contractors from all over the US. He has a profound knowledge on caulking. He knows that craft inside and out. He can talk about silicone, polyurethane, epoxy, control joints, window casings, and damp-proofing with the best of them. When it comes to his work, he knows his stuff. Rutherford would suggest that every teacher should be striving to have this type of understanding of his or her discipline. Students don’t need a list of things to memorize or enough content to answer multiple questions. We want our kids to be able to think critically and creatively about the subject and how it integrates across multiple disciplines. We want them to be able to solve problems and communicate those solutions effectively. To get there, students must be exposed to much deeper interactions on subjects. PSA teachers are working on that. But it is not just the teacher’s responsibility. Each of us has profound knowledge in some areas. We need to be sharing that with our students and the generations to come. Please pass on your experiences and insights to those who come into your circle of influence in some way. One of my favorite sayings is “I’m out to change my world one person at a time”. Who can you positively influence today? 

Dominican Republic info

Dominican Republic Service trip required informational meeting for parents and students Wednesday, March 1st at 4:30 PM in Mrs. Hakamiun's room. Please let Mrs. Hakamiun know if you are unable to attend the meeting.(

Shout out to the PSA Reading Buddies group

PSA's Reading Buddies group made their first visit to Lamb's Elementary School last Friday. Our students met their buddies and will be working with them every LEAP day to foster their love of reading. Thank you to everyone who donated books to the program and thank you to our Reading Buddies for their enthusiasm and professionalism. Our pilot program buddies are La'Royalty J, Jurnee W., Alura L., Thandie P., Dana M. Beatrice C., and Lilly S.

7th and 8th Grade Science: 

There are some of Miss Craddock's 7th Grade students that still need to complete the tri-fold for their science fair project in order to be prepared for the fair on 3/24/17. These students need to complete and turn in their tri-folds by 3/15/17. If they do not, they will be standing at their table with their printed out lab reports and no display as the school community and judges walk around. If you are not sure your child has turned this in, please contact Miss Craddock. 

Don't forget there are lunch time work sessions available to her students. Sign up for one to get help or have time to work on your lab report or tri-fold. 

LEAP Day Knitting info

Students in knitting on LEAP days who want to purchase supplies from Mrs. Ragland need to bring $10 to her by FRIDAY, 2/10. If students want to buy their own supplies, they need size 15 needles and a bulky weight yarn. 

DC Trip Update:

A reminder to families that were signed up for the DC trip that was going to be held this May. It has been postponed until October of next year. If you are not sure your child will be going next school year, please call Nations Classroom to cancel the trip in order to get a full refund. After February 15, you will be rolled over to the new trip and unable to get a full refund.

Astronaut Contact - this Friday!

Astronaut Talk Information! Please be advised that the time of the astronaut talk has changed slightly due to NASA and the actual location of the ISS on this date at this time. It was not an error in our reporting -- but the time has changed slightly due a change in the position of the ISS.

The new time is 12:59 pm-1:09 pm for the pass on February 10, 2017. Location will be in the gym. Please, please feel free to come! :) Lunch will end at 12:32 pm. If you'd like to see the event, I would recommend getting to the school by 12:30 pm Doors to the gym will be closed by 12:45 pm in order for everyone to settle in and listen to the action!

Congratulations to the following students who will be asking questions of the astronauts in the order below. I had to rank the questions in order from lowest to highest grades, but the ARISS folks asked that Kayla's question be bumped to #1 since she has an experiment that will travel to the ISS in less than a week.

Kayla Capitan, 12th grade
Bennett Brown, 6th grade
Wesley Baker, 6th grade
Beatrice Criscuolo, 6th grade
Max Freedman, 7th grade
Colby Neal, 7th grade
Jakira del Valle, 7th grade
Max Freedman (Cubes in Space question), 7th grade
Kangting "Jasper" Pan, 7th grade
Prudence Criscuolo, 8th grade
Patrick Wolfe, 8th grade
Samantha Quartuccio, 8th grade
Benjamin Puckhaber, 8th grade
Scott Repik, 10th grade
Mike Furlong, 10th grade (2 questions)
Bennett Skinner, 10th grade
Sara Agee, 10th grade
Kaleb Hoggatt, 10th grade
Jake Monsky, 11th grade

Upcoming Events & Reminders:

Win One of TWO Amazing Prizes in our PSA PCA Raffle: a fabulous Le Creuset Dutch Oven OR a Samsung Gear Watch! Each $10 raffle ticket gives you TWO chances to win! Click here to purchase raffle tickets. The winning tickets will be drawn at the PSA PCA Annual Live and Silent Auction on February 25th at the Blackbaud Atrium. Although you need not be present to win, you won't want to miss PSA's most exciting fundraiser of the year!

We heART Valentine's Day! 

Candy grams on sale now in the art room! Send some love, $1, in the art room, delivered on Valentine's day. The recipient will receive a festive treat bag and a personalized note. 

Love is in the air (well, almost since Valentine's Day is around the corner) and so is the smell of coffee. Coffee as in, you guessed it, PSArts Coffee House. Our coffee house event will allow our performing arts students to showcase their artistic prowess in a relaxed coffee house setting. The event will be held right after school, February 14th in the art room! This event is open to the PSA community and is free! 

PSA PCA Annual Live and Silent Auction

Our annual auction FUNdraiser will be held February 25th at 7 pm at the Blackbaud Atrium. Donated items are coming in daily and our Auction Committee is busy inventorying and adding them to our online listing. Check out a preview of some of the items up for bid (click here)

Even if you can't attend the auction this year, please consider participating by donating auctionable items or by sponsoring the cost of a ticket for a faculty member. The auction committee is always looking for more volunteers to help as well! Tickets can be purchased online at this link.

Donated items may be dropped off at the PSA front desk, or contact the PSA Parent Community Association at to arrange pick up or for more information. If you are interested in more information, including sponsoring our auction, click here!

Feb 10 - Live Talk with ISS Astronauts
12:30 pm at PSA (gym)

Feb 14 - Fine Arts Coffee House
4:30-6:30 pm at PSA (Art Room)

Feb 16 - PCA Planning Meeting
4-6 pm at PSA

Feb 17 - LEAP Day / $5 Pizza Lunches

Feb 20 - President's Day (No School)

Feb 21 - PSA Board of Director's Meeting
6 pm at PSA

Feb 22-24 - 7th Grade Barrier Island Trip

Feb 25 - PSA PCA Annual Auction
6-10 pm - VIP Ticket Holders
7-10 pm - Regular Ticket Holders

Mar 1 - Dominican Republic Trip Meeting
4:30 pm in Mrs. Hakamiun's room

Mar 3 - LEAP Day & $5 Pizza Lunches

Mar 8 - 11th Grade ACT

Mar 11 - Pi Fest and Pi-K Race
8 am - 4 pm 

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Principal, Dr. Tim Gott

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