Onward and Upward


Event Reminders

January 20-21: MS Musical, Shrek Jr. performances

January 25: Fall Sports Assembly in Gwynette Auditorium at 10:40 a.m.

January 29: NEW: Girls In Self-Defense Workshop 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

January 31: Saint Thomas Choir performance and visit to Porter-Gaud

Feb. 1: Re-enrollment opens

Feb. 4: Semi - Formal Dance at the South Carolina Aquarium

Feb. 8: Wii Dance Off!: Students vs Faculty

Feb. 9: Sophomore College Extravanganza

February 22: NEW PARENT EVENT: Richard Guerry, national online safety and digital citizenship expert



January - February Highlights


10th grade Class Meeting: College Matchmaking

In a recent sophomore class meeting, Gina Hubbard, Assistant Director of College Counseling, spoke with students about the importance of considering their unique strengths when looking at colleges. Students broke into small groups and identified their common and unique attributes. Gina also introduced a new program, Sophomore Cocoa and Cookies. She will meet with sophomore students in small groups later this spring to discuss broad issues related to college counseling. The session ended with a reminder about the upcoming Sophomore College Extravaganza on February 9. Read more about Gina Hubbard of the College Counseling team.



Early Admission Offers Roll In

We are celebrating a large senior class this year with a lot of talent and personality. Our success is based on each student finding his or her own college fit. We are just at the start of college admission decisions, but we wanted to share a few highlights of early offers:

  • Anderson University-SC
  • Auburn University
  • Belmont University
  • Brown University
  • Claflin University
  • Clemson University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • College of Charleston
  • Davidson College
  • DePaul University
  • Elon University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • Furman University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Hampton University
  • Harding University
  • High Point University
  • Howard University
  • Indiana University at Bloomington
  • Jacksonville University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Lander University
  • Limestone College
  • Louisiana State University
  • Lynchburg College
  • Miami University, Oxford
  • Middlebury College
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Pennsylvania State University - All Campuses
  • Roanoke College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. John's College
  • Temple University
  • Texas Christian University
  • The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Alabama
  • The University of Georgia
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington and Jefferson College
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Winthrop University
  • Wofford College
  • Yale University


Senior Leadership Council by Alex Dodenhoff '17

The Senior Leadership Council conducts meetings in order to gauge the Upper School's effectiveness in living out the mission statement of Porter-Gaud. Whether we impart this mission to our freshmen peer group members or while conducting matters in our respective organizations, we are determined to act as role models for every grade at Porter-Gaud. A typical meeting consists of updates regarding peer groups, ideas to fix various campus issues, and plans to lead the Upper School towards increased general respect. Here are the points we covered over the last two meetings:

1. Peer Group updates

  • AP exam policy
  • Senior Blazers
  • Celebration dress
  • Exam exemptions
  • Senior gift
  • Continued Academic Productivity at PG
  • 2. Senior trip

    3. Peer Group brainstorming

    4. Senior gift

    5. Honor at PG

    6. Respect at PG

    Lastly, The Charleston Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that I founded in memory of my father who passed away as I entered sophomore year due to a rather complicated cancer. Cognizant of the many students in the upper and middle schools whose families have endured grief by cancer in various ways, this foundation's mission is aimed at raising funds for cancer research through the efforts of Porter-Gaud students. We do this by selling T-Shirts. Currently we have a long-sleeve model. If you would like to purchase a T-Shirt for your son or daughter (or yourself), please email adodenhoff17@portergaud.edu with an idea of how many you would like in what sizes. Our inventory is limited right now, but we would like to see it gone soon in order to get even more. Thank you very much for your help! The price of a shirt is $20 and must be paid in cash.



    Chapel Service This Week Honors Dr. Martin Luther King

    At Upper School Chapel this Tuesday, we continued to discuss the virtue of respect, which is our focus as a school family this month. The service revolved around the works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and students read together from King's "A LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL" of April 16, 1963.

    "I have not said to my people: "Get rid of your discontent." Rather, I have tried to say that this normal and healthy discontent can be channeled into the creative outlet of nonviolent direct action. And now this approach is being termed extremist. But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice: "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Was not Martin Luther an extremist: "Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God." And John Bunyan: "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." And Abraham Lincoln: "This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." And Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal . . ." So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime--the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment. Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists."



    NEW: Girls In Self-Defense on Jan. 29

    On Sunday, January 29th, the Porter-Gaud Girls In program is hosting a special event. (Girls In is a monthly luncheon series where US students hear from female alumni and leaders in the community, and discuss issues affecting young women and girls in our community and world.) This special event is an afternoon of Brazilian Gracie Jiu Jitsu/self-defense. The two-hour workshop, led by the husband and wife team of Pat and Maggie McGuighan is a "gentle art" self-defense program that employs leverage, technique, and timing. The event is open to all Upper School students.

    Students will learn how to defend themselves in a fun, safe, and cooperative learning environment, all the while growing their self-confidence and self-assurance. Afterwards, our students will enjoy a Mellow Mushroom dinner together in Washington Hall.

    THIS EVENT IS FREE! To register your daughter, email Anne Frazier at afrazier@portergaud.edu.



    The World-Renowned Saint Thomas Choir in Concert on January 31st

    Join us Tuesday, January 31st at 7:30 p.m. as the boy choristers of the Saint Thomas Choir School visit and present a wonderful evening of music at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke & St. Paul (126 Coming Street) on their fall recruitment tour. Founded in 1919, and located in the heart of New York City, it is the only church-affiliated boarding school of its kind in the United States. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity! For ticket sales and more information, simply visit https://https://yourcathedral.churchcenteronline.c...

    The Saint Thomas Choir will be visiting and performing for our students here at Porter-Gaud on January 30th and February 1st. Many of the Saint Thomas choir members are staying with our Porter-Gaud families. We are so grateful to the families who are opening your homes to this extraordinary choir.



    PARENT EVENT: Richard Guerry on February 22th

    Richard Guerry, founder of the non-profit organization the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2), comes to Porter-Gaud on February 22. Guerry's program "Permanent and Public" will provide students and parents with entertaining and eye-opening stories that offer a solution-oriented concept of how to avoid any self-inflicted digital problem, which is critical to anyone that uses a digital device.

    Richard's parent program begins at 6:30 p.m. in Gwynette Auditorium on February 22. He will hold a Q&A session afterwards. Light refreshments will be served.

    Richard is also the author of multiple cyber safety and citizenship books, and has been a featured speaker at many national conferences and conventions, including the National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention, the International Bullying Prevention Association, and the National Symposium on Child Abuse. He has also appeared as a digital safety expert on various media outlets like CNN, Radio Disney, MTV, Parade Magazine and many other local, regional, and international networks and publications.



    Spring Service Overview by Gretchen Tate

    We wanted to remind everyone that we will happily accept Porter-Gaud uniform donations, gently used book donations (children's and adults), and truly any other donation you may have, at any time. Our service program can connect you with a variety of non-profit organizations that are in need of so many things. Please save the date for the following school-wide service efforts and check the Community Service tab for regular updates about our program:

    • Friday, February 3rd is our next American Red Cross Blood Drive. You can register online for an appointment two weeks before the drive or email gtate@portergaud.edu.
    • February 20th-March 3rd - Gently Used Book Collection to support our Used Book Sale. All books will be sold for $0.50/each and money will be donated to One80Place Homeless Shelter. The Book Sale will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 9th and 10th in the lobby of the Wendell Center.
    • Tuesday, March 14th is the annual Faculty vs Student basketball game. This is a school wide dress down day for $2 and we ask that all students and faculty bring in non-perishable food items for the Lowcountry Food Bank as their admission into the 5th grade dribbling contest, the MS student vs faculty game, the US student vs faculty game, and the Slam Dunk contest.

    The Upper School students were recently reminded at an assembly that Porter-Gaud's Service Program is founded on kindness. Kindness to humans, animals, and our environment. Our motto for the remainder of the semester is "Above All, Be Kind". We challenge our students and our school community to be kind to everyone and everything, and we demonstrate this kindness with service to others and our community. We are grateful for the parents and caregivers who help support our mission of living a selfless life.

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    November

    As the steel beam signed by our seniors was set into place this week, and the new building begins to take shape, one can begin to visualize the interior. Because of that, excitement grows for faculty and students because they will be occupying a dynamic and very different space. For those of you with a familiarity of the present campus layout, students travel in the course of their academic days from the second floor of the S&T building to Richardson Hall with assorted classroom stops along the way. In 2017 – 2018 the English, history, math, computer science, and world language departments will be housed in the new building. Science classes will continue to meet on the second floor of the S&T, and fine and performing art classrooms will occupy new spaces along the breezeway. For faculty in those departments, a new feeling of collegiality will develop as departments- each with six rooms dedicated to their discipline- will no longer be spread around the campus. Even departments like world languages and math which share a fairly tight circle of rooms will occupy new space adjacent to one another or directly across the hall. I expect the opportunities for collegial sharing of pedagogical methods and ideas to flourish.

    For students, classrooms will not only be brand new with new furniture and technology, but the building will have multiple places for private study or quiet socializing. These common areas, located primarily on the second and third floors, will allow students the opportunity to gather in small groups in ways that do not currently exist. On the first floor, the library will look totally different than the present Olsen Library as stacks will be shortened to create a more visibly open space. Around the perimeter of the library will be study rooms for students to use as well. The design of the library, just like the entire building, has purposely zeroed in on creating a vibrant study, research, and collaborative learning experience for our students.

    Being the first occupants in the new building will lead to lasting memories. Thank you to those who have played a role, or will play a role in the future, in making the new building a reality. On behalf of both students and faculty, I can say without hesitation, "We cannot wait to step foot into our new home!"

    Regards,

    Brad Gilman, Upper School Head


    EVENTS:

    • Fall Play: Around the World in 80 Days runs Nov. 5-6: Purchase your tickets HERE. Our all-star cast will keep you captivated in this funny. throughly-entertaining, and family friendly show.
    • Philanthropy Week is Nov. 7 - 11: CLICK HERE for service projects and wish lists.
    • American Red Cross Blood Drive is Nov. 9th in Wendell Center from 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • NEW EVENT FOR PARENTS: Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in Gwynette Auditorium: We are scheduling a viewing of the award-winning documentary entitled Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, as part of our 2016-17 digital citizenship program. VIEW THE TRAILER HERE.


    REMINDERS:

    TWO International Travel Options - Deposits for both trips DUE FRIDAY!

    • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN FEBRUARY: Sign up for our annual international service trip to the Dominican Republic! 2-3 days of intense service at an adorable Episcopal school in Santo Domingo, kayaking and snorkeling, a boat trip to the humpback whale breeding grounds, and nice warm sunny weather in the middle of February! Not many spots available so be sure to bring in your $200 deposit and signed form to me or into Mrs. Luff ASAP! Due by Friday, November 4th, but first students to sign up will get priority! DR TRIP FORM.
    • PANAMA IN JUNE: Jason Fricker is leading a 10-day trip to Panama in June for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Students that can dive and surf will be all set, those that can't or haven't ever will be instructed and, in the case of divers, become certified as Open Water Divers through PADI. Students will spend time in Panama City and the Canal Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage site of the enchanting Casco Viejo, Santa Catalina and Isla Coiba (known as the "Galapagos of C.America") This trip is a one-of-a-kind experience in one of the safest Spanish speaking countries. PANAMA FORM.

    Also, don't forget about the Expanding Horizons Award, which is an $800 grant to travel on a school trip. It can be applied to this trip or Mr. Fricker's trip. Those applications are due also by November 4th. AWARD FORM HERE.


    Community Service Opportunities

    • 11th graders: The Richards Memorial Award presentation will be in November and applications will be due early December. This is a $3,000 service travel award. Candidates must be well-rounded students of strong moral character. They must have demonstrated interest, ability, and participation in several of the following areas - academics, athletics, music, art, community/school service, or other forms of creative expression.
    • All Upper School students are encouraged to show true leadership at their Philanthropy Week project location next Friday, 11/11. We also hope to have a large amount of donations from Upper School students to support the Wish List of each organization we are working with. CLICK HERE for projects and wish lists.
    • We will happily take any excess Halloween candy you may have. We will take chocolate to One80Place and Neighborhood House, and share the hard candy with Operation Christmas Child and Soldiers Angels.

    Athletics: Winter Team Meetings

    • BOWLING TEAM: There will be a meeting for everyone that signed up to be on the bowling team this Thursday during community in the weight room.
    • TRACK AND FIELD: There will be a brief meeting Thursday at community period in the health classroom for all upper school students interested in being part of the track & field team this spring. Please let Coach Knight know if you are unable to attend.
    • SPORTING CLAYS: Saturday, November 5th is the first Sporting Clays Practice at Kiawah

    Technology

    • Porter-Gaud has launched a comprehensive digital citizenship and Internet safety program for 2016-17. The next opportunity for parents is November 15 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for SCREENAGERS, a one-hour award-winning documentary, that reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.
    • For the complete 2016-17 digital citizenship program line-up, please our Technology website.

    College Counseling Update

    • This is just a reminder that we are planning to host the Freshman College Night this coming Monday, November 7 at 7:00 pm in Gwynette Auditorium.
    • College Board has indicated that Sophomores and Juniors should be receiving PSAT scores in mid-December.

    Lyceum Exam Preparation: It's not too early!

    • The Lyceum will once again open on weekends in December for exam preparation. Subject-specific tutors and academic coaches will be available to conduct individual, hour-long exam prep sessions on three of the weekends leading up to exams. Each session is $55.00.


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    April Reminders

    • April 14: FIELD PASS at PG: Come out and support FIVE VARSITY teams in action - boys tennis, girls lax, baseball and boys and girls soccer starting at 4:00 p.m. The Fathers Association will have the grill firing for delicious food and cold drinks. 
    • April 16: 5th annual Alumni Soccer Game. The Varsity boys soccer team vs. Alumni soccer players at 11 a.m. on Singleton Field. The rivalry is tied 2 - 2 so this year serves as a tie breaker. Come out and enjoy the showdown!
    • April 24: Porter-Gaud Arts Festival is from 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
    • April 26: Senior/Alumni Luncheon and Senior T-Shirt Day
    • Graduation Invitations ARE IN - seniors and/or parents may pick them up in the front office! 

    Spring Break Rewind: Viva Italia! 

    Twenty-one students packed their bags for Italy for a Spring Break full of culture, Roman architecture, and history. Faculty members Aaron Lipka, Jessica Schenkel, and Chris Tate were chaperones. The itinerary included: 

    Day 1: March 26. Arrival in Rome/ drive to Campania/ Cumae archaeological site/ Sorrento.
    Day 2: March 27. Pompeii excavations/ drive to Rome.
    day 3: March 28. Capitoline Museums/ Campus Martius walk/ Pantheon/ Campo di Fiori/ Piazza Navona/ Ara Pacis and Masoleum of Augustus.
    Day 4: March 29. Roman Forum/ Colosseum/ Church of the Capuchin Monks.
    Day 5: March 30. Circus Maximus/ San Clemente/ Baths of Caracalla/ Via Appia and catacombs of San Sebastiano. Evening Tour of Trastevere/ Santa Maria in Trastevere.
    Day 6: March 31. Day trip to Tivoli/ Hadrian's Villa archaeological site/ Villa d'Este gardens.
    Day 7: April 1. Tour of the Vatican museums/ Sistine Chapel/ Saint Peter's Basilica/ Trevi Fountain.
    Day 8: April 2. departure from Rome and return to Charleston.

    "This trip was such a great experience. I loved getting to know these kids. Their knowledge of the history of Rome combined with their Latin skills were truly impressive. I even got to share some of my passion and teach the students about ellipses at the Coliseum! Thank you Aaron for planning such a great trip and allowing me to be a part of it." Jessica Schenkel, math faculty member

    Visiting Playwright Brennen Reeves 

    Over the last few weeks, students in Ashley Stock's public speaking class have been working with playwright Brennen Reeves. Brennen was a theatre major at the College of Charleston and has cystic fibrosis. Several years ago, he had a double lung transplant. His one-man show, Breathe, is about his journey, and will be a part of Spoleto this year. It is heartbreaking, hilarious, startling, honest and amazing. For more information, visit http://brennenreeves.com.

    "I had the privilege of teaching Brennan at the College of Charleston.  I have also had the joy of seeing his one man show.  While I have already covered the basics of playwriting in Intro to Theatre this semester, I thought that it would be valuable for the students to learn about writing an autobiographical show.  Brennan has wonderful performance experience and has helped cultivate a safe writing environment for the students as they develop their own short autobiographical pieces." Ashley Stock 

    Porter-Gaud Arts Festival is April 24th

     

    The Porter-Gaud Performing and Fine Arts Department invites you to the Spring Arts Festival. The afternoon of performances and art includes:

    · 1:00 - AP ART SHOW begins and continues throughout the day

    · 1:30 – 2:30 PM LS CHOIRS / CLASS ENSEMBLES

    · 2:45 – 3:30 PM HANDBELL CONCERT

    · 3:30 – 4:00 PM MS CHOIR and LEADING TONES US AND MS WILL COMBINE

    · 4:00 – 4:30 PM US CHOIR/CHAMBER SINGERS/SIX LEAF CLOVERS/QUARTER POUNDERS

    · 4:30 – 5:00 PM STRING ENSEMBLE/JAZZ ENSEMBLE

    · 5:00 – 5:30 PM ***ART and MUSIC AWARDS CEREMONY (US & MS)

    Immediately following Awards Ceremony-all award recipients will stay for a short photo session.

    Light refreshments served outside Gwynette throughout the day’s events.

    ***All MS & US Students are required to stay for the Awards Ceremony!

    AP Art submissions above from Claire Lawrence and Gettys Moore (left to right)  

    Spring Spanish Proficiency Testing

    As part of our ongoing commitment to a proficiency based language program, all Spanish students in grades 6-12 will be assessed this Spring using the ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL). AAPPL is a performance-based assessment of standards-based language learning across the three modes of communication (Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Presentational) as defined by the World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.

    AAPPL assesses the ability to engage in linguistic tasks on topics of personal, social, and academic relevance across the three modes of communication. Each task, such as writing an e-mail message, video-chatting in the target language, or making selections based on the understanding of something heard, read, or viewed, takes place in the context of the language classroom. AAPPL tasks explore a variety of topics that are familiar to learners through classroom instruction or other language learning experiences, such as school, family, and community. 

    Señora Hyde's Spanish IV Honors students were the first to take this assessment on March 23rd and 24th. 

    PG Team Places Second at Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition, Max Harley named MVP 

    Last weekend, PG's Dangling Pointers (Alex Swanson, Tillson Galloway, Max Harley, Cameron Hay, Mark Anastos, and Randolph Dew) finished second at the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition (PCDC)! The team lost by .223 points to defending champs, Palmetto Scholars Academy. Max Harley was named competition MVP! 

    PCDC is a three-day Cyber Defense Competition that is held by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in collaboration with the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). PCDC promotes cyber security education and awareness. This competition is intended to energize local high schools and colleges to invigorate focused curriculum development for the type of technical skills that are needed in today’s fast paced and challenging cyber environment.

    Students were comprised of "Blue Teams" responsible for operating a small network while protecting the infrastructure from "Red Team" (hacker) attacks. Blue Teams were scored for accomplishing administrative and business tasks while maintaining network/service availability (such as mail, database and web servers) as well as their ability to detect and respond to threats. 

    Athletics: Cyclone Player of the Week: Eddie Nesmith '16 

     

    Cyclone senior Eddie Nesmith is a blur--and not just on the track. He can be seen jetting all over campus, involved in a multitude of activities. Everyone on campus knows him for his infectious smile and sense of humor, as well as for being an outstanding student.

    What many don’t know is that Eddie is an all-state performer in track & field, competing in high jump, sprints, and hurdles. This past week, Eddie ran lifetime personal bests in both of his hurdle events, including the top mark this year in SCISA in the 110 meter high hurdles, leading the Cyclones to a big victory on the road over Heathwood, Hammond, Wilson Hall, and Orangeburg Prep. He is currently the high-point scorer on the boys’ track team, and is one of the keys to the team’s quest to win a sixth consecutive state championship.

     

     

     

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    Event Reminders 

    • MARCH 11: Dress down day for $2 supports PORTERPALOOZA
    • MARCH 12: Join the PG team for WALK FOR WATER at 10:00 am at Joe Riley Stadium
    • MARCH 15: $2 Dress down day supports our EASTER FOOD DRIVE 
    • MARCH 17-20: The high-energy dance musical, FOOTLOOSE debuts! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS! 
    • MARCH 19: PORTERPALOOZA at the Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory. Visit www.porterpalooza.com
    • MARCH 24: B2B is unveiling a new format! All current parents are invited to join us for a hot breakfast and our first in a series of panel discussions: Technology in the Lowcountry with Stan Gray, DIGSOUTH founder and John Osborne, co-founder and director of the Harbor Entreprenuer Center. 
    • MARCH 25 - APRIL 2: Spring Break 

    Special Event: Darkness to Light Training for Parents on April 4

    On April 4 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the US Library, we will offer sexual abuse prevention training facilitated by Cindy McElhinney from our community partner, Darkness to Light. The program addresses child sexual abuse in the context of today's issues, features a combination of expert advice and practical guidance, and shares a simple, 5-step approach to keeping your children safe.

    This prevention program is an important part of PG's long-standing policy and multifaceted strategy to strengthen community efforts to prevent child sexual abuse. RSVP to Jennifer Lorenz at jlorenz@portergaud.edu. Childcare will be available (thanks to our wonderful PG service team), and drinks and light snacks will be provided.

    Poetry OutLoud 

    At Monday Morning Meeting this week, nine Upper School finalists recited their favorite poems as part of the Poetry OutLoud competition. All nine finalists gave strong performances. The three winners were:

    1st Place - Lillian Holland, (9th grade)
    2nd Place - Will Hutchisson (10th grade)
    3rd Place - Jayson Heyward (11th grade)

    "Two things that make some students really uncomfortable are poetry and public speaking," says Childs Smith, English faculty member and event organizer. "Why not combine the two to maximize their discomfort--and then change it? It would be easy to defer to the notion that "expanding one's comfort zone" is important, but that doesn't quite seem true in all cases; nor, perhaps, is it the point. Confidence is not comfort, I think, and the building of it, like character, may require hardships that never get easy. They stay worth it, though, and stay with you--like a poem you had to memorize in high school."

    Upper School Math Team Wins at CofC Meet

    Eleven (11) PG students competed in the College of Charleston Math Meet in early March. Both the Varsity and JV teams made it to the second round in the team elimination! Chris Doll won a timed sprint, and the whole team worked on a ciphering problem to win one of the all-day sprints. Porter-Gaud won the only trophy for this event! The Varsity team consisted of Amy Yu, Kimi Xu, Mark Anastos, and Michael Psenka. The JV team consisted of Jacob Skaggs, Annemarie Thompson, Waleed Hardy, and Gelsey James. The other students participating in the timed sprints, all day sprints, and brainstorming sessions were Chris Doll, Cross Tolliver and Alex Millman. CONGRATULATIONS CYCLONES AND COACH FOX!

    PG Visiting Writer Series Welcomes Alan R. Shapiro 

    The Porter-Gaud Visiting Writer Series will host Pulitzer Prize finalist, Alan R. Shapiro, on March 10-11. Shapiro is the W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he's taught since 1989. As the author of numerous collections of poetry, Shapiro has explored family, loss, domesticity, and the daily aspects of people’s lives in free verse and traditional poetic forms. He has published over ten books of poetry, most recently Reel to Reel (2014), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Night of the Republic (2012), a finalist for the National Book Award and the Griffin Prize; and Old War (2008), winner of the Ambassador Book Award.

    Shapiro will present selected works from Reel to Reel during US assembly in Gwynette Auditorium and will then spend the day with Upper School students in open seminars. A reception for Shapiro will be held this evening.

    Computer Science Team Takes CarolinaCon

    A team of four Computer Science students from Porter-Gaud travelled to Raleigh, NC last weekend to participate in CarolinaCon, a 3-day event focusing on cyber security and technology. Sophomore Tillson Galloway, and seniors Max Harley, Randolph Dew, and Alexander Swanson were the only high school team at the conference aimed toward technology professionals.

    CarolinaCon hosts competitions to challenge the teams on various security scenarios. Many of the South’s top tech companies, including some of the biggest names in Charleston, had teams represented, but our team, who named themselves “Dangling Pointers,” beat all of them in the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition, besting their nearest competitor by 800 points. This competition gives each team opportunities to hack into servers over an extended period of time, with each successful hack offering a number of points. Our team also won the Cryptography Challenge, a series of very difficult cyber puzzles. These competitions are designed to hone the skills of technology professionals and update them on the latest technologies. Congratulations to these amazing students on the win! You continue to make us proud.

    CarolinaCon began in 2005 by The CarolinaCon Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the local and global communities about technology, information/network/computer security, and information rights. The CarolinaCon Group is also closely associated with 2,600 chapters across NC, SC, TN, VA, LA, DC, GA, PA and NY. 

    Porterpalooza: Auction Item of the Day

    Have you purchased your Porterpalooza tickets yet? Come enjoy this fun-filled, casual evening of live music, good food, live and silent auctions in the Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory on East Bay Street. Proceeds benefit our PG teacher wish lists and faculty grants. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

    Auction Item of the Day: FOUR (4) VIP PASSES to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in New York! 

    Everybody Cut Footloose!

    The PG Performing Arts Department is proud to announce the Upper School musical, FOOTLOOSE! will be running March 17-20 in Gwynette Auditorium. Purchase your tickets HERE!

    Sea Turtle Grant Secured with S.C. Aquarium

    Our freshman biology students will be participating in a research program at the South Carolina Aquarium on Thursday, March 17th from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Porter-Gaud was awarded this opportunity via a grant to investigate the effects of human impacts on marine ecosystems (emphasis on sea turtles).

    The research program is part of a grant the S.C. Aquarium receives to provide free standards-based education programs to South Carolina schools.  Science faculty member Peyton Sasnett applied for the program back in September and was selected. She attended the educator training back in December.  

    "I am excited about the opportunity for real-life experiential learning as young biologists," says Peyton Sasnett. "The students started in class today their pre-program enrichment, which includes researching the species of sea turtles we have in SC, studying their life cycle, plotting their migration and navigation routes, and investigating sea turtle standings and human impacts on population."

    #PGService Out and About

    Upper School students have been busy this week supporting our community and the next week will provide even more opportunities for them to get involved and help others.

    On Friday at community period, students can pay $1 to enter a Special Olympics Knockout competition. The top two students from each grade will move to the finals at the Student vs. Faculty basketball game this Tuesday, 3/15.

    On Saturday, the Porter-Gaud team will meet up at "The Joe" to Walk for Water and support Water Missions International.

    And on Tuesday, March 15th, the service program will host a $2 dress down day to raise money for our 29th annual Easter Food Drive, which supports 25 families in great need on Wadmalaw Island. The games will begin at 12:30PM with the concession stand open serving pizza and drinks to students. The Lowcountry Food Drive truck will be at the entrance of the Wendell Center and we ask that all students donate canned food items as their "entry" into the game.

    Lastly, don't forget to clean your bookshelves and come and shop our Gently Used Book Sale on March 17th and March 18th. All books will be sold at $0.50/each and all money raised will be donated to Pet Helpers. Thank you for your support!

    Athletics: New Teams, New Beginnings

    Last weekend, three of the four new sports unveiled this year were in action simultaneously. Coach Colleen Jones accompanied Caroline McShane to Sumter to get her qualified to compete along with her teammates in the SCISA state Hunt Seat Championships on May 1st.  She wound up collecting a third place ribbon on the flat and a blue ribbon for first place over fences in her division.

    About two hours west of there, our new shooting sports team was competing in their own first event, the SCISA state sporting clays championships in Edgefield, SC.  They brought home a trophy as the runner-up among new school teams. And back at home, our new girls' lacrosse team had their first-ever home game, hosting Pinewood Prep.  The Cyclones scored in the last minute to secure a 7-6 win that thrilled a crowd of students who came out to witness history in the making.  Our fourth new team, bowling, has already concluded their inaugural season--the boys placed fifth and the girls third in SCISA back in January. 

         


     

    Student Spotlight: Amanda Billings '16 wins NCA All-Star Nationals

    Amanda Billings and her American Cheer X-Treme (ACX) Senior Level 4 team won the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) All-Star Nationals in Dallas, TX and received a bid to the ESPN World Summit Cheer Competition in May. This win represents her third year of winning NCA in addition to 15 national titles, 5 grand champion titles, and third place in the ESPN World Summit Competition in 2014. Congratulations Amanda!

    Team Spotlight: Sailing  

    The sailing team competed in late February in a regatta with 19 schools from GA, NC and SC. The weather was very cooperative with a mix of sun and clouds and winds between 10 - 15 mph. After five hours of racing and six races in each division, the team placed fifth overall! Our B division team placed second. 

    Congratulations to Peter Buyck, William Chapman, Robert Turner, Joey Chomyn and Coach Kael Martin!

     



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    February Reminders

    • Winter Break is Monday, February 15 - Tuesday, February 16.
    • Athletics: Spring sports are heating up - check the schedule for game times and locations!
    • PGPG Porterpalooza tickets go on sale on next week! Visit www.porterpalooza.com for event details and sponsorships!
    • The Lyceum is adding evening hours and expanding locations! For more details, visit the Lyceum landing page.  

    College Counseling with Karen Kimberly

    Sophomore College Night is February 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Gwynette Auditorium. We encourage students to bring a parent with them to this event. See you there!

     

     

    PG Delegation at GSU Model UN Conference 

    The Porter-Gaud Model United Nations program had a successful conference at Georgia Southern University last week. We were first honored that 25% of the Day 1 agenda was set by our delegates when four of the sixteen resolutions that would determine the topics and debate for the General Assembly (GA) were selected from Porter-Gaud submissions. Given that 22 schools participate in the conference and all submit resolutions ahead of time for this selection, it is a testament to our kids' writing skills and preparation to have so many resolutions selected.

    Furthermore, two of these four resolutions were approved in the Assembly after rigorous debate and consensus-building by our delegates. Of the sixteen resolutions debated that day, only five were approved, and two of them were drafted by Porter-Gaud. Please congratulate the following students who contributed to writing and defending these resolutions: Michael Psenka, Constantin Koutsagiannikis, Beaumount Dixon, Ali Lovell, and Cade Callen.

    At the conference, our delegation performed admirably and energetically, representing Porter-Gaud with aplomb. Three of our six delegations were honored. Michael and Constantin (both rookies) earned an Honorable Mention for their efforts as delegates from Azerbaijan in the GA, and Cameron Ward and Thomas Pritchard, representing Cote d'Ivorie in the GA, also got Honorable Mentions. Such recognition is given to around 20 delegations (of the some 100 nations represented).

    Besting last year's achievements were our two most energetic and dynamic delegates this year, representing Turkmenistan in the GA, Alex Dodenhoff and Paul Qualey. They earned Distinguished Delegation awards, which is the second highest honor and awarded to around 10 delegations. They really were excellent, and, as many of you can guess, Alex's rhetorical skills were on full display as he gave his peers reasons to smile-- he was entertaining, yet forceful, and clearly left a lasting impression. Tom Westerman, Christianne Gates and I were very proud of our kids! - Paul Baran, Chair, History Department 

    Student POV: Vestry members Ann Claire Gaillard and Carson Marr

    Our four Vestry prefects attended the 2016 Mere Anglicanism conference in early February with Chaplains Brian McGreevy and Hutson Dodds, along with 900 registrants from around the world. The prefects were privileged to serve as acolytes for the Festival Eucharist that concluded the day, where PG's own Johnny Wallace was serving as the lay reader. 

    Mere Anglicanism is an event-oriented organization that provides the tools and resources to disciple, train, and educate lay and clergy leaders. The subject of the 2016 conference was The Cross and the Crescent: The Gospel and the Challenge of Islam. We asked prefects Ann Claire Gaillard and Carson Marr to select a word that captured the experience best for them. Below are their reflections: 

    Ann Claire Gaillard: For me, the word that best describes last weekend would be enlightening.  Last weekend, I learned more in one day about the Islam Religion and the relationships between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East.  One of the things I found to be the most interesting was the story of a man who grew up Christian with Muslim nature and just his personal experience of how peaceful and fun it was growing up with those people.  It was also very interesting for me to hear the history of the religion and how it functions as a whole. 

    Carson Marr: I believe that my word is excitement. I know that it sounds unbelievable in this day and age. I know that we live a time full of violent crimes, deteriorating morals, and a breakdown of the American family, but I couldn't help but to feel in my heart a spirit of excitement. The world seems to be slipping through our fingers, but the more that we lose control, the more the Lord has room to step in. That's why I'm excited.

     

    Allen Walters '16 Presents Senior Gift

    On behalf of the Student Council and its elected leaders of the senior class, it is our pleasure to present our senior gift. The Senior Gift is given to the School for the benefit of the entire student body, faculty, and staff. The senior student council representatives: Cinnie Saunders, Cross Tolliver, Edward Buxton, Cameron Ward, Harris Krogh, and myself, with the help of Kael Martin, would like to introduce the new water fountains to you. They are currently located in the Wendell Center, upstairs S&T, downstairs S&T. These new water fountains offer the ability to easy fill your water bottles. We hope that these will be appreciated and used wisely. Additionally, we want to give a very special thank you to the Facilities Staff for installing the new water fountains. I hope everyone will enjoy these water fountains for years to come! - Allen Walters, Senior Class President

    Signing Day for Seniors Chandler Richards and Matt Naumoff

    A large crowd of faculty, staff, coaches, parents, and students turned out in the Upper School Library for Signing Day for two of our student-athletes. Chandler Richards signed his letter of intent to play soccer at Eckerd College in Florida. Matt Naumoff signed his letter to play football at Sewanee. Naumoff is a three-sport student-athlete at Porter-Gaud. Both students gave thanks to their teammates, parents, and coaches. After thanking his parents, Naumoff concluded his speech with a special thank you to Porter-Gaud, "the best school in South Carolina" and that he was "proud to represent PG at Sewanee in the fall." GO CYCLONES!

    Event Rewind: Fox Business Republican Primary Debate

    PG's Young Republicans are out to rock the vote this year. They attended the Republican Primary Debate at the North Charleston Colesium last month, and will be attending events this week and next week, ramping up for the South Carolina Primary on February 20. 

     


     

     

     

     

     

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