Life 101

What is Life 101?

Life 101 is the Middle School’s component of our school-wide Student Wellness Program. The Porter-Gaud Student Wellness Program is driven by the school’s core values of WATCH; Words, Actions, Thoughts, Character and Habits. Wellness is an active, ongoing process which involves becoming aware of and taking steps toward a healthier, happier, more successful life.

This program empowers students across all three divisions to acquire, integrate, and practice vital skills related to health and wellness in order to promote social growth and self-awareness. It’s focused on three specific areas which include; spiritual life, social and emotional learning, inclusion and diversity, and leadership.

Life 101 delivers student wellness through a curriculum of mini-courses, workshops, classroom lessons, speaker series, assemblies, presentations, and our school rituals and traditions.

Programming Topics

Week of April 8:

This morning in Life 101 students participated in presentations on Drug and Alcohol prevention.

The 5th and 6th sat in on an assembly presented by  Becky Bergeron, from FCD Prevention Works™ (Free from Chemical Dependency). FCD has been working with Porter-Gaud students for several years now as a mainstay in our drug and alcohol prevention education program.  In this morning's program, Ms. Bergeron talked with 5th and 6th grade students about building healthy social, emotional, and physical habits.  Using examples of physical fitness and wellness, Ms. Bergeron talked through the science of the brain in cultivating healthy habits.  Our speaker also talked through some unhealthy choices and the release of dopamine that comes with some of these choices. Finally, FCD shared statistics for Porter-Gaud based on an Upper School student survey, which debunked the notion that a large group of students are using drugs and alcohol.  

The 7th graders participated in a presentation on Juuling and the effects of nicotine in the developing adolescent brain. Our 5th grade science teacher, Jennifer Clair guided students through an activity that simulated how nicotine attaches to receptors in the brain and causes a release of dopamine, resulting in craving more dopamine. Mrs. Clair's presentation demostrated the highly addictive nature of nicotine.

The 8th graders spoke with two Deputies from the Sheriffs Office about the dangers of drinking and driving. They tested out five levels of “drunk goggles” and tried to walk and weave between chairs. One student said, “it felt like my feet were five feet away.” Another student said “it felt like my right was my left and everything was slanted.” Crisis Chaplaincy closed out the conversation about how one choice can change your life, and to make the choices good ones. 

Today’s Life 101 wraps up the Middle School Drug and Alcohol Prevention Education for the school year.

Week of April 1:

5th grade girls and boys will have presentations which detail how the body changes during puberty and what to expect when your body is changing and developing throughout the process.  

6th grade girls and boys will learn more details about puberty, including best practices for nutrition and hygiene, as well as information on sexual reproduction. 

7th Grade girls and boys will have presentations on puberty, including more details of further body changes throughout the process of puberty as well as the sexual reproduction,  the fertilization process, and the development of an embryo.  Students will see slides that show the birth of a baby.   

8th Grade girls and boys will have separate presentations on Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  The presentation on STD's will include the statistics for their age group in South Carolina and the US on the number of cases per year that doctors have diagnosed STD's.  Students will learn how an STD can affect one physically, what an STD looks like when a person has been diagnosed, medical treatments available for STD's, and that abstinence is the only 100% way to protect from getting an STD at this young age. 

All of our Human Growth and Development courses are taught by our Porter-Gaud faculty and staff, with Nurse Anna Smith consulting on the content. 

 

Week of March 19:

Boys and Girls Leadership Day in Life 101

This morning in Life 101 all 190 middle school boys participated in a Boy’s Leadership workshop with local author Chris Connors, whose book, The Value of You, was the centerpiece of a discussion about EQ, emotional intelligence, in boys. After a presentation from Mr. Connors, the boys were broken into small groups to discuss what they can do to make a classmate's experience better, what a classmate can do to make their own experience better, and what 3 things will they commit to doing today. The discussion was centered around adaptability, self-awareness, altruism, and a short video by Brene Brown on empathy.  Chris Connors also wrote an article on EQ that you can read by clicking here

The girls leadership day had 5th & 6th grade girls working with local counseling professional Kyle Lawton on Leadership Qualities and character traits that help to make a person a great leader. Several Upper School girls came to help with their group projects and discussions.  The 7th grade girls worked with MyRemarkable Self’s Mary George.  She focused on Self Esteem and Leadership and empowering the "rising 8th grade leaders" of the middle school.  Our 8th grade girls had a breakfast with Upper School counselor Fran Ridgell, freshman class sponsor Samantha Fisk, and many 9th grade girls who shared their experiences as ninth graders this year.  

Week of March 11:

This week's Life 101 was an extended advisory. Advisory activities included making blankets for Pet Helpers, preparing laundry packets for local shelters, and service to our staff in sorting through Lost and Found and a campus pick up for small pieces of litter. Some advisory groups paired up to work together, and others organized grade level activities like a scavenger hunt or games of Catch Phrase. The students and advisors enjoyed their "family" bonding time and community-building activities! Thank you to Ms. Cipriani and student council for organizing!

 

 

Week of February 27th:

The 5th graders continued with their multiple workshops series. Half of the grade participated in a mini-series on the effects of smoking and nicotine in the body, as well as the dangers of Juuling. This series is run by our 5th and 6th grade science teachers along with Dr. Julie Sessions. The other half of the 5th grade met with our LS Chaplain Ms. Jill, and Terra Burke, our Director of Multicultural Affairs to discuss our Episcopal Identity and having respecting for all individuals.

 

The 6th grade students continued their work with Ms. Wade and Ms. White with the My Intent Project.

The MyIntent Project is intended as a catalyst for meaningful conversations and positive action. Students explore the purpose inside each of us and are encouraged to share more truth and inspiration with each other. It encourages meaningful conversations, community, and people living with purpose and passion!

The students worked to make their bracelets/keychains with their representative words. For further information, you can go to their website:https://www.myintent.org/

The 7th grade students were engaged in a number of mini-courses on a variety of topics including; Mindfulness, Kindness, and Gratitude. We also had MUSC’s College of Psychiatry presenting to a group of 7th graders as well on Mental Health and Wellness and Substance Abuse. All 7th grade students will rotate through these four mini-course over the next four weeks.

 

The 8th grade students participated in "mock interviews" and answered impromptu sample interview questions. All of the students were brave in participating in front of their peers and were able to answer questions ranging from "Where do you see yourself in 10 years" to "What's one thing you hope to experience in the Upper School".

Week of February 11th

The 5th graders began multiple workshops today. Half of the grade participated in a mini-series on the effects of smoking and nicotine in the body, as well as the dangers of Juuling. This series is run by our 5th and 6th grade science teachers along with Dr. Julie Sessions. The other half of the 5th grade met with our LS Chaplain Ms. Jill, and Terra Burke, our Director of Multicultural Affairs to discuss our Episcopal Identity and having respecting for all individuals.

 

The 6th grade students began a project called MyIntent with Ms. Wade and Ms. White. Here is a brief summary of this project:

The MyIntent Project is intended as a catalyst for meaningful conversations and positive action. Students explore the purpose inside each of us and are encouraged to share more truth and inspiration with each other. It encourages meaningful conversations, community, and people living with purpose and passion!

The 6th graders will be choosing representative words and making bracelets/keychains over the course of the next 2 weeks. For further information, you can go to their website: https://www.myintent.org/

The 7th grade students were engaged in a number of mini-courses on a variety of topics including; Mindfulness, Kindness, and Gratitude. We also had MUSC’s College of Psychiatry presenting to a group of 7th graders as well on Mental Health and Wellness and Substance Abuse. All 7th grade students will rotate through these four mini-course over the next four weeks.

The 8th grade participated in advisory discussion groups around moral dilemmas with Coach Tate. Here is an example of one of the dilemmas each group was faced with and some taking points:

 

Dilemma #1

You are head of a student council at a high school and are faced with a difficult decision regarding an 12th grade girl’s risky, last-resort choice. This girl is an honor student. All through her academic years, she has obtained straight A’s, has many friends and has never been disciplined by the principal. However, near the end of her grade twelve year, she fell ill with the flu and fell way behind in her school work. She missed three weeks of class, which resulted in her having to rush a report that would be worth 40% of English, a required graduation subject in her curriculum. She was so desperate about the report that she went online and passed off a report she found on that subject as her own. Her English teacher caught her and has referred her to you. If you enter on her academic record that she plagiarized, she will likely not be eligible to be accepted into St. Steven’s University, a school she has dreamed of attending all through high school and needs in order to fulfill her academic and future dreams.
What would you do?

MORAL DILEMMAS FOR STUDENTS

There are times when we can't think of what is right or wrong or what we should do or we shouldn't. Moral dilemmas occur when you have to choose between two alternatives, both of which generally are equally unpleasant. There is no exact definition for a moral dilemma, as it is related to human emotions, and not all the emotions can be explained in words. People learn to solve and cope with moral dilemmas over many years of experience, but it is quite difficult for young kids, adolescents, and teenagers to confront their emotions and come to terms with moral or ethical issues. Merely reading or listening to moral stories does not make the task easy. To solve any mental dilemma, you need decisiveness, a strong analytical ability, and self-realization.
 

 

Week of February 8th:

 

The 5th graders completed their two-week series presented by Dee Norton on sexual abuse and sexual assault. This is a part of the school wide program to deliver this content to all students, faculty and parents.

 

The 6th grade assembly was led by local author Chris Connor, whose recent book, The Value of You, teaches young people about finding their passion and having a purpose and enthusiasm in their lives. His message is personal and meaningful and he will continue to work with our students throughout the year.

 

 

The 7th graders were engaged in a number of mini-course on a variety of topics including; Mindfulness, Kindness, and Gratitude. We also had MUSC’s College of Psychiatry presenting to a group of 7th graders as well on Mental Health and Wellness and Substance Abuse. All 7th grade students will rotate through these four mini-course over the next four weeks.

 

The 8th graders participated in some team building exercises with Coach Tate and Ms. Daily, including a team survival challenge. Students engaged in several activities and worked together to solve problems in preparation for their Outward Bound adventure.

 

 

For more information about Life 101 programming, please contact Chris Tate, MS Dean at ctate@portergaud.edu or 843.402.4759.

 

 

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Week of January 28th:

8th grade in Life 101 was an introduction to the Outward Bound Class Trip (April 30-May3). This was a preview of what Outward Bound is, and why this is such an important culminating middle school trip for the class of 2023. We shared stories from previous trips and talked about the essential skills learned from an experience like Outward Bound. We told the students that finishing the course brings with it a true sense of accomplishment and is a capstone to the Leadership work we do throughout their Middle School years. We will be emailing a Porter-Gaud packet to all 8th grade families by the end of the week. Additionally, we will be sending a North Carolina Outward Bound packet home with the students next week. We always look forward to having students who have completed the course come meet with our 8th graders, too! These meetings will happen in the coming weeks.

The 7th graders were engaged in a number of mini-courses on a variety of topics including; Mindfulness, Kindness, and Inclusion. We also had MUSC’s College of Psychiatry presenting to a group of 7th graders as well on Mental Health and Wellness and Substance Abuse. All 7th grade students will rotate through these four mini-courses over the next four weeks.

6th grade students were presented with fun facts and personal trivia about their 6th grade teachers. We call this the “What’s your Story” assembly and use these facts to allow students to see their teachers as people with unique and interesting stories. The hope is to create an even stronger bond between teacher and student. We understand the importance of the relationships forged in the classrooms, and we believe this is one fun way to deepen those bonds!

The 5th graders began a two-week series presented by Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center. Students learned 5 steps (know what's up, spot red flags, make a move, talk it up, and no blame no shame) to protect themselves from potential abuse. All students in grades 1-12 will cycle through this training by Dee Norton.

Week of January 21st:

For this week's Life 101, students gathered by Winterim groups. They were asked to reflect on their Winterim by answering a series of discussion questions. Questions prompted students to determine what learning they can take from their experience and apply to their lives moving forward. Students were asked to provide feedback on an element they would change about their Winterim experiences. This feedback helps us continue to improve our programs from year to year. We appreciate the thoughtful responses from the students and the commitment and care from the chaperones for all of the experiences.

Week of January 13th:

This morning in Life 101 the students enjoyed a Winterim wrap-up slideshow. Next week we will be working with students on Winterim reflections and what they learned, what surprised them, and their feedback for next year. This is an important part of our experiential learning programs. We've heard so many details from students about their experiences, and use this information and their own reflection to move them forward in how they view the world around them and the people they interact with. We also value feedback from parents. If would would like to provide feedback about any part of the program, or your students experience specifically, please email Chris Tate, at ctate@portergaud.edu


Week of November 26th:

Students in 5th - 8th grades learned about different ways Porter-Gaud students engage in service, both at Porter-Gaud and off campus and the programs that are available as students transition to our Upper School. The Upper School Service Leaders presented their areas of service and also explained how they came to discover their love of service through projects they had done in Middle School, like breaking down bikes for Bicycles for Humanity. They explained how powerful it is to complete service to benefit the community, but also how it helps them feel connected and happy in their own lives.

Students who complete 5 hours of community service each quarter are encouraged to submit hours to either Mrs. Flynn or Mrs. Clair. Our service form is posted to our website, and we enjoy honoring students who complete on campus service as well as off campus. Each quarter closes with a reception for students who complete 5 service hours. Students may check the announcements each day for opportunities to help (like managing recycling for the Lower School teachers, assisting vendors with set up and clean up for the upcoming Holiday Market or helping with the holiday decorations around campus). Mrs. Tate, the Director of Community Service, also shared with Middle School students the positive impact they have on our Charleston community when they help with events liked canned food drives and the upcoming toy drive. We hope our students left inspired to find ways they can "pay it forward" through an act of service.

Week of November 13th:

All Student Assembly: If you read the Porter-Gaud Mission Statement you’ll notice a section that says the school has a “diverse student body”, and that we “respect differences”. These statements are very important to our school because they show the value of each individual student and reflect the idea that it is our differences that make us stronger as a school community. In today's Life 101, our students met with Terra Burke, the Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs and a lower school reading teacher. Mrs. Burke led an interactive section that delved into our Mission Statement and generated discussion of what it means to be a member of our community. John Pearson is the Director of Diversity, Head of Global Union, and the Head Varsity Basketball Coach. Coach Pearson talked with the students about tangible ways they can cultivate habits of empathy and inclusion. He spoke about how we all have unique attributes and interests that build a strong community.

Both shared with students their roles at our school, their experiences here, and their visions for what we can become as we continue to celebrate our differences and seek to understand others.

Week of November 7th:

5th Grade Seminars:

5th grade boys completed their workshops with Kyle Lawton, Meeting Street Academy teacher and SEL leader, on “Zones of Regulation: How to Identify and Control our Emotions”. They continued to work in groups to identify how emotions play out in different scenarios and learned tools for managing anger, sadness, stress, and anxiety. They also learned about positive self-talk and “inner-coach” “and inner-critic”.

5th grade girls had their final session of My Remarkable Self facilitated by Mrs. Daily. They closed out their session by recalling the elements that build positive self esteem for themselves and their peers. They built symbolic 3D models of friendship and finished their session with a spiderweb activity of sharing compliments with one another.

6th Grade Workshops:

6th grade boys worked on their technology readiness with Julie Sessions. They focused on digital organization skills and best practices when using their iPads.

6th grade girls met with Nurse Anna for their Human Growth and Development course on puberty.

7th Graders - Speaker Series- Wake Up Carolina Presentation

Wake Up Carolina is a movement of South Carolinians who have joined our efforts to fight substance abuse. Our 7th graders heard about how peer pressure and social status plays a role in drug and alcohol dependency and addiction. US Olympic snowboarder Mason Aquirre told our students his story of young adolescence and his rise to the Olympic stage in early adulthood.

8th Grade Mini Courses:

8th grade completed their rotation through mini-courses on the following topics:

  • Ethical Decision-Making with Father Wandrey
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga with Jennifer Marvel
  • Friendships and Peer Relationships with Anne Frazier
  • MUSC’s College of Psychiatry’s presentation on mental health & wellness, and substance abuse.


Week of October 29th: Student Health and Wellness Topic: Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

5th Grade Speaker Series: Sylvia Rivers from MUSC's "Just Say Know" program spoke with all 5th grade students. She presented on the science of addiction and why delaying use of any substance is best for brain development. The 5th grade students even had the opportunity to make observations of an actual human brain.

Becky Bergeron, from FCD Prevention Works™, worked with students in grades 6-8. FCD is the leading international nonprofit provider of school-based substance abuse prevention services, working worldwide to provide students and the adults who care for them with the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to make intelligent, healthy choices about alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. This is our third year working with FCD.

6th Grade Science Classes: In these classes, Ms. Bergeron emphasized the need to find natural enjoyment and the "crash" effect that happens from "highs" created by abuse of substances rather than life's authentic positive experiences. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and debunk myths and learn more about healthy lifestyle choices.

7th and 8th Grade Assembly: Ms. Bergeron talked with students about survey data regarding vaping in the Southeastern United States. Becky explained her own path to addiction and recovery and emphasized the importance of delayed usage for brain development. The students were able to ask questions as well as offer ways to say no to using drugs and alcohol. Becky talked about peer pressure, but also sometimes that pressure comes from an overwhelming desire to fit in and be accepted. She shared research, anecdotes, and solicited questions and answers from the students throughout the presentation.

Week of October 24th:

5th Grade Seminars:

5th grade girls were in week 2 of My Remarkable Self facilitated by Mrs. Daily. They worked to define traits that make someone a good friend and then behaviors that can impact friendships in a negative way. They closed out their class with the opportunity to share positive feedback with a peer, teacher, or family member who embodies positive friendship traits.

5th grade boys worked with Coach Tate on labels, name-calling and how we treat each other. The boys also learned more about the expectations of middle school life and were able to give feedback on how their transition to middle school has gone thus far. The boys were also given the opportunity to make suggestions on things that should change….more snacks and free time being the biggest vote getters!

6th & 7th Graders - Speaker Series

*Please note - Human Growth and Development for 6th grade girls had to be rescheduled due to a conflict this morning. 6th Grade girls will meet with Nurse Anna on Wednesday, November 7th for their Human Growth and Development course.

Emotional and Learned Responses to Music and Sound

Andrea White, middle school music teacher, discussed with students Emotional and Learned responses to music and sound. Major questions included:"Why do we hear music and know immediately if it’s sad or happy?" "How do we learn to speak, and what does that mean towards our learned responses?" "How does someone's response teach us right from wrong?"

Our learned responses to everyday interactions (stopping when someone says no/doing something again when someone says yes) then transcends to music and entertainment. We have learned to expect something scary when the music quiets and becomes intense. Or, the expectation of romantic swelling music might bring the visual expectation of a "run to each other" kiss etc. Finally we discussed how our actions, body language, and how their responses affect how the world sees them.

8th Grade Mini Courses:

8th grade continued their rotation through mini-courses on the following topics:

  • Ethical Decision-Making with Father Wandry
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga with Jennifer Marvel
  • Friendships and Peer Relationships with Anne Frazier
  • MUSC’s College of Psychiatry’s presentation on mental health & wellness, and substance abuse.

Week of October 15th:

5th Grade Seminars:

5th grade girls began week 1 of My Remarkable Self facilitated by Ms. Daily. They worked to define behaviors that help build positive self-esteem as well as behaviors that can impact self-esteem in a negative way. The girls then shared words or actions someone could take to help all feel confident and positive about themselves.

5th grade boys worked with Kyle Lawton, Meeting Street Academy teacher and SEL leader, on “Zones of Regulation: How to Identify and Control our Emotions”. They engaged in group work to identify how emotions play out in different scenarios and learned tools for managing anger, sadness, stress, and anxiety.

6th & 7th Graders - Speaker Series

  • Positive Relationships & Wellness

Dr. Jeff Cluver, from MUSC’s Department of Psychiatry, spoke to the 6th & 7th graders about positive experiences and peer relationship from his own experience and current work in the field of mental health and wellness.

8th Grade Mini Courses:

8th grade students began their rotation through mini-courses on the following topics:

  • Ethical Decision-Making with Father Wandrey
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga with Jennifer Marvel
  • Friendships and Peer Relationships with Anne Frazier
  • MUSC’s College of Psychiatry’s presentation on mental health & wellness, and substance abuse.

Week of October 8th:

5th Grade Student Programming:

This morning the 5th graders met the visiting science author Kevin Kurtz! Kevin has presented several of his books to PG students over the years. This year, he focused on his recent book about the science behind what makes sports gear safer. The 5th graders made Oobleck in their science class the day before, so it was exciting to see what they learned through this book talk! Click Here for more information about Mr. Kurtz' book: What Makes Sport Gear Safer?

6th Grade Workshops:

6th grade girls: Dr. Sessions led a technology readiness program for the 6th grade girls, focusing on the skills needed for a successful 6th grade year.

6th grade boys had the first portion of their Human Growth and Development programming with Daniel Jordan, 6th grade history teacher and Al Wilson, middle school athletic director. This presentation was focused on puberty and additional programs, including Guyology, will be offered in the spring.

7th Grade Assembly:

7th grade students enjoyed an assembly that provided fun facts and an inside look at their 7th grade team of teachers. The impact of a charismatic adult and the meaningful personal relationships students have with their teachers have been proven to show higher levels of academic achievement and improved student wellness. We spoke of how in the middle school we are very intentional to create interactions between students and teachers throughout the year that are outside of classroom teaching such as: Clubs & Organizations (sponsored by the teachers to pursue common interests) Experiential Learning- Class trips & Winterim, (chaperoned completely by our middle school faculty & staff for the very purpose of us seeing our students as much more than just their classroom personae), Socials & Traditions (which build the community between students & adults) and advisory (so students have at least one adult that they can go to if need be).

8th – Mini-Courses

The 8th grade began a 4-week rotation of our Life 101 mini-courses in the following areas. Each week they will get one of the 4 of these classes as they work through all of them.

  • Ethical Decision-Making with Father Wandrey
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Positive Thinking with Jennifer Marvel
  • Friendships and Peer Relationships with Anne Frazier
  • MUSC’s College of Psychiatry’s presentation on Mental Health & Wellness

Week of October 1st:

All Student Assembly: In an assembly for students in 5th - 8th grades, students learned how to identify rude, mean, and bullying behaviors and differentiate between the three. Students also heard about the power of being positive and supportive of one through being an "Upstander". Finally, we explained to students how the school responds to rude, mean, and bullying behavior, emphasizing that open lines of dialogue are a key component to this process. For further information about the presentation as well as resources for parents, please click HERE. Following the Life 101 presentation, we enjoyed meeting with parents for our first Parent Life 101 program of the year about this very topic.

Week of September 24:

5th Grade Student Programming:

This morning the 5th graders worked in homeroom quietly organizing their binders and studying, as an action item to their recent time management and organization workshops over the past few weeks with our Technology and Learning Services Departments. Additionally, they got their pictures taken for the yearbook.

6th Grade Seminars:

6th grade girls had their final session with My Remarkable Self. They took 3 previous topics of communication - self esteem, communication, and elements of friendship, and constructed models to represent their idea of positive and healthy friendships. The students closed their session with by sharing compliments about each girl present.

6th grade boys wrapped up their seminar with Coach Tate with a presentation entitled: A Man of Character, which compares and contrast sports figures and characters in the bible. This presentation was delivered from the standpoint of uplifting and truthful words (Prophets), being a Provider and a Protector (Bi-stander). Additionally, the 6th grade boys watched a Tedtalk on the Harvard University study on Men and Happiness that spans 8 decades. This study reinforces the idea that close and positive relationship are the most important factor of health wellness in man and the most important predictor of happiness. The boys were all encouraged to take care of each other, look out for one another, and build positive relationships as they will likely be together for the next six years of school and even beyond.

7th Grade Mini Courses:

7th grade students continued to rotate through mini-courses on the following topics:

  • Ethical Decision-Making with Father Wandry
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga with Jennifer Marvel
  • Friendships and Peer Relationships with Anne Frazier
  • MUSC’s College of Pharmacy’s presentation: Generation RX on responsible prescription drug use and the opioid epidemic.

8th - Speaker Series

  • Positive Relationships & Wellness

Dr. Jeff Cluver, from MUSC’s Department of Psychiatry, spoke to the 8th graders about positive experiences and peer relationship from his own experience and current work in the field of mental health and wellness.

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Week of September 19:

5th Grade Student Programming:

5th grade students continued to cycle through orientation activities. This morning's sessions focused on Study Skills, Organization, and Porter-Gaud Technology readiness.

6th Grade Seminars:

6th grade girls had their class with the organization My Remarkable Self. They worked to define traits that make someone a good friend and then behaviors that can impact friendships in a negative way. They closed out their class with the opportunity to share positive feedback with a peer, teacher, or family member who embodies positive friendship traits.

6th grade boys had their second class with Chris Tate, delving into "male" archetypes through the work of John Ehrmann.

7th Grade Mini Courses:

7th grade students continued to rotate through mini-courses on the following topics:

  • Ethical Decision-Making
  • Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga
  • Friendships and Peer Relationships

8th - Speaker Series

  • Porter-Gaud Alumni Speakers:

Former Navy Seal and businessman Ben Pittard '01 delivered an inspiring presentation to our 8th graders this morning in Life 101. Using the themes of Navy Seal training, warts and social cliques, and the PG environment, Pittard inspired students to be brave in trying new things and new experiences at Porter-Gaud as he did. "You only get there by putting yourself out there. You have the support of your teachers, your administrators, your friends, so this is the time to do it."

Porter-Gaud Athletic Director Larry Salley '87 shared a similar message and stressed the importance of persevereance and fortitude. He shared his previous connection with Ben Pittard and how the experiences at Porter-Gaud will positively shape all of our students lives moving forward.