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Week of September 20

Homecoming is Friday Night vs. Pinewood Prep at 7:30 pm: Come out and support our Cyclones! And bring a food item for ECCO. 

Our football program is partnering with East Cooper Community Outreach to stock the shelves. Please bring a food item and drop in the box on your way into the game. ECCO needs applesauce, canned carrots, chicken noodle soup, rice (box or bag), beef stew, and baked beans. 

Homecoming Dance is Saturday: On Saturday night, September 18th, our Student Council will host the 2021 Homecoming at the Cooper River Room at Mt Pleasant Waterfront Park from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. with doors closing at 8:00 p.m. As per our policy, students will be required to remain until 10:00 p.m.  The classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025 are all encouraged to attend and enjoy the dance with their classmates. We are not allowing any guests from outside of Porter-Gaud to attend the dance. Students will be required to wear a mask when inside but may remove the mask when outdoors. The theme is Western and we look forward to a great event. 

MASK REMINDER: All students must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth when in the buildings. Masks must be worn while in the food lines in the cafeteria. Students will be asked to go out and return when wearing a mask correctly. Students should go outside to eat snacks during breaks or free periods. Students who continue to wear their masks incorrectly will be referred to the Dean's office for further consequences. 

Service Projects This Weekend

  • Saturday
    • 9:00 Sea Grant Folly Beach Sweep
    • 12:30 Habitat for Humanity
  • Sunday
    • 3:00 Bouquets of Cheer and Health Care Worker Appreciation Event

This Week in Sports 

Friday, September 17th

  • Varsity Football HOME vs. Pinewood 7:30pm (Homecoming)


Cyclone Sports Update

Tomorrow (Friday) will be homecoming.  For the current students, that means a week of dressing up in themed spirit wear, the crowning of a queen, and a dance on Saturday.  For Coach Bowles and his staff, it’s a series of distractions they hope won’t interfere with the business of trying to win our football game vs. Pinewood.  But traditionally, homecoming is about the alumni coming home to their alma mater.  And this year in particular, after over a year of disruptions, it’s about all of us coming “home” together to John Singleton Field, not only for a game and a halftime show, but for a chance to celebrate what it means to be Cyclones.

Back when I was teaching middle school history, I sometimes wondered who exactly was the “client” to whom I was providing my “product.”  Certainly, the parents paid the tuition, and wanted the best for their own children.  And the 13-year-olds in the seats deserved to get my best effort every day.  But I eventually landed on the idea that my real customer was that same 13-year-old kid, ten or fifteen or even twenty years later, who would only then have the perspective to appreciate that even some of the stuff they didn’t enjoy was part of a terrific education.

Just this past week, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with several alumni and parents of alumni in various contexts.  Of course, all of those conversations touched upon athletics in some way--nobody calls the AD about the physics curriculum (and if they did, they’d just find out that a retired track coach thinks acceleration is the answer to pretty much everything).  But across the board, what stood out is that the memories made being a Cyclone, whether they were of wins or losses, practices or bus rides, teammates or rivalries, grow fonder and fonder as time passes.  That’s been my own experience as an alumnus, and that’s what we want for everyone who comes home to homecoming.  

See you there.  Go Cyclones!

Coach Salley



Head of the Upper School

Assistant Head of Upper School / Dean 



We have a wonderful variety of events and volunteer opportunities coming up over the next few weeks. 

1) PGPA Merchandise Sale | Sept. 22 | 8:00 - 9:30 am | Head of School's Lawn (205 Albemarle) 

2) Fathers' Night Out | September 29 | 6:30 - 9:30 at Munkle Brewing. Learn more and RSVP HERE. 

3) Diversity & Inclusion Parent Alliance | October 1 | 8:15 AM | PG Head Chaplain Palmer Kennedy discusses the intersection of our Episcopal identity and diversity, equity, and inclusion. MORE DETAILS HERE! 

4) Volunteer Opportunities - Halloween Carnival, LS Library, Sporting Events and MORE! Visit the PGPA web page. 

FAMILY WELLNESS SURVEY REMINDER: Take five minutes this week to complete the PGPA Family Wellness Survey to help guide parent programming this year. SURVEY LINK HERE.


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