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Weekly Updates

Week of April 11, 2024

Our Upper School oceanography class recently boarded the SC Department of Natural Resources educational vessel “Discovery” for an excursion from Bennett’s Point. The class learned about the estuary and performed water sampling and testing. The boat's crew pulled a dragnet and caught a variety of ocean life for the students to identify and study. It was a great day of hands-on learning! Click here to see more photos

STEM Night
All parents and caregivers are invited to STEM Night on May 1 from 5-7 p.m. The following courses will present: 

  • Honors Biotechnology Research
  • Global Health and Ethics
  • Environmental Research
  • Engineering Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • Computer Science Visual Reality Project
  • Data Science 

Please RSVP by April 26. Click here to learn more

Update from College Counseling
Is your student interested in attending a service academy? Senator Lindsey Graham is hosting a Military Service Academy Day on April 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for students to learn about the application and nomination process (a nomination is required for all academies except the United States Coast Guard Academy). Representatives from federal service academies will be there to answer questions. Click here for more information

Is your student-athlete dreaming of playing a sport at the NCAA level? The NCAA is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 8, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. ET that will discuss the requirements, how to prepare for NCAA certification, and what you need to do to compete at the NCAA Division I, II, or III level. Live questions will be answered during the presentation, so come prepared to learn how to take your game to the next level! Click here to register.

The Senior/Junior Prom will take place on Saturday, April 20, at the Wonderer Charleston (1705 Meeting Street Road). The doors open at 7:30 p.m., students must arrive by 8 p.m., and the event will end at 10 p.m. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 8 at a $65 early bird price and then tickets will be $75 beginning April 15. Students will be able to purchase tickets when they go on sale at the prom tickets link. 

If students are bringing a guest who does NOT attend Porter-Gaud, they must complete the guest form and turn it in to Mr. Hilpert by Friday, April 12.

Thursday Student Programming Block Schedule, 8-9 a.m.

  • April 18 - 12th: Life after PG, 11th & 10th: Healthy Relationships with Scarlett Wilson
  • April 25 - Interdisciplinary Seminars will meet. 9th Grade: Earth Week Assembly
  • May 2 - Interdisciplinary Seminars will meet. 9th Grade: Healthy Relationships

Flik Food Fight Competition and Dining Update
We are so excited to host a culinary competition featuring celebrity host Aarti Sequeira on May 8! Click here to learn more. Any 5th or 9th grade student interested in participating should reach out to kelsey.chase@compass-usa.com. View all of our menus online at portergaudschool.flikisdining.com, email dining@portergaud.edu, and follow us on Instagram @pg.dining.

Spring Concessions
Please click here to sign up for shifts and support PGPA concessions for our spring sports teams.

PGPA Faith & Family Event: RSVP by April 11
All families are invited to join us on Sunday, April 14 from 3-5 p.m. for our Faith & Family event, which includes a BBQ dinner, a guest speaker, lawn games on the Green, and more. Click here to learn more and RSVP

Community Shabbat Dinner: RSVP by April 18
Porter-Gaud families from all faith traditions are invited to attend a community-wide Shabbat Dinner on Friday, May 3. Click here to learn more, volunteer for the planning committee, or RSVP.

PGPA Spring All-Parent Meeting: Save the Date
All parents and caregivers are invited to the PGPA Spring End-of-Year Meeting on Tuesday, May 14. The meeting will take place in Washington Hall at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation from 8-8:30 a.m. 

Save the Date: French Toast Sale
From June 10-24, our uniform vendor, French Toast, will offer 25% off of all embroidery and 30% off all merchandise. If you’d like to sign up to receive reminders about the sale, click here

Important Calendar Dates for Planning Purposes

  • April 20 - Junior/Senior Prom
  • April 28 - Spring Arts Festival
  • May 1 - STEM Night
  • May 6 - 17 - AP Exams
  • May 15 - 17 - Senior Exams
    • Wednesday, May 15
      • History 8:30 - 10:30
      • Math 11:00 - 1:00
    • Thursday, May 16
      • World Language 8:30 - 10:30
      • Science 11:00 - 1:00
    • Friday, May 17
      • English 8:30 - 10:30
      • Make-Up Exams 11:00 - 1:00
  • May 20 - Senior Milestone Dinner
  • May 23 - Baccalaureate
  • May 25 - Graduation
  • May 27 - Memorial Day - School Closed
  • May 28 - May 31- 9th-11th Grade Exams
    • Tuesday, May 28
      • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. – G Block
      • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – F Block
    • Wednesday, May 29
      • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. - E Block
      • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. - D Block
    • Thursday, May 30
      • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. - C Block
      • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. - B Block
    • Friday, May 31
      • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. - A Block
      • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. - Make Up Exams



Head of Upper School

Assistant Head of Upper School & Dean of Students

LIZ BOESCHENDean of Wellness & Upper School Counselor

Upper School Counselor

PALMER KENNEDYHead/Upper School Chaplain

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