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5th Graders Witness the Journey to US Citizenship

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On Thursday, September 19, the fifth grade class witnessed 122 immigrants, from 48 different countries, become American citizens. The 22nd Annual Naturalization Ceremony took place at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in Mount Pleasant and is the last step in the naturalization process. The process takes roughly six years and culminates in this final ceremony. Two of our very own students, Sarah Hoffman and Cruz Nunes, were chosen to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. It was an honor for our students to be a part of this special day for so many new Americans.


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Laying the Groundwork for a Lifetime of Excellent Writing

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PCA is excited to announce the addition of our new ELA Writing program, IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing). Last year, our teachers spent 4 days in training with lead expert Linda Mikottis learning the program's curriculum and implementation. IEW's mission is to "equip teachers with methods and materials that will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers" (IEW, 1999).  

With all Lower School teachers (and Upper school ELA) trained, we are excited to see the results this program will bring to our students. The work is already underway and our students are right on track. This week, second grade students worked on creating their very first "key word outline." They read a short story together, identify key words, create an outline, then re-tell their story using their outline words. K-5 parents, keep a watch out for this work and make sure to ask your children about it at home.  

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