Puget Sound Community School http://pscs.org Turning Passion Into Achievement Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:33:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ’17 Senior Graduation http://pscs.org/blog/2017/05/12/17-senior-graduation/ http://pscs.org/blog/2017/05/12/17-senior-graduation/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 18:43:39 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=5456 Saturday, June 10 at North Seattle College.

Join us at 10am for senior speeches, commencement ceremonies, community wide appreciations of our graduates, and luncheon.

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’17 Senior Showcase http://pscs.org/blog/2017/05/12/2017-senior-showcase/ http://pscs.org/blog/2017/05/12/2017-senior-showcase/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 18:37:36 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=5449 Friday, May 19 at the Wing Luke Museum.

Join us from 6 to 9pm for senior project presentations, hearty apps, community fun, and senior project exhibits.

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Spring Fever! PSCS Spring Fundraiser http://pscs.org/blog/2017/04/19/spring-fever-pscs-spring-fundraiser/ http://pscs.org/blog/2017/04/19/spring-fever-pscs-spring-fundraiser/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:13:22 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=5421 [more]]]> Friday, April 28, 2017 at Club SUR in SODO! Come shake it out with performances by our many student bands, a carefully culled silent auction (maybe even a few live items this year!), surprise guests, dessert dash, prizes, and So. Much. More. Doors at 6pm, performances at 7pm.

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OOOH there’s an AUCTION too??

<i>Money raised from ticket sales, auction, and Music Café will provide support for Puget Sound Community School’s #powerofparticipation Tuition Aid campaign.</i>

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PSCS Founder Featured in New Book http://pscs.org/blog/2016/11/01/pscs-founder-featured-in-major-publication/ http://pscs.org/blog/2016/11/01/pscs-founder-featured-in-major-publication/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:36:14 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=5183 [more]]]> Laura Schroff, author of An Invisible Thread—a 2011 #1 New York Times and international best-seller—has just released her new book, Angels on Earth: Inspiring Stories of Fate, Friendship, and the Power of Connections, which features thirty stories that highlight the impact of kindness in the world.

Last fall, PSCS founder and director, Andy Smallman, was asked to contribute. His story, The Facilitator, emphasizes the importance of kindness in schools and his belief that “we, as human beings, are fundamentally kind,” he says. “It’s just that a lot of things end up interfering with that along the way.”

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“A financier who gives a total stranger one of the greatest gifts of all – the gift of time. A mother and father’s unimaginable loss that now brings hope to children every day. A click of a garage door opener that creates a magical bond between a woman and two little girls. A young boy growing up in the South Bronx who receives an unlikely gift that changes the course of his life. ANGELS on EARTH will introduce a series of remarkable people whose invisible thread stories will move, surprise, and inspire readers and shed light on how each of us can live happier, more purposeful lives through sharing acts of kindness.”

Find more on Andy here, and on Laura Schroff here

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Can You Hear Me Now? http://pscs.org/blog/2016/09/22/can-you-hear-me-now/ http://pscs.org/blog/2016/09/22/can-you-hear-me-now/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:27:00 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=5121 [more]]]> PSCS Institutes School Wide Phone Zone

On the first day of the 2016-17 school year Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) instituted its first ever, school-wide Phone Zone in an attempt to keep the distraction of phones out of the classroom and to help students and staff be more mindful about their use during the school day.

All students are asked to check their phone in at the start of school (9am) and to keep them stored in a “caddy” near the entrance during the day. The Phone Zone is a small standing-room-only space that students are free to visit in between classes or in open periods. (Students are encouraged to take their phones with them at lunchtime or whenever off campus.) In the Phone Zone, students are permitted to check email, social media, text, etc—as long as they get to class on time, don’t leave the Zone with them, and as long they honor the school’s Code of Conduct, Media (see below).

PSCS founder and director, Andy Smallman, along with the staff, came up with the idea of a Phone Zone based on the ideas of several smaller groups of students who experimented last year by checking in their phones. “We have had a lot of students express interest in ways to curb the distraction and the pacifying effect of smartphones during the school day.”

PSCS is a collaborative school–students work with each other, and with advisors, to build the school course schedule each term. They also take part in Advisory groups where they discuss issues like cell phone use at school. “A huge part of the PSCS philosophy is built around integrity and community, which then leads to self motivation and self awareness. We are also all about letting kids get a little bored so they try new things and become fully engaged human beings! Smartphones have usurped some of our innate urge to engage and have created a bit of a pacifier, which is detrimental to the way PSCS functions.”

There are some instances in which a phone may still be necessary for a class:  PSCS teaching staff member, Liana Green, asks students to have them in music classes requiring a Metronome App, and teaching staff member Nic Warmenhoven asks students to bring them to his Make Tiny Films class. And for the most part, students at PSCS don’t appear to be disgruntled about the experiment.

Senior, Margaux Bouchegnies is all for it, “I’ve noticed more of us really present in our environment. I also like that we can make the choice to go and check [our phones] when we need to.

Recognizing that some students may not be as vocal about not liking it, school secretary, Samuel Mitchell noted that “Most of our students don’t seem upset at all and are actually happy to be unencumbered by the urge to text or check their status. I notice they are so much more mindful of disengaging from the community in order to use them.”

Excerpt from the PSCS Code of Conduct, Media

Guidelines to follow when members of the PSCS community are representing or making reference to PSCS (direct or even indirect) in socially mediated spaces, regardless of whether these are considered professional or personal spaces:

  • Cyber-bullying will not be tolerated. Don’t be mean. Don’t send emails, post comments or otherwise engage with the intent of scaring, hurting, or intimidating someone else.
  • Students, parents, and staff should work together to understand the risks associated with the taking, using, sharing, publication, and distribution of images. As such, PSCS students must not take, use, share, or publish images of others without explicit consent.
  • Be respectful, responsible, and kind.

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power of participation http://pscs.org/blog/2016/09/14/powerofparticipation/ http://pscs.org/blog/2016/09/14/powerofparticipation/#respond Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:32:30 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=5090 [more]]]> Put your money where your heart is and join us in this year’s $130,000 campaign fundraising efforts. Gifts to PSCS are fully tax deductible and are used for tuition and program aid. Your #participation, at any level, is imperative to the growth, diversity, and sustainibility of pscs.

n.\ po·wer \ ’paù(-ə)r
a. the capacity to act or do something effectively.
b. a specific capacity, faculty, or aptitude.

n.\ par·tic·i·pa·tion \ pär-ti-sə-pā-shən
a. the act of participating.
b. the state of being related to a larger whole.


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Too School for Cool http://pscs.org/blog/2016/09/13/too-cool-for-school-the-pscs-september-enewsletter/ http://pscs.org/blog/2016/09/13/too-cool-for-school-the-pscs-september-enewsletter/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:02:59 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=4963 [more]]]> The PSCS September 2016 eNewsletter

Featuring PSCS updates and articles, including What I did on My Summer Vacay: Staff Edition, A Note from Andy, and the #powerofparticipation

[EXCERPT] “Welcome to the newly expanded PSCS! Yes, I say expanded as we have recently increased our square footage by quite a bit.

It seems as though our expansion has been years in the planning, but as I write this, the work is practically done. In short order, all of us, students and staff, are going to benefit from the labor of the large number of people working behind the scenes to help move the school forward…”

Read the full PSCS September eNewsletter

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2016 Open House http://pscs.org/blog/2016/09/07/admissions-open-house/ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 18:30:49 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=4170 [more]]]> The PSCS Fall Open House for prospective families is Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 12:30-2:30pm.

If you are considering PSCS for the 2017-18 school year, please join us for this event. We accept applications from students entering the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades as well as the occasional 5th and 10th grader. PSCS requires a minimum 3-year commitment to our program in order to graduate (PSCS high school graduation requirements).

We call it an Open House, for lack of a more obvious term. However, we want to engage you and your students as much as we can in our particular educational style. If possible, please be prepared to join us for the whole 2-hour session. RSVP here.

Refreshments, meet n’greet, the usual fun…

Q&A with Andy Smallman (PSCS Founder & Director) and panel discussion with alumni, students, & staff.

Activities and classes with teaching staff.

Application  • Tuition Aid InformationApplication Timeline
Rolling AdmissionsAnti-Bias Policy

PSCS Hard Jazz live on KPLU http://pscs.org/blog/2016/06/07/pscs-hard-jazz-on-kplu/ http://pscs.org/blog/2016/06/07/pscs-hard-jazz-on-kplu/#respond Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:29:25 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=4424 [more]]]> PSCS Hard Jazz Band sat in on the KPLU School of Jazz live Studio Sessions on Tuesday, June 7. If you missed Margaux, Zane, Olive, and special guest D’Vonne Lewis perform on 88.5fm, you can catch a listen to the recording here





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Matching Gift Challenge http://pscs.org/blog/2016/05/27/matching-gift-challenge/ http://pscs.org/blog/2016/05/27/matching-gift-challenge/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 23:13:30 +0000 http://pscs.org/?p=4412 [more]]]> $15,000 Matching Gift Challenge for Tuition Aid

At PSCS, we ask our seniors to show extra leadership within the school community. Our senior parents have risen to that same challenge, donating in an effort to encourage other families and friends to give now to our 2016 Spring Appeal.

Our 10 graduating families have all given or pledged to help us form a matching gift challenge for Tuition Aid. All donations made through June 30 will be added to the $15K match.

Help us fund all students who seek to claim their voice at PSCS!

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