From the principal:
We have been eagerly preparing for the 2021 - 2022 school year. We are glad to have this opportunity to welcome you to this school year. We have lots of new families joining us. This promises to be a fantastic school year full of learning.
School Theme - Our theme this year is COURAGE! We are all going to be working on stepping out of our own little box with courage. What do you need the courage to do next year? Is it a personal goal, a work goal, a family/life goal? Harry Hoover says "if you have the courage to start, you have the courage to succeed." So, in the words of Nike JUST DO IT!
Welcome - We would like you to welcome the following new staff members to the Mount Pleasant Academy family.
- Catherine Felton - special education teacher in our primary low incidence classroom
- Nancy Kirby - first grade teacher
- Emily Atkins - fifth grade teacher
- Alexandria Bradley - kindergarten teacher assistant
Congratulations - We would like to congratulate three of our teachers who got married this past year. They will have new names for the coming school year.
- Christina (Caputo) Pascutti
- Suzi Vallez - Sheldon
- Kristin (Pistokache) Middleton
Traffic Study - The town of Mount Pleasant completed a traffic study last school year to look at our arrival and dismissal. They were particularly looking at how affects traffic and safety around the Old Village. I will be meeting with them tomorrow to review their study. Look for updates and changes to our traffic pattern to come out later this week. Thank you for support in keeping our school community safe.
Covid Precautions - As you know, the number of Covid cases are increasing daily. The district is working with CDC and MUSC health to look at the precautions we have in place. Right now here are a few important points.
- Masks are optional for students and staff
- Plexiglas has been removed (spacing requirements remain)
- Water bottles will be required (no shared water fountains)
- Spacing between students - 3 feet (between table groups - 4 - 6 feet)
- Upgraded high efficiency filters in HVAC system
- Contact tracing done by district nurses
- Testing available on site for staff and students
- 3 feet spacing in shared spaces (cafeteria etc)
- Air in rooms replaced 4 - 6 times a day
- Increased hand-washing and cleaning/wipe down expectations
Class Assignment - Class placements will be available at the Fact & Fee event on Monday, August 16. We ask that you do not request placement changes for your child once the information has been shared. Countless hours have gone into student placement. We juggle sibling requests and student needs to create a balance of students who will work well together. We also look at teacher strengths and student needs. We have a team of teachers and staff members involved in reviewing rosters in an effort to make sure the classes are balanced and all students are placed appropriately. Requesting a move after rosters have been printed may alter the balance of student needs, academic and behavior needs and parent requests. Thank you for your support.
School Supplies - The school supply list is linked here. If you order supplies via School Tool Box prior to June 7, they will be delivered to your child's classroom. If you ordered after that time your order will be shipped directly to you. Parents are encouraged to bring supplies when they visit for fact and fee day.
Walking your child to their classroom - We are not able to allow all parents into the school building at one time to walk their child to class. Right now, we will allow CD/kindergarten parents as well as those families who are new to MPA to walk their child to their classrooms on the first day of school. All visitors must enter through the main office and get a badge to enter. We ask that only one family member accompany the child into the building. We also encourage all visitors to wear a mask.
Parent Support - Several of you have asked how can you support teachers and staff as we go through these challenging times. If you are so inclined to send a small donation our way, here are a few ideas. We would love your help stocking the faculty workrooms. We will accept individually wrapped snacks, candy (both chocolate and hard candy), K-cups, flavored creamer, sugar packets, half & half, water, sparkling water, soda and other individually packaged drinks. Napkins and small plates would be great as well. Thank you for all you do.
Order your school uniform shirts by clicking this button. Shirts ordered by 12:00pm on Friday, August 13 will be prepared and delivered to your child's classroom for fact and fee day.
Dates to Remember
Monday, August 16
- New Family Orientation - 10:30am - 11:00am (kindergarten/CD families do not need to attend)
- Kindergarten/CD orientation 11:00am - 12:00pm (use classroom back door for entry)
- Meet the Teacher/Fact & Fee (A - I) - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Meet the Teacher/Fact & Fee (J - R) - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
- Meet the Teacher/Fact & Fee (S - Z) 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday, August 18 - First day of School for students
- Parents only for Kindergarten and new to MPA families
Friday, August 20 - Back to School Cookout
- 6:00pm - 7:30pm
- Details and safety information soon
Tuesday, August 24 - Parent Orientation
- Grades 1 & 5 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
- Grade 4 - 6:15pm - 6:45pm
Thursday, August 26 - Parent Orientation
- Grades 2 - 5:45pm - 6:15pm
- Grade 3 - 6:15pm - 6:45pm
This link takes you to our parent & student handbook. Please take a few minutes to review the information. Your child's classroom teacher will go over classroom specific information at the parent orientation.
Mrs. Nancy Kirby is new to South Carolina. She received her undergraduate degrees both in Speech/Theatre and Elementary Education/Early childhood from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO. She received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. Mrs. Kirby joins us with 13 years of first grade classroom experience and a number of years supporting teachers outside of the classroom.
Mrs. Felton is a hometown girl and even attended MPA as a student. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors in Special Education and also has a Masters Degree from the College of Charleston. This is her 7th year teaching special education in the low incidence program.
Ms. Atkins moved to Charleston from her hometown in Charlotte North Carolina two years ago. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Elementary Education. She will be joining our fifth grade team as a partner with Ms. Sparano.
Mrs. Runey was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant and still live here with her husband and two boys. She has a bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University and a paralegal degree. After eight years in the legal field, she decided that it was time for a career change to childcare. After two years in Atlanta as a preschool teacher, we decided to move back to Mt. Pleasant and she continued working as a preschool teacher until she came to MPA last year. This year Mrs. Runey will be working with students in the area of math.
Mrs. Bradley and her husband Mark live in Mt. Pleasant and have two grown children (Annie and Zach.) She graduated from The College of Charleston and have been teaching preschool for the past 24 years (19 at The O’Quinn School.) Mrs. Bradley attended school here when she was a child and will be serving students as an assistant with Mrs. Vallez-Shedon.
Mrs. Gentile came to Mount Pleasant Academy last year, after years of working in the corporate world. She will be serving students in our primary low incidence classroom. This is her second year with our special education program. We are so glad to have her serving our youngest students with special needs.