Aurora Rodriguez Wins First Place in Skiing Race

Congratulations to Aurora Rodriguez, 6th grade student, who just competed and then won first place in The Copa Ski Club Bariloche Race in San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina!

She also placed first place in the Giant Slalom Event and second place in the Slalom Event.

Aurora had the fastest time of all the 155 girls & boys who participated in the U12 Giant Slalom Race!

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CS Futures End Session Program Featured in National Publication

PGIA's 2019 End Session program, CyberFutures, facilitated by Dr. Marc Boumedine of UVI and Ms. Rebecca Hoffart, was included in the National Cyberwatch Center's annual publication, 2019 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education on page 57.

 What is the National Cyberwatch Center?

Their website describes themselves as, " a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance Information Security education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce." For more info https://www.nationalcyberwatch.org/

 In the three-week-long End Session program the students learned about, Computer Programming, Cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things. Students also completed independent projects using Raspberry Pi computers. The various projects included measuring the temperature or moisture in the room and programming LED light boards. 
Congratulations to the students and teachers in the CS Futures End Session Program for their hard work and national recognition!
Brianna Jordan 
Chris Griffith 
Diego Zakers
Divina Kamra 
Jayvyn Potter
Mikayla Kurtz 
Mireille Boumedine 
Riddhi Atmaramani 
Andy Yu
Ms. Hoffart and Dr. Boumedine

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The University of Alaska Anchorage's AE Club Returns

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Architecture and Engineering Club (AE Club) rejoins us this year as they take on various campus projects including: shade structures, a water feature to divert excess rain water, and comfortable benches. 

Monday marked the first day of work for the nine students. We are so thankful that they are returning again this year, last year they made significant improvements to our playground and other communal areas. 

“I felt the work we did here was fulfilling, challenging and I learned a lot.” David Chamberlin said about why he chose to return again this year. To learn more about their work last year, please check out this article in the St. Thomas Source.

Top Left: Oakley and Lancer take a break after digging. Top Right: David, Oakley and Lancer hard at work. Bottom: Mr. Bornn and the UAA AE club have a quick meeting

Top Left: Oakley and Lancer take a break after digging. Top Right: David, Oakley and Lancer hard at work. Bottom: Mr. Bornn and the UAA AE club have a quick meeting

End Session Presentations Take Us Around The World!

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PGIA End Session is one of the exceptional programs that sets VIMSIA apart from other schools. Each year, we put together several program options for these last few weeks of school. These are in depth programs that focus on language, the arts, STEM, history and international-mindedness. Some involve international travel, while others provide these experiences here on campus - with special field trips and events.

The students’ experience culminates with a presentation to our school community and this year’s groups did not disappoint:

Bianca Campbell To Attend US Air Force Summer Program!

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Bianca Campbell, PGIA 9th grade student, will participate in the US Air Force Academy Summer Seminar in Santa Fe, New Mexico this summer!  She will get first hand experience of what it is like to be in the Air Force as well as develop endurance and leadership skills. Congratulations Bianca!  Stay tuned for more updates on where our students are heading this summer!  Please contact Ms. Ebe with any questions or to share details on your upcoming summer experience.

Sports & Nutrition End Session Thanks Stormy Pirates Boat Charters!

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This week the PGIA Sports and Health End Session, led by Mr. Matt Stocking and Mr. Ben Gribble, got a special treat donated by Stormy Pirates Boat Charters. On Tuesday we hiked the Reef Bay Trail on St John. Afterwards Stormy Pirates picked us up, treated us to Pizza Pi and let us snorkel in Christmas Cove. Special thanks to Stormy Pirates for an awesome day!

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Head of School 2018-2019 Year End Report

Michael Bornn, Head of School

Michael Bornn, Head of School

VIMSIA’s focus is to raise the bar of education in the Virgin Islands via individual student learning. As one functions at VIMSIA, one should always ask yourself: “What is the impact on student learning?” Everything else falls into place after that.

 We have repaired most of the hurricane damaged facilities. We are embarking on a major construction effort of five facilities: BEC, La Casa, Art Trailer, Dance Trailer and Weight Room. They will rebuilt over the next several years. The first building will be starting this summer. All these facilities will be constructed to a higher standard than the original facilities.

 Our graduates continue to be accepted in their first choice schools with significant amounts of financial aid to enable attendance. Our graduates are well prepared for college. Several have gone on to excel at graduate programs; others have commenced highly gainful and exciting employment.

 For a school with only ten years of graduating classes, the successes of our graduates are very impressive. The IB program prepares our graduates for college. Our graduates have achieved. They are achieving.  And they make us proud. They prove our school is meeting the challenge of quality education.

 VIMSIA will continue to improve in areas of math performance, acquisition of languages, writing skills, classroom management, self-discipline, intrinsic curiosity, collaboration and developing the love of learning. We attempt to reach every child at our school.

 Art, music, dance and theater offerings will continue on their growth path. Speech will also be added as an elective next year. Swimming, sailing and tennis offerings are being developed for next year as well.          

 VIMSIA seeks to educate a diversified student body and our families is reflective of the world at large. We are indeed proud that our teachers have taught in over 70 countries as well as the Virgin Islands. International travel and interactions are a foundation of our school.

 Expanding the Montessori Method to reach every child in the VI is indeed a goal. Early childhood education is critically important and the Montessori Method has been proven to be a leading pedagogy in early childhood education. On island Montessori training for staff and parents will commence this coming school year. 

 VIMSIA now has an endowment to help ensure we have a financial cushion to help mitigate future disasters and more importantly to fund the pursuit of excellence in perpetuity.  Raising money to grow the fund is a priority. 

 The campus is 100% solar energized. A portion of the campus is operating on an off-grid basis with storage batteries and generator back-up.  We are in the process of installing additional storage capacity to take the whole campus off grid. The cost savings of this sustainable program goes directly to improve student learning.

 To further enhance teacher recruitment and retention, we are embarking on two offerings. First, a fleet of electric cars has been donated to the school. They will be available for lease to teachers desiring an electric car. The cars can be charged at our solar powered electric car charging station free of charge, with an estimated annual fuel savings to each teacher of approximately $2,400.

Secondly, we have acquired a two-unit house on Vessup Lane so we will be able to provide affordable housing for our staff close to school. This housing program is a long-term initiative with the goal of acquiring several houses in the area over many years. The vehicle and housing alternatives are purely optional for staff. Providing transportation and housing for faculty is a step in the direction of improving the quality of life for staff, which in turn improves student learning.

 We are working on a proposal to have the concession stand open daily for students and staff to be able to purchase items from a student-run venture. Such will also incorporate existing student fund raising efforts of selling pizza weekly.

None of our achievements and goals would be possible without the amazing support of our staff, students, parents and donors.