The VIMSIA Parent Teacher Association is proud to announce the 2018/2019 theme of the year - KINDNESS. The PTA fully stands united in advocating a spirit of kindness and is proud to officially present #Kampaign4KINDNESS to VIMSIA!
PGIA 8th graders have been in our Dancing Classrooms program for the past 8 weeks. On November 7th, the 8th grade class invites you to our Culminating Event! The final performance begins at 6:00 pm. Both performances are held in the Music Room.
PGIA 8th graders have been in our Dancing Classrooms program for the past 8 weeks. On November 7th, the 8th grade class invites you to our Culminating Event! The first performance happens during our PGIA Assembly at 1:30 pm. The second and final performance begins at 6:00 pm. Both performances are held in the Music Room.
The play Dear Anna, Dear Peter tells the story of Governor Peter von Scholton and his colored common law wife Anna Heegaard. The play explores the time of 1848 when he was tried for his role in Emancipation in these islands, through a series of letters they write back and forth to each other. A lower elementary parent, Ayesha Morris, is playing the role of Anna Heegaard and made this opportunity possible for our school.
PGIA Theater Group, directed by Mr. Passerella and 9th grade PGIA student Maya Aqui, presents "Beauty and the Beast" in the Music Room Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00. It's been awhile since we have had a school production of this magnitude - don't miss it!
Friends and family of our Upper Elementary students are cordially invited to "A Night at the Wax Museum". Students have chosen someone from history they want to represent and they will "come to life" for their presentation of that historical person or group.
We are very excited to welcome 22 students from a school in Denmark to the PGIA on Tuesday. These students in grades 9-11 will be spending a full day with our kids in their classes. This school group is on a 10 day adventure to the Virgin Islands to explore Danish and Virgin Island history, as well as the Caribbean.
The visiting students will arrive at about 9am (I am picking up one group at 8:30amand the next group at 9am) and they will attend all classes with their host. The list of PGIA buddies is attached. Thank you for being PGIA ambassadors!
At 3:30pm all Danish students & teachers will be walking to Secret Harbor for a beach afternoon. Any PGIA kids are welcome to attend, as long as they have the following:
- parent permission to go after school (best behavior required at all times)
- their own transportation to be picked up from Secret Harbor
- their own money to purchase any food or drink
All are welcome to join!
All PGIA parents and students are encouraged to attend. All End Session options will be presented. End session happens the last three weeks of school for the PGIA and entails an in depth focus on a particular area of study. Some options are on campus and local, others involve international travel. Great program - you will want to be there to hear first hand what this year's great offerings will be!
I would like to invite the entire VIMSIA family, along with the community at large, to join the Astronomy EndSession for the final Astronomy Night event of the school year from 7-9pm on Tuesday, June 7 under the Solar Awning.
We will have the planetarium, spectral analysis of gases, and information on constellations and the planets - including a Solar System to scale!
The timing is conveniently scheduled, following the Storytelling EndSession culminating performance from 6-7pm on Tuesday in the Music Room, which allows for a nice transition into the Astronomy Event.
We look forward to a wonderful evening highlighting the achievements of our students; see you (and your friends) there!!
Sincerely - Andy Palmer, Astronomy End Session Teacher
Nine PGIA students will work for three weeks with nationally acclaimed storyteller, Andy Offutt Irwin and conclude with a final performance on June 7 at 6:00 in the Music Room. You will not want to miss this! It will be great for ages 2 to 99! Check out his website page or check him out on youtube - he is hysterical!
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme is PGIA's educational methodology for grades 7 through 10. It provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasizes intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world.
This session is required for 6th year students entering 7th grade next year and their parents. Anyone else is most welcome to attend. Please join us to learn more about what your child's life will by like in the MYP, and how you can be a partner in your child's MYP years.
The PGIA Spring arts show is produced and directed by our two fabulous arts teachers, Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Helen. This annual event showcases the many artistic talents of our PGIA students. With a plethora of visual and performance arts, the students absolutely shine!
This event typically has a minimal entry fee and is open to the public. Well worth the trip!
Artist credit to Tariq Davis, who painted this portrait last year as a Senior.
Marcus, Aneesh, Darby, Hannah, Vanshika and Karen will present a video of their trip to Israel and the Weizmann Institute of Scientific Research. The students spent three days working with scientists at the institute and then traveled for three days to Masada, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Tony Pagano is a director of photography with 40 years experience in film and television production with international experience. He is also an accomplished director, editor and producer from NYC.
Mr. Pagano is offering a FREE basic level photography class on Saturday, February 13th from 10:30-12 focusing on color temperature, composition, and the relationship between ISO, shutter and f/stop. Upper Elementary and IA students with an interest in photography are encouraged to attend. Classes will be held in the music room. Please bring a camera! Sign up with Bonnie Barr firstname.lastname@example.org or call for more info 340-513-9166.
The planets are aligning! While some myths warn of Doomsday events, the world is not ending and the upcoming weeks merely provide a neat opportunity to see the first six planets of our solar system all at once!! From Mercury to Jupiter, viewers will be able to see an arc of the planets in the pre-dawn southern sky, about 45-minutes before sunrise. To share in this experience, feel free to join Mr. Palmer at the top of the VIMSIA campus in the Mind Lab to view the southern horizon at 6:15am on Tuesday, February 2. Coffee and breakfast bites will be provided; see you there, stargazers! Contact: email@example.com
Join us for our second Astronomy Night at VIMSIA. PGIA Physics teacher, Mr. Andy Palmer and Etelman Observatory Director & UVI Physics and Astronomy Professor, Dr. David Morris are both on hand for the evening. Dr. Morris will have telescopes set up on the soccer field for great night sky viewings, and Mr. Palmer will have the Planetarium setup on the Awning Stage. Dr. Morris has graciously offered to share his lecture "The Physics of Santa Claus" in the Science Lab later in the evening as well.
Concession stand will be open and run by VIMSIA without Borders volunteers.
Ms. Elger is hosting a parent night for PGIA parents to discuss the college search process. Below is her email to parents detailing the evening's focus.
I hope this finds you well. I will be hosting a parent night for you on Thursday, December 10 from 5:30-6:30pm in the Science Pod. We will be discussing the college search process, specifically how it can be enhanced with the powerful tool that is Naviance. Bring your laptop! "Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution for middle and high schools that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and improve student outcomes" (naviance.com). Your student(s) has been introduced to the student-side of Naviance and has been assigned tasks to complete (career interest, personality, and college search surveys). These are due in April, but I figured they could get started over winter break!
Naviance also has a parent portal. Your increased understanding of Naviance will only benefit your student and you as we progress through the college application process. I will be distributing parent log-in information at our meeting, so you, your student, and I can all be on the same page.
I understand this is a busy season for all of us. If you cannot attend, please email me directly, and I will send you the PowerPoint and your log-in information.
Thank you for sending your child to the best school on St. Thomas. I consider it an honor to be a part of your family's college search and application process. If you have any questions, please contact me.
PGIA Director of College Counseling
The 8th graders have been participating in the Dancing Classrooms VI program as part of their Art Curriculum this semester. This Thursday evening performance will allow them to showcase their efforts for friends and family. Bring your cameras! This is a wonderful event. Here are some photos from last year's event.