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DCVI Class & Performance
Nov
7
1:30 PM13:30

DCVI Class & Performance

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.  

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DiFrancesco Play - Music Room
Sep
28
8:45 AM08:45

DiFrancesco Play - 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.

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Danish Students Visiting Campus
Jan
17
9:00 AM09:00

Danish Students Visiting Campus

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!

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Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

PGIA End Session Meeting

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!

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Astronomy End Session Presentation
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Astronomy End Session Presentation

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

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Storytelling Performance - PGIA End Session with Andy Offutt Irwin
Jun
7
6:00 PM18:00

Storytelling Performance - PGIA End Session with Andy Offutt Irwin

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!

…An accomplished singer-songwriter, Irwin tackles genres like a veteran defensive lineman tackles quarterbacks … The man’s a master musician with some VERY talented lips.
— Georgia Music Magazine
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Middle Years Programme Orientation
May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Middle Years Programme Orientation

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.

Education is not the learning of facts.
It’s rather the training of the mind to think.
— Albert Einstein
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"Art is a Verb"
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

"Art is a Verb"

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.

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pour l'amour de l'art - DP Student Art Show
Mar
17
6:00 PM18:00

pour l'amour de l'art - DP Student Art Show

The IB Diploma Programme visual arts course encourages students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries. It is a thought-provoking course in which students develop analytical skills in problem-solving and divergent thinking, while working towards technical proficiency and confidence as art-makers. In addition to exploring and comparing visual arts from different perspectives and in different contexts, students are expected to engage in, experiment with and critically reflect upon a wide range of contemporary practices and media.
— IB Diploma Programme Subject Brief

Please join DP Arts Teacher Ms. Jana Ferguson and her DP HL Seniors to celebrate these students' creativity and hard work in PGIA's first annual Senior Arts Show. 

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Photography Workshop for PGIA and Upper El Students
Feb
13
10:30 AM10:30

Photography Workshop for PGIA and Upper El Students

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 viaemail-bonnie@mbelbarr.com or call for more info 340-513-9166

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Planetary Viewing
Feb
2
6:15 AM06:15

Planetary Viewing

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: andy.palmer@vimsia.org

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Astronomy Night at VIMSIA
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

Astronomy Night at VIMSIA

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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.

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College Search - Parent Night
Dec
10
5:30 PM17:30

College Search - Parent Night

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.

Take Care, 
Elizabeth Elger
PGIA Director of College Counseling

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Dancing Classrooms Showcase - 8th Graders
Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

Dancing Classrooms Showcase - 8th Graders

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.

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