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The Thursday Letter

August 15, 2019


Happy "New Year," PCS!


Welcome to the start of a great year at Pacific Collegiate School. I hope you have enjoyed a restful and rejuvenating summer, full of adventure and important opportunities to relax and recharge. I am pleased to be joining this vibrant learning community as the new Head of School, and to welcome students and families to the start of a new school year.


I must confess that I have always loved the first day of school. There is something infinitely promising about a fistful of freshly sharpened pencils, that first meeting of new friends, and teachers waiting eagerly outside classroom doors, ready to launch into learning. There is a unique and hopeful excitement in the air at PCS this week, full of possibilities.


I hope you share my enthusiasm as we begin the school year and our time together. PCS has built a firm foundation of academic excellence over the last 20 years. I look forward to all that we will add, imagine, develop, and work on together to ensure equity and success for all students.


Your interest and involvement are essential to the success of your PCS student and our school as a whole. One thing that supports a healthy home-school partnership is effective communication. Please take a moment to share some feedback about how you would prefer to receive information from me and the school/office in the future.


Please mark your calendars for some important opportunities for us to connect as a school community:

  • Welcome Back BBQ - Friday, August 23 (4pm-6pm)
  • New Parent Night - Monday, August 26 (6pm-7pm)
  • Back to School Night - Thursday, August 29 (6pm-9pm)


I am excited to build a team of educators and support staff that is reflective of PCS's great reputation! Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to enrich our school:

  • Ms. Sarah de Sousa, College Counselor
  • Ms. Kelly Dunn, English 7 Teacher
  • Ms. Jennifer Eskenazi, AP Statistics Teacher
  • Mr. Andy Gersh, Pre-Algebra and Algebra Teacher
  • Mr. Jared Leake, Fine Arts Teacher
  • Ms. Robin Levy, Dance Studies Teacher
  • Ms. Sierra Opbroek, Study Skills and Technology Teacher
  • Mr. Chad Paeglow, Food Service Coordinator
  • Mr. David Ramos-Beban, Paraeducator
  • Ms. Caitlin Spohrer, ELL Instructional Assistant
  • Mr. Kyle Walters, AP Biology and AP Environmental Science Teacher

Cheers to the new year!




maria sig

Maria C. Reitano, Ed.D.

Head of School