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The Thursday Letter

December 5, 2019

Dear PCS Community,

 Believe it or not, we are nearing the end of the first semester and the mid- point of the year. With final exams looming in the not-so-distant future, calls and emails about extra help and support for student success are becoming more frequent. Fortunately, there are quite a few support options available for students:

 First and foremost: PCS teachers are a remarkable and dedicated group of professionals who deliver engaging, top-notch instruction during classes every day. Students are engaged and challenged, and teachers carefully plan scaffolds and supports for learning.

 Our teachers are often available to support students beyond class time, as well. Students are encouraged to use Tutorial time on Wednesdays and Thursdays to connect with their teachers, re-take benchmark exams, make-up work, or get a little extra help with challenging content. Many teachers generously also offer drop-in help before/after school, or during lunch, and others are happy to do so by appointment. We encourage students to advocate for themselves and to connect with teachers for extra help and support as often as needed.

 In addition to individual teacher support, the following tutoring and support opportunities are available to all PCS students:

  • Math Department: drop-in help for students in any PCS math course, Monday-Friday from 3:20-4:00pm (contact:

  • English Department: drop-in help for students in any PCS English course, Mondays and Tuesdays and by appointment (contact: or

  • A.C.E.: PCS has partners with the Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence (P.A.C. E.) tutoring program from UCSC. Undergraduate members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars provide after-school tutoring in a variety of subjects. PCS students are currently receiving FREE tutoring in Math, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry. Other subjects may be added, by PCS student request. (Register with PACE director, Shannon Twardy:

  • Peer Tutoring: students may sign up for peer tutoring (or get community service for being a peer tutor) for any PCS course/subject (contact:

  • Study Hall: a supervised after school study hall is available in the PCS Library/Study Hall. This quiet work-space is available to students, Monday-Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm.

  • DRSC Homework Club: A limited number of spaces are available for PCS students to participate in an afterschool homework club hosted and supervised by our community partners at the Davenport Resource Service Center. DRSC Homework Club offers drop-in homework support and teen center, 4:00pm-6:00pm Monday-Friday.


Academic advising, mental health supports, and other specialized services are also available right here at PCS and throughout the county. Our goal is to ensure that every student is connected to the supports they need to achieve success!

 For information about support and tutoring options, please contact our team of academic advisors: Ms. Rivers (grades 7-8), Mr. Harrison (grades 9-10), or Ms. De Sousa (grades 11-12).

 We wish all of our students final exam and Semester 1 success – let us know how we can help!


Maria Reitano

Head of School