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Coming Up: 
  • Friday, February 17: No School; Teacher In-Service
  • Wednesday, February 22: Board of Directors' meeting, 6:30 p.m. Upper School Seminar Room
  • Thursday, February 23 - Sunday, February 26: PLP Theatre Presents: Hello, Dolly! 
  • Saturday, February 25: General Lottery 
  • Monday, February 27: Pride Presentations for Seniors: No School for Grades 9, 10, and 11 
  • Monday, February 27- Friday, March 3: Read Across America Week, Lower School (details below)

Pine Lake Preparatory Theatre Presents: 

February Staff Members of the Month 


Introducing....Leonardo by Andrew Chase. This new statue will be on permanent display in the Pine Lake STEM building and is meant to represent a connection between the arts, science, math, engineering, and technology. The statue took 4 months to build, and is made from 100% recycled parts. He has moveable joints that allows him to stand, crouch, sit, or pounce. The name Leonardo is a direct reference to Leonardo DaVinci a sculptor, scientist, architect, inventor, painter, biologist, and philosopher. DaVinci created the world's first robot, a lion, for the King of France in 1515. Check out some of Andrew's other incredible work at  This masterpiece was only possible through a few families underwriting this permanent fixture of inspiration and wonder.

Before the unveiling, the anticipation built at school. Mr. Walker put a speaker inside the box so the box "roared" periodically as if there were a live animal inside. It was fun watching the students' faces go from surprise to uncertainty to amusement. :-) 

Dr. Hoffman's daughter gets a close up of the lion's teeth. 

-Contributed by Chris Terrill

Artists from Upper and Middle School Recognized with Gold, Silver Keys, Scholarship Opportunities

The Fine Art Department is providing excellent growth opportunities to hone and develop artists - this is evident to anyone who visits the Fine Art Building. Our artists recently gained recognition at the Mid Carolina Art and Writing awards, where  Pine Lake Prep received a total of 6 Gold Keys, a Silver Key, and 5 Honorable mentions, among the more than 1,800 entries!   

From Mr. Suarez's Computer Generated Art Class, Spencer Kehe and Antonella Tommasi both received one Gold Key for Digital Art, and a second Gold Key for Architecture and Design.

In Ashley Hook's Art 4 class, a Gold Key was awarded in Drawing and Illustration to Ryan Watts for self-portrait, "Cheeky." In addition, Ryne Kolessar received a Silver Key in the "Comic Art" category. 

Joey Marcus has been awarded a Gold Key in the Film and Animation category.

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to 
8th Grade Elizabeth Paige Wilson in Comic Art
8th Grade Pranathi Dandu in Drawing and Illustration
8th Grade Pranathi Dandu in Painting
12th Grade Ryne Kolessar in Architecture and Design
12th Grade Ryne Kolessar in Digital Art

The Gold Key and 3-d Silver Key will be exhibited at Spirit Square Knight Gallery in Charlotte Feb. 4-Feb. 22; 2-D Silver Key will be exhibited at the Mint Museum Feb. 4-Feb. 22. 

Ryan Watts's Gold Key- winning self-portrait, "Cheeky" 

Spencer Kehe, Gold Key in Architecture and Design Entry

Pranathi Dandu, Honorable Mention in Painting

Antonella Tommasi, Gold Key for Digital Art

Art Scholarships

Joey Marcus has been doing an independent study with Mr. Suarez in 3d modeling and animation this year. So far, Joey has already been offered a $60,000 scholarship to East Tennessee State University, and a $64,000 scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design. WOW!! 

Joey approached Mr. Suarez last year with his request for the independent study for his senior year. He had to present his plan for what he wanted to achieve, which Mr. Suarez accepted, and the two meet daily during Mr. Suarez's planning period for the study. 

Motivated students + dedicated teachers = exciting post-graduation opportunities!

Order March Lunches by Feb. 20

Lunch orders for March must be ordered by 11:59 p.m. by February 20!

Bus Driver Appreciation Week 
Hip, hip, HOORAY for our bus drivers, Larry, Leroy, Maria, Donald and Ron, who were treated all week by the Lower School for Bus Driver Appreciation Week, with cookies, cards, gift cards and more. We LOVE our bus drivers! 

Father Daughter Dance Tickets 

Tickets are now available at Click on the Father/ (or special guest) Daughter Dance tab then scroll down for the online form. 

Upper School STEM College Fair and Panel

The Upper School Counseling department is excited to announce the inaugural STEM Mini-Fair and College Panel 

Wednesday, March 8, starting at 5:30 p.m. 

More than 20 colleges & universities, both public and private, are coming to campus to meet with high school students who are interested in pursuing majors in a STEM field.  

Following the college fair from  5:30 - 7:00 pm, we will have a panel discussion with five college admissions professionals representing different types of institutions and admissions processes, which will run until about 8 p.m. 

No RSVP is necessary and students and parents are welcomed to attend! 

Campus Cleanup Service Learning Opportunity

We are happy to announce a new service learning opportunity at PLP!

Campus Pride will allow students to give back to the PLP campus while earning service learning hours.

Students can volunteer on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays after school, weather permitting.  Middle School and Upper School students can use this time to clean up the grounds around campus by picking up litter, etc.

Upper School students who wish to start at 2:10pm can check in with Mrs. Kwiatkowski.
Any students who would like to begin at 3:00pm can meet Mrs. Schwaba in the Middle School parking lot.

An adult contact will be on-site at all times.  Bags and gloves will be provided.

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Schwaba at or Mrs. Kwiatkowski in the Upper School with any questions.

***February schedule below***

LS Twitterverse

The Lower School has tweeted almost 500 times on their Twitter page, @PLPLowerSchool. If you're not following them, you're missing out on SO many peeks into the daily classroom lives of our lion cubs!

Lower School Honors Dr. Seuss with Read Across America Week

Mark your calendars: Lower School will celebrate the wonderful literary contributions of Dr. Seuss (whose birthday is on the last day), February 27 - March 3. Along with books and activities, Lower School students are invited to dress accordingly:  

Monday - Oh the Places You'll Go
  • Students may wear pastel colored top with uniform bottoms

Tuesday - Green Eggs and Ham
  • Students may wear a green shirt with uniform bottoms

Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday
  • Students may dress mix matched.

Thursday - Fox in Socks
  • Crazy sock day - students may wear crazy socks with regular uniform

Friday - Cat in the Hat
  • Optional $5 Dress Down Day
  • Students may wear Dr. Seuss hat

Box Tops Due Feb. 24

Please send in any box tops you've collected for the next contest drawing by February 27th. Please use a collection sheet found here: Box Top Sheets

STEM Family Night a Big Success

STEM Family Night was a well-attended, hands-on, enlightening success! Dr. Vince Bertram encouraged students to think broadly about their career path, choose fields of study carefully, and to embrace educational opportunities. STEM teachers from each school hosted activities that were led BY students FOR students. Kudos to Lori Reuter, Jeff Walker, and all who played a part in this fun, educational evening.

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