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Today marks what would have been the opening night of the Upper School’s production of The Music Man. As you can imagine, the production has been postponed—but the cast and crew have not given up hope!

At this time, tickets are being held in the event that the production takes place in the future. If the show is canceled, ticket holders may donate or receive a refund for their ticket orders. Please stay tuned!

The Pace Summer Programs team is moving forward with plans for this year’s camps and specialty programs—it’s time to register! Pace Summer Programs offers full- and half-day camps, as well as specialty programs in athletics, the arts, STEAM, driver’s education and more. 

Students entering kindergarten through eighth grade won’t want to miss Pace Academy Basketball Camp, led by USA Basketball and eight-time state-champion coach Sharman White. The weeklong fun and fast-paced youth development camp will include drills to develop fundamental skills, agility and physical conditioning, as well as games, relays, scrimmages and competitions. 

Dates and details regarding programming for 2020 are available in the Summer Programs section of the Pace website. Questions? Please contact Director of Auxiliary Programs Zach Slaney.

At Pace, we talk a great deal about our mission: To create prepared, confident citizens of the world. But what does that look like when conversations take place through screens rather than in person? When morning assemblies move online and advisory groups meet via Zoom?

The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent implementation of remote learning have temporarily changed the way Pace students attend school, Pace teachers teach and the Pace community comes together. Despite our distance, we have discovered that we are, in fact, fulfilling our mission. Our community has rallied together in the midst of this global crisis and responded like true citizens of the world by making education and genuine connection possible via digital platforms.

Third-grade teacher Patrice Wright-Lewis incorporates themes into her daily class Zoom meetings—Friday is “Bring a Parent to Morning Meeting” day. “I also have several touchpoints throughout the day, including small groups, office hours and a closing circle,” she says. Lower School art teacher Molly Hurd offers an optional daily art class to all Lower School students, and other teachers and parents have joined the fun.

In the Middle School, eighth-grade science teacher Kelly Colquitt takes lessons outside whenever possible and checks on students’ emotional well-being at the start of every class. Seventh-grade English teacher Kate Tornusciolo’s students are taking part in a virtual debate this week: ”This could be great or a disaster, but in the end, it is something we've created and experimented with together,” she reports. 

Librarians in the Woodruff Library offer after-school hang-out sessions for Upper School students in the virtual Lower Library; the chess club hosts online lessons and tournaments every afternoon; and today, Upper School teacher Allison Riley’s C-period Spanish class “traded songs and generally had a great time being together,” she says. “[Freshman] Jack Schmitt took us out by playing the piano. It lifted my spirits a lot.”

“Over the past two weeks, we have seen our community exemplify what it means to be Pace Knights,” says Lower School Director of Student Life Kacy Brubaker. “Teachers, students and parents have been positive, flexible and cooperative. Families have leaned into remote learning with curiosity and patience and trusted that the teachers have their children's best interest at heart, and teachers have done all they can to keep their students a priority by providing a sense of routine and normalcy to the best of their ability.”

So, thank you, Pace Knights and citizens of the world, for embracing our new (virtual) reality! Please continue to share your photos and stories using #pacecandothis. We can do this! 

On March 5, the varsity boys basketball team defeated the Jefferson High School Dragons 34-28 to claim the GHSA Class AAA state title! The victory followed a hard-fought match in which the Knights trailed until the third quarter. 

Following the game, junior Madison Durr was named Third Team All-State, and juniors Cole Middleton and Matthew Cleveland received First Team All-State honors. In addition, Cleveland was named Class AAA Player of the Year and a Jersey Mike’s All American. He also received Naismith National All-American Honorable Mention. With the win, head coach Sharman White notched his eighth career state title and a 28-4 final record. 

Purchase your state-championship paraphernalia before the online store closes on Sunday, March 15, at 11:59 p.m.