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The University of Pennsylvania has invited Princeton Day School to become an inaugural member of a groundbreaking collaboration between the Penn Graduate School of Education and a consortium of the nation's leading independent day schools, including Roxbury Latin (Boston), Trinity (NYC), and Riverdale (NYC). Modeled on a similar partnership between Penn and several of America's top boarding schools, the "Penn Residency Master's in Teaching (PRMT)" program enables aspiring Middle and Upper School teachers to complete two-year teaching fellowships at host day schools while also receiving a Master's degree in education from Penn. Click the headline to read more.

Congratulations to the Princeton Day School Chess team for an amazing weekend. Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reported that PDS chess players competed at the first-ever New York State Girls Team and Individual Championships, a two-day tournament held at the Hewitt School in New York City this past weekend. Third grader Rowan Field placed 12th and her sister Lila Field placed 16th in the K-3 Championship section, and the PDS girls were 3rd place team. In K-3 Under 600, first grader Anya Jha won 4 out of 5 games to place 8th and top scoring player grade 1 or below. Second grader Shreya Munjal won her first rated game. Click the headline to read about the New Jersey Primary, Elementary and Junior High Championship.

This week in the Lower School, Margie Gibson and her 3rd grade class, along with LS Technology Coordinator Carol Olson, were able to participate in a zoom conversation to learn about Guatemala, specifically about the water crisis and plans to alleviate the problem in the village of Sacbochal. Mrs. Gibson said, "Our students 'saw' the water system being built and spoke with the team leaders for the project who were on site." Also participating in this conversation were students from a school in Georgia. Mrs. Gibson also noted, "This is only the first step in our 3rd graders becoming responsible global citizens. To deepen our understanding of the world's most precious resource, 3rd graders are reading One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss." This interactive experience was made possible through America Kids Learning (AKL), a non-profit, environmental education organization, connecting classrooms worldwide focusing on the global water crisis and fostering global citizenship.

Come to our second annual Black History Month celebration in the Campus Center on Monday afternoon, February 27, beginning at 4:30. Organized by the Community Multicultural Development Team (CMDT), the event will include musical selections and performances by students in all three divisions as well as light refreshments. The school is honored to welcome Dr. Jay-Paul Hinds, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Religion at Howard University, as our keynote speaker. Open to all families and friends of the community, we look forward to celebrating with you!

Upper School science teacher Charlie Alt will be taking five 11th grade students to Stanford University in early April to attend the GAINS (Girls Advancing in STEM) Conference. Princeton Day School was one of a small number of independent schools who were invited to send a delegation of students to attend this conference. The final candidates were chosen because of their strong academic records, a deep and abiding curiosity about math and science, and an aspiration to study these subjects when they leave PDS. Click the headline to read about US science teacher Carrie Norrin.

Tickets are going fast for the Upper School musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will be performed in the McAneny Theater on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 23 through the 25. For more information about show times and to purchase your tickets, visit our Box Office page. In this award-winning musical, a charming and quirky group of outsiders discover they can stand out and fit in at the same time. The musical follows six middle schoolers competing to be the best speller, as well as the quirky adult moderators who barely managed to escape childhood themselves.

Princeton Day School is delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of some of our alums. Princeton University just announced that senior Charlotte Williams '12 has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, an award given to outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom so they can pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. Charlotte, who is concentrating in anthropology and is pursuing certificates in archaeology, Latin American studies and urban studies, will study for a master's degree in archaeology in the Archaeological Heritage and Museums Track at Cambridge.

A wonderful Princeton Day School tradition in our Lower School is the Mardi Gras parade, an opportunity for our youngest students to design miniature floats and hobby horses and parade through the school. Head of Lower School Alesia Klein, who was in full costume, noted, "This Mardi Gras parade was festive, colorful, and fun, with sparkling floats, creative hobby horses, decorative masks and costumes, and lots of beads! I want to thank our Kindergarten for entertaining us, and many thanks to our parents for joining us."

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present an exhibit titled "Identity," running through March 8. Entirely composed of work created by Princeton Day School students in all three divisions, the exhibit centers around individual identities and the diversity of the PDS community. Click here for photos from today's artists reception. Curated by members of the PDS Gallery Club (led by co-heads junior Michelle Leung, junior Mary Schafer, and senior Abby Ling) in conjunction with the school division heads, "Identity" is the first exhibit at PDS to incorporate work by students from all three divisions of the school. Click the headline to read more.

All parents are invited and encouraged to attend the February Parents Association Meeting on Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00 a.m. in the Lisa McGraw '44 Skating Rink. The PA is pleased to welcome Jeanne Petrucci, MS, RDN, who will give a talk titled "Feeding Families and Raising Competent Eaters." With a background in culinary instruction, Jeanne Petrucci, MS, RDN, has been passionate about food and healthy eating for more than two decades. As the Founder and Managing Director of Living Plate, Petrucci develops, delivers, and evaluates nutrition education programming that is targeted toward changing nutrition-related health behaviors. Click the headline to read more.

Yesterday, our Girls and Boys Varsity Fencing teams competed in the NJISAA Prep B Tournament at the Ranney School. The girls team came out victorious clinching the overall Championship Title and well as First Place in Girls Foil. The boys team also secured First Place in Boys Foil. Sarah Prilutsky '18 and Chris Kiel '18 each placed first in Individual Foil. Coach Hussein Tolba remarked, "What an amazing finish to our season! Our fencers finished with five trophies (one overall, two team and two individuals). Our boys were very close to capturing the team trophy as well. I am so proud, they worked so hard and it paid off." Congratulations Panthers!

Princeton Day School is pleased to announce that the following Upper School students were awarded Scholastic Visual Arts Awards:

Emma Dries '18: Gold Key, Photography
Sophie Feldman '18: Gold Key, Drawing
Alison Klei '17: Gold Key, Ceramics
Michelle Leung '18: 2 Gold Keys and 2 Silver Keys in Photography
Shana Mimnaugh '17: 4 Gold Keys, 2 Silver Keys in Photography; 1 Silver Key in Architecture

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Congratulations to the boys varsity ice hockey team for defeating Morristown Beard 2-1 to become the NJISAA Prep State Champions. The game was played away at Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown. Tyler Coffey '18 scored in the first period to give PDS the 1-0 lead. Morristown Beard scored midway through the second to tie the game at 1-1. Scoring for the win was Coby Auslander '19 off a pass from Jack Mascali '17. Coach Scott Bertoli remarked, "It was our best effort and most complete game of the season, we carried the play from start to finish and definitely deserved to come out on top. Our kids were excited for the opportunity to compete for a championship, one that has eluded us the past two seasons. It was a fitting way for our senior class to bookend their time skating for the Panthers with Prep Championship titles in both their Freshmen and Senior years."

On Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m., the Princeton Day School College Counseling Office will host an evening program for juniors and their parents. College admissions deans from Lehigh University and Princeton University will offer advice to help parents and students better understand current admissions trends, as well as the process of researching and applying to college. Also on the panel, a local adolescent counselor will provide tips to help families better communicate and navigate the process together. Director of College Counseling Sarah Graham said of the program, "I'm thrilled that we have such fabulous experts in the field who are willing to come to speak to our families, and I'm looking forward to hosting them on Wednesday."

Congratulations to Princeton Day School star field hockey players Eva Petschnigg '18, Suma Kanuri '17, and Gretchen Lindenfeldar '18, who were named to the Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) High School National Academic Squad. In addition, Elizabeth Brennan '18 was named and honored as a Scholar of Distinction for a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. Click the headline to read more.

Princeton Day School has partnered with OASIS (Organizing Action on Sustainability In Schools) and Rutgers Climate Institute to hold teacher workshops on teaching about climate change. There is an upcoming workshop for 9-12th grade teachers on Tuesday, February 7, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on campus. Preregistration, capped at 30 participants, is required at Liz Cutler, PDS English teacher and Sustainability Coordinator, who helped organize the workshops, noted, "The workshops are free, open to all teachers, and give professional development credit." Click the headline to read more.

In mid-February every year, one of the most adored Middle School traditions commences: Mini Course Week. Perfectly timed to fight off those mid-February winter doldrums, Mini Course Week is an interdisciplinary and experiential week-long program that provides wonderful learning opportunities for our MS students. There were eleven courses offered this year, ranging from off-campus adventures in neighboring states to homegrown activities on campus. There were some perennial favorites, such as Chocolate Immersion, The Amish Experience, and New York, New York, as well as the popular Cape Cod Challenge. Newer courses like Farm Week, Top Chef, Stop-Motion Movie Making, Sport!, Medieval Madness, and Marco Polo rounded out the offerings.

The Ivy League Model United Nations Conference, this year held at the University of Pennsylvania, is known as "The Championship Conference," as most of the top programs in the country--Mira Costa High School of California, Thomas Jefferson, Langley, Horace Mann, JP Stevens--are in attendance. Faculty Advisor and US History teacher Eamon Downey reported, "This year, the Princeton Day School Model UN team showed that it belonged in that company." In a field of over 3000 delegates and 40 high schools, a record-breaking 15 of our 27 delegates won awards. Congratulations to our team! Click on the headline to see our award winners.

Congratulations to the Princeton Day School MS squash team, who won the consolation bracket at the Middle School Squash Nationals this past weekend at Yale University. After losing a tough first match in the main draw in Division 1, the team rebounded and ended up winning the consolation draw, beating City Squash, Pingry, and Fessenden along the way. Coach Ed Tseng noted, "All of the players displayed excellent sportsmanship and all-out efforts while representing the PDS community. It was an honor to play in Division 1 and as a coach, I am proud of our results." Congratulations again to the PDS Middle School Squash team: Hamza Mian '21, Arjun Sen '22, Alden Weymar '22, Dodge Martinson '22, Kylan Tatum '21, and Om Suchak '21.

This morning, the Princeton Day School 3rd and 4th grade scientists proudly displayed their impressive projects at the science fair. From drawing robots, to homemade bath bombs and lip balm, to projects on animals including honey badgers, monkeys, geckos, and turtles, to slime of all kinds, these projects showed a wonderful diversity of scientific proclivities. Congratulations to our talented Lower School scientists! Click here for photos from this morning's Lower School Science Fair.

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