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This morning, the Gymateria was abuzz with our Lower School students, faculty, and parents, as the community had the opportunity to view the impressive science fair projects from Princeton Day School's 1st and 2nd grade students. From gems and geodes, to robots, the seashell eggs, to fog cannons, to lemon batteries, to volcanoes, our students' projects covered a wide range of fascinating science. The best part was seeing all the students engaging with the projects and with the science behind them, and learning so much in the process. Click here for photos from this morning's Lower School Science Fair. And be sure to check back next Friday, January 27, when the 3rd and 4th grade scientists present their projects.

Upper School Tech Coordinator and history teacher Lauren Ledley recently shared that a number of our Princeton Day School faculty members are using videoconferencing software like Skype and Google Hangouts to connect with the outside world. This morning, Upper School English teacher Reuben Loewy and history teacher Chris Rhodes partnered with the organization News Decoder to host a Google Hangouts webinar on media in the "post-truth" era. Click the headline to read more.

Princeton Day School is pleased to announce that Brian Dudeck will serve as Head Coach of the Varsity Boys Baseball team. In a letter to his baseball players, Dudeck noted, "I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to lead the boys this season and beyond." He also emphasized his interest in ensuring that PDS Baseball is one program, as opposed to three separate teams. He went on to say, "I will be making a conscious effort to spend more time developing our middle school and junior varsity baseball players who should be the foundation of our program." Click the headline to read more.

Congratulations to Eric Chen '19 who recently competed in the First Shu-Te Sylvia Lee violin competition in Taiwan and was the first place winner of the junior division. This prestigious competition, which took place in Taipei in late December, included 130 participants (aged 11-22) of Taiwanese heritage from all over the world. The 11-member judge panel was led by world-renowned violinist Cho-Liang Lin. Eric noted, "During the competition I was able to meet young musicians from prestigious music schools such as the Curtis Institute, Colburn Music Academy, Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater, and University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. I was honored to be selected as the first place winner of the junior division." The 1st place prize includes $7,000 and a solo recital in Taipei during the winter of 2017.

Congratulations to the Princeton Day School Upper School Mock Trial Team, who defeated the team from Marshall Academy to win the coveted Mercer County Championship title for the second year in a row. Next up, the team will vie for the Central New Jersey title at the competition on February 7 at Rutgers Law Center. Led by faculty advisors US History teacher Chris Rhodes and US English teacher Barbara Walker, the Princeton Day School team beat PHS and Lawrenceville in the quarterfinals on Saturday, January 8, and then faced Marshall in the finals again this year on January 11. Click the headline to read more.

Faculty advisor and US English teacher Jamie McCulloch announced that the 2016 issue of Cymbals, Princeton Day School's literary and visual arts magazine won the American Scholastic Press Association's top honor, First Place with Special Merit. Mr. McCulloch noted, "This is an award we have been chasing for four years. We've won second, first (the past two years in a row), and now First Place with Special Merit." According to the ASPA materials, this top honor "was given to a publication that scored over 950 points and in the opinion of the reviewer was an outstanding overall example of a scholastic publications in format, content, and presentation." In addition, the issue also won Outstanding Continuity of Theme for the unique "Waltz" theme. It is worth noting that PDS's publication was in competition with not only other top independent schools including Sidwell Friends School and Horace Mann School but also with colleges and universities. Congratulations to the Cymbals team for another amazing issue!

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present an exhibit titled "Animal Architects: Influences on Human Creativity," featuring the work of six artists: Harry Bower, Linda Gebhard, Eva Mantell, Donna Payton, Kathleen Preziosi, and Richard Sanders. This exhibit will be on view from January 11 through February 2, 2017. There will be an artists panel on Thursday, January 26 from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. and an artists reception on Friday, January 27, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Click the headline to read more.

The Princeton Day School Middle and Upper School students will perform their winter choral concert on Wednesday, January 11 in the McAneny Theater at 7:00 p.m. The concert will include performances by our student a cappella ensembles, the Y-Chromotones and Pitch Please, as well as our Choirs, Chorale, Eighth Notes, and Madrigals. The concert, conducted by Marc Beja, with accompanist Ryan Brechmacher, will feature the theme "On Children." With selections including "Old Joe Clark," "A La Puerta del Cielo," and "Pure Imagination," this concert featuring the inspiring vocal talents of our MS and US students should not be missed!

Princeton Day School is pleased to announce that senior Morgan Mills has signed a Letter of Intent to play Division I Lacrosse at Princeton University beginning in the fall. Coached by Jill Thomas at PDS, the midfielder was named All Prep for 2015 and 2016, and won two Prep Championships with her team in 2015 and 2016. She scored her 100th goal in the 2016 season, and is serving as co-captain of the team this year. Coach Thomas noted, "Morgan is a complete player. She can attack, defend, run the midfield, and put the ball in the net. She has had a stellar career at PDS." Congratulations!

The Princeton Day School Parents Association invites the community to a special screening of the documentary film "Screenagers" on Friday, January 6 at 7:00 p.m., in the McAneny Theater. "Screenagers," directed by Delaney Ruston, M.D., and running at around 68 minutes, is about the impact of the digital age on children, and how best to help them minimize the harmful effects and find a good balance. This film should be of interest to parents of children of all ages, as well as faculty and staff, so please join us. Click the headline to read more.

PDS chess players Kevin Long '29, Lila '27 and Rowan Field '26, Eric Wu '24, Jai Kasera '23, Winston Ni '23 and Dodge Martinson '22 participated in the National K-12 Grade Championships in Nashville, TN last weekend, a tournament that draws over 1500 players from around the country.

This past weekend PDS hosted the 47th annual boys and 27th annual girls Harry Rulon-Miller '51 Invitational Hockey Tournament at the Lisa McGraw '44 Ice Skating Rink. We welcomed teams from Summit High School, Westfield High School, Rye Country Day School, St. Joe's Metuchen and Chatham High School. For the first time since 2013 the Princeton Day School boys and girls teams both emerged as champions.

Princeton Day School 4th grade student Max Frost personally initiated a coat drive in partnership with Burlington Coat Factory to help people in need this holiday season. Max was able to collect more than 40 coats from his 4th grade classmates for the
"Warm Coats & Warm Hearts" drive. Max's generosity reached the attention of a producer at ABC's "Good Morning America," who came to the PDS campus to film a segment on Max's project. The segment aired on Christmas morning, and here is a link to the clip. Way to go, Max!

Join us for the annual Harry Rulon-Miller '51 Invitational Ice Hockey Tournament taking place at the Lisa McGraw '44 Ice Rink on Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17. Games will kick off on Friday when the Princeton Day School girls will meet Summit at 3:00 p.m. At 4:30, Westfield High will play Rye Country Day, and at 6:00, Princeton Day School boys will match up against Rye Country Day. At 7:45, St. Joe's plays Chatham. Click here for the full program. Click the headline for more.

'Tis the season... for beautiful music from our Princeton Day School students! Our Middle School Orchestra will be performing their winter concert this evening, Tuesday, December 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the McAneny Theater. The Allegro Strings, Chamber Players, and Sinfonia will be playing holiday favorites, like "Frosty the Snowman" as well as selections by Beethoven, Offenbach, and Adele... On Wednesday, December 14, the Upper School instrumental concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the McAneny Theater. On the program are performances by Room 152, the Upper School Band, the Chamber Music Club, and the Upper School Orchestra. With selections ranging from Mozart, Bach, Haydn, and Stevie Wonder as well as some holiday music, it should be a perfect way to get in the holiday spirit.

Princeton Day School seniors Ziad Ahmed and Nick Jain are featured in the current issue of Bloomberg Businessweek in an article about their youth consulting firm, Jüv (http://www.juvconsulting.com/). Ziad and Nick partnered with Melinda Guo, who they met at a Cornell University camp for high school students, to create a consulting firm focused on Generation Z (those born after 1996) who, according to the magazine, "make up almost a quarter of the U.S. population and wield $44 billion in buying power." Click the headline to read more.

On December 3, Princeton Day School hosted the Greater Princeton Chess Championship, the biggest tournament ever held at the school. Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reports that more than 140 chess players from 32 schools competed. PDS second grader Eric Jiang won all four games to take home the big first place trophy in the RESERVE section for players rated U800. For more results, please click on the headline.

Earlier today, on December 7, our Princeton Day School Lower School students gathered to wrap gifts donated by the entire community to benefit foster children through the One Simple Wish Foundation (onesimplewish.org). Lower School teacher and Community Service Coordinator Margie Gibson, who helped organize the event, asked students and families to consider purchasing small gifts, including coloring books, sticker books, play dough, crayons/markers, small toys, teething toys, board books, and sports equipment for all ages for the drive. As she noted, "Whatever you think will brighten a child's day is perfect." Click the headline to read more.

Princeton Day School ice hockey teams started the season strong with early victories. Varsity Boys Ice Hockey defeated Bishop Eustace (2-1) and Seton Hall Prep (5-1) to launch the season. Varsity Girls Ice Hockey had wins over Pingry (8-1) and Morristown Beard (2-1) on home ice. Boys Varsity Basketball clinched the Solebury Tip-Off Classic Tournament this past weekend with wins over Solebury (70-55) and Pennington (80-75) for the title. Click the headline to read more.

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