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On October 18, Ziad Ahmed '17, was in Washington, DC for a roundtable discussion on advancing the American-Muslim narrative at the White House. Ziad has been spending a lot of time in the DC area lately as he began interning this summer at the U.S. Department of State under the Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Rick Stengel (in the photo with Ziad). During his internship, he has been working on a peer-to-peer venture to fight online extremism through the development of a program. Click on the headline to read more...

Congratulations to our Middle School faculty who recently presented at the OESIS Conference in Boston. OESIS is a US-based innovation network of 400+ prestigious independent schools, and Princeton Day School is the only independent school that had four faculty members presenting at the Boston conference. Tara Quigley, Humanities teacher, and Sheila Goeke, Director of Libraries, presented "6th-8th Grade Digital Literacies in Humanities"; Jamie Atkeson, MS Technology Coordinator, presented "Aviation and Science: Interdisciplinary Exploration;" and Nichole Foster-Hinds, MS Math Teacher/Acting Math Department Chair 5-8, presented "Angry Birds with Algebra."

On Wednesday, October 26, David W. Orr, a leading scholar of and activist for global sustainability initiatives, will come to campus for the day as the annual Pioneer in Science. He will be speaking to Upper School students and working with faculty at all levels. Princeton Day School is honored to welcome Dr. Orr, who serves as Counselor to the President at Oberlin College and Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, Emeritus. Click the headline to read more...

FIELD HOCKEY: After a decisive 5-0 win over West Windsor Plainsboro North on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Mercer County Tournament (MCT), the varsity field hockey team (14W-3L) will face Allentown High School in the semifinal at Mercer County College this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. The girls team had a bye in the first round of the NJISAA Prep B state tournament, and will play their first match-up in that competition on Thursday, October 27 against Pennington School at home. Click on the headline for a full rundown of our teams in tournaments...

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is proud to present "The Built World," featuring the work of PDS Art Faculty Chris Maher and Chase Rosade. This exhibit will be on view from October 17 through November 10, 2016. "The Built World" combines manipulation of natural materials by two artists. Through shaping the natural world around us, Chris Maher transforms wood into innovative furniture, while Chase Rosade works in the ancient tradition of the art of the bonsai. These two different techniques reflect manipulation through living and dead wood to push and blur the boundaries of art and science. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Wednesday, October 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to the public.

It was a beautifully evocative misty morning as the entire student body and faculty gathered on the Colross lawn for Convocation on Thursday. After an invocation by MS teacher Hank Bristol, the Madrigals performed a most timely piece that began, "in the quiet misty morning..." Next, Head of School Paul Stellato offered his thoughtful remarks, noting not only the "sun straining to warm us as the thick dew creeps into our shoes," but also the reason for holding our traditional beginning of school event a few weeks late: "I think it is important that we stand together and take the measure of our community. We stand this morning more than 1000 strong; we range in age from 4 to 74; we encompass generations of experience, opportunity, achievement, joy, sorrow, and hope. We nourish and inspire one another." Click the headline to read more.

All parents are invited and encouraged to attend the Princeton Day School Parents Association October meeting on Wednesday, October 19 at 8:15 a.m., in the McAneny Theater. At this meeting, parents will have the opportunity to see a special screening of the film "Screenagers," directed by Delaney Ruston, M.D., and running at around 68 minutes. The film 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, so please join us.

On Friday, October 7, Head of Lower School Alesia Klein joined the whole Lower School by the Garden Classroom to release the butterflies our students hatched in their classrooms. Mrs. Klein noted, "Four monarch butterflies emerged from our butterfly tanks, and on Friday we released them to begin their long migration to Mexico. We celebrated this occasion with our fifth grade friends. Our fourth graders entertained us with a dance called 'Los Machetes,' and then we all yelled Adios!" The students tagged their butterflies in an effort to track their long journey. We may find out that one of the PDS butterflies made it all the way to Mexico! Click here for photos from our Monarch Butterfly Release Party in the Lower School.

Princeton Day School is proud to announce that alum Lylah Alphonse '90 will come to campus on October 11 to deliver the Rothrock Lecture to Upper School students and faculty at a special assembly. Ms. Alphonse is the Managing Editor for News at U.S. News & World Report, and previously worked as an editor at the Boston Globe, as well as a Senior Editor and Writer at, where she covered politics and interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett. Ms. Alphonse is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and was inducted into the Newhouse School's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2000. She will be speaking to our students about the current election and its implications for our country.

Princeton Day School alums and sisters Lily Stockman '01 and Hopie Stockman '03 were recently profiled in both Vogue and the New York Times for their "eye-catching, geometric printed textiles" created in India through their label, Block Shop. The Vogue article also mentions that the Stockmans host a series of printing workshops at their Joshua Tree, California studio to introduce their love of block printing to interested students. The New York Times article features an arresting slideshow with photos from Rajasthan, India, where the sisters have been traveling for the last five years to oversee the production of their textiles.

This morning at the Middle School Focus Assembly, students were treated to a special program celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Nichole Foster-Hinds, MS math teacher and member of the school's Community and Multicultural Development Team, introduced Mexico Beyond Mariachi, a group of musicians and dancers who presented a wonderful program showcasing the wide-ranging cultures of Mexico. Click here for photos. Click the headline to read more...

A wonderful tradition at Princeton Day School is the bulb planting project in the Lower School each fall. Our PreK, K, and 1st grade students put on their gardening gloves, get out the trowels and, with the help of their parents and teachers, plant daffodils, tulips, and other bulbs in the ground for a wonderful show of flowers in the spring. Even rain didn't keep our gardeners away this morning! Looking forward to the spring already...

Please join us for our 8th annual Harvest Festival on October 8 at 5:30 p.m., celebrating the Princeton Day School garden and the joy of the locally grown food. Our festival is a bit earlier than usual this year, so our garden will be in its prime; we can't wait for you to see it. Click here for details and to register! Click on the headline to read more.

With fall in the air, Panthers and fans gathered on campus this past Saturday for some family fun and a great lineup of games against Blair Academy. From the Lower School Fun Run to the last games of the day, PDS was in top form. Congrats to all of our athletes for an amazing afternoon of sports. Keep your eyes on Varsity Field Hockey, Girls Varsity Soccer, and Girls Varsity Tennis - all undefeated as of this printing. Photos from the day: Go Panthers!

Princeton Day School is delighted to welcome the following new trustees to our Board:

Georgia (Robin) B. Gosnell is a retired lawyer based in Princeton. She attended Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law. Ms. Gosnell is the mother of four Princeton Day School alums, and has served on the Annual Fund Leadership Gift Committee since 2014.

Dinesh Jain was most recently Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Cable, overseeing the company's three main lines of business: residential services, cable business services, and cable media. He attended Princeton University, is based in Princeton, and is the father of two current PDS students. Click the headline to read more...

Princeton Day School is proud to announce that Hannah Freid '17 and Shana Mimnaugh '17 have been selected as Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Our students were among the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists named in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered in the spring. Congratulations!

Princeton Day School's Fall Weekend is a great annual event celebrating our Panther athletes, and this year will officially begin on Friday, September 23 with a pep rally in the Upper Gym at the end of the school day. On Saturday, September 24, things get started by the rink at noon with a Fun Run for our Lower School students. Also beginning at noon and running through 2:30 will be a cookout as well as games and activities for our Lower and Middle School students. Then at 2:30, the PDS games against Blair Academy commence. Click on the headline for the schedule for the day. See you on the fields next Saturday! Go Panthers!

At this morning's Middle School Focus Assembly, Performing Arts Chair Deb Sugarman announced that the 2016 Middle School Play will be her own adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The production, scheduled for December 2 in the McAneny Theater, is open to all Middle School students and auditions will take place next week. In addition, Ms. Sugarman shared that Director in Residence Stan Cahill will be directing a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth for the US Fall Play. The play will be performed in the McAneny Theater beginning on October 27—just in time for Halloween. No definitive word yet on Mr. Cahill's particular take on the Bard's Scottish play, but expectations will be high for our award-winning performing arts department. Here's to Shakespeare in the Fall at Princeton Day School!

Congratulations to Princeton Day School Director of College Counseling Sarah Graham who just had her blog post published by
the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools website ( The post, titled "Embrace the "Why"! : Learning to Love the Why _______ College? Supplemental Essay," is a great read and offers Graham's wonderful perspective on that sometimes dreaded college essay. In addition, she provides some useful guidelines to ensure a memorable essay. Click to read the blog post here.

On Tuesday, September 6, Princeton Day School welcomed students back to campus to kick off the new school year. The campus and hallways were filled with some 950 students, from our PreKindergarteners to our seniors, along with all of our new and returning faculty and staff. Assemblies in the Middle and Upper School kicked off the day and set the tone. As Head of Middle School Renee Price chanted with her students ("When I say 7th grade, you say Ready!"), it appears that all of our PDS students are absolutely ready for the new school year. Click here for photos from the first day of school.

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LS Music Room, Gymateria & Campus Center
Lisa McGraw Ice Rink
Morristown Beard School, Prep Tournament
Baker Field
Mercer County Championship, Hopewell Valley High School
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