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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.

Princeton Day School's Middle School Band concert will take place in the McAneny Theater this evening at 7:00 p.m. This winter concert will feature students in our Jazz Band, Discovery Band, Expedition Band, and Odyssey Band, and selections will range from Count Basie's "Jumpin' at the Woodside," to Beethovern's "Ode to Joy," to "Crazy Train," by the inimitable Ozzy Osbourne. How's that for variety? It should be a wonderful concert—and there will even be some holiday music to set the mood. See you tonight!

Princeton Day School has learned that two members from the Class of 2013 have picked up some impressive honors. Matthew Cavuto, a senior at MIT majoring in mechanical engineering, is a winner of the prestigious 2017 Marshall Scholarship. This highly competitive scholarship is funded by the British government and provides "exceptional young Americans the opportunity for two years of graduate study in any field at a U.K. institution," as per the MIT website. The website notes that "As a Marshall Scholar, Cavuto will advance prosthetic and assistive technology research over the course of two years at Imperial College London and Cambridge University." To read more, click on the headline.

Princeton Day School's Model UN delegation made a remarkable showing at the highly competitive Rutgers Model UN conference this past weekend. The team won a total of ten awards (the full list appears at the end of the article). Of particular note, the PDS team won a trophy for Best Medium Delegation/School, besting West Windsor for the title. Model UN Faculty advisor and US History teacher Eamon Downey reported "While all the delegates did a wonderful job in committee, a number received gavels for Best Delegate, or won citations as Outstanding Delegate." Click the headline to read more.

The Middle School "Battle Bots" Lego Robotics Team recently undertook an independent project on Princeton Day School's campus to build three bat houses. The team, comprised of Albert Ming, Dodge Martinson, Samuel Tang, Arjun Sen, and Kai Shah were required to conduct an independent project as part of their First Lego League competition and, given the group's love of bats, it seemed the perfect project. MS science teacher Jack Madani noted that the boys have had a keen interest in bats this year, so went on to investigate bat habitats and, though formal experimentation, learned the best materials and design for constructing optimal housing for bats. Click the headline to read more.

Congratulations to three Princeton Day School students for their impressive achievements. Michelle Leung '18 has been named a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Photography. As a Finalist, Michelle will have the opportunity to participate in a conference where she will work with nationally recognized artists, such as photographer Sylvia Plachy, to prepare for the next stage of her artistic development. In addition, Michelle will be eligible for nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Click the headline to read more...

Princeton Day School is pleased to announce that senior Paul Franzoni has signed a Letter of Intent to play Division I Baseball in the Atlantic Sun Conference for the New Jersey Institute of Technology beginning in the fall. Coached by Ray O'Brien at PDS, Paul Franzoni received 1st Team All Prep B honors as a sophomore and junior. He was also recognized as 1st Team All Prep by both the Trenton Times and the Trentonian as a junior. Finally, Franzoni received Second Team All Area honors as a junior. Congratulations!

On Friday, December 2, our Middle School students will perform Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," continuing Princeton Day School's Season of Shakespeare. Deb Sugarman, Performing Arts Department Chair and director of the production, notes that this production is a perfect night out for the entire family, as it is "filled with lively action and the comical antics of many lovable characters." She adds, "Come see the incredible work of 48 talented Middle School performers as they bring Shakespeare's well-loved comedy to life on our stage." The show is on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the McAneny Theater and lasts approximately an hour. Admission is free with unreserved seating. Join us!

Princeton Day School students and faculty gathered for our annual Thanksgiving assembly this afternoon in the Upper Gym. The audience was treated to remarks from Head of School Paul Stellato and guest faculty speaker Lower School teacher Susan Ferguson, who mentioned her work with her 2nd grade students on compound words (such as "Thanksgiving"). Students from all three divisions sang beautifully under the direction of Andrea Schafer and Marc Beja, and a student representative from each grade shared the things they were thankful for this year—from a flower given after a performance, to friends and family, to food on the table. The US a cappella group Pitch Please performed a moving rendition of a mash-up of "This Land" and "One Love" with audience participation. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Click here for photos from the assembly.

Princeton Day School parents and students are teaming up with HomeFront, a local non-profit whose mission is to end family homelessness, by hosting an art exhibition, "Meanings of Home" featuring original works of art, poetry, and sewing by homeless women and children. Their joint mission is to bring about greater awareness to the plight of homeless families who live in close-by neighborhoods. The exhibition will be on view in the Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery from November 21 through December 15, and there will be an artists reception on Thursday, December 1 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. which is free and open to the public. Click the headline to read more.

Twenty-five Princeton Day School chess players competed yesterday, November 20, at the New Jersey Scholastic K-12 Grade Championship at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. The PDS teams won first place in First Grade, Second Grade, Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade, and many players won individual trophies. Three PDS players won first place in their grades: Kevin Long won all five games in the Kindergarten section, including a clever win against a player rated over 1000; in the fifth grade section, Eric Wu placed first; and in the sixth grade section, Winston Ni was first. Click the headline to read more.

Congratulations to the Princeton Day School Panther athletes who have earned post-season honors this fall. Boys Varsity Soccer players Donovan Davis '18 (1st team), David Cedeno '17 (1st team), Jack Amaral '17 (2nd team), Coby Auslander '19 (2nd team), and Ricardo Martinez '19 (2nd team) were selected for the NJ Prep "B" Boys All-State Soccer Team. Girls Varsity Soccer players Madison Coyne '18 (1st team), Damali Simon-Ponte '18 (1st team), Madison McCaw '19 (1st team), Emily Simons '17 (1st team), Grace Barbara '18 (1st team), Rebecca Kuzmicz '18 (2nd team) were chosen for the NJ Prep "B" Girls All-State Soccer Team. Click the headline to read more.

On Monday, November 14, Brittany Musolino from the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association came to campus and announced to the faculty and staff that Princeton Day School had earned the highest level of the River-Friendly School Program Certification, the "Watershed Level," for its work on various water-related, hands-on lessons and projects. In 2011, PDS earned the River-Friendly Certification at the Bronze Level ("Stream Level") but the school's recent projects, particularly the installation of a new rain garden near the playgrounds and organic garden, earned the school the more than 30 points needed for the highest certification level. Click the headline to read more.

Alison Shehadi, former Princeton Day School Upper School Math Department Chair and trustee, passed away on Monday, November 7. Mrs. Shehadi began teaching at Miss Fine's School in 1959 and retired from Princeton Day School in 1991. She served on the Princeton Day School Board of Trustees from 1995 until 2002, during which time she was a member of the Planning Committee, the Head of School Search Committee, and chair of the Educational Policy Committee. Mrs. Shehadi is survived by her daughter, Muna '79, and son, Charlie '82, and her memorial service will be Friday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m. at Stonebridge at Montgomery.

Upper School ceramics teacher Stephanie Steufer's Introductory and Advanced Ceramics students are participating in the Arts Council of Princeton's Soul-Filled Bowls event on December 3. Each Princeton Day School ceramics student made and donated at least one bowl to the event, which invites the public to purchase bowls for $20 and enjoy soup and bread donated by the Blawenburg Cafe. All proceeds will benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) and Mercer Street Friends. By partnering with the community, the Council expects 250 handmade bowls to be donated to the event.

Princeton Day School is pleased to announce that Linda Lippman, Senior Admission Officer, will also take on the role of Arts Liaison, whereby she will coordinate the experience of our young artists in the applicant pool. This role includes both performing and visual arts. In this capacity, Linda joins fellow Admission team member Richard D'Andrea, who serves as Athletics Liaison. Each of them serves as a resource for applicants with an interest in pursuing the arts or athletics at Princeton Day School and beyond. Click the headline to read more.

Princeton Day School collected leftover Halloween candy to benefit Operation Gratitude. Students in all three divisions gathered a tremendous amount of candy—358 lbs.!--which will be shipped as care packages to our troops overseas. In addition, all three divisions are participating in a Thanksgiving Basket Drive with HomeFront ( to help make Thanksgiving special for all families in Mercer County. PDS is helping HomeFront by creating complete Thanksgiving baskets with food for the Thanksgiving meal as well as the rest of the week. Click the headline to read more.

Election fever is sweeping through Princeton Day School today as many elections are taking place throughout the school. In the Lower School, it is a tough call between voting for Macaroni and Cheese and Pancakes as the best lunch option. In the Upper School, a mock presidential election has been organized with students casting their ballots throughout the day. We all wait with baited breath until the results are in!

Princeton Common Ground invites you to hear Dr. Richard Freed present "Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age" on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. Dr. Freed, a child and adolescent psychologist, and author of the book Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age, will discuss strategies on how to build your child's bond with family and foster school success amid the allure of digital screens. Click the headline to read more.

Princeton Day School was pleased to welcome to campus Ali Warren Rothrock, from Minding Your Mind (MYM) a mental health education and advocacy awareness group, to speak to our Middle School students in a special Health & Wellness assembly this morning. Director of Wellness Dr. Candy Shah, who organized the assembly which was open to parents as well, introduced Ms. Rothrock, who is a firefighter and author. She told her very compelling and heartfelt story of living through being bullied and finally finding the strength to stand up for herself and be successful and happy. Ms. Rothrock's story is a shining example of resilience and she offered our students advice and take-aways on how to recognize and honor the vital importance of mental health.

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