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Ziad Ahmed '17, an intern for Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, reported that at the annual Congressional Arts Competition, two Princeton Day School students won awards. Julia Marshall '17 won in the category of photographs, and received a certificate from the Congresswoman. Michelle Leung '18 was one of the top five winners, and her piece will be displayed in the Congresswoman's D.C. Office for the next year. In addition, Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler reported that Michelle won the Butterfly logo design contest for the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association who will use it as their official logo this year. Click through to read more.

In today's Focus Assembly, Middle School science teacher Drew Lloyd reported that four of our MS students participated in Solar Jam 2016, which took place on Saturday, May 14. A total of 94 students from seven different local schools participated in the showcase for handmade solar powered vehicles. In the Middle School Division (grades 6-8), representing Princeton Day School were Sarina Hasan '22, who came in 4th place, Om Suchak '21, who made it to 5th place, and Harrison Fehn '22, who was 7th place. In the Lower Division (Grades 3-5), Gavin Yang '23 came in 4th place out of 31 cars. Click through to read more.

The Princeton Day School Middle School students will perform their spring choral concert on Tuesday, May 24 in the McAneny Theater at 7:00 p.m. The concert will include performances by our Concert Choir and Chorale. The concert, conducted by Marc Beja, with accompanist Ryan Brechmacher, is entitled "A Life of Song" and will feature selections including "Old Dan Tucker," "Fight Song," "Stitches," and "Homeward Bound." This should be a wonderful way to celebrate the spring, so join us!

Princeton Day School's Blue and White Day is slated for tomorrow, Friday, May 20 on the Pagoda fields. This year's big day, organized by PE teacher and Coach Jill Thomas, is a highly anticipated event that involves the entire school. Each student, faculty, and staff member is either on the Blue or the White team, and competes in a variety of games, including the "Big Race," the first event of the day, which a relay race involving one blue and one white team member from each grade—and faculty team members. Other games will include tag, capture the cones, bean fetch, spoon and egg relay, and the tug of war—including the popular faculty tug of war. Whether you are on the Blue or White Team, this is a day for fun and good sportsmanship for the whole school. After Blue & White day ends, the lucky Middle School students will move on to Fun Night in the evening—who will dunk Mrs. Price in the dunk tank? Check back here for photos.

After winning the MCT Title last week and the NJISAA Prep B semifinal game Monday, you could say the Princeton Day School Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team was on a roll. But they were not yet satisfied. In yesterday's Championship game against Montclair Kimberley Academy, the PDS boys came out swinging. The Panthers showed off their prowess, fighting hard on all fronts to clinch the Prep B Title 6-5. Goaltender Connor Green '19 and an unflagging defense held the lead in the final minutes. Scoring were Joey Levine '16, Elon Tuckman '18, Jonah Tuckman '16 and Coby Auslander '19. Click through to read more.

Director in Residence Stan Cahill announced that Austin Phares '16 was named Outstanding Actor in a Drama at the 2016 New Jersey Theatre Awards held at Montclair State University on May 16. In addition, the Our Town cast was named Outstanding Acting Ensemble. Mr. Cahill noted, "This is the third time in four years that PDS has earned this distinction, including last year's win for Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992." Productions from 57 schools across NJ were eligible for awards. Click through to read more.

It was a beautiful day yesterday on Smoyer Turf as the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team (13W-3L) vied for their 2nd straight Prep B Championship against rival Pennington School. Coach Jill Thomas advised her team to "come out aggressive and to stick with it" against this talented Pennington team. The girls did just that, securing an 8-2 lead with 12 minutes to go in the first period. Hannah Bunce '17 scored a career-high six goals and with four assists and led the Panthers to their ultimate victory, 18-11 over Pennington, and the Championship Title. Click through to read more.

Princeton Day School was delighted to welcome Newbery Award-Winning author Kwame Alexander to campus as part of the Imagine the Possibilities artist residency program. Mr. Alexander is a poet, author, playwright, and producer, and has written more than 20 books. He won the Newbery Medal in 2015 for The Crossover, his book written in verse about 12-year-old basketball-playing twins. Joined by Randy Preston on guitar, Mr. Alexander spoke to Upper and Middle School students in assemblies about his influences (Nikki Giovanni, among others), his process, inspirations, goals, and, tellingly, about his struggles to get The Crossover published. Click through to read more.

It is Senior Project season at Princeton Day School, and we are pleased to report on some of the projects that our seniors have taken on. The theme of this year's projects is giving back to the community, and these three projects aim to do just that in a variety of ways. Austin Phares '16 and Jonah Tuckman '16 have organized a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a memorial charity event in honor of Rabbi Vicki S. Tuckman of Temple Micah and Camp Harlam. This event will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the PDS campus, and all proceeds will go to Princeton Good Grief and Breast Cancer awareness/research foundations. Click through to read more.

The Princeton Day School Middle School students will present their spring concerts this week. The MS Orchestra Concert will be performed on Monday evening, May 16 at 7:00 p.m., and the MS Band Concert will be performed on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the McAneny Theater. Monday's MS Orchestra Concert will feature the Allegra Strings, Chamber Players, and Sinfonia, and the selections will include Vivaldi's "Spring" (fittingly!), J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, and, just to keep things interesting, Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." Click through to read more.

There is no denying that the Princeton Day School boys varsity lacrosse team has been a force to contend with in every game this spring. All of this momentum led up to last night's Mercer County Tournament Championship win, 17-8, against a scorching hot Robbinsville team at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North. PDS had two other chances at the MCT title in the past, but the third time is clearly the charm. Click through to read more.

On Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the McAneny Theater, Princeton Day School will host a special evening program for parents of students in 7th through 9th grade to address the rumors, misconceptions, and realities about the college admissions process, and to offer advice on planning for success in higher education while still fully experiencing high school life and developing healthy habits for the future. Co-hosted by Jason Robinson, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life; Sarah Graham, Director of College Counseling; and Dr. Candy Shah, Director of Wellness Services, the program will also include a presentation on how students can best prepare for a successful transition to college learning and life by Rebecca Bushnell '70, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and member of the Princeton Day School Board of Trustees.

All parents are invited to attend the Parents Association meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 8:15 a.m. in the Lisa McGraw '44 ice rink, as Sarah Graham, Princeton Day School's Director of College Counseling, and her team will discuss the college counseling program at PDS as well as admission trends she has noticed from the past year. Ms. Graham will also be ready to answer any questions about the college counseling process. In addition, the PA Governing Board Slate of 2016 - 2017 will be sworn in at this meeting. This is a not-to-be-missed meeting, and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Since 2000, the Princeton Day School chess teams have been among the best in the country. But last weekend at the National Elementary School Championship in Nashville, Tennessee, our team of 4th, 5th and 6th graders tied for second place in the K-6 Championship section, along with Speyer Legacy School and Columbia Grammar School, both from New York, with the same team score of 17.5. 2300 players from 645 public and independent schools from 47 states participated in this annual national elementary chess tournament. Click through to read more about the tournament.

On Saturday, May 7, first seed Princeton Day School Boys Varsity Lacrosse won decisively against West Windsor Plainsboro South in the Mercer County Tournament (MCT) quarterfinals, 14-3. The team will play powerhouse Hopewell Valley in the MCT semifinals this evening, May 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Hopewell's Ackerson Field. In NJISAA Prep B action, our top seeded boys team will meet Morristown-Beard Monday, May 16 on Baker Field at 4:30 p.m. The top seeded girls Varsity Lacrosse team won a nail-biter over Morristown-Beard in the Prep B Semifinals, 13-12, yesterday. They will face Pennington School for the Championship on Monday, May 16 at 4:15 p.m. on Smoyer Field. Click through to read more about our spring teams.

Though the recent weather would indicate otherwise, spring is actually here! One way to know for certain is the fact that the annual Princeton Day School seedling sale is taking place this week. Come to the 6th annual seedling sale outside the Campus Center after school on Thursday and Monday, May 5 and 9. There will be a wonderful variety of seedlings to get your garden in great shape. Garden Coordinator Pam Flory reports, "We'll have lots of tomato, pepper, eggplant, greens, herb and flower varieties." Please bring cash or check. This annual sale supports our garden program and special garden related projects. Hope to see you tomorrow and Monday!

Interim Science Department Chair Leon Rosenberg announced that four junior students taking his US elective course entitled "Genes, Health, and Society" have been accepted into prestigious summer internships to do independent research in the field of genetics. Emily Herman '17 will conduct research at Regeneron Pharmaceutical Company, Abby Cohen '17 at Johns Hopkins University, Katie Simons '17 at Princeton University, and Hannah Freid '17 also at Princeton University. Click through to read more.

Princeton Day School is pleased to present the 2016 8th grade musical "The Sound of Music," which will be performed at the McAneny Theater on May 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. The performances are free, but you need to click here to reserve your tickets. This beloved musical is the final collaboration between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and features the classics "You Are Sixteen," "Edelweiss," and "Maria," among others. We dare you not to sing along! It is sure to be fun for the whole family, so reserve your tickets now.

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