On Friday, June 10, Princeton Day School's 50th anniversary commencement ceremony took place on the broad Colross lawn under picture-perfect weather—bright sunshine, blue skies, and a light breeze. Head of School Paul Stellato gave a poignant keynote address and offered sage advice to our graduating seniors. The two student speakers, Joey Levine '16 and John Gudgel '16, gave wonderful speeches filled with fond and humorous memories of their time at PDS, and pondered the future ahead. Upper School history teacher Maria Shepard was chosen by the class to deliver the commencement address, and gave wonderful meditative remarks on the importance of mindfulness and being in the present. Upper School History and Religion teacher Dave Freedholm delivered the final benediction, and sent the seniors on their path into the future. Click here for photos and more photos from the ceremony. Click here for this year's matriculation list. Congratulations and best of luck to the class of 2016!
Earlier this year, we posted information about an interdisciplinary term-long project the Upper School Photojournalism and Environmental Studies classes and the EnAct student sustainability club were working on together called "Beauty and the Beast: The Fall and Rise of the Raritan River." Through the lenses of history, science, photography and economics, the students explored the river, focusing on documenting the ecological impacts that have affected the Raritan over the course of the last century, and also recorded its unique beauty through photography. Now, we are thrilled to announce the publication of a gorgeous book detailing this impressive project. Click here to page through the book. This project was made possible by the collaboration of science teacher Carlos Cara, English teacher and Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler, and photography teacher Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick and through the auspices of the Miss Fine's Center, which provides support for interdisciplinary work at Princeton Day School.
On Wednesday, June 8, the Middle School celebrated the end of the 50th anniversary school year in the Lisa McGraw '44 Ice Rink with a wonderful closing ceremony. Head of School Paul Stellato opened the assembly with his remarks by wishing his congratulations to the 8th grade class and recognizing departing MS faculty Emily Gill, Arlene Cohen, and Jane Grigger. Head of Middle School Renée Price spoke about her first year at PDS and the importance of "failing forward" and learning resilience. The two student speakers, Kyra Douglass '20 and George Ma '20, provided insights--and some giggles--from their middle school years, as well as wise advice for the future. Have a wonderful summer, Middle Schoolers! Click here to see some photos from the final assembly.
The Lower School celebrated the end of the 50th anniversary school year with a lovely final assembly at the Lisa McGraw '44 Ice Rink on Tuesday, June 7. All LS students performed memorable musical selections: "Miss Mary Mack" and "Polly Wolly Doodle" by the PreK, K, and 1st grade students, "Alabama Gal" by the 2nd and 3rd grade students. The Fourth Graders performed a rousing medley from "PRIME TIME," their operetta. Departing long-serving and much beloved FLIK staff Irene Handeland, Marie Kennedy, and Betty Snead were serenaded with the adorable "Panther Hat" song. For her first assembly as Interim Head of Lower School, Alesia Klein spoke of her time in the Lower School with great enthusiasm and gratitude, and gave the graduating 4th graders a fond farewell. Happy Summer! Click here for photos from the ceremony.
Eleven senior student-athletes graduating from Princeton Day School this Friday will continue their sport at their respective colleges. The students are: Kevin Hagan, Soccer, Muhlenburg; Scott Altmeyer, Tennis, Colby; Dominic Gasparro, Baseball, Gettysburg; Ritvik Khandelwal, Fencing, NYU; Devon Riley, Crew, Dartmouth; Renee Karchere-Sun, Tennis, Skidmore; Connor Fletcher, Lacrosse, Cornell; Jonah Tuckman, Lacrosse, Vassar; Amir Melvin, Lacrosse, Goucher; Isaac Rosenthal, Soccer, Bard; and James Fragale, Lacrosse, RPI. Congratulations Panthers!
Upper School student Linnéa Eberly '18 and a cast of (nearly) thousands put together a terrific video about The Great Giveaway, an annual event hosted by Princeton Day School to collect school supplies for donation. Check out the video here. This year, the supplies will be donated to Homefront. Linnéa notes, "Boxes have been placed in various locations around the school, including Shepherd, the math hallway, the Sophomore table, the theatre lobby, the senior hallway, and lots of other places (including the Middle and Lower school). Please donate gently used binders, notebooks, folders, pencils, pens (THAT WORK), and other school supplies. If you are donating notebooks or binders, please tear out used pages." This schoolwide drive will continue through Thursday, June 9. Thanks Panthers!
The 2016 issue of the Upper School student literary magazine Cymbals was just published, and it is a truly beautiful issue. Click here to read it now. Faculty advisor and US English teacher Jamie McCulloch recently announced the Cymbals won First Place award in the annual American Scholastic Press Association Contest/Review of magazines and yearbooks for the second time. Readers will certainly see why when paging through this issue; truly impressive art and literature by our US students. Congratulations to the Cymbals team for another amazing issue!
Beginning today, June 1, the Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery proudly presents the Senior Project Art Show, featuring the many talents of our Upper School students. The visual arts display begins at 12:40 and the media arts presentation begins at 3:30. Some of the artists included in the show are: Garrett Monfre, Kyle Yurkow, Tyler Banas, Helen Healey, Jamie Maher, Eris Gee, and Ottilie Lighte. Be sure to see stop by the gallery!
Congratulations to Boys Varsity Tennis for their fourth consecutive NJISAA Prep B Championship title, secured at Sunday's tournament, and made official yesterday afternoon in the championship matches. Scott Altmeyer '16 and Lex Decker '18 won individual championships in 1st singles and 2nd singles, respectively, and Leo Nye '17 and Noah Liao '17 won the individual title for 2nd doubles. The Princeton Day School spring athletics season is a wrap, and what a season! Click through to read more.
After achieving honors for creativity, teamwork and innovation in regional and state academic tournaments, two Destination Imagination teams from Princeton Day School have earned the right to compete in the Global Finals, the world's largest celebration of student creativity, to be held May 25-28 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The PDS teams competing are the Just D.E.W. It team, who worked on The Meme Event Challenge (MS humanities teacher Cindy Peifer is the team manager): Mofe Akinyanmi, Katie Jain, Natasha Kiel, Sarah Mahmoud, Delia McCarthy, and Annie Zhang; and the Claustrophobic team, who worked on the Close Encounters Challenge (MS math teacher Arlene Cohen is the team manager): Danica Bajaj, Carl Coetzee, Quinton Covington, Bennett Emann, Jasmine Maggio, Aaron Phogat, and Daniel Pinheiro. Click through to read more.
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.