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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.

In a tradition that dates back to Miss Fine's School, Princeton Day School's second graders performed the Maypole Dance for our 50th anniversary year on Wednesday, April 27, on the Colross Lawn. This wonderful event features student musicians performing while the second grade students do an intricate dance to weave the ribbons on two Maypoles. The performance fantastic, and a great way to kick off the spring! Click here for photos.

Two for two? Just last year, Princeton Day School was pleased to announce that Jane Spencer, US Science teacher, had been selected as a recipient of the 2015 Outstanding High School Chemistry Teacher Award by the Princeton and Trenton Sections of the American Chemical Society. And now, we are pleased to announce that US Science teacher Steve Gadd has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding High School Chemistry Award! Only two awards are given each year, one from each of the ACS Sections. Click through to read more.

The 7th grade science students at Princeton Day School are fortunate to be working with the Princeton-based Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM) project to learn how the Southern Ocean influences global climate change. The Southern Ocean circles Antarctica and is the one ocean on earth where all the waters of the world mix. By deploying 200 autonomous floats directly into the Southern Ocean, SOCCOM is able to track and gather crucial data about how this ocean affects carbon and heat circulation around the world. MS Science teachers Ron Banas and Jack Madani initially connected with Greta Shum from SOCCOM and made a plan to "adopt" three floats—christened Huey, Louie, and Dewey, and complete with PDS seals—so that our own 7th grade students would be able to track and analyze data, which is downloaded via satellite. Click through to read more.

As part of Princeton Day School's 50th anniversary celebration, we have been honored to bring alumni back to campus to speak with our students about their experiences at PDS and beyond, including Giovanna Gray Lockhart '98 and Julie Roginsky '91, who delivered the Rothrock Lecture. On Thursday, April 21, brothers Ben '87 and Josh '89 Mezrich visited campus and spoke to Upper School students in a special assembly, at a luncheon, and in classrooms. The brothers embody a wonderful range of opportunity and experience; Ben is a New York Times bestselling author whose books have been made into Oscar Award-winning films (you may have heard of "The Social Network") and Josh is a leading transplant surgeon and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health as well as the recipient of the UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award. Click through to read more.

Congratulations to Ziad Ahmed '17, who was awarded the prestigious Princeton Prize in Race Relations for 2016. As the website states, "There is perhaps no greater challenge facing our country than increasing understanding and cooperation among people of different racial backgrounds. It is a challenge that every new generation encounters. We therefore believe that young people have a particularly important role to play, and hope, through the Princeton Prize, to recognize and encourage young people who have made or are making efforts to improve racial harmony." Click through to read more.

All parents are invited to attend the Parents Association meeting on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. (please note the evening time) in the McAneny Theater. Richard S. Goldman, Esq. from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP will speak about "Social Host Liability." In addition, the PA Governing Board slate for the 2016-2017 school year will be voted upon. Light refreshments will be served. This is a not-to-be-missed meeting, and all parents are encouraged to attend.

The Princeton Day School varsity boys lacrosse team is having an outstanding start to the spring season with some big wins, notably against PHS, Pennington, and Hun. Junior Will Brossman wrote an article for the West Windsor & Plainsboro News titled "Suburban Son: My Lacrosse Family," which is not only about the team, but also about the meaning of a team—especially a team, like this lacrosse team, which has experienced incredible loss on a personal level. Will poignantly reflects on how this loss of beloved community member Vicki Tuckman affected the team, and how they've grown together as a result. Click here to read the article.


The Parents Association has put together another great book fair for the Princeton Day School community. The fair will be on campus in the Gymateria from Tuesday, April 19 to Thursday, April 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Parents and students will be able to peruse and purchase a variety of books from grades PreK to 12. The book fair will include summer reading, required reading, teacher picks, STEM, and much more. Click through to read more about some special events taking place during the book fair.

The Princeton Day School Upper School students will perform their spring concert, with a special senior recognition, on Tuesday, April 19 in the McAneny Theater at 7:00 p.m. There will be instrumental performances by the Upper School Orchestra, Upper School Band, and the Chamber Music Club. Vocal performances by the Y-Chromotones, Pitch Please, the Madrigals, and the Upper School Chorus will round out the program. Musical selections are as wonderfully varied as always, including pieces by Dvorak, Vivaldi, and Handel, as well as André 3000, Beyoncé, and Paul McCartney. Don't miss this impressive concert by our US students!

Princeton Day School was nominated for six New Jersey Theatre Awards for the fall production of "Our Town." Theater Director Stan Cahill announced that the production was nominated in the following categories: Excellence in Educational Impact and Community Outreach; Peter Filichia Award (for 'Pushing the Envelope' in Academic Theatre): Stan Cahill; Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor: Austin Phares '16; Outstanding Achievement by an Acting Ensemble; Outstanding Production of a Drama; and Outstanding Overall Production. Click through to read more.

The Princeton Day School spring athletics season is well underway with a string of victories for all teams. Boys Varsity Lacrosse has tallied three wins over Pennington, Germantown Academy, and Hun School, suffering a close loss to Lawrenceville. Girls Varsity Lacrosse is undefeated locally with wins over Stuart Country Day, Shipley, PHS, and Hun School. Baseball is 3 and 0 with wins over Pennington School, Lawrenceville, and Peddie. Softball defeated Pennington in the home opener 18-1. Boys tennis defeated both Shipley and Hun 4-1. Read the season overviews of both Girls and Boys Varsity Lacrosse in Town Topics. Go Panthers!

On Friday, April 8, 130 Upper School students traveled to Boston for music performances and adjudications. Music teacher Marc Beja, who accompanied the students with fellow music teachers Channing McCullough, Ryan Brechmacher, and Tomasz Rzeczycki, and additional chaperones, remarked, "We are thrilled by the success of our US Music Ensembles this past weekend in Boston. They had a very busy and long weekend." Mr. Beja reported that the students performed wonderfully in their adjudication, with Band, Chorus and Orchestra all earning scores of Silver. Click through to read more.

Princeton Day School is delighted to welcome the following artists to campus for our Imagine the Possibilities artist residency program: Award-Winning Author and Photographer Jan Reynolds (April 11-12), Caldecott Honor Award-Winning Illustrator Peter Brown (April 14-15), and Newbery Award-Winning Author Kwame Alexander (May 16-17). Imagine the Possibilities is an annual Princeton Day School program made possible through the John D. Wallace, Jr. '78 Memorial Guest Artist Series Fund that brings authors, illustrators, and poets to campus to work directly with students in a variety of ways. For more about the program and this year's artists, visit our webpage here.

In continuation of Princeton Day School's 50th Anniversary celebration, the Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery proudly presents the 50th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibition, on view from April 18 through May 14. In this exhibition, the fourth alumni art exhibition in the history of the school, thirty-seven alumni including J. Robert Hillier PCD '52, Louise Ingalls Sturges '97, and John Maher '06 will exhibit a wide variety of mediums representing the diverse exposure to the arts students experienced at the school. Architects, sculptors, photographers, painters and videographers will exhibit numerous innovative works for this monumental exhibition. There will be an artists' reception, during Princeton Day School's Alumni Weekend, on Friday, May 13, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Don't miss this terrific exhibition celebrating our PDS alums!

Princeton Common Ground is pleased to present their final lecture of the year with Jennifer Senior, who will discuss her bestselling book, The Paradox of Modern Parenthood: All Joy and No Fun, on April 19 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the Princeton Montessori School (487 Cherry Valley Road, Princeton, NJ). Senior is a daily book critic for the New York Times. Her book spent eight weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, is being translated into eleven languages, and was named one of Slate's Top 10 Books of the Year. In March of 2014, Senior spoke at both TED's annual conference and at the Sydney Opera House. Click here to check out her TED Talk.

Head of School Paul Stellato recently announced that Karen Latham has been appointed the Chair of the English Department (Grades 7-12). Mr. Stellato noted, "As a teacher and advisor, Karen has distinguished herself, as she has honored our school's finest traditions of scholarship and engagement. She adds leadership to that list, providing guidance, insight, and vision for her department and our school community." Dr. Latham, who has taught at PDS for seven years and has been serving as the acting chair of the English Department since the beginning of the school year, was raised in New York and educated in the Midwest, receiving a B.A. in English and American Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters in Film Studies and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. Click through to read more.

Congratulations to Princeton Day School alum and current Miami Hurricanes basketball star Davon Reed '13, who has advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament. In the first round, the Hurricanes defeated Buffalo, 79-72, and in the second round, they defeated Wichita State 65-57. Reed comments, "Mentally, I think we're prepared. We know what's at stake. We have to play every game like it's a championship game. I think my team is ready to go, which is exciting. We're ready." Click through to read more. Best of luck, Davon! #PantherPride

Princeton Day School is pleased to announce the founding of a chapter of Mu Alpha Theta in the Upper School. Mu Alpha Theta is an international organization dedicated to inspiring interest and developing scholarship in mathematics at the high school and college levels. Upper School Math teacher Chip Cash, who was instrumental in forming the PDS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, shared that this organization of mathematics clubs was formed in 1957 at the University of Oklahoma and serves more than 108,000 student members in more than 2200 schools in the United States and 20 foreign countries. Click through to read more.

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