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Princeton Day School Faculty Present at OESIS 2017 Conference

Princeton Day School is proud to announce that faculty members Tara Quigley, Amy Beckford, Lauren Ledley, and Maria Shepard presented at the 2017 OESIS (Online Education Strategies for Independent Schools) Conference in Boston this past weekend. They met up with former Middle School Math teacher Nichole Foster-Hinds, who is now Head of Middle School at Holton-Arms, and was also presenting at the conference. Mrs. Quigley and Ms. Beckford presented a class entitled "Global Competency Matrix Across Middle School." Please click the headline to read more.

New at the Art Gallery: Visual & Design Arts Faculty Exhibition

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present the Visual & Design Arts Faculty Exhibition, on view from October 16 through November 9, 2017. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Friday, October 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Click the headline to read more.

Upper School Fall Play: "Girls Like That," 10/26-10/28

Tickets are now available for the Upper School Fall Play, "Girls Like That," by Evan Placey, which will be presented at the McAneny Theater from October 26 through October 28 (see our Box Office page for more information). "Girls Like That" is a play focusing on adolescent female friendship in the present day and its fragility in the face of societal and cultural pressures. The play, directed by Artist in Residence Stan Cahill, was awarded "Best Play for Young Audiences" at the 2015 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards. Click the headline to read more.

Two New Roles in Service Learning and Admission

Head of School Paul Stellato announced that two long-serving members of the Princeton Day School community will take on new roles this year. Third Grade teacher Margie Gibson '84, who was previously the Lower School Community Service Coordinator, will now take on the newly created role of Director of Service Learning, overseeing community service and service learning in all three divisions. In the Admission Office, Jeanne Crowell, who has served many roles in the office, most recently as Assistant Director of Admission for grades PreK-8, has now been appointed Associate Director of Admission. Please click the headline to read more.

Please join the Princeton Day School Parents Association for a meeting on Wednesday, October 18 at 8:15 a.m., at the Lisa McGraw '44 Skating Rink. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Our guest speakers will be Upper School Learning Specialist, Dr. Samantha Dawson and Middle School Learning Specialist, Dr. Cloey Talotta, who will be discussing executive function strategies for maximizing student success. All parents are also invited to attend a special Parents Association meeting on November 1 at 8:15 a.m. in the McAneny Theater to hear a presentation on the results of last year's Parent Satisfaction Survey. See you there!

Upper School Gathering: Focus on Service & Puerto Rico

Last week, the Upper School Gathering was devoted to highlighting two large-scale service learning projects. First, the 10th grade class reported on the trail clearing they completed as a grade during the day of service and bonding on September 28. Aaron Razi Baseman '20 and Evan Dries '20 shared a video they created capturing the day. Next, Upper School Spanish teacher and 9th Grade Dean Michelle Simonds set the context for Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15 through October 15, and introduced Upper School history teacher and Global Studies Coordinator Maria Shepard, who delivered a personal narrative about her childhood in Puerto Rico and the recent hurricane that ravaged the island (read Ms. Shepard's remarks here). To read more, click the headline.

PDS Chess Team Takes First Place at Tournament

Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reported that one hundred players from thirty schools competed on Saturday, October 7 at the Princeton Day School monthly chess tournament. The Novice II team of Mihir Karande '28, Gio Juarez '28, and Anya Jha '28 took the first place team plaque. Anya won all her games to take clear first place. Adrien Cristian '25 took third place in the Open section for players rated over 800. In Reserve, PDS was the second team with Isaac Kusminsky '27 and Dhruv Nair '27, behind the Chessmasters of Delaware who came in force with 20 players.

A Field Trip to NYC for LatinX Heritage Month

On Saturday, September 30, a group of Upper School students had the opportunity to take a field trip to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Museum of the City of New York, both located in Harlem, in honor of LatinX Heritage Month. Upper School teachers Anthony McKinley and Michelle Simonds, who are both faculty advisors to Princeton Day School's Black and LatinX affinity group, BLSU, chaperoned the trip which included a the train ride into the city; visits to the Schomburg and the Museum of the City of New York; and lunch in Spanish Harlem, before returning to Princeton. .

Join Us for Fall Weekend on October 14

Princeton Day School's Fall Weekend is a great annual event celebrating our Panther athletes, and will take place this year on Saturday, October 14. There will be a school-wide Spirit Week leading up to the big day, culminating with a pep rally on Friday, October 13. (Stay tuned for photos of our creatively dressed students next week!) On Saturday the 14th, activities begin by the rink with our annual Fun Run for Lower School students and a cook-out, as well as games and activities for our Lower and Middle School students. Then the games begin in earnest at noon with our Middle School soccer teams taking on Chapin School, and our JV and Varsity soccer and tennis teams taking on Portledge, Wilberforce, Hopewell Valley, and Paterson Kennedy. Click the headline for the schedule for the day.

Caroline Lippman '15 Awarded Shapiro Prize at Princeton University

Caroline Lippman '15 was recently awarded the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence from Princeton University. The Shapiro Prize recognizes outstanding academic achievement on the part of a Princeton undergraduate in their first or second years. Caroline was recommended by deans and faculty members, and the final selection was based on a careful review of her academic record, taking into account the range, depth, and difficulty of her academic program.Caroline plans to major in Economics, with a Certificate in Finance. She was presented with her prize at a celebratory banquet last month.

Princeton Common Ground Lecture, 10/5: Dr. Wendy Mogel

Princeton Common Ground welcomes Dr. Wendy Mogel to Stuart Country Day School on Thursday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. for a lecture titled "Blessings of a Skinned Knee." Drawing on insights from her thirty-five year career in clinical psychology, hilarious anecdotes (and sound advice) from school and camp counselors, and eye-opening conversations with middle and high school students, Dr. Mogel unravels the paradox of good-intentioned, devoted parenting gone astray. She explains how over-protection, over-scheduling, over-indulgence and perfectionism undermine children's intrinsic motivation, resilience, and pride in their achievements. Parents are freed to adopt a kinder, firmer, and ultimately more effective approach to the trenches of daily family life. Registration for this free lecture can be found here.

Join Us for Two Events in the Garden, 10/1 & 10/7

On Sunday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, join us for our community garden day where students, parents, faculty and staff come together to work on improving the garden. Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler encourages the community to come for any amount of time to help—feel free bring friends. Bonus: yummy breakfast treats will be available. On Saturday, October 7, Princeton Day School will present the 9th annual Harvest Festival, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This much-loved event is a wonderful way to celebrate the garden and savor locally grown food. Register here. Click the headline to read more.

A Day of Service and Bonding in the Upper School

On Thursday, September 28, the Upper School community participated in a day of special programming focused on service to the community and bonding with each other outside of the classroom. The 9th grade students gathered with their Peer Group triads and boarded a bus for the Princeton Battlefield where they spent the day. The 10th graders spent the morning cleaning and clearing the section of the Princeton Green Trail that goes through our campus. The 11th grade students met and boarded a bus for the Washington Crossing Park for activities in the morning. And the 12th grade students stayed on campus to assemble donations and decorate lunches for the Loaves & Fishes' Annual Thanksgiving Lunch. For more, click the headline.

A New Upper School Gathering

This fall, the entire Upper School community gathered for a new kind of assembly: the Upper School Gathering. Head of Upper School Jason Robinson and Dean of Students Elizabeth Monroe spoke about the process of revitalizing the weekly announcements assembly of years past and rolled out the new format, highlighting the intentional and thoughtful programming and the opportunity to hear from both faculty and students in each assembly. Then, Science Department Chair Jason Park spoke to the community about his personal experiences, explaining that the story is the shortest distance between two people, and about why he values Princeton Day School's opportunities of a lifetime every day.

A Sunny Day for the Lower School Bulb Planting

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.

Accolades for Max Difazio '18 and Jerry Chen '18

Congratulations to Max Difazio '18, who was accepted into the New Jersey Governor's STEM Scholars program. This highly selective program accepts student leaders who are interested in STEM, and introduces them to STEM initiatives across all sectors in New Jersey – academia, industry, and government. Max was accepted as one of 77 Scholars from over 600 applicants. Congratulations also to Jerry Chen '18, who was accepted into the Governor's School of Engineering & Technology at the Rutgers University School of Engineering this past summer. As a result of his participation in this program, a research paper Jerry and his fellow students submitted to the MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference was accepted for presentation at the 2017 Conference.

Please join the Princeton Day School Parents Association for the first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 26 at 8:15 a.m., in the McAneny Theater. At this meeting, parents will have the opportunity to hear from Head of School Paul Stellato on the state of the school and plans for the upcoming year. In addition, Upper School History Teacher and Global Studies Coordinator Maria Shepard will give a brief presentation about the School's Global Studies Program. Finally, Parents Association President Shari Phillips will offer information about upcoming events and ways to get involved with the Parents Association this year. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Princeton Day School Announces Three National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Princeton Day School is proud to announce that Naveen Bhatia '18, Sophie Feldman '18, and Michelle Leung '18 have been selected as Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. These 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!

Convocation 2017

It was a stunning morning with sunshine and blue skies as the entire student body and faculty and staff gathered on the Colross lawn for Convocation. After an invocation by Middle School history teacher Hank Bristol, and a lovely performance by the Madrigals, Head of School Paul Stellato introduced Rebecca Bushnell '70, our new Board Chair. Dr. Bushnell spoke about her experiences at Princeton Day School, her career at the University of Pennsylvania, and why she is serving as our Board Chair: "I've spent most of my life in school, I just love school, and I really love this school." In addition, she offered great advice to everyone for the year ahead: take care of each other. Click to headline for more, and a link to a photo album.

New Exhibit at the Art Gallery: Art Council of Princeton's 50th Anniversary Invitational

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present works from the Arts Council of Princeton's 50th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition, running from September 11 through October 5. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, September 23 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Art Gallery that is free and open to the public. Works from Invitational will also be on view in the Arts Council's Taplin Gallery, as well as on the second floor of the Princeton Public Library (for more, visit For more information, please click on the headline.

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