Princeton Day School welcomed back our Upper School student-athletes on August 21 to kick off pre-season sports. After practice, our student-athletes from all teams and all grades in the Upper School, as well as student-athletes from the 8th grade class, were invited to the campus center for lunch and a special presentation about promoting character through athletics called "Panthers Are." Director of Athletics Tim Williams, who hosted the event, noted "The goal of this seminar is to promote character through athletics and, more specifically, create leaders who promote character, leadership, and respect through participation in athletics both on our teams and beyond." Click the headline to read more.
Congratulations to recent graduate Chase Fleming '17, who played with his American Legion team this summer and won the State Championship and Regional Championship. The team is now competing at the American Legion World Series in North Carolina. Rising senior and competitive fencer Christopher Kiel was named to both the All American First Team and the All Academic First Team from USA Fencing. He has been named to the All Academic Team for three years in a row. This is the first time USA Fencing designated an All American team for high schoolers.
Head of School Paul Stellato announced this morning that Jason Robinson, Head of the Upper School and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life, has been appointed Headmaster of St. Alban's School in Washington, DC. Mr. Robinson's appointment is effective July 1, 2018. During his four years at Princeton Day School, Mr. Robinson has led a series of ambitious school-wide efforts, including a new academic schedule, to be introduced this fall, as well as an integrated core curriculum program for all ninth graders. Click the headline to read more.
Congratulations to Walter Emann '19, Giulia Gerschel '19, and Chris Klein '19 for winning awards at the AWFS Fair Fresh Wood Competition. The AWFS Fair is the pre-eminent biennial woodworking show in North America, and attracts more than 15,000 attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from the U.S. and abroad. This year, the show was held in Las Vegas from July 19 through July 22, and had a record-breaking 195 entries from schools in the United States and Canada. Only 27 students won awards. Giulia Gerschel won first place in the special theme of lighting and Walter Emann won second place in the same theme. Chris Klein won second place in the seating category. For more information about the competition, read this article in Woodworking Network. Congratulations!
Rising senior Renita Zaparde '18 was honored with a bronze medallion for being named a Distinguished Finalist in the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for her work with Pedal2Prosperity, a nonprofit that she founded that has provided 510 bicycles to orphaned girls in Africa and India to help them stay in school. As the Prudential website notes, "Inspired by a girl she met in India who had to walk three miles each way to get to school, Renita is also working to raise awareness amongst U.S. high school students about the struggles orphans face in developing countries; so far, her group has conducted more than 140 school Skype sessions." Click the headline to read more.
Princeton Day School is pleased to report that due to the generosity of Curtis McGraw Webster '75, who offered a challenge gift of $50,000 if the School could successfully recruit 75 alumni to make Annual Fund gifts at the leadership level this year, we have successfully reached—and surpassed—the goal, making the challenge grant a success. Director of Alumni Giving Kaylie Keesling reported, "We ended the year at 81 alumni leadership donors, 6 over our goal and 37% over last year's participation level." Please click the headline to read more.
Princeton Day School is delighted to welcome the following new trustees to our Board: Ashley Aitken-Davies, Lucy Englander van den Brand '78, Karen Law, Oye Olukotun, MD, MPH, FACC, and Lorraine Sciarra. Click the headline to read about our new trustees. The Princeton Day School Board of Trustees promotes the school's mission, appoints and oversees the head of school, establishes broad policies, plans strategically for the school's future, and develops and stewards the school's financial and capital resources. For more information, please visit www.pds.org/meet-the-board.
Congratulations to the following student-athletes and coaches for achieving post-season recognition:
NJISAA All Prep B
Nick Day '17
Jack Amaral '17
Will Brossman '17
Elon Tuckman '18
Click the headline for the full list. Go Panthers!
Davon Reed '13, a PDS legend and a four year standout of the Miami Hurricanes program, was selected 32nd overall by the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association draft yesterday. The PDS community has followed Davon's success on and off the court since he left Princeton Day School for the University of Miami in 2013. Now we will watch him on an even larger stage as a player in the NBA.
This August, Princeton Day School is excited to return to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to perform Qui Nguyen's "She Kills Monsters," a contemporary play set in the pre-internet 90's and filled with physicality and dramatic combat scenes. The PDS production will be the first licensed production of "She Kills Monsters," professional or amateur, to be performed in the United Kingdom.
On Friday, June 9, Princeton Day School's 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, Peter Shannon '17 and Alex Neumann '17, gave wonderful speeches filled with fond and humorous memories of their time at PDS.
On Wednesday, June 7, the Middle School celebrated the end of the school year in the Lisa McGraw '44 Skating Rink with a jubilant final assembly. Head of School Paul Stellato opened the assembly with his remarks by wishing congratulations to the 8th grade class and recognizing departing MS faculty Nichole Foster-Hinds, Leslie Hagan, Lauran Hocquaux, Drew Lloyd, Carolyn Salgado, and Sylvia Strauss-Debenedetti. Head of Middle School Renée Price opened her speech with a chant ("I say Middle, you say School!"), and relayed some great experiences from this year, including a momentous trip to Echo Park.
Princeton Day School is proud to announce that alum Charlotte Williams '12, a senior at Princeton University, was awarded the prestigious Harold Willis Dodds Achievement Prize at Class Day. The award recognizes the senior who best embodies the qualities of Princeton's 15th president, Harold Dodds, "particularly in the qualities of clear thinking, moral courage, a patient and judicious regard for the opinions of others, and a thoroughgoing devotion to the welfare of the University and to the life of the mind."
The Lower School celebrated the end of the academic year with a final assembly at the Lisa McGraw '44 Skating Rink on Tuesday, June 6. Head of School Paul Stellato began the assembly talking about the accomplishments of the past year, and the eternal lure of summer (even if the weather wasn't entirely cooperating). All LS students performed memorable musical selections: "Viva la Vida" by the LS Orchestras; "Yellow Bird" by PreK, K, and 1st grade; "Cotton Eyed Joe" by 2nd & 3rd grade; and a rousing medley from the 4th grade operetta, "Peanuts Wanted."
Second grade teacher Susan Ferguson announced that the proceeds from this year's calendar sale would be used to adopt three animals at the Philadelphia Zoo: a polar bear, a jaguar, and a king cobra. The calendar sale is an annual community service project for the second grade: they create the calendars by hand, using their own original artwork, and sell the calendars to faculty, staff, and parents to raise money for a worthy cause.
On Friday, Middle School science teachers Ron Banas, Jack Madani, and Alli Treese welcomed Greta Shum of Climate Central and video journalist Ted Blanco to campus to talk to students about their recent trip on a ship in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica to study the ancient ocean and its effects on global climate change. Ms. Shum has visited PDS before to talk to students about the Princeton-based Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations Modeling (SOCCOM) project.
A record seventeen senior student-athletes graduating from Princeton Day School on June 9 will continue their sport at their respective colleges. Click on the headline to see the list. Congratulations Panthers!
In this week's Middle School Focus assembly, Head of Middle School Renée Price announced that a group of Princeton Day School students were recognized at both a Regional and National level by the Continental Math League (CML), an organization that helps students improve their reading comprehension and problem solving skills. The students recognized at a Regional level missed one question out of all five meets: Jai Kasera '23, Samuel Tang '22, and Gavin Yang '23. The students who received National Awards got every question correct in all five meets: Aaron Phogat '21, Navaneeth Rajan '23, and Liz Zhao '24.
Head of School Paul J. Stellato recently announced that plans are underway to construct a new greenhouse on campus this summer. The new greenhouse, to be completed in September 2017, is envisioned as a project-based, interdisciplinary classroom for grades PreK-12. Sized to hold a full class, a permanent plant collection, and rotating projects, this space will be a winter classroom for the school's PreK-4 garden program, as well as a research area for all three divisional science classes.
The spring athletics season is a wrap! Two PDS teams, Varsity Boys Lacrosse and Varsity Girls Lacrosse, picked up Prep B Championship titles, and the Boys Lacrosse team clinched the Mercer County Tournament. On May 25, our Upper School athletes were honored at the Sports Awards ceremony. Here is a video from the ceremony. The following student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishments this past season:
Varsity Girls Lacrosse
Coaches Awards – Madison Mundenar '18 and Abby Atkeson '17
Varsity Award – Morgan Mills '17
Varsity Boys Lacrosse
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