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Princeton Day School will present the Upper School winter musical, "The Boy Friend," with book, lyrics, and music by Sandy Wilson, at the McAneny Theater on February 18, 19, and 20. Click here to get your tickets. Director Stan Cahill chose this musical to mount in the school's 50th anniversary year, as it was one of the first musicals ever produced at the school and featured a young Christopher Reeve '70 (we found a photo of this production in our archives!). There will be a benefit performance on Saturday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m. hosted by the PDS Parents Association Angels committee, which will include a reception on campus prior to the performance. Click through to read more.

Parents Association President Joanne ElKadi would like to invite all Princeton Day School parents to the next PA meeting on Wednesday, February 17, at 8:15 a.m. at the Lisa McGraw '44 Rink. Representatives from Corner House will be presenting a 2016 update on "Teen Substance Use and Abuse: What Every Parent Should Know." Mrs. ElKadi noted, "This lecture is on a topic that is very much of interest to parents today. PDS parents will have the opportunity to learn from experts. We look forward to seeing our parents at next Wednesday's meeting."

A group of Princeton Day School Upper School students had the opportunity to study the Pulitzer-prize winning August Wilson play "The Piano Lesson," and then see a stand-out production at the McCarter Theater last week. As part of Princeton Day School's Lively Arts Program and with the help of English teacher Mary Williams, PDS was honored to welcome the McCarter Theatre's Artistic Engagement Manager Paula Alekson to campus to present a two-day pre-performance residency. Click through to read more.

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present "Double Vision," featuring the photographs of mother/daughter artists Martha Vaughn and Barbara Vaughn '78. This exhibit will be on view from February 11 through March 17, 2016. There will be an opening reception with the artists on Thursday, February 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This reception is free and open to the public. As Princeton Day School continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery is honored to exhibit photographs from the studios of Martha Vaughn and Barbara Vaughn. "Double Vision" marks the first time this mother-daughter team has exhibited works together. Click through to read more.

Though it seems hard to believe, with snow currently in the forecast, summer will eventually arrive. Why not focus on the sunnier, warmer side of things by checking out the programs scheduled for this summer at Summer Programs at Princeton Day School. This year, we are delighted to again offer Pretty Brook Farm Day Camp and Panther Mini-Camp, as well as a wide array of enrichment programs to campers entering grades PreK through 12. Some new programs include Bee-bot Fun, 3-D Printing, Makey Makey Circuitry Camp, Introduction to Birding, and Scrapbooking. Come to an open house to learn more on Sunday, February 28, from 2:00- 4:00 p.m. at Lisa McGraw '44 Ice Rink. Registration is now open! For further questions or to RSVP for the open house, please call 609-279-2700.

Director of Athletics Tim Williams announced today that Oliver (Ollie) Hilliker will be the new boys varsity soccer coach at Princeton Day School. Coach Hilliker comes to PDS, most recently, from New Hope-Solebury High School, where he has spent the past 5 years as head coach of the varsity boys team, winning a state title as well as four District 1 championships. In addition, Coach Hilliker has served as the Assistant Director of Coaching for Princeton Soccer Association since 2009, where his team won a USL Super Y North American Championship in 2011. Click through to read more.

The snow and delayed opening didn't dampen the spirits of our 3rd and 4th grade scientists, who proudly displayed their impressive projects at this morning's science fair. From earthquake demonstrations to electric lemons to crystal rock candy to all-natural homemade make-up, these projects showed a wonderful diversity of scientific proclivities. Congratulations to our talented Lower School scientists! Click here for photos from this morning's Lower School Science Fair.

Congratulations to the Princeton Day School Boys Varsity Hockey team, who defeated the Hun School, 7-2, yesterday in the NJISSA Prep Semifinals. The PDS team will now advance to the finals and play for the championship title against Morristown-Beard School on Thursday at the Lisa McGraw '44 Ice Rink. Today, on, Andrew Borders reported on the game, noting that "Connor Fletcher '16 scored with 8:31 to play to double the lead to 4-2, and the game got away from Hun after the Raiders took a five-minute penalty with 5:25 left. PDS scored three goals in a span of two minutes, 34 seconds to seal the bid to the final."

This Friday, February 5, kicks off one of the most adored Middle School traditions: Mini-Course Week. Scheduled for February 5-11, and perfectly timed to fight off those mid-February winter doldrums, Mini-Course Week is an interdisciplinary and experiential week-long program that provides wonderful learning opportunities for our students. There are eleven courses offered this year, ranging from off-campus adventures in neighboring states to homegrown activities on campus. There are some perennial favorites, such as Chocolate Immersion, The Amish Experience, and New York, New York, as well as the popular Cape Cod Challenge. Click through to read more...

Princeton Day School is proud to present the Upper School winter musical, "The Boy Friend," with book, lyrics, and music by Sandy Wilson, which will be performed at the McAneny Theater on February 18, 19, and 20. Director Stan Cahill chose this musical to mount in the school's 50th anniversary year, as it was one of the first musicals ever produced at the school (and featured a young Christopher Reeve '70!). "The Boy Friend" is a light romantic spoof of 1920's musical comedy and, as such, revels in the music and moment of the Jazz Age. Written in the fifties as "a new musical of the twenties," this musical is still considered the most successful and witty of the send-up musicals. For show times and to purchase tickets, visit our Box Office page here. "The Boy Friend" is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

The 1st and 2nd grade students put forth impressive experiments and presentations at this morning's Lower School Science Fair. There were projects about light sabers, rubber band cars, candy chemistry, fossils, and, of course, volcanoes! The best part was seeing all the students from the Lower School engaging with the projects and with the scientists behind them, and learning so much in the process. Click here for photos from this morning's Lower School Science Fair. And be sure to check back next week when the 3rd and 4th grade scientists present their projects on Friday, February 5, at 8:30 a.m.

The Princeton Day School Middle School Girls Who Code club was excited to welcome digital entrepreneur Soraya Darabi to their weekly meeting via Skype. Ms. Darabi has been featured on the cover of Fast Company Magazine's "Most Creative People in Business" issue, and was named a Fortune Magazine "40 under 40" in 2015. She is the founder of Foodspotting, the 2010 Apple app of the year, and cofounder of Zady, a mission-driven content and commerce brand described best as "The Whole Foods of Fashion."

Princeton Day School is delighted to welcome 12 students from Beijing High School No. 4 (BHSF), who arrived in Princeton yesterday, and will spend two weeks on our campus and live with families from our community. Global Studies Coordinator and US History teacher Maria Shepard, who organized the exchange program, noted "BHSF is a highly prestigious public beacon high school, located in Xicheng District, Beijing, and is recognized throughout China as a top school. Throughout their two-week stay, visiting students will attend classes, will interact with students in the Middle and Lower Schools, and will engage with Upper School students in discussions about global issues." Click through to read more.

Come see what the budding scientists in our Lower School have to share at our annual Lower School Science Fair. The students in 1st and 2nd grade will present their projects on Friday, January 29, in the Gymateria from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. And then, next Friday, February 5, our 3rd and 4th grade students will present their projects, also in the Gymateria beginning at 8:30. Stay tuned for photos of this special event.

On Saturday, January 16, 100 chess players from New Jersey schools competed at Princeton Day School in 8 sections. Congratulations to Jai Kasera '23, who tied for first place in the Future Masters section. Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin noted, "Jai won the Closed section for players rated 1000-1200 in December, so this was his second winning performance." Congratulations also to first grader Thomas Horner won all his games in the K-1 section to take home the big first place plaque. Click through to read the whole story.

Congratulations to the Upper School Mock Trial Team, who won the Mercer County Championship title, placing first of out of twelve teams and earning a coveted spot in the regional competitions in February. Ably led by faculty advisors US History teacher Chris Rhodes and US English teacher Barbara Walker, the Princeton Day School team beat Stuart and PHS to face Hightstown in the quarterfinals, and finally defeated Marshall in the finals. They will compete in the Central Jersey regional competition at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick on February 2. Congratulations to our team: William Hopper, Devika Kumar, Tarika Kumar, Amberjean Leist, Julia Marshall, Bharat Nagalamadaka, Alexander Neumann, Leo Nye, Malavika Rajagopal, Jedidiah Seinfeld, Alex Waclawski, and Noam Yakoby. Thanks also to the team's attorney coaches Kathy Flicker, Mike Rosenberg and Scott Rosenberg '04.

The Princeton Day School community honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today by participating in a schoolwide day of service with a wide variety of projects. As Interim Head of Lower School Alesia Klein noted, "As Dr. King taught us, 'Life's most urgent question is what are you doing for others?' We are so excited for a day of service, kindness, and gratitude." Click here for photos from the day, and click through to read about all the activities that comprised this special day at PDS.

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School presents the incredible work of our Lower School artists in the exhibit "Syn˖Chro˖Nous," running now through January 30. The exhibit includes the work of more than 200 Princeton Day School Lower School students in grades Pre-K through four, and showcases Princeton Day School's collaborative and interdisciplinary approach. Gallery Director Jody Erdman noted, "We believe that this synergetic approach to teaching in the Lower School benefits our students by reaching across many disciplines." "Syn˖Chro˖Nous" feature a variety of media, including painting, watercolor, ceramics, video media, mixed media collage, and sculpture, illuminating the variety of media our students are exposed to at an early age. Click here for photos from this inspiring exhibit.

It was a particularly sweet victory yesterday at the Lisa McGraw '44 Rink. With Princeton Day School celebrating 50 years and longtime rival the Lawrenceville School, celebrating their 100th year of ice hockey, this match carried more significance than the average Mid-Atlantic Hockey League regular season contest. As usual, when these two teams met up, the PDS campus was crowded, with students, parents, former hockey players, alumni, faculty, staff and a large contingent of Lawrentians filling the stands and lining the boards to capacity. Click through to read more about the game and the history of the crosstown rivals.

Middle School English teacher Katy Terry's 8th grade class is approaching the themes of character and setting in "To Kill a Mockingbird" in a new and interdisciplinary way: by literally creating characters and maps in Princeton Day School's maker space. Ms. Terry's asked her students to use what they had learned about the characters in the book to create actual models of the characters using materials such as cardboard, yarn, buttons, fabric, and raffia, all found in the MS library's maker space. She added that the character's appearance should represent his/her age, size, and socio-economic status, and that students should create a list of character traits and descriptions before beginning to create the models. As for the setting of the classic, Ms. Terry asked students to create a map of Maycomb, Alabama, noting that it could be a literal, drawn map, or a 3D model representation, or students could use the school space to represent different parts of the town (within the classroom or beyond the classroom, using the whole 8th grade hall and lounge area).

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