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Please join the Princeton Day School Parents Association for the first meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 28 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, Parents Association President Naru Narayanan 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 is delighted to welcome the following new trustees to our Board:

Georgia (Robin) B. Gosnell is a retired lawyer based in Princeton. She attended Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law. Ms. Gosnell is the mother of four Princeton Day School alums, and has served on the Annual Fund Leadership Gift Committee since 2014.

Dinesh Jain was most recently Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Cable, overseeing the company's three main lines of business: residential services, cable business services, and cable media. He attended Princeton University, is based in Princeton, and is the father of two current PDS students. Click the headline to read more...

Princeton Day School is proud to announce that Hannah Freid '17 and Shana Mimnaugh '17 have been selected as Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Our 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!

Princeton Day School's Fall Weekend is a great annual event celebrating our Panther athletes, and this year will officially begin on Friday, September 23 with a pep rally in the Upper Gym at the end of the school day. On Saturday, September 24, things get started by the rink at noon with a Fun Run for our Lower School students. Also beginning at noon and running through 2:30 will be a cookout as well as games and activities for our Lower and Middle School students. Then at 2:30, the PDS games against Blair Academy commence. Click on the headline for the schedule for the day. See you on the fields next Saturday! Go Panthers!

At this morning's Middle School Focus Assembly, Performing Arts Chair Deb Sugarman announced that the 2016 Middle School Play will be her own adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The production, scheduled for December 2 in the McAneny Theater, is open to all Middle School students and auditions will take place next week. In addition, Ms. Sugarman shared that Director in Residence Stan Cahill will be directing a production of Shakespeare's Macbeth for the US Fall Play. The play will be performed in the McAneny Theater beginning on October 27—just in time for Halloween. No definitive word yet on Mr. Cahill's particular take on the Bard's Scottish play, but expectations will be high for our award-winning performing arts department. Here's to Shakespeare in the Fall at Princeton Day School!

Congratulations to Princeton Day School Director of College Counseling Sarah Graham who just had her blog post published by
the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools website ( The post, titled "Embrace the "Why"! : Learning to Love the Why _______ College? Supplemental Essay," is a great read and offers Graham's wonderful perspective on that sometimes dreaded college essay. In addition, she provides some useful guidelines to ensure a memorable essay. Click to read the blog post here.

On Tuesday, September 6, Princeton Day School welcomed students back to campus to kick off the new school year. The campus and hallways were filled with some 950 students, from our PreKindergarteners to our seniors, along with all of our new and returning faculty and staff. Assemblies in the Middle and Upper School kicked off the day and set the tone. As Head of Middle School Renee Price chanted with her students ("When I say 7th grade, you say Ready!"), it appears that all of our PDS students are absolutely ready for the new school year. Click here for photos from the first day of school.

Princeton Day School faculty and staff were back on campus this week to welcome the newest members of our team and begin our opening meetings for the year. We are delighted to welcome the following fourteen new members of the Princeton Day School community, Please click on the headline to read about our new faculty and staff.

Princeton Day School's faculty is participating in a special workshop today as part of the opening meetings on campus. Here are some photos. Organized by Jason Robinson, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life, the workshop is titled "How to Create Engaging, Student-Centered Classrooms," and is being led by PDS faculty. The workshop was designed in consultation with Barbara Beachley, a veteran independent school teacher and consultant from Independent School Management (ISM). Mr. Robinson notes, "Barbara Beachley consults primarily in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, faculty growth and renewal, curriculum review and development, and training teachers how to transition to and teach effectively in schedules with longer periods." Click on the headline to read more.

Three recent news articles have featured leaders in the Princeton Day School community: Evelyn Turner Counts '74 in the New York Times, Eddie Glaude and his son Langston Glaude '14 in TIME Magazine, and Sandy Bing h'87 in Town Topics. Click the headline to read more.

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present the photographs of alumna Dede Pickering '71 in an exhibit titled "Bridge Between Cultures." This exhibit will be on view from September 6 through October 6, 2016. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Thursday, September 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to the public. Click through to read more...

Princeton Day School varsity girls soccer team goalie Grace Barbara '18 and her travel team, the PDA Gunners, won the U16 National Championship this past weekend. The team was undefeated (41-0-4) throughout the season and capped it with the exciting championship win. Congratulations!

Back to school information is now posted. You may click here to find packets for each division with lots of useful information about the upcoming school year. You will also find links to information for new parents, about orientation, ways to volunteer for the Parents Association, and more. Have a wonderful summer and see you in the fall!

Senior Ty Banas created a virtual sandbox for his senior project that will now be used in Middle School science classes as a tool to learn about topography. The sandbox is filled with actual sand that can be manipulated into topographical models that correspond to a computer program that shows contour lines and simulated water. Check out a short video about how it works here. This idea was sparked by MS Science teacher Jack Madani who was looking for a better way to teach students how to visualize contour lines on topographical maps. Click through to read more.

Tara Quigley, director of the Miss Fine's Center at Princeton Day School, has announced the 2016 Miss Fine's Center Fellows. Through the generosity of the Center, the Fellows engage in interdisciplinary work and share their findings with their faculty colleagues, as well as in forums beyond the school community, including national independent school conferences and other discipline-specific professional gatherings. Here are the 2016 Fellows and their projects... (click through to read more)

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.

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