Princeton Day School has partnered with Princeton University to create the Energy and Climate Scholars program at the school. Each year, a select group of PDS sophomores, juniors, and seniors meet monthly over a working dinner with highly talented and engaged Princeton University Ph.D. students, learning and conversing about energy and climate and related science, economics, policy, and politics. The Energy and Climate Scholars have now organized, with Princeton University and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association, the Student Climate Change Conference, which will take place at the Watershed on Sunday, April 23. Open to all high school students, the event will feature workshops on policy, water, climate change, and food and agriculture. Please click here for more information and to register for this free event.
As part of Princeton Day School's Global Studies program, there are a number of international trips taking place over spring break. English Department Chair Karen Latham and English teacher Jamie McCulloch took a group of students to London for "Life Along the Thames." Latin teachers Todd Gudgel and Nicole Mangino journeyed with a group of students to Rome for a special Latin language study. Language Department Chair Laurence Farhat and French teacher Yves Marcuard traveled to France with a group of students for "From Normandie to Paris," a French immersion. History teacher Lauren Ledley and Spanish teacher Carmen Santa-Crus took a group of 8th and 9th grade students to Guatemala for a trip focusing on environmental and social justice, with a Spanish immersion focus. And, English teacher and Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler and science teacher Charlie Alt traveled with a group of students to the Bahamas to study sustainability at The Island School. Be sure to follow all of our PDS travelers on Instagram at pdstravel.
Princeton Day School is honored to welcome our newly admitted students for the 2017-2018 academic year. Director of Admission and Financial Aid Julie Cucchi remarked, "What a talented and impressive applicant pool! I loved hearing their stories, reading their files, and meeting each and every applicant through the admission process." We look forward to seeing our new students and their families at our revisit days.
Princeton Day School is delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of some of our Middle School students: Hope Jerris '21, Saahith Potluri '21, Tharun Potluri '21, Veronica Li '22, Summer Qureshi '22, and Arjun Ray '24. This past weekend four students performed a concert with the Central Jersey All Region Band. All Region Band is a select, audition-only ensemble comprised of the best students from all over central New Jersey. More than 2,000 kids auditioned this year, leading to stiff competition in each section. MS music teacher Channing McCullough reported that Veronica Li '22 earned 2nd chair on clarinet in the Wind Ensemble; Saahith Potluri '21 earned 1st chair in the Wind Ensemble, distinguishing him officially as the strongest bass clarinetist in our area; Hope Jerris '21 earned a spot on horn in the Symphonic Band; and Tharun Potluri '21 earned a position in the percussion section of the Symphonic Band.
On Tuesday, March 7, Princeton Day School seniors celebrated the momentous 100-day-mark (100 days until graduation) with a special luncheon in the Fox Room. The 100-Day Celebration is one of the great traditions at PDS, and consists of a luncheon for students with encouraging words from Head of School Paul Stellato and Head of Upper School Jason Robinson, as well as a welcome to the Alumni Association by Director of Alumni Engagement Amy Gallo. What makes the luncheon truly special is that each student receives a letter, poem, or other creative written expression of support and congratulations from his or her parents. These letters are just between parents and children and are a wonderful surprise for the student. Click here for some photos from the event.
It was an amazing winter sports season for the Princeton Day School Panthers, as two of our teams, varsity boys ice hockey and varsity fencing, picked up Prep B Championship titles. In addition, it was just announced that four PDS basketball players made the NJISAA Prep All State First Team: John McArthur '17, David Coit '19, and Chase Lewis '17 from the varsity boys basketball team, and Bridget Kane '18 from the varsity girls basketball team. All of our teams worked hard and played well this past season, and on March 1, our Upper School athletes were honored at the Sports Awards ceremony. Here is a video from the ceremony, and click the headline to see the list of student-athletes recognized for their accomplishments this past season.
Congratulations to our Upper School Model UN Team, who once again wowed the competition at the Washington Area Model UN Conference this past weekend by winning the top award at the conference: Best Large Delegation. This conference included teams from 68 high schools from the mainland United States, Puerto Rico, and South Africa. Faculty Advisor and history teacher Eamon Downey reported, "From Thursday through Sunday this past week, our Model UN team competed on the largest stage yet this year ... and the Panthers emerged with the top award of the entire conference, winning the plaque for Best Large Delegation." Mr. Downey went on to say that the PDS team bested delegations from JP Stevens, Thomas Jefferson, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, and Stuyvesant HS, some of the top ranked programs in the nation. Click the headline to see the full list of individual awards.
One of the great Lower School traditions at Princeton Day School is the 4th grade Operetta. This year's production was the not-to-be-missed "Peanuts Wanted," which was performed on Wednesday, March 8 in the McAneny Theater. "Peanuts Wanted" is based on an original script by PDS faculty Cindy Peifer and Daniel Cohen, and featured our PDS 4th graders starring as various incarnations of the famous Peanuts characters--Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, and more—as they auditioned for a big show. This production is such a special way to feature the talents of all of our 4th graders. Head of Lower School Alesia Klein said, "I want to congratulate all of our 4th grade students for their teamwork, cooperation, courage, and effort as they have worked hard preparing for the show." Here are some photos.
Congratulations to three of our Princeton Day School Panther alums from the class of 2013 who area making headlines as leading student-athletes in their respective sports: Hannah Levy, Cody Triolo, and Davon Reed. Hannah Levy '13, a senior lacrosse player at MIT, recently became the fourth player in the program's history to surpass 200 career points, as she generated four goals and six assists for the Engineers in a recent upset over Keene State. For the whole article on the MIT website, click here.
History Department Chair Howie Powers '80 took his Economics class to New York on February 28, to for an experiential learning visit to JPMorgan (where Mr. Powers worked before coming back to teach at PDS) and BlackRock. In a great case of Great Road synergy, the BlackRock visit was coordinated by two Princeton Day School alumni who are currently working there: Brian Grossman '04 and John Griffith '99. Mr. Grossman organized the visit, and welcomed another PDS alum, Brooks Herr '10 to join the proceedings.
Congratulations to senior Abby Cohen, who has been selected to speak at the #LEADLIKEAGIRL: A Conference for Risk-Takers and Changemakers at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart on April 8. US Science teacher Charlie Alt, who shared the news, said, "Abby will be an amazing representative for the school, and our new STEAM initiative, and we are all very excited for her." The conference, presented by Stuart Center for Girls Leadership, is a free conference for girls in grades K-12, as well as parents and educators, and "is designed to showcase and inspire girls' confidence, creativity, and leadership in STEM and entrepreneurship."
Princeton Day School was pleased to welcome Devorah Heitner, Ph.D., to campus from March 8 through March 10 to work with our Middle School students on the important topic of how to foster positive digital citizenship skills. Dr. Heitner is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World, and lectures at schools and organizations all over the country on this topic. She has also written a curriculum used by many independent and public schools called Connecting Wisely: Social Emotional Insights and Skills for Plugged in Kids. At Princeton Day School, Dr. Heitner conducted small group workshops with Middle School students and faculty, and met with deans, counselors, and administrators. In addition, she spoke to parents at a special Parents Association meeting on Thursday, March 9.
The University of Pennsylvania has invited Princeton Day School to become an inaugural member of a groundbreaking collaboration between the Penn Graduate School of Education and a consortium of the nation's leading independent day schools, including Roxbury Latin (Boston), Trinity (NYC), and Riverdale (NYC). Modeled on a similar partnership between Penn and several of America's top boarding schools, the "Penn Residency Master's in Teaching (PRMT)" program enables aspiring Middle and Upper School teachers to complete two-year teaching fellowships at host day schools while also receiving a Master's degree in education from Penn.
Congratulations to the Princeton Day School Chess team who competed in two tournaments on February 25 and 26. Chess teacher Bonnie Waitzkin reported that PDS chess players competed at the first-ever New York State Girls Team and Individual Championships, a two-day tournament held at the Hewitt School in New York City. Third grader Rowan Field placed 12th and her sister Lila Field placed 16th in the K-3 Championship section, and the PDS girls were 3rd place team. In K-3 Under 600, first grader Anya Jha won 4 out of 5 games to place 8th and top scoring player grade 1 or below. Second grader Shreya Munjal won her first rated game.
This week in the Lower School, Margie Gibson and her 3rd grade class, along with LS Technology Coordinator Carol Olson, were able to participate in a zoom conversation to learn about Guatemala, specifically about the water crisis and plans to alleviate the problem in the village of Sacbochal. Mrs. Gibson said, "Our students 'saw' the water system being built and spoke with the team leaders for the project who were on site." Also participating in this conversation were students from a school in Georgia. Mrs. Gibson also noted, "This is only the first step in our 3rd graders becoming responsible global citizens. To deepen our understanding of the world's most precious resource, 3rd graders are reading One Well: The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss." This interactive experience was made possible through America Kids Learning (AKL), a non-profit, environmental education organization, connecting classrooms worldwide focusing on the global water crisis and fostering global citizenship.
Come to our second annual Black History Month celebration in the Campus Center on Monday afternoon, February 27, beginning at 4:30. Organized by the Community Multicultural Development Team (CMDT), the event will include musical selections and performances by students in all three divisions as well as light refreshments. The school is honored to welcome Dr. Jay-Paul Hinds, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Religion at Howard University, as our keynote speaker. Open to all families and friends of the community, we look forward to celebrating with you!
Upper School science teacher Charlie Alt will be taking five 11th grade students to Stanford University in early April to attend the GAINS (Girls Advancing in STEM) Conference. Princeton Day School was one of a small number of independent schools who were invited to send a delegation of students to attend this conference. The final candidates were chosen because of their strong academic records, a deep and abiding curiosity about math and science, and an aspiration to study these subjects when they leave PDS. Click the headline to read about US science teacher Carrie Norrin.
Tickets are going fast for the Upper School musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which will be performed in the McAneny Theater on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 23 through the 25. For more information about show times and to purchase your tickets, visit our Box Office page. In this award-winning musical, a charming and quirky group of outsiders discover they can stand out and fit in at the same time. The musical follows six middle schoolers competing to be the best speller, as well as the quirky adult moderators who barely managed to escape childhood themselves.
Princeton Day School is delighted to celebrate the accomplishments of some of our alums. Princeton University just announced that senior Charlotte Williams '12 has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, an award given to outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom so they can pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. Charlotte, who is concentrating in anthropology and is pursuing certificates in archaeology, Latin American studies and urban studies, will study for a master's degree in archaeology in the Archaeological Heritage and Museums Track at Cambridge.
A wonderful Princeton Day School tradition in our Lower School is the Mardi Gras parade, an opportunity for our youngest students to design miniature floats and hobby horses and parade through the school. Head of Lower School Alesia Klein, who was in full costume, noted, "This Mardi Gras parade was festive, colorful, and fun, with sparkling floats, creative hobby horses, decorative masks and costumes, and lots of beads! I want to thank our Kindergarten for entertaining us, and many thanks to our parents for joining us."