Princeton Day School is pleased to post the matriculation list for the Class of 2017. It is an impressive list that includes a broad range of some of the finest schools in our country. It is also worth noting that many of the seniors were awarded generous need and merit-based scholarships to attend college. In announcing this news, Director of College Counseling Sarah Graham remarked: "The Class of 2017 represents a group of spirited, unique, and talented individuals who have taken full advantage of the resources available to them at Princeton Day School. As they enter this next chapter of their lives, they will be enrolling at some of the most highly selective schools in the country. There, they will continue to build on the success that they have achieved at PDS as they study a diverse range of disciplines, including engineering, arts and sciences, theater, architecture, and film. We wish our graduating seniors well and know that they are well-prepared to dive into college life and make a difference in their campus communities, just as they have done in ours." Congratulations seniors!
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were announced this year, and US English teacher Tom Quigley announced that 29 Upper School students won a total of 69 writing awards. Please see the full list of the award winners below. A special congratulations to Emily Trend '18, who won a National Gold Medal in Poetry for her piece "What I Know." Emily joins senior Shana Levine '17, who won a National Silver Medal in Photography. In the announcement, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards materials state, "More than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted by students in grades 7-12 this year, and receiving a National Medal places you within the top 1% of all submissions." Congratulations!
Princeton Day School is pleased to welcome Jonathan Tatkon-Coker as its first Upper School STEAM Coordinator for the 2017-2018 academic year. After earning his B.A. in German and Art History, and his B.F.A. in Painting and Photography at Rutgers University, Mr. Tatkon-Coker earned his M.I.D. in Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute. He has worked on multi-disciplinary teams at Cornell University, Nike, Beats by Dre, and Apple, where he developed expertise in industrial design, product development, and mechanical engineering. Most recently, he was a consultant at the Gruss Innovation Center at the Lawrenceville School, where he worked on developing project-based environments across disciplines and defining educational workflow.
Third grade teacher Margie Gibson shared that her class has been skyping with a group of students, aged 8-10, from Kabul as a culminating activity for the class's book club. Both groups of students had a shared reading experience, and both groups skyped from their respective libraries. (See photos here.) Mrs. Gibson explained, "Before we read the book, we created a video of our kids speaking their name, their family situation, their favorite animal, and color; and in return, the Afghani children did the same. Both groups then read the wordless book Journey by Aaron Becker. We emailed our book reflections and pictures back and forth." She continued, "This kid-to-kid connection has been pure and wonderful."
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team for their 11-2 win over Rutgers Prep to secure the NJISAA Prep B Championship title for the second year in a row. The game, the last of the season, was played on Baker Field yesterday afternoon, with many fans in attendance. Scoring for the win were Elon Tuckman '18 (4), Will Brossman '17 (3), Peter Shannon '17, Tyler Birch '17, Jack Konopka '18, and Coby Auslander '19. Goaltender Connor Green had seven saves. This concludes yet another outstanding season for Coach Rich D'Andrea and PDS boys lacrosse, with a record of 15-2, and two championship titles. Go Panthers!
The front page of the New York Times this morning reported that the Justice Department has appointed former F.B.I. director Robert S. Mueller III, as special counsel "to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian officials." Mr. Mueller, who attended Princeton Country Day School and is a member of the class of 1959, will be honored with the Alumni Achievement Award at Princeton Day School's Alumni Weekend on Saturday, May 20. Though Mr. Mueller will not be able to attend the event on campus, there will be a video shown of him receiving his award, and speaking of his experiences at PCD. For more information about Mr. Mueller, please read the alumni profile in the most recent issue of the Journal.
Princeton Day School's annual Alumni Weekend is happening on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, and we are looking forward to celebrating our alumni community! Be sure to visit the Alumni Weekend page for a full list of events and the opportunity to register. A high point of Alumni Weekend is when we honor our distinguished alums who are being presented with Alumni Awards and being inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. This year, we will celebrate the following alumni/ae.
It was picture perfect spring afternoon on Smoyer Turf as the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team (10W-4L) vied for their 3rd straight Prep B Championship title against rival Montclair Kimberly Academy.
PDS jumped to an early 6-1 lead only to have MKA narrow the gap by the end of the first half, 11-8. Key saves by goaltender Maggie Madani '20 blocked the comeback, and the Panthers outplayed the Cougars to grab the title, 19-13.
Scoring were Morgan Mills '17 (8), Madison Mundenar '18 (7), Kyra Hall '18 (3), and Kate Bennett '18. Maggie Madani held the defense with 17 saves in goal.
Congratulations to three Upper School students who have received honors for their work in writing, music, and photography. Sanjana Dugar '18 received the 2017 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Award in Writing. English Department Chair Dr. Karen Latham announced the news, adding "She is one of only seven students from New Jersey to be recognized nationwide." Sanjana worked closely with English teacher Barbara Walker on her submission of several pieces of fiction, a personal narrative, and an essay.
Spring is here, and our magnificent Princeton Day School Middle School musicians are sharing their talents with the community in two concerts. The Middle School Band concert will take place in the McAneny Theater this evening at 7:00 p.m. Last night, the Middle School Orchestra performed their concert, which included pieces by Rossini and Saint-Saens performed by the Allegro Strings, Chamber Players and Sinfonia. Here are some photos from this wonderful concert. Tonight's concert will feature students in our Jazz Band, Discovery Band, Expedition Band, and Odyssey Band playing selections that will range from Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time" to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Stay tuned for photos from tonight's concert.
Congratulations to our Upper School Model United Nations Team, who continued their winning streak at the JPSMUN, a Model United Nations Conference hosted by JP Stevens High School this past weekend. The team won Best Delegation! Our Upper School students were joined by some 8th grade students, who are looking to be on the team next year. Congratulations to all who participated. Faculty advisor Eamon Downey also provided a roster of the individual winners.
Eight Princeton Day School chess players competed in the largest Supernationals Tournament ever last weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, with 1586 school teams from 50 States, and a total of 5578 K-12 scholastic players competing in 37 sections. Chess coach Bonnie Waitzkin reported that "A high point of the tournament for 6th grader Winston Ni was playing on board one in the K-6 Championship section when World Champion Garry Kasparov made the opening moves for each player."
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team for their 9-5 victory over Princeton High School to clinch the coveted Mercer County Tournament Championship for the second year in a row. The contest played out last night at West Windsor Plainsboro North High School to a large crowd of fans. Scoring in the game were Elon Tuckman '18 (3), Will Brossman '17 (2), Peter Shannon '17 (2), Justin Herrup '18, and Coby Auslander '19. This is an well deserved accomplishment for a team that graduated some key players last year, but with hard work and determination achieved the highest level of success. The Panthers move on to play for the NJISAA Prep Title in the semifinal game Monday v. Newark Academy. Go Panthers!
Princeton Day School Lower School science teacher Aaron Schomburg was presented with the Garden Club of America's Elizabeth Abernathy Hull Award, which is given annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals furthering the early environmental education of children. The Hull Award was established in 1992 and provides $1,000 to chosen recipients who honor Miss Hull's "common sense approach to environmental awareness by inspiring children to appreciate the beauty of our planet." (from the Garden Club of American website: www.gcamerica.org)
All parents are invited to attend the Parents Association meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 8:15 a.m. in the Lisa McGraw '44 Skating Rink. Parents will hear from Head of School Paul Stellato, current Chair of the Board of Trustees Barbara Griffin Cole '78, and incoming Chair of the Board of Trustees Rebecca Bushnell '70 (effective July 1, 2017). In addition, Sarah Graham, Princeton Day School's Director of College Counseling, and her team will discuss the college counseling program at PDS as well as admission trends she has noticed from the past year. Ms. Graham will also be ready to answer any questions about the college counseling process. Finally, the PA Governing Board Slate of 2017 - 2018 will be sworn in at this meeting. This is a not-to-be-missed meeting, and all parents are encouraged to attend.
Princeton Day School's Blue and White Day is happening tomorrow, Friday, May 12 on the Pagoda fields. This year's big day, organized by PE teacher and Coach Jill Thomas, is a highly anticipated event that involves the entire school. The weather forecast is a bit cool for this time of year, so the recommendation is for layers and sunscreen. Each student, faculty, and staff member is either on the Blue or the White team, and competes in a variety of games, including the "Big Race," the first event of the day, which is a relay race involving one blue and one white team member from each grade—and faculty team members.
The Princeton Day School Upper School production of the spring musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" has garnered a number of Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star nominations. Nate Jones '18 was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, and Hope Ammidon '18 received a nomination for Student Achievement Award for Assistant Direction. Honorable mentions went to: Claire Szuter '18 for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Ensemble Member; Riley Gudgel '18 and Nishita Naga '17 for Outstanding Hair and Makeup Achievement; PDS Music teacher Marc Beja for Outstanding Music Direction; and freelance designer Steve Howe for Outstanding Lighting Design.
On Thursday, May 11 from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in the McAneny Theater, Princeton Day School will host a special evening program for parents of students in 7th-9th grades to introduce the college admissions process—both its realities and its myths and misconceptions. Director of College Counseling Sarah Graham, who will be presenting at the event, said, "We will share our thoughts on how to help students plan ahead while still allowing them to experience high school life fully and develop healthy habits." Also speaking at the event will be Jason Robinson, Head of Upper School and Assistant Head of School for Academic Life and Dr. Rebecca Bushnell, incoming Board Chair for Princeton Day School, and The School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Mercer County Tournament (MCT) #1 seed Boys Varsity Lacrosse had a bye in the first round and will play in the quarterfinal game Saturday, May 6 at 3:00 p.m. at home on Baker Field v. Pennington School. In the NJISAA Prep Tournament, the #1 seeded boys team will meet Newark Academy in the semifinal game May 15 at home with a 4:30 start.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of the unforgettable 8th grade musical production of "The Lion King." The show premiered on May 4 to an adoring audience who were no doubt swept away to the African savannah along with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters on their journey from Pride Rock to the jungle...and back again. Directed and designed by Performing Arts Chair Deb Sugarman (and no, the costumes were not rented, but originals!), this inspiring, coming-of-age tale provided an incredible platform for our talented 8th graders to act, sing, dance, and, above all, shine. Take a look at these photos from the production.