This eloquent, atmospheric take on Saturday's best-ever Harvest Festival by PDS alum Tag Quijano '17 warms the soul. You'll also want to savor the short video premiered at the Festival, celebrating 10 joyful years of the garden program at PDS, created by local filmmaker Jared Flesher and produced by Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler. Also: more Festival photos added to our Flickr album!
Head of School Paul Stellato has this to say about the School's new coaches: "I'm proud of the strong scholar-athlete credentials of the coaching staff, which speak volumes about the values that fuel teams of all kinds here. All of these new coaches offer invaluable perspective and experience as players recruited by top college programs and as leaders in the classroom, on the playing field, and as coaches. They join an exceptional group of coaching colleagues actively mentoring student leaders while building teams poised to compete at the highest level."
Alexander Heffner, host of PBS's The Open Mind, author, and political and civics expert, delivered today's annual Anne Rothrock Lecture at PDS on the crisis of civility in our country today. Upper School students asked many compelling questions following his cautionary tale and call to action, which spanned the political divide. Mr. Heffner explored a number of macro and micro areas — from the exploitation of social media to the shifting role and focus of journalism to determining whether the rule of law is equitable to all people — in which civil participation is the key to overcoming dysfunctional societal trends and politics.
"Princeton University's ThinSat partnership with PDS is unique among independent schools," Jonathan Tatkon-Coker explains in announcing to US students PDS ThinSat, a new partnership and co-curricular program that aims to advance STEAM education with a particular focus on science and engineering. Partnership collaborators in addition to Princeton University include Twiggs Spacelab, Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia Space, NASA, Orbital ATK, NearSpace Launch, Inc., In a Box, and even the US Navy and Coast Guard. The mission: Students will design their own "thin" satellites to collect data on low-earth-orbit space, an under-explored space environment. As they prepare their satellites for launch and space flight in an Antares rocket, the PDS ThinSat student teams will be mentored through weekly meetings with the Princeton University ThinSat Team and PDS ThinSAT Program faculty. The new co-curricular program, which culminates in November 2019 with a satellite launch at Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's eastern shore, announced today that it is requesting applications from US students.