School News

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Panthers Commit to Being "Triple-Impact Competitors"

Princeton Day School partners with Positive Coaching Alliance to emphasize the importance of creating a positive sports environment that focuses on character building as well as athletic success.

First Graders Release Podcast, "1P's World"
Karen Pike's First Grade class is proud to announce the release of their podcast, "1P's World," on iTunes and Spotify! "The children worked so hard on this endeavor!," reports Ms. Pike. "You would be amazed at how much work went into the end product. I'm so proud of their accomplishment! I hope you'll enjoy listening to it as much as I did!"

Guest Bob Smyth '57 Shares Lessons of Resilience

Alum Bob Smyth '57 (a member of the Lawrence Senior Citizens Memoir Writing Group) gave Fifth Grade students the opportunity to turn back the clock sixty years and experience life at Princeton Country Day School and his own story of resilience.

Baccalaureate Dinner Celebrates Largest Ever Graduating Class

This annual Baccalaureate Dinner brought together the senior class and their parents for a celebratory event, where they heard from Head of School Paul Stellato, Head of the Upper School Trixie Sabundayo, and Class of 2019 Dean Carlos Cara.

Rites of Passage: Lower and Middle School Final Assemblies

Princeton Day School families and friends gathered to proudly celebrate the 2018-19 school year last week, particularly our 4th and 8th grade classes who are "graduating" to the Middle and Upper Schools, respectively.

Reflecting on a Lifetime at PDS

A nucleus of 25 seniors has the distinction of being "lifers" -- students who have been at Princeton Day School since PreK, Kindergarten or First Grade. As graduation approached, they and their families attended a dinner in recognition of their many years at the School. We reached out to the students to find out how they feel about the School they've known virtually all of their conscious lives. Here are some remarks several of the Class of 2019 Lifers took the time to share ...

Commencement Celebrates the Class of 2019

On the morning of Friday, June 7, PDS celebrated its 54th commencement exercise, honoring the 108 graduating students of the Class of 2019. Read excerpts from commencement addresses, and explore photographs documenting the day's events!

The Class of 2019 Shares Senior Projects

Having pursued an incredible array of independent projects throughout the month of May, Seniors returned to campus to share and exhibit their efforts. Howie Powers, Chair of the History Department, remarked, "This was the best group of senior projects that I have ever seen ... You should be all very proud of yourselves and how much you have accomplished and learned." Here's a closer look at just a small sampling of the fantastic work the Class of 2019 created!

PDS Portraits: Jacob Tharayil '19

Tharayil, whose passions include the Chinese language, fencing, filmmaking and much more, reflects on how PDS encourages balance and fosters joy in learning.

Link Yearbook Shows PDS As They See It!

"At the heart of any good yearbook is a theme, a clear message that dictates the style and feel of the book, and that has been shaped by our community." How We See It, this year's Link Yearbook, lives up to that aspiration and more with a lively, creative and keen look at all things PDS chronicled during this exceptional 2018-2019 school year. Congratulations to the incredible efforts of the co-editors-in-chief, seniors Nina Ajemian, Oona DeMatteo and Angela Talusan, their tenacious student yearbook staff and faculty advisor Lauren Ledley for producing a fabulous yearbook!

5th Graders Present Their Micro-Grid to Sustainable Princeton

The Clingman 5th Grade science crew has had an extraordinary year, immersing themselves for several months in the workings of the brain from cognition to behaviors in humans and other species to brain 'myth-busting', and since winter, deeply exploring sustainability with an eye toward making a difference. Today they presented an energy micro-grid to Sustainable Princeton, which culminated a study of energy, electricity and resources in our region and a search for a micro-grid solution that might benefit the Princeton-area community.

PDS Portraits: Elsie Wang '19

The deeper she delves into each of her academic interests, Elsie Wang finds opportunities for further exploration and ways in which these subjects intertwine and relate to one another.

PDS Portraits: Nashleen Salazar Rodriguez '19

Recognized at the senior awards as "An academic star, a leader and valued voice to her peers," Nashleen Salazar Rodrigues reflects on the challenges she initially faced as a new student at PDS, and on how she found her voice.

PDS Model UN Students from 5th-12 Grade Get Set for Next Year

There's plenty to celebrate about this year's Upper School Model UN efforts at PDS, including the election of new leadership for 2019-2020. Next year is shaping up to be another exciting MUN series of simulations, conferences and adventures! Meanwhile, the new-this-year Middle School Model UN club capped off their year with two intense sessions and plans to expand their efforts next year, including more opportunities to interact with their Upper School MUN counterparts.

PDS Portraits: Lydia Pamudji '19

If life is like an ocean, Lydia Pamudji says, she wants to give thanks to the people who taught her to swim. Her senior project, "THE (HE)ART EXHIBIT," is now on view in the gallery.

Senior Awards Celebrate Exceptional Achievements Among the Class of 2019

As the senior year concludes, PDS celebrates the collective accomplishments of the 108 members of the Class of 2019 and the School values these students have embodied along the way: intellectual curiosity, creativity, integrity and resilience. The 2019 Upper School Awards Assembly on May 24 celebrated the Class of 2019 while highlighting particular seniors—and two juniors—who received awards for achievements and distinctions. Read about these exceptional student award-winners and scroll to the end for the slide show of photos capturing some special moments. A complete Flickr album of the senior luncheon, assembly and yearbook party is posted as well!

PDS Portraits: Sasha Sindhwani '19

What happens when you bring the credo of the philosophy classroom—to analyze and be skeptical of everything—into the architecture classroom, where the goal is often to turn off your mind and "think with your hands?"