School News

Press and media: Please direct inquiries to Melanie Shaw, Director of Communications at mshaw@pds.org or (609) 924-6700 ext. 1280.

Princeton Day School Announces Two New Varsity Coaches

Princeton Day School welcomes two new Varsity coaches for the upcoming spring season. Angela Parascondo will take the helm of the Varsity Softball team after serving as an assistant coach at PDS in previous years. Doug MacMillan, who has years of experience coaching at the middle school, high school and college levels, will lead the PDS golf team as they continue to grow and develop.

Faculty Artist Spotlights: Jerry Hirniak and Dodie Colavecchio

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery is currently displaying the work of 9 PDS faculty artists. This week we highlight two of our outstanding artists, Jerry Hirniak and Dodie Colavecchio! This is the last week to see this remarkable show, which will close on Sunday, November 17th.

Chris Cecila '20 Named National Hispanic Scholar

Princeton Day School senior Chris Cecila was named a National Hispanic Scholar for 2019-2020. Over the summer, Chris qualified to attend the highly selective Hispanic Scholarship Fund Youth Leadership Institute at the University of Chicago where he participated in workshops and seminars to improve his leadership skills, prepare for the college application process and more. Congratulations to Chris on this impressive achievement!

Veteran's Day Alumni Spotlight

Navy fighter pilot LT Ben Stadulis, PDS '09, interviewed here by U.S. Army Reserves Colonel Taylor Hwong '88, credits PDS with reinforcing his strong work ethic and instilling essential communications skills, including critical writing and reading comprehension skills, while his two-sport varsity experiences provided the close-knit team ethos and collaborative, strategically focused environment he values in military service.

Where We Begin at Princeton Day School

The teachers of Princeton Day School wrapped up individual conferences for every student from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The time, care and commitment that our educators dedicate to each student is truly inspiring. Here is a short video, which follows the Kindergaten on their first day of school, that captures the incredible amount of consideration our teachers put into building a strong community where our students can feel safe, valued and challenged.

Lasting Impact

Upper School students in the award-winning Princeton Day School theater program tackled an emotionally-packed production of Eric Ulloa's 26 Pebbles this fall. Director of Performing Arts Stan Cahill and members of the cast share their reflections on the performance and why they believe it was so powerful.

Aaron Shavel '11 Visits Da Vinci Classes

Aaron Shavel '11, a project engineer, was invited by Middle School teacher and Da Vinci co-coordinator Annemarie Strange to present to students in three Da Vinci classes this fall, including those immersed in a project to build a future city. Mr. Shavel explained his team's work to rebuild tunnels and passenger areas in key subway stations across New York City to meet 21st century urban infrastructure needs.


Fall Athletics Awards and Team Highlights

This week's Upper School gathering celebrated the 2019 Fall Sports players and coaches. Students and faculty showed their appreciation for the dedication and accomplishments of the varsity and junior varsity girls tennis, cross country, boys soccer, girls soccer, field hockey and the newly added volleyball teams as highlighted by Upper School Athletics Director Tim Williams. Special shoutouts were in order for all of the individual award winners on the teams.

10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was in Middle School

Princeton Day School Student Council President George Ma shared with 5th-8th graders "10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was In Middle School." These tips from a 12th grader can help any student about to enter Middle School, and their parents, too! To learn more about the fantastic opportunities that PDS offers Middle Schoolers, register for our Middle School Open House on Tuesday, November 12 from 8:30-10:30.

Faculty Artist Spotlights: Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick and Chris Maher

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery is currently displaying the work of 9 PDS faculty artists. This week we highlight two of our exceptional artists, Eileen Hohmuth-Lemonick and Chris Maher! Check back next week to find out more about our other faculty artists.

Panthers Are...Vibrant

Maddie Weinstein '23, Varsity Cross Country runner, embodies what "Panthers Are ..." with her vibrant personality and constant smile. This contribution from a PDS coach is part of the "Panthers Are..." scholar-athlete spotlights, a series that will appear regularly on the homepage during each season.

Happy Halloween!

Enjoy some Halloween spirit Princeton Day School-style! Take a look at our photo highlights of the parade and Lower School Halloween dance-off, and check back for additional photos to come.

Isaac's Greenhouse and Penny Wallace '69 Courtyard Create Interdisciplinary Space

Princeton Day School formally dedicated Isaac's Greenhouse and the Penny Wallace '69 Courtyard in a ceremony on October 28. The new greenhouse was made possible thanks to a generous donation by Randy Mehrberg and his wife Michele Schara, parents of PDS alumni Sam '11 and Eric '19, and is named for the son of Sustainability Coordinator Liz Cutler. Ms. Cutler's passion to develop the School's sustainability program, combined with Isaac's radiant personality, inspired the Mehrberg-Schara family. See the full story and photo gallery.

Harvest Festival 2019

Happy throngs of PDS community members enjoyed delicious food and lessons in sustainability in the Garden and surrounding outdoor spaces along with tours of the new greenhouse and courtyard. This year's Harvest Festival theme, "Arts in the Garden," featured multiple student performances and student artwork in Garden areas and Kristy's Meadow.

Faculty Artist Spotlights: Jen Gallagher and Eric Rempe

The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery is currently displaying the work of 9 PDS faculty artists. This week we highlight two of our exceptional artists, Jen Gallagher and Eric Rempe! Check back next week to find out more about our other faculty artists.

Working Together, Lower School Creates Community Vision

Lower Schoolers recently collaborated on an art project involving all 244 students and resulting in a rainbow-hued wall hanging that paints a vivid picture of an inclusive community in which each member feels a sense of pride and belonging. To learn more about this project and the PreK through Grade 4 experience here at PDS, register to attend the Lower School Open House on December 12 from 9-11.

Girls Tennis Brings Home Championship Titles

Girls Tennis finishes the season strong with a second place finishes at the Prep B Finals. Neha Khandkar '23 picked up a Prep B title at third singles while Hayden Masia '21 and Hannah Van Dusen '21 won first doubles.

Box Office Open for 26 Pebbles

The box office is now open for the New Jersey premiere of 26 Pebbles by Eric Ulloa! The award-winning Princeton Day School theater program will be performing the show Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2. Get your tickets now!