The Lower School has embarked on a unique interdisciplinary 7-week STEAM course for students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. Each grade meets for one hour once every cycle for 7 weeks, and each course has a new theme. The 3rd grade is currently enjoying their STEAM course based on "The Wild Robot" by Peter Brown, who visited Princeton Day School in 2016 as a visiting artist from our Imagine the Possibilities program.
Head of School Paul Stellato announced that, beginning in September, the arts faculty will be arrayed in a single department called the Fine and Performing Arts and Design Department, and that it will be led by Stan Cahill, who will carry the title of Director of Fine and Performing Arts and Design. In addition, Mr. Stellato announced that Mr. Cahill will serve as a member of the School's Leadership Team.
Princeton Day School is pleased to announce that thirteen students from the Upper School students were awarded 30 Scholastic Art Awards in Photography and Architecture and Industrial Design. There were a total of 10 Gold keys awarded and 8 Silver keys. Please see the full list of award winners by clicking on the headline. Congratulations to our students.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were announced this year, and 19 students from Princeton Day School won a total of 40 writing awards. Please see the full list of the award winners by clicking the headline. Five students were awarded Gold Keys, and two students who won awards are from the Middle School. Congratulations!
The Lower School community was treated to an original theater piece performed by Upper School theater students based on the children's book Steve, Raised by Wolves by Jared Chapman at a recent assembly. Theater Director in Residence Stan Cahill worked with three students from his Performance Lab class, Maggie Madani '20, Kat Lytkowski '20, and Connor McIntyre '19, to create an original children's play based on the book, which the students found in the LS Library.
Princeton Day School was honored to welcome Yaa Gyasi, author of the critically acclaimed novel Homegoing, to campus on Thursday, February 15 as this year's Anne Rothrock guest lecturer. Ms. Gyasi spoke to the Upper School community about the research she completed in Ghana while writing her novel, which PDS seniors are currently reading.
The Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is pleased to present "adaptation: an exploration of scale" featuring the work of artists Lindsay Feuer, PDS science teacher Carrie Norin, and Madelaine Shellaby, and on view from February 12 through March 8, 2018. There will be an artists' reception on Thursday, February 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The Princeton Day School Model United Nations Team competed in The Johns Hopkins Model UN Conference and won the coveted "Best Large Delegation" trophy. Faculty advisor and US history teacher Eamon Downey shared that the conference boasted a competition with 1700 delegates from nearly 150 high schools. "Our Model UN team saw that as an alluring challenge," he noted.
Mini-Course Week, one of the year's most popular Middle School events, took place from February 12-15. Mini-Course Week is a signature Princeton Day School program of interdisciplinary and experiential education that provides a wonderful learning opportunity for our students.
The entire Princeton Day School community is invited to a special Black History Month celebration on Monday, February 12, from 4:00-5:15 p.m. in the Campus Center. We are honored to welcome author, philosopher, and activist Dr. Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, as our keynote speaker.
Princeton Day School students pursue their passions and follow their creativity in the classroom, and often outside of the classroom, as well. One of our Upper School students, Brendan Bucceri '19, had the opportunity to spend his winter break at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton, CA, where he participated in advanced training in underwater robotics for the US Navy Sea Cadet Corps.
Princeton Day School is pleased to welcome Nate Green, a nationally-recognized expert on digital literacy, to campus on Friday, February 9. He will meet with parents at a Parents Association coffee in the morning, and then present to our Middle and Upper School students in assemblies during the day about the importance of creating a positive digital footprint, consuming edifying information on the web, and building a digital portfolio.
The Upper School Spring Musical will be performed on the McAneny Stage on Thursday, February 22, Friday, February 23, and Saturday, February 24. Given the critical acclaim the Princeton Day School theater program keeps receiving (here is a recent Washington Post article), this is one you won't want to miss. Purchase your tickets here.
On Thursday, February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the McAneny Theater, the Princeton Day School College Counseling Office will host an evening program for juniors and their parents. We are honored to welcome Katie Chaszczewski, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at The University of Chicago, Evelyn Thimba, Vice President and Dean of Admissions at Drexel University, and Rebecca Bushnell '70, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Board of Trustees at Princeton Day School.
Earlier this week, the Princeton Day School Kindergartners paraded through the Lower School to celebrate Mardi Gras. There were sparkling floats, creative hobby horses (even a unicorn!), decorative masks and costumes, and beads everywhere. Our faculty joined the fun, too, in full costume, and dancing through the halls with the students. Also happening in the Lower School is a continued focus on leadership, particularly in the 4th grade.
Noah Liao '17, a gifted architecture student at Princeton Day School is currently in his freshman year at Cornell University where he is studying architecture, and came back to campus to present one of his projects to David Burkett's architecture class. The project was a rigorous, semester-long design challenge: Noah needed to create a structure based on the theme of an animal; in his case, a manatee.
In this week's faculty meeting at Princeton Day School, Head of School Paul Stellato announced news about two faculty members: Upper School Science Teaching Fellow Thomas Pettengill had a research paper published by Springer-Verlag, and Lower School Librarian Jenny Mischner recently presented at three conferences about her work with students in creating green-screen book talks.
Senior Kyra Hall had the opportunity to present at the IgniteSTEM Conference at Princeton University about her experiences studying at the Island School in Eleuthera, the Bahamas. Kyra participated in a semester at the Island School in the fall of her junior year focusing on sustainability, leadership, and scientific research.
Congratulations to Coach Jill Thomas who was inducted into the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame on January 28 in a ceremony at the Mercer Oaks Country Club. Jill has been the Varsity Girls Lacrosse coach at Princeton Day School for 20 years, where she has has coached more than 100 teams and has 500+ career wins.
Princeton Day School played host to a packed house of fans yesterday at Lisa McGraw '44 Skating Rink to watch Varsity Boys Ice Hockey face off against Lawrenceville. It was a fast and aggressive game, where one team or the other was almost always a man up. PDS scored first with a goal from Coby Auslander '19. Former Panther Matt Mannahan answered for Lawrenceville. Senior Russell Friedman's goal made it 2-1 and an empty net goal from Union commit Nic Petruolo '18 sealed it for the Panthers, 3-1.