PDS Blog

Food Bowl 2019

Project Based Learning – Food Bowl 2019! Our Grade 6 & 7 students are participating in Food Bowl Hudson Valley, A Poughkeepsie Day School Community Project this year. This year, PDS is participating along with Randolph School and Green Chimneys.…

Recent Play – The Youth of Taurus Charter

While each class that a student takes, holds within it, the power to unleash deep personal growth, drama can be an especially remarkable force in this respect. Through collaboration and communication, drama cultivates a set of life skills that helps…

A Constant Conversation

Alyssa and her adviser, Jake, discussing her academic goals. Student Reports As we head towards the completion of Trimester Two, and the publishing of Trimester Two reports on March 15th, our students and faculty have been engaging in important feedback…

All Rise

In January, our eighth grade English students went to see To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway. About the Play Aaron Sorkin’s play adaptation diverges from the novel in several different ways, but perhaps the most significant difference is the overall…

Host a Senior Intern in May 2019!

As you know, a major goal of the new PDS Chamber of Commerce is to provide avenues for parents and the community to lend their expertise to enhance our amazing school programs. With that in mind, the Chamber is partnering…

Local Immigrant Stories

Investigating stories using primary source materials As part of our yearlong study of migration, our fourth graders had an exciting visit this week from Sarah Litvin who is the first director for the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History…

A Community of Learners

Peer Tutoring Program One of the numerous benefits we have as a PK-12 school is the cross-division interactions that happen each day at PDS. One example of this is our ‘Peer Tutoring’ program, it provides middle schoolers with the opportunity…

Practicing Gratitude

Zori writing her Attitude of Gratitude card Thanksgiving break heralds the end of fall season, and the beginning of winter. It is at this time that school seems to settle down, students find a groove, and we reach a level…

Democracy Matters

A Presentation on Money and Politics Along with high schoolers, our 8th grade students attended a thoughtful and informative presentation recently by Dr. Joan Mandle on the topic of ‘Money and Politics’. Joan Mandle has been the Executive Director of…

Learning to Draw and Sketch

Practicing Their Drawing Ability The Lower School Visual Art program is designed to offer students Pre-K through Grade Five experiences in exploring, evaluating, analyzing, and creating art. Critical to the program is the notion that the arts, as a whole,…