The Importance of Play for Middle Schoolers

Posted on February 12th, 2018 by swarren
Our Middle Schoolers delight in heading outside twice a day to seek out opportunities for unstructured play on the playground and fields at PDS. Combined, these two periods allow our students to experience forty-five minutes a day of unstructured time

Intensive Studies

Posted on February 12th, 2018 by swarren
Offerings for this Semester In January, students in grades 8-12 began a new semester of intensive study courses (These classes run on a different schedule than other courses – early Jan through early May). One of the feature programs of

Why Teach with an Interdisciplinary Approach?

Posted on January 16th, 2018 by swarren
Using Opportunities for Deep Learning High School English teacher, Jeffrey Fisher, chose Macbeth as the English Literature summer reading, knowing that the theater department had selected it for their Fall production.  Within the literature courses, students analyzed the play in

The Power of a Question

Posted on January 16th, 2018 by swarren
Crafting Questions This weeks Moment focuses on our students as they craft questions, as part of our recent Intensive Study day. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (lnk), we asked them to spend 10 minutes ‘question storming’ around these

The Extraordinary in the Everyday

Posted on January 16th, 2018 by swarren
When a deep learning moment is happening, it looks so natural, and flows so well that it can appear effortless. But in education, there has to be a choreographer behind the scenes intentionally moving bodies and minds to spaces that

Making a Difference

Posted on January 15th, 2018 by swarren
Our Civic Engagement and Service Learning course has been focusing on issues of poverty, affordable housing and social justice on both a national and local level. As part of this process, we have partnered with Dutchess County Habitat for Humanity

ESL Students Visit the Pre-K

Posted on January 15th, 2018 by swarren
Sharing Chinese Culture with the Pre-K In November, the 9/10 ESL class visited the pre-K classroom to share cultural traditions through conversation and storybooks. Before visiting, the ESL students researched children’s books about the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in China and

Making Music Matters

Posted on January 15th, 2018 by swarren
“The power of music and the plasticity of the brain go together quite strikingly, especially in young people” Dr. Oliver Sacks Each morning, the Middle School Learning Commons and courtyard are alive with the sound of music. The deep reverberations

What’s Happening in the Middle School in After School Enrichments

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by gillianeames
The Power of Persuasion “Who here likes to argue?” Malorie Seeley-Sherwood asks MS students. From the hands raised, it is apparent that most students are eager to hash out a heated discussion or two with their peers. How to prove

Lower School Assemblies

Posted on October 31st, 2017 by swarren
Every Wednesday morning the entire lower school gathers in the Chapman room for a weekly assembly. The structure of the forum is simple. Each week a different class spends time canvassing all the classes to find out who might like