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Learning Buds, Winter 2023 – Letter from Spiro

Dear families, Welcome to our Winter edition of “Learning Buds”, our Lower School Newsletter. It is hard to explain what we do here in our Lower School in words; only being here every day makes it possible to understand. Seeing…

2022-2023 Faculty and Staff

Jeffrey Fisher – Upper School Humanities Teacher, College Counseling Team. Jeff received his Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary Medieval Studies program at Yale University in 1997, where he took courses and served as a teaching assistant in the English, History, Religious…

2021 Summer Program Safety Guidelines

  The number of students enrolled in summer programs has been capped this year to allow for smaller class sizes and easier social distancing.  Program check-in and check-out will take place outside under a tent. Parents, guardians, and other family…

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a newly diagnosed respiratory illness. We have been closely monitoring guidance from the county, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State and professional private school organizations to shape our response to…

2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Recognition

Congratulations to Nachman Kaul-Seidman ’20 for being one of twenty-three students from the mid-Hudson Valley being named semi-finalists, and to Sobia Hosain ’20 for being named a Commended Student, in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship…

Speaking with Colleges

As part of our college process, we invite college reps onto campus to speak with small groups of juniors and seniors. Gabe Smiley, our Director of College Counseling, personally invites a wide variety of colleges and universities to give our…

Fall Athletic Teams for Grades 9-12

                PDS is fielding four teams this fall: Varsity Cross Country Varsity Girls Volleyball Varsity Boys Soccer Varsity Girls Soccer Our coaches are all set, you can find contact information on the Athletics…

Scaffolding Towards Mastery

One of the many strategies employed by teachers across all grade levels and divisions is that of scaffolding. Instructional scaffolding is the process through which a teacher helps their students make progress towards, and eventually achieve, mastery level work or…

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…