PDS Blog

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…

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…