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Speaking with Colleges

Hampshire College visited September 26, 2018 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…

PDS PA First Meeting – Thursday, Sept 20 at 8:30am

The PDS Parents Association (PA) is having its first meeting this Thursday, September 20 at 8:30 a.m. in Gilkeson Center. All PDS parents are part of the PA and invited to attend meetings and get involved. The PA helps with…

Books and Volunteers Needed for the Used Book Fair!

It’s that time of the year when you can de-clutter for a cause! Please consider donating books to the Annual PDSPA Used Book Fair taking place on May 3 (9-3:30) and May 4 (9-4). We’re grateful for all genres of…

April PDS PA Meeting to Focus on PDS Math Program

April PDS PA Meeting to Focus on PDS Math Program Join us for the next PDS Parents Association (PA) meeting scheduled for this Tuesday, April 24 @ 8:30am in Gilkeson Center. We’re pleased to announce that the first 30 minutes…

Middle School at the Midpoint

Cedar reads through her reports In Daniel Pink’s new book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, the author dedicates an entire chapter to the importance of ‘midpoints’. Often times in the various stories that make up our lives, we…

Meaningful School Assemblies

At PDS, the high school assembly is a valued part of our school rhythm and culture. There are two types of assemblies: (1) the shorter more regular gathering, aka “morning meetings” (15 minutes) happens every other day and is part…

Stand and Deliver

Students presenting their work on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to our PreK-12 Assembly When entering a classroom in the Middle School it is not the teachers voice that directs the space, but rather it’s the student voices. At PDS,…

Encountering A New Language

The Way We Learn Language At PDS, content matters. Exposure to a wide range of ideas matters. More than this, the way we learn matters. The emphasis on deepening understanding of principles and foundations takes priority over “covering” a vast…

The Practice of Focused Sustained Reading

When it comes to the skill of reading, the Middle School years are formative. This is the time in their development when sophisticated reading skills begin to allow students to analyze literature and master content. It is also during this…