PDS Blog

PDS PA Meeting on February 14: Ask a Division Head!

At our next meeting, the lower, middle and high school division heads will share program highlights (including new plans on the horizon!) and answer your questions about the PDS curriculum. Here are the remaining PA meetings for the year: Thursday,…


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,…

The Mystery Skype

On a recent Wednesday, Malorie and her 6th grade Humanities class participated in what is known as a ‘Mystery Skype.’ A Mystery Skype is a 45-60 minute critical thinking challenge that classes take part in while skyping with another class…

Ethic of Service

Our Service Learning Program Each October, Middle School advisors put together a service learning program which they facilitate for three straight “A Days” in our ten day cycle. Service learning is an important part of our PK-12 program at PDS,…