Not Exactly Scary, but Takes Courage

Posted on April 20th, 2017 by Laura Graceffa
At PDS, we’ve had student-led conferences since 2004, when my predecessor, George Swain, introduced them to our middle school. We started with a pilot for just grade 8, but quickly included seventh graders. The sixth grade followed suit a few
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PDS PA meeting date change – Now on April 28 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Posted on April 19th, 2017 by kimcarpenter
The PDS Parents Association is trying a new day and time to provide more parents the opportunity to attend our meeting. The original meeting, scheduled on April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., has been rescheduled to Friday, April
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Trout and High School Science Buddies

Posted on April 6th, 2017 by Mary Ellen Kenny
By Lynn Fordin, Grade 2 teacher The second grade class is studying the Hudson River this year. This immersion is truly an example of an integrated curriculum. It transcends traditional classroom boundaries in so many ways. Today, for example, our
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April 4, Capitol

Posted on April 5th, 2017 by Laura Graceffa
Framework of the day: We left the 4-H Center at 8:33am. We returned at 9:30pm. My Fitbit has logged 20025 steps and 8 miles. This was truly the quietest group at night that I have ever been on a PDS
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April 3, NMAAHC and Arrival

Posted on April 4th, 2017 by Laura Graceffa
We made it out of town, no sweat! Thank you to all at home who managed to rouse the sleepy this morning for our on time departure. It was a little eery to be at school when almost no one
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Spring Cleaning? De-cluttering? We’re here to help! 

Posted on April 4th, 2017 by kimcarpenter
Donate your used books (gently used children’s books, cookbooks, thrillers, fiction, non-fiction, books that you had to read for work, etc.) to the PDS Parents Association. You can drop them off at the school near the gym doors between now
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“Leadership” and College Applications

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by gabesmiley
In the New York Times a few weeks ago, there was a very interesting opinion piece by Susan Cain titled “Followers Wanted.” As the piece points out, because many colleges express that their admissions teams strongly value “leadership,” many young
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Evening Garden Party and Live Auction

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by Andrea Tufts
The 2017 PDS Evening Garden Party & Live Auction taking place on Saturday, April 1, from 6-9pm, at Bad Seed Cider Co. (43 Bailey’s Gap Road, Highland, NY, 12528) is SOLD OUT! You can still support the event by: –
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Registration for the Largest Summer Program Ever!

Posted on March 31st, 2017 by Andrea Tufts
Registration is now open for our largest summer program ever! It has three unique themes: Maker Camps (ages 7–13) include coding, programming and game design, 3D Printing, Minecraft, LEGO® Mindstorms® stop-motion animation, engineering and science. Young Adventures Camps (ages 4–11)
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Storytelling Through Fiber Art

Posted on March 29th, 2017 by Mary Ellen Kenny
By Rachel Silverman, grade 1 teacher The first grade has been engaged in an exciting cross-divisional collaboration with the kindergarten, 5th grade and a group of high school students in which we are exploring storytelling through textiles. Phase one of
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