The Artist Barbara Beisinghoff Visits PDS

Barbara Beisinghoff at PDS PDS, and the middle school in particular, were fortunate to have the internationally known artist Barbara Beisinghoff spend a day on campus. Barbara was brought to Poughkeepsie by Vassar College through their Creative Arts Across Disciplines…

Essential Questions: Starting the First Week off Right

In a school like PDS, where teachers are advisors, and where we spend so much time getting to know students well, it doesn’t take long to “get down to work,” in the subject areas. In all classes, teachers and students…

A Day on the Fields for Middle School

A Day on the Fields for Middle School It’s a long tradition that near to the start of the year, the middle school students and advisors spend a day outside. Students work to solve game-like problems together, engage in some…

Opening Day, So Far, So Good

We’re back! After our separate summers of action, our middle school learning community began to reform, today, for the new school year. It was a day of getting acquainted and reacquainted. In whole group meetings, and in advisory, students learned…

Remembering Moving Up as We Start to Gear Up

The Class of 2020 photo op! In June we celebrate each student moving up to the next grade, with a special emphasis on the eighth graders. As they finish the “grammar school” part of their educations, they have much to…

Celebrations on June 14, 2016

The end of the year brings many celebrations: completed work, successful projects, moving on to a new grade in the fall, moving up into a new division. This year, we added one more celebration to middle school: We celebrated decades…

Eighth Grade Ends the Year…and Middle School

By the end of each school year, the teachers and I can all glimpse the future high schoolers that the eighth graders will soon become. At this point in the year, they have registered for their high school courses, and…

Seventh Graders Deepen Learning at the End of the Year

While grade six works on research papers and presents Lego missions, grade seven is deep in the midst of grappling with proportional thinking in math and literary analysis in English. Of all the concepts in middle school math, the leap…

Lego Missions in Grade 6

Who doesn’t love a robot? Even with robots in our daily lives, it is still a fantasy to think of what else could be engineered to help us. Our sixth graders work each spring, to imagine robots. They also spend…

Almost Time to Finish Up

Counting down until the end of the school year is a bittersweet experience. Sometimes it seems as though just when we have the students performing at their highest level, the year is over. The end of the year is full…