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Moving up: Words of Wisdom

When you have an idea don’t keep it inside you. Speak up and say what you have to say. Even if you don’t think it’s a good idea, it might be to others once they hear it – Clare If […] 

Strategic Plan delivered

There was no fanfare of trumpets or marching band but the PDS Strategic Plan arrived on Monday. Victoria accepted delivery of the bound copies for distribution to the Board of Trustees. The Board unanimously approved the plan at its meeting […] 

What’s the difference between school and prison?

I take my title from Gary Stager. Read his commentary and research to answer the question for yourself. (To read about Gary’s visit to PDS: click here)  

The High School – Original Research and a Car Wash

Learning is all about making meaning; seeking and making meaning are what human beings do. Schools have the opportunity to enhance, enrich and accelerate that process, or merely get in the way of it with meaningless busy work, endless testing […] 

Memories: “…one cannot get another set.”

You see, there are all those early memories; one cannot get another set; one has but those. Willa Cather, Shadows on the Rock I sometimes think of Cather’s words when I visit the classrooms or the playground or attend the […] 

Dancing and Drumming

First there was an intensive and interdisciplinary study of Ghana and West Africa including geography, science, history, literature and art. Then there was the division-wide theater presentation based on folktales. The trip to the Bronx Zoo was the end point […] 

King Kong meets Mosca Humana – the human fly

King Kong meets Mosca Humana – the human fly. Well – they don’t quite meet as they are in different plays. It was the 7th and 8th grade Scene night: Eight new student plays. King Kong on trial, pirates in […] 

A Very Full Afternoon and Evening


W is for …

This picture has a dollop of peanut butter on one edge, a smear of grape jelly on the other, and an X across the whole thing. I cut it out of a magazine for homework when I was six years […] 

Ancient and Modern: Αρχαίος και σύγχρονος

Friday evening was Greek Fest time for the fifth and sixth grades – the full costume culmination of an intensive humanities study that encompassed history, literature, and art. Η Παρασκευή βράδυ ήταν ελληνικός χρόνος Fest για τις πέμπτες και έκτες […] 

Change Again

Within the past 50 years, we’ve seen our country move from an industrial economy to an information-based economy. Now, early in the 21st century, it appears we are shifting to an innovation-based economy, one that requires what the psychologist Robert […] 

“Take One Picture” Hat Parade

Inspired by the Lower School Take One Picture project the Kindergarten made hats. Their hat parade was a great hit at Kenyon House. For more information about the Breugel painting and the origins of this project see Spring.  

Insects and Villains

If there was a villain in the Animal Tails of African Tales Lower School show it was perhaps the mosquito. Here, to provide some balance on behalf of the world of insects and their all-important place in our biospere, is […] 

More Animal Tails

A few pictures from the wonderful Lower School performance. Most of these were taken at the Friday’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day showing. Click to enlarge.  

A Grand Grandfriends Day

Some came from New York City and much further – including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Denmark. Other came from closer to school but all were welcome at the annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day. We gathered in the dining […] 

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