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Summer School

The morning glories and lilies are in bloom in the courtyard garden. The thistles bloom at the edge of the woods where the blackberries are ripening. The soccer pitch is silent and no-one is cheering from the bench. The flag […] 

Nuts! A Tale of Morality and Medicine

Do you like eating nuts? You do? And so do squirrels, but even squirrels can eat too many. Tippety Nippet was a squirrel and he was VERY fond of nuts; but once he ate far too many, as you shall […] 

College Disorder

You may have seen this article in this week’s New York Times: Colleges Join Forces on a Web Presence to Let Prospective Students Research and Compare This is good news. It’s encouraging to see colleges taking the initiative to do […] 

Truth in Advertising


PDS Teacher Honored

Here’s a link to today’s Poughkeepsie Journal about the grants awarded to upper school history teacher Bernadette Condessa. Congratulations Bernadette.  

The Weekend

The view from Huckleberry Point in the Platte Clove Preserve just before the rainstorm. Saturday June 17th …and along the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Sunday June 18th.  

Connect Joy to Neuroscience

In their zeal to raise test scores, too many policymakers wrongly assume that students who are laughing, interacting in groups, or being creative with art, music, or dance are not doing real academic work. The result is that some teachers […] 

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


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