Monthly Archives: November 2014

A trip to Dia:Beacon for Canstruction inspiration

The wonderful Canstruction® JR project began in earnest the end of November. Every grade 6 student has a role in this endeavor that combines engineering, art, community outreach, social justice and a dose of mild competition. This year’s structure is still … Continue reading

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Learning is… A day for the 7-8 to explore the PDS Learning is… Commitments

  You can interpret learning in many different ways. Most posts on this blog so far are categorized by at least one of the strategic plan’s Learning is… commitments. Students in the 7-8 worked to understand learning in the ways … Continue reading

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Tinkering with sixth grade

I’ve spent this first trimester tinkering with the sixth graders. Most of our classes were spent learning how to wire a circuit and program a light to flash. It was challenging! Today was our last class with David, and he … Continue reading

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Service that’s more than just showing up

Friday marked our last day of “official” service learning for this fall. In August, the teachers made a deliberate effort to hit the gold standard of service learning when we asked ourselves, “How might we get students involved in active projects … Continue reading

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Makers from the Middle

Hope you’ve heard– we are having a Maker Faire at PDS! The big day is coming right up, on Saturday November 15 starting at 10am. The middle school will be represented in a couple of projects. In Karl’s service learning group, … Continue reading

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Being in two places at once

Ever wish you could be in two places at once? Sixth grade humanities and seventh grade English teacher Shirley managed to do just that earlier this week. Shirley has had to rest at home for a few days, and as … Continue reading

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College Information Night for Eighth Grade Parents

College is a still a few years away for middle school students, but here are a few reasons why parents of eighth graders might want to attend our college information night: 1. College Counseling is an important part of our … Continue reading

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