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Farewell to the Seniors: 2017

Our last All School Activity for this year carried on the tradition of bidding farewell to the seniors. The task for groups was to make a magic wand and write a special spell. One of the favorite “Caffeinator” to make … Continue reading

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Are We Running Out of Juice?

Early in the faculty meetings planning for this year, Jake Lahey, our 7-8 history teacher, wondered if we might create an interdisciplinary study that asked students to consider the history and processes that humans use to get energy from the earth. … Continue reading

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Build a Machine to Get to Know You

Because we prize community at PDS, we deliberately set aside time to gather in multi-age groups for an activity about once a month. We end our small group activity with a whole school gathering. Septembers have “firsts” with great frequency, … Continue reading

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The Artist Barbara Beisinghoff Visits 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 grants program. Silke von der … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 team races and basically just enjoy getting to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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