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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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The Food Truck Emerges

Sixth graders completed¬†their structure of a food truck, built of Goya cans, at the Poughkeepsie Galleria mall! The truck is striking for several reasons: it has a lighted sign, reading How CAN I help you? It has brightly lit headlights. … Continue reading

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Reading to Build a Bridge

This month I’ve invited parents of grade 5 students to visit with me, tour the Holford Learning Commons and hear about the middle school program. Of special interest are parts of the program that work to build a bridge between … 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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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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