Category Archives: Values Contribution

Eighth Grade Moves Up, thanks to John Dewey

The Class of 2021 has finished its middle school years and is getting ready for high school. On June 12, we celebrated this rite of passage at our Middle School Moving Up event. Here are my opening remarks, sending them … 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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True Service Learning Couples Awareness and Agency

A student walked into my office today, with great excitement. She and her mom had taken time after school to deliver a play kitchen to the downtown Poughkeepsie daycare where some of our students volunteered during this year’s service learning … 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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Celebrations on June 14, 2016

The end of the year brings many celebrations: completed work, successful projects, moving on to a new grade in the fall, moving up into a new division. This year, we added one more celebration to middle school: We celebrated decades … Continue reading

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Chorus Sings at The Landing

All on the same stretch of Boardman Road,came two debuts this fall: We established a chorus in the middle school and a retirement residence, The Landing, opened up across the street from our campus. With both new endeavors up and … Continue reading

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