Category Archives: Values Courage

Not Exactly Scary, but Takes Courage

At PDS, we’ve had student-led conferences since 2004, when my predecessor, George Swain, introduced them to our middle school. We started with a pilot for just grade 8, but quickly included seventh graders. The sixth grade followed suit a few … Continue reading

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Eighth Ends the Year…and Middle School

By the end of each school year, the teachers and I can all glimpse the future high schoolers that the eighth graders will soon become. At this point in the year, they have registered for their high school courses, and … Continue reading

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Lego Missions

Who doesn’t love a robot? Even with robots in our daily lives, it is still a fantasy to think of what else could be engineered to help us. Our sixth graders work each spring, to imagine robots. They also spend … Continue reading

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Preparing to Lead a Conference

I kinda like it. It’s nice to have some responsibility. It’s good to show my parents my perspective. Leading a conference sounds like an ambitious undertaking. The leader has the responsibility for making sure that all attendees learn and all … Continue reading

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Food Bowl 2016

Sixth grade students returned to school triumphant this week after completing the Food Bowl build. Continue reading

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Music for Every Student

  We use the letters MSLC to represent our middle school learning commons, and our middle school learning community. It was all about the community in our first ever, middle school concert. This fall, we undertook an ambitious program. Every … Continue reading

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Food Bowl Launches Design 2016

What if you could create a school program that combined empathy for the cause of food justice with engineering, design and English Language Arts? What if that very program required collaboration with organizations outside of school, as well as massive … Continue reading

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