Category Archives: Values Creativity

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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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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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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Food Bowl 2016

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

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Inventions are Living History

  A key to making learning interesting is to connect the content to the lives of students. This can be tricky in history, when everything one studies is in the past. Connections are burgeoning this year for seventh graders, as … Continue reading

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