Category Archives: Values Integrity

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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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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Commemorating Peacemakers

This week we honor and reflect upon people who have challenged the status quo and improved social justice in their communities. We hold this event annually as an All School Activity called Peacemakers. The name Peacemakers is relatively recent at … Continue reading

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