Category Archives: Values Self-awareness

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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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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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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Food Bowl 2016

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

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Commitment, Collaboration and Contribution but not Competition Makes our Science Symposium Engaging

I began the symposium year with great optimism, and even as the hard work set in I managed to preserve this. Just before we left for winter break, each seventh and eighth grader made a commitment to begin to answer … Continue reading

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Writing Letters about Literature

Have you ever loved a book so much that you had a conversation with it, or with its author, explaining what the work meant to you? Many readers have felt that way over and over again. This winter, our seventh … Continue reading

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