Tag Archives: creativity

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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Winterfest 2015

  We had a warm and community focused ending to this amazing week. The last school week of 2015 could not have been better– from Food Bowl to Mozambique to the concert and today’s end of year festivities, everyone shone. … 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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The Poetry was Good, and then the Interaction Got Even Better

Last week, the seventh graders added to their artistic exploration of the novel Chains, written by Laurie Halse Anderson, by performing skits based on scenes in the novel. This, in addition to their already fine work with poetry around the novel. … Continue reading

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Poetry for Connection, Creativity and Collaboration

No one should be surprised to see poetry in a middle school history class at PDS. And, no one should be surprised to see the English and history teacher work collaboratively with the seventh grade, as they read a novel, … Continue reading

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