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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that - Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King did not only say these words — he lived these words. He lived a life of purpose, sacrifice, and example, shining the light and love of Jesus into some very dark places. He believed all men and women are created by God and in the image of God, and he believed that standing up for the oppressed was worth dying for. Dr. King was one of America’s greatest Pacesetters. His example is still worth following today. This is why our country, our city, and our school celebrate his life with a national holiday. This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are three ways we can honor the life of Dr. King:

Last modified on January 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the faculty and staff of PDS, thank you for sending your sons to our wonderful school. This time of year can be cold outside, but there is an incredible spirit and warmth inside our building. Not only are the boys working hard to be critical and creative thinkers, but they are also building their character. I get to see this character in action on the basketball courts, in the hallways, and at recess. Our students are gearing up for future success in Lego Robotics, Destination Imagination and an amazing series of After-School Adventures. I believe our school is stronger than it has ever been.

Each year we deliver standardized testing to our students in second through sixth grade. While these tests only provide a snapshot of how a boy is doing on a particular day, as a school we look at these scores and are able to see trends of how our school is doing in comparison to strong public schools and independent schools from around the country. While this year’s results are not yet available, I am pleased to report that year after year PDS exceeds the local, state and national norms for both public and independent schools. We are a school that is recognized around our country for strong academics and a commitment to character education. Just last week I had requests from schools in Colorado, Ohio, and Maine to visit our school and learn about our unique and signature programs.

This Friday our re-enrollment contracts will be distributed electronically. We would love for you to return these contracts by Friday, February 1. The Board of Trustees has recently met to determine tuition for next year. During my tenure, we have been careful to cut costs and to keep tuition increases to a minimum. Our budget is largely based on personnel costs and an increase in salary for our teachers creates an increase in tuition. Please CLICK HERE to access the tuition costs for next year.

Thank you for your steadfast commitment to PDS. As we continue to grow boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, we know how important it is to partner with families. I am hosting a parent coffee on Wednesday, January 30 from 8:00–8:45 am in the Campbell Board Room. There will not be an agenda for this meeting as it will be an opportunity to discuss whatever is on your mind.

All the best,

Steve Hancock
Headmaster


Do you know random facts about countries around the world? Love to study maps? The Geography Bee is just for you! All 5th and 6th grade boys are invited to participate. The bee will be held on January 28 in the EC Hussey Commons. We will begin at 3:15 and will finish at approximately 5:00. We encourage anyone interested to participate. The Bee is closed to parents and students except for the participants. Anyone wishing to participate should be prepared to stay until the end of the bee.

More information about the National Geographic Bee and study materials

The winner will take an online test to qualify for the Tennessee state bee, which will be held in Nashville later this spring.

Email Darilyn Christenbury if you plan to participate or have questions.


Dear 4th–6th Grade Parents,

As you know, Sunday, February 3rd is PDS Sunday. This is a special day in the life of PDS as we celebrate our long-standing relationship with Second Presbyterian Church, which founded PDS in 1949 and remains a close and significant friend to the school. PDS Sunday is an important way for our boys to connect with our school’s history through participation and leadership in this worship service.

The parents and families of all boys are invited. PDS Sunday is a fabulous opportunity for us to worship together as a PDS community. We believe that students, parents and teachers all singing and praising God together is beautiful way to celebrate what God is doing at PDS, throughout Memphis and the world. For more on how we are designed to worship see our recent blog post: Worship: An Invitation To The Joy You Were Made For.

Important information regarding PDS Sunday:

  • Boys in 4th–6th grade should be dropped off in the gym between 10:15–10:30 that morning.
  • PDS Sunday is a required school day for boys in 4th–6th grade.
  • Dress for all boys is a navy blazer, white shirt, red tie, khaki pants, and dress shoes.
  • All family members are invited to attend the service, which begins at 11:00am in the Sanctuary.
  • If you are not attending the service, please have a predetermined pick-up location arranged with your son for after the service. The service ends at 12:15.

If for some reason your son will not be in attendance, please let his homeroom teacher know in advance. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Sincerely,
Mark Fruitt
Principal of the Elementary Division


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B100 (Church)
8:15 am
Meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Join other moms in praying for our boys, families, faculty, and school.

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Sanctuary
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Parents welcome!

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