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For 1st–6th Grades
In an effort to help you with purchasing your son’s required summer reading, we are partnering with Novel and having an online book fair from Monday, April 29 through May 3 at noon.
Please click on the link and choose your son’s rising grade for the required summer reading title(s) and continue through the ordering process.
The books will be sent home with the boys before the end of school. Novel will donate a percentage of the sales to PDS for the PDS Library. (This is in lieu of having the summer reading book fair at Field Day.)
Who rules? Students rule!
It was a back and forth game where students went on several 3-pointer streaks, but in the last minutes of the game, the faculty was holding onto the lead. With a buzzer beating 3-pointer that will be rembered and savored by the students for years to come, the students defeated the faculty!
The spring 2019 issue of PDS Spirit will be arriving in mailboxes starting this week.
PDS boys outperform other independent schools and the best public schools on ERB tests.
The bulk of this issue is focused on our Building Boys, Making Men character education program. Learn about how the program is integral to the PDS experience, how it is implemented and how it is continuing to grow.
The winter 2018 issue of PDS Spirit will be arriving in mailboxes starting this week.
This past year, 2018, 68 PDS alumni graduated from high school and scattered to over 35 universities across the country. Collectively they were accepted into more than 60 different schools and received over 2 million dollars in scholarship money.
It’s two days before fall break in an all boys school. Imagine the energy. Our solution to keeping boys engaged in the learning process two days before fall break is to step away from the regular routine and embrace two days of STEAM-infused learning called Fall Breakaway.
Fifth grader Madoc Michael won the 2018 Spelling Bee on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
Way to go Madoc!
The World Language program at PDS initially exposes our boys to both Mandarin and Spanish during the early childhood years. Through meaningful, enthusiastic instruction, boys learn to appreciate both languages and their cultures. Beginning in first grade, parents choose a language path for their son based on his desire for continued language study. Knowing that a second language must be acquired, world language classes are presented in the target language a majority of the time, and activities in class are based around vocabulary acquisition, through the recycling of words used in a variety of contexts.
All Mandarin and Spanish classes are designed to encourage students’ thinking about the following essential questions:
All language instruction at PDS is centered upon the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, set forth by the American Council for Teaching of Foreign Language. Widely known as the “Five Cs,” these standards overlap with our essential questions by asking students to communicate in “real-life” situations, understand culture, connect language with other subject areas, compare languages and culture, and extend learning to outside communities.
Our framework for global education at PDS is based on the belief that God has created our world and everything in it.
We have a responsibility to care for the earth and its resources. It is our desire for PDS boys to become globally competent citizens— feeling empowered to investigate the world around them and willing to communicate with a diverse audience about issues of global significance.
The PDS curriculum is centered on teaching for understanding and is aligned with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that are required to be citizens in the diverse, dynamic global world of the 21st century. PDS teachers intentionally weave grade appropriate global content and competencies into all subject areas. Cross-curricularly, students are encouraged to think deeply about global issues and seek solutions to real world problems.
Throughout their years at PDS, students are encouraged to “see a need and meet that need”. As the future leaders of not just Memphis, but the global community, it is our hope to develop during these early years the boys’ desire and disposition to become godly men who take action ethically, critically, and creatively.