Each Thursday in December will be PCDS Tax Credit Thursday to raise awareness of how you can redirect your Arizona state taxes to support scholarships for PCDS students through the Arizona Independent School Scholarship Foundation (AISSF). It’s easy and a win-win for everyone— check out this video to learn more!
Congratulations to Alicia Wu for recently representing PCDS and Arizona at the All National Honor Ensembles Concert Band in Orlando, Florida. She was the first chair flute in the country, and spent three days playing with 150 of the other top high school musicians in the country. Congratulations on this fabulous experience, Alicia!
Congratulations to the Upper School Math Club, which competed in the recent Math League Qualifying Competition. With a team of just five participants, PCDS placed second as a team, and the following students were recognized individually among the 100+ competitors from throughout Arizona:
Sky Travis: 3rd among juniors and 3rd overall
Kelly Culpepper: 4th among juniors and 5th overall
Caden Mikkelsen: 2nd among sophomores and 10th overall
Ethan Cohen: 7th among sophomores and 19th overall
Sammy Travis: 1st among freshmen and 24th overall
Many thanks to the entire PCDS community for supporting the Annual Turkey Drive this morning. Through your generosity, PCDS will be donating 631 turkeys to the Valley’s needy families through St. Mary’s Food Bank. As today started, St. Mary’s was 500 turkeys short of their goal, and we’re proud to push them over their mark! Click here to read more about our efforts highlighted in the PV Independent.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
The Middle School had a wonderful Diwali Celebration this morning, complete with student presentations, food, traditional dancing, and lots of fun!
Thanks, Arizona Republic, for the cover story of today’s print issue! If you haven’t read the incredible article about senior Jake Sarver and his journey to the game-winning goal of the state soccer championship. Click here to read Jake’s remarkable story.
Congratulations to the PCDS Middle School Speech & Debate team— they competed in their first tournament of the year this weekend at Mountain View High School in Mesa, and took home the championship! Between both the MS and US Speech & Debate teams, PCDS had 110 debaters competing this weekend in the tournament! Great job, everyone!
Last week, the PCDS fifth grade had an illuminating science field trip to Biosphere II. The students and chaperones learned about biomes, ecology, and how various ecosystems interact. It was a great way to learn beyond the classroom!
Check out the recent profile of Niamh Campbell, courtesy of In the Zona Magazine!
Take a look at the amazing bottle rockets students created in Mr. Root’s Middle School science class! Students studied Newton’s Third Law of Motion, and its impact on the design of their rockets. For this challenge, they needed to build a durable, aerodynamic rocket, then select the right combination of launch angle, volume of water in the bottle, and air pressure in the bottle to hit a target in center field. A few groups actually hit the target dead on! A smart and fun experience for all!
Congratulations to the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team on their epic state championship! The team won in thrilling fashion— in penalty kicks after overtime periods. Congratulations to the team and coaches on this monumental achievement! Click here to read the AZ Central article about the game.
On Wednesday, the 9th and 10th grade engaged in a day full of service activities, capped by class bonding experiences. The students collected over 2000 items and filled 55 boxes with relief aid for families in Mexico, Houston, Key West and Puerto Rico recovering from recent natural disasters.
It’s an amazing time to be an Eagle student-athlete! Our Varsity teams are entering the fall sports playoffs and our Middle School teams are preparing for tournament day next week. Varsity Volleyball plays tonight at PCDS, while Varsity Soccer plays the #1 seed in the state tournament tomorrow in Gilbert. Cross Country runs in sectionals tomorrow, and Swim & Dive have their state meet next week!
On Friday, beyond all of the fun of Blue + Gold, the entire Middle School suspended classes in order to take part in HumanKIND@PCDS— an event centered around identity, diversity, and kindness among our Middle School students. The day featured conversations led by Upper School students, guest speakers, and lots of fun!
Next week, PCDS presents the Upper School fall play, Robin Hood. There will be a special preview performance on Thursday afternoon, with evening performances on Friday and Saturday. Be sure to visit www.pcds.org/playtickets to reserve your seats soon, as tickets will sell out fast!
Were you among the thousands of PCDS community members who laughed along and celebrated the close of the THRIVE Campaign at the 50th Annual Blue + Gold celebration on Friday night? Be sure to watch (and rewatch) the epic closing movie for the THRIVE Campaign, “THRIVE: The Finale”.
Many thanks to the entire PCDS community for transforming this school through the historic THRIVE Campaign. Though the THRIVE flags are coming down today, the spirit of philanthropy and the bonds of community created by this campaign never end. PCDS: HEY, HEY THRIVE!
Highlights from Friday’s epic Blue + Gold pep rally can be found in our Media Gallery. Many thanks to all of the students and faculty for their spirit and the PCDS Student Senate for organizing a fantastic event!
Yesterday at lunch, PCDS welcomed Columbia University scientist, NASA astronaut, and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mike Massimino and Columbia University Dean of Admissions Jessica Marinaccio for a special conversation about Dr. Massimino’s experiences in science and space. Dr. Massimino’s parting words to our students: “There’s a difference between something being impossible and something being unlikely… the only way something becomes impossible is when you give up. My best piece of advice to all of you is never give up.” Many thanks to Columbia University and Dr. Massimino for this inspiring visit as our students continue to reach for the stars!
Today, a favorite Upper School Spirit Week tradition took place: The Annual Boat Regatta! New to this year’s event, the top finishers in the student race squared off against a faculty boat in a long-course race. In a stunning turn of events, the Upper School faculty boat won!
This week the Class of 2022 and their Upper School leaders snorkeled, kayaked, discovered art in nature, participated in team building activities, and tackled a high ropes course on beautiful Catalina Island. We are proud of our students for facing their fears and pushing their limits!