There was lots of fun at this morning’s Lower School Swim Exhibition at the Dady Aquatic & Tennis Center. Great job, swimmers and coaches, and many thanks to all the parents that came out to support!
Mark your calendars for The 50th Annual PCDS Blue + Gold Celebration on Friday, October 20. This year’s event will be huge— we’re highlighting half a century of Blue + Gold as well as celebrating the close of the historic THRIVE Campaign! Much more to come!
Check out the in the ZONA profile of PCDS seniors and Co-Student Body Presidents, Ben Steiner and Olivia Najafi!
Congratulations to the 21 members of the PCDS Senior Class who have been honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The Class of 2018 has five National Merit Semifinalists and sixteen Commended Scholars recognized for scoring at the top of all Arizona juniors on last fall’s PSAT test!
The first Parenting Roundtable was a huge success yesterday, with 40+ parents joining PCDS counselors Michele Huskey and Kate Halseyfor an open discussion on topics ranging from social media to student wellness and peer counseling. The Parents’ Association will be organizing another one soon!
Last Friday’s Middle School Swim & Gym was a blast! Many thanks to the MS photography club, PCDSPress, for the amazing photos of the event!
Congratulations to the five seniors in the PCDS Class of 2018 for being named National Merit Semifinalists (L-R: Sally, Nikasha, Dara, Anika, and Sophia). Their achievement is based on the results of last fall’s PSAT test, and they are among the top scorers in the state!
Many thanks to the PV Independent for highlighting the start of what is already becoming a great PCDS school year!
This year, Upper School Head Lisa Culbertson issued a challenge to the Upper School students— know everyone on campus. On Monday at Upper School Morning Meeting, one sophomore accepted the mission…watch this video to see what happens!
Recently, the PCDS Class of 2018 had their annual Senior Class Retreat at Flagstaff Extreme. They engaged in team-building activities and ropes work to solidify their leadership and class bonds. Check out these highlights!
Today, a favorite PCDS tradition began— the Class of 2018 met with their Kindergarten Buddies in the Class of 2030 this morning for some fun playground time. Visit our Facebook page for more photos.
Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Parents’ Association Back-to-School Kick-Off today! We’re so grateful for the time and efforts of all PCDS families throughout the year!
Kids took a few moments away from Middle and Upper School Orientations this morning to check out the solar eclipse! We’re so excited for the first day of school tomorrow!
Demolition of the PCDS administration building took place yesterday. The construction of the new Shepard Welcome Center will be ongoing throughout the fall and early 2018, with an impressive new space opening in the Spring! This is the final piece of the transformative THRIVE capital campaign that has already revitalized campus with the Dady Aquatic & Tennis Center, Najafi Gymnasium & Garvin Walk of Champions, and the Shin Center for Art, Science & Innovation.
Check out the full video on our Facebook page!
Check out the recent profile of first grade teacher Ms. Meyers in Paradise Valley Lifestyle Magazine. Ms. Meyers was named one of the Valley’s most influential teachers!
For more timely coverage, The Bridge will now be published twice each calendar year- winter and summer. A separate Annual Report on Philanthropy will also be sent each fall.
This past weekend, the PCDS Middle and Upper School Speech & Debate Teams competed in the National Speech & Debate Association’s National Championship in Alabama. It was a tremendous success! A few highlights:
Middle School (Competing against over 1,000 students from around the country):
The Middle School Team was crowned NATIONAL CHAMPIONS for the second year in a row!
PCDS had 27 finalists and 5 National Champions (no other school has ever had more than 10 finalists in Nationals)!
Overall School of Excellence Award for Speech and Debate
George Nassar: National Champion in Storytelling
Victoria Moreno: National Champion in Duo Interpretation
Alexander Ashman: National Champion in Duo Interpretation
Ethan Lambert: National Champion in Prose Interpretation AND National Champion in Dramatic Interpretation
Middle School Speech & Debate National Coach of the Year for Mr. Ryan Joyce
Upper School (Competing against over 2,500 students from around the country):
School of Excellence Award in Speech
William Porter: Second in the country in Extemporaneous Speaking
Bella de Roos: Top-20 in Prose
Sophia Corridan: Top-25 in Expository
Sophia Casten: Top-30 in Informative Speaking
Ben Steiner: Top-40 in Impromptu Speaking
Rhea Tuli: Top-60 in Programmed Oral Interpretation
Olivia Najafi: Top-60 in Dramatic Interpretation
PCDS has cemented its place as one of the top Speech & Debate programs in the country! Congratulations to the students and coaches for these incredible successes!
Recently, the Pre-K and Kindergarten faculty hosted a training for early childhood educators from around the Valley, helping other teachers and learning specialists best understand Jolly Phonics and its benefits to early readers. We’re so proud to have experts in the educational field supporting our students!
Pop Quiz: What do you get when you build the best facilities in the Southwest through the generous support of the THRIVE Campaign?
Answer: The most decorated Olympian of all time stops by for a swim in the Dady Aquatic & Tennis Center.
Here’s 23-time gold medalist Michael Phelps taking a moment with two PCDS Summer Programs counselors today!
Check out recent grad Amelia D’Avanzo’s poem featured in the New York Times today! Great work, Amelia!