The Winter 2017-18 Edition of The Bridge Magazine will be hitting your mailbox around Valentine’s Day! Check out the many community and alumni highlights in the latest issue, available online here, and arriving to all PCDS and alumni families soon!
Last night, the Middle School hosted an incredible Science Fair, showcasing the hard work and amazing ideas of our students. Many thanks to the students, parents, and faculty for supporting this great event!
Earlier this week, the Middle School held its annual Geography Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. This year’s winner was 8th grader Alexander Ashman, with 8th grader Tommy Jacobs placing runner-up. Alexander will represent PCDS in the state competition later this spring, with the opportunity to continue to the National Geography Bee and a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship! Congratulations to all of the competitors!
Congratulations to the following Upper School musicians who recently auditioned for the Western Regional Music Festival— every PCDS student who auditioned was chosen for either the band or the orchestra, which is a tremendous achievement!
Aaron Bracher, Violin
Zoe Bienert, Violin
Shea Tomlin, Violin
Cello Kati Dean, Flute
Alicia Wu, Flute
On February 16-17, the students will travel to the music festival beginning with full day rehearsals and concluding with a performance at North Canyon High School. The orchestra performance will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the band performance begins at 5:30p.m. Please plan to come out to support these incredible musicians!
On Friday, the Middle School sports teams showed up big during Tournament Day! Congratulations to all the teams, coaches, and athletes, in particular to the 7/8 Girls Soccer and 5/6 Boys Basketball team that each won Championships, and the 5/6 Girls Soccer and 7/8 Boys Basketball teams that finished runners-up. Great work, Eagles!
Congratulations to junior and PCDS lifer Alex Tam for being selected to perform in this weekend’s Young Musicians Concert at the MIM. Alex is an accomplished pianist and a stellar academic student— he makes PCDS proud! Be sure to come out and support his performance this weekend! Click here to read more about it.
This past weekend, the defending National Champion PCDS Middle School Speech & Debate team competed via special invite at the Columbia University High School Speech & Debate Tournament (as the ONLY Middle School team in attendance!).
Facing competitors from 120+ high schools from 25 states and four countries, our Middle School students fared incredibly well: 15 of the 25 PCDS MS students advanced to elimination rounds, while Yash Wadwekar was the overall CHAMPION in prose and poetry and Alexander Ashman was the RUNNER-UP in original oratory! Congratulations students and coaches on these national successes!
Congratulations to 8th grader Alexander Ashman who won this year’s PCDS Middle School Spelling Bee earlier this week. This is Alexander’s fourth consecutive MS Spelling Bee championship! He will represent PCDS at the regional bee at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center on February 23. Good luck, Alexander!
Below, check out Alexander and runner-up Devin Bansal this year as 8th graders, and four years ago when they were both champion and runner-up as 5th graders! My how they’ve grown!
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.