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PDS Announces New Varsity Boys Basketball Coach: KERRY FODERINGHAM

Princeton – Princeton Day School Director of Athletics Tim Williams announced that Kerry Foderingham will serve as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the 2017-18 season.

A 2008 graduate of Kean University, Coach Foderingham is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher at Franklin High School. He was most recently an assistant men’s basketball coach at The College of New Jersey and prior to that coached at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Foderingham also has high school experience coaching at both Franklin High School and at his alma mater, Somerville High School.

Coach Foderingham will assume the head coach role at PDS for the Varsity team who won 18 games in each of the last two seasons and won the NJISAA Prep B State Championship in 2016.


Scientists Are Sprou ting At Princeton Montessori School

Princeton Montessori School is excited to welcome the ScienceSeeds program to the school's assortment of after-school clubs. Founded in 2008, ScienceSeeds is a science enrichment program that seeks to engage children and their parents in discovering the mysteries of the world around us. True to the Montessori way of learning, ScienceSeeds believes in hands-on projects and encourages trial and error.

"We are thrilled to offer ScienceSeeds as one of the school's many after-school enrichment activities," said Michelle Morrison, Head of School at Princeton Montessori. "Like us, ScienceSeeds ensures children ask the questions and find the answers, develop persistence, and take intellectual risks. It's a wonderful program that builds upon our school's core curriculum and values."

One of the program's main goals is to help kids understand how science is related to everything around them. ScienceSeeds encourages students to make their own projects and to embrace failure and mistakes as learning experiences.

"We want to get the children interested in science, more with an understanding of how things work rather than through formulas and traditional teaching methods," said Michal Melamede, founder of ScienceSeeds. "We encourage hands-on exploration through homemade projects and toys, tied to things kids experience in their everyday lives. We are a true makerspace for science education."

For the younger children, projects are often a blend of science and art. They recently learned about chromatography by studying how colors bleed through leaf-shaped filter paper, and then discussed why leaves change color in the Fall. Another group studied potential and kinetic energy by launching catapults, made of rubber bands and marshmallows, at various targets. Meanwhile, the older children are building conductivity boards to understand the concept of electricity and to test how conductive different objects are.

The ScienceSeeds program is offered year-round to Princeton Montessori School students in grades K-5.
Princeton Montessori School, founded in 1968, is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to the highest quality education of children, from infancy through middle school, according to the values and principles of the Montessori philosophy. The school is accredited at the highest level by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is a member of the national Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).


PDS Announces the Da Vinci Program in The Middle School

This year, Princeton Day School launched an innovative new program in the Middle School: The Da Vinci Program. With the implementation of the new academic schedule this year at Princeton Day School, there was an opportunity to devote a block of time to a course of study where Middle School students could pursue a non-traditional class of their choosing, such as robotics, sustainability, coding, and service learning to stimulate their curiosity.

When announcing the new program, Head of Middle School Renee Price explained, "The Da Vinci program aims to engage students as the captains of their own learning. Each student takes courses that they choose in which they take risks, explore individual passions, develop new interests, and use multiple disciplines to solve problems and create original solutions."

Middle School Humanities teacher Cindy Peifer took on the newly created role of Da Vinci Program Coordinator, and began building the Da Vinci course options this fall by first surveying the faculty and then the students. Ms. Peifer emphasized how engaged the students have been in the entire process, even creating their own classes in some cases.

From the great range of original possibilities she received, she narrowed the offerings down to 15 Da Vinci courses for the first session, which is currently taking place in the Middle School and will end on November 7.

Among the current Da Vinci offerings is the Instant Challenge with science teacher Alli Treese, where students have the opportunity to solve one or sometimes two problems within the course of the class. This can range from building a car out of simple materials and make it move along a ramp without touching it, to participating in an "egg drop" experiment, ensuring the egg doesn't break when dropped from the upper balcony. Similar to the challenges encountered in Destination Imagination, this course has been a big hit with the students.

Math teacher Brian Laskowski has run a popular Da Vinci course on Lego Robotics. On a recent day, the students were studying a lego processor that was programmed to solve a Rubik's cube. Mr. Laskowski will most likely lead a Vex IQ course in the next session, a further iteration of robotics and processing that ties into the new STEAM curriculum launched in the Upper School at Princeton Day School this year. Another big hit with students has been a course on Model Car Building, led by science teacher Jack Madani.
Some other Da Vinci courses in this first session include creating 3D printing projects with Humanities teacher Tara Quigley and Technology Coordinator Jamie Atkeson; taking part in a Mock Trial team with Librarian Sheila Goeke; "Choose Your Own" art projects with art teacher Karen Stolper; learning American Sign Language with Humanities teacher Amy Beckford; Making Art Out of Nature with science teacher Corey Dempsey; and yoga with reading and writing specialist Kimberly Ballinger, to name just a few.

On a recent tour through the Middle School during the Da Vinci block, it was evident that the students have thoroughly enjoyed this new addition to the schedule. The quiet concentration and smiles were abundant.

As Ms. Peifer shared the experiences of this first session of Da Vinci, she noted, "The best surprises have come from the kids thinking up these great ideas, and the faculty making these courses come to life."

Youth Enrichment Classes Slated at RVCC


Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is offering a variety of youth enrichment classes starting in November. The following programs will be offered at the College’s Branchburg campus:


Web Page Design: Students ages 8-10 are taught the many facets related to basic computer applications and web design. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The fee is $79.


Design Your Own PC: Students ages 10-12 learn about computer hardware components and what is needed to build their own computer. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 12:30-2 p.m. The fee is $79.


Fun with Photoshop 2: Students ages 11-15 learn the intermediate skills of Adobe Photoshop. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The fee is $105.


Study Skills: Students in grades 4-8 learn how to manage their time and personal space. They also learn how to improve their listening, note-taking, reading comprehension, memorization and test preparation skills. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 9-10:30 a.m. for grades 6-8 and from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for grades 4-5. The fee is $90 per section.


Creative Writing Workshop: Students ages 13-17 use fun, thought-provoking writing prompts and exercises to help awaken their creativity in creativity writing. The one-session class will be Saturday, November 4 and repeated Saturday, November 18, both from 12-1:30 p.m. The fee is $20 per session.


Public Speaking and Confidence Building: Students ages 13-17 practice public speaking using fun ice-breakers and topic prompts in an encouraging and nurturing environment. The one-session class will be held Saturday, November 4 and repeated Saturday, November 18, both from 10-11:30 a.m. The fee is $20 per session.


Intermediate Sewing: Students ages 8-12 who have some experience using a sewing machine (or have taken an RVCC sewing class) gain experience working with commercial sewing patterns. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $175.


Engineering Adventures with LEGO: Students ages 6-10 are introduced to engineering concepts through building with LEGO elements. The class will be held Saturdays, November 4-December 2, from 10-11:30 a.m. The fee is $77.


For a complete listing of fall programs for kids and teens and to register for classes, visit www.raritanval.edu/kids. For information only, email youth@raritanval.edu or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404. RVCC’s Youth Program office is located on the first floor of Somerset Hall, in room S147.


Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.


RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses, and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu. 

Laser Concerts, Harry Potter Star Show Set at RVCC Planetarium

From a Harry Potter-themed star show, to laser rock concerts, to a program based on the Magic Tree House series, the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium in Branchburg has events for all ages and interests in November. The following shows have been scheduled:


Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Friday, November 10, 2 p.m.
Young star gazers join Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie as they discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Who can help them answer the questions posted by the mysterious “M”? The show is based on the same-titled, best-selling series of novels. (Recommended for ages 5 and older)


Laser Pop Rock, Friday, November 10, 3 p.m.; Saturdays, November 11 & 18, 4 p.m.

Enjoy a family-friendly laser concert featuring music by a variety of artists including “Party Rock” by LMFAO, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens, and “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift. (Recommended for ages 6 to adult)

The Skies over Hogwarts, Saturdays, November 11 & 18, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Join an eclectic group of witches and wizards guiding visitors through a Harry Potter-themed tour of the night sky. Learn how J.K. Rowling used astronomy as the inspiration for some of her characters' names. (Recommended for ages 8 and older)


Fright Light laser concert (family version), Saturday, November 11, 8 p.m.

Witches and ghouls continue to haunt the Planetarium in this laser concert featuring such songs as “Time Warp,” “Monster Mash,” and “Thriller.” (Recommended for ages 8-adult)


Laser Modern Rock, Saturday, November 18, 8 p.m.

Lasers “dance” across the Planetarium dome while visitors listen to songs such as “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons,” “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” by Fall Out Boy, and “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.


Planetarium show tickets cost $8 for one show or $14 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information or to make reservations, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium.


Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu. 


Princeton, NJ (October 17, 2017) - This year, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Lower School will center on the theme Mind, Body and Heart, as part of Princeton Academy's Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum and commitment to boys' wellness. Within this concentrated focus lies Wellness Week, a new and exciting initiative that will incorporate a multidimensional approach to bringing out the best in boys.

Wellness Week kicked off in September, with mindfulness practitioner Trish Miele from To Be Mindful leading students and faculty in structured, guided and grade-level specific mindfulness practices. Princeton Academy's personalized program All About M.E. (Mindfulness Exercises) allows for all boys (Kindergarten through Grade 4) to practice and recognize the value of being mindful in an ever distracting world, while also learning self-regulatory techniques as they manage their emotions with themselves and others. Wellness Week will continue to run throughout the school year with one week each month being dedicated to mindful events.

The second element of Wellness Week is boys' yoga led by certified child yoga instructors Cindy Kaserkie and Susan Leonard. This program allows boys from all backgrounds and experiences with yoga, an opportunity to "hop on the mat" and give it a try. Cindy and Sue have thoughtfully crafted monthly themes, anchored by children's books to lead conversation and promote engagement within the practice of yoga. During their first yoga experience, the boys were encouraged to reflect on the theme "Working Together," which was paired with the reading of The Grouchy Lady Bug by Eric Carle. During the story, Cindy and Sue paused to guide the boys in various yoga poses based on the animals in the story.

About Princeton Academy: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent school for boys in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Our mission is to develop young men with active and creative minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others, and the courage to act on their beliefs. We educate the whole boy in mind, body and spirit. A rigorous, inquiry-based, hands-on academic program joins unparalleled character development and a wide variety of arts, athletics and co-curriculars to provide an ideal learning environment for boys. Princeton Academy recently announced its strategic plan Epic Vision: Soaring with Heart 2017-2021: Leading a national reinvention of boys' education for a new generation of enlightened men. To learn more about how we bring out the best in boys, please visit www.princetonacademy.org. 

MHS National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists and Commended Students Announced

The National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Corporation recognized 73 Montgomery High School (MHS) seniors for their high performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) held in October of last year. A dozen MHS seniors are semifinalists in the NMS program while 61 MHS seniors have been commended.

The MHS semifinalists, alphabetically, are Maheera Bawa, Priyanka Dilip, Austin H. Fan, Julia Z. Guo, Emily Kim, Matthew Kim, Jeffrey Lin, Wilson C. Liou, Alexander H. Liu, Peter Ni, Laura C. Sun, and Edward L. Wang.

Of the 1.6 million American high school juniors who took the PSAT last year, 16,000 students - less than one percent - were named semifinalists based on their test scores. Ninety percent, or 15,000, of the semifinalists will be selected as finalists in February and half of these will be awarded scholarships totaling $33M between April and July.

Semifinalists can apply to become a finalist by submitting information on academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, and honors and awards received. According to the NMS Corporation, "A finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test." The Corporation awards scholarships based on "skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies."

All finalists will compete for one of 2,500 scholarships worth $2,500. Some 230 Corporate sponsors will also provide roughly 1,000 scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees; residents where the companies are based; or who meet other related criteria. About 200 colleges and universities will also fund over 4,000 scholarships for finalists who will enter the institutions as incoming freshman next fall.
The 61 Commended Students from MHS are: Shriya Anungula, Kavan S. Bansal, Aarushi Bhan, Alexis L Blecher, Krishna Boppana, Joseph Y. Chen, Salman A. Chughtai, Jacob A. Curtiss, Isabella K. DeAnglis, Shrikeshav Deshmukh, Harry W. Feng, Charlotte K. Glancey, Christopher C. Guo, Nidhi R. Gurrala, Angelina Han, Dustin Han, Jenny L. Huang, William Q. Huang, Ian J. Kenny, Daniel J. Kim, Megan D. Kim, Lisa E. Knuckey, Aadhrik Kuila, Lucas Liu, Melissa Louie, Raj Lulla, Colleen McConnell, Jacqueline Mehr, Jeffrey W. Meyer, Indrasish Moitra, Hasan Muhammad, Preeti Naik, Kira K. Pancha, Katelyn E. Parsons, Neeharika Patibanda, Srinidhi Ramakrishna, Aamhish S. Rao, Brian I. Richie, Allison L. Rosenthal, Raghav Sambasivan, Dana A. Schaar, Johnny Shea, Xiaoyi Shi, Elizabeth Q. Song, Sophia L. Song, Sebastian Tamayo, Leona T. Tomy, Ram P. Venkadesan, Nanki Verma, Madeline C. Walsh, Yiou Wang, David Xue, Brenda H. Yang, Catherine T. Yang, Melissa W. Yang, Benjamin Yao, Teja Yendapally, David D. Zhang, Wenxuan Zhang, Jessica Y. Zheng, and Hossein A. Zolfaghari.

These talented students will receive a Letter of Commendation from MHS and the NMS Corporation.
About 34,000 students throughout the United States were recognized as "Commended" by the NMS Corporation for their exceptional academic promise. They are among the top five percent of the 1.6 million high school juniors who took the PSAT last fall.

While the commended students will not continue in the 2018 competition for NMS awards, the Corporation has noted, "The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation."

The goal of the NMS Corporation - a not-for-profit organization - is "honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence." Since 1955, nearly a third of a million Americans have earned the designation "Merit Scholar." 

Princeton Day School Presents KATIE ORLINSKY “A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali”

On view from November 20 through December 14, 2017

Princeton—The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School is proud to present the photographs of Katie Orlinsky in an exhibition titled “A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali,” on view from November 20 through December 14, 2017. There will be an artist’s reception on Thursday, November 28 from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Katie Orlinsky is a photographer and cinematographer based in New York City, and has spent more than a decade as a photojournalist covering news and feature stories around the world for major publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and National Geographic. Ms. Orlinsky has received photographic awards from organizations including the Art Director’s Club, PDN30, Visa Pour L’image, Pictures of the Year International, and she was recently honored with the 2016 Paris Match Female Photojournalist of the Year Award. She has also received artist grants from the Magnum Foundation, Getty Images, the Howard Buffet Foundation, and the Pulitzer Center.

This exhibition, “A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali,” focuses on photographs she took while in Mali in 2013. A grant from the International Reporting Project allowed her to travel throughout northern Mali for a month and speak to women about their


experiences of Islamic rule. In a recent article in the New York Times about these photographs, Orlinsky noted that she had “always been interested in Mali’s vibrant culture and wanted to understand how women were affected by the new laws.” She also noted in the article, “The Jihadists inflicted so much on the women in the north of the country…. It made just living almost illegal for women.”
“A Quiet Defiance: The Women’s War in Mali” featuring the photography of Katie Orlinsky is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, when the school is in session and by appointment on weekends. For more information about the Anne Reid '72 Art Gallery, please call Jody Erdman, Art Gallery Director, at 609.924.6700 x 1772 or visit www.pds.org.

RVCC Women’s Volleyball Team Achieves National Top 10 Ranking

Raritan Valley Community College’s women’s volleyball team has become the first team in the College’s history—of any sport—to place in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) National Top 10 Rankings.

Following its October 3 win against Bergen Community College, the RVCC women’s volleyball team is now 10th in the national rankings. The RVCC Lions started the season on a 9-game winning streak and the team is now 14-1.

“Heading into the season it was easy to see we had a lot of talent in our gym, but to achieve this accomplishment is truly a testament to our athletes and the hard work they put in every single day,” said the team’s Head Coach Phil Herro. “We are definitely proud to be in this position, but we know that we still have a lot to prove,” Coach Herro continued.

The RVCC team’s schedule continues next week with homes games against Rowan College at Gloucester County on Tuesday, October 10, at 6 p.m., and against Lehigh Carbon Community College on Wednesday, October 11, at 7 p.m.


The National Junior College Athletic Association is the governing body for the nation’s more than 500 junior colleges. RVCC competes within the NJCAA Region 19 and Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).


For additional information about RVCC Athletics, visit www.rvccathletics.com.