May 22, 2019

School Matters 5/22/19

Hun Launches Real-World Immersion Program

Hun School students have embarked on learning experiences that are taking them out of the classroom for three weeks this spring and into the origin of an event, problem, or theory.

Topics and venues in Hun’s new NextTerm program include women and politics in Washington, D.C., social justice in Selma and Memphis, government instability and global forces in Ghana, immigration in Arizona and Mexico, combating food insecurity in New Jersey, civil rights in France, and many more. There are 19 NextTerm courses led by teacher teams and incorporating interdisciplinary skill and content investigation.

“Next Term is immersive like a semester abroad program, but it is also practical and focused, like an internship,” said program co-director Bill Esher. “Consider a hands-on internship where the intern is promoted to project leader immediately after orientation. We gave ourselves the permission to imagine the best possible way to learn and then we created it.”

Mandatory for all underclassmen, grades 9-11, the program will culminate in projects produced by students teams, with each team presenting to a panel of experts during an end-of-term expo in June.

PDS Breaks Ground for New Athletic Center

In a ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, Princeton Day School students, faculty, staff, and special guests celebrated groundbreaking to construct the School’s new athletic and community center.

Head of School Paul J. Stellato was joined by PDS Board of Trustees Head Rebecca Bushnell and three representative students from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools in leading the ceremonies.

Construction on the 35,000-square-foot, LEED-certified athletics and squash center will begin on June 10 with planned completion in the fall of 2020.

Pennington School Student Wins Library of Congress Contest

Pennington School seventh-grader Stevenson Sanderson Bowden placed first in New Jersey in the 2018-19 Library of Congress Letters About Literature contest. Seven other Pennington students also received distinguished honors in the competition sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

In her prize-winning letter to Natalie Babbitt, author of Tuck Everlasting, Sanderson Bowden described how she was affected personally by the book.