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December 8, 2017

General Information

STEM speaker today in Wesley Forum: Scott Gibbard P '19 '21 will be speaking today, December 8, at 3:00 p.m. in the Wesley Forum as part of the STEM Speaker Series. Gibbard, who has an engineering degree in engineering physics from the University of Toronto, a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the Institute for Aerospace Studies, and an M.B.A. degree from Cornell University, will be discussing the intersection of business and STEM. This is a required event for students in the Applied Science Certificate Program; everyone is welcome to attend.

Podcasts for prospective families available: If you have friends who are considering Pennington or other independent schools, they may be interested in the Office of Admission's new podcast series Admission Insight. This podcast is designed to give families insight into the independent school world and application process. Search "Admission Insight" in iTunes or the Podcasts app on your smartphone, or click here, and take a listen!

Israel trip cancelled: Because of low enrollment in the Israel trip planned for June 2018, and an unforeseen increase in costs, there was an unfortunate need to cancel the trip. The School is committed to offering this trip to our students again next year. Thank you for your understanding. Please contact Stephanie DeSouza with any questions at sdesouza@pennington.org.

Upper School

Chanukah celebration December 13: The Pennington Jewish Community is thrilled to announce the annual Upper School Chanukah party. All Upper School students, faculty, staff, and parents are welcome to attend on Wednesday, December 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the Silva Gallery of Art in the Campus Center. Join the celebration of this joyous holiday with food, games, lighting of the menorah, music, and fun!

Global opportunity with Rustic Pathways: Each summer, Rustic Pathways hosts a group of promising high school change-makers for an exciting, fully-funded opportunity to explore a global issue on location. This year's experience will take place June 16 through July 2 and is open to fifteen-to eighteen-year-olds. It will investigate the history of race, civil rights, and collective action in America. Click here to apply and here for more information; the deadline for applying for this free opportunity is Monday, January 1, 2018.

Upper School Exam Schedule: Please click here to view the exam week schedule starting Thursday, January 11.

Save the date--Cotillion January 20: The Pennington School's Cotillion is set for Saturday, January 20, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. in Sparks Gymnasium. Dress is semiformal, and light dinner fare will be served. All Upper School students are invited to attend; dates are optional. Tickets will go on sale after Winter Break. Questions may be directed to Maureen Iorio, assistant to the Dean of Students, at miorio@pennington.org.

Middle School

Middle School Exam Schedule: Please click here to view the exam week schedule starting Thursday, January 11.

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here. Day students are invited to come ice-skating with our boarders!

Latest News

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December 1, 2017

General Information

Poinsettia pick-up on Tuesday: If you ordered poinsettias from the French Club, please pick them up on Tuesday, December 5, after 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Center lower level, outside the McLarty "Black Box" Theater. Send cash or checks made out to The Pennington School to Pat Zema ASAP if you have not already done so!

Girls' Lacrosse fundraiser ends Tuesday: The Pennington Girls' Lacrosse spring training holiday fundraiser ends on Tuesday, December 5, at midnight. Please order by that time holiday wreaths, centerpieces, and mantelpiece displays for friends and family. Click here to order, and enter code PE17356 at the bottom of the billing page; Alpine Farms will ship directly to your list of recipients. Questions can be directed to Wendy Morris at wmorris@pennington.org.

Give the Gift of Giving and Shine like Rudolph: The HomeFront Holiday Party, on Saturday, December 9, is a twenty-four-year-old Pennington tradition in which Pennington students host guests from HomeFront, a local organization serving those in need in Mercer County. The annual Holiday Party offers our neighbors from HomeFront a luncheon hosted by Pennington students and staff, a visit with Santa, arts and crafts, a deejay, and more. A highlight of the party is Santa's Workshop, where our HomeFront guests, parents and children alike, have the opportunity to select a gift to give. In our toy shop, we are honored to offer parents the dignity of choice as they shop, and children have the opportunity to choose a gift for their parents. Join the Peer Leaders and share the joy that comes from providing a stress-free environment, one filled with love and care, and one which unites us as one community. Students can sign up to volunteer to work during the party; more information will be found in the Voice.

We expect close to 400 guests, the majority of whom are children, and therefore the number of donated items needed to fill Santa's Toy Shop is significant in order to ensure that EVERY guest receives a gift. The "ticket" for the dress-down day today, Friday, December 1, is a new, unwrapped toy. Please consider including items for the HomeFront Holiday Party on your shopping list. Additional gifts, along with hats and gloves and/or personal hygiene items, will be accepted anytime. Items may be dropped off in the Horizon/Global Studies office. Unfortunately, the need is greater than ever this year. Please help us reach our goal so that we can extend the gift of giving to others less fortunate than ourselves.

See any Peer Leader, Ms. O'Connell, or Mr. Ritter if you have any questions. We request the Pennington School community to bring in the following:

  • Middle School: Gifts for infants-age 4 (Examples: toy blocks, baby books, stuffed animals, clothing)
  • Grade 9: Gifts for children ages 5-7 (Examples: dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, Hot Wheels)
  • Grade 10: Gifts for children ages 8-11 (Examples: Legos, Nerf guns, board games, Easy Bake ovens, remote control cars, scooters)
  • Grade 11: Gifts for children ages 12-14 (Examples: makeup kits, string bracelet sets, ship/car model kits)
  • Grade 12: Gifts for children ages 15-18 (Examples: clothing, jewelry, watches, makeup kits, sweatshirts)
  • Adults: Gifts for adults (Examples: candles, perfume, jewelry, soaps, body wash)

Gifts good for essentially any age: clothing, games, sports equipment, art supplies, books, starter instruments (ukulele, starter guitar, beginner drum set).

THANK YOU! #Shineyourlight -- The 2017-18 Peer Leaders

You can still donate to the Giving Trees: On Saturday, December 9, the School will host the annual HomeFront holiday party and visit with Santa. Each year, we ask for your donations of gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats to be distributed to the families that HomeFront supports. As you are out shopping this holiday season, please consider purchasing some of these items. Sizes ranging from infant to adult are appropriate. Donations may be hung on the "Giving Trees" located in the Student Center, the Yen Lobby, and the Middle School Lobby in Stainton Hall through Friday, December 8. Thank you for considering a contribution to this worthy cause. Questions can be directed to Tina Lambdin at 609-737-6111 or tlambdin@pennington.org.

Pennington School to host first Mini Maker Faire: The Pennington School invites you to participate in the first annual Mercer Bucks Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, April 8, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors, the Mercer Bucks Mini Maker Faire offers you an opportunity to show what you make and to share your knowledge.

Currently, we are looking for Makers who want to show their work at the event. If you are someone who invents, designs, creates, or builds things, consider applying to be an exhibitor at the Mercer Bucks Mini Maker Faire. To apply for space at the Faire, please complete the form here. There is no cost to exhibit your work at the Faire, unless your creations are for sale (handmade goods, DIY kits, etc). For this, there is a cost of $100 per booth, payable to Maker Media.

Makers will be chosen by a committee which is looking for dynamic, interactive exhibits that will collectively give visitors a diverse experience at the Faire. The Call for Makers will be open until February 15, 2018, but don't wait to submit your plan for consideration. And please share the news about this local Mini Maker Faire with your friends! Questions can be directed to Susan Wirsig at swirsig@pennington.org.

Upper School

Dominican Republic trip meeting Monday: There is a parent information session for the Spring Break Dominican Republic trip on Monday, December 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Wesley Forum. Please email Jessica.douglass@pennington.org if your child is interested, but you are unable to attend the information session.

Applications for global opportunity due Tuesday: The Kennedy-Lunar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships for high school students to gain the perspective of Muslim cultures firsthand. Applications are due online Tuesday, December 5. Click here for more details.

Save the date – Cotillion January 20: The Pennington School's Cotillion is set for Saturday, January 20, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in Sparks Gymnasium. Dress is semiformal, and light dinner fare will be served. All Upper School students are invited to attend; dates are optional. Tickets will go on sale after Winter Break. Questions may be directed to Maureen Iorio, assistant to the Dean of Students, at miorio@pennington.org.

Middle School

Sixth-grade global video conference Tuesday: With the help of Creative Communications, an international, cultural educational organization, the sixth-grade Humanities classes are embarking on a learning journey that will better allow them to understand students in a school across the world in the country of Jordan. With the hopes of knowing our world neighbors better and expanding our understanding of global citizenship, the sixth-graders will take part in their first introductory video conference with the class in Jordan on Tuesday, December 5. Due to the differences in time zones, the video conference will need to begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. If students can arrive that day by 7:45 a.m., that would be ideal. Mrs. Shaffer and the sixth-grade class are excited to begin what will be a multi-week collaboration and cultural exchange.

Hour of Code December 7: On Thursday, December 7, Middle School students will have an opportunity to take part in an Hour of Code in lieu of their study hall time. Members of the Upper School Applied Science program will lead interested Middle-Schoolers through a series of coding activities during their time together. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. More information about the Hour of Code can be seen here.

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here.

November

November 24, 2017

General Information

Give the Gift of Giving and Shine like Rudolph: The HomeFront Holiday Party, on Saturday, December 9, is a twenty-four-year-old Pennington tradition in which Pennington students host guests from HomeFront, a local organization serving those in need in Mercer County. The annual Holiday Party offers our neighbors from HomeFront a luncheon hosted by Pennington students and staff, a visit with Santa, arts and crafts, a deejay, and more. A highlight of the party is Santa's Workshop, where our HomeFront guests, parents and children alike, have the opportunity to select a gift to give. In our toy shop, we are honored to offer parents the dignity of choice as they shop, and children have the opportunity to choose a gift for their parents. Join the Peer Leaders and share the joy that comes from providing a stress-free environment, one filled with love and care, and one which unites us as one community. Students can sign up to volunteer to work during the party; more information will be found in the Voice.

We expect close to 400 guests, the majority of whom are children, and therefore the number of donated items needed to fill Santa's Toy Shop is significant in order to ensure that EVERY guest receives a gift. We plan to hold a dress-down day and the "ticket" for dressing down will be a new, unwrapped toy, so please consider including items for the HomeFront Holiday Party on your shopping list. The dress-down day is slated for Friday, December 1, but additional gifts, along with hats and gloves and/or personal hygiene items, will be accepted anytime after we return from Thanksgiving Break. Items may be dropped off in the Horizon/Global Studies office. Unfortunately, the need is greater than ever this year. Please help us reach our goal so that we can extend the gift of giving to others less fortunate than ourselves.

See any Peer Leader, Ms. O'Connell, or Mr. Ritter if you have any questions. We request the Pennington School community to bring in the following:

  • Middle School: Gifts for infants-age 4 (Examples: toy blocks, baby books, stuffed animals, clothing)
  • Grade 9: Gifts for children ages 5-7 (Examples: dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, Hot Wheels)
  • Grade 10: Gifts for children ages 8-11 (Examples: Legos, Nerf guns, board games, Easy Bake ovens, remote control cars, scooters)
  • Grade 11: Gifts for children ages 12-14 (Examples: makeup kits, string bracelet sets, ship/car model kits)
  • Grade 12: Gifts for children ages 15-18 (Examples: clothing, jewelry, watches, makeup kits, sweatshirts)
  • Adults: Gifts for adults (Examples: candles, perfume, jewelry, soaps, body wash)

Gifts good for essentially any age: clothing, games, sports equipment, art supplies, books, starter instruments (ukulele, starter guitar, beginner drum set).

THANK YOU! #Shineyourlight -- The 2017-18 Peer Leaders

Giving Tree Donations: On Saturday, December 9, the School will host the annual HomeFront Holiday Party and visit with Santa. Each year, we ask for your donations of gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats to be distributed to the families that HomeFront supports. As you are out shopping this holiday season, please consider purchasing some of these items. Sizes ranging from infant to adult are appropriate. Donations may be hung on the "Giving Trees" located in the Student Center, the Yen Lobby, and the Middle School Lobby in Stainton Hall starting Monday, November 27, through Friday, December 8. Thank you for considering contributions to this worthy cause. Questions can be directed to Tina Lambdin at 609-737-6111 or tlambdin@pennington.org.

Underclassman photo retakes: Spencer Studios will return to campus for underclassman photo retakes on Thursday, November 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students should email Chelsi Meyerson at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org for Middle School or Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org for Upper School if they would like to make an appointment to retake their photo. Questions regarding ordering photos should be directed to Spencer Studios at spencer@bee.net.

Poinsettia pick-up December 5: If you ordered poinsettias, please pick them up on Tuesday, December 5, after 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Center basement outside the McLarty Theater. Send money or checks made out to The Pennington School to Pat Zema ASAP if you have not already!

Music Lessons Program accepting new students: As we enter the winter season, the Music Lessons Program is accepting new students. Develop your individual excellence with singing lessons, or find your inner muse by learning a new instrument or perfecting an old one! Contact Dr. Dolan at ddolan@pennington.org for more information, and click here to register.

An important security reminder for parents visiting campus: If you need to visit a campus building during the school day (to drop off an item for your child, or to visit the business office, for example), we kindly ask that you enter the School campus through the main entrance at 112 W. Delaware Avenue. Please check in with security personnel in the golf cart or black van located by the end of the driveway. They will provide you with a temporary access card to swipe into the Middle School office or Upper School office. If security personnel are unavailable when you arrive, please contact either Chelsi Meyerson (Middle School) at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org or Maureen Iorio (Upper School) at miorio@pennington.org or call 609-737-1838. They will then give you access to the building.

Pennington continues to be a warm and welcoming community, which cares deeply about keeping its students safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Chad Bridges, assistant headmaster for community life and dean of students, at cbridges@pennington.org.

Upper School

YES Abroad program Global Studies opportunity: The Kennedy-Lunar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships for high school students to gain the perspective of Muslim cultures firsthand. Applications are due online Tuesday, December 5. Click here for more details.

November 10, 2017

General Information

An important security reminder for parents visiting campus: If you need to visit a campus building during the school day (to drop off an item for your child, or to visit the business office, for example), we kindly ask that you enter the School campus through the main entrance at 112 W. Delaware Avenue. Please check in with security personnel in the golf cart or black van located by the end of the driveway. They will provide you with a temporary access card to swipe into the Middle School office or Upper School office. If security personnel are unavailable when you arrive, please contact either Chelsi Meyerson (Middle School) at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org or Maureen Iorio (Upper School) at miorio@pennington.org or call 609-737-1838. They will then give you access to the building.

Pennington continues to be a warm and welcoming community, which cares deeply about keeping its students safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to Chad Bridges, assistant headmaster for community life and dean of students, at cbridges@pennington.org.

Fall Concert this Sunday: The Music Program is delighted to present this year's Fall Concert on Sunday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Sparks Gymnasium. Come hear the Middle School Singers along with the Upper School Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chorus, and Pennington Singers. It's a fun evening with a lot of great music and a reception in the Campus Center to follow. In lieu of an admission fee, we invite each family to bring a reusable shopping bag with items for a Thanksgiving meal to contribute to the Food Drive for Arm in Arm. A list of acceptable items can be found here.

Consider a donation of food before Nov. 13: The Pennington School has a longstanding commitment to help those less fortunate during the holidays, beginning with Thanksgiving. Last year, we donated more than 1,000 pounds of groceries to Arm in Arm of Trenton in November. The tradition of giving to others informs some of our deepest convictions. This year, we will continue our partnership with Arm in Arm. The focus of our food collection will be to provide their clients with all the ingredients needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including staple items to carry them through the holidays. Click here to view a list of acceptable food items. Drop-offs are welcome in the Campus Center, the last day to drop off food being Monday, November 13.

Portal to schedule parent-teacher conferences closing Tuesday, Nov. 14: Parents and guardians wishing to attend the parent-teacher conferences on the evenings of Thursday, November 16, Friday, November 17, or the morning of Saturday, November 18, please note: The portal for the online scheduling service is now open and will close next Tuesday, November 14, at 5:00 p.m. Please sign up for conferences as early as possible during this period; click here to view a letter containing full instructions.

Underclassmen photo retakes: Spencer Studios will return to campus for underclassmen photo retakes on Thursday, November 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students should email Chelsi Meyerson at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org for Middle School or Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org for Upper School if they would like to make an appointment to retake their photo. Questions regarding ordering photos should be directed to Spencer Studios at spencer@bee.net.

Upper School

Global studies opportunities available: Several new opportunities for global studies are available for all Upper School student participation, including the Global Citizens Initiative, Cambridge Immerse, Envision, and The School for Ethics and Global Leadership. Click here for more information on all opportunities.

Parent Coffee November 16: Please join us on Thursday, November 16, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery for the next parent coffee, Stress Management and Teens: Helping Your Teen Deal with Stress. You will hear concrete ideas on stress reduction techniques from two Princeton-area psychologists, Karen Cohen, Psy.D., and Lori Washton, Ph.D. Click here to RSVP.

Meeting for Dominican Republic trip Nov. 16: There will be an informational meeting for the Spring Break Dominican Republic trip on Thursday, November 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Wesley Forum (before Parent/Teacher conferences). Please email Jessica.douglass@pennington.org if your child is interested but is unable to attend the information session.

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here. There are opportunities for day students to join us during this Community Weekend.

November 3, 2017

General Information

Portal to schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences now open: Parents and guardians wishing to attend the Parent-Teacher Conferences on the evenings of Thursday, November 16; Friday, November 17; or Saturday, November 18, please note: The portal for the online scheduling service is now open and will close on Tuesday, November 14, at 5:00 p.m. Please sign up for conferences as early as possible during this period; click here to view a letter containing full instructions.

Fall Concert Nov. 12: The Music Program is delighted to present this year's Fall Concert on Sunday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in Sparks Gymnasium. Come hear the Middle School Singers, along with the Upper School Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chorus, and Pennington Singers. It's a fun evening with a lot of great music and a reception in the Campus Center to follow. In lieu of an admission fee, we invite each family to bring a reusable shopping bag with items for a Thanksgiving meal to contribute to the Food Drive for Arm in Arm. A list of acceptable items can be found here.

Consider a donation of food before Nov. 13: The Pennington School has a longstanding commitment to help those less fortunate during the holidays, beginning with Thanksgiving. Last year, we donated more than 1,000 pounds of groceries to Arm in Arm of Trenton in November. The tradition of giving to others informs some of our deepest convictions. This year, we will continue our partnership with Arm in Arm. The focus of our food collection will be to provide their clients with all the ingredients needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including staple items to carry them through the holidays. Click here to view a list of acceptable food items. Drop-offs are welcome in the Campus Center; the last day to drop off food is Monday, November 13.

Flu shot offered on campus: As a service to our community, our Health Center will be offering the flu vaccine to all students. The 2017-18 flu vaccine will protect against the flu viruses identified by the Centers for Disease Control. The virus is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy noses, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting, but there have also been some cases of severe illness and death associated with this virus. To order the flu vaccine for your child, please complete the attached form and email it to healthcenter@pennington.org. If you have any questions regarding the flu vaccine, please call the Health Center directly at 609-737-6114.

Upper School

Important message for sophomore parents: Parents of sophomores -- please click here to view a letter from Dean of Students Chad Bridges regarding the Sophomore Character Development and Leadership program.

Haiti trip applications due today: Students interested in going on the trip to Haiti are reminded that a printed copy of their application is due today, November 3. Please return completed applications to either Mr. Thompson or Ms. Uzupis, and remember to complete them thoughtfully. Trip members will be selected and all applicants will be notified of selections before Thanksgiving Break. Questions can be directed to Mr. Thompson at bthompson@pennington.org.

Sophomore Parent Night November 5: Members of the College Guidance Office are hosting a Sophomore Parent Night on Sunday, November 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be an overview of the college admissions process and how it pertains to the School. Counselors will discuss standardized testing, course selection, the college guidance timeline, and other topics.

Grade Reports: Next week, parents will have access to their child's first-quarter grade reports. There will be a notice posted on Schoology when the reports are available to view in Veracross.

Girls in STEM Dinner November 7: "Anyone Can Make a Difference When They Are Driven by Purpose" is a mentoring/networking opportunity with women working in STEM fields. Enjoy a keynote speaker, dinner, and Q&A panel with six distinguished female guests who are working in a STEM field on Tuesday, November 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pennington girls in grades 9-12 are invited, with priority given to Applied Science students. Register by email to Susan Wirsig at swirsig@pennington.org; limited to 50 students. Applied Science students: This dinner will count two hours toward your outside-school-hours requirement.

Dress Code Reminders: At Monday's Community Meeting students were treated to a "What Not to Wear" fashion show. We are finding there are a few misconceptions, and we hope you will take some time to review the dress code with your child found on page 51 of the Student/Parent Handbook.

  • Hooded sweatshirts (hoodies) are not permitted at all, not even as outerwear.
  • The following shoes are not in dress code: Converse sneakers, athletic sneakers, Timberland or workboot-style boots.
  • Earbuds/headphones are not to be worn during the academic day. Students may use them while studying quietly, but they are not to be worn as they are walking from class to class. They will be confiscated.
  • Shirts must have sleeves and collars and be buttoned up to the second button. They may not be worn open like a jacket with a t-shirt underneath. Scarves do not replace a collared shirt. Turtlenecks are permitted.
  • Denim of any kind is not permitted (jackets, shirts, jeans or skirts).
  • Leggings are not permitted.
  • Three-quarter-zip pullovers are not to be worn as turtlenecks. They may be worn as outerwear, but students must have a collared shirt on underneath.
  • Hats of any type may not be worn in any building anytime. Winter hats may be worn for warmth but must removed in the building.
  • Senior privileges have ended. Gentlemen are expected to be clean-shaven.

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 9, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form before they can begin practicing. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log into Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Iorio in Old Main 104a, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due immediately; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Middle School

Quarter 1 report tips: Next week, parents will have access to their child's first-quarter grade reports. There will be a notice posted on Schoology when the reports are available to view in Veracross. These reports include grades for each class, plus written feedback from each teacher. Students will review reports with their advisor next Thursday. As you digest the information, please keep the following in mind:

  • Find a quiet moment to sit down and review the report away from your child.
  • Make note of any patterns that support what your child has achieved thus far; reasons that might justify successes as well as challenges.
  • When sharing and discussing the report with your child, make sure the focus is on the feedback teachers have provided and NOT the grade itself.
  • Help your child use the feedback this report provides to set/reset goals, adjust approaches, and strategies, to best ensure growth in the second half of the semester.

If there is anything in the report that seems off or inaccurate, encourage your child to speak with his/her teacher and/or advisor directly for clarification, explanation, or correction. These reports can offer excellent talking points for the upcoming Parent-Teacher conferences later this month.

Paige's Pages: Please see below for this week's Paige's Pages:

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 30, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log into Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Meyerson, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due November 15; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here. Day students are invited to participate in some great events!

October

October 27, 2017

General Information

Portal to schedule parent-teacher conferences opens Nov. 2: Parents and guardians wishing to attend the parent-teacher conferences on the evenings of Thursday, November 16; Friday, November 17; or Saturday, November 18, please note: The portal for the online scheduling service will open on Thursday, November 2, at 8:00 a.m. and close on Tuesday, November 14, at 5:00 p.m. Please sign up for conferences as early as possible during that period; click here to view a letter containing full instructions. You will also receive a letter with full instructions for using the conference portal later today from Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler and Head of Middle School Todd Paige.

Reduced-term music lessons available: Is your child looking to get ready for musical auditions? Thinking of trying a new instrument? The private music lessons program is offering a three-lesson trial rate of $200. If you would like to continue past the three lessons, you can sign up for a season of lessons at our regular rates. Just use the form here and mention that you would like to take advantage of the $200 trial rate. Contact Dr. Dolan at ddolan@pennington.org, the coordinator of private music lessons, with any questions.

Flu shot offered on campus: As a service to our community, the Health Center will be offering the flu vaccine to all students. The 2017-18 flu vaccine will protect against the flu viruses identified by the Centers for Disease Control. The virus is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy noses, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting, but there have also been some cases of severe illness and death associated with this virus. To order the flu vaccine for your child, please complete the attached form and email it to healthcenter@pennington.org. If you have any questions regarding the flu vaccine, please call the Health Center directly at 609-737-6114.

Poinsettia sale to raise money for Haiti: The French Club is now selling poinsettias! Orders must be in by the end of October for delivery in the first week of December. Email any French Club member or Madame Zema at pzema@pennington.org for an order form, or click here. Profits benefit the children of Haiti and will be given to the service trip that will be traveling there over Spring Break.

Upper School

Global Studies students – TedTalks coming Oct. 28: TedTalks are coming to Princeton this Saturday, October 28. Featuring local change agents and innovators, these inspiring speakers will share their ideas for changing the world and inspire participants to take action, too. This event can earn six hours of credit toward the Global Experience requirement for students in the Global Studies Certificate Program. Contact Dr. Sisserson at Kendra.sisserson@pennington.org if you need transportation from Pennington. Tickets and more information can be found here.

Haiti trip reminder: Students interested in going on the trip to Haiti are reminded that a printed copy of their application is due next Friday, November 3. Please return completed applications to either Mr. Thompson or Ms. Uzupis, and remember to complete them thoughtfully. Trip members will be selected and all applicants will be notified of selections before Thanksgiving Break. Questions can be directed to Mr. Thompson at bthompson@pennington.org.

2018 travel opportunities filling fast: Some trips are already waitlisted. If you are considering a Global Studies trip for your child, please contact individual trip leaders or Dr. Sisserson at Kendra.sisserson@pennington.org soon. More information can be found here.

Health History Update due today: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 9, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log in to Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Iorio in Old Main 104a, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due today, October 27; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Sophomore Parent Night November 5: Members of the College Guidance Office are hosting a Sophomore Parent Night on Sunday, November 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be an overview of the college admissions process and how it pertains to the School. Counselors will discuss standardized testing, course selection, the college guidance timeline, and other topics.

Girls in STEM Dinner November 7: "Anyone Can Make a Difference When They Are Driven by Purpose" is a mentoring/networking opportunity with women working in STEM fields. Enjoy a keynote speaker, dinner, and Q&A panel with six distinguished female guests who are working in a STEM field on Tuesday, November 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pennington girls in grades 9-12 are invited, with priority given to students in the Applied Science Certificate Program. Register by email to Susan Wirsig at swirsig@pennington.org; limited to 50 students. Applied Science students – this dinner will count two hours toward your outside-school-hours requirement.

Middle School

Middle School Parents Night Out Nov. 2: On Thursday, November 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Hopewell Valley Vineyard, Middle School parents and faculty will have the opportunity to gather together for good cheer and great company for a celebration of the first quarter of the school year. While each of us may travel a unique path on this educational and developmental parenting journey with our children, we are going through this journey together, even though it may not always feel that way. As parents, we must stick together. Invitations for this evening have already been sent out; if you did not receive one in your email, please contact Chelsi Meyerson at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org.

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 30, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log in to Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Meyerson, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due November 15; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here.

October 20, 2017

General Information

Eighth annual Run for the Cure this Sunday: The Peer Leaders are hosting their eighth annual Run for the Cure on Sunday, October 22, at 8:00 a.m. The run raises money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the fight against breast cancer. Please register by clicking here. If you are unable to attend the run, donations are greatly appreciated. Hope to see you there! Please view an informational flyer from the Peer Leaders by clicking here.

Flu shot offered on campus: As a service to our community, our Health Center will be offering the flu vaccine to all students. The 2017-18 flu vaccine will protect against the flu viruses identified by the Centers for Disease Control. The virus is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy noses, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting, but there have also been some cases of severe illness and death associated with this virus. To order the flu vaccine for your child, please complete the attached form and email it to healthcenter@pennington.org. If you have any questions regarding the flu vaccine, please call the Health Center directly at 609-737-6114.

Poinsettia sale to raise money for Haiti: The French Club is now selling poinsettias! Orders must be in by the end of October for delivery in the first week of December. Email any French Club member or Madame Zema at pzema@pennington.org for an order form, or click here. Profits benefit the children of Haiti and will be given to the service trip that will be traveling there over spring break.

Upper School

Grades 10, 11, 12 Parent Party tomorrow: Please join your fellow Pennington parents for a casual get-together over food and drinks in the Wesley Forum on Saturday, October 21, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP. Please note, we are in need of more food donations. Questions can be directed to Karin Eckerson at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com.

Parent Coffee October 26: Please join us on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. for the next Upper School Parent Coffee, Navigating Social Media: Insights and Ideas for Parents. Stephanie DeSouza, director of counseling services, and Ken Coakley, director of technology, will share practical information to help parents understand the technology behind social media and offer strategies for handling the potential "social" pitfalls that may arise as a result of its use.

Prior to attending, we recommend reading the article "How Does Technology Affect Teens Health and Well-being" as it may facilitate a meaningful discussion next week. Click here to read the article.

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 9, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log into Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Iorio in Old Main 104a, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due October 27; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Middle School

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 30, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log into Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Meyerson, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due November 15; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here. Day students are invited to join us for two of our frightfully exciting outings this weekend!

October 13, 2017

General Information

REMINDER—Campus buildings are locked: As part of our effort to continually improve our campus security, all campus buildings are locked. We kindly ask that all parents and visitors enter the School campus through the main entrance at 112 W. Delaware Avenue and check in with security personnel in the golf cart located at the T of the main driveway if you need access to one of the buildings.

All-School Pep Rally tonight! On Friday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m., an All-School Pep Rally will be held in Sparks Gymnasium. Immediately following the Pep Rally, we will gather on Tom Liwosz Turf Field to crown this year's Homecoming King and Queen! The Homecoming Court consists of seniors Callie Bouton, Kathleen Horsley, Olivia Mahony, Feven negussie, Vivian Lei, Blake Botelho, Matt Paragamian, Nick Psomaras, Sidney Spencer, and Ryan Totaro. Middle School students should be picked up immediately following the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.

An Upper School Homecoming Dance will be held in the Small Gym afterward from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Homecoming tomorrow, October 14! We would like to invite all Pennington parents to participate in Homecoming this Saturday, October 14, starting at 10:00 a.m. Join the fun in cheering on our athletic teams, sampling the flavors of Homecoming Row, climbing the rock wall, enjoying a hot dog from the Bird Feeder or a treat from Nina's Waffles and Ice Cream, and taking a tour of the newly renovated library. Homecoming is a family event intended for our students, parents, past parents, faculty, staff, and alumni. We hope to see you!

Reminder to RSVP: The Pennington School is hosting a Champagne Fete on Friday, October 27, at 6:00 p.m. on campus to which all parents are invited. Kindly respond by October 14 by emailing wendy.ward@pennington.org.

You are invited! Parents are welcome to tour the newly renovated Meckler Library on Saturday, October 14, at 1:00 p.m. during Homecoming. Stay afterward for a conversation with CFO Graeme McWhirter about the construction projects and the future of the campus. The Archives team will invite everyone into to the new Archives and Special Collections Room for a discussion about the School's history at 2:15 p.m.

Eighth annual Run for the Cure October 22: The Peer Leaders are hosting their eighth annual Run for the Cure on Sunday, October 22, at 8:00 a.m. The run raises money for the Susan G. Komen foundation and its fight against breast cancer. Please register by clicking here. If you are unable to attend the run, donations are greatly appreciated. Hope to see you there!

STEM Speakers Series on campus this fall: There will be four guest speakers on campus this fall for the new STEM Speaker Series. These are required events for students in the Applied Science Certificate Program, and others are welcome. All presentations will be held in the Wesley Forum from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Friday, October 20: Lisa Espinoza, M.D. P'23 – Practicing Medicine and Opening Your Own Practice
  • Friday, October 27: Carrie Vinch '83 P'19) – Using Engineering to Solve Environmental Problems
  • Friday, November 10: Ali Shokoufandeh P'19 – The World of Coding in Higher Education
  • Friday, December 8: Scott Gibbard P'19 '21) – The Intersection of Business and STEM Fields

Parent clubs and groups hosting events: Please see below for upcoming events hosted by several parent clubs/groups:

  • Indian Interest Group: Open to anyone who would like to learn more about the meaning of Diwali, the festival of lights in India. You are invited to enjoy a variety of sweets served during the celebration of Diwali on Friday, October 20, at 8:30 a.m. in the Wesley Alumni House. Click here to sign up. For more information, contact Simi Mehra at simmiechatha@hotmail.com or Sukanya Mahadevan at shishya_arts@yahoo.com.
  • Tennis: Those with interest in tennis can meet on the School courts Wednesday and Saturday mornings. To be included on the mailing list, please contact Marlynne Marlow at marlynnemarlow@hotmail.com.
  • Multicultural Gourmet Club: If you love to cook and want to learn about different cultural foods, join the Multicultural Gourmet Club. You will try new recipes from around the globe and share your creations. To be included on the mailing list, please contact Marlynne Marlow at marlynnemarlow@hotmail.com.

Poinsettia sale to raise money for Haiti: The French Club is now selling poinsettias! Orders must be in by the end of October for delivery in the first week of December. Email any French Club member or Madame Zema at pzema@pennington.org for an order form, or click here. Profits benefit the children of Haiti and will be given to the service trip that will be traveling there over Spring Break.

Parents Association to vote on new name: On Friday, October 20, at 8:15 a.m., the Parents Association will hold a general meeting to vote on a name change from The Pennington School Parents Association to Parents for Pennington. If you wish to vote, the meeting will be held in the dining hall.

Upper School

Class of 2018 parents – help feed the Bird! Senior parents are asked to help stock the Bird Feeder by donating snacks and beverages that students can sell during sporting events and Homecoming. Chips, pretzels, candy, soft drinks, and bottles of water are greatly appreciated. All proceeds from the Bird Feeder benefit the senior class. Donations can be dropped off in Yen 108, with Security Officer Pete Young on the campus plaza, or delivered to Tom Liwosz Turf Field on the day of the game. Your support is appreciated!

China trip information meeting October 17: There will be an information session about the Spring Break trip to China with Mr. Anderson on Tuesday, October 17, at 3:15 p.m. in the Wesley Forum. If you are interested but cannot attend the info session, please email jack.anderson@pennington.org. Xiexie!

Haiti trip information meeting October 19: Once again, the School is planning to send a group of students to Haiti next year to provide services to the remote churches and schools served by Harmony Ministries March 19 through March 25. The trip has proven to be a life-changing milestone in the lives of those who have participated. It will be open to ten Upper School students with first preference being given to those selected for last year's trip. The cost will be approximately $2,000. If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine or early education, or want to give a hand where it is certainly needed, consider applying for the trip. An information meeting for those interested and their parents will be held on Thursday, October 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Yen 304. All those planning to apply for the trip need to attend. Contact Blair Thompson at bthompson@pennington.org with questions.

Senior portraits Oct. 19 and Oct. 20: Spencer Studios will be on campus on Thursday, October 19, and Friday, October 20, for senior portraits. Seniors can sign up for an appointment for a casual and/or formal portrait with Mrs. Iorio. Any senior who did not take a portrait in the spring, or who would like to retake his or her photo, should be sure to sign up. School formal dress is required for formal portraits, and males are required to wear a jacket. A cap and gown will be provided. Proofs will be sent to your home address within three weeks. Questions can be directed to Spencer Studios at 610-429-4467.

Grades 10, 11, 12 Parent Party October 21: Please join your fellow Pennington parents for a casual get-together over food and drink in the Wesley Forum on Saturday, October 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP. Please note, we are in need of more food donations. Questions can be directed to Karin Eckerson at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com.

Parent Coffee October 26: Please join us on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. for the next Upper School Parent Coffee, Navigating Social Media: Insights and Ideas for Parents. Director of Counseling Services Stephanie DeSouza and Director of Technology Ken Coakley will be sharing practical information to assist parents in understanding the technology behind social media and strategies for handling the potential social pitfalls that arise as results of its use.

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 9, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log into Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Iorio in Old Main 104a, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due October 27; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Middle School

Progress Reports: Now that the first month of school is under our belts, parents may begin to receive "Progress Reports" from their child's teachers. Progress Reports are a good thing; they offer feedback that celebrates recent accomplishments and communicate when students fall short of expectations. Progress Reports are not cause for alarm but should act as a catalyst for conversation and future planning. The intention is to use these reports as conversation pieces to better understand what didn't go well and why, or why something did go well, while also using that understanding to benefit the student in the future.

Elevate Education returns for students October 18: This coming Wednesday, October 18, Elevate Education will return to Pennington to work with sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders on critical study skills. Sixth-graders will take part in a program on note-taking; seventh-graders will learn to use mnemonics; eighth-graders will learn strategies to help them ace their exams. There will be a parent information session from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. See email for more details.

Parents Night Out November 2: Join other Middle School parents at Hopewell Valley Vineyards on Thursday, November 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Questions can be directed to Michelle Meinhart at michellecyrol@yahoo.com.

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 30, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log into Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Meyerson, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due November 15; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Paige's Pages: Please see below for this week's Paige's Pages:

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here.

October 6, 2017

General Information

Locked doors and visitor information: In an effort to continue to improve our campus security through the year, we want to let parents know that beginning Monday, October 9, doors to all campus buildings will be locked throughout the day. Students will be able to gain access to the buildings by using their student ID cards. Students who have not yet received or might have misplaced their cards should see Mrs. Iorio for a new card. Should a student forget his or her card on particular day, he or she will be able to use a temporary card and should come the Dean of Students Office located on the first floor of Old Main to get one. Middle School students will have access to School buildings from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Upper School students will have access to School buildings from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. so these students can leave some of their belongings while participating in after-school activities.

Visitors will report to a centralized location on campus to receive temporary ID cards. Any Upper School parents who need to come to campus for any reason should call or email Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org, and any Middle School parents should contact Chelsi Meyerson at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org. Please know that we are working to make the School as secure a place as we can, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we institute some of these new policies and procedures.

Save the date – Homecoming Happenings! Homecoming will take place this year on Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14. Please see below for specific Homecoming events:

  • Spirit Week! Monday, October 9, through Friday, October 13. Students dress in different themes each day. Be sure to check The Voice in the coming week for the most up-to-date spirit day announcements. On Friday, October 13, we will hold a Red and Black Dress Down Day. Day students are welcome to stay on campus for dinner in the dining hall that evening, after which the entire School community is invited to participate in the Pep Rally.
  • Pep Rally – Sparks Gymnasium: Friday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. All students are invited to attend. Festivities will include performances by many of our teams, cheerleaders, and clubs. Following the Pep Rally, students will head to the turf field for the announcement of this year's Homecoming King and Queen.
  • Upper School Dance – Small Gym: Friday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. Immediately following the announcement of Homecoming King and Queen, there will be an Upper School Dance in the small gymnasium. The dance will end at 10:00 p.m., after which all students should immediately be picked up.
  • Homecoming Row: Saturday, October 14, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We encourage everyone to stop by Homecoming Row, where students, clubs, and activities will be raising money and selling wonderful food and great Pennington Pride hats, shirts, and keepsakes. Make sure to stop by the Bird Feeder to help support the Class of 2018.
  • Athletic events: Saturday, October 14. Be sure to visit our website for a complete list of games for the day!
  • Meckler Library celebration: Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m. Please join us in celebration of the renovated Meckler Library and the new Pennington School Archives and Special Collections Room. Stay after the celebration for a presentation by Chief Financial Officer J. Graeme McWhirter at 1:30 p.m. about the process of the transformation and what the future holds for The Pennington School campus. A discussion will follow. At 2:15 p.m. there will be a conversation with the Archives team, who will be describing some of the treasures of Pennington's 179-year history.

Poinsettia sale to raise money for Haiti: The French Club is now selling poinsettias! Orders must be in by the end of October for delivery in the first week of December. Email any French Club member or Madame Zema at pzema@pennington.org for an order form, or click here. Profits benefit the children of Haiti and will be given to the service trip that will be traveling there over spring break.

2017-18 Student Travel Opportunities: Please click here for a list of 2017-18 student travel opportunities. Financial assistance is available for those students who qualify. If you would like to be considered, contact your trip leader or Sharon Jarboe, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, at sjarboe@pennington.org.

Parent Clubs and Groups hosting events: Please see below for upcoming events hosted by several parent clubs/groups:

  • Chinese Tea Ceremony: On Thursday, October 12, anyone interested in tasting different teas and enjoying Chinese refreshments is invited to Wesley House at 8:30 a.m. Click here to sign up. For more information, please contact Jennifer Wang at yunfeng.wang@gmail.com.
  • Book Club: Anyone interested in joining the Parents Book Club is invited to the first meeting on Friday, October 13, at 8:30 a.m. at Sourland Coffee, 250 Main St. in Pennington. Bring book suggestions. For more information, contact Simi Mehra at simmiechatha@hotmail.com or Sukanya Mahadevan at shishya_arts@yahoo.com.
  • Indian Interest Group: Open to anyone who would like to learn more about the meaning of Diwali, the festival of lights, in India. You are invited to enjoy a variety of sweets served during the celebration of Diwali on Friday, October 20, at 8:30 a.m. in Wesley House. Click here to sign up. For more information, contact Simi Mehra at simmiechatha@hotmail.com or Sukanya Mahadevan at shishya_arts@yahoo.com.

Parents Association to vote on new name: On Friday, October 20, at 8:15 a.m., the Parents Association will hold a general meeting to vote on a name change from The Pennington School Parents Association to Parents for Pennington. If you wish to vote, the meeting will be held in the dining hall.

New York Theatre Trip December 2: This year's New York theatre trip to Once On This Island will be held on Saturday, December 2. Students, faculty, parents, and siblings are invited to attend. The trip will leave campus at 10:45 a.m. for a 2:00 p.m. matinee of this inventive and relevant musical. Dinner and sightseeing in small groups will follow, with a return to campus at 9:30 p.m. The cost of the show ticket and bus transportation per person is $85. Boarders receive a $20 credit on their ticket cost, and will receive dinner money. Please note--the trip is now run by Ms. Suzanne Houston. Reservations can be made with Ms. Houston at Suzanne.houston@pennington.org. Payment will be charged to your School account through the Business Office in November.

Upper School

Senior portraits Oct. 19 and Oct. 20: Spencer Studios will be on campus on Thursday, October 19, and Friday, October 20, for senior portraits. Seniors will sign up for an appointment for a casual and/or formal portrait with Mrs. Iorio. Any senior who did not take a portrait in the spring, or would like to retake his or her photo, should be sure to sign up. School formal dress is required for formal portraits; males are required to wear a jacket. A cap and gown will be provided. Proofs will be sent to your home address within three weeks. Questions can be directed to Spencer Studios at 610-429-4467.

Grades 10, 11, 12 Parent Party October 21: Please join your fellow Pennington parents for a casual get-together over food and drinks in the Wesley Forum on Saturday, October 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Click here to RSVP. Questions can be directed to Karin Eckerson at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com.

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 9, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log into Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Iorio in Old Main 104a, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due October 27; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Middle School

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a winter activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to August 30, state guidelines require you to a complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Parents should log into Magnus to complete this requirement. If you are unable to upload the form on your own, students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Meyerson, or parents can email the update to krossi@pennington.org. Updates are due November 15; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Boarding

Boardingware Update: Parents and guardians of boarding students should have received an invitation this week from Boardingware. All requests to leave campus must be submitted and approved through Boardingware beginning this weekend. If you did not receive the invitation or are having trouble setting up your account, please email Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org.

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here.

September

September 29, 2017

General Information

Opening of School survey: Your feedback is very important to us, and we hope that you will take a few minutes to help us gather some very useful information about the opening of School. Clicking here will take you to a survey regarding your experience during the opening of school, with respect to forms, iPads, book purchases, LAUNCH, and Orientation Day. The survey is anonymous, and no personal information will be collected. We are grateful for your assistance and participation!

Locked doors and visitor information: In an effort to continue to improve our campus security through the year, we want to let parents know that beginning Monday, October 9, doors to all campus buildings will be locked throughout the day. Students will be able to gain access to the buildings by using their student ID cards. Students who have not yet received or might have misplaced their cards should see Mrs. Iorio for a new card. Should a student forget his or her card on particular day, he or she will be able to use a temporary card and should come the Dean of Students Office located on the first floor of Old Main to get one. Middle School students will have access to School buildings from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Upper School students will have access to School buildings from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. so these students can leave some of their belongings while participating in after-school activities.

Visitors will report to a centralized location on campus to receive temporary ID cards. Any Upper School parents who need to come to campus for any reason should call or email Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org, and any Middle School parents should contact Chelsi Meyerson at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org. Please know that we are working to make the School as secure a place as we can, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we institute some of these new policies and procedures.

Online Student/Parent Directory now available in Veracross: We are delighted to announce that the online version of our Student/Parent Directory is now available in your parent portal in Veracross. Simply log in as usual, and you will see a button for the directory on the righthand side of your screen. Although we printed a paper version for your convenience this year, please note that a new, online directory always contains the most up-to-date information, as email addresses, phone numbers, and home addresses change all year long. If you find any of your own information is listed incorrectly, please update your profile in Veracross and the directory will be updated after the Registrar's office reviews the change.

You can search students or parents by first name or last name, and you can view all students by grade. We hope you will find this new online directory very useful. Please note that this directory is to facilitate noncommercial communication among students and The Pennington School and their parents only. Any other use of the information contained in the directory is strictly prohibited.

Underclassman yearbook photos next week: Spencer Studios will be on campus Monday, October 2, and Tuesday, October 3, to take yearbook photos of students in grades 6-11. Upper School students will go during a set period with their English class; Middle School students will go during a set period with a Middle School faculty member on Tuesday. Proofs will be sent to your home address within three weeks. Questions can be directed to Spencer Studios at 610-429-4467.

Princeton Common Ground speaker October 5: A free talk is being presented on Thursday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Stuart Country Day School for parents. Dr. Wendy Mogel will be speaking to parents about the rough waters of child-rearing, adding a measure of joy and humor to the voyage. Drawing on insights from her thirty-five-year career in clinical psychology, she will unravel the paradox of good-intentioned, devoted parenting gone astray. Registration is required for this free talk; please click here to register.

Save the date: Homecoming Happenings! Homecoming will take place this year on Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14. Please see below for specific Homecoming events:

  • Spirit Week! Monday, October 9, through Friday, October 13. Students dress in different themes each day. Be sure to check The Voice in the coming week for the most up-to-date spirit day announcements. On Friday, October 13, we will hold a Red and Black Dress Down Day. Day students are welcome to stay on campus for dinner in the dining hall that evening, after which the entire School community is invited to participate in the Pep Rally.
  • Pep Rally – Sparks Gymnasium: Friday, October 13, at 6:30 p.m. All students are invited to attend. Festivities will include performances by many of our teams, cheerleaders, and clubs. Following the Pep Rally, students will head to the turf field for the announcement of this year's Homecoming King and Queen.
  • Upper School Dance – Small Gym: Friday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. Immediately following the announcement of Homecoming King and Queen, there will be an Upper School Dance in the small gymnasium. The dance will end at 10:00 p.m., after which all day students should immediately be picked up.
  • Homecoming Row: Saturday, October 14, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. We encourage everyone to stop by Homecoming Row, where students, clubs, and activities will be raising money and selling wonderful food and great Pennington Pride hats, shirts, and keepsakes. Make sure to stop by the Bird Feeder to help support the Class of 2018.
  • Athletic events: Saturday, October 14. Be sure to visit our website for a complete list of games for the day!

Help promote Open House with lawn signs: Please help the Admission Team promote Open House, which takes place on Sunday, October 15. New Open House lawn signs, featuring the watercolor rendering of Old Main by Carrie Bouton, are the must-have lawn ornament for the fall season. If you would like to place a lawn sign either in your front yard or near a key intersection, please stop by the Office of Admission to pick one up!

Admission fee waiver announcement: Do you have a child who will be applying to Pennington for the 2018-19 school year? The Office of Admission is offering application fee waivers for all sibling applicants. To receive your fee waiver code, please email Jenny Chase at jchase@pennington.org with your child's name, current school, and the grade to which they will be applying. We are looking forward to working with you and your children this year! –-The Admission Team

Parents Association clubs and events: Please see below for a new club, a new interest group, and one event for parents:

  • Book Club: Love to read? Join fellow bookworms in TPSPA's Book Club. For more information, please contact Simi Mekra at simmiechatha@hotmail.com, or Sukanya Mahadevan at shishya_arts@yahoo.com.
  • Indian Interest Group: If you are interested in learning more about Indian culture and traditions, please contact Simi Mekra at simmiechatha@hotmail.com or Sukanya Mahadevan at shishya_arts@yahoo.com
  • Chinese Tea Ceremony: If you are interested in tasting different teas and enjoying Chinese refreshments, join TPSPA on Thursday, October 12, at 8:30 a.m. in the Wesley Alumni House for a Chinese tea ceremony. Please click here to sign up.

Parents Association to vote on new name: On Friday, October 20, at 8:15 a.m., the Parents Association will hold a general meeting to vote on a name change from The Pennington School Parents Association to Parents for Pennington. If you wish to vote, the meeting will be held in the dining hall.

Upper School

Senior portraits Oct. 19 and Oct. 20: Spencer Studios will be on campus on Thursday, October 19, and Friday, October 20, for senior portraits. Seniors will sign up for appointments for casual and formal portraits with Mrs. Iorio. Any senior who did not take a portrait in the spring, or would like to retake his or her photo, should be sure to sign up. School formal dress is required for formal portraits, with males required to wear a jacket. A cap and gown will be provided. Proofs will be sent to your home address within three weeks. Questions can be directed to Spencer Studios at 610-429-4467.

Deadline for College Guidance event October 5: On Sunday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wesley Forum, the College Guidance Office will host a seminar entitled "Emerging Trends in Higher Education." Dr. Robert J. Massa, senior vice president for enrollment and institutional planning at Drew University, will be the presenter. This presentation is designed for juniors, sophomores, freshmen, and their parents. To register, contact Sharon Carabelli at sharon.carabelli@pennington.org or 609-737-6130. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 5.

Grade 9 Parent Party October 6: Grade 9 parents are invited to attend the Parent Party at the home of Dr. Bill Hawkey and Karen Hawkey on Friday, October 6, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please click here to view the invitation; questions can be directed to Karin Eckerson at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com.

Middle School

Grade 7 Parent Party: The Koesterich family and the Parents Association would like to invite Grade 7 parents to a potluck social. Click here to RSVP. Please note, there is a sign-up for potluck items. Once you RSVP "yes," a new screen will appear that says, "To-Do Items." Select potluck items and enter your food contribution.

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here.

September 22, 2017

General Information

Help promote Open House with lawn signs: Please help the Admission team promote the School's Open House, which takes place on Sunday, October 15. New Open House lawn signs, featuring the watercolor rendering of Old Main by Carrie Bouton, are the must-have lawn ornament for the fall season. If you would like to place a lawn sign, either in your front yard or near a key intersection, please stop by the Office of Admission to pick one up!

Admission fee waiver announcement: Do you have a child who will be applying to Pennington for the 2018-19 school year? The Office of Admission is offering application fee waivers for all sibling applicants. To receive your fee waiver code, please email Jenny Chase at jchase@pennington.org with your child's name, current school, and the grade to which he or she will be applying. We are looking forward to working with you and your children this year! –The Admission Team

Multicultural Gourmet Club offered to parents: If you love to cook and want to learn about different cultural foods, join the Multicultural Gourmet Club. You will try new recipes from around the globe and share your creations. To be included on the mailing list, please contact Marlynne Marlow at marlynnemarlow@hotmail.com.

Several groups available to parents: Three new groups are now available in which parents can participate: a Tennis Group, a Hispanic/Latino Interest Group, and a Chinese Interest Group. Parents are welcome to contact Marlynne Marlow if they would like to start any other clubs or multicultural interest groups.

  • Tennis: Those with interest in tennis can meet on the School courts Wednesday and Saturday mornings. To be included on the mailing list, please contact Marlynne Marlow at marlynnemarlow@hotmail.com.
  • Hispanic/Latino Interest: To learn more about the Hispanic/Latino culture, contact Johanna Gonzalez at vangonz@gmail.com
  • Chinese Interest: To become more knowledgeable about Chinese culture and traditions, such as a Chinese tea ceremony, Chinese painting and calligraphy, and more, please contact Jennifer Wang at yunfeng.wang@gmail.com.
Upper School

Back-to-School Night September 28: On Thursday, September 28, the School will host its annual Upper School Back-to-School Night for parents. This evening begins with the Parents Association dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. To view a more detailed schedule of the night and a letter from Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler, please click here.

Freshman Fun Night September 28: The Peer Leaders are hosting Freshman Fun Night on Thursday, September 28, to correspond with Upper School Back-to-School Night. This mandatory event is an opportunity for freshmen to continue to get to know each other through a student-led evening of fun and games. There will be no homework for freshmen that evening, and dinner will be provided. Freshmen should dress comfortably; sneakers are a must. Details will be communicated to the freshmen through their Peer Leaders. The senior Peer Leaders are looking forward to hosting this Pennington tradition for the Class of 2021!

Deadline for College Guidance event October 5: On Sunday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wesley Forum, the College Guidance Office will host a seminar entitled "Emerging Trends in Higher Education." Dr. Robert J. Massa, senior vice president for enrollment and institutional planning at Drew University, will be the presenter. This presentation is designed for juniors, sophomores, freshmen, and their parents. To register, contact Sharon Carabelli at sharon.carabelli@pennington.org or 609-737-6130. The registration deadline is Thursday, October 5.

Grade 9 Parent Party October 6: Grade 9 parents are invited to attend the Parent Party at the home of Dr. Bill Hawkey and Karen Hawkey on Friday, October 6. Please click here to view the invitation; questions can be directed to Karin Eckerson at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com.

Middle School

Grade 8 Parent and Student Party tomorrow: A party for Grade 8 families will be hosted in the Gray family's home on Saturday, September 23. Contact Michelle Meinhart at michellecyrol@yahoo.com if you did not receive an invitation.

Middle School Parent Coffee next week: The first of four Middle School Parent Coffees will be held next Thursday, September 28, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery of Art. This gathering is for all Middle School parents and will begin with a brief discussion from Physical Life Skills trainers Susie Paige, Lisa Houston, and Aaron Twitchell. There will also be a conversation about the opening-of-school experience, communication expectations and guidelines, and School security. Head of Middle School Todd Paige will provide details about the upcoming Retreat and other events, and he will begin an ongoing discussion about technology use in the classroom. The goal for these discussions is to empower all adults to establish healthy technology habits and minimize negative consequences for students. Breakfast refreshments will be available.

Paige's Pages a new addition: Bimonthly, I hope to offer parents a handful of articles, blogs, posts, and anything else that comes my way that has some relevance to educating and parenting kids today and in the future. Pick and choose what may resonate with you, and feel free to engage in dialog with one another about those topics that spark your interest or test your perspective. Also, please share your thoughts with me as we work together to help us all become our very best selves. Please click any headline below to view. –Todd Paige, Head of Middle School

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here.

September 15, 2017

General Information

One Call Now test today: On Friday, September 15, at approximately 3:30 p.m., the School will be conducting a test of our emergency notification system, One Call Now. This system is typically used to notify parents and employees by voice mail of School closings due to inclement weather; however, on occasion it will be used to notify parents of changes to School-wide events or if an emergency situation exists on campus.

If you do not receive a call by 5:00 p.m. or if you would like to add a number to this system, please email Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org. Please include your student's name and grade and the phone numbers you would like to add. Please do not call the number back to report any changes; all changes must be received in writing.

Admission fee waiver announcement: Do you have a child who will be applying to Pennington for the 2018-19 school year? The Office of Admission is offering application fee waivers for all sibling applicants. To receive your fee waiver code, please email Jenny Chase at jchase@pennington.org with your child's name, current school, and the grade to which he or she will be applying. We are looking forward to working with you and your children this year! –the Admission team

World Maker Faire Field Trip Sept. 24: Pennington students are invited to attend the World Maker Faire on Sunday, September 24 in New York City. The Faire is a festival of invention, creativity, resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. A bus will depart Pennington at 8:30 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. The price is $32 for day students, and is free for boarders. Please email Mrs. Wirsig at swirsig@pennington.org by 8:00 a.m. on September 18 to indicate your interest in attending the trip. Seats are limited.

View updates and news stories on website: For updated information, calendars, and featured news stories, we invite all parents to visit our website to get the latest on the School. We also invite you to follow us on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Upper School

Back-to-School Night Sept. 28: On Thursday, September 28, the School will host its annual Upper School Back-to-School Night for parents. This evening begins with a dinner hosted by the Parents Association at 5:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. To view a more detailed schedule of the night and a letter from Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler, please click here.

Grade 9 Parent Coffee Sept. 22: Grade 9 parents and guardians are invited to join the Parents Association on Friday, September 22 at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery for a parent coffee. Stephanie DeSouza, director of counseling services, will share ideas and strategies on making the transition to high school smooth and successful for everyone. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and share any challenges you may be experiencing. Please respond by clicking here.

France trip deposits due Sept. 22: Your student is invited to experience the language and culture of France with a homestay experience March 16 through March 24, 2018. The trip is open to students of French in ninth- through twelfth-grade at an estimated cost of $2,600. A deposit of $1,000 is due by Friday, September 22 to reserve a space on the trip. Interested? Email Dr. Henry at marissa.henry@pennington.org.

Driver Education offered this fall: Driver Education for grades 10-12 will be offered this fall. The session will begin on Sunday, September 24, and run for 10 weeks. Classes are on Sunday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Yen 306. Email Mr. Liwosz if you are interested in participating at tliwosz@pennington.org. The fee is $200; checks should be made payable to Princeton Driving School and brought to the first class.

Middle School

Middle School Back-to-School Night Sept. 19: Parents of Middle School students are invited to Middle School Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, September 19, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner hosted by the Parents Association. For a more detailed schedule of events, please click here.

Physical Life Skills meets every Wednesday: A reminder to Middle School students and parents: Physical Life Skills meets every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. This trimester, the eighth-grade boys are doing Zumba, the sixth- and seventh-grade boys are doing Inspire Performance Academy, and the eighth-grade girls are doing yoga. All three of these activities require a change of clothes, with sneakers for the boys. The sixth- and seventh-grade girls are doing swimming, which requires a swimsuit, towel, and optional goggles. Please remind your students to bring their change of clothing and equipment each Wednesday.

Club and Fall Athletic information: Information on Middle School Clubs and Fall Athletics is posted via specific Schoology groups. (For example, Middle School Cross Country or Middle School Book Club.) You can access this information through your child's Schoology account. Students will see new information posted by advisors or coaches in the updated format on their home page, or by visiting the specific group page in their group drop down.

Visit the website for Middle School news: For the latest information and featured Middle School news stories, please visit our Middle School page on the website! We also invite you to follow up on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Elevate Education will be back on campus: On the evening of Wednesday, October 18, all Middle School parents will have an opportunity to hear from Elevate Education, Inc., about the work they completed with students this past Wednesday, September 13. Elevate has worked with all Middle School students for a number of years and these sessions have proved to offer students valuable strategies to be more efficient, more focused, and better managers of their time. More details will follow in future weeks.

Boarding

This weekend's activities: To view a list of activities for this weekend, please click here. Day students are welcome to join many of our activities; please view the flyer each week for details!

September 8, 2017

General Information

Welcome back to Pennington! We hope you had a fabulous summer! Every Friday morning, parents will receive an email called Pennington Postings. The Postings contains important information and reminders about upcoming School events; it is the best way to find out what will be happening in the week ahead. To prevent the Postings from disappearing into your spam filter, we suggest adding penningtonpostings@pennington.org to your list of contacts and approved senders.

Convocation tonight: Convocation, observing the beginning of the one hundred and eightieth academic year, will take place tonight, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. on O'Hanlon Green. Upper School students should arrive by 6:15 p.m. and Middle School students by 6:30 p.m.; they should report to Liwosz Turf Field for class photos.

Boarding news: We will be adding a new Postings section especially for parents of boarding students; watch for it next week! In the meantime, click here for this weekend's schedule of activities--and remember that day students are welcome to join them, as well!

Parents Association meeting next Thursday: Join the Parents Association for the first General Meeting next Thursday, September 14, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery. The Executive Board will introduce themselves and their roles; review this year's agenda and calendar; and discuss planned activities such as coffees, clubs, the Bash, and others. Light breakfast will be served.

Important note when browsing the website: For all parent information, please visit the website at www.pennington.org, go to the Community tab and then to Parents. You can bookmark this page for easy access.

Music lessons available: Music lessons are available for all instruments and voice-types, experience levels, and styles. Scheduling is already underway, so return this form to the business office as soon as possible to secure your slot.

Upper School

College Guidance Senior Parent Night September 17: The College Guidance Office invites senior parents to their annual Senior Parent Night on Sunday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wesley Forum in the Yen Building. College Guidance will discuss important information about the year ahead and how parents can best support their students in completing their college applications and deciding where to enroll. Parents are highly encouraged to attend if they are able.

Driver Education offered this fall: Driver Education for grades 10-12 will be offered in the fall. The session will begin on Sunday, September 24, and run for 10 weeks. Classes are from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Yen 306. Email Mr. Liwosz if you are interested in participating at tliwosz@pennington.org. The fee is $200; checks should be made payable to Princeton Driving School and brought to the first class.

Middle School

Grade 6 Parent Party September 15: Grade 6 parents are invited to attend the Parent Party at the home of Dr. Bill Hawkey and Karen Hawkey on Friday, September 15. Please click here to view the invitation; questions can be directed to Michelle Meinhart at michellecyrol@yahoo.com.

2016-17

June

June 2, 2017

General Information

Final Postings of the year: This will be the final issue of Pennington Postings for the 2016-17 school year. Congratulations to the Class of 2017, and have a wonderful summer!

Exam schedule starting today: Please click here to view the exam schedule for Friday, June 2, through Thursday, June 8.

End-of-year letter from the Parents Association: The Parents Association wishes to thank all parents who helped make this past year a success. Click here to read a letter from the Parents Association.

Cookies needed for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch: At our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon, there will be a cookie buffet. Each attendee will be invited to select an assortment of cookies to take home as a favor. Please volunteer to bake your best cookies as a thank-you for all that these special people do for our children. Please deliver plated cookies to the Campus Center on Friday, June 9, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Let us know what cookies you will donate by signing up here.

Scholarship Golf Classic June 12: The Twenty-Second Annual Scholarship Golf Classic will take place at The Bedens Brook Club on Monday, June 12. Proceeds from the Classic benefit the Page and Otto Marx Challenge, supporting financial aid for local students. Please join us for a spectacular silent auction at the awards luncheon; click here to register. For more information, please contact Jane Childrey '89 at jane.childrey@pennington.org or 609-737-6144, or Rob McClellan at rmcclellan@pennington.org or 609-737-6126.

Required School forms due July 1: Required School forms, including general permission and medical forms, are due no later than Saturday, July 1. You should have received an email from Magnus Health with your temporary password on May 3. Magnus Health is a leader in student health care management and offers electronic signatures as well as mobile form submissions and parents access from any mobile device. If you did not receive an email from Magnus, or have any questions regarding our School forms, please contact Maureen Iorio, assistant to the Dean of Students, at miorio@pennington.org, or Chelsi Meyerson, assistant to the Head of Middle School, at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org.

Seeking host families for students from Spain: We are currently seeking Pennington families willing to host students from Spain from September 17 through 30. Preference will be given to students of Spanish, but anyone can host. Take part in this amazing experience where you get to know a person from a different culture, share with them the American culture, and have the opportunity to visit in Spain during the spring of 2019. Interested families may contact Dr. Castro at lcastro@pennington.org.

Global Studies trips announced for next year: The Global Studies office is pleased to announce its School trips for the 2017-18 school year. Click here to view a list of trips with details and contact information. Please email individual trip leaders for further information.

Interested in becoming a host family next year? The School's Host International Program (HIP) matches international students with families of current Pennington day students. The program is designed to help students make the transition to life at a boarding school in the United States, and it allows local students to experience other cultures and perspectives. International students who participate in the program do not live with their host families; rather, they and their hosts participate in various activities together when school is in session. Please consider taking part in this wonderful opportunity for the 2017-18 school year! Full details of the program are available by clicking here; questions can be directed to Director of International Student Services Judy Rossi at jrossi@pennington.org or 609-737-6147.

Upper School

Commencement tomorrow: Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, June 3, on the lawn of Old Main, and a light luncheon for seniors and their guests will immediately follow the ceremony. Seniors will arrive on campus no later than 9:15 a.m. for a photo on the gym steps at 9:30 a.m. No tickets are necessary for Commencement, as there is open seating. Please note that only the School administration has the right to reserve seating at Commencement. All other reserved seating signs that are placed before 9:30 a.m. will be removed.

Global Leadership Seminar opportunity: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will be hosting its annual Global Leadership Seminar for high school students at Temple University in Philadelphia, from Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14. The theme this year is U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era, and the week concludes with a field trip to Washington, DC, where students will meet with diplomats and foreign policy officials. The cost is $195 for the week. Space is quite limited. More information and registration is available here. If students are interested, a bus will travel to and from The Pennington School each day at a cost of $75 for the week. If you have questions, or would like to sign up for the Pennington bus, please contact Dr. Sisserson at kendra.sisserson@pennington.org.

Middle School

Middle School--June 2, 2017

Summer camp slots still available: Your child can spend a week this summer with some of his or her favorite Pennington teachers and coaches!

May

May 26, 2017

General Information

Half-day schedule today: The Headmaster has called for a half-day schedule today, May 26. Happy Prom and happy Memorial Day weekend! Please check the Voice and Schoology for the exact schedule. Classes today will end at 11:35 a.m., and lunch will be served following the last class.

Chariot Races next Tuesday: The Pennington Latin Club's Seventh Annual Chariot Races will take place next Tuesday, May 30, at 3:15 p.m. Chariots may be dropped off that morning on the Campus Center Plaza; prizes will be awarded in various categories. Parents are invited!

Horizon Fair next Wednesday: Seniors from the Class of 2017 will share their Horizon internship experiences in a wide range of categories on Wednesday, May 31, at 3:00 p.m. Categories include Architecture and Engineering, Arts and History, Business and Culinary, Communications and Media, Community Services and Nonprofit, Education, Law, Marketing and Development, Medicine and Health Care, Sports Management and Training, and various categories of STEM.

Exam schedule for beginning of June: Please click here to view the exam schedule for Friday, June 2, through Thursday, June 8.

Last Parents Association meeting next Thursday: Please join the Parents Association next Thursday, June 1, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery for the final General Meeting of the School year. The Parents Association will present the School with their end of year gift, introduce the 2017-18 slate of officers, and recap the year. Breakfast will be served following the meeting as a thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and donors—all are welcome! Kindly RSVP here.

Seeking host families for students from Spain: We are currently seeking Pennington families willing to host students from Spain from September 17 through 30. Preference will be given to students of Spanish, but anyone can host. Take part in this amazing experience where you get to know a person from a different culture, share with them the American culture, and have the opportunity to visit in Spain during the spring of 2019. Interested families may contact Dr. Castro at lcastro@pennington.org.

Tent-decorating volunteers needed: The Parents Association is seeking volunteers to help decorate the tent for the Senior/Parent Dinner that follows Baccalaureate on June 2. Click here to sign up.

Cookies needed for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch: At our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon, there will be a cookie buffet. Each attendee will be invited to select an assortment of cookies to take home as a favor. Please volunteer to bake your best cookies as a thank-you for all that these special people do for our children. Please deliver plated cookies to the Campus Center on Friday, June 9, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Let us know what cookies you will donate by signing up here.

Scholarship Golf Classic June 12: The Twenty-Second Annual Scholarship Golf Classic will take place at The Bedens Brook Club on Monday, June 12. Proceeds from the Classic benefit the Page and Otto Marx Challenge, supporting financial aid for local students. Please join us for a spectacular silent auction at the awards luncheon; click here to register. For more information, please contact Jane Childrey '89 at jane.childrey@pennington.org or 609-737-6144, or Rob McClellan at rmcclellan@pennington.org or 609-737-6126.

Global Studies trips announced for next year: The Global Studies office is pleased to announce its School trips for the 2017-18 school year. Click here to view a list of trips with details and contact information. Please email individual trip leaders for further information.

Interested in becoming a host family next year? The School's Host International Program (HIP) matches international students with families of current Pennington day students. The program is designed to help students transition to life at a boarding school in the United States, and it allows local students to experience other cultures and perspectives. International students who participate in the program do not live with their host families; rather, they and their hosts participate in various activities together when school is in session. Please consider taking part in this wonderful opportunity for the 2017-18 school year! Full details of the program are available by clicking here; questions can be asked of Director of International Student Services Judy Rossi at jrossi@pennington.org or 609-737-6147.

Upper School

Prom is tonight! Please click here to read an important message from the Dean of Students. All prom tickets must be paid for today. Click here to log in to your student's account to make a payment.

Senior Class Lock-In information: Plans for the Senior Class Lock-In have been announced. Please click here for more information.

Senior Week schedule of events: Please click here to view the schedule of events for Senior Week.

Notes for Class of 2017 parents: A friendly reminder for senior parents to please register for the Senior Parent Dinner on June 2, following the Baccalaureate service. The dinner on Friday evening under the tent on Heritage Field is a special celebration for seniors, their parents, and the faculty. Siblings who are current students or alumni of Pennington are also invited. Because of limited seating under the tent, we regret that we can accommodate only a few additional guests on a first come, first served basis. There is $40 charge per extra guest. To register for the Senior/Parent Dinner, click here; for additional tickets, click here or contact Tina Lambdin at 609–737–6111 or tlambdin@pennington.org if you have any questions.

Commencement information: Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, on the lawn of Old Main, and a light luncheon for seniors and their guests will immediately follow the ceremony. No tickets are necessary for Commencement, as there is open seating. Additional graduation invitations are available for pick-up in Mrs. Iorio's office. Please note that only the School administration has the right to reserve seating at Commencement. All other reserved seating signs that are placed before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, will be removed.

Global Leadership Seminar opportunity: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will be hosting its annual Global Leadership Seminar for high school students at Temple University in Philadelphia, from Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14. The theme this year is U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era, and the week concludes with a field trip to Washington, DC, where students will meet with diplomats and foreign policy officials. The cost is $195 for the week. Space is quite limited. More information and registration is available here. If students are interested, a bus will travel to and from The Pennington School each day at a cost of $75 for the week. If you have questions, or would like to sign up for the Pennington bus, please contact Dr. Sisserson at kendra.sisserson@pennington.org.

Middle School

Summer camp slots still available: Spend a week this summer with some of your favorite Pennington teachers and coaches!

May 19, 2017

General Information

All School Barbecue tomorrow: Join the whole school for bubble soccer, volleyball, food, and fun on O'Hanlon Green before the Coffeehouse tomorrow, May 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

New art exhibit opening tomorrow: The Silva Gallery is proud to open its newest exhibit by alumnus Matthew Pandolfe '07 tomorrow, May 20, between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. There will be a reception for the artist from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Silva Gallery, with plenty of great food, company, and incredible fashion photography. Click here for more information about the exhibit.

Student/Faculty pottery for sale at Pennington Day: Senior Marjorie Long has spearheaded an Empty Bowls Project to raise money for T.A.S.K. through the sale of pottery made by Pennington students and faculty. To support her efforts, please stop by the Pennington School tent at Pennington Day tomorrow, May 20. Marjorie has created many of the beautiful bowls, cups, vases, and more, all of which are food safe.

Women's self-defense class next Thursday: On Thursday, May 25, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., there will be a women's self-defense class in the big gym. This class is open to any woman associated with the School – students, faculty, and parents are welcome to attend. It is important for every woman to know how to defend herself; this class will teach basic self-defense. The class will be instructed by Songham Taekwondo sixth-degree Black Belt Master Susan Winter from Princeton Martial Arts Center, and third-degree Black Belt Ariana Colner '22. Please contact ariana.colner@pennington.org to sign up or with any questions.

Half-day schedule next Friday: The Headmaster has called for a half-day schedule on Friday, May 26. Happy Prom and happy Memorial Day weekend! Please check the Voice and Schoology for the exact schedule for Friday, May 26. Classes on Friday will end at 11:35 a.m. and lunch will be served following the last class.

Chariot Races on May 30: The Pennington Latin Club's Seventh Annual Chariot Races will take place on Tuesday, May 30 at 3:15 p.m. Chariots may be dropped off that morning on the Campus Center Plaza; prizes will be awarded in various categories. Parents are invited!

Exam schedule for beginning of June: Please click here to view the exam schedule for Friday, June 2, through Thursday, June 8.

Tent decorating volunteers needed: The Parents Association is seeking volunteers to help decorate the tent for the Senior/Parent Dinner that follows Baccalaureate on June 2. Click here to sign up.

Parents Association meeting/appreciation breakfast: Please join the Parents Association on Thursday, June 1, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery for the final General Meeting of the School year. The Parents Association will present the School with their end of year gift, introduce the 2017-18 slate of officers, and recap the year. Breakfast will be served following the meeting as a thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and donors—all are welcome! Kindly RSVP here.

Cookies needed for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch: At our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon, there will be a cookie buffet. Each attendee will be invited to select an assortment of cookies to take home as a favor. Please volunteer to bake your best cookies as a thank-you for all that these special people do for our children. Please deliver plated cookies to the Campus Center on Friday, June 9, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Let us know what cookies you will donate by signing up here.

Interested in becoming a host family next year? The School's Host International Program (HIP) matches international students with families of current Pennington day students. The program is designed to help students transition to life at a boarding school in the United States, and it allows local students to experience other cultures and perspectives. International students who participate in the program do not live with their host families; rather, they and their hosts participate in various activities together when school is in session. Please consider taking part in this wonderful opportunity for the 2017-18 school year! Full details of the program are available by clicking here; questions can be directed to Director of International Services Judy Rossi at jrossi@pennington.org or 609-737-6147.

Upper School

Last Freshman Fun Night tonight: The senior Peer Leaders are excited to share a final Freshman Fun Night with the freshman class tonight, May 19, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The Peer Leaders have organized a night of fun and games, including Pennington's own version of Quidditch. Freshmen are asked to dress comfortably, wear sneakers (weather permitting we are outside) and bring a wooden broom if possible! Meet on the turf.

Notes for Class of 2017 parents: A friendly reminder for senior parents to please register for the Senior Parent Dinner on June 2, following the Baccalaureate service. The dinner on Friday evening under the tent on Heritage Field is a special celebration for seniors, their parents, and the faculty. Siblings who are current students or alumni of Pennington are also invited. Because of limited seating under the tent, we regret that we can accommodate only a few additional guests on a first come, first served basis. There is $40 charge per extra guest. To register for the Senior/Parent Dinner, click here; for additional tickets, click here or contact Tina Lambdin at 609–737–6111 or tlambdin@pennington.org if you have any questions.

Promenade on campus before Prom: Join us on Friday, May 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for this on-campus event on O'Hanlon Green. This is an opportunity for parents and students to gather and take photos before students board buses to attend the Junior/Senior Prom at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. The Parents Association has organized food and photographers with whom students can have photos taken with their friends. Families are invited to remain for a parents party from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. after the students have boarded the buses.

One spot left in summer Public Speaking class: Responding to student and parent interest, a second section of the summer Public Speaking class has been added during the week of July 17. There is currently one spot still available. Students who take the class during the summer receive credit for the quarter class usually taken during sophomore year at Pennington. Please click here to see the page about the class, which includes a link to the registration site.

Commencement information: Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, on the lawn of Old Main, and a light luncheon for seniors and their guests will immediately follow the ceremony. No tickets are necessary for Commencement, as there is open seating. Additional graduation invitations are available for pick-up in Mrs. Iorio's office. Please note that only the School administration has the right to reserve seating at Commencement. All other reserved seating signs that are placed before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, will be removed.

World Affairs Council in July: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will be hosting their annual Global Leadership Seminar for high school students from Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14, at Temple University. The theme this year is U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era, and the week concludes with a field trip to Washington D.C., where students will meet with diplomats and foreign policy officials. The cost is $195 for the week; space is limited, please click here for more information and registration. Also, a bus is available for transportation to and from Pennington each day at a cost of $75 for the week. To sign up for the bus, or any questions, please contact Kendra Sisserson at Kendra.sisserson@pennington.org.

Middle School

Attention parents of eighth-grade students (rising ninth-grade students): Come join us for the Red Raiders Welcome and Brunch on Saturday, May, 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a morning of getting to know your new Upper School classmates and their families. Parents and students will learn about Upper School summer reading, technology, the dress code, business matters, course selection, and Upper School athletics!

Summer camp slots still available: Spend a week this summer with some of your favorite Pennington teachers and coaches!

May 12, 2017

General Information

Middle School Play ends this weekend: The Middle School Play, Ivan and the Firebird, will be performed through Saturday, May 13, in the Stainton Hall Lecture Center. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here. Tickets are $5 for students and adults. There is an additional processing fee of $1.50 per ticket. Waiting list requests should be sent to tickets@pennington.org.

Parents Book Club next Thursday: The Parents Association will hold its next book club in the evening on Thursday, May 18. Suggestions for the next book to read are welcome, but in the meantime, participants will read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Email Annie Michaelson ASAP with book suggestions at tpspa@pennington.org. Please click here to RSVP.

Tennis Round Robin with prizes May 20: Want US Open tickets? Participate in the Scholarship Tennis Round Robin on Saturday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m.! All participants can participate in a raffle drawing for two (2) US Open tickets. There will be prizes for first and second place, along with contests for best Pennington spirit outfit; best outfit; best grunt; and best John McEnroe hair and headband. Click here to register or contact Director of Alumni Affairs Jane Childrey at jane.childrey@pennington.org.Contributions of any size will be accepted during this event. There is no minimum contribution. Proceeds from the Pennington Scholarship Round Robin benefit the Page and Otto Marx Challenge, which supports financial aid for disadvantaged youth.

All School Barbecue next Saturday: Join the whole school for bubble soccer, volleyball, food, and fun on O'Hanlon Green before the Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tent decorating volunteers needed: The Parents Association is seeking volunteers to help decorate the tent for the Senior/Parent Dinner that follows Baccalaureate on June 2. Click here to sign up.

Come meet the new Parents Association officers: The Parents Association is thrilled to introduce the slate for next year's officers. We hope you will join us at our last general meeting and thank-you breakfast of the year on Thursday, June 1, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery to meet the new leadership, recap the year, and present the School with our end-of-year gift. Kindly RSVP here.

Cookies needed for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch: At our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon, there will be a cookie buffet. Each attendee will be invited to select an assortment of cookies to take home as a favor. Please volunteer to bake your best cookies as a thank-you for all that these special people do for our children. Please deliver plated cookies to the Campus Center on Friday, June 9, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Let us know what cookies you will donate by signing up here.

Required School forms due July 1: Required School forms, including general permission and medical forms, are due no later than Saturday, July 1. You should have received an email from Magnus Health with your temporary password on Wednesday, May 3. Magnus Health is a leader in student health care management and offers electronic signatures as well as mobile form submissions and parents access from any mobile device. If you did not receive an email from Magnus, or have any questions regarding our School forms, please contact Maureen Iorio, assistant to the Dean of Students, at miorio@pennington.org, or Chelsi Meyerson, assistant to the Head of Middle School at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org.

Upper School

Prom tickets must be purchased by tonight!The Pennington School will host its prom at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, May 26, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by tonight, May 12. Students and their guests are required to ride a coach bus to the museum from the School and back. We will board the buses at 5:15 p.m.; students are asked to be prompt. Tickets are $100 per person and will be charged to your School account. Questions may be directed to Maureen Iorio, assistant to the Dean of Students, at miorio@pennington.org.

Class of 2018 parents, take note about portraits: Spencer Studios will be on campus next week to take your child's senior portrait. Current juniors are encouraged to take a photo this spring (retakes, if desired, will be offered in the fall). Students need to make two appointments with Mrs. Iorio: a casual portrait on May 15 or 16 and a formal portrait (studio style shots, including optional cap and gown) on May 18 or 19.

Notes for Class of 2017 parents: A friendly reminder for senior parents to please register for the Senior Parent Dinner on June 2, following the Baccalaureate service. The dinner on Friday evening under the tent on Heritage Field is a special celebration for seniors, their parents, and the faculty. Siblings who are current students or alumni of Pennington are also invited. Because of limited seating under the tent, we regret that we can accommodate only a few additional guests on a first come, first served basis. There is $40 charge per extra guest. To register for the Senior/Parent Dinner, click here; for additional tickets, click here or contact Tina Lambdin at 609–737–6111 or tlambdin@pennington.org if you have any questions.

Commencement will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, on the lawn of Old Main, and a light luncheon for seniors and their guests will immediately follow the ceremony. No tickets are necessary for Commencement, as there is open seating. Additional graduation invitations are available for pick-up in Mrs. Iorio's office. Please note that only the School administration has the right to reserve seating at Commencement. All other reserved seating signs that are placed before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, will be removed.

Global Leadership Seminar opportunity:The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia will be hosting its annual Global Leadership Seminar for high school students at Temple University in Philadelphia, from Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14. The theme this year is U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era, and the week concludes with a field trip to Washington, DC, where students will meet with diplomats and foreign policy officials. The cost is $195 for the week. Space is quite limited. More information and registration is available here. If students are interested, a bus will travel to and from The Pennington School each day at a cost of $75 for the week. If you have questions, or would like to sign up for the Pennington bus, please contact Dr. Sisserson at kendra.sisserson@pennington.org.

Additional summer Public Speaking class offered: Responding to student and parent interest, a second section of the summer Public Speaking class has been added during the week of July 17. Students who take the class during the summer receive credit for the quarter class usually taken during sophomore year at Pennington. Please click here to see the page about the class, which includes a link to the registration site.

Calling oncurrent Junior Class parentsto help stock the Bird Feeder by donating snacks and beverages that we can sell on Pennington Day (Saturday, May 20). Chips, candy, soft drinks, Gatorade, and bottles of water are greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in Yen 108. Please contact Mrs. Reddy (areddy@pennington.org) or Mr. Bouton (jbouton@pennington.org) with any questions! The Class of 2018 thanks you!

Promenade on campus before the Prom: Join us on Friday, May 26, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. for this on-campus event on O'Hanlon Green. This is an opportunity for parents and students to gather and take photos before students board buses to attend the Junior/Senior Prom at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. The Parents Association has organized food and photographers with whom students can have photos taken with their friends. Families are invited to remain for a parents party from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. after the students have boarded the buses.

Middle School

Attention parents of eighth-grade students (rising ninth-grade students): Come join us for the Red Raiders Welcome and Brunch on Saturday, May, 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a morning of getting to know your new Upper School classmates and their families. Parents and students will learn about Upper School summer reading, technology, the dress code, business matters, course selection, and Upper School athletics!

Please register online or by email at admiss@pennington.org by Monday, May 15. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Admission Office at 609–737–6128.

No-Tech Tuesdays begun: As you may have heard from your child or through Schoology this past week, the Middle School started instituting No-Tech Tuesdays. What this means is that, once students arrive to School in the morning and any other times outside the classroom throughout that day, no technology is to be used. Classes are the only time technology can be accessed.

We decided to do this perhaps for obvious reasons. We want time for students to interact with one another or spend time by themselves without looking at or focusing their attention on a screen. We have seen wonderful adjustments so far. People who were never interacting are now interacting. Students are playing card games together as opposed to video games in isolation of one another. We look forward to seeing what further adjustments No-Tech Tuesdays will organically provide our kids from now until the end of the year. We hope you join us in embracing this opportunity for your child and our students.

Middle School polo shirt donations needed: Please consider donating any outgrown Pennington polo shirts in good condition and put them in the box in Chelsi Meyerson's office. The funds raised from selling these polos are returned to the Middle School. Thank you!

May 5, 2017

General Information

Thank you to the Parents Association: The Parents Association played a pivotal role in the success of our recent Community Day. Their support and assistance with the food trucks deserves plenty of thanks! Click here to view a photo of the food trucks on campus serving students.

Middle School Play next week: The Middle School Play, Ivan and the Firebird, will be performed Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13, in the Stainton Hall Lecture Center. Tickets may be purchased starting at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 8, by clicking here. Tickets are $5 for students and adults. There is an additional processing fee of $1.50 per ticket. Waiting list requests should be sent to tickets@pennington.org.

Raising self-esteem in kids presentation next week: Please join us next Friday, May 12, at 8:30 a.m. for an empowering and insightful presentation on building self-esteem in our children. The Parents Association has partnered with HiTops, a local organization dedicated to raising physically and emotionally healthy children and adolescents. The program, "Risk Proof Your Kids: Learning to Raise Self-Esteem in Kids," will provide commonsense strategies for parents to employ to boost self-esteem in their children and teens. Results from recent studies will be shared explaining the link between teen risk-taking and self-esteem. Please click here to RSVP. More information can be found here.

Parents Book Club May 18: The Parents Association will hold its next book club in the evening on Thursday, May 18. Suggestions for the next book to read are welcome, but in the meantime, participants will read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Email Annie Michaelson ASAP with book suggestions at tpspa@pennington.org. Please click here to RSVP.

Tent decorating volunteers needed: The Parents Association is seeking volunteers to help decorate the tent for the Senior/Parent Dinner that follows Baccalaureate on June 2. Click here to sign up.

2017 Scholarship Golf Classic date announced: The twenty-second annual Scholarship Golf Classic will take place on Monday, June 12, at The Bedens Brook Club. Proceeds from the Classic benefit the Page and Otto Marx Challenge, supporting financial aid for local students. Opportunities to sponsor, donate prizes, and volunteer are available. Please click here for more information and to see a list of current sponsors. Questions can be directed to Jane Childrey '89 at jane.childrey@pennington.org or 609-737-6144 or Rob McClellan at rmcclellan@pennington.org or 609-737-6126.

Required School forms due July 1: Required School forms, including general permission and medical forms, are due no later than Saturday, July 1. You should have received an email from Magnus Health with your temporary password on Wednesday, May 3. Magnus Health is a leader in student health care management and offers electronic signatures as well as mobile form submissions and parents access from any mobile device. If you did not receive an email from Magnus, or have any questions regarding our School forms, please contact Maureen Iorio, assistant to the Dean of Students, at miorio@pennington.org, or Chelsi Meyerson, assistant to the Head of Middle School at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org.

Come meet the new Parents Association officers: The Parents Association is thrilled to introduce the slate for next year's officers. We hope you will join us at our last general meeting and thank-you breakfast of the year on Thursday, June 1, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery to meet the new leadership, recap the year, and present the School with our end-of-year gift. Kindly RSVP here.

2017-18 TPSPA Slate of Officers

President: Lori Washton P '20, first year of two-year term
Co-Vice President: Michele Cano P '19 '21, second year of two-year term
Co-Vice President: Marlynne Marlow P '20, first year of two-year term
Upper School Representative: Karin Eckerson P '19 '21, first year of two-year term
Middle School Representative: Michele Meinhart P '23, first year of two-year term
Financial Liaison: Tina Borden P '21, first year of two-year term
Corresponding Secretary: Anne DiDomenico P '20, first year of two-year term
Recording Secretary: Tom Mavis P '16 '18, second year of two-year term
Boarding Representative: Maryann Levinson P '19, first year of two-year term

Cookies needed for Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch: At our annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon, there will be a cookie buffet. Each attendee will be invited to select an assortment of cookies to take home as a favor. Please volunteer to bake your best cookies as a thank-you for all that these special people do for our children. Please deliver plated cookies to the Campus Center on Friday, June 9, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Let us know what cookies you will donate by signing up here.

Upper School

Prom tickets must be purchased by next Friday! The Pennington School will host its prom at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, May 26, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by next Friday, May 12. Students and their guests are required to ride a coach bus to the museum from the School and back. We will board the buses at 5:15 p.m.; students are asked to be prompt. Tickets are $100 per person and will be charged to your School account. Questions may be directed to Maureen Iorio, assistant to the Dean of Students, at miorio@pennington.org.

Freshman Fun Night rescheduled: Due to the threat of inclement weather, Freshman Fun Night has been rescheduled to Friday, May 19.

Tuxedo company on campus next week: ChazMaTazz Formal Wear will be on campus Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10. Students may rent a tuxedo for the prom; the company will deliver it here to the School and pick it up after the prom. Please bring a form of payment with you (check or credit card). Boarders who need to charge to their account must see Mrs. Iorio first.

Class of 2018 parents, take note about portraits: Spencer Studios will be on campus the week of May 15 to take your child's senior portrait. Current juniors are encouraged to take a photo this spring (retakes, if desired, will be offered in the fall). Students need to make two appointments with Mrs. Iorio: a casual portrait on May 15 or 16 and a formal portrait (studio style shots, including optional cap and gown) on May 18 or 19.

Promenade on campus before Prom: Join us on Friday, May 26, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. for this on-campus event on O'Hanlon Green. This is an opportunity for parents and students to gather and take photos before students board buses to attend the Junior/Senior Prom at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. The Parents Association has organized food and photographers with whom students can have photos taken with their friends. Families are invited to remain for a parents party from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. after the students have boarded the buses.

Middle School

Important! Correction to recent parent letter: In a recent letter sent out to Middle School parents regarding the show 13 Reasons Why, the date for the parents meeting was incorrect. The correct date is Wednesday, May 10, at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Silva Gallery. Please click here to view the full, updated letter.

Update from the Head of Middle School: Since my invitation to talk with parents, I have had one coffee, one lunch, and a dinner. I am grateful for the time these folks have given and the thoughts and perspective that have been shared. It is my sincere hope that more parents will set aside a bit of time to talk about their hopes, dreams, and fears about their child's future and how Pennington can prepare them for what lies ahead. Here are some snippets of the conversations that have taken place thus far:

  • Children are growing up in a world where one's safety is uncertain. Being part of families who have immigrated to the United States or families of color, incidences of terrorism and cyber threats, and any number of other situations can cause doubt about our humanity and physical and emotional safety. What can schools and parents do to prepare our students with the skills and mindset to live in and improve this kind of world?
  • Are we (parents and schools) preparing our kids for their futures if we set up systems that nearly guarantee their success at every turn? Are we protecting them from life's challenges instead of preparing them for the challenges their futures will undoubtedly provide them?
  • Collaboration, working together, and working with different kinds of personalities and talents are important skillsl for the future. Is there a balance that needs to be drawn between relying on the wisdom of the group and building individual accountabilities?
  • Technology is a powerful and necessary tool and one that our students will need to master in order to interact professionally and socially with their world. Should STEM-type courses begin to take the place of the traditional stand-alone courses of English, science, social studies, language, and math?
  • Could we provide an opportunity for kids to get together with peers from around the world for a summer camp of leadership, understanding, connection, appreciation, problem solving and more? Could this be a summer camp opportunity right here at Pennington?

I know there are many more thoughts out there about how we can best prepare our kids for their futures, and I sincerely hope that those thoughts make their way to me. In addition to meeting with parents, I have also been able to meet with a group of eager faculty members who also think about how to best prepare students for their futures. This group, "Reimagining Pennington," will continue to meet in order to shape meaningful change in how we do what we do on behalf of kids.—Todd Paige

To schedule a time to speak with Todd Paige, please email Chelsi Meyerson at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org, or email your thoughts directly to him at tpaige@pennington.org.

Middle School polo donations needed: Please consider donating any outgrown Pennington polos in good condition and put them in the box in Chelsi Meyerson's office. The funds raised from selling these polos are returned to the Middle School. Thank you!

April

April 28, 2017

General Information

Family Night Out at the Trenton Thunder tomorrow! Please join us tomorrow, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton to watch the Trenton Thunder take on the Erie Seawolves. The School is hosting a Family Night Out on the Picnic Area for an evening at the Thunder. Join students, families, faculty, and staff for a great night out at the ballpark. Tickets are $30 per person and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, reserved seating at the picnic tables, and fireworks at the conclusion of the game. For families of four or more, the price will be $25 per person. Click here to reserve your tickets!

Car wash tomorrow: The Class of 2019 will be hosting their annual Car Wash tomorrow, April 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the lower parking lot. The price for a wash remains just $7. All proceeds benefit the class.

"Landfill Harmonic" film/discussion this Sunday: You are invited to view Landfill Harmonic: A Symphony of the Human Spirit on Sunday, April 30, at 3:00 p.m. in the Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building. The film follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. As this group turns its inspiring spectacle of trash into music around the world, we follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher, and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum. This is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our time: poverty and waste. Click here for more details.

Important information about School forms: All required School forms, including general permission and medical forms, are due no later than July 1. You will need to submit them through Magnus Health, which offers electronic signature as well as mobile form submission and parent access from any mobile device. You will receive an email from Magnus with your username and temporary password the first week in May. If you do not receive an email from Magnus by May 5, please contact Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org.

All required forms will be reviewed by the School; you will receive an email notification over the summer if we require additional information regarding your child. Questions may be directed to Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org for Upper School or Chelsi Meyerson for Middle School at 609–737–6134 or chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org.

Spring Play ends tomorrow: The Spring Play, Out of the Box, will be performed through Saturday, April 29, in the Diane P. McLarty"Black Box" Theatre. Tickets are sold out; to be placed on the waiting list, please email tickets@pennington.org.

Raising self-esteem in kids presentation in May: Please join us on Friday, May 12, at 8:30 a.m. for an empowering and insightful presentation on building self-esteem in our children. The Parents Association has partnered with HiTops, a local organization dedicated to raising physically and emotionally healthy children and adolescents, to present the program "Risk Proof Your Kids: Learning to Raise Self-esteem in Kids." Click here for more details.

Parent Book Club in May: The Parents Association will hold its next book club in the evening on Thursday, May 18. Suggestions for the next book to read are welcome, but in the meantime, participants will read The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Email Annie Michaelson ASAP with book suggestions at tpspa@pennington.org. Please click here to RSVP.

Tent decorating volunteers needed: The Parents Association is seeking volunteers to help decorate the tent for the Baccalaureate and Senior/Parent Dinner. Click here to sign up.

Learn more about being a host family: The School's Host International Program (HIP) matches international students with families of current Pennington day students. The program is designed to help students transition to life at a boarding school in the United States, and it allows local students to experience other cultures and perspectives. International students who participate in the program do not live with their host families; rather, they and their hosts participate in various activities together when school is in session. Please consider taking part in this wonderful opportunity for the 2017-18 school year! Full details of the program are available by clicking here; questions can be directed to Director of International Services Judy Rossi at jrossi@pennington.org or 609-737-6147.

Upper School

One more day to donate to the Bird Feeder: We are asking current junior (rising senior) parents to help stock the Bird Feeder by donating snacks and beverages. Chips, pretzels, candy, soft drinks, and bottles of water are greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in Yen 108 by tomorrow, April 29, for Spring Fling! The class of 2018 thanks you!

Last Freshman Fun Night: The senior Peer Leaders are excited to share a final Freshman Fun Night with the freshman class on Friday, May 5, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Peer Leaders have organized a night of fun and games, including Pennington's own version of Quidditch. Freshmen are asked to dress comfortably (weather permitting we are outside) and bring a wooden broom if possible! Meet on the turf.

The deadline to purchase tickets to Prom is approaching! All tickets to Prom must be purchased by Friday, May 12. Juniors and Seniors are invited! The Pennington School will host its prom at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Students and their guests are required to ride a coach bus to the Museum from the School and back. We will board the buses at 5:15 p.m.; students are asked to be prompt. The Parents Association will host Promenade from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Campus Center Plaza. A photographer will be present to take photos.

Students received a link to complete their prom reservation. Tickets are $100 per person and will be charged to your school account. Payment is due immediately and should be paid for by logging into your account on afford.com. Questions may be direction to Assistant to the Dean of Students Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org.

Class of 2018 parents take note about portraits: Spencer Studios will be on campus the week of May 15 to take your child's senior portrait. Current juniors are encouraged to take a photo this spring (re-takes will be offered in the fall). Students need to make two appointments with Mrs. Iorio – a casual portrait on May 15 or 16 and a formal portrait (cap and gown) on May 18 or 19.

Promenade on campus before Prom: Join us on Friday, May 26, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. for this on-campus event on O'Hanlon Green. This is an opportunity for parents and students to gather and take photos before students board buses to attend the Junior/Senior Prom at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. The Parents Association has organized food and photographers with whom students can have photos taken with their friends. Families are invited to remain for a parent party from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. after the students have boarded the buses.

Middle School

Middle School polo donations needed: Please consider donating any outgrown Pennington polos in good condition to the box in Chelsi Meyerson's office. The funds raised from selling these polos are returned to the Middle School. Thank you!

April 21, 2017

General Information

Third quarter grades posted: Third quarter grades were posted this week and can be viewed by logging into NetClassroom.

Spring Concert this Sunday: The Spring Concert is this Sunday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Sparks Gymnasium. Come hear the Middle School Singers and Instrumental Ensemble, along with the Upper School Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chorus, and Pennington Singers. It's a fun evening with a lot of great music!

Spring Play next week: The Spring Play, Out of the Box, will be performed next Thursday, April 27, through Saturday, April 29, in the Diane P. McLarty"Black Box" Theatre. Tickets may be purchased by clicking here. All tickets are $5 and seating is general admission.

Parent Coffee with Dr. Matt Bellace next Tuesday: Dr. Matt Bellace, a clinical neuropsychologist, will be speaking at a Parent Coffee next Tuesday, April 25, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Art Gallery on the developing brain and decision making in young people. RSVP to Director of Counseling Services Stephanie DeSouza at sdesouza@pennington.org or 609-737-6118.

Contributions still needed for Food Festival next Friday: The School's annual Diversity Days Food Festival is rapidly approaching and we need your help to make it a success! The festival will take place next Friday, April 28, and contributions are still needed. This is a wonderful tradition that allows us to celebrate the many different cultures and ethnicities present on campus. Please consider bringing in food that represents your culture or identity to share with the Pennington community. Contact Ms. Stern-Leaphart at sstern-leaphart@pennington.org by Monday, April 24, if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Family Night Out at the Trenton Thunder next weekend: Please join us on Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton to watch the Trenton Thunder take on the Erie Seawolves. The School is hosting a Family Night Out on the Picnic Area for an evening at the Thunder. Join students, families, faculty, and staff for a great night out at the ballpark. Tickets are $30 per person and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, reserved seating at the picnic tables, and fireworks at the conclusion of the game. For families of four or more, the price will be $25 per person. Click here to reserve your tickets!

Parent Walking Club in April and May: The Parents Association is excited to extend an invitation to their Walking Club, to be held on April 28 and May 12 at 8:15 am. in Rosedale Park.

Interested in becoming a host family next year? The School's Host International Program (HIP) matches international students with families of current Pennington day students. The program is designed to help students transition to life at a boarding school in the United States, and it allows local students to experience other cultures and perspectives. International students who participate in the program do not live with their host families; rather, they and their hosts participate in various activities together when school is in session. Please consider taking part in this wonderful opportunity for the 2017-18 school year! Full details of the program are available by clicking here; questions can be directed to Director of International Services Judy Rossi at jrossi@pennington.org or 609-737-6147.

Raising self-esteem in kids presentation in May: Please join us on Friday, May 12, at 8:30 a.m. for an empowering and insightful presentation on building self-esteem in our children. The Parents Association has partnered with HiTops, a local organization dedicated to raising physically and emotionally healthy children and adolescents, to present the program "Risk Proof Your Kids: Learning to Raise Self-esteem in Kids." Click here for more details.

Save the date – Promenade in May: Promenade will be held on Friday, May 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on O'Hanlon Green. This is an opportunity for parents and students to gather and take photos before the students board buses to attend their Junior/Senior Prom. There will be food and photographers.

Interested in volunteering? The Parents Association is hosting several end of the year volunteering opportunities, including:

  • Promenade: Please contact Lori Washton to volunteer or help on Friday, May 26, at lori44q@aol.com.
  • Senior Tent Decorating: Please contact Anne DiDomenico to volunteer for this opportunity on Friday, June 2, at acdidomenico@comcast.net.
  • Faculty & Staff Thank You Lunch: Please contact Karin Eckerson to volunteer or help on Friday, June 9, at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com. A sign up sheet to bake cookies will go out in May.
Upper School

Are you in need of a car wash? The Class of 2019 will be hosting their annual Car Wash on Saturday, April 29, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the lower parking lot. The price for a wash remains just $7. All proceeds benefit the class.

Help stock the Bird Feeder before Spring Fling: We are asking current junior (rising senior) parents to help stock the Bird Feeder by donating snacks and beverages that can be sold during sporting events. Chips, pretzels, candy, soft drinks, and bottles of water are greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off in Yen 108 before next Saturday, April 29, for Spring Fling! Please contact Alyssia Reddy at areddy@pennington.org with any questions. The class of 2018 thanks you!

A message from the Sophomore Class Dean:

Dear Sophomore Parents:

As you may have heard by now, our 4-Diamonds Mini-THON, held on Saturday night, April 8, was a resounding success!! We have raised over $19,000 to date to help fight pediatric cancer, and the event itself was full of energy and excitement.

First, on behalf of the Class of 2019, we cannot express enough how much we appreciate your support of the event. To have so many of you make donations of funds or food, or both, not only helped us increase our final fundraising total; it also sent a universal message of support for your kids and the School and helped foster a sense of unity and spirit for our class.

Second, I want you to know what a terrific job your kids did in planning and promoting the Mini-THON and then leading all of the participants throughout the event on Saturday. It started with Sydney Gibbard, who first brought the idea to us; it then continued with Student Government members planning and executing the event. And, while there were enthusiastic participants from all four classes at the Mini-THON, the sophomores owned it, and their presence was palpable.

To see underclassmen taking control, leading line dances, organizing raffles, and getting a group of more than 100 students to respond to their leadership was amazing. Often, the kids are the ones who teach us. Last Saturday night was one of those times.

So, once again, thank you, not only for your support of the Mini-THON, but for all that you do.

—Jerry Russo, Class Dean, Class of 2019

Juniors and Seniors invited to Prom! The Pennington School will host its prom at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Students and their guests are required to ride a coach bus to the Museum from the School and back. We will board the buses at 5:15 p.m.; students are asked to be prompt. The Parents Association will host Promenade from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Campus Center Plaza. A photographer will be present to take photos.

Students received a link to complete their prom reservation. Tickets are $100 per person and will be charged to you school account. Payment is due immediately and should be paid for by logging into your account on afford.com. Questions may be direction to Assistant to the Dean of Students Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org.

New program offered for rising ninth- and tenth-graders: English teacher Erin O'Connell will teach two separate sessions of a Summer Reading Skills Seminar during the weeks of July 17 and July 24. The class will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and will allow students to use any literature they read this summer to improve their skills and get ready for the upcoming year. This class is designed for students who will be entering their freshman or sophomore year. Small class sizes and the personal attention for which Pennington teachers are known will help all students get more out of their English classes next year. Click here to find out more information and to register.

Middle School

Middle School polo donations needed: Please consider donating any outgrown Pennington polos in good condition to the box in Chelsi Meyerson's office. The funds raised from selling these polos are returned to the Middle School. Thank you!

Summer camp slots still available! Lots of great camps for Middle School students, run by Pennington faculty, are available on campus this summer. Camps begin June 26, and one-week sessions run through the first week of August. There are great choices for scientists, athletes, artists, and more. Click here for more information and to register your child. Also, several sports camps will be run on campus by outside companies – click here for more information on those camps.

April 14, 2017

General Information

School closed today and Monday: Classes are not in session, and all offices will be closed today in observance of Good Friday and on Monday, April 17, for Kingswood Day.

Grandparents Day next Friday: Grandparents should have received a letter invitation to attend Grandparents Day, which will be held next Friday, April 21. If your child's grandparents did not receive their invitation or need to be added to the list, please contact Wendy Ward at wendy.ward@pennington.org or 609-737-6121. For more information, please click here.

Interested in becoming a host family next year? The School's Host International Program (HIP) matches international students with families of current Pennington day students. The program is designed to help students transition to life at a boarding school in the United States, and it allows local students to experience other cultures and perspectives. International students who participate in the program do not live with their host families; rather, they and their hosts participate in various activities together when school is in session. Please consider taking part in this wonderful opportunity for the 2017-18 school year! Full details of the program are available by clicking here; questions can be directed to Director of International Services Judy Rossi at jrossi@pennington.org or 609-737-6147.

Parents clubs in April and May: Spring is here! The Parents Association is excited to share upcoming events and programs with you, including Walking Club, to be held on April 28 and May 12 at 8:15 am. in Rosedale Park, and Book Club, reading The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman, April 20 at 8:15 a.m. in the Parents Association Room in Old Main. Click here to sign up for either club.

Paint & Sip event next Thursday: Please respond! The Parents Association is hosting a Paint & Sip at the Painters Loft on Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. The price is $35 per person, which includes food and drinks, and a 16 x 20 canvas with step-by-step instructions. Click here to RSVP by tonight. Questions can be directed to Karin Eckerson at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com.

Spring Concert on April 23: The Spring Concert is Sunday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Sparks Gymnasium. Come hear the Middle School Singers and Instrumental Ensemble, along with the Upper School Orchestra, Jazz Band, Chorus, and Pennington Singers. It's a fun evening with a lot of great music!

Spring Play coming at the end of April: The Spring Play, Out of the Box, will be performed Thursday, April 27, through Saturday, April 29, in the Diane P. McLarty "Black Box" Theater. Tickets may be purchased starting at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, by clicking here. All tickets are $5, and seating is general admission.

Food needed for festival on April 28: The School's annual Diversity Days Food Festival will take place on Friday, April 28, and we need your help to make it happen! The festival is a wonderful tradition that allows everyone to celebrate the many different cultures and ethnicities that are present on campus. Please consider bringing in food that represents your culture or identity to share with the Pennington community! Contact Ms. Stern-Leaphart at sstern-leaphart@pennington.org by Monday, April 24, if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Parents Coffee with Dr. Matt Bellace April 25: Dr. Matt Bellace, a clinical neuropsychologist, will be speaking at a Parents Coffee on Tuesday, April 25, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery on how the developing brain can have an impact on behavior and decision-making in young people. Parenting during this time of constant change can present challenges—we hope you will join the discussion and leave with a better understanding of how brain chemistry sometimes causes your child to do and say the darndest things! Kindly RSVP to Director of Counseling Services Stephanie DeSouza at sdesouza@pennington.org or 609-737-6118.

Family Night Out at the Trenton Thunder April 29: Please join us on Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton to watch the Trenton Thunder take on the Erie Seawolves. The School is hosting a Family Night Out on the picnic area for an evening at the Thunder. Join students, families, faculty, and staff for a great night out at the ballpark. Tickets are $30 per person and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, reserved seating at the picnic tables, and fireworks at the conclusion of the game. For families of four or more, the price is $25 per person. Click here to reserve your tickets!

Raising self-esteem in kids presentation in May: Please join us on Friday, May 12, at 8:30 a.m. for an empowering and insightful presentation on building self-esteem in our children. The Parents Association has partnered with HiTops, a local organization dedicated to raising physically and emotionally healthy children and adolescents, to present the program "Risk-Proof Your Kids: Learning to Raise Self-esteem in Kids." The event will provide common sense strategies for parents to employ to boost self-esteem in their children/teens, and results from recent studies will be shared explaining the link between teen risk-taking and self-esteem. We hope you can join us for this important topic!

Save the date – Promenade in May: Promenade will be held on Friday, May 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on O'Hanlon Green. This is an opportunity for parents and students to gather and take photos before the students board buses to attend their Junior/Senior Prom. There will be food and photographers.

Interested in volunteering? The Parents Association is hosting several end-of-the-year volunteering opportunities, including:

  • Promenade: Please contact Lori Washton to volunteer or help on Friday, May 26, at lori44q@aol.com.
  • Senior Tent Decorating: Please contact Anne DiDomenico to volunteer for this opportunity on Friday, June 2, at acdidomenico@comcast.net.
  • Faculty and Staff Thank-You Lunch: Please contact Karin Eckerson to volunteer or help on Friday, June 9, at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com.
Upper School

Juniors and seniors invited to the prom! The Pennington School will host its prom at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, May 26, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Students and their guests are required to ride a coach bus to the Museum from the School and back. We will board the buses at 5:15 p.m.; students are asked to be prompt. The Parents Association will host Promenade from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Campus Center Plaza. A photographer will be present to take photos.

Students received a link to complete their prom reservation. Tickets are $100 per person and will be charged to your School account. Payment is due immediately and should be paid for by logging into your account on afford.com. Questions may be directed to Assistant to the Dean of Students Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org.

End-of-Year Schedule of Events for seniors: On March 27, Dean of Students Chad Bridges emailed parents a note regarding the Class of 2017 End-Of-Year Schedule of Events. If you have questions regarding any of these events, please contact his office.

New program offered for rising ninth- and tenth-graders: English teacher Erin O'Connell will teach two separate sessions of a Summer Reading Skills Seminar during the weeks of July 17 and July 24. The class will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and will allow students to use any literature they read this summer to improve their skills and get ready for the upcoming year. This class is designed for students who will be entering their freshman or sophomore year. Small class sizes and the personal attention for which Pennington teachers are known will help all students get more out of their English classes next year. Click here to find out more information and to register.

Middle School

ERB schedule for next week: A detailed schedule for the administration of the CTPIV test can be viewed here. Two important things to remember about taking these tests: With Monday now declared as Kingswood Day, students will begin testing the first day back after a four-day weekend. It will be important for all students to get a good night's sleep Monday night before arriving at school on Tuesday. Also, calculators may be used on the last two of the three math sections on Thursday. Each student should remember to bring in a basic calculator on that day. Students will not be allowed to share if they forget, nor will they be allowed to use their iPad, phone, or any other device.

Message from the Head of Middle School: Two weeks ago, approximately forty parents attended one of two Parents Coffees. As you are aware, these coffees are intended both to inform parents as to what has been taking place in their children's lives here at Pennington and to share all that is important in the Middle School experience. For those who were unable to attend, the agenda can be accessed here.

While on sabbatical, I had the luxury of taking the time to think about what we do here at Pennington while also conducting some informal research on what a wide variety of other schools are doing from around the world. This very naturally led to the question, What should we be doing on behalf of our students to best prepare them for the world of which they will soon become an integral part? In helping plan programs and opportunities for our kids, I wondered whether I was asking the right questions that would help me make the right kinds of decisions for our kids.

With that said, I am extending a very important invitation. I am interested in meeting with any parent (virtually anytime and anywhere, for coffee or a drink, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, here at School or down the street), who is interested in speaking with me about the future of education. More than any other time in my twenty-five-year career, I believe that parents and educators must join forces to share in the realities and the responsibilities of what the future holds if we are to help our children be prepared for it.

So, from now through the summer, if you would like to spend some time with me engaging in this kind of discussion, I'm in. Please contact Chelsi Meyerson at chelsi.meyerson@pennington.org so she can find a time for us to chat. I look forward to what will result. –Todd Paige

Summer camp slots still available! Lots of great camps for Middle School students, run by Pennington faculty, are available on campus this summer. Camps begin June 26, and one-week sessions run through the first week of August. There are great choices for scientists, athletes, artists, and more. Click here for more information and to register your child. Also, several sports camps will be run on campus by outside companies – click here for more information on those camps.

April 7, 2017

General Information

Reminder--Parent-Advisor-Advisee Conferences tonight: The School will be hosting Parent-Advisor-Advisee Conferences tonight, April 7, from 5:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sophomore Mini-THON tomorrow night: The Sophomore Class is hosting the School's first-ever 4-Diamonds Mini-THON to raise money toward pediatric cancer research tomorrow, April 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The event is for students in grades 9 through 12 and will follow a lock-in format, including dancing, dodge ball, various competitions, and food. Students wishing to participate can register and start raising donations right away by clicking here. Once a student has registered, the cost to attend is $20, payable by cash or check. Students may bring a friend from another school by filling out a Guest Permission Form. Sophomore parents interested in helping with the event or those with questions may contact Sydney Gibbard at Sydney.gibbard@pennington.org or Mr. Russo at jrusso@pennington.org.

Sophomores seeking food and drink donations: For its upcoming 4-Diamonds MiniTHON tomorrow, April 8, the sophomore class is welcoming donations of food and drink. Those interested in helping in this way can sign up by clicking here. Please contact Class Dean Jerry Russo at jrusso@pennington.org with questions. The sophomores thank you, in advance, for your support!

Carson Kressley to speak April 11: On Tuesday, April 11, we welcome Emmy Award-winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer, and New York Times bestselling author Carson Kressley for our final Stephen Crane Lecture of the academic year. An ardent philanthropic supporter of many causes, Kressley uses his celebrity to advance concerns such as the Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, and AIDS WALK. Kressley will speak to the full School community in the Sparks Gymnasium from 9:45 to 10:55 a.m. All are welcome!

Grandparents Day on April 21: Grandparents should have received a letter invitation to attend Grandparents Day, which will be held on Friday, April 21. If your child's grandparents did not receive their invitation or need to be added to the list, please contact Wendy Ward at wendy.ward@pennington.org or 609-737-6121. For more information, please click here.

Parent clubs in April and May: Spring is finally here! The Parents Association is excited to share upcoming events and programs with you, including: Walking Club: To be held on April 13, April 28, and May 12 at 8:15 a.m. in Rosedale Park. Book Club: The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman, April 20 at 8:15 a.m. in the Parents Association Room in Buck Hall. Click here to sign up for either club.

Paint & Sip event April 20: The Parents Association is hosting a Paint & Sip at the Painters Loft on Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. The price is $35 per person, which includes food and drinks. Click here to RSVP.

Food needed for festival on April 28: The School's annual Diversity Days Food Festival will take place on Friday, April 28, and we need your help to make it happen! The festival is a wonderful tradition that allows everyone to celebrate the many different cultures and ethnicities that are present on campus. Please consider bringing in food that represents your culture or identity to share with the Pennington community! Contact Ms. Stern-Leaphart at sstern-leaphart@pennington.org by Monday, April 24, if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Parents Coffee with Dr. Matt Bellace April 25: Dr. Matt Bellace, a clinical neuropsychologist, will be speaking at a Parents Coffee on Tuesday, April 25, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Art Gallery on how the developing brain impacts behavior and decision-making in young people. Parenting during this time of constant change can present challenges; we hope you will join the discussion and leave with a better understanding of how brain chemistry sometimes causes your child to do and say the darndest things! RSVP to Director of Counseling Services Stephanie DeSouza at sdesouza@pennington.org or 609-737-6118.

Family Night Out at the Trenton Thunder April 29: Please join us on Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton to watch the Trenton Thunder take on the Erie Seawolves. The School is hosting a Family Night Out on the Picnic Area at the Thunder. Join students, families, faculty, and staff for a great night out at the ballpark. Tickets are $30 per person and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, reserved seating at the picnic tables, and fireworks at the conclusion of the game. For families of four or more, the price will be $25 per person. Click here to reserve your tickets!

Raising self-esteem in kids presentation in May: Please join us on Friday, May 12, at 8:30 a.m. for an empowering and insightful presentation on building self-esteem in our children. The Parents Association has partnered with HiTops, a local organization dedicated to raising physically and emotionally healthy children and adolescents, to present the program "Risk Proof Your Kids: Learning to Raise Self-Esteem in Kids." The event will provide commonsense strategies for parents to employ to boost self-esteem in their children/teens, and results from recent studies will be shared explaining the link between teen risk-taking and self-esteem. We hope you can join us for this important topic!

Save the date – Promenade in May: Promenade will be held on Friday, May 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on O'Hanlon Green. This is an opportunity for parents and students to gather and take photos before the students board buses to attend their Junior/Senior Prom. There will be food and photographers.

Interested in volunteering? The Parents Association is hosting several end-of-the-year volunteering opportunities, including:

  • Promenade: Please contact Lori Washton to volunteer or help on Friday, May 26, at lori44q@aol.com.
  • Senior Tent Decorating: Please contact Anne DiDomenico to volunteer for this opportunity on Friday, June 2, at acdidomenico@comcast.net.
  • Faculty and Staff Thank You Lunch: Please contact Karin Eckerson to volunteer or help on Friday, June 9, at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com
Upper School

Submissions wanted for Stephen Crane Writing Contest: The English Department is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Stephen Crane Writing Contest. The contest is open to all Upper School students and is judged by members of the English Department and the advisor to the literary magazine. A Pennington alumnus, Crane is an important figure in American letters and an early exponent of literary realism, achieving acclaim as a writer of fiction, a poet, and a journalist. The contest seeks to celebrate his career and his connection to the School, and the gifted writers who follow in his path.

The competition includes three categories: poetry, short stories (original fiction of five to seven pages), and personal essays (works designed to inform or entertain the reader, express an opinion, or relate to an important experience or event that served to change the author). Students may submit only one work in any category but may submit works in more than one category. Works may have been submitted previously for a class assignment, the literary magazine, or other purpose. Submissions should be free from errors in grammar and punctuation. Poems should be sent to poetry@pennington.org, short stories to shortstory@pennington.org, and essays to essay@pennington.org. Submissions will be accepted until Thursday, April 13. Questions can be directed to Blair Thompson at bthompson@pennington.org, or any member of the English Department.

Senior parents – have you purchased a yearbook ad? The yearbook staff has been working diligently on the 2017 edition of the Penseman, which will be distributed in June. Over the years, parents have taken the opportunity to buy an advertisement in the yearbook, either for their business, to honor their Pennington student, or to honor the graduating class. The proceeds from these ads help cover the portion of production costs not covered by the School's subsidy. Please click here for more information, and click here to review an ad contract with options listed. Ads should be submitted to pensemanads@pennington.org. Questions can be directed to Yearbook Advisor Mr. Ross at the same email.

New program offered for rising ninth- and tenth-graders: English teacher Erin O'Connell will teach two separate sessions of a Summer Reading Skills Seminar during the weeks of July 17 and July 24. The class will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and will allow students to use any literature they read this summer to improve their skills and get ready for the upcoming year. This class is designed for students who will be entering their freshman or sophomore year. Small class sizes and the personal attention for which Pennington teachers are known will help all students get more out of their English classes next year. Click here to find out more information and to register.

Middle School

Message from the Head of Middle School: The faculty and I look forward to seeing you all this evening for our spring conferences. As you know, this specific conference is different from the one in the fall. Your child will be at the center of the discussion!

Tonight, advisors are responsible for facilitating a discussion that will help each student reflect on his or her year and use that reflection to make a plan for the final quarter. Although students will be at the center of the discussion, parents and the advisor will also be able to share their perspectives to ensure a complete picture. The ultimate objective of this conference is to gain a mutual understanding and appreciation for the progress that has been made to date and for what can still happen in order to end this academic year in the best way possible.

Eighth-grade students, parents, and advisors will use this year's progress to help determine the courses that will best support the students' needs for the first year in Upper School. The schedule that gets created this evening is by no means a finished product; in fact, it may be only the beginning of an ongoing discussion.

Aside from discussing progress and planning for the future, sixth- and seventh-grade students and parents will need to decide which language to take next year. Seventh-graders will choose between Spanish, French, and German, or to continue with Latin. Sixth-graders will choose to stay with Latin or may decide to enroll in Spanish. This is the first time we have offered Spanish to seventh-graders and to incoming sixth-graders. Information on the decision-making process in this change will be communicated in a letter in the coming weeks.

We consistently believe that having the student's voice be at the center of these conversations is clarifying and meaningful. We look forward to engaging in them with you. –Todd Paige, Head of Middle School

Calling all Middle School golfers: Thanks to Gill St. Bernards, Pennington Athletic Director Jerry Eure, and other independent school area athletic directors, Middle School students in grades five through eight are now able to take part in a spring golf event. Interested Pennington boys and girls will have the opportunity to play on the afternoons of Monday, April 10, and Monday, May 8. Each match will take place at Trump National in Bedminster, NJ, and follow PGA Junior Team format—9-holes, best ball-alternate shot. Please contact Mr. Paige at tpaige@pennington.org if your child is interested in participating.

Summer camp slots still available! Lots of great camps for Middle School students, run by Pennington faculty, are available on campus this summer. Camps begin June 26, and one-week sessions run through the first week of August. There are great choices for scientists, athletes, artists, and more. Click here for more information and to register your child. Also, several sports camps will be run on campus by outside companies – click here for more information on those camps.

March

March 31, 2017

General Information

Parent-Advisor-Advisee Conferences April 7: The School will be hosting Parent-Advisor-Advisee Conferences on Friday, April 7, from 5:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The focus of these conferences will be to talk about overall progress and, for grades 8-11, to begin the process of selecting a course of study for next year. For parents of seniors, these conferences are optional. Please click here for more information.

Trivia Night cancelled tomorrow: Because of low attendance, Parents Trivia Night scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, has been cancelled.

Sophomores raising money to fight pediatric cancer: The Sophomore Class will be hosting the School's first-ever 4-Diamonds Mini-THON to raise money toward pediatric cancer research on April 8, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The event is for students in grades 9 through 12 and will follow a lock-in format, including dancing, dodge ball, various competitions, and food. Students wishing to participate can register and start raising donations right away by clicking here. Once a student has registered, the cost to attend is $20, payable by cash or check. Students may bring a friend from another school by filling out a Guest Permission Form. Sophomore parents interested in helping with the event or those with questions may contact Sydney Gibbard at Sydney.gibbard@pennington.org or Mr. Russo at jrusso@pennington.org.

Sophomores seeking food and drink donations: For its upcoming 4-Diamonds MiniTHON on April 8, the sophomore class is welcoming donations of food and drink. Those interested in helping in this way can sign up by clicking here. Please contact Class Dean Jerry Russo at jrusso@pennington.org with questions. The sophomores thank you, in advance, for your support!

Spring highlights from the Parents Association: Spring is finally here! The Parents Association is excited to share upcoming events and programs with you, including:

  • Walking Club: To be held on April 13, April 28, and May 12 at 8:15 am. in Rosedale Park. Click here to sign up.
  • Book Club: The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman, April 20 at 8:15 a.m. in the Parents Association Room in Buck Hall. Click here to sign up.
  • TPSPA Paint and Sip at the Painters Loft: On Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m., join the Parents Association for a paint and sip event. The price is $35 per person, which includes food and drinks. Click here to RSVP.
  • HiTops Parent Seminar: On Friday, May 12, at 8:30 a.m., a Raising Self-Esteem in Kids seminar will be held.
  • Promenade will be held on Friday, May 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on O'Hanlon Green. This is an opportunity for parents and students to gather and take photos before the students board buses to attend their Junior/Senior Prom. There will be food and photographers.

Parents Association seeking new members: The Parents Association is seeking candidates who are interested in serving as Executive Board members. Positions available are Middle School Representative, Treasurer, and Corresponding Secretary. If you would like more information regarding the responsibilities of any of the aforementioned positions, or if you would like to be considered for one, please email Annie Michaelson at anniemichaelson@yahoo.com by Friday, April 14. All terms are two years, and candidates for consideration must be in good financial standing with the School and have a child enrolled for the entire length of their term.

Parents Coffee with Dr. Matt Bellace April 25: Dr. Matt Bellace, a clinical neuropsychologist, will be speaking at a Parents Coffee on Tuesday, April 25, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Art Gallery. His subject will be how the developing brain impacts behavior and decision making in young people. Parenting during this time of constant change can present challenges—we hope you will join the discussion and leave with a better understanding of how brain chemistry sometimes causes your child to do and say the darndest things! Kindly RSVP to Director of Counseling Services Stephanie DeSouza at sdesouza@pennington.org or 609-737-6118.

Food needed for festival on April 28: The School's annual Diversity Days Food Festival will take place on Friday, April 28, and we need your help to make it happen! The festival is a wonderful tradition that allows everyone to celebrate the many different cultures and ethnicities that are present on campus. Please consider bringing in food that represents your culture or identity to share with the Pennington community! Contact Ms. Stern-Leaphart at sstern-leaphart@pennington.org by Monday, April 24, if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Family Night Out at the Trenton Thunder April 29: Please join us on Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton to watch the Trenton Thunder take on the Erie Seawolves. The School is hosting a Family Night Out on the Picnic Area that evening. Join students, families, faculty, and staff for a great night out at the ballpark. Tickets are $30 per person and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, reserved seating at the picnic tables, and fireworks at the conclusion of the game. For families of four or more, the price will be $25 per person. Click here to reserve your tickets!

Interested in volunteering? The Parents Association is hosting several end-of-the-year volunteering opportunities, including:

  • Promenade: Please contact Lori Washton to volunteer or help on Friday, May 26, at lori44q@aol.com
  • Senior Tent Decorating: Please contact Anne DiDomenico to volunteer for this opportunity on Friday, June 2, at acdidomenico@comcast.net
  • Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch: Please contact Karin Eckerson to volunteer or help on Friday, June 9, at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com
Upper School

Senior parents: Have you purchased a yearbook ad? The yearbook staff has been working diligently on the 2017 edition of the Penseman, which will be distributed in June. Over the years, parents have taken the opportunity to buy an advertisement in the yearbook, either for their business, to honor their Pennington student, or to honor the graduating class. The proceeds from these ads help cover the portion of production costs not covered by the School's subsidy. Please click here for more information, and click here to review an ad contract with options listed. Ads should be submitted to pensemanads@pennington.org. Questions can be directed to Yearbook Advisor Mr. Ross at the same email.

New program offered for rising ninth- and tenth-graders: English teacher Erin O'Connell will teach two separate sessions of a Summer Reading Skills Seminar during the weeks of July 17 and July 24. The class will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and will allow students to use any literature they read this summer to improve their skills and get ready for the upcoming year. This class is designed for students who will be entering their freshman or sophomore year. Small class sizes and the personal attention for which Pennington teachers are known will help all students get more out of their English classes next year. Click here to find out more information and to register.

Middle School

Calling all Middle School golfers: Thanks to Gill St. Bernards, Pennington Athletic Director Jerry Eure, and other independent school area athletic directors, Middle School students in grades five through eight are now able to take part in a spring golf event. Interested Pennington boys and girls will have the opportunity to play on the afternoons of Monday, April 10, and Monday, May 8. Each match will take place at Trump National in Bedminster, NJ, and follow PGA Junior Team format—9-holes, best ball-alternate shot. Please contact Mr. Paige at tpaige@pennington.org if your child is interested in participating.

Summer camp slots still available! Lots of great camps for Middle School students, run by Pennington faculty, are available on campus this summer. Camps begin June 26, and one-week sessions run through the first week of August. There are great choices for scientists, athletes, artists, and more. Click here for more information and to register your child. Also, several sports camps will be run on campus by outside companies; click here for more information on those camps.

March 24, 2017

General Information

Welcome back from Spring Break! We hope everyone enjoyed a restful vacation, and we look forward to seeing students back on campus on Tuesday.

New exhibit in Silva Gallery next week: Throughout history, visual artists have been inspired to capture the complex, as well as the sublime, qualities of nature and its life forms. Scientists have done the same via observational recording, classification, counting, and analysis. The School's Arts and Science departments are excited to co-host Art & Science Collaborations' 17th annual international exhibit, Science Inspires Art: Biodiversity/Extinction, which will open on Tuesday, March 28, in the Silva Gallery. Click here for details.

Battle of the Brains Trivia Night April 1: The Parents Association invites you to their Battle of the Brains Trivia Night on Saturday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at Wildflowers Restaurant in Pennington; the price is $35 per person. Kindly RSVP by clicking here. If you are interested in helping, or have any questions, please email Lori Washton at lori44q@aol.com.

Parent-Advisor-Advisee Conferences April 7: The Pennington School will be hosting Parent-Advisor-Advisee Conferences on Friday, April 7, from 5:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The focus of these conferences will be to talk about overall progress and, for grades 8-11, to begin the process of selecting a course of study for next year. For parents of seniors, these conferences are optional. Please click here for more information.

Sophomores raising money to fight pediatric cancer: The Sophomore Class will be hosting the School's first-ever 4-Diamonds Mini-THON to raise money toward pediatric cancer research on April 8, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The event is for students in grades 9 through 12 and will follow a lock-in format, including dancing, dodge ball, various competitions, and food. Students wishing to participate can register and start raising donations right away by clicking here. Once a student has registered, the cost to attend is $20, payable by cash or check. Students may bring a friend from another school by filling out a Guest Permission Form. Sophomore parents interested in helping with the event or those with questions may contact Sydney Gibbard at Sydney.gibbard@pennington.org or Mr. Russo at jrusso@pennington.org.

Sophomores seeking food and drink donations: For its upcoming 4-Diamonds MiniTHON on April 8, the sophomore class is welcoming donations of food and drink. Those interested in helping in this way can sign up by clicking here. Please contact Class Dean Jerry Russo at jrusso@pennington.org with questions. The sophomores thank you, in advance, for your support!

Spring highlights from the Parents Association: Spring is finally here! The Parents Association is excited to share upcoming events and programs with you, including:

  • Walking Club: To be held on April 13, April 28, and May 12 at 8:15 am. in Rosedale Park. Click here to sign up.
  • Book Club: To be held April 20 at 8:15 a.m. in the Parents Association Room in Buck Hall. Click here to sign up.
  • TPSPA Paint & Sip at the Painters Loft: On Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m., join the Parents Association for a paint and sip event. The price is $35 per person, which includes food and drinks. Click here to RSVP.
  • HiTops Parent Seminar: On Friday, May 12, at 8:30 a.m., a Raising Self-Esteem in Kids seminar will be held.
  • Promenade will be held on Friday, May 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on O'Hanlon Green. This is an opportunity for parents and students to gather and take photos before the students board buses to attend their Junior/Senior Prom. There will be food and photographers.

Parents Association seeking new members: The Parents Association is seeking candidates who are interested in serving as Executive Board members. Positions available include: Middle School Representative, Treasurer, and Corresponding Secretary. If you would like more information regarding the responsibilities of any of the aforementioned positions, or if you would like to be considered for one, please email Annie Michaelson at anniemichaelson@yahoo.com by Friday, April 14. All terms are two years and candidates for consideration must be in good financial standing with the School and have a child enrolled for the entire length of their term.

Grandparents Day on April 21: Grandparents should have received a letter invitation to attend Grandparents Day, which will be held on Friday, April 21. If your child's grandparents did not receive their invitation or need to be added to the list, please contact Wendy Ward at wendy.ward@pennington.org or 609-737-6121. For more information, please click here.

Food needed for festival on April 28: The School's annual Diversity Days Food Festival will take place on Friday, April 28, and we need your help to make it happen! The festival is a wonderful tradition that allows everyone to celebrate the many different cultures and ethnicities that are present on campus. Please consider bringing in food that represents your culture or identity to share with the Pennington community! Contact Ms. Stern-Leaphart at sstern-leaphart@pennington.org by Monday, April 24, if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Family Night Out at the Trenton Thunder April 29: Please join us on Saturday, April 29, at the Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton to watch the Trenton Thunder take on the Erie Seawolves. The School is hosting a Family Night Out on the Picnic Area for an evening at the Thunder. Join students, families, faculty, and staff for a great night out at the ballpark. Tickets are $30 per person and include an all-you-can-eat buffet, reserved seating at the picnic tables, and fireworks at the conclusion of the game. For families of four or more, the price will be $25 per person. Please reserve your tickets via email with Maureen Iorio at miorio@pennington.org. We will see you at the ballpark!

Interested in volunteering? The Parents Association is hosting several end of the year volunteering opportunities, including:

  • Promenade: Please contact Lori Washton to volunteer or help on Friday, May 26, at lori44q@aol.com.
  • Senior Tent Decorating: Please contact Anne DiDomenico to volunteer for this opportunity on Friday, June 2, at acdidomenico@comcast.net.
  • Faculty & Staff Thank You Lunch: Please contact Karin Eckerson to volunteer or help on Friday, June 9, at Karin.eckerson@gmail.com

Herb plants still on sale: Students who took the Spring Break trip to Colorado are holding an herb sale to raise money for the supplies required to build a new greenhouse at the Montezuma School to Farm Project in Southwest Colorado. They are offering six varieties of potted herbs; each pot is $5. Place your order by clicking here. Plants will be delivered after Spring Break. The students thank you for your support!

Calling all electric guitars: The Arts Department is developing a new guitar class for next year's seventh-grade exploratory music curriculum, but it needs your help! This class will have a Pennington twist in that it will be an ELECTRIC guitar class. The department has a few in stock, but we need many more. Electric guitars in all conditions will be accepted; music technology students are standing by, ready to fix your guitar and put it in the hands of a seventh-grader. Questions can be directed to Dr. Dolan at ddolan@pennington.org.

Upper School

New program offered for rising 9th and 10th graders: English teacher Erin O'Connell will teach two separate sessions of a Summer Reading Skills Seminar during the weeks of July 17 and July 24. The class will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and will allow students to use any literature they read this summer to improve their skills and get ready for the upcoming year. This class is designed for students who will be entering their freshman or sophomore year. Small class sizes and the personal attention for which Pennington teachers are known will help all students get more out of their English classes next year. Click here to find out more information and to register.

Middle School

A message from the Head of Middle School: With a couple of months back in the saddle here in Middle School, I felt it was time to get re-acquainted with you all. So much has been going on with your children since you last had an opportunity to meet with Lisa Houston that it is time to sit down and debrief together. With that said, I invite you to join me for one of the two upcoming Parents Coffees. The first is on Wednesday, March 29, at the usual morning time slot, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The second is an evening session from Thursday, March 30, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. I would like to discuss the students' use of technology, social media, etc., and how we can best guide them at home and at school. I also would like to share my musings from sabbatical, focusing on what education may look like in the future. Look for an email that we will be sending and RSVP for either the morning or evening event. –Todd Paige, Head of Middle School

Summer camp slots still available! Lots of great camps for Middle School students, run by Pennington faculty, are available on campus this summer. Camps begin June 26 and one-week sessions run through the first week of August. There are great choices for scientists, athletes, artists, and more. Click here for more information and to register your child. Also, several sports camps will be run on campus by outside companies – click here for more information on those camps.

March 3, 2017

General Information

We have a new website! The School recently launched its new website, and a new Postings platform came hand in hand with that change. Thank you for your patience as we work out the inevitable kinks that come with the new system! Also, there will be no Postings for the next two weeks until Friday, March 24; enjoy your Spring Break!

Health History Update needed: If your child will be participating in a spring activity or sport and his or her physical was completed prior to February 13, state guidelines require you to complete a Health History Update form. This form does not require a doctor's signature. Students may hand-deliver the form to Mrs. Iorio in Old Main 104a, or parents can email the update to miorio@pennington.org. Updates are due prior to participation; if you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609-737-6114.

Education organization visiting campus: GiftedandTalented.com, a Stanford University-developed online education organization offering advanced K-12 courses, will be visiting the School during the week of March 6. They will be interacting with students during the day to facilitate hands on math and science activities, and on the evening of Thursday, March 9, they will give an informal presentation to parents and teachers on the supplemental online courses that they offer.

Spring Mini Camp training sessions over Spring Break: Inspire Performance Academy will be hosting two Spring Mini Camp sessions over Spring Break. Dates are Monday, March 13, through Wednesday, March 15, and Monday, March 20, through Wednesday, March 22. The cost of training is $35 per day, or $85 for all three days. Click here for more information; questions can be directed to info@perseverance.com or 609-802-2754.

Students selling herbs to raise money for School to Farm Program: Students taking the Spring Break trip to Colorado are holding an herb sale to raise money for the supplies required for the greenhouse program at the Montezuma School to Farm Program in that state. They are offering six varieties of potted herbs, each pot is $5. Place your order by clicking here. Plants will be delivered after Spring Break. The students thank you for your support!

Calling all electric guitars: The Arts Department is developing a new guitar class for next year's seventh-grade exploratory music curriculum, but it needs your help! This class will have a Pennington twist in that it will be an ELECTRIC guitar class. The department has a few in stock, but we need many more. Electric guitars in all conditions will be accepted; music technology students are standing by, ready to fix your guitar and put it in the hands of a seventh-grader. Questions can be directed to Dr. Dolan at ddolan@pennington.org.

Parent-Advisor-Advisee Conferences April 7: The Pennington School will be hosting Parent-Advisor-Advisee Conferences on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 5:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The focus of these conferences will be to talk about overall progress and, for grades 8-11, to begin the process of selecting a course of study for next year. For parents of seniors, these conferences are optional. Please click here for more information.

Parents Association hosting two clubs: TPSPA will be hosting two parents clubs this spring. The first, a book club, will meet the third Thursday of the month, and a walking club will meet the second and fourth Friday of the month. Both will meet at 8:15 a.m. Please sign up by clicking here.

Sophomores raising money to fight pediatric cancer: The Sophomore Class will be hosting the School's first-ever 4-Diamonds Mini-THON to raise money toward pediatric cancer research on April 8, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The event is for students in grades 9 through 12 and will follow a lock-in format, including dancing, dodge ball, various competitions, and food. Students wishing to participate can register and start raising donations right away by clicking here. Once a student has registered, the cost to attend is $20, payable by cash or check. Students may bring a friend from another school by filling out a Guest Permission Form. Sophomore parents interested in helping with the event or those with questions may contact Sydney Gibbard at Sydney.gibbard@pennington.org or Mr. Russo at jrusso@pennington.org. Donations of food for the participants are especially welcome!

Save the Dates – Upcoming parents event April 1: The Parents Association is planning to host an "April Fools Parents Night Out" on April 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The price will be $35 per person and the location is TBD. If you are interested in helping, or have any questions, please email Lori Washton at lori44q@aol.com.

Grandparents Day April 21! Save the date – Grandparents Day will be held on Friday, April 21, this year. An invitation will be mailed to grandparents shortly. To be sure we have an updated address for your child's grandparents, please contact Wendy Ward by email at wendy.ward@pennington.org or by phone at 609-737-6121.

Upper School

Parents Coffee to be held March 9: The Parents Association will hold an Upper School Parents Coffee on Thursday, March 9, at 8:15 a.m. in the Silva Gallery of Art. Dean of Academic Affairs Scott Peeler will be present to discuss 2017-18 course selection. Questions can be directed to Michele Cano at michelecano4@gmail.com.

Senior parents – have you purchased a yearbook ad? The yearbook staff has been working diligently on the 2017 edition of the Penseman, which will be distributed in June. Over the years, parents have taken the opportunity to buy an advertisement in the yearbook, either for their business, to honor their Pennington student, or to honor the graduating class. The proceeds from these ads help cover the portion of production costs not covered by the School's subsidy. Please click here for more information, and click here to review an ad contract with options listed. Ads should be submitted to pensemanads@pennington.org no later than Friday, March 10. Questions can be directed to Yearbook Advisor Mr. Ross at the same email.

Middle School

A message from the Head of Middle School: With a couple months back in the saddle here in Middle School, I felt it was time to get re-acquainted with you all. So much has been going on with your children since you last had an opportunity to meet with Lisa Houston that it is time to sit down and debrief together. With that said, I invite you to join me for one of the two upcoming Parents Coffees. The first is on Wednesday, March 29, at the usual morning time slot, 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The second is an evening session from Thursday, March 30, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. I would like to discuss the students' use of technology, social media, etc., and how we can best guide them at home and at school. I also would like to share my musings from sabbatical, focusing on what education may look like in the future. Look for an email that we will be sending to RSVP for either the morning or evening event. –Todd Paige, Head of Middle School

Play auditions to be held March 7 and 8: Middle School Play auditions will be held on Tuesday, March 7, and Wednesday, March 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room 102 Stainton. This year's show, Ivan and the Firebird, is a theatrical take on a Russian folktale. Eighth-graders should prepare one of three monologues from the show. Sixth- and seventh-graders will audition in groups, using scenes from the show. Seniors Carolyn McWhirter and Scott Meggitt are this year's directors; questions can be addressed to Ms. Houston at lhouston@pennington.org.

Dodgeball for Middle School on March 10: On Friday, March 10, during period 5 from 10:40 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., a dodgeball tournament will be held for Middle Schoolers. Pick-up time will be at noon; students may also stay for a brief lunch, as the dining hall will be open. Students should leave campus by 1:00 p.m. that day.

Middle School athletics beginning after Spring Break: Middle School athletics will begin after Spring Break on March 28. Offerings for the spring are Boys' Lacrosse, Girls' Lacrosse (club), and Coed Track and Field. Students will sign up during Community Meeting before break. Please be sure to fill out a new Health History Update; this form must be delivered to Mrs. Meyerson before Tuesday, March 28.

Important note before Spring Break: Students should check their cubbies, lockers, and the lost and found before leaving for Spring Break to take home any important items.