Pennington Postings

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

News for Parents

  • General Information--February 5, 2016


    Senior show open at Silva Gallery: The show featuring art by members of the Class of 2016, entitled Passage, is now open at the Silva Gallery of Art. It will run through Friday, February 12. The seniors will be celebrated on Tuesday evening with a 5:30 pizza party at the beginning of Open Studio. Don’t miss seeing the work of our talented students!

    Meeting Feb. 11 re Spring Break trips: All students traveling on a School-sponsored trip over Spring Break—and their parents—are asked to come to a meeting, Thursday, February 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Stainton Hall Lecture Center. Dean of Students Chad Bridges will discuss the School's expectations for students traveling over Spring Break, and Director of Health Services Karen Rossi will review the Health Center's guidelines for students and chaperones. Trip chaperones will be in attendance. You will have the opportunity to ask questions after this brief presentation.

    New gluten-free options at Snack Bar: The Campus Center Snack Bar is increasing its gluten-free section. A new Kind bar is coming! Check it out on Thursday.

    Blood Drive Feb. 16: The Pennington School Junior Proctors will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Sparks Gymnasium. Eligible students (17 years old, or 16 with parent consent) and adults can sign up in the Dining Hall during lunch periods—or go online to and look for the Pennington blood drive on February 16 under “Find a blood drive.” There are some restrictions on eligibility (height, weight, medications, and the like), which are explained on the website. The Junior Proctors hope that a number of students’ parents and other family members will sign up to donate so that the drive can save as many lives as possible.

    Feb. 23 lecture to examine “Friendships in the Digital Age”: Princeton Common Ground presents author and Princeton, NJ, psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D., discussing “Friendships in the Digital Age” on Tuesday, February 23, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. The presentation will take place at the Cambridge School, 100 Straube Center Boulevard in Pennington. The Internet, electronic media, and mobile devices are changing how kids play and how they communicate. What does that mean for their friendships? Dr. Kennedy-Moore will look at three forms of digital interaction that have parallels in the real world but also differ in important ways from face-to-face interaction: video game playing, cyberbullying, and Facebook “depression.” You will hear what research says about the online behavior of toddlers to teens, and you will learn practical ways to help your child navigate the digital social world with safety and kindness. Please see for more information.

    Important note for parents of all players of spring sports: New Jersey state law requires parents to fill out a simple health history update form if your child’s physical examination was performed more than ninety (90) days before the first day of sports practice. The form does not require a physician’s signature and simply asks a few questions about your child’s health in the last few months. Please complete the form and return it to the Health Center or to the Health Center mail bin at Mrs. Iorio’s desk by March 1, 2016. The form must be filled out and returned before your child starts spring sports practice. Questions regarding the form should be addressed to Director of Health Services Karen Rossi at 609–737–6114.

  • Upper School--February 5, 2016

    Driver education classes begin Sunday: A spring session of driver education classes (for grades 10–12) is being offered. The ten (10) three-hour Sunday-evening classes will begin on Sunday, February 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Art Schalick Conference Room, Campus Center 201. Students interested in participating should email Mr. Liwosz at The fee is $175. Checks should be made payable to Princeton Driving School and brought to the first class.

    Global Studies applications available now for sophomores: Applications for The Pennington School’s Global Studies Certificate Program are now available for the Class of 2018. The program welcomes all students who are curious about the world around them and interested in making a difference in it. Universities and employers are becoming increasingly globally focused, and so are we. The GSCP is a two-year program incorporating coursework and special experiences; students enter in the fall of their junior year and are recognized at Commencement their senior year. Visit our website to find out more and to download the application: Questions? Contact today!

    Reminder—Peer Leadership Parents Night Feb. 11: Parents of freshmen are invited to attend an evening of discussion and activities on Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. Attendance at this event is required for all freshmen; homework will not be assigned to freshmen for that evening.

    Applications due Feb. 11 for Yale Global Scholars summer program: The Yale Global Scholars program is now accepting applications for its summer 2016 programs. Open to rising juniors and seniors, accepted students will spend two weeks living and studying at Yale University with other young global scholars from around the world. The program runs several sessions, on topics such as international affairs and security, energy and the environment, international law and politics, applied science and engineering, and global biomedical sciences. Applications are due February 11, and more information is available at

    Yearbook ad deadline is March 4: Support through advertisements from parents helps make it possible for every student in the Upper School to receive a copy of the Penseman, The Pennington School’s yearbook, without charge. Please consider saluting a graduating senior or other student—or perhaps you would like to advertise your business. For more information, download an order form here, or email with questions. All ads must be received no later than March 4.

  • Middle School--February 5, 2016

    Middle School Dance Feb. 19: The first Middle School dance of the year will be held on Friday, February 19, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the McLarty “Black Box” Theater. The first dance of the year is just for Pennington students and their guests. Students who would like to invite a friend from another school may do so as long as they sign him/her up twenty-four hours prior to the dance in the Middle School office. Refreshments will be available, and faculty will be there to chaperone. Dress is casual but appropriate. (Guidelines will be reviewed with students prior to the date.)

School News

  • Boys' swim team wins third straight title


    The Pennington school boys’ swimming team had one for the record books at the 2016 NJISAA state championship boys’ swimming meet at Lawrenceville on February 2, culminating in their third straight state Prep B championship.

    The coaches knew it would be a special night where the eight seniors on the team of sixteen would lead the way to a third state championship in a row.

    The first event, the boys 200-yard medley relay, saw the relay team of Koray Ercan, Will Freeman, Jack Freeman, and Ian Nelson take down a School record from 2011. The old record of 1:42.20, set by Doug McCord, Jon Yoskin, Wes Lincoln, and Andrew McWhirter, was broken with a new School record of 1:40.87.

    Jack Freeman went on to place third overall at the state meet in the boys 200 free with a new School record of 1:45.44, breaking Doug McCord's old record of 1:45.58.

    It was not over for Jack Freeman after that race: he also broke the oldest boys’ record on the record board, held by Brandon Hullings from 2008 in the boys 100-yard fly. Freeman surpassed Hullings’s old record of 53.87 with a new School record of 52.83. Hullings, a current swimming coach at Pennington, said he "could not think of a more deserving swimmer” to break his record.

    The Freeman family was still not finished. Will Freeman, a senior and captain, took down a record in the 100 yard breaststroke left by Jon Yoskin in 2011. Will Freeman broke Yoskin's 1:02.64 with a new School record of 1:01.63.

    Pennington went into the final really needing to finish with a strong 400-yard freestyle relay in order to beat a very competitive Morristown Beard School. The relay team of Jack Freeman, Ian Nelson, Derek Gimbel, and Will Freeman narrowly missed breaking the School record in the 400 free relay with a final time of 3:22.87. The current School record is 3:19.02.

    Numerous other swimmers had personal best times and capped off an excellent 2015–2016 swimming season. Full results can be seen in the attached PDFs. The boys finished 8–2 in dual meets, losing only to Germantown Academy and West Windsor–Plainsboro High School South, and now are the 2016 NJISAA state champions for the Prep B division.

    A large proportion of the team will now train for Easterns, which will be held February 19 and 20 at La Salle University in Philadelphia.

  • Author Bordewich to speak Feb. 21


    The Pennington School’s history department will welcome Fergus M. Bordewich, author of the new book The First Congress, to speak on Sunday, February 21. The lecture, which will be followed by a book signing, is co-sponsored by the Washington Crossing Park Association of New Jersey. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building on the School’s campus at 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington. The event is free and open to the public.

    Bordewich’s new volume is subtitled How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government. The author will discuss topics raised in his book, as well as the era around the creation of the United States Constitution. After his talk, he will sign copies of his new book, priced at $30 through Labyrinth Books; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Washington Crossing Park Association. Those interested may reserve a copy at

    Many of the issues faced by the First Congress still challenge the United States today. Bordewich brings to life the groundbreaking early debates over presidential power, the Bill of Rights, the creation of the federal court system, and the embrace of capitalism as the foundation of national finance. He draws upon primary sources such as letters and diaries of the first congressmen and contemporary newspapers to provide a portrait of the founders and their world.

    Bordewich is the author of several books, including America’s Great Debate, Bound for Canaan, Killing the White Man’s Indian, and the memoir My Mother’s Ghost. The son of a national civil rights leader for Native Americans, he has written widely on political and cultural subjects in Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, American Heritage, Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications.

  • Pennington honors five seniors for athletic commitments


    On February 3 The Pennington School honored five seniors who have already made athletic commitments to colleges or universities for next year. All five will be playing their respective sports at Division I colleges.

    Christine Carugati signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse at Boston University. Also committed to Boston University is Satchel Cortet , who will play soccer. Andrew Maviswill play water polo at George Washington University, and Ian Nelson will be swimming for Fairfield University. Daniella Giancarli will be attending Syracuse University and playing soccer.

    “Very few student athletes have the skill, commitment, and competitiveness to compete in their sport in college,” said Pennington Headmaster William S. Hawkey. “The fact that every year we send great student athletes off to college to compete on that next stage is a testament to some wonderful student-athletes who find success and the confidence at Pennington and then are able to take their talents to another level.”

    For the students, the celebration at Sparks Memorial Gymnasium represented a culmination of several years of hard work and dedication.

    “Signing the paper makes it surreal,” said Carugati. “I feel like I’m already part of the community at Boston University. This has been a goal of mine for a long time, and this is a great accomplishment for me and my family.”

    “It’s very fulfilling. Hard work pays off; thank you, Pennington,” added Cortet.

  • Pre-Algebra students test candles' burn rates

    Sixth-grade Pre-Algebra students recently conducted a math lab to determine the burn rate of two candles: one at room temperature and one at freezing temperature. They collected real data during the experiment and then used their algebra skills to find the x-intercept, y-intercept, slope, and equation for the linear representation. Finally, they compared slopes to determine which candle burned the fastest. Take a look at their process in this video.

  • Semester I reports available in NetClassroom



Issue: Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Upcoming Events

Thu Feb 4

Upper School Parents Coffee

Silva Gallery of Art, Campus Center
8:00am - 9:30am
Fri Feb 5

Middle School Ski Trip

Thru: 2/6/2016

Closed Weekend for All Boarders

Thru: 2/7/2016

First Friday Event: Dodgeball for Haiti

Sparks Memorial Gymnasium
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat Feb 6

Jeopardy for Boarders

Stainton Hall Lecture Center
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Wed Feb 10

Eighth-Grade Parents Coffee

Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building, Room 112
8:00am - 8:55am