Thursday, January 29th, 2015
News for Parents
General Information--January 30, 2015
Common Ground to offer panel on financial literacy for children: Pennington’s own Peter Chase will be among the five panelists when Princeton Common Ground presents “Financial Literacy: Helping Children Understand Money and Credit” on Tuesday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. at The Hun School.
Are our children on track for financial literacy? Money isn’t everything, but it is a reality that all of our children will need to learn to manage. What can even the youngest children learn about personal finance? What skills and responsibilities should we expect them to have as they mature? What can children learn from the budgeting, planning, and investing processes? And how can we protect their identity and credit in an increasingly electronic financial world? Financial literacy is a life skill that won’t emerge without our thoughtful attention. Common Ground invites parents to join the audience for this practical tutorial. Click here for more information.
From the Parents Committee Chairs: Annual support of the Pennington Fund touches all students and makes possible all of those things that make Pennington a special place to learn, compete, and grow. Gifts start at $5; your participation at any level will have an immediate and important impact that signals our support for the great things taking place on campus. We hope you’ll join us in support of the Fund; click here to make a gift or pledge (payable by June 30, 2015.) — Ron and Joan Reardon P’14 ’17, chairs, Parents Committee of the Pennington Fund
Upper School--January 30, 2015
Upper Schoolers to take health survey Feb. 4: The Independent School Health Check survey will be administered to all Upper School students next Wednesday, February 4. Please see Dr. Hawkey’s letter for details. If you have questions, contact Director of Counseling Services Stephanie DeSouza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609–737–6118.
Upper School Parents Coffee on Feb. 5: The next Upper School Coffee will be on Thursday, February 5, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Art Schalick Conference Room, Campus Center 201. Dean of Academic Affairs Scott E. Peeler will introduce the new daily schedule that will be instituted in 2015–16.
Peer Leadership Parents Night for freshmen, parents on Feb. 12: The Peer Leaders have invited parents and guardians of freshmen to attend the annual Peer Leadership Parents Night on Thursday, February 12. This is a required event for freshmen, and the Peer Leaders hope that a parent or guardian will attend, as well. The theme this year is “Say Something: Talking and Listening to Your Kids,” exploring ideas and issues on the minds of freshmen. It is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s peer leader and to learn more about the Peer Leadership Program. If you have questions, call one of the Peer Leadership coordinators, Erin O’Connell (x 337) or Rick Ritter (x339), at 609–737–8069.
New yearbook ad deadline March 6: Members of the 2015 Penseman staff have announced an extension of the deadline for submissions to the section that includes tributes to students as well as advertisements for businesses. It's a great way to support a student publication while giving a tip of the hat to a graduating senior or publicity to a local business. The new deadline is Friday, March 6, 2015. For details, click here.
Wesley Alumni House wins award
The Pennington Historic Preservation Commission presented its 2014 Historic Preservation Award to The Pennington School at a ceremony on the evening of January 28 at the Sun National Bank in Pennington. The award is given for significant contribution to the Borough of Pennington's historic quality; it was presented to the School in recognition of the preservation and rehabilitation of the one-time home of Pennington headmasters, now known as Wesley Alumni House.
J. Graeme McWhirter, chief financial officer, accepted the award on behalf of the School. Peter J. Tucci, Esq. '79 P'16'16, chair of Pennington's Board of Trustees and Daniela Voith, architect for the building, also spoke at the ceremony and thanked the Commission for this recognition.The ceremony, sponsored jointly with the Pennington Economic Development Commission, also included tributes presented by that body.
Seniors selected for Cum Laude Society
The Pennington School inducted nine seniors on January 28 as student members of the School’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society before an audience of the entire Upper School, faculty, and parents. Students inducted are within the top ten percent of the class, as determined by grade point average, and the School views selection for membership as one of the highest honors it can confer.
The new Cum Laude Society student members are seniors Cedric Abano, Lauren Brown, Nicholas Bunn, Sara Clark, Thomas Cosgrove, Andrew Gurick, Elizabeth Koloski, Niral Ramesh, and Nathan Zavanelli.
The Cum Laude Society is an international organization recognizing “academic achievement in secondary schools for the purpose of promoting excellence, justice, and honor.” There are approximately 380 institutions in the Society; most are independent schools. The Pennington chapter was established in 2014.
Headmaster William S. Hawkey welcomed those in attendance, Dean of Faculty John P. C. Daves was the speaker, and Pennington School Chapter President Lisa Houston introduced and inducted the students.
Sixth-grade science class holds town meeting about algae
As a conclusion to their study of protists, the sixth-grade science class last week held a town meeting for a fictional town called Habport, located in the southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico. Habport was experiencing a harmful algal bloom. All of the students took on specific roles and became experts on the topic from the vantage point of those members of the community. The roles were the mayor of Habport, the town official, fishing industry representatives, scientists, health officials, hotel and restaurant owners, owners of the Habport Country Club and Golf Course, owners of Habport’s organic farm, and the manager of the wastewater treatment plant.
The goals of the meeting were to discuss the possible causes of the harmful algal bloom and its impact on the community, and to suggest possible prevention, detection, and remediation efforts. The students explained how the algal bloom was affecting their situation or business, and all shared ideas on how they felt the town should deal with the problem.
Students wore costumes and brought props that helped them embody their characters. By the end of the ninety-minute meeting, the students had come up with some excellent ideas about how the town could respond. They learned some great lessons about being active citizens, sharing expertise to help solve problems, and—for the Mayor and town official—how facilitating a meeting with frustrated attendees can be quite challenging!