Reasons To Be Proud

PS1 Begins Its 49th Year!

The 2019-2020 school year (PS1's 49th year!) kicked off on Wednesday with tons of bubbles and cheers! We came together to Celebrate the Many and Build One community - making connections between those who are returning to PS1 and those who are just beginning. Welcome to all!

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Portrait of a PS1 Pluralistic School Graduate

The "Portrait of a PS1 Graduate" is the result of a one-and-a-half year research project we performed to determine the salient characteristics of a PS1 graduate.

When your child turns twelve, what can you expect will characterize them as people, friends, students, and colleagues - both personally and interpersonally? Our research garnered the following benefits: our graduates, year in and year out, are Self-Aware; Respectful; Expressive; Inquisitive; Collaborative; Problem-Solver; Connected; Proactive; and Prepared.

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PS1 Celebrates the Graduation of the Class of 2019

One of the most moving and powerful graduation ceremonies to date, June 13th marked the graduation of the Class of 2019. Each student presented a speech to the entire community, and audience members were wowed by the poise and self-assuredness of each graduate. We congratulate the Class of 2019 as they move on to middle schools including Archer, Brentwood, Geffen, JAMS, New Roads, Wildwood, Windward, and more!

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School Year Culminates with Performances of Our Town and Romeo and Juliet

"Look at that moon. Potato weather for sure." It is tradition for Olders students at PS1 to perform plays at the end of each school year. This June, we were treated to the fifth-grade students from both classes presenting Our Town by Thornton Wilder, and the Theatre Festival continued with the sixth-grade students presenting Romeo and Juliet for their very last Circle Time!

The entire community of students and parents were amazed, astounded, and awestruck at the professionalism and creativity of students' productions on stage and behind the scenes!

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Pluralism in Action: The Annual All-School Camping Trip

The annual camping trip is a highlight of the school year! It also supports Pluralism in so many ways. On the trip, students learn how to be responsible group members and to take care of themselves and each other, gaining independence and working as a team. They solidify bonds and make new connections with their peers that go beyond the classroom. Camping allows students to shine in a new environment, and creates wonderful new leadership opportunities.

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PS1 Featured in Sustainable Quality Awards Video

Check out this video featuring PS1 from the 2019 Sustainable Quality Awards ceremony held in April.

PS1 is one of the featured businesses in the 2019 Sustainable Quality Awards video because we (most recently) won the 2018 SQA Grand Prize. It's a touching and informative video that summarizes why sustainability (environmental, social, and economic) is such an important part of PS1's mission.

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Students Showcase Their Learning At Our Annual Open House

Each year, our Open House provides a rich opportunity for students to showcase their learning. In the morning, students host visitors in their own classrooms AND visit each classroom on campus, taking on the roles of both teacher and learner. In the evening, parents attend the event to see the exhibits in their child's classroom and all around campus. This year, Open House was more exciting than ever with Studio projects on the Euclid Yard, physics experiments in the classrooms, math games galore, and so much more!

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New Teaching & Learning Blog Post: Rigor

To create an academically rigorous environment, teachers must help students develop the capacity to understand content that is complex, ambiguous, provocative, and personally or emotionally challenging. Click to read the newest Teaching & Learning blog post, where we describe what we mean by Rigor and highlight examples of our rigorous academic program in each Cluster from Youngers to Olders.

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