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Quote of the Day: Tough on the Outside, Soft on the Inside

Our boys are always making us laugh. Here’s another reason why:

A PDS mom was telling her son that his teacher was tough on the outside, but soft on the inside.

He thought a minute and said:

Kind of like a stale gummy bear.

Quote of the Day - Teachers with Secret Powers?

Our boys are always making us laugh. Here's another reason why:

Student: “Mr. Fruitt can teleport himself!”

Mrs. Duncan: “What?”

Mrs. Duncan: “Mr. Fruitt can teleport himself. I just saw him in 3rd grade carpool line, and now he’s over there [4th grade carpool line].”

Mrs. Duncan: “I wish I could do that.”

Student: “Let’s just be honest, all the teachers at PDS can do it.”

How Much Sleep Does My Child Need?

It’s no secret that young boys have energy to spare, and getting your son to sleep at night can be a challenge whether he is in preschool or school-aged. Sleep is a vitally important part of the mental and physical development of your son, and making sure he gets the proper amount of rest is worth the extra effort.

PDS Launching Young Knights Pre-School Class

Beginning in the Fall of 2015, Presbyterian Day School is launching the Young Knights class — a new pre-school class for boys turning three between June 1 and November 30, 2015.

The Young Knights class will meet five days a week and follow the PDS school calendar. There are a limited number of openings.

The early childhood years are the most strategic and important time for a child to experience a rich and stimulating learning environment. Research tells us that the years between birth and age 5 are the most formative years for brain development. It further supports that there are critical periods when the brain demands certain types of input to maximize the consolidation of learning. Early, formal education has a significant impact on long-term cognitive development and later school success.

Through hands-on exploration and meaningful play the Young Knight’s learning is guided by a curriculum that includes:

  • Multi-sensory activities

  • Fine and gross motor skill development

  • Hands-on art activities

  • Music appreciation

  • Language development and enrichment

  • Cooking adventures

  • Thematic learning centers

  • Self-help skills

  • Cooperative play and social skills

  • Character development: Building Boys, Making Men character education program

One of the joys of working with young boys is their sense of wonder and curiosity. The Young Knight’s day is filled with music, movement, art, and discovery. Boys in the Young Knights class learn how to interact and make new friends while learning self-discipline. They begin to discover God’s world and their place in it, all in a loving, nurturing environment.

“At PDS, boys are known, nurtured, and loved. Our Young Knights will be well-prepared to enter pre-kindergarten and the world of more formalized education.” — Debbie Isom, Head of Early Childhood.

For more information on enrolling your son in the Young Knights, contact Jan Conder, Director of Admission and Enrollment at PDS.

Quote of the Day - The Bible

Martin Institute’s teacher residents are keeping a blog over at the recently re-launched Martin Institute website.

One of the best parts of their blog are the quotes they overhear from students, many of which are from PDS boys.

Five Ways to Get Your Kids Started "Making"

You don’t need a 3D printer — the most important tool is right between your ears!

So you have heard the new buzzword, “make,” and you aren’t quite sure what that means, but you want your kids to get their hands dirty and their feet wet. Well, the good news is that getting your kids started “making” is simple and can be done with little more than common household items.

You don’t have to have a toolshed full of the latest and the greatest tools around. You don’t need 3D printers or CNC machines. The most important tool is right between the ears — your brain.

Check out these five ways to get started making with little or no fuss.

Building Boys, Making Men — Our Character Education Program

ONLY AT PDS

Building Boys, Making Men:
Our Character Education Program

At PDS, we believe that boys should be intentionally taught about authentic manhood and have a biblical framework for making wise and edifying choices during their teenage years and beyond.

That’s why we have spent over twenty years developing Building Boys, Making Men — a character education program that teaches every boy at PDS what it really means to be a man.

 

The Definition of Manhood We Teach Boys:
The Definition of Manhood We Teach Boys:

A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.

A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others.

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Building Boys, Makning Men

PDS wants to partner with you as you raise your son into this kind of man. And because we know boys learn best in small groups through big conversations and hands-on projects, every 5th and 6th grader has a male mentor and meets regularly with a mentor group.


 

The Seven Virtues of Manhood

Leave no man behind. Godly men are willing to stick with their friends through thick and thin.

Develop a God-sized vision. True heroes are not always successful in the way the world defines success.

I am third. A servant leader recognizes that his relationship with Christ is first and his relationship with others is second.

Set the example. A Pacesetter makes a difference. Stands up for others. Treats others with respect.

Give up control. Faithful Followers live in God's story, following Christ, studying the Bible.

Called to duty. Real men have a code of principles that they are going to live by, no matter what.

Don't sit around. Bold Adventurers follow where God leads and are obedient to His plans.

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Leave no man behind. Godly men are willing to stick with their friends through thick and thin.

Develop a God-sized vision. True heroes are not always successful in the way the world defines success.

I am third. A servant leader recognizes that his relationship with Christ is first and his relationship with others is second.

Set the example. A Pacesetter makes a difference. Stands up for others. Treats others with respect.

Don't sit around. Bold Adventurers follow where God leads and are obedient to His plans.

Called to duty. Real men have a code of principles that they are going to live by, no matter what.

Give up control. Faithful Followers live in God's story, following Christ, studying the Bible.

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VIRTUE OF THE MONTH
The True Friend

Stands Up, Stands By

● Displays compassion and kindness
● Encourages his classmates
● Shares what he has
● Honors his promises
● Looks at the heart of others
● Serves and helps those around him
● Tells the truth
● Shares his emotions
● Loves all of his neighbors
● Stands by and stands up for his classmates

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The journey from boy to man is a big adventure—and an important one. That’s why PDS published The 7 Virtues of Manhood and Flight Plan. These two books are designed to show our 5th- and 6th-grade boys what it means to be a godly man and how to live that out in the choices they make today and throughout their teenage years.

The Seven Virtues of Manhood
Flight Plan
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What Is Building Boys, Making Men

Building Boys, Making Men is a program that gives boys a compelling vision for godly manhood—helping them understand the gospel deeply, live it faithfully, and share it boldy. We teach every PDS boy what it means to be a godly man—beginning when boys enter PDS as two-year-olds and becoming more intensive as boys approach their teens and prepare to graduate from PDS. Here’s what looks like in practice:

  • Chapel two times each week
  • Teaching on the 7 virtues of manhood for all grades, focusing on one virtue each month
  • Mentor groups for 5th-grade boys (that meet twice a month) and 6th-grade boys (that meet weekly), led by men from the PDS community — coaches, teachers, and staff
  • The 7 Virtues of Manhood, a book that walks our 5th-grade students through the virtues and helps them apply the virtues to their own lives
  • Flight Plan, a book that gives our 6th-grade students a vision for authentic manhood and prepares them to make wise choices as they enter their teens
    • Flight Plan is also supplemented by exclusive online resources at flightplan.org
  • Monthly two-hour seminars to walk 5th and 6th grade students through manhood and life issues
  • A buddy program, through which 4th to 6th grade boys are paired with Pre-K to Sr-K boys, spending time with them, loving on them, and learning to serve others
  • A father-son trip for 6th-grade boys and their dads
  • A father-son retreat for 6th-grade boys and their dads—this is the culmination of the BBMM program, a final send-off before boys graduate from PDS and move into their teens and on toward their next school.

At PDS, we know that parents play a unique and essential role in shaping their sons’ character. We want to partner with parents, but never replace them. Here are some key resources and events we provide for parents:

  • Friday Chapels
  • Leader Guides for Flight Plan and 7 Virtues with discussion questions and activity ideas
  • Flight Plan website for a dad or mom to go through with their son
  • Small group content for dads
  • Training for how to utilize these resources
  • The father-son trip and father-son retreat for 6th-grade boys
  • PDS’s Strategic Parenting blog, where PDS staff, teachers, and others in the PDS community share relevant life and faith issues to support parents

 

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Admission Requirements

Young Knights, Pre-Kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Senior Kindergarten

  • Young Knight applicants must be 2, Pre-Kindergarten applicants must be three, Junior Kindergarten applicants must be four, and Senior Kindergarten applicants must be five on or before June 1, 2016.
  • Final admission decisions are dependent upon a complete applicant file; therefore, it is important to submit all paperwork, including the online application as soon as possible. Early Childhood campus visits are in January and February.  After Mid-February, applications will be processed on an individual basis for waiting pools or openings as they occur.
  • Campus visits for YK are on January 23 and February 6. 
  • Campus visits for PK are on January 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and February 2, 3 and 4.
  • Campus visits for JK and SK applicants are on January 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23.
  • Campus visits can only be made when a complete application is submitted to the Admission Office.
  • Campus visits include informal play and a one-on-one evaluation with a PDS teacher or administrator.
  • An applicant’s profile includes a complete 2016-2017 application, his PDS evaluation, a parent questionnaire, and a recommendation from his preschool, mothers' day out, or day care.

 

We wanted a Christian, single-sex, highly academic school. What we didn't expect to find was a place that blesses not only our sons, but blesses us: a place where our sons bring home work which reminds us that learning is not just about states and capitals, but about the broad strokes of asking real questions like 'why' or 'how does that change the whole way you think,' a place where they bring home Scripture in addition to flashcards.

Gay and Hal Boyd, Parents of Hall, Class of '08 and Battle, Class of '11

 

First and Second Grades

  • First Grade applicants must be six on or before June 1, 2016.
  • Final admission decisions are dependent upon a complete applicant file; therefore, it is important to submit all paperwork, including the online application as soon as possible. First and second grade testing is in January.  After Mid-February, applications will be processed on an individual basis for waiting pools or openings as they occur.
  • Testing for all applicants is arranged individually through the Admission Office. Testing will include both achievement and ability components, as well as observation and informal activities.
  • As a part of the admission process, boys applying for grades one and two will make classroom visits, which are arranged through the Admission Office.
  • An applicant’s profile includes a complete 2016-2017 application, his PDS evaluation, a parent questionnaire, records and a teacher recommendation from his current school, and observations from his classroom visit.
  • An applicant must have satisfactory grades, conduct and work habits on his report card to be considered for admission.

 

Third and Fourth Grades

  • Final admission decisions are dependent upon a complete applicant file; therefore, it is important to submit all paperwork, including the online application as soon as possible. Third and Fourth Grade Testing is in February, 2016. After Mid-February, applications will be processed on an individual basis for waiting pools or openings as they occur.
  • Testing for third and fourth Grade applicants will be on Saturday, February 6, 2016. All applicants will be administered portions of an achievement test and an ability test, as well as submitting a writing sample.
  • As a part of the admission process, boys applying for grades three and four will make classroom visits, which are arranged through the Admission Office.
  • An applicant’s profile includes a complete 2016-2017 application, his PDS evaluation, a parent questionnaire, records and a teacher recommendation from his current school, and observations from his classroom visit.
  • An applicant must have satisfactory grades, conduct and work habits on his report card to be considered for admission.

 

Fifth and Sixth Grades

  • Final admission decisions are dependent upon a complete applicant file; therefore, it is important to submit all paperwork, including the online application as soon as possible.
  • All fifth and sixth grade applicants will take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Tests dates and locations are as follows:
    • December 12, 2015 at St. Mary's Episcopal School
    • December 12, 2015 at Woodland Presbyterian School
    • January 24, 2016 at Lausanne Collegiate School
    • January 30, 2016 at Hutchison School
    • February 6, 2016 at St. George's Independent School
    • February 27, 2016 at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School 
    • March 19, 2016 at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School
    • April 9, 2016 at Presbyterian Day School
  • As part of the admission process boys applying for grades five and six will make classroom visits, which are arranged through the Admission Office.
  • An applicant’s profile includes a complete 2016-2017 application, the results of the ISEE test, records and teacher recommendations from his current school, observations from his classroom visit and a parent questionnaire.
  • An applicant must have satisfactory grades, conduct and work habits on his report card to be considered for admission.

 

About PDS - A Quick Overview

PDS Overview

ENROLLMENT

  • 2-year-old boys through 6th grade
  • 550 boys enrolled, representing 35 different zip codes from across the Mid-South
  • Average class size: 17

TUITION/FINANCIAL AID

Grade-LevelTuition
Young Knights $5,260-$10,180
Pre-Kindergarten $8,960-$13,770
Junior Kindergarten $14,160-$17,010
Senior Kindergarten $17,100
First-Sixth Grades $19,990
  • Financial Aid
  • 20% of students receive financial assistance from PDS. More info

The benefits of boys’ schools aren’t just in the core subjects. At PDS, every boy takes art classes, learns coding, and sings in the choir. Boys are soloists and actors; they hold all of the leadership positions.

 

FACULTY

  • Over 70 teachers, coaches, and mentors serve the student body.
  • Over 70% of PDS teachers have earned advanced degrees.
  • Over 90% of PDS teachers have supplemental training from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • PDS teachers are life-long learners; Ongoing professional development is in the DNA of the school.

CAMPUS

  • PDS is located on a 29-acre campus in the heart of East Memphis.
  • The campus facilities are among the largest and finest for an elementary school nationwide.
  • A recent $20 million expansion included upgrades to the facilities, including the Early Childhood Center, EDGE Studio, Reading and Learning Center, Science Center, Christian Center, Lifetime Fitness Center, turf field, and gymnasium.

HISTORY

  • Founded by Second Presbyterian Church in 1949 at its current location at Poplar Avenue and Goodlett.
  • PDS added Junior Kindergarten in 1992, Pre-Kindergarten in 2005 and Young Knights in 2015.
  • Steve Hancock was appointed the Headmaster of PDS in 2014.

ACADEMICS

  • The predominant, long-term focus of the academic program at PDS is on the development of critical and creative thinking skills and is increasingly customized to the learning profile of each boy.
  • Technology is integrated into the curriculum to not only reinforce basic foundational skills, but also to allow boys to collaborate, communicate, and create.
  • Approximately half of instructional time in reading and math is taught in small groups, utilizing our four learning specialists and three learning coaches in a dedicated learning studio.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Boys in 1st through 6th grades have Physical Education (PE) every day. Early Childhood boys have PE every other day.
  • In PE, boys learn the concepts of sportsmanship, teamwork, great effort, and a positive attitude.
  • 6th-grade graduates leave PDS with an overall lifetime fitness mindset that encourages them to continue to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle.
  • All 4th, 5th, and 6th-graders are eligible to participate in the year-round, after-school intramural program.
  • PDS competes with other area schools and organizations in football (5th–6th grades), basketball (6th grade), cross country (6th grade), golf (6th grade), tennis (6th grade), and track (5th-6th grades).

AFTER-SCHOOL AND SUMMER PROGRAMS

  • PDS offers before-school and after-school care for boys.
  • After-school enrichment opportunities include both private lessons and classes in the arts, sciences, math, language arts, technology, athletics, and chess.
  • One-on-one tutoring for students who require additional support is available.
  • All day and half day summer camps are available for PK through 6th-grade students with specific camps focusing on academics and sports.

TEACHING MANHOOD

  • The Building Boys, Making Men program provides a framework for leading boys into godly manhood by developing a boy’s faith, character, and values.
  • Boys are taught about manhood and given a biblical framework for making wise choices during their teenage years and beyond.

SPECIAL AREAS

  • In YK through SK boys receive instruction in both Mandarin and Spanish.
  • Beginning in 1st grade, boys specialize in either Mandarin or Spanish.
  • Boys are exposed to art and music daily in Early Childhood. Beginning in 1st grade, all boys participate in art, choral music, coding, and design thinking.

TESTING

  • PDS administers an achievement test, developed specifically for independent schools, to boys in Grades 2–6.
  • In comparison to our nation’s leading independent schools, our boys consistently and significantly outperform their peers in all subjects.

BEYOND PDS

  • Our 6th-grade graduates thrive in secondary schools of their choice.
  • Our most recent graduates have gone on to Harvard, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Washington and Lee, New York University and many other top colleges.
  • Each year, our graduates earn millions of dollars in merit-based college scholarships.
  • The list of PDS graduates reads like a who’s who of the Memphis business community. Some notable PDS alums include Autozone founder J.R. “Pitt” Hyde ’55, FedEx founder Fred Smith ’56, and Paul Tudor Jones ’66.

 



An Array of Truly Leading Programs - Author and Educator Grant Lichtman on PDS

grant reasonably smallGrant Lichtman is an educator, author, researcher, and consultant who spent 89 days traveling around the United States to study innovation, excellence and relevance at schools.

Through his visits to over 60 of the national leading independent schools, he was looking to answer the question:


What does the future of K-12 education look like?

Here is what Lichtman wrote about the customized approach to learning at PDS:

Template For an Education Revolution; First Post From Presbyterian Day School, Memphis

We talk about revolutionary changes and evolutionary changes and sometimes those terms take on the meaning of time: rapid vs tepid. This is not the case in terms of PDS. The changes taking place in the learning environment here are not radically fast; they have been building over a period of years. But what I saw yesterday, while not completely unique, appears to me to be a supremely welcome example of a revolution in American education.
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After a second day of touring PDS, Lichtman continued with observations on the Building Boys, Making Men character education program, and more:

Leading Classroom Change Permeates Presbyterian Day School

My second full day at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis was just as eventful as the first; this mid-sized elementary school continued to surprised me with an array of truly leading edge programs in character education, global awareness, health and fitness, tailored learning in reading, curriculum development, an exceptional virtual social studies program, and more.
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PDS is a school that seems to have achieved steady state of comfort with constant change that marks successful innovation. Grant Lichtman

On his third day, Lichtman visited the Early Childhood program, along with a return visit to the Learning Studio:

Fluidity Breeds Engaged, Highly Differentiated Learning at Presbyterian Day School

I spent most of my third day at Presbyterian Day School in the early childhood wing, with a reading group that could be a model for any grade level and the technology group. I also revisited the Learning Studio, the heart of what appears to be a revolutionary method of differentiated learning.
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Fellowship Hall at Presbyterian Day School
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$5 for Chick-fil-a Chicken Minis and Coffee, OJ, or Milk • Register

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For all PDS families! Inflatables, food, and fun!

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