Director of Special Events and Parents' Association Liaison
As in years past, PDS will continue to partner with our Adopt-a-School, Berclair Elementary. We are fortunate to have so many resources at our fingertips. The PDS Parents' Association will have a School Supply Drive for Berclair from September 9-13. Berclair needs the items listed below that have been assigned to certain grade levels. Drop off boxes will be located in both lobbies. Thank you in advance for sending these items with your son(s) to benefit the boys and girls at Berclair.
|Early Childhood||Elementary Division|
|Treasure Box Treats||Reams of Copy Paper|
|Reams of Copy Paper||1 inch Binders|
|Folders with Prongs||Marble Composition Books|
Over 125 alumni, parents, and friends of PDS attended The Mentor Breakfast on Friday, November 16. This annual breakfast, hosted by the PDS Alumni Association, provided guests the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and fellowship and to hear an inspirational message from Geoff Calkins, sports columnist of The Commercial Appeal and PDS 6th grade writing class guest-teacher.
In the Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey, Mentor is a friend to Odysseus and trusted advisor to his son, Telemachus. Mentor shares his wisdom with Telemachus, using his own life experience to advise Telemachus on his quests. Thus, the word “mentor” has entered the English language.
At PDS we believe that seeking counsel from mentors is at the root of developing boys in wisdom and stature, helping them become the hero of their own quests.
Calkins stated that everyone has had some type of mentor in his or her life and that most people, when asked, are able to immediately name at least one such mentor. Calkins used examples from his sports experiences as well as mentor references from his PDS 6th grade writing class.
Trophy Case dedicated in honor of Dennis Smith
At the conclusion of the message from Calkins, in the spirit of this mentor breakfast, PDS Alumni Michael Faber ’90 and Richard Moore ’91 made a special presentation to recognize and honor their mentor who “has inspired us for the last 20 years”—Dennis Smith, current Director of Operations and Athletics.
Mr. Moore reiterated Faber’s comments and thanked Dennis Smith for being their mentor and a mentor to so many and for his unselfish service to PDS and to others in the Memphis community. Faber and Moore have dedicated the trophy case in front of the gym in Smith’s honor as part of PDS’ Building Boys Making Men Capital Campaign.
For 75 years, the United States Jaycees have been honoring 10 men and women under the age of 40 who best exemplify the highest attributes of the nation's emerging young leaders. Davidson joins past recipients Nelson D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford II, Wayne Newton, Miss America Kate Shindle, Presidents Kennedy, Clinton, Ford, Nixon, Teddy Roosevelt, and Elvis Presley. Davidson will accept the award in Seattle this June at the 75th anniversary.
The first PDS Golf Tournament sponsored by the Alumni Association was held on April 19.
Despite the unusually cool temperatures, players enjoyed lunch and golf on The Links at Galloway.
Congratulations to the team of Brice Bailey, Michael Murphy, John Phillips V, and Michael Schaefer for a first place finish. Michael Murphy also won the Closest to the Pin Award, and Gus Oyler had the Longest Drive.
The second place team was Chip Campbell, Ned Laughlin, Harry Sayle, and Jason Shelby.
Thanks goes to everyone that participated in such a fun Friday!
The 2009 Alumni Luncheon was held on April 23rd in the Fellowship Hall at PDS.
In attendance were 150 alumni classes dating all the way back to the founding of the school.
Rick Moore '57 was honored as the 2009 Presbyterian Day School Distinguished Alumnus at the 2009 PDS Alumni Luncheon.
On Tuesday, February 19, 2008, PDS held the first ever PDS Alumni Luncheon at the Memphis Country Club.
Several hundred PDS alums attended, ranging from recent graduates all the way back to boys who transferred from the Pentecost-Garrison school into the then brand-new Presbyterian Day School.
The 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award was given to Pitt Hyde '55.
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Box Tops are collected the first Thursday of each month. Help yor child’s class win the quarterly Box Tops challenge while earning money for PDS! Turn them in a ziplock bag with your child's name on it.
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Congratulations to Battle Boyd, Class of 2011 for being honored as a 2012 Keeper of the Dream Award Winner. This award recognizes youth who have demonstrated "extraordinary courage, compassion, leadership or service toward others".
While at PDS, Battle was involved in several successful community projects including a local shoe drive where Battle solicited over 300 pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls to distribute to the people of Haiti after the country was devastated by an earthquake. He continues to read and mentor to underprivileged children. Battle has also developed a sports uniform drive that will benefit community youth centers and teams in uderprivileged areas of the Mid-South. Keeper of the Dream Awards were given at the 2012 Freedom Award Public Forum.
13 PDS alumni from the Class of 2007 have earned the distinction of National Merit Semifinalist or Commended Scholar. Congratulations to the following for being named National Merit Semifinalist: Philip Aiken, Forrest Field, William Hoehn, Farhan Kathawala, Bennett Mercer, David Montgomery, Andrew Renshaw and Mac Trammell. Congratulations to the following for being named as a Commended Scholar: Will Kaelin, Andrew Miller, Bobby Scott, Edward Simpson, and Nathan Vogt. Way to go!