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Science Night 2014
 
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On Thursday, October 30, PBDA's Upper Campus students gathered in the Halmos Activities Center for Science Night to showcase a variety of projects, demonstrations and experiments. Students in 4th thru 9th Grade manned twenty stations where they had set up displays of their work, hands-on activities for visitors, a few "Make and Take" activities, and experimentation centers where data was collected for further analysis. Stations included demonstrations of robotics, rocketry, dissections, chemistry, physics, blood typing and many more. Everywhere in the room, visitors were captivated by enthusiastic demonstrators who were proud of their work and knowledgeable about their topics. Science teachers, Ashley Hollern, Mario Mendoza, Tom Sarko and Richard Wagener were responsible for overseeing the projects but the students were responsible for their own products. For the past few weeks, students could be seen tinkering with their projects every chance they found - after school, during lunch and between classes.
 
Congratulations to the science department - teachers and students - on a fun and informative evening.
 

 
"States of Matter - Meet Halloween"

STEM As a culmination to their unit on matter, second grade had a hauntingly good time conducting fun and engaging STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) lab experiments and investigations throughout the week titled "States of Matter Meet Halloween." The students made Super Goo, Halloween Ghosts, Witch's Toothpaste, Density Rainbows, and Floating Letters. All the experiments and investigations reinforced the concepts taught throughout their unit of study on the states of matter.
 

 

 
Speaker Series Book Fairs
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Scholastic Book Fairs are underway on both campuses this week. Students and parents are visiting the libraries on the both campuses where sales are brisk. On the Lower Campus, students have enjoyed a visit from Lori Haskins Houran, author of The $25,000 Flight, a book about Charles Lindbergh. They are looking forward to Pajama Day on Thursday.
 
The Book Fairs are organized and sponsored by the Parent School Council. PSC President, Sandy Singer, wishes to thank the many volunteers who helped organize, set up, and manage the book fairs.
 

 
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The Varsity Flag Football Team wrapped up their 2014 season with 20-14 hard fought loss to Somerset in the League Championship game. The team finished with a record of 6 wins and 3 losses.
 
Before we could get to that championship game, we had to win a semi-final match up with St. Mark's School, who had just beaten us the week before, so we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task. We did end up beating St. Mark's 26-13. In that game, Dylan Green tossed 4 touchdown passes. Those touchdowns were caught by Quinn Steinbeck, Nate Gramentine, Liam Storkerson and Adin McAuliffe. Exta points were scored by Nate and Sebastian Rupp. The defense was terrific intercepting 4 passes during the game. Those interceptions were made by Jack Litten, Sebastian Rupp, and Quinn Steinbeck had 2.
 
For the Season, our leading scorers were Quinn Steinbeck with 51 points, Liam Storkerson with 30 points, and Adin McAuliffe with 25 points. Also scoring on the season were Nate Gramentine, Sebastian Rupp, Carter Nicoletti, Jack Litten, Dylan Green, River Schnirman, and Lance Prosser. Dylan Green lead the Team with 15 TD passes and Jack Litten tossed 5 TD passes.
 
Defensive interceptions on the season were made by Quinn Steinbeck, Jack Litten, Sebastian Rupp, Adin McAuliffe, Nate Gramentine, and Dylan Green.
 
And also making contributions throughout the season were Issac Wiggins, Lyon Foster, Quinn Griffin, Henry Horgan, Shane Knopp, Johan Kramm, Kasen Jones, Robbie Jackson, and when they weren’t spending time bouncing on waves on the water, Josef and Nikki Huainigg.
 
Thank you all for your support throughout the season. Even though the team had these gifted athletes, this championship was a culmination of a total team effort throughout the season.
 
pic1 After we lost our top hitter and server, Emily Elhilow, to a knee injury during warm-ups for our first game, one might think it would be a rough road for our Lady Bulldogs, but they showed us what true grit is about. Winning that game against Rosarian Academy, we continued onto a successful season losing only to St. Marks and Benjamin in league play. We placed 3rd seed in the playoffs, after beating Meyer Academy in the quarter finals 25-13, 25-9. A tough loss ended our season against St. Marks in the semi-finals. St. Marks later moved on to be league champions.
 
Throughout the season, co-captains Talia Chachkes, our outside hitter, and setter Sam Webster showed much leadership on the court. Talia’s powerful hits and positive energy always added to our success. Sam Webster was our rock on the court, controlling much of the tempo of the game and adding serval service points in each match. Natalie Zoller, our other setter, was a true playmaker, keeping our opponents on their toes. Hailey Smallwood led the team in service points and contributed greatly on defense and attack. Strong defensive play came from Hailey Pflummer, Katherine Justice, and Elena Scheffler. Daniella Garcia and Annabel Dewing led in kills as our middle hitters while improving to become consistent servers for the team as well. We would like to thank the parents and fans for all their support during our Volleyball season.
 

 
pic1 Bulldog Swimmers Take 2nd Place
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The Bulldog Swim Team faced Rosarian Academy, St.Clare's School, All Saints School, and St. Ann's School on Saturday October 25th at Lake Lytal pool. PBDA boasted a record number of swimmers, and all seventy-one of them gave their best this season. During their after-school Enrichment activity, Coach Megan Quinty and Coach Jan-Marie Cook worked on swim stroke and technique with students in grades 1 - 9 for eight weeks prior to the meet.
 
At the meet, the Bulldog Swim Team fought hard, led by swimmers Sydney Torres, Bertie Azquetza, Carter Levine, Camilla McCranels, Nicholas Lorentzon, Nellie Miller, and many more, but came in second to Rosarian Academy with 576 points to their 630. Despite the close loss, coaches Quinty and Cook were extremely proud of their team's dedication and strength, but mostly their improvement. Since the swim team's inception in 2012, the team numbers have doubled and, though PBDA has come in second for the past three years, they have cut the point loss in half every year, from 210pts to 107pts to 52pts!
 
Thank you bulldogs for a great season....you really do put the style in freestyle!
 

 
Field Day Field Day Captains
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7-9 Flamingos: Talia Chachkes, Ryan Goldfarb
7-9 Pelicans: Addison Gruber, Jack Litten
6th Flamingos: Avery Steinbeck, Marcus Heiman
6th Pelicans: Maya Patel, Ricardo Maduro-Vollmer

 
Congratulations and Good Luck to all captains and their team members.
 

 
Golf Party Ocean-Side Bash - Friday, November 21
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Join us on Friday, November 21, at The Breakers as we kick-off the holiday season the PBDA way. Reconnect with current PBDA parents, past parents and alumni while enjoying the beautiful ocean view, caribbean music, and incredible hospitality of the world-renowned Breakers hotel. Peruse our "something for everyone" collection of silent auction items including surf lessons with professional surfer Peter Mendia, a Miami Dophins VIP package, a golf foursome at Trump International, and PDQ Food Truck Catering for 100 guests! Take home one of the amazing items just in time for the holidays.
 
RSVP today!
pmartin@pbday.org or (561) 655-1188, extension 125.

 

 

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