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September 2016

FPDS is on the MOVE

by Mindy Boyd

Standing desks, bouncy bands, stools and ball chairs are a few of the new and exciting things that have FPDS on the MOVE.  The new equipment is part of our focus to create a kinesthetic classroom.  But, what is a kinesthetic classroom?  What does this mean for your child?  [Read full blog post]

Mrs. O'Neal's second grade class takes a brain break.

FPDS Featured Alumnus

Robert WassonCongratulations to Robert Wasson, FPDS Class of 2011, who was named one of Portico Jackson Magazine’s "25 Students Who Will Change the World." Featured in the August 2016 issue, Robert is a senior at Jackson Prep. As a rising junior, Robert participated in the Ole Miss “Heads in the Game” concussion research program with 15 other students. The group worked with X2 Biosystems concussion detection software, which is used by Ole Miss, the NFL and the NHL. They interviewed coaches and trainers to develop a mobile phone app to track an athlete’s nutrition, health and academics before and after a concussion. He told Portico readers, “I consider this research to be my greatest accomplishment because it will help others avoid future injury. This also solidified my desire to major in engineering and thereafter attend medical school.”

Under the Oaks Fruits of Labor

Under the Oaks

The inaugural year of Under the Oaks, FPDS’s summer program, was a fun success! Students participated in field trips, theme weeks, and worked hard planting seeds in the garden beside the Science Lab. By the start of the new school year, fruit was growing, including a watermelon and red peppers. Make plans now to join us for summer 2017.
First Presbyterian Day School has been THE focused expert for elementary education in the Jackson area for more than 50 years. FPDS is THE school that provides a Christian-balanced elementary experience that sets the stage for success in life - both academically and spiritually. We're excited to announce our new outreach effort, #THEdayschool. We ask all of our Crusader parents, faculty, and alumni to tag FPDS and use this hashtag in social media posts when referring to activities, events, or anything related to #THEdayschool.

FPDS Going Gold

Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer, the number one disease killer of children in the United States. The National Cancer Institute designates less than four percent of its budget to pediatric cancer research. In the past 20 years, only three new drugs have been approved by the FDA to fight pediatric cancer. FPDS parents Jill and David Dale are committed to being a part of the movement that changes these numbers. Worldwide, September is recognized as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Gold is the color for childhood cancer.  “We are working with the Children’s Cancer Clinic at Batson Hospital for Children and the Children’s Miracle Network to bring awareness to the people of Mississippi about a subject that is hard to fathom, much less talk about, which is children fighting for their lives and some even losing their life,” said Jill. “As we bring awareness, we will raise money that will go directly into the Campbellbulldog Fund for research to help find cures for the many different types of childhood cancer.” FPDS came alongside the Dales and became a part of this movement by raising more than $2,000 through a “dress down – Going Gold day” and other events throughout the month.

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