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March 21, 2020

Dear PPS Families, 

In a world upended by the coronavirus crisis, all of us are re-evaluating the pace and priorities of our lives. We may find ourselves placing a higher value on what the Challenge Success organization refers to as PDF - playtime, downtime, and family time. But what will happen when life returns to normal, when students are back in school, when extra-curricular activities resume? What lessons will we retain?

On Monday, March 23 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., PHS Principal, Jessica Baxter and Jon Kleiman from the Challenge Success organization out of Stanford University will host a live-streamed event entitled The Well-Balanced Student. They will explore with parents research based strategies for raising physically and emotionally healthy teenagers. Using as context data from the Challenge Success survey, which our PHS students took in December, they will present strategies for establishing a healthier home environment, reducing academic stress without sacrificing achievement, and increasing children’s resilience, creativity, and well-being.

As educators and families we are often overly focused on grades and performance, which can lead us to a narrow definition of success. We tend to over schedule our children instead of focusing on balance. PHS has partnered with Challenge Success to do what the name implies, to challenge our definition of success, refocus on the importance of PDF, and elevate our experience of joy and purpose in our lives. 

We hope you will join this important event on Monday evening.  Here is the Zoom link: In addition, the event will be recorded and posted on the PHS website for families to view over the next two weeks. 

Thank you for your interest. We hope you and your families are well. 


Steve Cochrane

Zoom Information:

Here is the Zoom link:

If you don’t have Zoom on your device, check out Zoom’s page of download instructions:


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