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Author Archives: Harry Katcher

Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dog

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MUS students, faculty and colleagues from IEM (International Education Management), our international student partner, gathered together on February 14th to celebrate the Chinese New year. The quad was decorated in Chinese New Year regalia and traditional foods were available for sampling.

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Senior Recognition – Winter Sports

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As the regular season for our high school soccer and basketball teams came to an end last week, it was a time to honor the seniors for their dedication to the program, reminisce and thank the senior parents for their years of support. It is a bitter sweet day when a student athlete hangs up […]

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Reasoned Debate

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After two law professors, one at the University of Pennsylvania and one at the University of San Diego teamed to publish an op-ed on the state of American society for the Philadelphia Enquirer last August, the response by colleagues and students was so intense and surprising to the professors that one of those professors, Amy […]

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SDJA Selects Director for New Innovation Center

Hello SDJA community, I’m excited to share some great news regarding our plans for the new innovation center. We’ve hired a director, Kwaku Aning, who comes to us from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn., where he is director of Learning Innovation and Instructional Design. He will officially join SDJA in July. Kwaku brings a […]

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What’s Happening: Community Events

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Upcoming Community Events: Camp Ramah, California Passover 2018 __________________________  

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Egg-cellent Egg-ventures: This week’s edition by Drew Hansen & Sam Land

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The chicken coop is ready and we’re just waiting for our special guests to arrive! The chickens are due to arrive next Friday! We are egg-static and anxiously awaiting their arrival! In the meantime, we are making preparations including creating a list of the materials we will need. Epic Eggs will be collecting the following: […]

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Israel Week Re-Cap by Shani Abed

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This week, SDJA celebrated Israel week.  Having a strong commitment to Israel also translates into a deeper understanding of Jews as a people and greater identification with Jews from communities around the world. Throughout this past week, all of our classes were engaged in deeper learning across the curriculum about Israel.  Our teachers used big […]

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What is Purim? – by Rabbi Graubart

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Like every Jewish holiday, there’s more to Purim than meets the eye. What appears to be a simple story is layered with complexity. The happy ending is darker than we might suppose. And our joyous customs – costumes, noisemakers, hamantaschen, gifts – symbolize relief as much as joy. On the one hand, the Purim story […]

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Problem Solving by Shelly Moses

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An old saying is “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” What is meant by this is that for any problem, there’s a host of solutions. Some may be more efficient, some ridiculously time consuming, but they are still solutions. This is true when it comes to skinning cats, saving astronauts in peril, […]

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Another Tool in our Toolbox by Brooke Henriksen

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As a classroom teacher, one of the things I truly value about being a part of the SDJA team is the commitment to ongoing professional development, including making sure that classroom teachers are well equipped with the best tools that our trade has to offer. The Orton-Gillingham training, which ten teachers on staff received two […]

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