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Author Archives: Harry Katcher

Middle School Moot Beit Din Team Competes in First Ever Competition

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After almost two years of planning and a year of study under the tutelage of Arielle Gereboff, the SDJA Middle School Moot Beit Din Team traveled to TVT Community Day School in Irvine to compete in the first ever event designed for middle school students. With 200 students representing six schools, the atmosphere was electric. […]

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Oracle, the Series Author Visits Middle School Students

Literacy advocate and author CF Trisef travels worldwide visiting schools to discuss his books and the power of reading. Recently he was the guest speaker at the middle school community time where he shared a reading from his newest book. The Oracle Series is a 7-book series about a teenage boy named Ret Cooper who […]

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Two Middle School Students Named as Finalists in the Cadena Initiative Competition

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We are very excited to announce that Jimmy Cohen and Natalie Goldwasser were named as one of ten finalist teams in this year’s Cadena Initiative competition! Cadena Initiative is an international social entrepreneurship competition in which teams of middle school students from Jewish Day Schools develop projects that mitigate the effects of natural disasters or […]

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Tikkun Olam in memory of Agam Levy z”l

The GMLS Kindness Committee, in collaboration with Morah Gvira and the Yad ‘b Yad Committee, is sponsoring a Tikkun Olam project. Agam Levy z”l was the niece of Shani Abed. Agam, along with nine other young adults, was tragically killed in a flash flood in Israel during her training program for the IDF. Agam was […]

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Seeking Parent-Teacher Organization leadership team members

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Want to help make children’s and families’ experiences at GMLS more fun and meaningful? Please consider this rewarding and important volunteer opportunity. We are now seeking nominees for next year’s Parent-Teacher Organization leadership positions. We have different roles to fit every skill set and interest area: holiday events, social activities, and more. For further information […]

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Egg-cellent Egg-Ventures This week’s edition by Jonah Swartzberg and Isabella Gross

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In this week’s article from Eggcellent Eggventures, we will be talking about our recent sales and interviewing our new chicken handlers. Our new amazing chicken handlers are Sam, Kayla, Dean, and Jamie. We interviewed the chicken handlers this week to get an update from the students who are most hands-on with the chickens. Kayla says, […]

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GMLS is going to the birds!

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We are excited to announce the arrival of some tiny chicks this week in kindergarten. After patiently waiting, the kindergartners are proud to announce the arrival of Chicklet, Brownie, Hershey, Sunny, Chickie, Sprinkles and Spring. All the chicks are healthy, happy and – given our excellent instructional program – are already starting to learn the […]

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Mission Innovation Competition is a wrap for 2017-18

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Big congratulations to the hard-working Mission Innovation students and coaches. They worked tirelessly during their lunch periods, in the evenings and on weekends to prepare for all four competitive events this year. As a result, the students really shone and took top honors throughout the year. Mission Innovation is an inter-scholastic STEM (science, technology, engineering […]

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GMLS Welcomes Laruen Dolinka

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Lauren Dolinka started her teaching career in Israel, where she spent two years teaching English to Israeli middle school students. While in Israel, she also earned her MA in Education from Bar Ilan University. When she returned home to California, she joined the SDJA community as a DeLeT fellow, working as an intern teacher in […]

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Congratulations to Shelly Moses (finished Master’s through Brandeis University)

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This week Shelly Moses was off to Newark to participate in a colloquium as a Legacy Heritage Teacher Leader Fellow. This event was the culmination of two years of work through Brandeis University, earning her a Master’s degree in teacher leadership. Throughout the two years, she worked on various professional development initiatives which included the […]

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