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Author Archives: Harry Katcher

What’s Happening: Community Events

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Sukkot Harvest Festival FIDF 2018 San Diego 8th Annual Gala Dinner ____________________________________________________

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Days of Awe

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are collectively known as the High Holidays or the Days of Awe.  They also bookend a period called the “Ten Days of Repentance (teshuvah).”  In the upper school this year, we designed a three-part program over ten days to reflect that time period.  We started with part 1 on the […]

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Math Competition

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In a continual effort to provide opportunities for academic growth, beginning this year all middle school students in honors level math courses will compete in the Mathematical Association of America – AMC 8 program.  The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can […]

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Athletics

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TV contracts, Multi-Million dollar transfer fees, Product sponsorships, College Scholarships.  This is what athletics is all about! WRONG!   For fans, big dollar sports is exciting to watch and fun to follow, but it is entertainment. In schools we aim for much higher outcomes than merely wins, losses and trophies.    At the recent California […]

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Our Mission

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Most organizations and all independent schools have a stated mission. Simply put; a mission statement is what an organization does. The mission of SDJA is to further academic excellence, social responsibility, and active Jewish living (A Vision of 2020, SDJA Strategic Plan). Have you ever stopped to reflect on those words? In the complex word […]

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What’s Happening: Community Events

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Sukkot Harvest Festival FIDF 2018 San Diego 8th Annual Gala Dinner ____________________________________________________

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Israel Club

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With a new school year underway, clubs in the upper school are organizing and getting student activities rolling for the year. The Israel Club, led by Ms. Schaffer, is off to a fast start. Meetings will be held every other Wednesday during lunch in Ms. Shaffer’s classroom. The club will be hosting a variety of […]

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EXCSEL Retreat in Malibu

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Last week the 7th grade class traveled to Hess Kramer Camp in Malibu for the EXCSEL retreat. This event is the opening EXCSEL activity of the year for the 7th grade. While in Malibu, the class participated in a very robust program of activities and challenges that are designed to build empathy, leadership, and perseverance. […]

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New Approach to Studying Physics in the High School

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Over the past year, the MUS science department embarked on a re-envisioning of Physics education in the high school. In its inaugural year, the Physics and Engineering course taught by Mr. Hagerman, is designed with two significant changes; learning experience and the grading system. The learning experience will integrate conceptual physics with the fundamentals of […]

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New Beginnings

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With a new year comes new goals, aspirations and opportunities. During a restful or active summer, regardless, I hope our MUS students took a bit of time to reflect on their school life.   A few weeks ago during the final MUS session on Lions Day, I challenged our students with a question – “What […]

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