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Student Spotlight: Jessie Gan

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We are so proud that our very own Jessie Gan, current 9th grader, has been selected as a top 30 finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s premier STEM competition for middle school students!  Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program founded and produced by the Society for Science […]

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Program Spotlight: The Pumpkin Catch

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On November 3rd, during community time, the science department will again be hosting the time honored tradition of “The Pumpkin Catch.”  This is a take on the popular “Egg Drop Challenge” that many physics students across the country experience, but it is tailored for the season and our Upper School students.  Rather than building a […]

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Athletics

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SDJA VOLLEYBALL DIG PINK MATCH Oct. 4th, 2017 in the SDJA Gym Game Time: 5pm Please join us as your Lions volleyball team takes on league opponent Foothills Christian.  The volleyball team will be passing around a donation jar in honor of breast cancer awareness month.  All proceeds raised at the game will be donated […]

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Explore Possibilities: The College Search

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The fall is a thoughtful season. The dawning of the month of Elul asks us to begin the process of introspection, which reaches a zenith when we enter into the yamim noraim, the Days of Awe, of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the days in between. After our days off from school for these chagim, […]

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Inspire Purpose: Traditions and the High Holidays

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Our GMLS teachers are committed to considering every element in the classrooms that affect a students learning environment, from the stories that we read, to how instruction is personalized, and even to how the classroom desks are arranged. At the heart of it all, however, the greatest impact we have upon students is through the […]

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Challenge Minds: Classroom Buddies

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One of the advantages of working in a school with preschoolers through high schoolers is that we have unique opportunities for children of all ages to work together. One example of this is our Classroom Buddies program wherein GMLS students serve as big buddies to our littlest lions, the SDJA preschoolers. This year, students in […]

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Traditions

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A few weeks ago I saw the San Diego Symphony perform the music from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in full concert. It was exhilarating. The actor playing Tevye spoke to the audience before the performance about the universal appeal of this particular musical. Fiddler, he said, has had more performances than any other play in […]

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Explore Possibilities – Homecoming

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The tradition of Homecoming dates back to the late 1800’s but there is debate as to the exact origin of the event. Some believe the Harvard – Yale football game in 1870 was the first school celebration surrounding alumni returning to campus for a weekend of festivities. Other historians believe the homecoming celebration began in […]

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Inspire Purpose – Tashlich at the Beach

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Next week, all upper school students will be traveling in their Judaic Studies classes to Torrey Pines State Beach to participate in a special program called Tashlich at the Beach.  Tashlich is a unique Jewish ritual, traditionally performed on Rosh Hashanah or shortly thereafter, in which participants symbolically “cast away” their sins by tossing crumbs […]

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Challenging Minds – Reading

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Life-long learners read. Successful entrepreneurs and community leaders read. World leaders read. Thinkers read. Curriculum based reading is an embedded aspect of an outstanding educational process like ours but reading beyond the curriculum for fun or interest has fallen off as social media and other technology platforms are readily available to us. In the upper […]

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