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Author Archives: Harry Katcher

Mindset – Revisited, By Michael Quigley, Head of Upper School

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A few years ago the SDJA faculty read the book Mindset – The new Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck, PhD. As a result of her research Dweck concluded there were two types of mindsets- fixed and growth. The growth mindset “is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate […]

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Fun, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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To state the obvious, we live in unpredictable times, filled with images we could never have imagined only a couple of years ago. These rapid changes and lack of predictability create anxiety among many of us and that anxiety finds it way to our children, some more and some less. I wish this anxiety, or […]

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Calendar, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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We review the annual SDJA school calendar several times a year, making sure it meets our requirements of 180 days in which school is in session and is also parent-friendly. After our most recent review this week, I want to share some changes that will take effect for the 2016-2017 school year. •    First day […]

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Enhancing the SDJA Student Experience, By Skip Carpowich, CFO/COO

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If you take a walk around SDJA, you may notice a few changes around campus – all thanks to our student body. They asked and we listened. The process actually started this past summer at our Senior Leadership Team retreat where we reaffirmed our commitment to building confidence in the school and, toward that end, […]

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The Right Path, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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As a high achieving independent school, SDJA belongs to and receives accreditation from two different organizations: The California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC.) CAIS ensures that our program and governance is measured by the standards of selective and tuition-bearing schools throughout California. WASC measures our student […]

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The Beautiful Game, By Michael Quigley, Head of Upper School

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Although the origin of the saying, The Beautiful Game, is disputed, most observers of international football (soccer here in the US), credit either the English announcer Stuart Hall or Brazilian footballer Didi for using the phrase to depict the most popular sport in the world. The Beautiful Game term is usually used to describe the […]

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Homo Ludens, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Dear parents, Our 36th anniversary soiree is now sold out. We rented out a huge space (an airport hangar!) filled it with chairs and table in every imaginable way and still sold out of tickets. The tickets were pricey – by our standards – and we still sold out. Why? Why do so many people […]

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Safety and Security

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Security is always on our minds these days. We have upgraded the perimeter security on campus and have trained our security personnel to be vigilant, on their toes and professionally suspicious. This Tuesday, February 16th, we will not have school for our students so that our faculty, staff and all employees can undergo security training. […]

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Yitro, By Rabbi Nathan Laufer, Scholar in Residence (1/25-29)

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Thank you for hosting me as the SDJA scholar-in-residence in your wonderful community. It was a special privilege to be able to meet with and teach three groups of upper school students, two representative groups of parents, the entire school staff and faculty, the school’s senior leadership and several of the schools major donors. Having […]

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Showcase, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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You use a glass mirror to see your face; You use works of art to see your soul. – George Bernard Shaw. While our school is rightly known for excelling in the sciences – and we had multiple 8th grade students selected for prescreening to advance on to the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering […]

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