Word of the Week Archives - San Diego Jewish Academy
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Word of the Week

Welcome to San Diego Jewish Academy’s weekly blog – as written by our Head of School, our School Heads – Preschool, Lower School, and Upper School, and Department Chairs

So, What’s Going On At Your School? By Michael Quigley, Head of Upper School

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Recently, I, along with Chaim, Kelley and Skip, traveled to Baltimore to attend the NAIS Annual Conference. This year’s event was attended by over 5000 independent school administrators who could choose from almost 200 workshops to learn, reflect and dialogue on school trends, programs and futurist ideas. Although the speakers were impressive, much of the […]

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The Future of SDJA, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Dear Parents, Organizations, and schools in particular, need to be planning for the future, or risk becoming trapped in the past.  At SDJA we have been working to design the school of the future, using our Campus Master Plan process as the vehicle to examine both the current and future direction of our educational program […]

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Relationships, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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SDJA is not only a Jewish day school, we are a proud member of the independent school world. As such, our children benefit from those qualities that make independent schools the highest performing group of American K-12 students. At last week’s National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference, presentation after presentation presented data showing […]

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How We Talk to Each Other, By Kelley King, Head of Lower School

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Dear Parents, It was Tuesday morning and our Head of School kicked off our professional development day with a presentation. In the course of his talk, he threw in the word “kvetch.” Chuckles rippled across the room – we can all relate to a little kvetching! As I drove home that afternoon, I thought more […]

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Our Faculty, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Our Faculty Independent School Management (ISM) is considered the gold standard for data-driven best practices in private and independent schools throughout the United States. Research leads ISM to say that the best predictor of overall student success at school is faculty culture. These are some of the twenty topics that the ISM Faculty Culture Survey […]

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The 5th Commandment, By Jeremy Toren, Director of Jewish Life & Judaic Studies, MUS

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The 5th Commandment This week’s Torah portion, Yitro, lists the Ten Commandments.  Every time I study this portion, I am struck by the uniqueness of the fifth commandment, to honor one’s parents: “Honor your father and your mother, that you may long endure on the land that the Lord your God is assigning to you.” […]

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Breaking Glass, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Dear Parents: Why study Torah? No, seriously, ask yourself why should we study Torah, Jewish texts and teaching? If we study Torah at school and don’t know how to apply it to our lives, why study it at all? Sometimes, studying Jewish values and texts seem separate from how we conduct ourselves in our day […]

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Introducing…, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Dear Friends and Families of SDJA, Over the past few months our school’s administration has been working with parents, faculty and students, along with Torrey Pines Marketing, to develop our new brand architecture and our new visual identity, including logo. A logo is a physical representation of what an organization aspires to be. Think Nike, […]

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Inspire Purpose, Explore Possibilities By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Last week I wrote about our newly defined pillars of education here at San Diego Jewish Academy. Challenge Minds is the first touchstone of what we do as a school. Today I’d like to share thoughts on the other two; Inspire Purpose and Explore Possibilities. Inspire Purpose means that we celebrate Jewish traditions and draw […]

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Three Pillars, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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While our first priority is always educating our children, we have also been working on communicating our “brand” and our “visual identity” as a school over these past few months. With the help of Torrey Pines Marketing, we have looked at all aspects of how we talk about and present SDJA. How can we reflect […]

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