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SDJA Blog

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.

Together, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Ten months ago, we gathered on the large steps by the A building and began the year together as one community, Kehillah Achat. From that day on each of us at the Academy went about our business, sometimes together and sometimes on our own. Teachers taught, students learned and worked and played hard and everyone […]

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Graduation Address, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Dear Class of 2015, I’d like to begin by thanking you for the gracious gift you have given to the school, a token of your trip to Israel earlier this month. The artistic rendition of the line from ancient teachings, “Ki Hadam Etz HaSadeh,” A person is like a tree in the field, is quite […]

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If a Tree Falls, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it or sees it fall, has the tree “really” fallen? Sometimes, that’s how school can feel when you work here. We are so busy with our day to day that we can lose sight of the need to communicate outward to our parents and […]

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Nonsense, by Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Yesterday a parent shared with me that they were disappointed that we’ll have a new head of the Upper School in the fall at SDJA as it meant that it would be another year of nothing happening. I’d like to share my response with you. Nonsense. Pure nonsense. We have been working tirelessly to innovate […]

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The Gift of Time, by Chaim Heller, Head of School

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The Gift of Time. There is no overestimating the significance of the usage of time at school. We monitor every aspect of how effectively our students and faculty use the time allotted and after studying options we sometimes make changes. Next year will see a few changes that we believe will improve the school experience […]

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Greatness, by Kelley King, Head of Lower School

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Dear Parents, Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline. -Jim Collins, “Good to Great” At GMLS, we are shooting for nothing short of greatness. With a conscious focus on what is best for children and through a collaborative process as a staff, […]

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Reflection, By Sarah Rines, Science Department Chair

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Reflection “Learning without reflection is a waste.  Reflection without learning is dangerous.”                                                                                            […]

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Interiority, By Chaim Heller, Head of School

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Interiority At the recent NAIS conference, four university presidents participated in a panel discussion about trends in college admissions. While they each stressed the importance of being well-prepared academically for post-high school studies, they also made some points that I wanted to share. Fact 1. Students have a 40% drop out rate in college. Fact […]

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Learners, By Kelley King, Head of Lower School

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Learners Dear Parents, All schools should be places where both the students and the adults learn. When teachers and administrators regularly engage in learning to increase their knowledge and skills, they create a culture of continuous improvement and perform at a higher level. We are serious about professional development for our educators here at SDJA. […]

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