During the week of October 16th, the 7th and 8th grade students participated in four full days of Experiential Education, developing knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. The week began with the students and staff engaging in Tikkun Olam activities at Feeding San Diego and packing Blessing Bags for homeless adolescents in San Diego. While at Feeding San Diego, SDJA students packed 12,000 Kids Cafe meals helping low-income students and their families. Students also organized and packed 100 Blessing Bags, which consisted of basic toiletries and everyday necessities, for some of the 23,000 homeless adolescents in San Diego. The students not only learned about food pantry programs, those struggling to get food and shelter, and the lives of those that are less fortunate, but were also given the opportunity take action and help those in need. Through the process of giving, the students and staff were able to make empathetic and compassionate connections not only with each other, but also to the greater good of the world.
During Experiential Education week, the students had the opportunity to FLY! That’s right, fly! The 7th and 8th grade students traveled to the iFly facility in San Diego for a fun filled day of interactive presentation demos in the wind tunnel and participated in STEM labs activities. In the lab sessions the students designed their own parachute and tested it in a mini wind tunnel. In the math/physics lab students manipulated equations for volume and area of different objects being placed in the wind tunnel. Each student had the opportunity to suit up and fly in the wind tunnel as well!
As the concluding event of the week, the students made their way to Intrepid Theater Company to watch the play Father Comes Home from the Wars. This modern play is a story about a slave who must earn his freedom by fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War. After the performance, the students participated in a panel discussion with the actors and the Education Teaching Artist at the Intrepid Theatre. During the discussion phase of the program, students dialogued with the actors on freedom, race, tolerance, and gratitude. Although the play was performed in an historical context, the central thmes easily connected to modern day issues facing society. The day was thought provoking, engaging, and incredibly educational!
While the students were able to engage in some very meaningful activities off campus, they also participated in many other EXCSEL activities throughout the week on campus. The students had the chance to participate in Free PE, Art, Improv, Yoga, and Jewish Life activities. All of these activities provided students time to explore, create, collaborate, reflect, and have fun!!
For me the highlight of each 6th grade trip to Yosemite is the contrast between two images: The excited but apprehensive smiles of the children in the cold October morning light, and their satisfied grins in the warm late afternoon sun, when we return a week later. During the week of our trip, the children […]
During the week of October 16th, the 7th and 8th grade students participated in four full days of Experiential Education, developing knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting. The week began with the students and staff engaging in Tikkun Olam activities at Feeding San Diego and packing Blessing Bags for […]
“Tikkun Olam.” What does that mean to a freshman at SDJA? We at SDJA see it as part of our mission to make helping the world and appreciating our planet a way of life. In order to achieve this goal we have to take our students out of their comfort zones from time to time. […]
During Experiential Education Week a group of sophomore students experienced what it would be like to attend college out east while touring Boston area colleges and universities. During this five day educational tour students had the opportunity to tour and attend information sessions at eight different schools: Babson College, Brandeis University, Boston College, Boston University, […]
The Junior class spent the better part of the week of October 16-20 in Washington, DC. The main goals of the trip were to introduce the students to our nation’s capital, to teach them about the structure and functions of U.S. government, and enjoy traveling with their classmates. Students were also able to do a […]