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Monthly Archives: February 2019

World Peace Games: Interviews with the Prime Ministers By Galia Dondisch & Sarah Datnow

World Peace Games is a fun way to learn about how the world works and how to solve problems together.  In the game, our classes are divided into eight groups: the four countries, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Arms- Dealers. There are 22 pre-set crises that we need to solve by working […]

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Celebration of Abilities Day By Nicole Ludwig

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On Thursday, SDJA and the PTO hosted our first annual Celebration of Abilities in partnership with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF).  This was our first of a series of events we have put together to create awareness and tolerance of what it means to have a physical disability, leading up to the Jogathon on April […]

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GMLS Students Build Moon Base

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This past Sunday, the Rover Rangers, SDJA’s First FLL, Jr. team displayed their “Mission Moon” model at the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo at LEGOLAND. The team included six students: Elie Steinway, Oscar Rubenzik, Sarah Matloubian, Ian Hewitson, Joshua Gelt, and Sammy Zack. Sammy’s father, Andy, coached the team, assisted by Ian’s mother, Brianne, and […]

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Campaign Dollars at Work: Literacy Learning By Kelley King

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Over the last five years, every aspect of the GMLS general studies program – the curricula, assessments, teaching materials and instructional approaches – has undergone significant review and revision and, in some cases, total replacement. Especially in the area of English language arts, teachers have engaged in a great deal of professional development in pursuit […]

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Tikkun Olam 9th Grade By Nicole Trotta

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Over the past few months, the 9th grade class has been working with the Tikkun Olam Committee on planning and organizing a dinner for unsheltered families and individuals participating in the Safe Parking Program. The Safe Parking Program serves families and individuals who are living in their cars and whom have most recently found themselves […]

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SPRING IS COMING! By Jordanna Rubin, PTO President

Growing up in Miami, Florida, weather reports have always been an important part of daily routines. It was never a matter of “will it rain,” but “when will it rain and how heavy?” With the invention of smartphones and weather apps, it just couldn’t get any better. I now know when the rain will start […]

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GMLS Student Artwork Selected for Young Art Exhibit By Victoria Polyak

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Students in grades Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade have been selected to have their artwork in the San Diego Museum of Art’s 2019 Young Art Exhibit. Our students’ artwork was selected from hundreds of submissions by a distinguished jury and will be on display at the museum from March 30 – May 12. Students […]

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Mission Innovation By Irene Lerner

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Tensions were running high on Wednesday night when 14 SDJA teams came together at the gym to compete in the Mousetrap Car Races. The cars were powered by a mouse trap as a motor, and the judges required a report with measurements and scaled drawings to be completed prior to the race. As the Novice […]

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World Peace Games By Danielle Heyde

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It is with great excitement that we announce the start of the World Peace Games! World Peace Games is another curriculum component specific to fifth grade that supports and works alongside our entrepreneurial studies.  World Peace Games is a geopolitical game that encourages students to explore world problems including poverty, war, religious tensions, and natural […]

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Shukathon By Gvira Abed and Shira Shaffer

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Last summer, we had the amazing opportunity to study at the Legacy Heritage Teachers Institute (LHTI) in Jerusalem. Together, we created a plan to create a “Shukaton” – an authentic Israeli Shuk (market) with middle school and lower school students at SDJA. During our stay in Israel, we planned how to execute the project with […]

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