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8th Grade Travels to Colorado for their Culminating Middle School Experience

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Last week the 8th grade traveled to Colorado for a culminating middle school experiential education experience. During the week, the class challenged themselves on a high ropes course, a river rafting experience, and ziplining. All the outdoor programming was designed to continue the EXCSEL program they have engaged with during their middle school years.   […]

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Teacher Appreciation Week: Acknowledgement and Appreciation

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By Jordanna Rubin In Kindergarten we learned many of the foundational lessons that we carry throughout our lives: share, clean up your mess, flush, take naps, watch for traffic, and say please and thank you. “Thank You” is an important pair of words but when it evolves into Appreciation and Acknowledgement it becomes a powerful […]

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Field Trips: Real-Life Learning

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Every year, GMLS students participate in several different field trips in order to bringing learning alive. Field trips engage students in hands-on learning, connect classroom learning to the real world, and frequently involve an aspect of Tikkun Olam. Additionally, field trips increase students’ engagement which is an important precursor to academic achievement. Check out two […]

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Mission Innovation

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By Irene Lerner Wednesday, May 15th marked the final challenge in a year long Mission Innovation Competition. The final event on Reverse Engineering took place at the SDJA gym and was the culmination of a design, research, and analysis challenge. The students were tasked with deconstructing an ordinary object (i.e. a stapler, mechanical pencil, hair […]

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SDJA

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By Max Jagolinzer It’s Monday morning  and your mom just drove past all the beautiful plants. She drives over to the drop-off circle and you step out of the car and see Mrs. King greeting everyone. You start walking up the stairs which are super bright because the sun is shining down on them. This […]

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The Happiness Advantage

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By Kelley King Does success bring happiness or does happiness bring success? I enjoyed reading this book, The Happiness Advantage, recently and wanted to share a few important takeaways. The author, Shawn Achor, makes a compelling case that it is the latter – Happy people are more likely to be successful in life. While we […]

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Reflections on the Yom Ha’Shoah Ceremony

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By Alexandra Lerner, Sarah Datnow, And Galia Dondisch We were asked to reflect upon our experience leading the Yom Ha’Shoah ceremony, an interesting and meaningful ceremony that most of us have been eager to lead. Here are our feelings and thoughts on what Holocaust Remembrance Day really meant to each and every one of us. […]

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A Recap of Our Year of Tikkun Olam

Thank you to all of the students and staff who have spent and poured countless hours, dedication and love into the act of giving back to others and repairing the World through the many Tikkun Olam projects recapped below:   Dog Toys for Helen Woodward Our 6th grade students took donated t-shirts and sweatpants from our […]

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2018-19 Tikkun Olam

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A basic principle of Judaism is Tikkun Olam, repairing the world through mitzvot, tzedakah, and g’milut hasadim. In the MUS, Tikkun Olam has been a cornerstone of our school for many years. We have participated in many highly-publicized projects supporting recovery efforts for major natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina. These projects were wonderful events that brought the SDJA community together with a […]

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Legacy Heritage Teacher Leader Fellowship

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Mrs. Candace Manor, kindergarten teacher, has been selected to participate in the Legacy Heritage Teacher Leader Fellowship, a two-year program designed to provide professional development to teachers through intensive training and coursework at Brandeis University during two summers, followed by two years of mentoring on a dedicated project and further coursework in teacher leadership. The […]

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