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Winter Award Winners By Stefanie Hill

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Varsity Girls Soccer Lion Award – Gabi Surpin Soccer Player Of The Year – Mia Hansen Most Inspirational – Michaela Simble   JV Boys Basketball Lion Award- Parker Goodman Basketball Player of The Year- Joseph Galicot Most Inspirational- Josh Posnock   Varsity Boys Basketball Lion Award-Josh Barforough Basketball Player of The Year- Kevin Qin Most […]

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Israel Week Recap By Jeremy Toren

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This year’s Israel Week provided all upper school students with a chance to contemplate their understanding of, and relationship to, the state of Israel. First, we welcomed eight visitors – six students and two teachers – from our sister region in Shaar Hanegev in southern Israel. Our guests spent the entire week visiting classrooms, interacting […]

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WOOP- Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan By Mike Quigley

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So how is your New Year’s resolution going? Or for the MUS students reading this: How is your spring semester aspirations going?   There is a process that Dr. Angela Duckworth, PhD recommends that we engage with when we resolve to change an aspect of our lives. It is called WOOP – Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, […]

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Vaping By Anna Falkiewicz

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Last week, speaker Robb Holliday came to SDJA to talk to the students about making good choices and discussed the effects of nicotine and vaping. He used humor and engaged the students in an interactive session to teach them about what companies like Juul are doing to get them addicted. As with all these types […]

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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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