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Explore Possibilities – The College Search

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The college visitation season has begun, and will run through early November. Which means that it’s time for our juniors and seniors to meet with admissions representatives during scheduled times on campus to find out…something more than just which colleges and universities are offering what signature programs. Counseling students through the college admissions investigation and […]

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Inspire Purpose – Rosh Hashanah Program

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When the Jewish Life Committee met to dialogue on what meaningful and enjoyable program we could run for Rosh Hashanah, we settled on two facts.  The first fact is that Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and the second is that the SDJA student population is culturally diverse.  We put these facts together and […]

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Challenge Minds – 7 Grade Team Building Trip

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On August 28th, the 7th grade students embarked upon a teambuilding retreat in Malibu, California.  The students (and staff) had the opportunity to engage in activities that took them outside of their comfort zones, allowing for personal growth, teamwork, bonding, and FUN. The retreat involved many teambuilding challenges (that progressively became more and more difficult […]

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Do you have a hungry mind?

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Learning – On Lions Day, I posed a question to the upper school student body: Do you have a hungry mind? After some quizzical looks because upper school students are always hungry, I presented an approach to learning that many researchers of human psychology believe is an indicator of living a fulfilled life. Being curious […]

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Student Spotlight: Daniela Galicot

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SDJA 6th grader, Daniela Galicot, wins national competition and meets Israel President, Reuven Rivlin. For 22 years, the Museum of the Jewish People has held an annual competition titled “My Family Story,” where youth from all over the world are asked to research their family histories and submit an art display illustrating their personal exploration […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Irene Lerner

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Irene Lerner came to SDJA as a science teacher and has grown the GMLS science and STEM programs into one of the most beloved aspects of the GMLS student experience. One of the exciting programs that Mrs. Lerner has brought to SDJA is the “Mission Innovation” STEM competition. SDJA’s Mission Innovation brings together grades 3-6 students […]

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Athletics

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Join us on Thursday, September 28 for SDJA’s Homecoming game! The fall high school sports teams are off to a great start, with nearly 100 high school students participating in fall sports it is sure to be a spirited and exciting fall season.  For an up to date game schedule for all of our high […]

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Explore Possibilities: EXCSEL

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Have you heard about EXCSEL, SDJA’s hands-on learning opportunities? Our Experiential and Character Education, and Social Emotional Learning program (known as EXCSEL) offers a guided, once per week lesson which is supplementary and complementary to our Advisory program.  It provides Experiential hands-on learning opportunities in Character Education and Social Emotional development. With an ever increasing […]

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Inspire Purpose: An Interview with Rabbi Graubart

Q: Being the new kid on the block, what are your first impressions of SDJA? RG: I’m thrilled to be here! It’s like coming home. My first impressions are a dedicated, committed, skilled faculty.  I’m honored to be colleagues with such loving, smart, and hard-working educators. I’m also extremely impressed with the caring, thoughtful administrators, […]

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Challenge Minds: Professional Development

Every year our faculty used their summer vacations to study and upgrade their teaching skills and to explore new and better approaches to teaching. This year was particularly productive as most of our teachers attended college courses, week-long trainings and other opportunities to bring new ideas to our school, for our students. A small sample: […]

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