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7th & 8th Grade Letter

Dear Middle School Families,

As we look ahead to the 2018.19 school year, the Upper School faculty and staff have been busy planning and preparing for a new school year that will be full of Possibilities, Purpose and Challenge. We hope you find this letter informative and  helpful as your family also prepares for the 2018.19 school year at SDJA.

2018.19 Calendar and Daily Schedule

The 2018.19 School Year Calendar

The 2018.19 A/B Rotation Schedule

The 2018.19 MUS Daily Schedule


Important dates to note

  • August 17: 8:30am – New Parent Breakfast Reception and Tour- MUS Office

  • August 17: 8:45am-  Middle School New Student Orientation – Ulam

  • August 20, First Day of School (Lions Day) – Breakfast provided by the PTO after the Opening Assembly and BBQ lunch provided

  • August 30, 6:30 pm : MUS Middle School Back To School Night

  • September 3: Labor Day – No School

  • Field Trips – See Experiential Educational tab below for details

    • August 27-29: 7th grade Field Trip

    • November 5 – 8: Middle School Experiential Education Week;7th and 8th Graders will spend the week engaging in local experiential activities and programs.

Student Course Schedules

Student schedules will be emailed before the MUS office closes on June 29th. Please use the course titles on those schedules to purchase supplies and textbooks for your students’ classes.


If you have questions regarding the schedule, please contact Annie Watt at awatt@sdja.com after August 1, when staff return to the Upper School office.

Student Supplies and Textbooks

Students should have all textbooks and supplies in hand prior to school beginning on August 20th.

Please click here for a comprehensive list of required supplies and textbooks.

While www.amazon.com and www.bn.com are certainly reliable vendors of texts, families are free to shop ISBN numbers to determine the most convenient and economical way of acquiring books. As you place your orders, please make sure to buy only those books whose ISBN numbers are published on the link listed above and to order required titles with those exact ISBN numbers; and please make sure to account for shipping time when making your purchases so items arrive before school begins.



The upper school is a “bring your own laptop” school (BYOL). The scope and technical requirements for the MUS BYOL program can be found by clicking here.


School Email Account – All SDJA MUS students have their school email account through Google (firstname.lastname@sdjaschool.com). For all e-communication with the school, students will use their @sdjaschool.com address. If you child has not received or activated their @sdjaschool.com account, please contact Chris Hill; chill@sdja.com


Summer Assignments

Some course offered in the upper school have summer assignments. All students, grades 6-12, who are enrolled in courses that have summer assignments must complete them prior to the first day of school on August 22nd. Current students, please use your schedule to reference which classes have required summer assignments. Click here to view course related summer assignments.

Fall MUS Athletics

Athletic Director Stefanie Hill will send out a separate email to all parents of middle school students. The email will include details regarding the process for getting your child signed up and cleared for participation in middle school team sports.

Field Trips

Click here for the 7th Grade trip Information Packet.


There will be an informational meeting for the 8th grade field in September. An invitation will be sent upon our return in August.


Summer Hours

The upper school office is closed in July; office staff will return on August 1st. Faculty members will return to campus August 13th. For now: l’hitraot (see you soon), and we hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer!


Michael Quigley

Head of the Upper School

Anna Falkiewicz

Assistant Head of the Upper School for Student Life and Inclusion

Steve Kahn

Dean of Academics

Jeremy Toren

Director of Judaic Studies and Jewish Life

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