Last week at our Senior Luncheon, the guest speaker was Mr. Glenn Doshay. Mr. Doshay has three sons, all of whom graduated from SDJA; was a long time teacher in the MUS teaching AP Econ, Journalism, and Speech and Debate; and also the Head Varsity Baseball Coach for 10 seasons. The theme of the senior luncheons are – “What I Wish I knew when I was 17.” Amongst the many reflections Mr. Doshay shared with the seniors, two are powerful pieces of advice for all MUS students and concepts that are cornerstones in independent schools like SDJA – Be Patient, and Learn to Think First then Fill your Tool Box with Skills.
In this era of a technology enhanced world, patience is on the wain. 24/7 real time news, web-based retail, and global interconnectivity are some of the disruptive innovations that have changed our lives. With all the benefits of technology, some aspects of the human condition need time. Learning needs time and patience. Although we can book our winter break flights, hotels, dinner reservations etc. online in a matter of minutes; learning to write a well-researched, thoughtful and articulate essay for example, demands patience.
Possessing the ability to use a tool like online research platforms is vital, however, understanding that data and how and why to use it is quite different. Content acquisition and understanding, pondering, synthesizing, challenging paradigms and vetting is thinking.
Last week at our Senior Luncheon, the guest speaker was Mr. Glenn Doshay. Mr. Doshay has three sons, all of whom graduated from SDJA; was a long time teacher in the MUS teaching AP Econ, Journalism, and Speech and Debate; and also the Head Varsity Baseball Coach for 10 seasons. The theme of the senior […]
The middle school art and music electives just wrapped up the first trimester, and what a fun time it was! In the music electives students learned how to play basic songs on the guitar, trombone, trumpet, piano, and drums and then performed for their peers. Other students learned how to use GarageBand on their computers […]
The Humanities Department embraces opportunities for connections between literary and historical studies. Whenever possible we try and create synthesis points where students can absorb the information from both areas of study in a deeper and more meaningful way. We have several moments of those happenings taking place this year. Brendan Riley’s English 10 classes are […]
In recent collaborative opportunities for our upper school Judaic Studies team, we have emphasized the importance of understanding the relevance of Jewish study to students’ everyday lives. The examples below demonstrate a wide variety of ways in which our teachers guide our students in making meaning out of timeless Jewish ideas. In Honors Jewish […]
One focus of the MUS math department is to engage the students in meaningful and interesting real-world applications of mathematics. Such applications are incorporated to develop creative problem solving skills as well as an appreciation of math and its relationship to other disciplines. In Geometry and Geometry Honors students are working on a project that […]
SDJA science students are learning what it is like to be scientists, by doing science in and out of the classroom. We are providing students with opportunities to explore science beyond the curriculum and to challenge themselves to solve real world problems. Ms. Pitzeks’ 6th grade students recently visited the San Dieguito lagoon where […]