With less than one week of school remaining, our minds naturally turn to the summer break. You know the feeling; anticipation of less hectic mornings; words like Canvas and Google Drive slipping out of our thoughts; Sunday evenings with no course or test preparation;  family trips; reading a book … for fun. The anticipation is palpable on campus but before we slip into our summer self, let’s reflect for a moment.


What a great year in the upper school! The energy and engagement by our students was extraordinary. Student life was humming all year with expanded experiential education programing, A MUS -wide student driven Tikkun Olam program, middle and high school social events, the Spring Arts Festival at the Lyceum, Israel Week, athletic league championships, CIF playoffs, The Prom, and a robust student designed Jewish holiday program. Our classrooms were buzzing with activity, new courses were offered, the faculty was tireless in their support of student learning and new approaches to the learning environment were evident across campus.  It’s amazing what occurs at SDJA during the school year. Yes, summer break is a well-deserved reprise.


I have one final assignment for our upper school community though. No, not a test or essay or lab experiment, but rather: Reflect. Take some time for yourself to pause and reflect on what occurred this year in your academic life, your social life and your co-curricular life. Did you learn something about yourself you didn’t realize? Are you a Mensch? Did you discover a new interest or talent?  Did you demonstrate Kavod in your daily interactions? What do you think about next year?


Life in 2019 is fast paced, interconnected and sometimes; hectic. SO, enjoy and take advantage of what summer break affords us. Time.


All of us in the upper school look forward to seeing you next fall!



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