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Torah Talk for Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

In these parashot, Hashem instructs Moshe regarding the procedures for Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement); Hashem then tells Moshe to give the people a series of ethical and ritual laws instructing them on how to be holy. MILTON’s core value of m’dor l’dor, “from generation to generation,” is reflected in this week’s parashot. The following appears in Parashat Kedoshim regarding the older generation (19:32): “You shall rise before the aged, and honor the face of …

April 24, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Elementary School Director Arielle Derby to Lead Cohort in Pedagogy of Partnership Day School Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that MILTON has been selected to be in the inaugural cohort of the Pedagogy of Partnership Day School Fellowship. Elementary School Director Arielle Derby will lead a team of MILTON educators – Grade 5 General Studies Teacher Marissa Bullock, Grade 4 General Studies Teacher Hanina Goldstein, and Grades 3 and 4 Judaic Studies Teacher Nechama Malkiel – in this exciting endeavor. Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) is an innovative research-based pedagogy and …

April 19, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: #MiltonAdvantage, #ThisIsWhy, In the News|

Torah Talk for Parashat Tazria-Metzora

In these parashot, Hashem instructs Moshe on the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth, describes to Moshe and Aharon the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with tzara’at (usually translated as leprosy) and the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with leprosy, and instructs Moshe and Aharon on the laws regarding emission of bodily fluids. The Torah does not make clear exactly why a person becomes afflicted with tzara’at. Read more >

April 17, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Sixth Graders Explore the Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain

MILTON sixth graders have been diving deep in science class into a unit on human body anatomy and physiology. To enhance their learning, the students took part in Brain Awareness Week events at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. The visit was a great opportunity to explore the exciting world of neuroscience, and explore the anatomy and physiology of the human brain. The students met and learned from brain scientists, researchers, and staff from …

Torah Talk for Parashat Shemini

After the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the ordination of the cohanim (priests), two of Aharon’s sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moshe and Aharon regarding which animals, fish, and birds may be eaten by the Bnei Yisrael. At the end of the story of the deaths of two of Aharon’s sons, the text says that “Aharon was silent.” The phrase used – vayidom Aharon – is …

April 10, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Four MILTON Sixth Graders Win Awards at DC STEM Fair

Four MILTON sixth graders were awarded top prizes in the Junior Division (Grades 6 to 8) at this year’s DC STEM Fair! The DC STEM Fair is the premier science event for students in Grades 6 to 12 who attend independent and public schools in the nation’s capital. Sixth graders Shoshana L. and Reut S. won first place for their projects in the categories of Physical Energy and Biomedical & Health Sciences, respectively. Sixth graders Gabriella …

Interdisciplinary Study of Ancient Greece Optimizes Learning

An astrophysicist leads our middle schoolers through an exploration of gemara, bringing forth his expertise on the phases of the moon to lend insight into the gemara that deals with identifying the new month. A filmmaker teaches the art of storytelling as he also sheds light on the craft of the investigative historian and the artistic elements of filmmaking. A conductor, historian, innovator, filmmaker, and Holocaust studies expert opens our sixth graders’ eyes to the …

Torah Talk for Parashat Tzav

In this parasha, Hashem tells Moshe to describe to the cohanim (priests) the rituals for some of the offerings; the cohanim then undergo the process of ordination… We have lost touch with the idea that sacrificial offerings were part of the day-in and day-out life of the ancient Jews. When they sinned, they brought an offering. When they completed something, they brought an offering. When something good happened, they brought an offering. Read more >

March 19, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

What Distinguishes MILTON’s Hebrew Program?

Over the past several years, we have worked in partnership with families to incorporate changes and produce an effective, engaging, and rich Hebrew program. We are happy to report that MILTON’s Hebrew students have outperformed national averages in second language acquisition. Our Hebrew education program utilizes best practices and is informed by the latest research in second language acquisition and pedagogy. The program is designed to express our school’s principles and philosophy. Students’ needs and interests are …

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayikra

In this parasha, God commands Moshe regarding various types of korbanot (animal and vegetative offerings): what they should consist of and under what circumstances they should be offered. This parasha illustrates and elucidates an often misunderstood principle in the Torah. Rashi is fond of quoting the Talmud in Masechet Pesachim 6b: “There is no chronological order in the Torah.” This does not mean that the Torah was written in a hodge-podge fashion with no thought given to the order of the …

March 13, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|