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Milton Teacher Selected for Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Milton teacher Vinny Prell was selected from a pool of more than 300 applicants from across the United States to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute. During the five-day program, participants work with Library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the millions of digitized historical artifacts and documents available on the Library’s website. Educators …

July 5, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Education, Social Studies|Tags: Adult Learning, Washington D.C.|

Furry Friends Join Students for Hebrew Oral Presentations

It can be challenging to maintain a high level of motivation in a classroom of sixth graders in the final months leading up to graduation and summer vacation. We knew that we needed to identify a culminating Hebrew project that would be engaging, dynamic, and a way for the students to express themselves in a meaningful and relevant way. We also needed to keep the learning going strong and continue to be joyful in this …

June 15, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Creative Writing|

Kindergartners Create and Perform at the South Campus Community Theater

Kindergarten students engaged in an in-depth, multi-disciplinary project to create a South Campus Community Theater. Throughout, they honed skills including research, writing, design thinking, math, science, art, and design, along with deepening their knowledge of Jewish holidays. The students’ work was guided by the theme of community as they explored essential and guiding questions like, “How does theater give us a voice and promote dialogue in our community?”, “How can theater be the vehicle to …

First Graders Celebrate Chagigat HaSiddur with their Families

On May 19, First Graders and their families celebrated Chagigat HaSiddur (Celebration of the Prayerbook), a special tradition that has been a part of JPDS-NC for many years. The students sang and recited all the tefillot (prayers) that they learned over the past year. At this milestone celebration, each student was also honored by receiving their very first siddur (prayerbook), which they will use throughout second grade. The students enter first grade knowing only some …

First Graders Name “Fidget Spinners” in Hebrew

The Academy of the Hebrew Language, an Israeli educational institution that creates new Hebrew words, is looking to create a unique Hebrew name for fidget spinners. The Zaytim first grade class accepted the challenge and worked to brainstorm four possible names – which they submitted to the Academy! Their suggestions were: “itzbubon – אִיצְבּוּבוֹן” (a combination of “etzba,” finger, and “sevivon,” top or dreidel), “itzbubon – עִיצְבּוּבוֹן” (a combination of “itzbun,” stimulation, and “sevivon”), “S’viget – סְבִיגֶ’ט” (a …

June 2, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Creative Writing, Israel|

In the News: The Kohelet Foundation Interviews Prize-Winning Teacher Vas Pournaras

The Kohelet Foundation interviewed JPDS-NC teacher Vas Pournaras about his work on the prizewinning Kindergarten Community Library Project, along with two other JPDS-NC teachers. The Kindergarten Community Library Project won the Kohelet Prize for Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking. Read the interview here >

In the News: The Kohelet Foundation Interviews Prize-Winning Teacher Lisa Davis

The Kohelet Foundation interviewed JPDS-NC teacher Lisa Davis about her work on the prizewinning Kindergarten Community Library Project, along with two other JPDS-NC teachers. The Kindergarten Community Library Project won the Kohelet Prize for Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking. Read the interview here >

In the News: The Kohelet Foundation Interviews Prize-Winning Teacher Xani Pollakoff

The Kohelet Foundation interviewed JPDS-NC teacher Xani Pollakoff about her work on the prizewinning Kindergarten Community Library Project, along with two other JPDS-NC teachers. The Kindergarten Community Library Project won the Kohelet Prize for Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking. Read the interview here >

Happy Passover Video!

Chag Same’ach! Happy Passover! We hope you enjoy this video of our students learning and celebrating Pesach!

In the News: Prizewinning JPDS-NC Voters’ Guide featured in Local Newspaper

Writing about JPDS-NC’s prizewinning schoolwide election project, the reporter observed: “The wealth of information, lessons learned, and skills developed were evident… the students indeed demonstrated a unique ability to discuss and respectfully provide nuanced perspectives on the issues. Perhaps even more impressive, they admitted on numerous occasions that the issues were very complex and that there may not be a right or wrong answer to each one of them… It is encouraging that tomorrow’s leaders are …