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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 …

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 …

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 …

Cultivating Global Competency, Design Thinking, and 21st Century Skills: Kindergartners Explore the Universal Languages of Childhood

This semester, Kindergarten students explored the theme of community through the lens of global competency. The students learned about the universal languages of childhood – fine arts, celebrations, and games/play – by learning about how children all around the world express these languages. Throughout the project, which was woven into all aspects of the curriculum, students honed their skills in research, writing, Design Thinking, math, science, and art. Our multidisciplinary project culminated in the creation …

Students Showcase Inventions, Inquiry Projects, and Prototypes at MILTON STEM Nights

MILTON students have been deeply engaged in hands-on STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). At two recent STEM Nights, students in Grades 2-6 showcased their inventions, experiments, and prototypes – along with their research and reflections. Sixth graders conducted their Independent Inquiry Projects, culminating in their presentation of their research, hypothesis, experiment methodology, observations, and general theories at STEM Night. The students began their Inquiry Projects with a unit on the Scientific Method. Each …

Exploration, Creation, Investigation: Judaic Studies at MILTON

Exploration, creation, and investigation are some of the values that guide our Judaic Studies program at MILTON. Second grade students continue to bring depth and creativity to their exploration of the parashot (Torah Portions). Each week, one theme is highlighted and explored through the lens of art, music, Israeli culture, and personal meaning. As part of their study of Shemot (Exodus), second graders are exploring the role of the Nile within the Jewish narrative and …

February 15, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: Thinking Routines|

Hebrew Students Get Creative – Enjoy our Students’ Presentations!

Students in the Elementary School are composing original texts in Hebrew, honing their expressive language skills through presentations, and sharing their creativity! Third grade students recently finished learning about the fall season, and wrote original stories about the season in Hebrew. They incorporated the information, vocabulary, and speech patterns that they learned over the past two months in their story lines. The students authored both fiction and nonfiction books, and produced multi-media art to accompany …

February 8, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Multimedia, Project Based Learning, Visual Arts|

Celebrating the Hebrew Language through Poetry, Books, Songs and History

A vital component of MILTON’s Hebrew and Judaic Studies program is to make connections to Israel throughout the year. We achieve this goal by letting our students experience Israeli customs, foods, dances, songs, and stories. This year, as we celebrate Israel’s 70th birthday year-round, we were motivated to bring even more Israeli culture to our students. As part of our Israel education, we introduced the children to two figures who are famous for their contributions …

February 8, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: #MiltonAdvantage, Israel|

Pre-Kindergartners Represent Identity and Emotions through Self-Portraiture

Our Pre-Kindergarten class began their year with the overarching theme of trying to understand our identity. Early on, a child said, “your identity is like yourself.” We decided to look at our identity through our feelings, because while our feelings don’t define us, they are an immeasurable part of us and we experience a multitude of them each day. Every day, we introduced children to new vocabulary – both linguistic and social-emotional – by defining …

February 1, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies|Tags: Multimedia, Visual Arts|