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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 …

Growing Through Writing

After their successful Ancient Egypt Exhibition this week, our Sixth Grade students sat with their written compositions and the artifacts they created, and reflected on the ways they have grown as researchers and writers. They also considered the ways in which the process of writing has helped them grow as students and human beings. Yonatan Scott noted, “Writing has made my life easier because I now can express myself. Writing gives me power.” Max Klein …

First Grade Open House includes exhibits on Rock Creek Park’s History, Flora, and Fauna and Presentation of Original Hebrew Stories

Last week, First Graders exhibited their expertise and creativity at their first Bayit Patuach (Open House) of the year, showcasing models of historic structures built from recycled materials, curated writing portfolios, multimedia representations of animal habitats, and clay sculptures of various plant species. Throughout the first semester, First Grade students explored the theme “Encounters with the Natural World,” with each class engaging in an in-depth study of a specific aspect of Rock Creek Park. The …

Language Arts

Our Language Arts program, integrated with Social Studies within our Humanities curriculum, is guided by the fundamental questions of “Why we read,” “Why we write,” and “Why we argue.” Literature can help us access truths about ourselves, our world, and humanity itself. By analyzing literature and examining the structures of the story, the development of characters, and the elaboration of enduring themes, we not only gain insight into the art and beauty of the written …

Division: Middle School

Researchers and Producers

In our dynamic learning environment, students will investigate, develop expertise, and produce original works. They will master content knowledge and cultivate essential skills as they engage in authentic learning experiences – whether researching a topic to produce a documentary or studying elements of physics to design amusement park attractions or delving into a page of Gemara in order to craft an opinion for our model Beit Din. Students will invest their academic work with greater …

Division: Middle School

Rock Creek Park Project Highlights Multi-Faceted Learning

Walking among towering trees, a fish-filled creek, and a brick-lined Peirce Mill, parents visiting JPDS-NC’s South Campus on January 21st could have thought they were taking a ramble through Rock Creek Park. Instead, they were appreciating first graders’ scaled model of the natural treasure that lies not a mile from our classroom doors, the culmination of their semester-long inquiry. What might have remained hidden from visitors, however, is how this work represented so much more …

Exploring the Elements of Fiction and Paths to Publishing

What do an ancient Greek mathematician, little green people, and a karate-kicking 12-year-old girl have in common? They’re all in Hypatia Academy, a novel written and published by Esther Goldenberg, alumni JPDS-NC teacher and parent (mother of Ellie, class of 2014). The book is “the story of one girl’s unintended quest to find the source of her own strength.” Before our winter break, Esther came for an author reading and talk with our Fifth and …

January 7, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Language Arts|Tags: Adult Learning, Creative Writing|

Creative Writing at JPDS-NC

I push on to one key after another, not having enough time to think about what I’m doing before I have to do something else. The sound flows out of the piano and onto the gigantic stage. It swirls around the seats and into the burning lights above me. It flows down and circles my ears before opening me into a world of sound, music. I approach the fast part. I’ve done it before and …

May 14, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Language Arts|Tags: Creative Writing|