Literacy for the 21st Century Student: Foundational Computer Languages and Programming in Middle School Curriculum

Computer literacy is becoming an expectation and a necessity, a critical skill for engaging with and contributing to the world in the 21st Century. In our middle school, all students will become more familiar and experienced with the foundations of computer programming through required and elective courses. Our courses in computer languages and programming will be designed to not only bolster the passions of students with an interest in this field, but to ignite the curiosity …

September 27, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Math, Middle School Initiative, Science|Tags: Computer Science, Thinking Routines|

Economist Leora Klapper Teaches Sixth Graders about Financial Literacy

Last Friday, sixth graders at JPDS-NC were visited by Leora Klapper, an economist at the World Bank and a parent at our school. Ms. Klapper spoke to our class about how to set a budget and manage money so that we can play a role in financing our class trip to New York City this spring. Ms. Klapper began her talk on financial literacy by reflecting upon her first summer in Washington, DC where she …

September 8, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Math, Student Life|Tags: STEM|

Math Teams, Students Score in Math Competitions

At a Math Awards ceremony on Friday, we recognized the achievements of our Math Olympiad team and the 85 individual students who successfully participated in math challenges this year! JPDS-NC placed fourth among all schools in the Maryland Math League and first in the District of Columbia in the math competition for Grade 6 students. Kudos to Noah K. who ranked first among all students in the District of Columbia and third among students in …

May 25, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Math|Tags: STEM|

Math

The math program will guide students to both deep understanding and procedural fluency in middle school and early high school mathematics. The middle school math program will bestow upon each student a personally appropriate learning environment, utilizing strategies such as elective topics, multi-grade grouping, and individualization – all blessings enabled by a middle school that is small by design. The math program will motivate students both through the beauty of pure mathematics and the application …

Division: Middle School

Second Graders Get Creative and Write Math Songs

At the beginning of the year, all the second graders at JPDS-NC worked on a special math project. We came up with creative ways to help us learn skip count patterns. The students were divided into small groups. Each groups was assigned a number to skip count by. Each group had a different number from 2 to 12. We made songs out of the skip count patterns. Some groups used tunes from songs they knew, like Happy Birthday and other groups wrote original …

STEM Learning in Action

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is growing and thriving at JPDS-NC. On the evening of April 2, four JPDS-NC sixth graders attended the Grand Award Ceremony of DC STEM Fair 2015 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Esther Feron, Sami Himmelfarb, Noa Schleifer and Beri Gershwind swept the Junior Division with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place wins for individual projects in the categories of Physics and Astronomy, Microbiology, and Engineering. They …

Fifth Graders Design Math Games and Host a Math Carnival

My fifth grade math class held a Math Carnival. Our class decided at the beginning of the year to find a fun way of expressing what we learned. We split into groups and began to think of creative ways to make math-related games. Each group was assigned a different math unit, and we had to work together to make a game about it.  One group made a game on how to measure the perimeter and …

April 22, 2015 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Math|Tags: Project Based Learning, STEAM, STEM|

The Great and Challenging Math Carnival of JPDS-NC

This spring, the fifth grade students in my math class worked to create a math carnival to offer fun challenges in math to their fellow fifth graders. After three months spent planning the project and designing games, the math carnival opened on March 30. It all began when the students suggested preparing a math carnival as an authentic and exciting way to apply all that they have been learning in math this year — to …

April 16, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Math, Teaching Methods|Tags: Project Based Learning, STEAM, STEM|

Students Tackle Math Challenges in National Math Olympiad

This week, JPDS-NC students in grades 3-6 participated in the Math Olympiad. It is an international competition that takes place every year from November to March. Each month, we get five questions ranging in difficulty that need to be answered without calculators. There are never any multiple choice questions. Students need to use algebra, geometry and logic to solve them. Fourth grader Emmett thought the most interesting problem this month was about Pascal’s triangle; classmate …

Second Graders Visit a Corn Maze, Then Build Their Own Math Maze

The JPDS-NC 2nd grade went on a class field trip to Sharp’s Farm. We went to the farm because we are learning about mazes and the farm had a huge corn maze! While on the farm, we learned about bees, fed animals, and picked pumpkins and popping corn. We also saw a peacock and took a hayride across a stream (and back again). The Maze was really tricky. Since the maze was so hard, at …