Inquiry and Curiosity: Three JPDS-NC Sixth Graders Participate in DC STEM Fair

Have you ever wondered whether acidic fruit conducts electricity better than less acidic fruit? Or whether the pesticides we use on plants actually impact the growth of those plants? What about considering the effect of temperature on a polymer used for watering plants? Or how the food a chicken eats impacts the color of the yolks of their eggs? All our Sixth Grade students went on a journey of scientific discovery for their Inquiry Projects, …

March 9, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Science|Tags: Project Based Learning, STEM, Washington D.C.|

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 …

Highlights from the Design Lab

The Design Lab has been full of exploration, experimentation and engineering this year! Read on to hear some Design Lab highlights from students on the North Campus: At the beginning of the year, Fourth Grade classes came to the Design Lab to collaborate on designing their “dream teacher.” Students worked with a partner to brainstorm some of the qualities of their ideal teacher, and about ways to represent those traits using Design Lab materials. Students …

January 12, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Science|Tags: Design Thinking, Project Based Learning, Visual Arts|

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|

In Case You Missed It: An Exploration of Outer Space

This week the world watched in delight as NASA’s Juno spacecraft arrived in Jupiter’s orbit after a five-year journey. Some members of the JPDS-NC Class of 2023 may have been particularly excited at this news, after spending their Kindergarten year exploring the wonders of outer space. In case you missed it, please enjoy the article below about the hands-on and in-depth space projects undertaken by some of our youngest students last year – including getting to ask questions to a real …

July 7, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: JPDS-NC Moments, Science|Tags: Project Based Learning, STEAM, STEM|

Fourth Graders Adopt Chicks as Class Pets

At the beginning of the semester, the fourth grade Explorers class raised the idea of getting a class pet. It was decided that students needed to earn it, so their teacher created a chart where they earned points for doing and acting in ways that showed responsibility. By the end of April, they had earned enough points! The class started a discussion about which pet to get. They created a document with questions about different …

June 15, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Science, Social Studies, Student Life|Tags: Environmental Education|

Making Thinking Visible Through the Use of Materials

If you walk in the front door of South Campus this week, you might see First Grade students and teachers digging through big boxes and recyclables to be used for prototypes of homes in a polar climate. You also might see Kindergarten students manipulating clay to create their final model of a queen bee. In the sadnah (studio), you might overhear a Pre-Kindergartner explaining to a peer her plan to cut the fabric she found into the perfect bimah (platform) for the …

Science

Medical detectives, chemists, environmental specialists, and meteorologists. Our student experts will learn the principles of biology, earth science, physics, and chemistry in order to apply their understanding to real life situations. Securing a command of the fundamentals of scientific knowledge, methods, and skills, our students will engage in active learning experiences that deepen their knowledge base and inspire them to begin thinking as scientists. In our dedicated middle school Science Lab, our students will test their …

Division: Middle School

Innovators

Our students will grow as independent thinkers, confident learners, and purposeful innovators through opportunities to apply their learning to real world problems. Our program will incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts integration, and mathematics) education, design thinking, laboratory investigations, data analysis, and enhanced science literacy, along with the unique resources of the nation’s capital. As students apply content knowledge and skills toward developing solutions to real world challenges, their effort will have greater import and …

Division: Middle School

JPDS-NC Students Build Pesach-Themed Rube Goldberg Machine for Technion Design Challenge

A team of JPDS-NC 5th and 6th graders took on the first ever RAVSAK-Technion Design Challenge! They built a Passover-themed Rube Goldberg machine that journeys through the ten plagues. Check out our behind-the-scenes video!