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In the News: Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off Expansion and Renovation of DC’s Only Jewish Day School

Kol HaBirah recently featured an article about our Groundbreaking and Renaming Ceremony, calling it “a milestone moment for the school and for the Jewish community of Washington, DC.” Read the full article here >

June 26, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Middle School Initiative|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool, In the News|

In the News: The Northwest Current Covers Groundbreaking and Renaming Ceremony

Local newspaper The Northwest Current featured an article in its most recent issue about the groundbreaking ceremony for our expansion and renovation. Read the full article here >

June 26, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Middle School Initiative|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool, In the News|

In the News: Community Celebrates Groundbreaking for Expansion and Renovation and New School Name

Washington Jewish Week covered our Groundbreaking and Renaming Ceremony, and our in-school celebration with students and staff. Read the article here >

Welcome to Milton

This week, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the school gathered to celebrate the school’s renaming and to break ground for a significant renovation and expansion of the Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus. With much excitement, we announced that JPDS-NC is now the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital. We were honored to be joined by the family and friends of Milton Gottesman – Ambassador Alfred Moses, and Ruth, Bob, …

In the News: Prizmah Interviews Middle School Director Lisa Schopf

Last year, Middle School Director and Sixth Grade teacher Lisa Schopf participated in Prizmah’s YOU Lead program, an eight-month leadership development program for Jewish day school professionals that focuses on mentorship and peer support. Recently Lisa sat down with Shira Loewenstein, the Director of YOU Lead, to talk about her experience in the program and reflect on the year since. Read the interview here >

“State of the School” Report

As we embark on this exciting new chapter in our school’s life, it is important to reflect on our goals and priorities we hold as a school and as a community – and to examine our current and future positioning in relation to those goals. The Strategic Plan 2015-2020, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2014, centers on the 3 E’s: Excellence, Enrollment, and Endowment. We are tackling these areas of focus from multiple …

March 30, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: JPDS-NC Moments, Middle School Initiative|Tags: Board of Trustees|

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|

Joy in Learning

Experience and research show that engaging students to follow their curiosity, to experience the joy in learning, and to enjoy the satisfaction of mastery ignites innate motivation and drives intellectual growth. Across the educational spectrum, this observation is often presented as a dichotomy: educators who emphasize joy and curiosity as the vehicles for driving enduring learning vs. educators who emphasize the mastery of content knowledge and skill development that are necessary for achieving success in …

Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Jen Sultan

JPDS-NC has been a second home for our children since 2008 when our oldest son entered Kindergarten. We did not consider any other school at the time because it was obvious that we would educate our children in D.C.’s only Jewish day school, a nurturing environment that continued with the Reggio Emilia approach to learning that our son had enjoyed in preschool. Fast forward to today, when our JPDS-NC graduate has moved on to seventh …

Meet the Middle School Program Committee: Co-Chair Dina Epstein

I’m a big believer that, if you want something to be great, you have to be willing to put in some of the work to make that happen. So, even though our journey with JPDS-NC is just beginning (our eldest is in Pre-K) I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as one of the Co-Chairs of the Middle School Program Committee as we all embark on the exciting challenge of shaping the future of JPDS-NC. My …