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The Power of Questions: Students Work with Podcast Producer and Delve into Jewish Sources in the Scholars Forum

In MILTON’s Scholars Forum, guest speakers in various fields share real-world knowledge with the students – and then faculty and students connect the learning to our ancient texts. Just as the sixth graders learned about various aspects of documentary filmmaking, they have also been studying Jewish sources at each stage of the project. Nahanni Rous, a MILTON parent and a podcaster, led a lesson on the art of the interview. The conversation included tips for …

Scholars Forum Launches!

The Scholar’s Forum program launched this week with a visit from two guest speakers, a study of Jewish texts in which students connected sacred writings to their own lives, and a warm and open discussion led by students who shared stories and memories about the indelible moments of friendship and learning they experienced together at our school. It was an inspiring and meaningful launch to this signature middle school program. Scholars Forum is a weekly …

Construction Update

Over the past month, we moved every item out of our North Campus classrooms, shared communal spaces, offices, and a humongous storage space with decades’ worth of documents and a treasure trove of school memorabilia. Taking some detours into Memory Lane made the packing process a little more exciting! We successfully settled into the three facilities that we will use during the 2017-18 school year: South Campus, New North Campus, and a house adjacent to …

July 20, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Middle School Initiative|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool|

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: Middle School Initiative, Milton Moments|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|