/Middle School

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 …

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 …

Middle School Expansion

Middle School & Expansion We are growing and changing! We are adding 7th and 8th grades and building an unparalleled middle school program. In spring 2017, we will become the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital. We will launch the Moses Family Middle School program in fall 2017. The expanded and renovated Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus opens in fall 2018.  We invite you to explore our new middle school program …

A Letter from Athletic Director Yonah Singer

I am thrilled and excited to join the staff of a place as amazing as JPDS-NC. Athletics is a true passion of mine and I look forward to continuing and growing the athletics program at JPDS. I grew up in Silver Spring and graduated from the Berman Hebrew Academy. After graduation and a year of study in Israel, I attended University of Maryland (go Terps!) and received a BA in American History. Upon graduation I moved to New …

August 4, 2016 |By |Author Type: |Topics: Education|Tags: Athletics|

In Case You Missed It: Habits of the (Sixth Grade) Mind

Earlier this month, NPR highlighted a segment about a new book about cultivating a growth mindset in children, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children. On this same theme, last year Sixth Grade teacher Lisa Schopf invited her students to think about the habits of mind they have gained at JPDS-NC, and challenged them to write self-reflective pieces exploring their own mental habits and how they can improve them. In case you missed it, please enjoy the article …

July 28, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: Thinking Routines|

Israel Education

The middle school will continue to deepen the personal connection between our students and Medinat Yisrael (the State of Israel), its people, languages, and cultures. The centrality of Israel in Jewish life and the narrative of the Jewish people, past and present, will be at the core of our approach, which will culminate in an 8th grade trip to Israel. As middle schoolers, students will continue their learning by engaging in more sophisticated and complex discourses about …

Division: Middle School

Computer Science and Programming

Dedicated time and a thoughtful curriculum on the basics of computer science and programming will allow our students to develop an increasingly necessary and sought-after skill set. In addition to developing technical skills, research shows that learning basic programming can increase problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, creativity, and persistence. All our students will engage with required courses involving programming and robotics. Students will learn multiple programming languages, including Java and Python, and will also be encouraged …

Division: Middle School

STEM

Integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is considered an essential component of best practices in education. In addition to providing students with dedicated science, math, and programming classes, we will integrate STEM across all disciplines. Consistent with our practice of Design Thinking, students will be encouraged to contemplate real life problems and imagine solutions, research relevant content, learn technical skills, design plans, build prototypes, iterate, present their work, and evaluate their process and product. …

Division: Middle School

Scholars Forum

As part of our vision of shared learning in the middle school, our program will include a Scholars Forum. Experts in all areas will be invited to share real-world knowledge with the students. Following the presentations, students, guest speakers, and faculty will connect the learning to other areas of study as well as to our ethical responsibility as Jews and global citizens. The series will meet regularly, and is designed to ignite students’ interests, expand …

Division: Middle School