/Second Grade

The Importance of Voice and D.C. Statehood: A Second Grade Election Project Update

One of the highlights of Second Grade at JPDS-NC is their study of Washington, D.C., so the issue of D.C. statehood was chosen for the Second Graders to grapple with in our Election Project. The journey they took to arrive at a place where that question held relevance was impressive indeed. The Second Grade teachers quickly realized that without an understanding, first, of what it means to have a vote or a voice, and second, …

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 …

News from the Design Lab: Our Sukkah Design Challenge

At the heart of our Design Lab is the strategy of Design Thinking. Design Thinking is an approach to learning that includes contemplating real-world problems, conducting research, participating in reflective thinking and analysis, conceiving original ideas, conducting experiments, and sometimes building things! To introduce the North Campus students to the newly designated Design Lab and to practice Design Thinking, students and teachers participated in a Sukkah Design Challenge. We began by teaching students that Design …

September 24, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies, Science|Tags: Design Thinking, Holidays, Multimedia, STEAM, STEM|

First Day of School Video

The first day of school at JPDS-NC was filled with learning, laughter, and excitement. Click here to watch a video of some of the day’s special moments.

September 1, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Milton Moments|Tags: Multimedia|

JPDS-NC Volunteers in the Community

Part of our mission at JPDS-NC is to teach our students to become knowledgeable, responsible Jews and citizens. Through learning and action, we foster an environment that inspires and deepens our students’ commitment to Jewish living and values, to the community at large, and to the people and state of Israel. Through in-school programs such as Yom Chesed (Good Deeds Day) and the Shuk for Shalom, classroom-based mitzvah projects, the drives and volunteer opportunities sponsored …

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 …

Students Build an Arcade in our Cardboard Box Challenge

Over the course of four months, students at JPDS-NC worked with passion and resourcefulness to design and build arcade games out of recycled materials as part of the Cardboard Box Challenge. The program seeks to foster creativity, entrepreneurship, and design thinking in children, as they work together with their parents and with one another to imagine, design and construct arcade games. Spearheaded by JPDS-NC Science Teacher Alexandra Taylor, the Cardboard Box Challenge was an amazing …

Fostering a Love of Israel and Hebrew with Hands-On, Immersive Learning

One of JPDS-NC’s core principals is Ayin L’Tzion, “Looking toward Zion.” At JPDS-NC we strive to foster a deep connection to Israel’s history, people, culture, and language in our students. Central to this mission is our goal to educate independent speakers of the Hebrew language. When we teach the Hebrew language at JPDS-NC, we are not teaching in a vacuum. Cultural literacy is a hugely important component of the process of becoming a proficient and …

April 23, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Israel, Multimedia|

Second Graders Transform their Classroom into the Human Body for the Art & Science Expo

The Art and Science Expo is a special night at JPDS-NC, when children and parents come to learn in a fun and exciting way! In second grade, we focus on systems within us and around us. One of the systems we learned about is the human body. For the Expo, we decided to transform our classroom into a human body you could walk through! This could not have been possible without doing research, so we …

JPDS-NC Presents: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

On December 14, fifty-five students from Pre-K to Sixth Grade took the stage in JPDS-NC’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The energy-packed performance showcased not only the extraordinary talent and hard work of the student performers and stage crew, but also the energy and enthusiasm of the twenty-two parent volunteers who helped make it possible, including dedicated Co-Directors Sarah Shapiro and Sara Gershman, Musical Director Helene Reisler, and Artistic Director Sandy Schulman. …

December 17, 2014 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Student Life|Tags: Music, Performing Arts|