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Fourth Grade Study of Biblical Characters Incorporates Biblical Exegesis, Character Analysis, Poetry and Mixed Media Art

Fourth Graders delved into their study of Biblical characters using biblical exegesis, character analysis, mixed media art, and poetry. At JPDS-NC, Third and Fourth graders study Torah with a focus on the Avot (Patriarchs) and Imahot (Matriarchs) as the founders of the Jewish people. Fourth Graders spent the first semester focusing on the characters of Rachel, Leah, and Yaakov and pondering: Who are they? What are their values? What are their key attributes? And why are those …

January 25, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Judaic Studies|Tags: Creative Writing, Visual Arts|

Introducing the New JPDS-NC Siddur: Siddur Am Echad

We are delighted to introduce the fourth edition of the JPDS-NC siddur (prayerbook). Nine years ago, we embarked on our quest for a multi-denominational, kid-friendly siddur. Unable to find such a thing, we created our own and have been successfully using it for the past six years. With this newest edition, we have renamed it Siddur Am Echad, literally, “the siddur of one people,” or alternatively and more in line with our vision, “the siddur of a unified people.” Jews of …

Reflections by Our Recent Graduates

Each member of the JPDS-NC Class of 2016 chose an artifact from their time at school to represent and reflect on what JPDS-NC has meant to them. The graduates shared the reflections below in English and Hebrew at their Graduation Ceremony on June 17, 2016.  Feven Aklilu: JPDS has taught me so many things over these past few years. I thought that this artifact would represent that. I received this panda the first I visited this school. When I first got it, …

Sixth Graders Create Hebrew-Language Documentary Films Exploring Family Immigration Stories

This spring, Sixth Grade Hebrew students at JPDS-NC began a unit on their family’s history, roots, and journey to America, culminating in each student creating a documentary film in Hebrew about their family’s immigration stories. Throughout this project, the students practiced advanced Hebrew language skills, expressing complex ideas and using rich language in both their writing and speaking. They also honed their language skills by organizing their ideas, constructing a cohesive narrative, and conducting research …

Researchers and Producers

In our dynamic learning environment, students will investigate, develop expertise, and produce original works. They will master content knowledge and cultivate essential skills as they engage in authentic learning experiences – whether researching a topic to produce a documentary or studying elements of physics to design amusement park attractions or delving into a page of Gemara in order to craft an opinion for our model Beit Din. Students will invest their academic work with greater …

Division: Middle School

Exploring the Elements of Fiction and Paths to Publishing

What do an ancient Greek mathematician, little green people, and a karate-kicking 12-year-old girl have in common? They’re all in Hypatia Academy, a novel written and published by Esther Goldenberg, alumni JPDS-NC teacher and parent (mother of Ellie, class of 2014). The book is “the story of one girl’s unintended quest to find the source of her own strength.” Before our winter break, Esther came for an author reading and talk with our Fifth and …

January 7, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Language Arts|Tags: Adult Learning, Creative Writing|

Creative Writing at JPDS-NC

I push on to one key after another, not having enough time to think about what I’m doing before I have to do something else. The sound flows out of the piano and onto the gigantic stage. It swirls around the seats and into the burning lights above me. It flows down and circles my ears before opening me into a world of sound, music. I approach the fast part. I’ve done it before and …

May 14, 2015 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Language Arts|Tags: Creative Writing|

First Graders Script and Perform a Play about Endangered Gorillas

We started learning about endangered animals. We decided to learn about mountain gorillas. There are only 700 mountain gorillas left in the whole world because of the wars surrounding where they live and poachers. We wanted to make a play that showed our feelings about mountain gorillas and other endangered species. We voted about doing a play. The play won. There were many steps before we got to the play. First we needed to learn …