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Sixth Graders Explore the Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain

MILTON sixth graders have been diving deep in science class into a unit on human body anatomy and physiology. To enhance their learning, the students took part in Brain Awareness Week events at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. The visit was a great opportunity to explore the exciting world of neuroscience, and explore the anatomy and physiology of the human brain. The students met and learned from brain scientists, researchers, and staff from …

Four MILTON Sixth Graders Win Awards at DC STEM Fair

Four MILTON sixth graders were awarded top prizes in the Junior Division (Grades 6 to 8) at this year’s DC STEM Fair! The DC STEM Fair is the premier science event for students in Grades 6 to 12 who attend independent and public schools in the nation’s capital. Sixth graders Shoshana L. and Reut S. won first place for their projects in the categories of Physical Energy and Biomedical & Health Sciences, respectively. Sixth graders Gabriella …

Interdisciplinary Study of Ancient Greece Optimizes Learning

An astrophysicist leads our middle schoolers through an exploration of gemara, bringing forth his expertise on the phases of the moon to lend insight into the gemara that deals with identifying the new month. A filmmaker teaches the art of storytelling as he also sheds light on the craft of the investigative historian and the artistic elements of filmmaking. A conductor, historian, innovator, filmmaker, and Holocaust studies expert opens our sixth graders’ eyes to the …

In the News: Sixth Grade Documentary Filmmakers

Washington Jewish Week published an article this week about the sixth graders’ ongoing work to produce a documentary film about our school’s history. Middle School students shared their favorite moments and funny stories from the set, and teachers, administrators, and the film’s Executive Producer discussed the experience of documenting our past and the ways that MILTON has “taken vision to reality” over the past three decades. Read the full article here >

Immersive Learning Week Launches with Explorations of Digital Game Design, Law, and Biblical Art

Our first Immersive Learning Week had sixth graders doing deep dives into digital game design, the law, and biblical art. Each group learned foundations related to their subject and broadened their understanding through field trips, guest speakers, creative exploration and design, and reflection. The program concluded with an Immersive Learning Week Showcase in which the students shared their learning with each other. Immersive Learning Week is a week between trimesters. Guided by instructors, students work …

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 …

Educating for Responsibility

On October 4 – a few days before Yom Kippur – I presented the first in a series of lectures for MILTON’s middle school Scholars Forum on Jonah and his aborted escape from responsibility. I don’t often get to teach middle schoolers in my work, and I was particularly excited that morning because, as a consultant to the middle school, I had spent many hours in discussion with its director Lisa Schopf last year, thinking …

October 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Community Members |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool|

Students Reflect on Leadership with a Jewish Lens

Dr. Erica Brown – author, educator, and the Director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership at the George Washington University – was the guest lecturer at MILTON’s Scholars Forum recently. Erica led a discussion with the sixth graders about the themes of responsibility, accountability, and leadership by examining the story of Yonah. These are some of the themes the students are also exploring in their documentary about MILTON and our school’s 30-year …

October 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: #DCJewishMiddleSchool|

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|