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|

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, …