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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 …

Cultivating Global Competency, Design Thinking, and 21st Century Skills: Kindergartners Explore the Universal Languages of Childhood

This semester, Kindergarten students explored the theme of community through the lens of global competency. The students learned about the universal languages of childhood – fine arts, celebrations, and games/play – by learning about how children all around the world express these languages. Throughout the project, which was woven into all aspects of the curriculum, students honed their skills in research, writing, Design Thinking, math, science, and art. Our multidisciplinary project culminated in the creation …

Students Showcase Inventions, Inquiry Projects, and Prototypes at MILTON STEM Nights

MILTON students have been deeply engaged in hands-on STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). At two recent STEM Nights, students in Grades 2-6 showcased their inventions, experiments, and prototypes – along with their research and reflections. Sixth graders conducted their Independent Inquiry Projects, culminating in their presentation of their research, hypothesis, experiment methodology, observations, and general theories at STEM Night. The students began their Inquiry Projects with a unit on the Scientific Method. Each …

MILTON Educators Recognized by Kohelet Prize for Progressive Education

We are thrilled to announce that, for the second year in a row, Kindergarten teachers Lisa Davis, Xani Pollakoff and Vas Pournaras were recognized by the Kohelet Prize for Progressive Education. The teaching team received an Honorable Mention in the category of Learning Environment for their in-depth, multi-disciplinary project to create a South Campus Community Theater. The pedagogy behind the project included design thinking, experiential education, project-based learning, whole brain teaching, and the cultivation of …

Hebrew Students Get Creative – Enjoy our Students’ Presentations!

Students in the Elementary School are composing original texts in Hebrew, honing their expressive language skills through presentations, and sharing their creativity! Third grade students recently finished learning about the fall season, and wrote original stories about the season in Hebrew. They incorporated the information, vocabulary, and speech patterns that they learned over the past two months in their story lines. The students authored both fiction and nonfiction books, and produced multi-media art to accompany …

February 8, 2018 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Hebrew|Tags: Multimedia, Project Based Learning, Visual Arts|

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 >

Second Grade Space Exploration

To begin our study of space, second grade visited the Air and Space Museum to watch the IMAX film, Journey to Space. Students learned about the past, present and future of space exploration from the space shuttle program onwards. They were excited to learn about NASA’s upcoming mission to Mars and began wondering what humans may explore next in space. Upon our return, second grade took a “deep dive” into learning about our solar system. …

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 …

MILTON Teacher Wins Jane Goodall “Roots & Shoots” Mini-Grant

Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Davis recently won a mini-grant from Jane Goodall’s youth organization, Roots & Shoots. The grant money will go toward materials to build a migratory butterfly garden at the South Campus. The students will learn about the native butterflies of Rock Creek, including the endangered monarch butterfly, then design, construct, and plant a garden to feed monarchs and other local butterflies. Roots & Shoots provides mini-grants to educators around the U.S. to help …

November 15, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Science|Tags: Environmental Education, Project Based Learning, STEM|

New York Times Bestselling Author Brad Meltzer Receives His Own Biography Written and Illustrated by MILTON Third Graders

Brad Meltzer – the #1 New York Times bestselling author and TV host – came to our school last year to speak with third graders about his biography series, a genre the students had been studying. The children were inspired by his stories about the early lives and challenges faced by the real American heroes that are his biographical subjects. They heard about Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Goodall, and Jim Henson, among others. They …