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First Grade Open House includes exhibits on Rock Creek Park’s History, Flora, and Fauna and Presentation of Original Hebrew Stories

Last week, First Graders exhibited their expertise and creativity at their first Bayit Patuach (Open House) of the year, showcasing models of historic structures built from recycled materials, curated writing portfolios, multimedia representations of animal habitats, and clay sculptures of various plant species. Throughout the first semester, First Grade students explored the theme “Encounters with the Natural World,” with each class engaging in an in-depth study of a specific aspect of Rock Creek Park. The …

Building Strong Academic Foundations

Several weeks ago, the Kindergarten students began rotating through their Foundations classes. This year, Kindergarten students will travel twice a week to Language Arts, Science, Math, Sadnah (Studio Art), and Mischak (Play). In each Foundations class, the students are learning foundational skills which they then practice at other times in their classrooms. From the outset, students were excited to meet new teachers and friends, and quickly adapted to traveling to different rooms for each class …

October 10, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education|Tags: STEAM, STEM, Visual Arts|

In Case You Missed It: An Exploration of Outer Space

This week the world watched in delight as NASA’s Juno spacecraft arrived in Jupiter’s orbit after a five-year journey. Some members of the JPDS-NC Class of 2023 may have been particularly excited at this news, after spending their Kindergarten year exploring the wonders of outer space. In case you missed it, please enjoy the article below about the hands-on and in-depth space projects undertaken by some of our youngest students last year – including getting to ask questions to a real …

July 7, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Milton Moments, Science|Tags: Project Based Learning, STEAM, STEM|

JPDS-NC Partners with Kiddovate to Offer “Innovation in Action” Workshops for Area Teachers

This year, we have been offering a series of teacher workshops called Innovation in Action in partnership with Kiddovate. This professional development opportunity is open to JPDS-NC as well as other area teachers. We met three times this school year and have two more sessions to explore innovative teaching strategies. Each workshop explored Kiddovate’s Innovation in Action™ methodology, a Design Thinking process, and focused on specific skills and tools teachers can use in the classroom …

May 12, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Teaching Methods|Tags: Design Thinking, STEAM|

Making Thinking Visible Through the Use of Materials

If you walk in the front door of South Campus this week, you might see First Grade students and teachers digging through big boxes and recyclables to be used for prototypes of homes in a polar climate. You also might see Kindergarten students manipulating clay to create their final model of a queen bee. In the sadnah (studio), you might overhear a Pre-Kindergartner explaining to a peer her plan to cut the fabric she found into the perfect bimah (platform) for the …

Innovators

Our students will grow as independent thinkers, confident learners, and purposeful innovators through opportunities to apply their learning to real world problems. Our program will incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts integration, and mathematics) education, design thinking, laboratory investigations, data analysis, and enhanced science literacy, along with the unique resources of the nation’s capital. As students apply content knowledge and skills toward developing solutions to real world challenges, their effort will have greater import and …

Division: Middle School

JPDS-NC Students Build Pesach-Themed Rube Goldberg Machine for Technion Design Challenge

A team of JPDS-NC 5th and 6th graders took on the first ever RAVSAK-Technion Design Challenge! They built a Passover-themed Rube Goldberg machine that journeys through the ten plagues. Check out our behind-the-scenes video!

Exploring Judaic Texts using P’shat, D’rash and Design Thinking

What do a gift-giving bridge, a clay heart, a ring and an altar all have in common? If you had the chance to step into the JPDS-NC Design Lab in the recent few weeks or overheard the fourth graders talking about their ‘Judaic Studies project’, you might know that each of those objects were parts of structures that the students in fourth grade created as a culmination of their first semester of Torah learning. Throughout …

Interdisciplinary Learning on Display at the Art and Science Expo

With our North Campus Design Lab up and running, teams of students had opportunities to practice Design Thinking and to make their learning visible with access to a variety of materials and tools for this year’s Expo projects. Calling it an “Art and Science” Expo is somewhat limiting, as much of the work was truly interdisciplinary – integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM), Language Arts, as well as connections to History, Hebrew Language, …

Changemakers: Kindergarten Students Redesign South Campus Library

The grand re-opening of the South Campus Community Library occurred last week during the Kindergarten Bayit Patuach (Open House). With a flourish and a “one, two, three, cut!” every Kindergarten child used scissors to snip a long ribbon stretched across the library. The ceremony culminated months of hard work by the three Kindergarten classes as they created a library that was organized, accessible, and a place to enjoy books together. After the Bayit Patuach, one …

February 10, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Arts, Social Studies|Tags: Design Thinking, Project Based Learning, STEAM|