In the News: Kol HaBirah Newspaper covers Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math at MILTON

Kol HaBirah newspaper recently published two features on STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at MILTON, including recent professional development that our General Studies teachers participated in on the topic of “Making Math Real.” Read the articles online here: “Full STEAM Ahead at MILTON” and “MILTON Teachers Guiding Students Toward Expert Thinking in Math.”

November 27, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Math, Science|Tags: In the News, STEAM, STEM|

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayetzei

In this parasha, Yaakov flees to his uncle Lavan’s household and lives there for several years, marrying Lavan’s daughters, Leah and Rachel, and establishing a large family. One of the challenges of living in the modern era is grappling with ethical questions and challenges generated by new technologies. One area of particular concern is medical ethics. Where can we, as Jews, find guidance on such things as genetic engineering, which includes cloning, stem cell research, …

November 20, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning, STEM|

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|

Making Math Real

This fall, all MILTON General Studies faculty members participated in professional development on experiential math education. The intensive 6-hours of learning were led by Jeff Heyck-Williams, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Two Rivers Public Charter School. The math instruction training focused on having students explore complex mathematical concepts and identify multiple methods for solving problems through problem-based tasks. Guiding Students toward Expert Thinking in Math Our teachers are already applying knowledge from this training …

October 26, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Math|Tags: Adult Learning, STEM, Thinking Routines|

Inquiry and Curiosity: Three JPDS-NC Sixth Graders Participate in DC STEM Fair

Have you ever wondered whether acidic fruit conducts electricity better than less acidic fruit? Or whether the pesticides we use on plants actually impact the growth of those plants? What about considering the effect of temperature on a polymer used for watering plants? Or how the food a chicken eats impacts the color of the yolks of their eggs? All our Sixth Grade students went on a journey of scientific discovery for their Inquiry Projects, …

March 9, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Science|Tags: Project Based Learning, STEM, Washington D.C.|

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|

Rosh Hashanah STEM Story Hour

What does Rosh Hashanah have to do with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? Last Sunday, thirty children from the greater Washington, DC area came to JPDS-NC to find out. Kindergarten teacher Xani Pollakoff and Admission Associate Lindsey Marks led an innovative program that uniquely combined Rosh Hashanah teachings with STEM and design thinking. Children listened to and participated in the telling of the story Engineer Ari and the Rosh Hashanah Ride by Deborah Bodin …

September 29, 2016 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Judaic Studies|Tags: Design Thinking, Holidays, STEM|

Economist Leora Klapper Teaches Sixth Graders about Financial Literacy

Last Friday, sixth graders at JPDS-NC were visited by Leora Klapper, an economist at the World Bank and a parent at our school. Ms. Klapper spoke to our class about how to set a budget and manage money so that we can play a role in financing our class trip to New York City this spring. Ms. Klapper began her talk on financial literacy by reflecting upon her first summer in Washington, DC where she …

September 8, 2016 |By |Author Type: Students |Topics: Math, Student Life|Tags: STEM|


Integrating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is considered an essential component of best practices in education. In addition to providing students with dedicated science, math, and programming classes, we will integrate STEM across all disciplines. Consistent with our practice of Design Thinking, students will be encouraged to contemplate real life problems and imagine solutions, research relevant content, learn technical skills, design plans, build prototypes, iterate, present their work, and evaluate their process and product. …

Division: Middle School