MILTON TeachersGuiding Students Toward Expert Thinking in Math

Written by Ronit Greenstein on . Posted in Features

At Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON), teachers empower students to attain math mastery by using a variety of strategies, including experiential learning. This fall, all general studies faculty members participated in professional development on experiential math education. The recent multi-day training focused on facilitating students’ exploration of complex mathematical concepts and identifying multiple methods for solving real-world problems. With its roots in hands-on learning, collaborative problem-solving, inquiry-based STEM education, and real-world applications, experiential math aligns with the school’s educational philosophy and pedagogy.

American Jews in the Great War

Written by Sheldon A. Goldberg on . Posted in Features

Having just honored military veterans on November 11, Veteran’s Day,  it is only fitting that we look at the contribution made by American Jews in the “war to end all wars.” In doing so, we learn that of the 250,000 Jewish men and women who served in uniform in World War I, 3,500 were killed, 12,000 wounded, and over 1,000 decorated for heroism.

A Tale of Two Covenants

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Silver Spring historian Professor David Rotenstein was the latest lecturer in Congregation Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim’s adult education series.

Today we think of Silver Spring, Maryland, as a very Jewish area, but this wasn’t always the case. In reality, Jews were banned from living in Silver Spring for decades as a result of restrictive residency covenants and land-use laws explicitly prohibiting the sale of property to specific groups.

Beyond #MeToo: Education, Local Resources, and Accountability

Written by Emma Murray on . Posted in Features

One doesn’t need the latest scandal out of Hollywood to know how allegations of sexual harassment and assault can leave a community reeling.

“For any self-identifying cultural community, there are difficulties admitting that there are issues in that community,” said Dr. Cortney Fisher, assistant director of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA). “This myth is a barrier to people wanting to reach out.”

Kids Converge on CESJDS for the First Jewish Intercamp Games

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More than 130 students in grades three through nine from across Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., gathered at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s (CESJDS) Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Upper School Campus for the inaugural Jewish Intercamp Games. Students from public schools, other private schools, and CESJDS participated in a Maccabiah-style competition, including Capture the Flag, a scavenger hunt, a basketball shoot-out, soccer, and hockey.

Beth Tfiloh Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

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Congratulations to Noah F. ‘18 of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School in Baltimore, who was named a 2017 National Merit semifinalist based on his PSAT exam scores. One of 16,000 high school students nationwide to qualify, Noah will have the opportunity to compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships in spring 2018.

Serving in the Wake of the World War II: Reflections of a U.S. Military Veteran

Written by Fred Shapiro on . Posted in Features

Looking back to the era of World War II and my subsequent service in the U.S. Army, I can say that I was blessed not to be in the front lines like my relatives were during the wars. When I think of the stories of my relatives, I am certainly grateful that there was no fighting during the two years I spent in training and then as a member of the 2nd Armored Division in Germany.

Meet Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan, Berman’s Future Head of School

Written by Rachel Kohn and Meshulam Ungar on . Posted in Features

As a parent, few things are more important than the choice of where to send one’s child to school; and few factors have more impact on a school than the educational and leadership philosophy of its top administrator. With the announcement of Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan as the future head of school at Berman Hebrew Academy in Rockville, Maryland, many are interested in learning more about the educator who will take the helm at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.

Ohr Chadash Academy Middle School Assembles Sukkot for Tikva House

Written by Lanie Carter on . Posted in Features

What makes a lulav and etrog kosher? How many walls does a sukkah need to have? These are all questions that many of us remember learning in school when we were children. Ohr Chadash Academy’s (OCA) sixth and seventh graders put the lessons they learned about Sukkot to practical use by lending a helping hand to the Tikva House, the Jewish Caring Network’s (JCN) sponsored house where Jewish families can stay when caring for a loved one receiving treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.