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CESJDS and GW entered into a groundbreaking partnership to develop a signature JK-5 STEM curriculum that will be integrated across general and Judaic disciplines.
Development of Torah units in grades 3-5 using the Understanding by Design Approach; focus on exploration of 'essentlal questions' and 'big ideas.'
Focus on field trips, scholars-in-residence, and guest speakers.
Seesaw allows teachers and students to create interactive digital portfolios to share through learning, video, and text. The entire division will use Seesaw starting in the 2017-2018 school year.
A dedicated room was created to support the social-emotional needs of students through engagement with counselors and faculty.
The 2016-2017 schedule responded to respond to the social emotional, academic, physical, and spiritual needs of middle school students. Further improvements and adjustments have been made for 2017-2018.
Formerly a part of the Lower School, the 6th grade officially became a part of the Middle School and Upper School campus.
Humanities Experience, Math/Science workshop, and Judaics Power-Hour were integrated into the middle school schedule.
A weekly advisory program employed the Council In Schools approach to reflective listening techniques and speaking openly from the heart.
Middle School orchestra and choir along with more choices within our STEM education--a new iLab and an expanded makerspace--were made available to our students.
Shir Madness (A Cappella choir) and The Lion's Tale both earned accolades, as did individual students at the JSA Spring Convention and Model UN Conference.
Four students were selected to the SciTech Summer Program at the Technion; 77% of our students earned National Spanish Exam medals; students demonstrated greater proficiency in reading and listening during Avant Hebrew testing.
24 athletes were named to Fall 2016 All-PVAC teams; the Boys Cross Country team won the PVAC championship; the Boys Varsity Basketball team won the PVAC championship.
CESJDS faculty visited the Lauder School in Budapest, Hungary. While there, our faculty taught classes and learned about Jewish life in Hungary. In the spring, a group of faculty from the Lauder School visited CESJDS, taught classes and learned about Jewish life in America.
A group of CESJDS students engaged in a year-long program of relationship building with residents of the Charles E. Smith Life Communities. The students experienced a rich year of unique service and the residents were showered with connection and attention that they appreciated greatly.