CESJDS is a premier JK-12 Jewish day school with an international reputation for academic excellence and a vibrant pluralistic community guided by Jewish values.
CESJDS is a premier JK-12 Jewish day school with an international reputation for academic excellence and a vibrant pluralistic community guided by Jewish values.
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Critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and dual-language communication skills are CESJDS’s core objectives for each student. Our unique approach of emphasizing inquiry, logical reasoning, and interpersonal relationships, is adapted from Jewish learning from thousands of years ago, i.e. Midrash, Talmud, Hevruta (partner learning), and interpretation, and is combined with 21st-century learning.
No matter where a CESJDS student is on the K-12 spectrum, he or she is inspired to make connections across the curriculum in fun and engaging ways.
The 2nd grade engaged in a Hebrew calligraphy workshop, and explored this aspect of art through a Jewish lens. The entire middle school participated in EXPLORE - STEAM, which had students participating in a range of science, technology and arts activities, including 3D printing, graphic design, photography, instrumental music, robotics, and more. As part of their cultural heritage instruction, students in Spanish IV visited the Mexican Cultural Institute in DC, where they had a guided tour in Spanish, and saw one of the few Mexican murals on the East Coast.
The inaugural Gurim Junior Kindergarten class had an amazing year under the helm of Eve Margol and Sivan Krowitz.
CESJDS embarked on a ground-breaking school-university partnership with George Washington University. Up to 8 teachers will be able to enroll as full time participants in the STEM/Integrated Curriculum Development Program, which will result in new curriculum being developed for the school. All full-time participant teachers receiving Master STEM-educator certification.
To facilitate development of Executive Functioning skills in our students, we have implemented a school-wide organizational system plan which includes streamlining of grade-wide school supplies, and Morning Meeting curriculum in core EF areas-organizational skills, time management, emotional regulation, and more.
We have added significantly to our inventory of STEM equipment in order to integrate more activities into the formal curriculum, and for extra-curricular activities including: Lego robotics systems and planning of robotics competitions; STEM carts for each grade level, STEM “tinker boxes”; sets of engineering-size Tinker Toys, a class set of Dot and Dash robots and Kindle Fires to program them; Lego carts; installation of a 10’ x 6’ sheet metal board for magnetic construction and play, and expanding of the Imagination Playground (Big Blue Blocks).
One classroom has been dedicated as a ‘Guidance Lounge’ to support the social-emotional needs of students. It will be a space where students will be able to engage with guidance counselors and other faculty members in order to regroup emotionally with the help of a variety of equipment and activities.
The Middle School announced the hire of Rabbi Janet Ozur Bass as its first full-time Assistant Principal. This hire came as the division prepared to welcome the 6th grade to the Upper School in Fall 2016. Rabbi Ozur Bass has been a member of the CESJDS faculty for 20 years.
The 7th grade held their Global Issues Convention. The evening is the culmination of individual research conducted by each member of the seventh grade on a specific global issue. It has always been a highly successful project in which students walk away with a better understanding about issues that impact individual countries and leave them with an appreciation for those efforts to solve some our greatest global challenges.
7th grade students participated in an advisory on #HealthyFriendships developed and facilitated by the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse. This is the foundation for the work they conducted on creating a grade-wide Haskama/communal agreement.
The 7th grade completed a Haskama/communal agreement where they determined as a grade the guidelines for behavior that they expect from one another.
The 8th grade Shabbaton was a wonderful weekend for students at Capital Retreat Center. The B’nei Mitzvah Tzedakah Project was launched and the students were introduced to the School’s core value of Pluralism in the Shabbat setting. Students engaged in hands-on, experiential activities around both of these critical topics.
The Library unveiled a new Makerspace area for student STEM experimentation in January. The space includes the ability for students to design for a 3D printer, create a variety of electronics projects, and build both from new and repurposed materials.
8th grade students participated in an advisory on online etiquette designed to help them think before they post and to exercise empathy as they consider the multiple perspectives and feelings that are associated with a post.
Students were thrilled to initiate the first-ever Middle School Kabbalat Shabbat programs. Middle School students were able to participate in delivering a D’var Torah and perform in a setting that is among division-alike peers.
The 7th grade kicked off a new curriculum, Am Echad, Many Paths, meant to challenge students’ understanding of Jewish peoplehood and their place within it. Students explored different communities within the larger Jewish people and how these communities celebrate and live by the Jewish calendar.
The Class of 2017 welcomed a delegation of Jewish and Arab students and faculty from Israel as part of a program coordinated by the Daniel Siegel Sparks of Change Foundation. The Daniel Siegel Sparks of Change Foundation grant enables face to face encounters that will increase understanding between American Jews, Jews from Israel, and Arabs from Israel. The delegation joined our 11th grade students on their Shabbaton, and engaged with our students on a variety of topics throughout the school week.
11th grade students served as madrikhim (counselors) on the 8th grade Shabbaton, and engaged in leadership roles such as planning and facilitating learning and social programs, and writing the D’var Torah that they delivered on Shabbat morning.
In the spirit of learning directly about other cultures and experiences, as well as in enhancing our faculty-student connections, faculty members (and a former faculty member) were guest speakers in the Comparative Religion classes about their own faith and practices. Guests included:
Alumni parent Mr. Ira Forman, State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, addressed juniors and seniors in the History of World Jewry Post-1945 class. Mr. Forman spoke about the future of Jewish communities around the world, modern anti-Semitism, and his work at the U.S. State Department.
Eighteen CESJDS students went to the University of Maryland for Journalism Day, an event organized by the Maryland DC Scholastic Press Association and attended by 300 students and journalism advisers from across the region. Students chose from dozens of sessions on topics ranging from features and sports writing tips to the latest trends in yearbook design. The two editors-in-chief and faculty adviser of The Lion’s Tale presented a session on improving newspaper websites, based on their recent redesign of the LT website.
11th grade students in the History of Modern Israel Advanced classes were visited by a number of guest speakers. Georgetown University Professor Moran Stern spoke about Israeli democracy and the future of the Israeli State. George Washington University Professor Robert Eisen spoke about the role of religion within the context of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. CESJDS Alum Rebecca Shimoni Stoil ‘98, a writer for Times of Israel and former Knesset beat reporter for the Jerusalem Post, spoke about a day in the life of a journalist and the US-Israel relationship.
The 11th grade U.S. History capstone project challenged students to conduct individual research and craft an analytical essay on a unique topic of their choosing.
The 12th grade Economics class completed their Urban Plan presentations in which they worked as development teams to create a proposal for the redevelopment of an urban neighborhood. This is presented to a mock city council made up of land-use professionals in the community. This project is done through the Urban Land Institute, which oversees the project and works with CESJDS seniors.
Our arts faculty translates the arts into subject areas including science, literary arts, prayer, identity and history. Art and design education value the transformative impact art can have on learning.
Faculty members maintain active professional involvement with the latest research in art education; collaboration, discussion/critique, initiative/self-motivation, focus, leadership, preparedness, polish and craftsmanship, and risk taking.
In addition to fine arts and craftsmanship, the new National Art Educator Association standards emphasize process-based learning and personal/social/global connections through art.
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At the Lower School, when the days start to get shorter each year, Art and Judaics collaborate to make art about the popular ancient ceremony, Havdalah. We review the themes that sanctify the end of the holy Shabbat and beginning of a regular new week.
Perhaps the most important crossover skill that art and science share is the art of observation. We spend time each year, in every grade at the Lower School, improving our gift of seeing by drawing aspects of still life, tree life and branching and the study of depth through perspective drawing.
Our kindergartners learned how to channel their inner Kandinsky by painting with colors and lines that were evocative of music.
2nd grade students viewed and held real African masks loaned to us from the education curator of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. They then created their own masks in the style of African masks by incorporating four common characteristics: symmetry, geometric patterning, earth-tone colors and simplified/enlarged facial features.
CESJDS engaged with Strathmore to bring the National Philharmonic to the school, and for school families to attend a concert on-site! The conductor, Piotr Gajewski, spoke to the Upper School at a Kabbalat Shabbat.
Students at the Upper School celebrated Daniel Pearl World Music Day. Daniel Pearl was a Jewish American journalist who was kidnapped and killed by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. The Upper School gymnasium is named in memory of Daniel Pearl. As a way to remember Daniel, an avid musician, his parents encouraged an annual international celebration of music in his honor.
The 9th and 10th graders participated in an incredible Performing Arts Day program hosted at school, complete with workshops on Indian Dance, African Drumming, Ballroom Dance, Lighting Design, Clowning, Improv Theater, Visualizing Music, Latin American Drumming, Puppetry and Hip Hop.
Over 391 students in grades 6-12 participated in athletics across 39 teams, spanning 12 sports at the Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels.The Middle School athletic program is unique in that students in grades 6-8 have their own teams across 8 different sports, thus allowing for playing time and maximum skill development. CESJDS participates in the PVAC with 13 other independent schools in the Washington Metro area.
Our teams saw great success during the 2015-2016 school year! The Boys Middle School Cross Country, Varsity Cross Country, and Middle School Soccer teams won PVAC Championships. The Boys Varsity Basketball Team, Boys Middle School Baseball team, Girls Middle School Basketball Team, and Girls Middle School Soccer teams advanced to the PVAC finals.
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CESJDS creates participatory and experiential programs and opportunities for students K-12 to develop and deepen their Jewish identity, and connection to their school community.
Each campus celebrates Kabbalat Shabbat (welcoming Shabbat); monthly at the Lower School and weekly at the Upper School. The Lower School celebration includes singing and dancing, while the Upper School features a D’var Torah (insights on the week’s Torah portion) and a talent presentation.
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Every Zman Kodesh community created their own standards for what is sacred. These sacred opportunities ranged from creative writing to traditional liturgical prayer to art. Additionally, 23 High School students served as ozerim (helpers) in Middle School Zman Kodesh options. These ozerim helped teach skills, parashat hashavu-ah (the weekly Torah portion), and served as role models for the younger students.
Students in grades 8-12 participated in grade Shabbatonim. These off-site overnight trips provided students the opportunity to bond with their classmates, get to know the teachers and their families, and experience a traditional Shabbat with their grades. Shabbatonim also created a space for students to engage in deliberate conversations about pluralism and how to celebrate Shabbat in a pluralistic Jewish environment. The school encourages students to negotiate and make Shabbat observance decisions as communities of cabins.
Both campuses celebrated the ‘Yom’ holidays: Yom Hasho-ah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom Hazikaron (Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism), Yom Ha-atzma-ut (Israel Independence Day), and Yom Yerushalayim (reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Israeli control over the Old City in the aftermath of the June 1967 Six-Day War).
Upper School students spent countless hours producing the events and programs for these ‘Yom’ holidays. They live streamed the Holocaust Vigil dedicated by Bassin Family in honor of Morley Potash, as well as the Zimriyah that capped off the Silberg Family Yom Yom Ha-atzma-ut Celebration. Additionally, students planned and implemented our Yom Hasho-ah and Yom Hazikaron memorial ceremonies. Congratulations to all student volunteers who created meaningful commemorations and celebrations.
This year’s Upper School Kabbalat Shabbat D’var Torah speakers included Brian Shorr ‘16 speaking on the Class of 2016’s last day, Hani Abo Awad and Osnat Eldar, Upper School Arabic and Jewish Text Teachers, speaking on Yitzhak Rabin’s yahrtzeit, and Rebecca Weiss ‘20 at our first ever Middle School-only Kabbalat Shabbat. Performers included Tess Mendelson ‘21 performing a contemporary dance, Josh Pizer ’19 demonstrating his Karate skills, and the cast of the Middle School Musical.
CESJDS 2nd graders kicked off the year with the beginning of their Torah study and each received a mini Torah during a Haggigat Hatorah. Our 1st- and 3rd graders capped off a year of Judaic Studies learning with Haggigat Hasiddur and Haggigat Hanilmad celebrations, respectively. During the Haggigat Hasiddur milestone, students receive their very own siddur (traditional prayer book), while the 3rd-graders received a humash (Jewish text). Each grade presented song and dance for audiences of parents, siblings and grandparent
Our kindergarten classes each have their own model seder in celebration of Passover, and a Siyyum ceremony to signify moving onto the first grade.
Lower and Upper School students are proactive in participating in after-school activities, some affiliated with CESJDS, some not. Theater, publication, athletic, and community service activities help develop confident, compassionate thinkers who engage the world through Jewish values.
Over 50 High School students participated in the performance of Young Frankenstein. The cast and crew raised over$1,ooo to donate to Friends of the IDF.
The Lion's Tale, CESJDS's student newspaper, received an All-American rating from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), with marks of distinction in Coverage/Content, Writing/Editing, Layout/Design, and Leadership.
The NSPA also awarded Collage, the CESJDS Middle School literary magazine, a First Class rating with marks of distinction for Content and Concept. Dimensions, the CESJDS high school yearbook, received a first place honor rating from the NSPA.
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Three CESJDS students were recognized in the spring Junior State of America Conference:
Ten students attended the Model UN Conference at the State Department and four won awards:
Eliana Gropman ‘19 and her partner Ian Somerville won the Junior Ice Dance silver medal at the Bavarian Open in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Debate team captains Jared Bauman ‘17 and Jonathan Foldi ‘17 represented CESJDS at the county’s Sweet Sixteen tournament.
Davida Goldman ‘20 participated in the Polar Bear Plunge, which raises money for the Special Olympics of Maryland.
Sam ‘18 and Daniel ‘20 Chodorow both placed at the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge ski race at Whitetail Mountain.
Daniel Kuhnreich ‘17 won a gold medal as part of the USA 18-and-under basketball team at the 2015 European Maccabi Games.
Luca ‘18 and Gigi ‘20 Becker finished in 6th place at the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating while representing the United States in Croatia.
Talia Lloyd ‘21 earned the overall silver medal in the “Girls 13 and under 39kg (86lbs) Division” at the USA Weightlifting 2015 National Youth Championships.
Several faculty and staff reached important milestones in services to CESJDS. We thank them for their commitment, dedication, and the many ways they provide support to our students, parents, and the entire CESJDS community.
We are looking forward to partnering with these, as well as all of our professionals, for many more years!
Click the link below to view a full list of professional development and other faculty and staff achievements from 2015-2016.
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Seven faculty and administrators attended the 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Denver, Colorado this past June:
Five Upper School faculty and administrators attended the Kiddovate Innovation in Action™ Teacher Series in Washington, DC, this past Spring:
Six Upper School faculty and administrators attended Council Training with the Ojai Foundation in May 2016:
Six members of the Upper School faculty attended the Holocaust and Human Behavior Seminar for Teachers in a Jewish Setting, hosted by Facing History and Ourselves, in July 2016:
Three members of the Lower School faculty completed the Israel Institute with TaL AM:
Three members of the Lower School faculty completed the Winter Institute with TaL AM:
Three members of the Lower School faculty completed the ‘Responding to Misbehavior’ workshop with Responsive Classroom:
Four members of the Upper School faculty attended the seminar ‘Using Project Based Learning to Strengthen Student Learning in Content Areas’, sponsored by the Bureau of Education and Research (BER):
Three members of the Upper School faculty completed the course ‘Classroom Management’ with Harry Wong and Rosemary Wong:
Three Upper School faculty and administrators attended AISGW Colleague Connect: ‘How Does Your School Support New Teachers?’:
Several members of the faculty and staff completed Google Apps Training, led by Beth Poston, CESJDS Instructional Technology Specialist.
The Lower School science and STEM department attended the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference on Science Education in Philadelphia: Alexis Soffler (Coordinator), Sharon Barad, Rogina Bolt, and Erin Magee.
Six members of the Upper School Jewish Hebrew department completed Modified Oral Proficiency Interview (MOPI) Training with with the the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL): Hannah Rothschild (Coordinator), Yoram Bar-Noy, Yaffa Dagony, Taly Edery, and Shelli Putterman-Kenett, and Ortal Wikoff,
Four members of the Upper School math department attended a workshop on Reaching Different Learners in the Math Classroom with AIMS: Dina Levitt (Chair), Arden Resnick, Reuben Silberman, and Ellen Sussna-Heyman.
Three members of the Upper School Jewish History department attended the workshop ‘Art and Science of Teaching Jewish History in America’, hosted by the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH): Dr. Sara Coxe (Chair), Rachel Bergstein, and Dan Rosenthal.
Three members of the Upper School Health and Exercise Science department attended the Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) Convention: Steve Forestieri (Chair), Jessica Matula, and Brian Westerman.
Lower School General Studies teachers completed Handwriting and Keyboarding Without Tears to make handwriting mastery easy and joyful for students.
Gurim and Kindergarten teachers enriched their skills with ‘The Proficiency Approach,’ led by Irit Stein.
The 2nd and 5th grade language arts teacher, as well as members of the Judaics Studies faculty, participated in a year-long training in Differentiated Instruction with Dr. Kristi Doubet, a professor at James Madison University. Kristi is the recent author of a newly published book called Differentiation in MIddle and High School.
Sarah Andrea, 3rd Grade Teacher, and Adrienne Hiatt, 1st Grade Teacher, completed the ‘New Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing, Grades 3-5’ workshop with Heinemann on March 21, 2016. Ms. Andrea also completed Math U-See training, the Lucy Calkins Writing Units of Study workshop, and the Brandeis Teacher Leadership Program.
Eytan Apter, Upper School History Teacher, has his peer-reviewed clinic proposal “Teaching Race and Membership in a Suburban Jewish Day School,” accepted for presentation at the 2016 National Council on Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference.
Matthew Bellas, Lower School Principal, and Daniella Friedman, Judaic Studies and Hebrew Language Coordinator, attended the Standards & Benchmarks Cohort XII with the JTS William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education.
Shari Bergel, Lower School Art Teacher, and Jessie Nathans, Lower School Art Teacher, attended the National Art Educators Association (NAEA) National Convention in Chicago.
Mazal Birnstein, 2nd Grade Teacher, participated in Better Lesson, which empowers teachers to drive their own professional learning.
Moran Assaf-Blutstein, 2nd Grade Teacher, completed the workshop, ‘Irritability, Bipolar Disorder, Severe Mood Dysregulation, and Disruptive Mood Dysregulation in Children & Youth,’ with the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA). Ms. Assaf-Blutstein also attended the I-TaL AM training in Jerusalem and the MHA seminar.
Carl Atwood, Upper School History Teacher, attended the 2016 AP Summer Institute at the Marist School to study Art History in June.
Jason Belinkie, Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field coach, was selected as a 2016 recipient of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award; as one of 13 finalists for the Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year; and elected to the Walt Whitman High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Bill Belke, Upper School Facilities Administrator, enriched his skills at a 3 day seminar with National Technology Transfer, Inc. (NTT) Training entitled HVAC: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.
Lori Leatherman Belke, Director of Human Resources, spoke at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) National Conference, discussing the topic, “Supervision & Evaluation.” Lori also attended the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference in Washington, DC, in addition to attending Montgomery County SHRM meetings throughout the 2015-2016 school year.
Paul Blank, Upper School Jewish Text Teacher, presented at the 19th International Conference of the Jewish Law Association at Tel Aviv University. Mr. Blank presented on the panel “Jurisprudence Between Israel and the Nations.” His specific topic was “Karl Fischer, Rabbi Eleasar Flekeles and the Jewish Oath During the Time of the Habsburg Monarchy.”
Aaron Bregman, High School Jewish History Teacher and Israel Engagement Coordinator,, was featured in the Washington Jewish Week in their “You Should Know” section. Mr. Bregman also had a lead educator role at the Educator Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel, hosted by the Center for Israel Education (CIE), at Emory University in June 2016. He was joined by his colleagues, Hannah Rothschild, Hebrew Department Coordinator, and Ortal Wikoff, Hebrew Curriculum Coordinator, who also attended the one-week workshop.
Shira Brown, 4th Grade Teacher, was chosen as one of 25 young professionals to take part in the Next DC Leadership Mission to Israel by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Diane Chupka, Lower School ESS Specialist, attended the AIMS workshop, “Strategies to Make Sense of Mathematics for Students who Learn Differently.’
Varda Cohen, 1st Grade Teacher, attended the New National Association of the Council for Hebrew Language Conference.
Betsy Colbert, Kindergarten Teacher, completed the ‘Timesaving Math Work Stations to Practice and Reinforce Math Standards” workshop and the ‘Best Apps and Mobile Devices to Increase Student Learning’ workshop, both with the Bureau of Education and Research (BER).
Michael Connell, Upper School History Teacher completed the Smithsonian course, ‘Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects’ in the Fall of 2015.
Nora Cumberbatch, College Guidance Associate & Registrar, completed a UCLA Certificate in College Counseling.
Avery Downing, Upper School English Teacher, and Tom Worden, Upper School English Department Chair, attended the AIMS Upper School English Teachers Gathering. Discussion topics included how to select literature relevant to students, how to use technology in classes, and how to differentiate between honors and non-honors students.
Kim Dudash, Senior Communications Associate, attended the FinalsiteU Conference, incorporating workshops in marketing, communications, social media, improving online presence, and more.
Deborah Feigenson, 6th Grade Teacher, had a video portfolio entry selected by the National Board for inclusion in ATLAS®, an online resource that showcases accomplished teachers in Action. The purpose of the instructional materials included in ATLAS is to show the next generation of teaching professionals how accomplished teachers plan, deliver, and analyze the effectiveness of their instructional practice.
Michal Friedman, 2nd Grade Teacher, and Cheryl Levitt, 1st Grade Teacher, attended the Guided Math workshop with the Staff Development for Educators (SDE).
Jennifer Fraser, Lower School Administrative Assistant, attended the Communication Skills & Decision Making workshop with Landmark Worldwide.
Melissa Gartner, High School Guidance Counselor, attended the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools Educating Girls Symposium with the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW).
Erick Gilbert, Director of Food Services, finished a course in the Nutrition & Food Service Professional Training Program, which allows him to sit for the national Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) certification exam.
Ashley Ginsburg, Lower School Admissions Associate, and Emma Hart, Upper School Admissions Associate, attended an AIMS Admissions/Enrollment Management workshop and a Finalsite Web Strategy workshop.
Aileen Goldstein, Academic Dean, and Roz Landy, Dean of Students, attended the AISGW Division Leaders’ Meeting. The event included remarks from Langley Head of School, Dr. Elinor Scully, on “Cultivating Balance and Wellness in School Communities”
Hillary Gruber, 4th Grade Teacher, attended the 53rd Annual Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of America International Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Nanci Henoch, 3rd Grade Teacher, attended the Luck Calkins Reader’s Workshop, the Teacher’s College Writing Workshop at Columbia University, and a math workshop with the Institute for Educational Development. In addition, she completed graduate coursework on integration of online resources in classroom.
Stephanie Hoffman, Director of Jewish Life, attended the AIMS Learning to Lead Conference for Teachers in April 2016; and the Pardes Center for Jewish Education (PCJE) Aleinu Leshabe’ach II Tefilah Conference, an interactive conference for experienced day school teachers and tefilah facilitators.
Julie Hoover, Chief Financial Officer, attended the National Business Officers’ Association (NBOA) conference in Los Angeles; the Thomson Reuters Tax Seminar; the XPonential Solutions Mid-Atlantic Fiduciary Summit in Washington, DC; and various webinars related to nonprofit regulatory compliance and management over the course of the school year. In addition, Ms. Hoover completed 4 CPE credits in Maryland Ethics for Certified Public Accountants (required for biennial CPA licensing).
Alexis Kahn, 2nd Grade Teacher, and Nanci Henoch, 3rd Grade Teacher, attended the Summer Writing Institute with Teachers College, Columbia University. While in New York City, Ms. Kahn and Ms. Henoch learned how to strengthen the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop program.
Deby Kijak, Upper School Spanish Teacher, presented at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese National Conference. Her session, “Fostering Intercultural Competence Through Spanish Contemporary Songs,” focuses on the interactive use of music in the language classroom.
Lenore Layman, Director of Educational Support Services, participated in the Research Institute for Learning and Development and the 31st annual Learning Differences Conference at Harvard University. Ms. Layman enhanced her skills in Executive Functioning, Fostering Independent Learning, and Emotional Regulation and Attention.
Cheryl Levitt, 1st Grade Teacher, completed the Academy of Orton-Gillingham courses ‘Teaching Phonics for Beginning and Transitional Readers’, ‘Best Apps to Increase Student Learning’, and ‘Guided Math-Yes, You Can.’
Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, Head of School, served as an Executive Director Search Committee Member for Prizmah, The Center for Jewish Day Schools; as a Board member for the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education; and as an Advocacy Committee Member for the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington.
Sue Marx, Lower School Music Teacher, attended Aleinu Leshabe’ach II: Conference for Day School T’filah Educators, hosted by Pardes Center for Jewish Educators (based in Jerusalem, Israel).
Jessica Matula, Upper School Health and Exercise Science Teacher, attended the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Conference in Baltimore.
Marc McNeal, Director of Transportation, Safety & Security, attended a K-12 Emergency Preparedness Seminar, a Emergency Planning and Crisis Management Webinar, a Emergency Preparedness Workshop, a Emergency Medical Technician Recertification, and the Montgomery County Emergency Management – School Emergencies Seminar.
Alison Moser, ESOL Specialist, completed graduate coursework with the University of San Diego in brain research, differentiation, and math instruction.
Daniela Muntaneau, Upper School Chemistry Teacher, was recognized by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for the influence she has had in teaching at CESJDS. Daniela was nominated by Sophie Kader ‘15.
Jessica Nassau, Upper School Journalism Teacher, attended the Journalism Advisors Conference with the Virginia Association of Journalism Teachers & Advisers in January 2016. Jessica also attended the Walsworth Yearbook Conference in May 2016.
Jessie Nathans, Lower School Art Teacher, and Ben Tellie, Upper School Art Teacher, presented at the Maryland Art Education Association conference. Their presentation was called: #ATSAT– Art Teacher Seeking Art Teacher: Finding Informed Collaborative Inspiration in an Often Isolating Profession.
Andrew O’Brien, 5th Grade Teacher, completed a writing workshop with the Lowell School.
Natasha Oksenhendler, Lower School Head Nurse, was the Camp Nurse for Capital Camps in Waynesboro, PA during Summer 2016.
Charlie Ostle, Upper School Music Teacher, attended the Maryland Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference in October 2015.
Rabbi Janet Ozur Bass was named the Middle School Assistant Principal on March 9, 2016. In her 20 years teaching at CESJDS, Rabbi Ozur Bass has had the opportunity to work in supervisory roles, including previously serving as the Jewish Text Department Chair, and as a lead teacher on many curricular initiatives, both interdisciplinary and within her department
Rebecca Philbrick, Lower School Guidance Support Specialist, participated in the ‘Everyday Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work Practice’ workshop with the University of Maryland.
Terrilynn Platt, Upper School Assistant Library Media Specialist, attended the Baltimore Digital Harbor Foundation 3D Printing for Educators, an intensive multi-day workshop.
Rebecca Prigal, Lower School Assistant Principal, attended the “How to Engage Parents as Partners’ workshop at the University of Maryland; the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) Fall symposium, ‘When Children Fear School,’’; and the ‘Suicide Risks’ Conference.
Susan Rexford, Director of College Guidance, received the Richard L. Apperson Award from the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC) at their Regional Conference in Ocean City, MD. Sue also attended the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) National Conference in San Diego; visited 7 colleges in California; and attended the PowerSchool Users Group national conference in Las Vegas, NV.
Mike Riley, Director of Athletics, and Jessica Matula, Athletic Trainer, were published in Hayidion, RAVSAK’s publication, with an article entitled “Sports Medicine And Athletic Training: Living Our Values, Expanding Our Mission.” Mr. Riley attended local Athletic Director meetings throughout the school year and spent the summer of 2016 visiting various athletic programs and day camps.
Sarah Roark, Lower School Head Librarian, attended the workshop, ‘What’s New in Children’s Literature and Strategies for Using it in your Program (K-6)’, with the Bureau of Education & Research (BER).
Sharon Meto Roll, Director of Development, attended two seminars for professional advisors involved in estate planning: “The New Estate Plan – Throw Out the Baby or Just Use New Bathwater?” and “Social Security Tips & Tricks of the Trade.”
Derek Rosenbaum, Upper School Jewish Text Teacher, attended the AIMS Diversity Conference in Severna Park, Maryland.
Elizabeth Rosenberg, 4th Grade Teacher, and Kim Sherk, Language Arts Enrichment Specialist, presented at the State of Maryland International Reading Council (SoMIRAC) Conference on raising the level of reading response in the elementary classroom.
Jenna Schilit, Lower School ESS Specialist, attended the AIMS workshop, ‘Executive Function and Technology: Challenges and Opportunities.’
James Schlackman, Director of Information Technology, attended the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Annual Conference and the AIMS Technology Retreat.
Kim Sherk, Lower School Language Arts Enrichment Instructor, participated in the ‘Reading Units of Study’ workshop; and ‘A Taste of Storytelling’ with the Young Audiences of Maryland.. Ms. Sherk also participated in the Teacher’s College workshop.
Orna Siegel, Director of Enrollment & Tuition Assistance, attended the Legacy Heritage Conference at Hebrew College and wrote her graduate thesis: Adult Jewish Education and School Choice. Orna graduated from Hebrew College with a Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) in the mid-career fellowship program. She also wrote an article for HaYidion, the RAVSAK Journal, about school advancement through visual aesthetics.
Dr. Alexis Soffler was named named the new Science/STEM Coordinator for the Lower School.
Rachel Soifer, High School Guidance Counselor, completed the Postgraduate Course ‘Overcoming Anxiety – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children, Adolescents and Parents’ with JSSA.
Dr. David Solomon, Debra Herman Berger Director of Arts Education, attended the Broadway Teachers Workshop, an intensive program for theater educators in the nation’s theater capital, New York City.
Cheryl Taylor, Lower School Guidance Counselor, attended the ‘Families of the 21st Century’ workshop.
Ginger Thornton, Director of Instructional Technology, and Alexis Soffler, Science and STEM Coordinator, presented at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) STEM Expo in Denver.
Heidi Tacktill, ESS Learning Specialist, completed coursework with Math-U-See, a skills based, manipulative rich, math intervention program, and completed Occupational therapy interventions in the classroom.
Ben Tellie, Upper School Art Teacher, was published in Art Education Magazine for his article, ‘Exploring Bullying Through Artmaking’ and in School Arts Reflection for his article, ‘Peer-to-Peer Reflections’. Mr. Tellie presented at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Conference in Chicago, and attended the Maryland Art Education Association State Conference.
Sharon Tzioni, 4th Grade Teacher, completed the Responsive Classroom Summer Institute, learning about students with learning disabilities and ADHD in the classroom.
Carol Urbach Symonds, Lower School ESS Specialist, attended the Sarah Ward Conference, hosted by the Newgrange School of Princeton. Ward is a speech pathologist who specializes in training teachers to use strategies that help children with Executive Function Challenges.
Andrea Washington, 5th Grade Teacher, completed the Teachers College Readers and Writing workshop.
Nancy Wassner, Upper School English Teacher, and Aileen Goldstein, Academic Dean, attended the Grounding the Helicopters Workshop with Arc Professional Development.
Rebecca Weisman, Middle School Principal, attended the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) Educational Leader Study; the 2016 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference on Teaching Excellence in New Orleans, Louisiana, in July 2016; and the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW) Division Leaders’ Meeting.
Catherine Welch, Language Arts and Social Studies Coordinator, participated in ‘Launching a Writing Workshop with Mollie Cura’ at the National Presbyterian School; and ‘Guided Reading: Creating an Effective Literacy Program K-3’, at the Beauvoir School.
Mollie Wour, Lower School Math Teacher, completed Responsive Classroom Training.
Davida Yitzhaky, Upper School English Teacher, and Eytan Apter, Upper School History Teacher, attended the Race and Membership in American History Seminar, hosted by Facing History and Ourselves. Ms.Yizhaky also attended the 15th Annual Coaching on Reading Institute, hosted by the Reading and Writing Project Institute at Columbia University.
Claire Zagami, Lower School PE Teacher and Girls Varsity Dance Coach, and Patrick Dudash, Lower School PE Teacher, attended the annual Maryland Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (MAHPERD) Convention.