Massachusetts Science Poetry Contest Winners from MWJDS!
MWJDS competes annually in the MA Science Poetry Contest. Many of the works of poetry shared at the Barnes & Nobles poetry reading are entered into the MA Science Poetry Competition. The annual Massachusetts Science Poetry Contest for grades 2-6 was launched by Prof. George Ladd (LSOE) at Boston College, encouraging schoolchildren to wax poetic over stars, DNA, Newton’s Law of Motion, and the ecology of a prairie dog town, among other topics. The competition has drawn an estimated 50,000 entries from Bay State schoolchildren over the past decade. Prize categories include Most Original Poem, Most Humorous Poem, Most Expressive Poem, Best Cooperative Poem and Best Long Poem.
Mazal tov to MWJDS students who authored original science poems and placed in the 2013 Massachusetts Science Poetry Contest sponsored by Boston College. This is the fifth year in a row we’ve had multiple winning entries. Winners and their categories are: the entire Kindergarten Class won First Place (Max, Samuel, Jillian, Nir, Ben, Theo, Joshua, Zalmen and Hamorah Nitzan; Second Place winners are: Noah, Adian, Avia, and Seth; Third Place winners are: Sabrina and Nathan. Kol hakavod (with all respect)!
“I Have A Dream” 50 Art Contest
Two MetroWest Jewish Day School students, Arlie Burg and Ashley Mintz, were semi-finalists in the “I Have a Dream 50 Art Contest”. They created artwork inspired by a word or phrase from The Dream Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King given 50 years ago in Washington, D.C. The aim of this contest and project was to clarify the relevance of history and to demonstrate the importance of the arts in education and daily life in building stronger communities and mutual respect to one another. The semifinalists were selected from a group of 5 judges from Boston including Callie Crossley, Barry Gaither, Jenny Holzer, Edward Saywell, and Sebastian Smee. We are also very proud of all of our students from MWJDS for participating and creating amazing art!
MWJDS Wins PEJE Challenge Award!
This fall, MWJDS launched an innovative marketing program. This initiative became the basis for 2011 Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) Challenge Award. MWJDS embarked on the Apple iPod Touch promotional program to grow our potential student base and widen our recruiting database. We sought to broaden awareness of MWJDS, diversify our target market, drive traffic to our updated website, and increase our “likes” on our new Facebook page. We reached out to over 600 children in our area during the 2011 High Holidays; it was the first marketing program of its kind for MWJDS. The team integrated traditional outreach approaches with significant online and social media efforts. The 2011 PEJE Challenge Award was the perfect motivator for MWJDS to be more aggressive and innovative while reexamining our marketing strategy via online and social media marketing efforts. Through this process, we made a significant shift in our strategy for future MWJDS marketing efforts.
Hebrew Teacher Tali Mugg wins Grinspoon Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education
We are so proud of Hamorah Tali for her accomplishment! Designed to recognize, honor, and support, outstanding classroom Jewish educators on the local level, these awards will be presented to professionals in communities across North America in conjunction with their central agencies for Jewish education or federations. The Awards have been presented to educators of excellence in 88 communities across North America since the program’s inception in 2000. Read more about it here.
Jewish Day School Annual Regional Science Exposition
Several MWJDS students were among the 200 students from 10 area day schools who presented their projects and participated in hands-on activities the Exposition, organized by CJP.
Letters About Literature invites young readers to write a personal letter to an author, reflecting on how that author’s work somehow changed their view of the world or themselves. In 2010, Shira Tall, grade 6, was recognized as a semi-finalist with her letter to author John Boyne about his book The Boy in Striped Pajamas. Shira’s letter secured an honor among the top 10% of the more than 4,100 entries from across the Commonwealth of MA!
The Chess Club meets after lunch to polish their skills. These young people take their game very seriously, and served as coaches for their fellow schoolmates at the All School Chess Week.
Members of the Chess Club have the opportunity to flex their skills at a variety of Chess Competitions sponsored by the United States Chess Federation. In 2010 Micah Rothkopf, grade 2, won his first chess tournament, won all four of his matches and received his first medal! Congratulations Micah!!