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Naomi Reem

Faculty and Staff


We Are Making History Together

August 30, 2018 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Together, we are making history! In a few short days, we will joyfully open the doors to our two beautiful campuses. We can’t wait for you to visit and see the bright classrooms, inviting community spaces, and shared learning spaces including the Beit Midrash, two science labs, a design lab, an art room, a music […]

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State of the School 2017-2018

June 21, 2018 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

What a difference a year makes! Exactly a year ago, at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees, we stood in front of you in the old Gottesman Auditorium and discussed the upcoming move to the swing space. This was only a few days after the Groundbreaking ceremony when we unveiled our school’s […]

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MILTON Educators Recognized by Kohelet Prize for Progressive Education

February 15, 2018 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

We are thrilled to announce that, for the second year in a row, Kindergarten teachers Lisa Davis, Xani Pollakoff and Vas Pournaras were recognized by the Kohelet Prize for Progressive Education. The teaching team received an Honorable Mention in the category of Learning Environment for their in-depth, multi-disciplinary project to create a South Campus Community […]

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Moments of Gratitude

November 22, 2017 by Arielle Derby (Faculty and Staff) Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff) Melissa Davis (Faculty and Staff) Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Gratitude is powerful. It opens the heart. It makes you conscious of all the blessings that are already yours, and better able to see the small miracles in everyday life. The Hebrew term for gratitude is hakarat hatov, which means, literally, “recognizing the good.” This year, MILTON’s Division Directors Melissa Davis, Arielle Derby, and Lisa […]

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Consistency in Class Placement: Forming Hebrew and Judaic Studies Classes that Support our Mission and Improve Results

September 14, 2017 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

At MILTON, we foster joyful and dynamic classroom communities through intentionally-created learning environments. Our approach reflects our vision of each child as a whole and unique individual and our commitment to a culture of inclusivity. We consider a variety of criteria – including social dynamics, gender balance, relationships among students, and best fit between the […]

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Welcome to the New School Year!

August 31, 2017 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! We were thrilled to open the doors at the South Campus and the New North Campus for the first day of school. The classrooms and hallways were filled with joyful energy – teachers and students created new classrooms communities, hugs as old friends reconnected and giggles as students made […]

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Construction Update

July 20, 2017 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Over the past month, we moved every item out of our North Campus classrooms, shared communal spaces, offices, and a humongous storage space with decades’ worth of documents and a treasure trove of school memorabilia. Taking some detours into Memory Lane made the packing process a little more exciting! We successfully settled into the three […]

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Have Courage, Faith, Chutzpah and Humility – and the World will be Yours!

June 16, 2017 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

Today, I had the honor of presiding over the graduation of the Class of 2017. We are sending them off prepared academically, socially, and spiritually – and primed for their next adventure. We know they will do great things in middle school, high school, and beyond – and have a real impact on the world. […]

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Welcome to Milton

June 8, 2017 by Naomi Reem (Faculty and Staff)

This week, parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the school gathered to celebrate the school’s renaming and to break ground for a significant renovation and expansion of the Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus. With much excitement, we announced that JPDS-NC is now the Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital. We […]

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