Our Stories

Sixth Grade Documentary Film Premieres

June 8, 2018 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

On June 4, MILTON sixth graders showcased a documentary film they produced as part of their year-long study of leadership, collective memory, and institutional change. The project was part of MILTON’s inaugural Scholar’s Forum, an innovative anchor of the new Moses Family Middle School curriculum. Students learned from parent and community experts about archival research, interview techniques, filmmaking, and more – and connected their study to Jewish texts and values. The resulting film, the sixth graders’ culminating project, premiered at a small screening at AFI Silver Theater on Monday night for the students, their families, the sixth-grade teachers, and the people who participated in the film project.

We are excited to share their documentary film with you. It is a story of courage, vision, engagement, and love. Please enjoy Coming Home: The Story of DC’s Only Jewish Day School.

Kol HaKavod to the Filmmakers

Kol Hakavod to the sixth-grade filmmakers, Producer and Middle School Director Lisa Schopf, and Executive Producer and parent volunteer Abigail Sharon on this achievement.

Thank You to the JPDS/MILTON Community

We owe a debt of gratitude to each and every student, parent, faculty and staff member, grandparent, community partner, donor, and foundation supporter throughout the school’s 29-year history.

The story of JPDS/MILTON is YOUR story, and the school’s success is your legacy. Every day, students benefit from your vision, tireless effort, steadfast commitment, and support. Thank you for being part of the journey with us. May we continue in strength and community.

Producer and Middle School Director Lisa Schopf, Co-Producer and Director of Communication Ronit Greenstein, Executive Producer Abigail Sharon, and Head of School Naomi Reem pose together on the red carpet.

The marquee at the AFI Silver Theater reads, “Coming Home: The Story of DC’s Only Jewish Day School.”

Sixth grade teacher Fani Bettmann, Director of Jewish Life Sharon Freundel, and sixth graders strike a pose on the red carpet.

Gil Preuss, Sid Moskowitz, and Dan and Fani Brandenburg pose together at the premiere.

A group of sixth grade students pose together on the red carpet at the premiere of their student-made school documentary.

Brenda Gruss and founding Head of School Susan Koss pose at the premiere.