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MILTON students made a Board Book for their Teacher’s Baby

April 15, 2019 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Sixth grade students made board books for their teacher’s baby based on their learning in her Judaic Studies class. The students had learned about Masechet Rosh Hashana, a practice during the Mishna time period of witnesses seeing the new moon and being examined by the Jewish Court to decide when to start each Hebrew month. […]


Meet the Purim Ball Honorees: Ambassador Alfred Moses and Fern Schad

March 21, 2019 by Sarah Wildman (Community)

Ambassador Alfred Moses—lawyer, Navy Vet, former president of the American Jewish Committee, observant Jew, father of four—has been a Jewish activist all his life with, as he describes it, “one foot on the universalist side and one on the particularist side.” In practical terms that has meant an unparalleled generosity directed towards personally important causes, […]


Meet the Purim Ball Honorees: Steve and Chani Laufer

March 21, 2019 by Sarah Wildman (Community)

When Chani and Steve Laufer moved from Riverdale, NY to Washington, DC in early 2012, they came in search of two things—a vibrant Jewish community and a great school for their kids Shoshana (’20), Ari (’22), and Erez (’25). Friends recommended JPDS. “They thought it would be a great fit for us,” Steve recalls. “JPDS […]


Meet the Purim Ball Honorees: Kinney Zalesne and Scott Siff

March 21, 2019 by Sarah Wildman (Community)

Kinney Zalesne and Scott Siff are taking an online ulpan class, and the whole family—including Matthew (‘14), Adina (’17), and Gideon (’21) -—is heading to Israel this summer to study Hebrew. All of it, the couple happily note, is an extension of their JPDS/Milton experience. Neither Kinney nor Scott had gone to day school, so […]


Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New State-of-the-Art Facility, First Jewish Middle School in DC Since 1976, and Highest Enrollment in School History

October 11, 2018 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

MILTON officially opened its expanded Kay and Robert Schattner Center North Campus with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Celebration on October 8. The opening of the North Campus, which serves students in Grades 2 to 8, marks the establishment of the first dedicated Jewish middle school in Washington, DC since 1976. This year, MILTON welcomed […]


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 […]


Sixth Graders Author Original Short Stories in Spanish to Share with Bilingual Preschoolers

April 26, 2018 by Silvia Edenburg (Faculty and Staff)

MILTON sixth grade Spanish students have been writing original short stories to share with preschool-aged children at a bilingual school. Since many of the children at this school are Spanish-speaking, our class wrote and illustrated beautiful books in that language for the five-year-old class. “I liked writing books in Spanish because it helped me connect […]


Meet the 2018 Purim Ball Honorees

March 6, 2018 by Laurie Brumberg (Faculty and Staff)

Each year at Purim Ball, we honor MILTON parents and others for their devoted leadership and service to the school. This year we recognize Kimby and Lawrence Berger; Kimberly and John Hasenberg; Cinthia and Horacio Rozanski; Sandy and Ted Schulman; and Sharon Freundel. Learn about these remarkable people, their commitment and service to our school, […]


In the News: Sixth Grade Documentary Filmmakers

January 31, 2018 by Washington Jewish Week (Press)

Washington Jewish Week published an article this week about the sixth graders’ ongoing work to produce a documentary film about our school’s history. Middle School students shared their favorite moments and funny stories from the set, and teachers, administrators, and the film’s Executive Producer discussed the experience of documenting our past and the ways that […]


Israel 70th Birthday Celebration Begins with Recreation of U.N. Partition Vote

November 30, 2017 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

This week, MILTON kicked off our months-long celebration of Israel in honor of Medinat Yisrael (the State of Israel)’s 70th birthday. On November 29, we marked the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Partition Vote granting a Jewish State in part of the ancient land of Israel. Our students re-enacted this historic vote, and celebrated the moment […]


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