Our Stories

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 […]


Hebrew Students Get Creative – Enjoy our Students’ Presentations!

February 8, 2018 by Shoshana Sfarzada (Faculty and Staff)

Students in the Elementary School are composing original texts in Hebrew, honing their expressive language skills through presentations, and sharing their creativity! Third-grade students recently finished learning about the fall season and wrote original stories about the season in Hebrew. They incorporated the information, vocabulary, and speech patterns that they learned over the past two […]


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 […]


Second Grade Space Exploration

January 25, 2018 by Jen Margolis (Faculty and Staff)

To begin our study of space, second grade visited the Air and Space Museum to watch the IMAX film, Journey to Space. Students learned about the past, present and future of space exploration from the space shuttle program onwards. They were excited to learn about NASA’s upcoming mission to Mars and began wondering what humans […]


The Power of Questions: Students Work with Podcast Producer and Delve into Jewish Sources in the Scholars Forum

November 16, 2017 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff) Sharon Freundel (Community)

In MILTON’s Scholars Forum, guest speakers in various fields share real-world knowledge with the students – and then faculty and students connect the learning to our ancient texts. Just as the sixth graders learned about various aspects of documentary filmmaking, they have also been studying Jewish sources at each stage of the project. Nahanni Rous, […]


MILTON Teacher Wins Jane Goodall "Roots & Shoots" Mini-Grant

November 15, 2017 by Hannah Seidel (Faculty and Staff)

Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Davis recently won a mini-grant from Jane Goodall’s youth organization, Roots & Shoots. The grant money will go toward materials to build a migratory butterfly garden at the South Campus. The students will learn about the native butterflies of Rock Creek, including the endangered monarch butterfly, then design, construct, and plant a […]


New York Times Bestselling Author Brad Meltzer Receives His Own Biography Written and Illustrated by MILTON Third Graders

September 28, 2017 by Ronit Greenstein (Faculty and Staff)

Brad Meltzer – the #1 New York Times bestselling author and TV host – came to our school last year to speak with third graders about his biography series, a genre the students had been studying. The children were inspired by his stories about the early lives and challenges faced by the real American heroes […]


Scholars Forum Launches!

August 31, 2017 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

The Scholar’s Forum program launched this week with a visit from two guest speakers, a study of Jewish texts in which students connected sacred writings to their own lives, and a warm and open discussion led by students who shared stories and memories about the indelible moments of friendship and learning they experienced together at […]


Kindergartners Create and Perform at the South Campus Community Theater

June 2, 2017 by Lisa Davis (Faculty and Staff) Vas Pournaras (Faculty and Staff) Xani Pollakoff (Faculty and Staff)

Kindergarten students engaged in an in-depth, multi-disciplinary project to create a South Campus Community Theater. Throughout, they honed skills including research, writing, design thinking, math, science, art, and design, along with deepening their knowledge of Jewish holidays. The students’ work was guided by the theme of community as they explored essential and guiding questions like, […]


In the News: The Kohelet Foundation Interviews Prize-Winning Teacher Vas Pournaras

May 4, 2017 by Vas Pournaras (Faculty and Staff)

The Kohelet Foundation interviewed JPDS-NC teacher Vas Pournaras about his work on the prizewinning Kindergarten Community Library Project, along with two other JPDS-NC teachers. The Kindergarten Community Library Project won the Kohelet Prize for Development of Critical and/or Creative Thinking. Read the interview here >