Our Stories

Teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at JPDS-NC

April 16, 2015 by Elana Cohen (Faculty and Staff)

The concept of teaching STEM is designing curriculum to include science, technology, and engineering in an applied approach. True STEM education provides opportunities for students to practice designing and implementing real-life science experiences at all ages. What does that look like in an elementary school classroom? It involves diving deeper into a topic and spending more […]


The Great and Challenging Math Carnival of JPDS-NC

April 16, 2015 by Lisa Schopf (Faculty and Staff)

This spring, the fifth grade students in my math class worked to create a math carnival to offer fun challenges in math to their fellow fifth graders. After three months spent planning the project and designing games, the math carnival opened on March 30. It all began when the students suggested preparing a math carnival […]


Second Graders Transform their Classroom into the Human Body for the Art & Science Expo

March 1, 2015 by Class of 2021 (Students)

The Art and Science Expo is a special night at JPDS-NC, when children and parents come to learn in a fun and exciting way! In second grade, we focus on systems within us and around us. One of the systems we learned about is the human body. For the Expo, we decided to transform our […]


Students Tackle Math Challenges in National Math Olympiad

December 17, 2014 by Beri G (’15) (Students) Eliav B (’17) (Students) Ella E (’15) (Students) Emmett B (’17) (Students) Jacob H (’17) (Students) Jamin W (’17) (Students) Miriam S (’15) (Students) Sarah B (’17) (Students) Shuli F (’15) (Students)

This week, JPDS-NC students in grades 3-6 participated in the Math Olympiad. It is an international competition that takes place every year from November to March. Each month, we get five questions ranging in difficulty that need to be answered without calculators. There are never any multiple choice questions. Students need to use algebra, geometry […]


Second Graders Visit a Corn Maze, Then Build Their Own Math Maze

October 29, 2014 by Class of 2021 (Students)

The JPDS-NC 2nd grade went on a class field trip to Sharp’s Farm. We went to the farm because we are learning about mazes and the farm had a huge corn maze! While on the farm, we learned about bees, fed animals, and picked pumpkins and popping corn. We also saw a peacock and took […]


Third Grader Engineers Conduct an Egg Drop Science Experiment

June 18, 2014 by Simone K (’17) (Students)

In science, the third-graders did a project called “Egg Drop.” There were 12 groups, and each group was challenged to use recycled materials to protect an egg that was going to be dropped from the school’s roof. Each group was given tissue paper, a paper towel, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, an egg carton and string. […]


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