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Jewish Private Schools are Bringing Community Home

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When Anna Klein’s daughter, Mia, was a four-year-old preschooler at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School (BT), her class was asked to bring in brown bag lunches for the homeless. The bags were being delivered to Beans and Bread, a soup kitchen in Fells Point, not far from where the family was living at the time.

“I volunteered to drop them off,” recalls Klein. “And when I did, it was because these are the values I want my children to learn. I want them to know that they have an obligation to give back, not only to the Jewish community, but also to the global community. And, Beth Tfiloh emphasized the values of going out in the world and doing good.”

It was this commitment to civic responsibility, coupled with the knowledge that a Jewish private school education* developed the Jewish identity of its students, that was instrumental in her desire to see her children attend BT.

“I attended Jewish private schools through 12th grade and am the grandchild of a Holocaust survivor so my Jewish identity was always very strong and a big part of who I am,” she adds.

“A Jewish day school education has proven to be one of the most important entities in securing the next generation of Jews – no matter how they choose to identify as Jews,” says Michael Elman, who co-chairs The Associated’s Day School Commission with David Hurwitz.

“The value added,” he adds “is that Jewish day schools also allow Jewish students to grow their Jewish identity without sacrificing academics but actually enhancing them.”

Recognizing the impact Jewish private schools have on the next generation of Jews, The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore provides scholarship assistance to students at 11 Baltimore day schools to ensure students interested in attending can receive a Jewish education.

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Full STEAM Ahead: NDP Program Prepares Students for In-Demand Careers

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Notre Dame Preparatory Offers an Innovative, Interdisciplinary Program that Prepares Students for In-Demand Careers

Dissecting animals is one of the most anticipated activities in every high school biology class. At Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP), that experiential laboratory assignment looks a little different than at most schools. As each biology student hovers over her specimen—in this instance, a rat—and slices into it, an NDP art student stands nearby, closely observing. She may ask her lab partner questions as she draws a representation of the subject’s vital organs on display. The moment presents an opportunity for the two students from different classes to engage in a dialogue from which they can both learn. This collaborative, interdisciplinary learning experience exemplifies NDP’s STEAM program.

Not to be confused with STEM, which stands for Science-Technology-Engineering-Math, STEAM incorporates art into the mix. At NDP, students and faculty have embraced this curious and relatively new acronym, which represents a blended curriculum that allows students to develop an interest in seemingly divergent subjects like art and science that they soon learn can, in fact, be rather complementary.

School Spirit: Meet Baltimore independent school student leaders

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Baltimore Independent School GuideFrom the pages of our fourth annual Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools comes this special section about student leaders. To obtain a copy of the school guide, contact us at [email protected] 

School Spirit

Today’s independent schools are characterized by their student leaders. From the masterful mathematician to the aspiring actor, the outspoken activist to the recalcitrant role model, meet the boys and girls who lead area independent schools and carry forth their missions.

Hopkins to convert Blackstone apartments to 115-room hotel

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A rendering of the planned Study Hotel at 3333 N. Charles St. Image courtesy of JHU/Hospitality 3.

Johns Hopkins University is turning one of two adjacent, nearly century-old apartment buildings into a 115-room hotel, complete with a restaurant and meeting and conference spaces.

In toasty start to October, Olszewski announces $16M in funds for AC in Baltimore Co. schools

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Eastern Technical High School, one of six county schools due to now receive air conditioning by spring of 2021. Photo by Wallstreethotrod, via Wikimedia Commons.

On the same day Baltimore County Public Schools called off classes for half a dozen non-air conditioned facilities due to unseasonably high mid-90s temperatures, the county’s top official has announced $16 million in local dollars for AC and heating units in a handful of schools.

STEM at Beth Tfiloh: A Bold New Approach to 21st Century Learning

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Mr. Vince Bonina shows orthotic hands to high school students

Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School is proud to unveil a new school-wide STEM initiative, which encompasses three dimensions: building a STEM mindset, setting 21st century student learning goals, and implementing the STEM Learning Action Plan.

Mr. Vince Bonina, Beth Tfiloh’s newly-appointed Director of STEM Education, explains, “As our understanding of student learning evolves and as the skills needed to participate in business and industry change, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics stand out as increasingly more relevant.” The STEM mindset is a 21st century, holistic educational approach that represents a shift from compartmentalized subjects to interdisciplinary study.

“Every single division – from PreSchool through High School – has been encouraged and supported to enhance STEM and 21st century learning integration in their curricula,” said Beth Tfiloh Director of Education Dr. Zipora Schorr.

WBAL’s Amara privately questioned Howard County Council, education board on school integration bill

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Image via Facebook.

As a reporter for WBAL-TV, Kate Amara has covered murder trials, natural disasters, local government and protests, to name a few topics.

Since the spring, that has included at least four instances reporting on the goings-on in Howard County, topics that included the groundbreaking of a new court house, County Executive Calvin Ball’s proposals for mitigating floods in Ellicott City and a spate of tire and rim thefts police were investigating.

But in a Sept. 5 email sent to all the members of the Howard County Council and the Howard County Board of Education, she raised questions about a resolution calling on the school boundaries to be redrawn so the district is truly integrated–not as a reporter, she said, but as a resident and mother.

Baltimore School for the Arts students to play more than 40 pop-up concerts Friday

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Photo courtesy of Baltimore School for the Arts

In honor of the city that’s supported it for four decades, the Baltimore School for the Arts is sending students out across the city for a series of pop-up shows tomorrow.

UPCOMING ADMISSION EVENTS AT THE PARK SCHOOL OF BALTIMORE!

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Park School 2019 Admission Events

Park School of Baltimore | Tours with Principals:
Friday, October 4
 | 8:45–10:30 AM

Prospective parents are invited to attend a fall tour with Park’s Lower, Middle, and Upper School Principals on Friday, October 4 from 8:45–10:30 a.m. Meet Park’s Head of School and Lower, Middle, and Upper School Principals. Take a guided tour of our academic settings and get a glimpse of Park’s educational philosophy in action. (Note: Reservations are required.) LEARN MORE.

Park School of Baltimore | Lower School “Hands-on, Minds-on” Open House
(Pre-K – Grade 5):
Saturday, October 5 | 10–11:30 AM

AC-less public schools in Baltimore City again dismissing early

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Baltimore City Public Schools headquarters on North Avenue. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

For the third time in as many weeks, dozens of city schools without air conditioning are letting out early today due to the hot weather.

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