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Welcome To Our Lower & Middle School    

The 2016 -2017 school year is here, and, as you know, our  K-8 model is designed to ensure the well-being of all of our students. In today's 21st century world, it's imperative that we inspire all of our students to learn, to collaborate and work effectively with their peers, to cultivate leadership skills, to effectively communicate, to solve problems critically, and to develop thinking skills.  

Albert Einstein said that learning "awakens joy," and we have both reviewed and renewed our academic plans in order to meet the needs of all of our students. These initiatives include the following:

  • New textbooks for history classes and civics studies infused as an integral part of the history curriculum, especially in Middle School
  • New fiction and non-fiction selections in English classes, and the introduction of Critical Thinking, Literacy and Writing Workshops
  • A cohesive approach of teachers, parents and students, focusing on the global approach to K-12 education

Our K-8 Model facilitates greater continuity and coordination between and among teachers, specialists and administrators, and we look forward to continued success in our Wonders, My Math and IXL Programs. We now have a Maker Lab set in place, and it's "full STEAM ahead" for innovative and differentiated learning. This focused learning will enable a natural progression as Middle School students transition to High School.

The DKJA Leadership Team believes in the highest standards of excellence, and our teachers know that their role as facilitators is a pivotal and important one.  Our mentoring and advisory schedules have been set up. We are eager and ready to ensure our students" success!

Hilary Arenstein
Principal K-8


Shalom and welcome! 
 Mrs. Arenstein and I are in a collaborative partnership of educating your children. Together, we oversee their academic growth in the different subject areas, as well as their social and emotional development.

I can't wait for our students to be back at school where they will be immersed in the beauty and spirit of our heritage and Jewish tradition. They will be learning through critical thinking and experiential activities. This year, Israel will become an essential component of our Jewish education, integrated into all areas of Hebrew and Judaic learning.

 Through a variety of learning styles, our quest is to have young people who will possess good character and have strong skills to cope with the ongoing  changes which the future holds for them.  Our tradition teaches us that it is not what one says, but rather what one does that makes all the difference.


Jill Shoshany
Director of Jewish Studies K-8

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