Middle Schoolers Invited to
Appear on Local News!
On Monday, April 6, 2015, Middle School Principal Edith Horovitz and two students, Benjamin C. and Elior L., appeared on WJXT’s The Morning Show to talk about their latest tech project. Race To The Red Sea is an interactive game developed by the entire Seventh Grade class at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in collaboration with Jewish Interactive, a software development company based in Israel and South Africa. The player navigates a series of obstacles to escape Egypt, collecting plagues to use as defense. The game is free and available in the iTunes and Android stores.
Art Program Wins Big at
Mandarin Art Festival!
We are proud to announce that the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School art program shone at the 47th Annual Mandarin Art Festival, which was held the weekend of April 4-5, 2015. In the Children’s Art Show, a cornerstone of the event, eighteen private and public schools submit their students’ art work for judging. This year, Avner T. took first place in the kindergarten – second grade division, and Saylor S. received an honorable mention in the third – fifth grade division. The Martin J. Gottlieb Day School received third place for Best in Show.
Day School Grad’s Documentary Short
February 25, 2015 – Martin J. Gottlieb Day School 2011 graduate Sarit Sandler has produced a documentary short, “Fred,” about a Holocaust survivor turned artist who lives in South Florida. Having already won awards in Austin, Palm Beach, and Tampa, the short will be featured at Saturday’s Annual Extravaganza at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Click here to read more.
Day School Alum Wins
Tomorrow’s Leaders Award
from City of Jacksonville
January 16, 2015 – Martin J. Gottlieb Day School graduate Rebecca Nathans (class of 2012) was asked to speak this morning before a crowd of 3,000 attendees at the City of Jacksonville’s 28th Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast. Rebecca, a second-generation day school grad and current junior at Mandarin High School, received the Tomorrow’s Leaders Award, which recognizes youth who excel in community volunteerism, leadership, and civic responsibility. Mazel tov to Rebecca and the Nathans family!
Leading Scorer in Varsity Basketball
January 16, 2015 – Jacob Orender, Martin J. Gottlieb Day School grad (class of 2011) and current senior at Duncan U. Fletcher High, is not only one of the most talented high school basketball players in Northeast Florida, but is the leading scorer in all of Duval County. Jacob is being recruited by several top NCAA teams. So much for the myth that a successful day school career and athletics are incompatible! Way to go, Jacob!
High School Credits Available to
Martin J. Gottlieb Day School Middle Schoolers!
October 2014 — Martin J. Gottlieb Day School is excited to announce that this year’s graduates, and each subsequent graduating class, can take two full foreign language credits with them to high school. Pursuant to the Florida Department of Education, our students can receive one credit for “Hebrew I” in seventh grade, and one credit for “Hebrew II” in eighth grade.
Duval County public high schools and several local private high schools require two or more foreign language credits to graduate. While foreign language is not required for graduation from a St. Johns County public high school, Florida’s state universities require two credits of the same language for admission. Our middle school Hebrew language program fulfills that requirement.
Day School Again Leading the Way
Kudos to Martin J. Gottlieb Day School language arts teacher Andrea Hernandez and Librarian / 21st Century Learning Specialist Karin Hallett for their work in building literacy and community. Their jointly-written article, “The Back-to-School A to Z Reading Challenge,” was recently published in Edutopia, a nationally-renowned education website produced by The George Lucas Educational Foundation.
The challenge was created through the collaborative efforts of Hernandez and Hallett, as well as Edith Horovitz, MJGDS Middle School Vice Principal, and Stephanie Teitelbaum, Middle School language arts teacher. The program allows students in grades 4 to 8 to choose their own books to read, and is designed to cultivate the habits of lifelong reading by empowering readers’ individual interests and preferences, building a community of readers, and challenging students to read not only more, but to expand their reading to new genres.
For more, go to www.edutopia.org/blog/a-to-z-reading-challenge-andrea-hernandez
Jewish community brings holiday tradition to teen in hospital
Martin J. Gottlieb Day School Alumni Compete in Maccabiah Games
The Maccabiah is the third largest sporting event in the world behind the Olympics and the Pan American games. Maccabiah is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition in the tradition and values of Maccabi, emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. The Maccabiah takes place every four years in Israel. “The Jewish Olympics,” as they are often called, are Maccabi World Union’s largest and most famous enterprise. Our own MJGDS graduates, Jacob and Zack Orender are participating this year in the USA Basketball Junior Division U16. The boys made the final Gold Medal game.”