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I see myself as the guardian of each student’s childhood, and am committed to filling their days with learning that is significant and meaningful. How do we do that at Mirowitz? Check back here weekly for a window into our school. I will post here on topics ranging academic excellence, meaningful Jewish learning and empowering children to make a difference.

– Cheryl Maayan

Growing a Garden of Values

March 20, 2022

The chilly air was wet with the impending rain this morning when Middle Schoolers circled up in the Tikkun Garden. Despite a backdrop of chirping birds, the students were rapt with attention, inspired by an enthusiastic guest teacher, Matt Lebon, owner of Custom Foodscaping who...
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What Does It Take to Grow a Leader?

March 14, 2022

Yesterday, a visiting teacher made this observation after witnessing third graders lead Torah study: “I’m so impressed that the students at Mirowitz feel safe sharing deeply personal and spiritual thoughts with one another. What you have here is very unusual. It’s a sign of a true...
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We Read Banned Books Here!

February 14, 2022

The skills we teach at Mirowitz are many, but I’d be hard pressed to think any is more important than reading. Besides the obvious role of literacy in creating opportunities in life, literacy builds knowledge, perspective, language and leads to critical thinking. The number of...
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Excuse Me While I Give the Teachers a Shoutout

January 24, 2022

After watching the terrifying events unfold at Congregation Beth Israel in Fort Worth last weekend, the entire staff at Mirowitz is renewed in our passion for instilling Jewish pride and identity in the next generation. We are deeply committed to giving your children the very...
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What’s Your Favorite Hebrew Word?

January 17, 2022

I proudly wore my favorite Hebrew word today – קהילה (Kehillah). It means community, and it’s one of our school’s core values. It’s also a fitting word during a week when Omicron is keeping some members of our kehillah home. But I wasn’t the only one...
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Learning and the Brain

December 6, 2021

It has always been our practice to keep up with the latest neuroscientific research on learning. How does the brain learn best? What strategies help students succeed academically? How can we as teachers provide an environment that maximizes learning capacity? I was fortunate to attend...
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What’s in YOUR Blessing Jar?

November 15, 2021

Gratitude is both a Jewish value and has researched mental health benefits. Last week at our virtual open house, Reb Scott explained this concept, and guided each prospective family through the creation of a gratitude jar, in which they can add their thanks each night...
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Connecting with Israel

November 8, 2021

I was a sophomore in high school when my synagogue called the entire congregation together for an important Shabbat service, no press allowed. They were raising money for Operation Moses, the first large-scale rescue of Ethiopian Jews – and it was top secret at the...
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Parents and Teachers: A Sacred Partnership

August 30, 2021

Wonder what qualities are shared by Mirowitz teachers? For one thing, they are all curious, life-long learners who are always chasing knowledge and striving for excellence. Mirowitz teachers are committed to constructivist teaching theory — hands-on learning that leads to new perspectives and profound paradigm shifts. They...
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We’re All Smiles (Under Our Masks)

August 23, 2021

The joy was palpable this week! We saw actual tears of joy as parents entered the building for the first time in 18 months. Kindergartners smiled (under their masks) as they gathered under a tallis to be blessed by tearful parents. Families posed for first...
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