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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

The World is our Classroom

April 15, 2024

At Mirowitz, the world is our classroom. Stepping outside offers a real-world perspective, brings our curriculum to vivid life, and provides a unique setting for critical thinking. It also allows our students to learn through experience as they restore prairies, explore woodlands, lobby their elected...
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Lessons from the Holocaust: Stand Up to Hate

April 1, 2024

Middle School students have been investigating the issues and philosophies that set the stage for the Holocaust. This week, they visited the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum and Impact Lab to explore historical and contemporary moments of bias, hatred, and genocide. At experiential stations, students learned what happens...
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This Kehillah (Community)!

February 5, 2024

I’ll say it like it is! January was an awful month for me. Navigating the emotions following the loss of my beloved mother, Roberta, immediately followed by the loss of our dog, Solly, was at times overwhelming. But in the background was you! This community’s...
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Math at Mirowitz: It All Adds Up

January 23, 2024

I distinctly remember my elementary school teacher using this phrase to explain how to divide fractions: “Don’t ask why, just invert and multiply.” Sound familiar? Well, not asking why doesn’t jive with our way of teaching at Mirowitz. Children need to understand how math works....
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Learning about the past so we can understand the present

January 9, 2024

In the days following October 7, the Middle School community attempted – and sometimes struggled – to process what happened through impromptu lessons and discussions. Though productive, we quickly realized these discussions only began the process of exploring and understanding. We knew we needed to...
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Taking Sides

October 27, 2023

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” ― L.R. Knost We are living in turbulent times. Each day seems to...
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September 29, 2023

When was your last “WOW” moment in nature? Sometimes the beauty of God’s creation makes us skip a breath. Yesterday, we experienced a big “WOW” at Mirowitz. A yellow garden spider — with an abdomen an inch long — was weaving an orb-shaped web right...
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Black History Month Offers Mirrors and Windows

March 6, 2023

By:  Morah Shannon, Director of Instruction Throughout the month of February, we lifted up the voices of those who have been marginalized and gave Mirowitz students an opportunity to understand aspects of Black history, culture and contributions. Powerful learning creates both “windows” and mirrors, and...
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Banned Books Offer Windows and Mirrors

September 19, 2022

There is nothing new about book banning. As early as the 13th century, books have been censored by totalitarians seeking to oppress free speech.  In 1933, Nazis burned books, many written by Jewish intellectuals, at libraries and universities. Isn’t it erie to see book bans...
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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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