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Cheryl Maayan 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

Measuring Success

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MEASURING SUCCESS Someone asked me recently how we measure our success.  My answer was threefold: Leadership:  We intentionally nourish leadership skills in our students. Drama class enhances poise in front of an audience. Torah reading and preparation builds grit and …

Providing the Best

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“How do you know you are providing the best?” I was asked at our parent coffee this morning, “How do you know you are providing a program that is on par with the best schools?”   I love that question…and …

The Name You Earn

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THE NAME YOU EARN In Jewish tradition, you are called by three names : one your parents call you, one you call yourself, and one you earn for yourself. The last one is the best of all. – Midrash Tanhuma …

M’bebo Africa

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“M’bebo Africa” (I am from Africa.) Where are you from?  Mr. Diadie, our African Dance teacher, was surprised by the responses he got when he said “M’bebo Africa” in his native African tongue, Bamanakan. Among the chorus of Mirowitz students …

Through Jewish Eyes

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Seeing the world through Jewish eyes People are skeptical when I tell them that we integrate Jewish learning into every subject here at Mirowitz. Math? Yep! Science? You bet! Writing? That’s an easy one. P.E.? That, too! If you’d peeked …

Fail Forward

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STEAM TEACHES A LIFE LESSON: FAIL FORWARD Wondering what kind of educators would expect children to fail? Here at Mirowitz, we teach children to “fail forward. Innovators have to live with uncertainty, ambiguity, failure and resilience. They have to experiment …

Pluralism

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Pluralism: An Energetic Engagement with Diversity What does it mean to be a member of a pluralistic Jewish community? Exploring this question has become part of our school’s strategic plan, and we invite you to join the conversation with us. …

Your Extra Time

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How will you use your extra time? Reb Scott posed that question to inquiring middle schoolers before they left for Thanksgiving vacation. Taking in the sobering events of last night, our teen students considered what they could do over this …

#GivingTuesday

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#GivingTuesday Allows The World to Think Like Mirowitz Students When Mirowitz students learn about something that needs help, they want to pitch in. The prairie has been nearly destroyed? They restore it! People don’t have enough to eat? They bring …

The Ball is Rolling!

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We’ve made sports a priority this year, and the ball is rolling on our Mirowitz Sports Initiative!   Why the emphasis on athletics? Participating in sports reaps enormous benefits for children. Teamwork, gracious sportsmanship and perseverance are skills that lead to …