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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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Separating Light and Darkness

March 14, 2024

At Mirowitz, we seek every opportunity to construct knowledge through real-world experiences. So you can imagine how excited we were months ago to learn that a solar eclipse would be visible from Missouri — the last of its kind during our students’ childhoods. And we...
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No Place for Hate

February 20, 2024

“Do not stand idly by if you witness injustice.” Elie Wiesel spoke those words at the 150th commencement ceremony at Washington University in 2011. The Holocaust survivor and human rights activist was paraphrasing Leviticus 19:15 in which God insists we not be bystanders, but rather...
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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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Shine On

January 5, 2024

Two years ago, I made my first visit to Mirowitz during Hanukkah. Families gathered outside to celebrate together, a school tradition that began during a dark time (COVID) and brought light to the Mirowitz kehilah (community). I knew this was where I wanted to be....
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Curious About Mirowitz Middle School?

December 4, 2023

Ready or not, your child will one day enter adolescence! As you may remember from your own youth, middle school years are especially delicate ones. Adolescents undergo rapid physical, cognitive and social transformation. They begin to think abstractly, cement attitudes about learning, and look to their...
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What Will Your Impact Be?

November 13, 2023

We hope our annual appeal reached your mailbox and that you were inspired by the way generations of Mirowitz students answered that question. Who would have known, when we were preparing that mailing, that world events would take such a horrific turn, and that it would...
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