Every year, PJA Middle School students get the amazing opportunity to participate in a week of off-beat, hands-on learning in mixed-age groupings that introduces them to new ideas, new places, and new experiences. We call this week taglit which is the Hebrew word for discovery.
Portland Jewish Academy students receive a well-rounded education, which helps them develop into children with character who become tomorrow’s leaders. Our rigorous academic programs foster a love of learning by focusing on both critical thinking and creativity. Each subject, lesson, experiment and field trip is treated as one part of an equation that creates a child who is curious about the world and brave enough to explore it.
Spotlights on Programs at PJA
Second grade has been learning about rocks, erosion, and canyons. Last week they conducted a hands-on lab to demonstrate how canyons are formed. Collaborating in small groups, each group built a model of a landform using a mixture of cornmeal, salt, and water and topped it with “sediment” made out of flour and cinnamon.
Naomi visited PJA’s 8th-grade Humanities class where she shared inspiration and insight about writing. She encouraged students to make a habit of writing every day. “Write three sentences every day. They can be about something you noticed, something you are curious about, something that made you sad or happy.”
The first-ever PJA Zoo Schmooze Snooze was a success! Forty-four participants spent the night at the Oregon Zoo on January 11. Organized by PJA’s Kehillah parent-volunteers, this special event provided behind-the-scenes glimpses of zoo life after hours.