Head of School Blog

Gesher Summer 2019 Update

I often find that friends and colleagues I speak to during the summer assume that either I am not working right now (because I am in the Education field) or that I am working but that not much is going on.  In fact, that perception is so widespread that even many faculty members don’t understand […]

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Class of 2019 Graduation Remarks

We’ve had an amazing academic year here at Gesher JDS! We were re-accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), we honored educators at our 36th Anniversary Gala, and our students and educators made great strides along our ongoing path towards increased organizational and educational excellence.  Most recently, we were proud to graduate an […]

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36th Anniversary Accomplishments

As we close the 36th anniversary year next week, I’d like to share my remarks from our annual meeting this past Monday.  They focus primarily on accomplishments made by our professional team as we moved forward according to goals and strategies laid out in our Annual Plan – the first year of our new 5-year […]

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Portrait of a Gesher Grad

Last week I wrote about how important it is for educators and students to understand where it is they are headed in any unit of learning, so that everyone can clearly see whether or not goals and outcomes have been met.  This is true at every level.  It is important for us to know where […]

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The Power of Authentic Performance

Today our 3rd Grade demonstrated mastery of their ability to lead and understand the Amidah, nineteen consecutive blessings that form the backbone of every Jewish prayer service.  I think they did phenomenal, but full disclosure – my daughter is in that class.  At Gesher we call these moments a Siyyum, which means ending/closure/completion, and each […]

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