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Penny Wars results

Congratulations to Middle School students who collected $209 during their fierce Penny Wars.  The contributions will benefit Camp Jenny which provides a camp experience for underprivileged children over Memorial Day weekend at Camp Coleman. 


Celebrating Hanukkah at Davis

Tonight when you light candles for the third night of Chanukah, we hope you’ll unwrap the special gift we sent home to your family.  We are so excited to share this unique musical CD project that features original music written by Rabbi Micah and the creativity and talents of so many in our school community – from students to alumni to faculty and staff.  It is our hope that you will enjoy it as a family together, and be sure to pass along the second CD to another family to enjoy and experience our unique Davis ruach.


Chanukah celebrates miracles, and it is not a stretch to say that we celebrate small and big miracles every day here at The Davis Academy ….  A child mastering a math concept, a class doing a collective mitzvah, our families stepping up to support our school.  We are grateful for our blessings, including all the individuals that make up our remarkable school kehillah.  Just yesterday we enjoyed a fantastic holiday breakfast honoring all our faculty & staff hosted by our dedicated PTO. We thank them and each of you for your generosity and spirit and for placing your trust in us as your partners in your child(ren)’s education.



Noetic Learning Math Contest winners

Congratulations to the following students in Accelerated Math classes who won the National Honor Roll title in the Noetic Learning Math Contest, a national elementary math problem solving contest held twice a year. 19,367 young mathletes representing 1,279 teams across the country participated in this year’s fall contest. Third grade: Jordan Frank (Team Winner), Avery Lipman, Alden Ross, with 100% of the rest of the class earning National Honorable Mention; Fourth grade: Sophie Shapiro (Team Winner), Caleb Mahle, Jack Janko, with over 90% of the rest of the class earning National Honorable Mention; Fifth Grade:  Ezra Mahle (Team Winner), Maya Laufer, Samuel Finkelstein, Matthew Szabo, with 65% of the rest of the class earning National Honorable Mention.


Our innovative teachers

Congratulations to Middle School teachers Matt Barry and Lori London, who were contributors in a new book by Teach Like A Pirate educator and author Dave Burgess! Burgess inspired our entire faculty with his energy and innovative ideas during a special session during pre-planning week this past August.


2nd grade mileston

Second Graders show off their new prayerbooks sporting original designs lovingly created by their parents and given this morning during the Kabbalat HaSiddur program.  Mazel tov to all!  Sincere thanks to music teachers Michelle Cygielman and Adam Griff, along with the entire Second Grade team, for preparing our students for this very special morning.  Click here to view a video of one of the songs the students sang so beautifully during this morning’s celebration.

Davis Rocks!!

Bravo to our marvelous musicians:  the 10 Fusion Bands (under the direction of Bob Michek), the Magical Melodies (under the direction of Michelle Cygielman) and the Davis Decibelles (under the direction of Kendrick Phillips), as well as International Thespian Society Student Emcees:  Jacob Frank, Ziv Ilan, Max Murray, Max Ripans and Darren Rosing who dazzled, entertained, and rocked a packed house of family, friends, and Davis staff at last night’s annual Winter Concert!

3rd grade Wax Museum

Great Georgians, such as famed musician Ray Charles, came to life during the 3rd Grade Wax Museum yesterday.  Todah rabah to our 3rd graders on a great job researching and portraying their characters!

A busy week at The Davis Academy comes to an end

We complete a week so full of highlights and activity that it is surely a testament to the energy and devotion that every segment of our school community –teachers, administration, families and students -- has in making The Davis Academy the incredibly vibrant and dynamic learning community that it is.  I can’t help but feel tremendous gratitude for all who make our school such an exciting place and who enable opportunities for amazing enrichment beyond the classroom every week. The following notes only some of this week’s highlights:

  • Second grade Kabbalat HaSiddur milestone
  • Third Grade Wax Museum performances
  • A fantastic Middle School Winter Concert
  • School-wide Hour of Code with participation by every student, faculty member and several parents
  • First grade chanukiah building and school-wide Chanukah preparations
  • Gathering of our 2014-2015 Leadership Davis Class
  • Volunteers supporting the school by making calls for our Davis Fund Phone-A-Thon
  • Middle School Beit Midrash
  • Athletic practices and games & Shrek, Jr. rehearsals
  • More!!!


Alumni taking top honors at North Springs High School

Some very exciting alumni news to share. We were proud to learn that Davis grads took top honors at the NorthSprings High School Science Fair yesterday.  Congratulations to these First Place winners, who will represent North Springs at the county science fair:  Ohad Rau (winner of “Best of Show” Friends of Math & Science trophy), David Glass (winner of the Einstein Trophy), Jared Hopkins (winner of Best Emerging Scientist trophy) and Daniel Charanis, and Dima Arkhipov (winner of Mendeleeve Trophy).  Mitchell Bohrer and Mia Schwartz were Second Place winners, and Jared Coffsky and Paul Rosing were among the Third Place winners.  Todah rabah to all!!


Principal for the Day

Congratulations to 7th Grader Isaac Goldman, who served as Principal for the Day on November 25, after his awesome video about heroes and leaders was chosen as the winner.   Click here to view. 


Hitting the big stage for the 4th year in a row!

Congratulations to 8th grader Jamie Sherman, who for the fourth year will be a Nesting Doll in the Atlanta Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker at the Fox Theater this holiday season.


Rocking out Davis style!

The Lower School Gym was rocking this morning!  Did you feel it?  Our entire kehillah coming together in song and with such ruach was truly the perfect way to close out Spirit Week 2014.  After previous days of fun and dress up themes ranging from western wear to tacky clothes day and very spirited basketball games last evening (congratulations to the B-Girls team who defeated St. Francis!), our all-school Rock Shabbat with student-led music by the Decibelles, Lower School Chorus and Fusion Bands and other great talent, brought it all home!  Special thanks to our participating students along with Ms. Kendrick, Mr. Michek, Ms. Cygielman & Mr. Griff for making this such a special morning.  Click here to get a 3 minute video sample of our Rock Shabbat!

Now that’s the spirit!
Middle School students feeling the music during this morning’s all-school Rock Shabbat!


A Proud Performance

Congratulations to 6th grader Baila Blanchar, who got the part of a Nesting Doll in the Atlanta Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker at the Fox Theater during December.

Honoring our Veterans

It was an honor to recognize, thank and offer blessings to six veterans from our very own kehillah this morning whose service to our country included Desert Storm, the Vietnam War and World War II. 

A Lewis & Clark expedition

On Monday, the 8th grade History class took to the wilderness to re-enact the Lewis & Clark expedition that began in 1804.  Shown here the expeditioners trade with a Teton Sioux (aka Mr. Barry) in North Dakota.

Special Visitors at the Middle School

We kicked off the year’s second trimester with a short but busy week for students that included a very special Middle School visit by some 18 high level Israeli law enforcement officers who are here through the GILEE program.  6th and 7th graders were able to learn about the roles of these very important individuals in keeping Israel safe, and we were thrilled to honor and include many of our local law enforcement officials as well.  Our students asked excellent questions!  

Our thanks to former Davis Board member and Davis grandparent Robbie Friedmann (far right),
who is the founding director of the highly respected GILEE program,
for bringing the special Israeli guests to Davis on Mondayl. 

Team Poppy does it again!

Last year, then- 7th grader Andrew Ladden established Team Poppy for his bar mitzvah project and to honor his grandfather's battle against pancreatic cancer.  This year, Andrew’s Team Poppy has already raised over $11,300, which makes Andrew once again, the top individual fundraiser.  This year's walk is November 15, and Team Poppy includes 15 Davis students!  Kudos to Andrew and his Davis Team Poppy teammates: Sy Alifeld, Sara Altmann, Ryan Blasberg, Ryan Gold, Kavan Husney, Jason Marcus, Mason Maslia, Evan Nathanson, Jack Pine, Jojo Rinzler, Jaek Rubin, Zack Rubin, Spencer Schiff, Leah Tuck, and Joelle Zelony.


Leaders in our Community

It’s no accident that Davis Academy faculty are leaders in their fields.  In addition to our own Davis EdCamp afternoon last week, this week more than a dozen teachers attended regional education conferences, including Middle School teacher Robert Michek, who was a presenter at the GISA conference and 21st Century Learning Coordinator Stacy Brown who presented at the Georgia Education Technology Conference (GaETC). 


Guest appearance for Ms. Patterson

Yasher koach to Davis 4th grade teacher Caroline Patterson, who had the honor of serving as guest cantorial soloist at The Temple last week.


Super Sunday

We should take pride in the fact that The Davis Academy is home to this year’s Super Sunday on December 7. It’s our way of opening our doors to the entire community and showing our support for the important role the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s campaign plays in caring for the worldwide Jewish community. Please use this link if you wish to volunteer:


Grandparents and Special Friends Day

We end our day and close our week on a very sweet note --  after welcoming literally hundreds of Davis grandparents and many special friends to our school for a truly memorable inter-generational day.  We changed things up a bit this year by adding Middle School to the mix and moving the date to a few weeks earlier, and we are pleased that the feedback was very positive on both fronts.  So many grandparents told us that they had never, in fact, been to the Middle School campus!  At both Middle School this morning and Lower School this afternoon, we were delighted to see students and their guests engaging in meaningful conversations and having moments of fun and sharing.  It was a beautiful example of the strength and warmth of our school kehillah.  Of course, it is always a pleasure to get to know and show off our vibrant learning community to our extended Davis Academy family members.  We invite our grandparents to visit often!  Very special thanks to our Grandparent Committee Co-chairs Vanessa Frank, Lois Frank and Sheryl Geithner (Lower School) and Ilene Albert and Ronnie Van Gelder (Middle School), and to our Advancement Team for making this wonderful day possible.



Great inter-generational discussions took place
at the Middle School this morning. 

Each Lower School grade sang beautifully for the
Grandparent & Special Friend Day program. 
The Middle School visits the Alliance Theater to learn about Courage

On Monday, Middle School students experienced a fantastic day of learning at the Alliance Theater, where they explored issues of tolerance and differences. Students had the unique privilege of hearing from and meeting playwright Scott Warren (center), who wrote “Courage,” the play they saw in the morning.  Click here to learn more about this incredible day.

Creative Professional Development

On Friday, after students dismissed, teachers participated in a Davis “EdCamp,” a popular free-form style of learning and sharing educational topics of interest with each other. Spirited and highly productive sessions took place throughout the afternoon.

Davis faculty running in the New York Marathon

We are proud of Davis teachers Coach Sean Coffey and Julie Weiser, who are running the New York Marathon next Sunday, Nov. 2, in memory of Jared Forman, a Davis 1st grade student who died suddenly last spring.  Sean and Julie are running for Team Lemon which is Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.  Click on the respective links if you would like to support their efforts:  Coach Sean Coffey’s link  and  Julie Weiser’s link 


Young Star Musicians

Congratulations to 7th grader Gabriella Kogan and 5th grader Veronica Kogan, who both participated in the 2014 Bach Competition recently at Georgia State University and finished in the top group as Outstanding Performers.  The Bach Competition is held every other year for young musicians.  


Davis Decibelles visit with Holocaust Survivors

On Monday, October 27, Amy Shafron had the honor of joining the Davis Decibelles in the JF&CS survivors program. 

This week began with one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had as Head of School. I don’t say that lightly as there’s hardly a week that goes by without some “small miracle moment” that reminds me of the important role our school plays in the life of each child and family. On Monday I had the privilege of joining together with our Davis Decibelles, Ms.
Kendrick and Rabbi Micah and almost 80 Holocaust survivors for a morning that left me truly moved. It wasn’t just the spectacular voices of our 21 girls singing harmoniously songs like Kol Yisrael, The Climb or L’Dor V’Dor. It wasn’t merely the clapping, smiles or tears shared by the elders whom we were there to honor, or the amazing praise of our professional colleagues at JF&CS about our students.  And it wasn’t simply the respectful and caring way that our students presented themselves in their introductions and their interactions. Rather, what struck and moved me most was the display of meaning, empathy and understanding by our children. Their actions, their presentation and their personal reflections during and thereafter affirmed for me that our students truly understand the significance of being in the presence of survivors, the kavod we are to show to others who have suffered, the importance of remembering our people’s struggles and the responsibility we have to not only carry on our Jewish traditions but also to fulfill our collective duty to help make the world a better place.  Our students “get it.”  That’s a lot for young 11-13 year olds to understand, and yet our students do. I am quite sure that it is in fact the unique learning experiences we create and the intentional daily infusion of our core values into this nine-year Davis journey that enables this depth of understanding.  I couldn’t be more proud.  Click here for a short video clip of this beautiful program.   

The following Davis Decibelles had the honor of participating in the JF&CS survivors program: 
Talia Barras, Nicole Cobb, Darcy Denneen, Erin Edwards, Maddie Fellner, Katie Foodman, Shayna Fraley, Eliza Frankel, Caroline Goldman, Ayden Grey, Audrey Kaye, Gracie Kirschner, Isabelle Mokotoff,  Caroline Morrison, Mary Ella Rinzler, Sarah Rosenbloum, Lili Stadler, Sarah Stanley, Rachel Stinar, Paige Swygert, and Isabella Waid.


Be More Awesome

Congratulations to Isaac Goldman on winning of the Be More Awesome “Pep Talk” Challenge.  Click here to see his fantastic pep talk.  Please look for Mr. Goldman to be principal for the day in the coming weeks.


Leading the Way in Technology

As a continuing leader in educational technology and media resources, The Davis Academy welcomed 50 Georgia Independent School Librarians at our school this week.  Davis presenters included Rich O’Dell sharing the unique spiritual relationship between The Marist School and The Davis Academy, and Stacy Brown and Amy Popp shared the integration of MakerSpaces into our school culture.   Visitors were able to enjoy hands-on activities with our robotics technology, as well as tour our facilities.

Guests at the Middle School sukkah

Last week Middle School students hosted some very special guests in the Sukkah. Click here to read all about it in Morah Sara Beth’s blog.


Project Isaiah

Kudos to all our Davis families who helped our 2nd graders with their effort to help those in need for Operation Isaiah.  Davis families and faculty/staff contributed a total of 1,590 pounds (or 1,325 meals) of non-perishable food items to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  The food collected at the Middle School weighed in at 630 pounds (525 meals), and the food collected at the Lower School weighed in at 960 pounds (800 meals)!


A Davis Academy "First"

We are also absolutely thrilled to announce an extra special “first” for our Davis Academy family.  Meet Eva Madeleine French who is our first alumni baby!  Eva is the daughter of Sarah Baker French, graduate of the Class of 2000, and her husband John French, who currently live in Texas. Together we wish them mazel tov and pray that Eva lives a life of blessings and good health.

Technology Education Conference

On Tuesday, September 30, The Davis Academy was host to over 100 technology educators throughout the Atlanta area.  We provided an enriching program in which we were able to show off our technology integration strategies and our innovative learning spaces.  Breakout sessions included Davis 3rd grade teacher Suzanne Friedman, presenting how she uses QR codes, augmented reality, and the broadcast studio to enhance her curriculum.  Sixth grade language arts teacher Missy Stein shared how teachers can think outside the box and empower students to use technology tools to create and share their content.  Eighth grade social studies teacher Matt Barry entertained the audience by sharing his dynamic approach to the flipped classroom.


A lesson on empathy

A recent Middle School lesson on empathy has now become a TED blog!  Click here to read it: “Empathy paradise: Students at a Jewish Day School reflect on Zak Ebrahim’s experience growing up with an extremist Muslim father”.

Our faculty are at it again!

Davis was well represented at last week’s EdCamp, which is a popular free-form conference for educators from all around the Southeast held at Woodward Academy.  We recognize the following faculty who attended, and many of whom presented, at Camp Atlanta last weekend: 

Drew Frank – an EdCamp organizer; Martha Chatlen - Presenter (School Counselling); Missy Stein- Presenter (the Power of Storytelling in the Classroom); Sharron Sims- Co-Presenter  (Power of Storytelling in the Classroom); Sharon Ferrar- Attended; Kendrick Phillips-Co-Presenter (Project Based Learning and Passion Time); Lori London - Co-Presenter (Project Based Learning and Passion Time); Stacy Brown- Presenter (Makerspaces) and Jeff Rothstein- Presenter - Project Based Learning


Our fantastic faculty!

We all know that Davis Academy faculty are second to none.  This week we share an extraordinarily impressive list of professional activities that our teachers participated in this past summer.  It not only sheds some light on why our teachers are so fantastic, but is also a demonstration that Davis is truly a community of learners.  Click here to see this amazing list.

Cheer for our coaches!

Last week we reported on a great start to our fall sports.  This week, we’d like to take an opportunity to salute our dedicated fall coaches:  A Volleyball – Leanne Edison; B Volleyball – Joanne Loiben and Kimsey Silverboard.  A Soccer – Cameron Heyen; B Soccer – Patrick Mulvhill; and alumni Martin Isaac, who is assisting with A & B soccer; Cross Country – Matt Barry and Sean Coffey; Fast Pitch Softball – Anna Woodring and Jordan Gersten.  Thanks to all our excellent coaches and Go Lions!!

A busy Fall Sports Season has begun!

As the fall sports season begins, our Lions have had a busy week:   Davis fast pitch softball defeated Epstein, 13-7; A soccer tied Epstein, 3-3; B soccer was defeated 3-2 vs Epstein in a hard fought game.   The Cross Country team ran its first race of the year at Galloway yesterday with a strong showing; B volleyball was defeated 3 out of 5 matches vs. The Howard School, but still displayed tremendous ruach and teamwork! Go Lions!!

An exciting honor for Kendrick Phillips

Kudos to Kendrick Phillips, Davis Academy’s Director of Performing & Visual Arts, for being installed as a new member of the (Tony Award winning) Alliance Theater’s Advisory Board.

Middle School Leadership Team Institute 2014-2015

Congratulations to our new Middle School Leadership Team Institute (MSLTI) members, who were selected for this special year-long experience by the merits of their applications. 

Student Ambassadors:  Audra Buffington, Lauren Cohen, Dara Grocer, Zachary Leaf, Chloe Lipton, Austin Margol, Jennifer Rice, Olivia Sidman, Sarah Szabo, Eliza Frankel, Sophia Gurin, Sarah Kaufman, Audrey Kaye, Jessica Meyer and Jamie Sherman

Jewish Life & Learning Leaders:  Gabriela Lefkovits, Jacob Rogow, Gavin Lyons, Mya Artzi, Zoe Bober and Jordyn Rosenberg

Student Government Association (SGA):
6th grade reps: Lily Fleischmann, Felicity Negin, Dorothy Ripps, Darren Rosing
7th grade reps: Spencyr Aronson, Micah Kornblum, Gabriella Lewis, Adam Rubinger
8th grade reps:  Sarah Cohen, Samuel Mahle, Jeffrey Rosen and Joelle Zelony  

Elected for office by their Middle School peers:
Josh Edelman
Vice President: Jacob Rubin

Reading is COOL (even in the heat of the summer!)

Congratulations to all 215 of our amazing summer readers!  We are so proud of every single one of them and we had a joyous summer reading celebration with the ice cream man yesterday.  Thank you to all who participated.  Fourth and fifth graders were given an extra summer reading challenge. 

Below please find the names of those students who completed this challenge:
Eleanor Altwarg, Eddi Aronson, Reese Baker, Olivia Bercoon, Shelby Bercoon, Ella Berman, Brandon Bohrer, Hannah Brown, Logan Bucovetsky, Rebecca Bursten, Jamie Cohen, Ashley Costley, Megan Dollinger, Sam Durbin, Harrison Frank, Alexa Freedman, Gavin Friedman, Emily George, Annalise Hardy, Amalia Haviv, Kady Herold, Noah Hirschfield, Sammy Isaacs, Katie Janko, Shoshana Katz, Maya Laufer, Sydney Leahy, Ezra Mahle, Emily Mand, Seth Meiselman, Maya Mekyten, Daniel Menis, Sophia Mokotoff, Leah Moradi, Alex Newberg, Caitlyn Pinsker, Max Porter, Brooke Ross, Eva Serotta, Sophie Shapiro, Lily Stark, Jenny Sullivan, Maddie Swartz, Kiera Swislow, Matthew Szabo, Adam Tepper, Sarah Terapane, Lia Toporek, Alexa Warner, Eli Weiser, and Sasha Wildstein 

Alumna competes nationally

Way to go Rachel Sinclair (Class of 2014)! Rachel qualified for and competed as a pole vaulter in the USATF Junior Olympic games in Houston, Texas this summer.  Coached by our own Matt Barry, Rachel is the fourth ranked pole vaulter in her age group in Georgia! 

"Grace"ing the cover!

Mazal Tov to Davis 6th grader Gracie Kirschner for selected to participate in the August/September 2014 Discovery Girls Magazine and the positive message she shares in the article she wrote. Click here to read more about the issue and the participants.

Davis Associate Head of School/Principal Honored

Congratulations to Davis Academy's very own Associate Head of School & Principal Drew Frank for being named one of The Atlanta Jewish Times' 40 Under 40!  Click here to check it out!

Kudos to our stellar 8th graders!

We couldn’t help but pass along a portion of a note we just received from a rabbi and dean of a day school in Baltimore, who was on the same plane as our 8th graders returning from Israel this week:  “You should know that your students’ behavior was the finest I have ever encountered.  Even the flight attendant commented on how respectful and well behaved they were!  They were respectful to each other and to all the passengers … and in so  doing, made all Jews look good.  You should take great pride in the fact that you are doing something right.  Other schools could learn from yours.”   We are beaming with pride (but not surprised)! 


7th graders work at Macy's for one day

Congratulations to 7th Graders Abbi Goldberg, Joelle Zelony, Hannah York, Sophia Gurin and Isabella McCullough for their outstanding essays and interviews that won them a unique opportunity to shadow Macy’s employees and learn about the retail industry from the inside last Sunday.  Thanks to 7th grade Language Arts teacher Mr. David Rifkin for facilitating this interesting project. Click here to read an article in the Reporter Papers.


Join Coach Coffey in supporting Alex's Lemonade Stand

Kudos to Davis Coach Sean Coffey, who will run the New York Marathon this fall in memory of Jared Forman.  He joins a team associated with Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a national organization dedicated to fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time!  Click here to visit Coach Coffey’s donation page:


A Fabulous Day - Fabulous Community Event

The Davis Development team cannot thank enough the over 80 volunteers and over 60 sponsors that helped make this year's Davis Golf Tournament one of the best ever!  At the helm:  Justin Berman, Shawn Janko and Craig Kornblum as committee co-chairs, Alissa Bens and Jami Kohn as Auction co-chairs, and Dana Bernath and Angie Janko as volunteer chairs!  What a great day, and thank you for giving back to Davis with this wonderful successful event.


Way to go Mechinis!!

Congratulations to the Mechina class for another great accomplishment – through their year-long tzedakah project, they made decorations and raised over $130 for Amy’s (December) Holiday Party for underprivileged children – the most ever by any Mechina class so far. 


A little bit of Israel at Kabbalat Shabbat

Here at home we had a little bit of Israel come to us when members of the Israeli Defense Forces Naval choral group brought their ruach and sang during Kabbalat Shabbat services at each school. 

Rabbi Micah's blog on the 8th grade Israel trip

Today as we were celebrating Kabbalat Shabbat at home, our 8th graders celebrated Shabbat in Jerusalem.  If you haven’t done so yet, we encourage you to read Rabbi Micah’s Israel blog.  Whether you are a parent of a traveling 8th grader or a Kindergartner, you will not only find their travels and activities interesting, but I think you will be amazed at the thinking and questioning and spiritual exploring these students and their teachers are doing.  They’ll be tired when they return next week, but they will have grown immeasurably in many ways as well.  We’ll welcome them all back on our last all-school Kabbalat Shabbat next Friday.


3rd-5th grade Spelling Bee

Congratulations to 4th Grader Alexa Freedman winner of the 3rd – 5th Grade Spelling Bee!  Alexa won the competition by correctly spelling “inoculate.”  Taking 2nd place was 5th grader Tyler McMahon and 5th grader Lily Fleischmann took 3rd place. Todah rabah to all!

Making a difference in the community

Davis students make a difference in our communities through mitzvah projects.  Todah rabah to 4th graders who focused on health and wellness this year and made an impact in both Atlanta and in Israel.  Click here to read Morah Sarah Beth’s blog about how their tzedakah donations helped Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem. 


Middle School State Track Meet

Congratulations to the following Davis students who participated last weekend at the middle school state track meet.  Alex Lipsky finished 7th overall with her highest jump this year ranking her as the 3rd best in the state; Jake Rubin vaulted a personal best of 9-1 and placed 4th overall in the state this year; and Rachel Sinclair broke the school record vaulting 7-9, placing 4th in the state.


Noetic Learning Math Contest Winners

A big shout out to our Davis Mathletes for more tremendous accomplishments in the spring Noetic Learning Math Contest in which 80% of our participating students received National Honorable Mention or higher!  The following students had scores that earned them placement on the National Honor Roll.  
Congratulations to:
3rd Grade -  Caleb Mahle and Mick  Shrubstok
4th Grade - Samuel  Durbin, Joshua  Forman and Sydney Leahy
5th Grade - Will Hopkins  and Tyler  McMahon.


Happy travels to our 8th grade!

We end the week with sunshine outside and excitement and inspiration inside after we gathered this morning as one school community to offer blessings and good wishes to our 8th graders.  As they prepare to leave for one of the most memorable experiences of their lives next Wednesday when they board a plane for Israel, it’s an exciting moment for them and us – to see these students so grown up and ready for this life-changing adventure! Fortunately, the rest of us will be able to follow along via blogs and photos.  Click here to read Rabbi Micah’s first blog entry entitled “Packing List Addendum.”


7th grade Interfaith Program with Marist School

In what has become a very engaging interfaith program, Davis 7th graders kicked off a partnership with Marist School this week. Click here to read about this unique program (now in its second year) on the Davis Menschlichkeit blog.

Davis in the News

Click here to see a photo that shows the art that Davis 5th – 8th grade students made for the Boston Marathon Prayer Canvas project being displayed in Boston.  The photo was taken by the Boston Globe newspaper and accompanied an article that ran a week before the Marathon. 


Way to go B Baseball!

And in more sports news, we also congratulate a fantastic showing by our B Baseball team, which won the JCC B league Championship over Passover break! They finished with a 10-0-1 record.  Team members: Ryan Blasberg, Lawrence Felton, Sy Alifeld, Noah Greenberg, Sam Felner, Evan Bernath, Justin Edelman, Adam & Eric Rubinger, Isaac Goldman, Tristen Costly, Andrew Ferrar and Danny Samuels. Coached by: Todd Williamson, Yaman Taylor and Adam Beerman.  Thanks to all parents for their great support throughout the year.


Good Game A Baseball!

Congratulations to the A Baseball team, which gave a great fight last evening in the championship game in the Dunwoody Senior League against Whitefield Academy.  Though the Lions were defeated (5 – 2), the game went into extra innings, showing their strength and spirit.  Special thanks to the students and fans who came out to support the team. It was a truly a tremendous show of ruach! The A team finishes the season with a 10 - 4 record. 
Kudos to team members:  Ben Bernstein, Aaron Rice, Noah Trugman, Jason Zarge, Jake Bressler, Eli Katz, Alex Hertz, Zach Negin, Ben Shapiro, Ben Finklestien, Zach Leaf, Austin Margol, Jack Pines and Coaches Todd Williamson, Yaman Taylor, Adam Beerman and Loren Spaulding.


A Comedian Among Us

Congratulations to First Grade student Ari Cohen, who won radio station STAR94’s Kids Carpool Comedy contest.  Click here to hear Ari’s winning joke. 

C-SPAN StudentCam Winners!

Yesterday at the Middle School, Davis’ four C-SPAN video contest winners were recognized by the C-SPAN representative who traveled here to give them their Honorable Mention awards. State Senator Fran Millar and Representative Wendall Willard were also on hand to offer their congratulations to these Davis winners: 
Maqueline Weiss (8th grade) for her video project, "My Life to Your Ears The Highs and Lows of Being a Type 1 Diabetic"
Taylor Herold and Jessica Meyer (7th grade) for their project, "
Ensuring our Health: Americas's Insurance Crisis"
Eric Miller (8th grade) for his project,  "Standardized Testing: Assessing the System

Left to right:  Rep. Willard, C-Span Rep Vanessa Torres, Taylor Harold, Eric Miller,
Jessica Meyer, Maqueline Weiss, Sen. Millar & Ms. Kendrick


More Davis Sports news...

Kudos to the Boys Tennis team, which ended the season as Runners Up in the MAAC finals.  They defeated Galloway in the semi-final, but were then defeated by Atlanta International in the finals. 
Congratulations to Girls Tennis on a fine season in the MAAC (Tennis coaches:  Chatlen and Mello).

A Girls Soccer finished 3rd in MAAC conference. Congratulations to the girls (and Coach Edison) on a fine season.  
B Girls soccer finished out a fun year coached by Coach Rogers.

Congratulations to The Golf Team (Coach Gersten), which had a strong season and competed in MAAC finals on Wednesday. 

Finally, B Boys Baseball defeated Epstein by a score of 9-0 last evening.  They advance to the JCC private school league on Sunday at the JCC @ 10:30 am vs. Torah Day.  
A Baseball finishes up regular season 9-3 and is awaiting the Dunwoody senior baseball playoff schedule.  (Baseball coaches: Todd Williamson, Yaman Taylor and Adam Berman). Go Lions!


Winning Track and Field Teams!

Big news!! 
The Lions strike again this time with our Track and Field Team! 

The Boys took First Place in the MAAC championships and Girls were Runners Up

Congratulations to the Team members (* indicates students who competed in championship meet): 
Boys:  Ohad Rau, Jacob Young*, Eric Abel*, Charlie Rinzler, Adam Spector, Scott Leven*, Asher Stadler*, Ben Rosing*, Justin Cobb, Ben Segal*, Ian Levin*, Sam Brothman, Sam Mahle*, Jared Solovi, Kavan Husney*, Jake Rubin*, Josh Glass, Alex Panovka*, Andrew Ladden, Colin Goldberg*, Max Ripans, Max Murray.   

Girls:  Alex Lipsky*, Rachel Sinclair*, Sami Krinsky*, Olivia Sidman*, Alisa Steel*, Abbie Barkan*, Maddie Tessler*, Mallory Tessler*, Noa Grace Pollinger, Katie Sullivan*, Hannah Ripans.   

And kudos to their coaches, Coach Barry and Coach Coffey.


Annual 2nd grade Purim Bake Sale

Congratulations to the Second Grade for a fantastic Purim bake sale.  The Food Bank tells us that the canned goods collected as “payment” for the bake sale treats weighed in at 1,607 lbs, which will provide 1,339 meals for hungry families!  Thank you to all who participated in and donated to this very worthy event.


Spring Sports Excellent Athletes

Go Lions!  Congratulations to our spring sports athletes on an excellent season thus far. 
Come out and support the teams in the upcoming playoffs next week: 

Congrats to the A Girls Soccer team on a 3rd seed in the MAAC soccer playoffs.  They travel to Atlanta International School on Monday, April 7, 4:00 pm. 
Track and Field team is participating in the MAAC Championships at the Galloway Track Complex on Tuesday, April 8@ 11:30 am.   Boys Tennis is participating in the MAAC Tennis Championships at Blackburn Park on Tuesday, April 8 @ 1:00 pm.  
A Boys Baseball still in midst of playoff hunt next week.  More details forthcoming @
B Boys Baseball is in the semi-final round of the JCC baseball league on Tuesday, April 8 @ 4:30 pm.  Opponent to be determined.  If they win, they would play in the championship game Thursday evening @ the JCC @ 4:30 pm.  
Golf is participating in the MAAC Championships Monday, April 7 @ Steel Canyon at 2:30 pm.   
Congrats to the girls tennis team and B girls soccer teams on fine seasons as well.


Online Math League Finals

Congratulations to the top Davis winners from the finals of the national Online Math League.
These are outstanding results!
2nd Grade Jordan Frank - 1st place out of 884 competitors (1 of 4 perfect 2nd grade scores nationally)
3rd Grade Maddie Swartz is in 92nd  percentile of national 3rd grade competitors
4th Grade Ezra Mahle is in 94th percentile of national 4th grade competitors
5th Grade Tyler McMahon is in   98th percentile of national 5th grade competitors 
6th Grade Jonah Medoff - 1st place out of 773 competitors (1 of 5 perfect 6th grade scores nationally) 
7th Grade Samuel Mahle is in  98th percentile of national 7th grade competitors 
8th Grade Eric Miller is in  98th percentile of national 8th grade competitors.


Davis students attend the AJC Black-Jewish Seder

Todah rabah to Seventh Graders Jacob Rogow, Madison Barnard, Isabella McCullough, Sophia Gurin, Sarah Kaufman and Cydney Wolchock, who attended the American Jewish Committee’s Black-Jewish Seder at The Temple last evening.
Click here to read about this meaningful event and our students’ participation.


Doing a Mitzvah on Purim

7th Graders grinning with a day’s worth of matanot l’evyonim – Purim gifts of books, toys and costumes that were donated to the Ben Massell Dental Clinic, Grady Hospital, and the National Kidney Foundation.

Online Math League

Kudos to our 2nd through 8th graders who recently participated in our final Online Math League competition of the school year!  Over 200 schools competed, and The Davis Academy did well again. 
Special congratulations to these students who scored individual perfect scores in the competition: 
Second Grade: Jordan Frank
Fifth Grade:  Tyler McMahon and Zach Nadel
Sixth Grade: Jonah Medoff
Seventh Grade: Samuel Mahle
Eighth Grade:  Eric Abel, Justin Cobb, Jared Coffsky, Jacob Lewis, Ohad Rau, Noah Trugman, and Isaac Weissman


State Technology Fair Winners

We are so excited to report that Davis Academy students had a fantastic showing at the state technology fair last weekend, with three 2nd place awards and one 3rd place award!  
Congratulations to:
Adam Weintraub:  2nd Place, 3d Modeling
Audra Buffington:  2nd Place, Digital Video Production
Katy Sullivan:  2nd Place, Non-Animated Graphic Design
Sophia Gurin:  3rd Place, Digital Video Production


C-SPAN StudentCam Document Competition

We are thrilled to announce that Davis Academy students received three Honorable Mention Awards in the 2014 C-SPAN StudentCam Documentary Competition.  A record-setting 2,355 documentaries were received this year.  Almost 5,000 students representing 46 states, as well as Washington DC, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates took part in the competition. Each Davis student was awarded a $250 prize.  Congratulations to:
Maqueline Weiss (8th grade) for her video project, "My Life to Your Ears The Highs and Lows of Being a Type 1 Diabetic"
Taylor Herold and Jessica Meyer (7th grade) for their project, "
Ensuring our Health: Americas's Insurance Crisis"

Eric Miller
(8th grade) for his project,  "
Standardized Testing: Assessing the System


The Davis Academy at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Our thanks to Middle School students  Sarah Cohen, Eliza Frankel and Ari Levin for  representing Davis as ambassadors on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival showing of Dancing in Jaffa, which The Davis Academy sponsored.  The students greeted guests to the Sandy Springs LeFont Theater and handed out chocolate bars for their enjoyment.  Davis Hebrew teacher Galia Sabbag also represented Davis beautifully as the introductory speaker of that film and The Zig Zag Kid last week. Yasher koach to all!


5th grade Birmingham trip reflections

Click here to read  four amazing student reflective pieces written by 5th grade students about their recent trip to Birmingham that show maturity and thoughtful representations of our values.


Teen Open Mic Night at Crema Cafe

Davis students and alumni got together for the first Teen Open Mic of 2014 at Dunwoody coffee house Crema Café.  Hosted by Davis 7th grader Mason Redler and Davis alum Jessica Thompson (’13), the musical event brought out many Davis performers:   7th graders Sarah London, Sarah Cohen, Sloane Warner; 8th graders Max Rubenstein, Zach Negin, Zach Durbin; Jake Rubin (7th) and Abby Goldberg (8th) performed together.  Performing solo:   Justin Thompson (7th), Mason Redler (7th) and Felicity Negin (5th grader). Groups performed between 1-3 songs each to a huge, standing-room only crowd.   Congratulations to all who participated!


MathCounts Final Countdown School Champion

Congratulations to the 10 students who participated in this week’s MathCounts Final Countdown and to this year’s school champion, 7th grader Sam Mahle!  All the mathletes will be going to the Chapter competition February 21 to have a chance to make it to the state completion in March.


North Atlanta Jewish Students Technology Fair winners

As if that weren’t enough (dayenu!), The Davis Academy had a tremendous showing at the North Atlanta Jewish Students Technology Fair on Sunday, January 25, including our first ever Lower School winning project.  Our 9 first place winning projects will continue on to the state technology fair in Macon on March 8.  Congratulations to the following first – third place students (and to their Tech Coach Todd Williamson) for the hard work each put into their project to achieve these outstanding results:

Game Design: Grades 7&8:  Ben Finkelstein and Matthew Winston  
      Non-Animated Graphic Design: Grades 7&8: Katy Sullivan
     Digital Video Production: Grades 5&6:   Audra Buffington
     Digital Video Production: Grades 7&8:   Sophia Gurin
     Web 2.0 Applications: Grades 5&6:   Isabelle Mokotoff
     3D Modeling: Grades 5&6: Adam Weintraub
     Robotics:   Grades 7&8:  Charlotte Morrison and Ilana Lavine
     3D Modeling: Grades 7&8: Jack Tresh and Justin Thompson
     Mobile Apps:   Grades 7&8:  Evan Nathanson and Noah Greenberg

     Web 2.0 Applications: Grades 7&8: Katy Sullivan
     Digital Video Production: Grades 5&6: Olivia Sidman
     Digital Video Production: Grades 7&8:  Evan Nathanson and Jack Kaye
     Web 2.0 Applications:  Grades 5&6:   Caroline Goldman
     Web 2.0 Applications:  Grades 5&6: Phillip Weinstein
     Non-Animated Graphic Design:  Grades 5&6: Madi Kamean
     Robotics:   Grades 7&8:  Jack Kaye and Noah Greenberg
     Multimedia Applications:  Grades 5&6:   Gabi Louis
     3D Modeling: Grades 7&8:  Matthew Winston and Josh Glass
    Game Design:   Grades 5&6:  Jonah Medoff

     Digital Photography:  Grades 7&8: Molly Antebi
     Digital Video Production:  Grades 5&6:   Madi Kamean
     Digital Video Production:  Grades 7&8:   Izzy McCullough
     Web 2.0 Applications:  Grades 5&6:   Isabelle Waid
     Robotics:   Grades 3&4:  Jordan Palgon and Evan Feintuch


First Online Math League Competition Winners

Kudos to our 2nd through 8th graders who recently participated in our 2nd Online Math League competition of the school year!  Over 200 schools competed, and The Davis Academy did great again.   Special congratulations to these students who scored individual perfect scores in the competition:  Second Grade: Jordan Frank, Fourth Grade: David Fischer Sixth Grade:  Olivia Sidman, Ethan Goldberg and Jonah Medoff, Eighth Grade:  Samuel Weiss-Cowie Eric Miller, and Jared Coffsky.


We're #1!!!

Davis Academy’s A-Boys Basketball Team took home the MAAC Championship title Thursday night for an amazing win over The Epstein School!!  Davis ruach was everywhere and each player fought to the end in a nail biter of a game to bring home the trophy with an ending score of 36 - 35.  Congratulations to the team members:   Simon Ben-Moshe, Jared Hopkins, David Leven, Scott Leven, Zach Leven, Zach Negin, Aaron Rice, Ben Rosing, Paul Rosing, Jake Rubin,  Adam Spector, and their coaches Coach Kenny Silverboard. Assistant coach Yaman Taylor and Athletic Director Loren Spaulding.


Shelter from the storm...a letter of appreciation

Even as we continue to recover from our most recent winter weather episode, we are still receiving messages of thanks from community members that we were able to assist here at Davis.  We are so proud of all who lent a hand, especially Pepe, Davis Operations Manager, who opened our gym as a shelter on that terrible Tuesday night to those stranded by the January storm.  Click here to read a letter of appreciation from the mayor of Sandy Springs.  


Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to the top 10 Middle School spelling bee finalists that competed on Tuesday and a big shout out to First Place winner - 7th grader Sarah Kaufman, to runner up - 8th grader Abby Goldberg.   And at the Lower School, congratulations to the winners of the 5th grade spelling bee:  First Place winner - Ziv Ilan and runner up - Sam Baylin.  Pictured below are some of the Middle School (left) and Lower School (right) winners.


Our published Rabbi!

Kudos to Rabbi Micah for having an original song published in the URJ’s most recent edition of their Shabbat Anthology Series. The URJ is the largest distributor worldwide of Jewish books and music and the Shabbat Anthology is one of their most popular series. You may hear the piece, “Zachar Chasdo,” at a synagogue near you! Rabbi Lapidus also wrote an academic article, “Jewish Early Adolescent Spirituality,” that appeared in the Winter 2014 volume of “The Reform Jewish Quarterly.” The article is rooted in his work as our school rabbi and even includes art and poetry written by Davis Academy students!  


Skyping with Senator Isakson

This week Senator Johnny Isakson skyped with Davis Middle School students, who asked the Senator about some of the most pressing issues Congress will face this year.  It was part of the students’ participation in the National C-Span video contest projects.

Annual 2nd grade Kabbalat HaSiddur

Congratulations to our Second Grade classes on receiving their Siddurs from their parents this morning and for their beautiful singing during their very special Kabbalat HaSiddur program.  Todah rabah to their teachers, including Mrs. Day for preparing students for this important day.  Our thanks also to 8th Grader Mia Schwartz for offering words of reflection and to community clergy – Rabbi Perry, Rabbi Bortz and Rabbi Weinstein – for joining us to offer blessings to the students.


Congratulations to our Geography Bee winners

Jeffrey Rosen (7th grade), who will be moving on to the state qualifying round and to second place winner Asher Stadler (8th grade). 


Prayer Canvas USA Project

Todah rabah to all the Middle School and 5th grade students who worked on the beautiful canvas pictured here, which is now finished, and will become part of the Prayer Canvas USA Project. The Davis section will be displayed, along all others, during the 2014 Boston Marathon in support of the city and those impacted by the bombing last spring. Come by to see this truly impressive work before it leaves Davis later next week.



Bringing Chanukah cheer to the Hawks game!

Kudos to 8th Grader Jacob Lewis, who lit a menorah candle on behalf of
The Davis Academy at Tuesday night’s Hawks game.
Jacob is pictured here with Hawks owner, Barry Levinson. 


Go Lions!!!

Congratulations to the Lions, who took five out of six games against The Epstein School on Tuesday evening. 


Our Math teams are hard at work again!

Congratulations to the following students whose high scores in the Noetic Math competition earned them recognition: 
   3rd  Grade Team Winner  – Noah Rosenberg
   4th Grade Nat’l Honor Roll:  Samuel Durbin, Margo Kaye and Ezra Mahle
   5th Grade Nat’l Honor Roll: Jacob Frank, Will Hopkins, Tyler McMahon and Zach Nadel



Davis 7th grader supports The Purple Stride Walk

We are so proud of 7th grader Andrew Ladden, who raised nearly $18,000 in the Purple Stride 2013 Walk for pancreatic cancer recently.  Andrew, inspired by his grandfather who is battling this serious disease, raised more than $15,000 just by himself, and was the highest individual fundraiser in the entire event.  His Team Poppy, was the second highest fundraising team in the walk.  Todah rabah to Andrew for his amazing accomplishment!  Click here to see a video. 


First Online Math League Competition Winners

Kudos to our 2nd through 8th graders who recently participated in our first Online Math League competition of the school year!  Over 200 schools competed, and The Davis Academy did great again.  
Special congratulations to these students who scored individual perfect scores in the competition:
Second Grade: Jordan Frank
Fifth Grade:  Tyler McMahon
Sixth Grade:  Jonah Medoff
Eighth Grade:  Eric Miller and Kyle Newman.


Lower School honors our American Veterans

At Kabbalat Shabbat this morning the Lower School saluted 10 American veterans from our own Davis community and recognized them for their service to our country.


Sending holiday greetings to soldiers abroad

Todah rabah to our Lower and Middle School students who wrote more than 400 letters of greetings and appreciation to American soldiers overseas as part of Q100 Radio’s The Bert Show’s Big Thank You program.  All letters will be distributed to deployed troops on Thanksgiving Day.  Way to go!


Davis faculty members presented at conferences this week

At Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC):  Julie Weiser (Kindergarten) presented “Age is Just a Number: PK-2nd Grade iPad Integration from Start to Finish”; Stacy Brown (21st Century Learning Coordinator) presented “Reading ReKindled: Where Technology and Book Clubs Come Together.”  
At the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) conference:  Joan Blumefeld (6th grade social studies) presented “Traveling in a Smaller World”; Martha Chatlen and Andra Lefkovits (Middle School counselors) presented “Teaching Character Education through Modern Film and Television.” 
Kudos to all!



Davis Alumna honored by The Princeton Club of Georgia

Sarah Greenberg ('10) was recently honored by the Princeton Club of Georgia with the Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award.

Sarah was the award winner for Fulton County and one of five finalists statewide.  The award recognized high school juniors from the 2012-2013 (although it was just awarded on October 24, during their senior year) for outstanding community service in the state.

Governor Deal was on hand for the presentation which took place at the state capital.  Davis menschlicheit behavior is being recognized on the state level.



Davis Alumni Join Newest Cohort in the Atlanta Jewish Teen Foundation

Seven Davis Academy alumni were recently accepted into the Atlanta Jewish Teen Foundation, an initiative of The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.  As part of the Teen Foundation, participants will work together throughout the year to allocate $10,000 in grants to the Jewish community. The program helps transform today's teens into a new generation of Jewish givers within our community. Congratulations to Sydney Cohen ('11), Jordan Gold ('12), Rebecca Greenberg ('12), Brandon Kwatnez ('11)Sarah Liess ('12), Rachel Much ('11), and Carly Shoulberg ('12) who were among 21 teens welcomed into the Foundation.

Want to keep track of their progress? You can do so by visiting their blog here.


Class of 2010 Davis Alumni recognized in the National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship Program announced recognized high school seniors for the 2013-2014 school year.  Several Davis Academy alumni were among the recognized seniors.

Commended Students are Emily Bachner, Justin Fleischmann, Daniel Marmer, David Martin, Noah Newman and Eddie Samuels.

Semi Finalist Students are Josh Bircoll and Jake Busby. In February 2014, Finalists will be named.  Good Luck to Josh and Jake.


Rock On!

Kudos to the Middle School Fusion Band students who got a lot of attention with their music when they played at the Kosher BBQ Festival recently:  Danny Samuels, Jared Solovei, Tyler Sherman, Tristan Hulsebos, David Chernyak and Justin Footer.


We love it when alumni come back to visit!

On Monday 10 alumni from the Class of 2013 used their day off from school to mentor students in Ms. Kendrick’s Theater and Film & Broadcasting classes

Thank you Carolyn Friedman, Emily Brothman, Sari Bircoll, Carly Clayman, Sophie Zelony, Julia Rosenthal, Korin Pinsky, Jodi Gottlieb, Lyndsi Fisher and Emma Sidman for visiting!



8th grade Continental Congress in the news!

Davis in the news!  Click here to read about the 8th grade Continental Congress in the Dunwoody Crier!



Davis is making some exciting connections this year and sharing expertise.

Congratulations to Director of Academic Operations and Lower School Principal Drew Frank for being a virtual guest lecturer via Skype to an educational methodology class at St. Joseph’s University in Hartford, Connecticut earlier this week. 

In addition,our own Rabbi Micah Lapidus is one of two rabbinical professionals from the field invited to be a regular guest lecturer in Hebrew Union College’s (Reform rabbinical seminary) Practical Rabbinics course based on his unique experiences as a day school rabbi, his service as the president of PARDES: Day Schools of Reform Judaism, and reputation as a reflective practitioner.  Kudos to both!


Award-Winning Davis Parents

A big shout out to Davis parent David Weiss, who received The President’s Award by The William Breman Jewish Home on October 8 for his financial work on the new Berman Commons project

Congratulations to alumni dad Gary Tuchman, who just received an Emmy Award for outstanding reporting for CNN.

Operation Isaiah was a HUGE success this year!

The Second Grade says thanks to all who participated in the Operation Isaiah food drive - and what a great collection it turned out to be!

The Middle School donated 794 pounds, 229 pounds more than last year! The Lower School did a fantastic job and collected 1,185 pounds, 350 more pounds than last year! 

All to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank. 


Go Lions!

Kudos to the Davis Cross Country Team, which competed in the MAAC Championships this week. 

The girls team placed 5th out of 12 teams, while boys placed 11th out of 12. 

The girls were led by 8th grader Samantha Krinsky who finished 8th overall and who, earlier this season, ran a school record time of 14:14.  She was followed by Joelle Zelony, Abbi Goldberg, Hannah York, Olivia Sidman, and Abbie Barkan.  The boys were led by 6th grader Collin Goldberg, who became only the sixth boy in school history to break 14:00, when he ran 13:58 to take 24th overall.  He was followed by Noah Trugman, Jacob Young, Alex Panovka, Sam Brothman, and Max Ripans

Way to go Lions XC and Coach Matt Barry!


Davis 7th grader supports The Purple Stride Walk

Congratulations to Davis 7th Grader Andrew Ladden, whose team for The Purple Stride walk, which raises money for pancreatic cancer research, has already raised more than $15,000.  Click here to read a recent article in the Atlanta Jewish Times about Andrew’s efforts.



Middle Student Government Officers Elected

Congratulations to our Middle School Student Government officers who were elected this week.

President -- Jacob Lewis
Co-Vice Presidents -- Abby Goldberg and Ian Levin 


Celebrating our Davis Academy readers!

Way to go!  Congratulations to all 175 First – Fifth grade students for completing their summer reading requirements!  They celebrated their accomplishments with ice cream parties this week. 


Congratulations Alumni!


Congratulations to Ali Shutzberg ('11), Jenna Kahn ('11), Jan Berland ('11), and Matthew Kurzweil ('11) whose Junior Achievement team, Custom Coasters, won 1st place at the National Leadership Summit!  The team took home the prize for Company of the Year and Best Financial Performance.  The team is pictured here with their advisor and other teammate.
Davis Students Build Bridges of Understanding

Check this out… Davis Academy 8th graders were recognized for their part in strengthening Arab-Jewish relations when they visited an Arab-Jewish community in Israel .  Click here to read about it and see photos.   Click here to see a write-up in the Catholic press about The Davis Academy –Marist School partnership. 

Twenty Years of Leadership & Making a Difference

Twenty years ago our school began with strong leadership to bring a great vision to life.  That kind of commitment from our community is what continues to drive our success.  Recently, our Board of Trustees met for the first time this year.  This group of 35 dedicated individuals – parents, alumni parents, grandparents, and caring community members -- bring a variety of talents and provide an invaluable source of guidance and direction for the future of our school and our community.   It was an extraordinarily positive gathering that ended with one board member, alumni parent Mark Edelstein sharing this heartfelt sentiment:   “Our family’s lives were forever changed when we came to Davis.”   We hope this school year is getting off to a great start for all our families and that, like the Edelsteins, this will be just one of many years that add up to a remarkable difference in your family’s life.

We also wish all families and community a Shanah Tovah as we enter our holiday season!
For more new year inspiration, please read Rabbi Micah's blog, entitled The Force of the High Holy Days.

Kudos to Our Grads!

This has been a big week for Admissions!  We are so excited about our Mechina & Kindergarten classes for next year when we will welcome even more families to Davis.  While many of our classes have waitlists, other grades have openings, so we hope newcomers and potential transfer students will consider our amazing school. 

At the same time, we’re proud of our continuing excellent record of high school and college placements.  Our Eighth Graders have been accepted to some of Atlanta’s outstanding high schools, including:  Pace Academy, Westminster, Woodward Academy, Atlanta International School, The Weber School, magnet programs at Riverwood and North Springs High Schools, Marist, and more!  We are also hearing great news from some of our college-bound alumni from the Class of 2008 who have already been accepted at such schools as:  Harvard, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Washington University, University of Texas, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, NYU, University of Miami, Georgia Tech, and University of Georgia.  We look forward to hearing more great news at our upcoming College Sendoff event in May.

by Amy Shafron, Head of School

It’s the year 5771 on the Jewish calendar, 2011 on the Gregorian calendar and the first day of school on my calendar. The start of a new school year marks another milestone for me as Head of School, much like a holiday, a birthday or another special day on the calendar. With hundreds of youngsters arriving including a new generation of little ones, I reflect on that special feeling along with the awesome opportunity and responsibility that is ahead.

“Innovative. Intimate. Child-centered. Inspirational. Visionary. Professional. Goal-oriented. Warm.” These are just some of the words recently used to describe our school, not only by our faculty, families and friends, but by the educational experts who studied Davis from a professional perspective through our successful re-accreditation process. We are proud of these accolades yet we dare not rest on our laurels.

As professionals and as educators, we are actively reflecting on our ever-changing, fast-paced, globally interconnected and technologically based world and envisioning how we provide all that is necessary for our students.  What will the future demand of our children? What skills and values will they need to be successful in future educational settings, the future workplace, as family members and as citizens? 

While we know that some things like strong academics, exceptional teachers, a supportive and warm community and solid foundation based on Jewish values will continue to be the essence of our school, we also know that our school of the 21st century will evolve.  Our approach to education must be dynamic, innovative and forward thinking.

This year our students will work with tablet technology, interactive screen technology and new computers across the grades.  Two completely transformed media centers, project studio space, and mediascape and communications classrooms will promote collaborative learning while revised schedules reallocate learning time and enable greater exploration and initiatives in global perspectives. A dedicated 21st century learning specialist, a teaching team trained in three unique professional development tracks and a brand new playground that will rival any park in town are just some of the new tools and resources which will ensure the “next generation of Davis” continues to be at the forefront of education.

It’s 5771 and Davis students will live the Jewish calendar every day – seeing the world through a Jewish lens and learning they are an essential part of a history, a people, a civilization. At the same time it’s 2011 and they are the beneficiaries of a vibrant and progressive school community deeply committed to exploring and investing in our children and their future in the 21st century. At Davis we bring together the best of both worlds.  It is our opportunity and our responsibility. And it is our blessing.

The Meaning of Passover Charoset

By Rabbi Micah Lapidus

With Passover in full swing at The Davis Academy I’ve been thinking a lot about Jewish food and charoset in particular. A little anecdotal research has confirmed my suspicion that there are as many different recipes for charoset as there are Jewish communities!  In spite of the abundant culinary nuances of charoset one thing all recipes have in common is that charoset is sweet—very sweet.

But a question arises: If charoset symbolizes the mortar that the Israelites used to bond the bricks of slavery, then why is it sweet?  As I’ve reflected on this obvious tension between sweetness and servitude I’ve come up with two possible reasons for why charoset is sweet:

 1)      While there’s nothing sweet about slavery, there is dignity and honor in the fulfillment of responsibilities. The responsibilities we carry: as parents, as grandparents, as students, as teachers are part of what defines us. The responsibilities we fulfill are an extension and reflection of who we are. When we pause to consider the sacred nature of our responsibilities to family, friends, co-workers, and community then the burden of responsibility can become sweet like charoset.  

2)      Mortar, which charoset symbolizes, is a binding agent. It creates cohesion, structure, and integrity. Individual bricks have little value without the mortar that binds. The same can be said of the Jewish community— the ties that bind us are a source of sweetness. We exist most fully when we are bound to others.

This Pesach, as we travel near and far, I hope we can all find a few moments to reflect on the charoset in our lives, the sweetness. Whether we find this sweetness in the fulfillment of life’s countless responsibilities or through the relationships that bind us to family, friends, and community, it is my prayer that we all emerge from our Passover celebration with a lingering taste and memory of this sweetness.  Wishing us all a chag sameach.

The 21st Century Classroom

Drew Frank, Davis Academy Lower School Principal
Jamie Kudlats, Davis Academy Middle School Principal

A few weeks ago, we went on a faculty field trip with several teachers from our Lower and Middle Schools to Savannah, where we attended a technology conference led by Apple and visited a school that has integrated portable devices such as iPads in their curriculums.  This trip was part of our continuing mission to investigate some of the emerging tools and technologies now available that are designed to enhance learning in the classroom.

Through site visits such as this one, as well as our own study of current books and research, what we are learning is that creating the 21st century classroom goes far beyond any technology.  It means shifting many of the traditional approaches to education that most of us are familiar with. It might mean changing classroom environments or requiring new materials and new types of class projects. It will all come down to better preparing our students for a constantly evolving, connected global landscape.

While the trends are incredibly exciting, we know that these kinds of changes and implementations must be approached with caution and careful deliberation.  To that end, Davis is evaluating a variety of approaches to teaching and tools for the classroom.  The possibilities provoke the imagination…

Imagine school being a completely integrated part of the larger community, uniquely designed to teach real world skills and community values, where students and faculty engage in relevant discussions about current world issues -- instead of disconnected concepts through outdated methodology. 

Imagine interactive novels, for example, which enable students to receive an instant definition from a dictionary linked for words they do not readily recognize and have the ability to hear comments about the settings, characters and plot from the author herself.  Imagine podcasting reports, discussions and presentations to an entire grade, or even an entire community, rather than just the few kids in a single class.  Imagine the engagement of students participating in interactive games and play and classrooms set up in ways that are more comfortable and conducive to learning, studying, discovering and collaborating. 

We think it all comes down to a vision and the realization that no technology will ever replace expert teachers who love and encourage their students – that will always be the heart and soul of our school.   But it is time to think ahead and get creative, for as our world changes, we must adapt our classrooms and our methods to reflect how our students learn and interact with each other and the world. The traditional approach may not always be the best approach.  At Davis, we see this as an extraordinarily exciting opportunity to be in the forefront of planning the 21st century school.

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