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Honoring our Faculty and Staff

We salute the following faculty and staff members who are celebrating milestone employment anniversaries this year:   5 years – Lauren Brown, Stefanie Boxer, Amy Coffsky, Jordan Gersten, Ivy Josset, Samara Schwartz, Lauren Ward and Todd Williamson; 10 years – Matt Barry, Susan Fields, Dusty Huff, Gila Levy, Nina Israel, Kendrick Phillips, Dana Richin; 15 years – Martha Chatlen, Sharon Ferrar and Shelia Miller; and 20 years – Joan Blumenfeld.  


Athletes of the Year

Congratulations to 8th Graders Abby Goldberg and Jake Rubin for being named Athletes of the Year!

Camp Jenny tradition

Todah rabah to our 5th grade students who spent yesterday at Camp Coleman preparing supplies and the campgrounds for less privileged kids who will be attending Camp Jenny there this weekend.  This morning we recognized our 5th graders as they complete their Lower School years and prepare to become Middle School students.

A great coming to an end

On a morning like this, you could truly feel the ruach with our Lower School gym brimming with students and families, along with faculty and staff, and even some alumni, as we joined all together for one last time this school year.  And with so much to celebrate!  Eighth graders returning from Israel and looking toward the end of their Davis journey, Fifth graders moving up to Middle School, and each and every student celebrating individual accomplishments as they finish another school year.  And of course, with just one week left of school and summer within sight, it’s such an exciting time!

Field Day was so much fun for everyone on Wednesday.  A big shout out to our PTO, led by Field Day Committee: Tracey Baylin, Shana Stukalsky, Jana Frank, Delilah Cohen, Carrie Marx, Laura Schilling & Leslie Moradi for a fantastic day!  Check out the Davis Facebook page for Field Day pics and Harold Alan’s photo gallery. (see below)

Spelling Bee winners

Congratulations to the Lower School Spelling Bee winners:   Matthew McCullough (5th grade) & Runner up Sara Goldberg (4th).   Class winners:   3rd grade:  Boxer -  Aidan Kramer, Friedman - Harrison Green, Shapiro - Jake Miller.  4th grade:  Artzi - Sammy Effron, Measroch - Jessica Lewis, Patterson - Sara Goldberg.  5th grade:  Coffsky - Eddi Aronson, Mittleman - Josh Forman, Rainbow -Matthew McCullough, Silverboard- Alexa Freedman.

Learning from our grandparents

We were proud to host special guest (and Davis grandparent) William Rosenberg at the Middle School this morning.   Mr. Rosenberg, who spoke to 6th and 7th graders, was appointed by President Bush as Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for Clean Air, where he helped write the Clean Air Act of 1990.

Only a few weeks left...

With just two weeks until graduation and the end of the school year, excitement is building! At the same time, we still have much to look forward to including Field Day next Wednesday, the return of our 8th graders next week, and our final all-school Kabbalat Shabbat next Friday. 

This morning it was our pleasure to thank this year’s volunteers with some treats.  We are truly grateful for each and every person who gives their time for our school and students. Their contributions enrich our school immeasurably.  And speaking for our faculty and staff, we also wish to thank our awesome PTO for a great Lower School Book Fair this week and for spoiling faculty and staff at both buildings all last week during Teacher Appreciation Week.  We truly felt the love! 

Be sure to keep up with our 8th graders’ travels by reading Rabbi Micah’s amazing blog – and following their adventures on Twitter at #davis8.



Chesed Awards

We are proud to share that this year’s Davis Academy Hadassah Chesed Student Award winner is 8th grader Jake Rubin.  Each year the Atlanta Hadassah chapter honors outstanding Jewish teens from throughout the community for their demonstrated love of Israel and concern for fellow Jews and all people.  Congratulations to Jake and to the Davis graduates who were also honored.

Way to go B Baseball!

The Lions have done it again!  Congratulations to the B Baseball team on winning the MJCCA Middle School Baseball League Championship for the 2nd year in a row, following a hard fought semi-final with AJA and a tough final against Atlanta Academy.  Congratulations to team members:   Jared Berenthal, Evan Bernath, Ryan Blasberg, Rami Fabian, Sam Felner, Charlie Janko, Grant Miller, Adam Orlow, Adam Rubinger, Eric Rubinger and Spencer Schiff  and to Coaches Jordan Gersten, Jason Russo (a Davis alum) and Yaman Taylor.

A great week at Davis!

Here at Davis, we are so glad for the arrival of warm, sunny weather!  Students have been enjoying exploring and learning in the new Outdoor Nature Sanctuary as well as having outdoor PE every day. We even managed to hold our new family welcome outdoors with abundant sunshine on Sunday (the first time in years that it hasn’t rained!) and were thrilled to welcome many of the new families who will be joining The Davis Academy family next school year. I am also very happy to report that our 8th graders and their teachers arrived safely in Israel on Wednesday and are loving being together on their adventures. Be sure to follow along at #davis8 and read Rabbi Micah’s blog – whether you’re a fully “invested” 8th grade parent or a curious parent of younger students,  you’ll enjoy feeling the excitement and pride that comes from this amazing experience.


In more Davis sports news

Congratulations to the B baseball team on advancing to the MJCC B Baseball Championship.  The game will be played on Sunday, May 3 @ 6:45 pm.  At the Middle School State Track & Field Meet last weekend, we are proud to note that all our participants jumped/ran their personal bests in their events, including Jake Rubin who came in 2nd place(16th place nationally) in the pole vault, which is the highest place of a Davis athlete at a state championship!  Katy Sullivan finished 4th in the state.  Her jump of 5-4 last week is the number 1 jump in the state of Georgia for middle school girls.  Katy is also tied for 2nd in the nation for the high jump.  So proud of all our Lions!!

C-SPAN StudentCam Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 C-SPAN VideoCam contest winners -  Taylor Herold & Evan Nathanson ( for their video (Homeless Not Hopeless,)and Sarah Cohen & Madison Tessler (for their video Liberty, Justice and Equality for ALL) -  who were honored this week by a C-SPAN representative who presented the 8th graders with their Honorable Mention award certificates and their cash prizes of $250 in an all Middle School ceremony.      

Nature Sanctuary Dedication

We were thrilled to dedicate our new Outdoor Nature Sanctuary on Monday morning.  It’s a beautiful space for learning, fun and reflection.  Click here for an article in this week’s Jewish Times about it.

Spring Noetic Math Contest

Todah rabah to the 48 Davis students who participated in the Spring Noetic Math Contest and to the following students who were award winners:  
3rd Grade:  Bradley Amato – Honor Roll;  Jordan Frank – Honor Roll / Team Winner; Ryan Reiss – Honor Roll / Team Winner;  4th Grade:  Caleb Mahle - Honor Roll / Team Winner and  Mick Shrubstock- Honor Roll; 5th Grade:  Ezra Mahle - Honor Roll / Team Winner and Matthew Szabo - Honor Roll / Team Winner.


5th grade takes on Savannah!

At historic Fort Jackson near Savannah, 5th graders “take an oath” and learn all about the soldiers’ lives during the Civil War. 

Going on a "Big Trip"

8th graders receive blessings during this morning’s all school Kabbalat Shabbat for their “big trip” to Israel. too! 

A great week at Davis!

Each year, the 8th grade Israel send-off is one of my favorite Shabbats.  Today you could certainly feel our unique Davis spirit as we gathered to celebrate these students who are about to take this transformative trip. This “big trip” is the final step in their Davis Academy journey before graduation on May 28. They seem “just a little excited” too! Be sure to follow their adventures on Twitter, #Davis8.

Meanwhile, the 5th grade classes are resting today after three exciting (and of course educational) days in the Savannah area. Also this week, 6th grade had a great hands-on business & economics learning experience downtown at the JA BizTown and Finance Park, and 4th grade classes made excursions to the Cobb County Youth Museum.  And as always, there is great stuff going on in each and every classroom!

Community Performance

Yasher koach to the Middle School students who performed at the Yom HaZikaron ceremony at Ahavath Achim on Tuesday, members of The Davis Decibelles who performed with spirit last evening at the Yom HaAtzmaut celebration at the JCC and to our Lower School Magical Melodies Chorus, who sang so beautifully during the community Yom HaShoah service at Greenwood Cemetery last Sunday.

Musical sisters

Congratulations to Gabriella and Veronica Kogan, who competed in the Georgia Music Teachers Association State Finals last week.  Gabriella won an Award of Excellence. Veronica received Outstanding Performer title in the Regional round.

A great day on the greens!

What a fantastic day on the links at The Davis Academy’s 17th annual Golf Tournament on Monday! Thank you to co-chairs Justin Berman, Jonathan Ganz and Andy Lipman, who spearheaded the event at The Atlanta Athletic Club with over 60 sponsors, 155 players and more than 50 volunteers.  Our amazing volunteers were led by co-chairs Dana Bernath and Angie Janko. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day a success!!

In more great sports news for the Davis Lions

Congratulations to the members of the Golf team and Coach Radulski for a very good season, finishing in third place. Congratulations to Will Hopkins, who was the team’s individual medalist.  In Track & Field, we are so proud of Katy Sullivan, Nicholas West, Hailey Rubin, Olivia Sidman & Jake Rubin, who have qualified to compete in the Georgia State Track Meet this weekend, accompanied by Coach Matt Barry.  We wish them all best of luck!


Celebrating Israel...Davis style!

With much appreciation to all our teachers who planned such a truly fun and special day for students in celebration of Israel’s 67th birthday yesterday. A great time was had by all at both schools. Here Middle School students get in the spirit of some Israeli dancing. 

Making the perfect pita is serious business! Mechina & Kindergarteners roll the dough just right. Afterwards students smeared the baked pitas with Israeli chocolate or topped with olive oil & spices.  Yum!

The end to a great week!

Thanks to so many teachers and staff, as well as parent and community volunteers, we end an eventful week -- from a great day of golf in support of Davis on Monday to respectfully honoring Israel’s fallen on Yom HaZikaron to the ruach of Yom HaAtzmaut celebrating Israel’s Independence Day yesterday. (Click here to enjoy a short video of the day).  In addition, testing for 2nd – 8th graders went smoothly, and we were thankfully spared from (but prepared for!) tornadoes on Monday.  Today, 7th graders are on an amazing experiential fieldtrip, learning about Islam at the Roswell Community Masjid, Hinduism at the BAPS Shri Swamanirayan Mandir, and the Baha’i faith at the Baha’i Shrine in Atlanta. 

Next week we look forward to the “grand opening” of our beautiful new Nature Sanctuary on Monday morning and close the week with an all-school Kabbalat Shabbat.  In between, 5th graders will head to Savannah for three days of exploration and fun. 


In more great sports news for the Davis Lions:

8th grader Katy Sullivan broke the school record in the High Jump on Tuesday with a jump of 5’4”.  Katy currently ranks number 1 in the state out of 426 girls in middle school, both public and private!  Katy will compete in the middle school state track championships next weekend, along with fellow Lions:  Jake Rubin, Nicholas West, Hailey Rubin and Olivia Sidman. Good luck to all of them!  

Congratulations also to the girls soccer team, who played hard this season, but came up just short in the playoffs this week.   We look forward to Golf and Track & Field finals next week.

A meaningful day

7th Graders led a meaningful service of remembrance for Yom HaShoah.

Nearing the end!

As we round the bend toward the last month and a half of school, it’s clear that we are not slowing down!  Yesterday afternoon, we heard the very exciting news that both the boys and girls Tennis teams won the 2015 championships!  This is the first time in Davis Academy history that both teams have taken the championships in the same year.  Congratulations to all of this season’s team members: Sara Altmann, Mya Artzi, Remy Clayman, Evan Elster, Jordy Elster, Ethan Goldberg, Dara Grocer, Sarah Landy, Jordan Liban, Jonah Medoff, Zack Miller, Eli Minsk, Evan Nathanson, Oren Panovka, Mason Redler, Jenny Rice, Emily Shapiro and Adam Weintraub and to Coaches Loiben and Woodring for their outstanding achievement!

In classrooms, students are writing creatively to celebrate National Poetry Month, making beautiful art such as the 4th grade “stained glass” project, learning about weather (in between rain), and of course so much more.  In observance of Yom HaShoah (day of Holocaust remembrance) yesterday, 7th grade students did a beautiful job creating and leading the Middle School in a service of remembrance.  Click here to read solemn and inspirational six-word poems written and read by the 7th graders.  Next week:  we look forward to a great day at our 17th annual Community Golf Tournament on Monday and the fun and ruach of celebrating Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day on Thursday) and of course, much more!


Winning Tennis Team!

After a thrilling afternoon of play, Boys and Girls Tennis Teams celebrate Championship victories yesterday.  Go Lions!

Award Winning Media Centers

We are pleased to share the news that the Lower School’s Sylvia Bremen and Middle School’s Edward H. Fields Media Centers have both separately received their basic and advanced accreditation with the Association of Jewish Libraries. To quote the accrediting body, our libraries demonstrate a "true devotion to both Judaic librarianship and academic excellence." 

And What a Celebration it Was!

The 2015 Davis Academy Community Celebration was a huge success raising funds for our school and celebrating and honoring Barbara and Marty Pollock this past Saturday at The Temple – joined by our Davis parents and community friends.  Many thanks to Chairs Candy & Steve Berman and Billie Greenberg, and their committee for this fabulous celebration, including: Parent Co-Chairs, Jennifer Crim, Allison & Dan Fellner, Tamara & Brian Mand as well as our Parent Ambassador Co-Chairs, Beth & Jared Friedman, Cindy & Jeff Hopkins and Angie & Shawn Janko!

Passover Seders abound!

Students and families continued to celebrate Passover this week with unique and inspirational Seders ranging from the 3rd grade class which explored Passover traditions around the world to 4th graders (shown here) who wrote their own Passover lyrics to popular Grammy-winning songs.


7th grade trip to Washington, D.C.

Seventh grade students are returning today after spending a great week immersed in U.S. history and having some class fun in Washington, DC, Williamsburg and Jamestown.  Here, students are attending a play at the historic Ford’s Theatre in D.C.

A multi-grade field trip

In a very unique field trip experience, 7th and 8th graders went with Kindergarten classes to the Alliance Theatre in Midtown on Tuesday to watch a performance of James and the Giant Peach. Later, the Middle School students, along with Ms. Kendrick, mentored the younger ones in improvisation exercises.  A very fun day for all!


This morning, 5th grade classes welcomed their families for a Freedom Seder, which included activities reminding us that people still struggle for freedom even in modern times. Here, students and parents came up with social action goals (such as education for all and ending poverty/hunger) to “march” for today, in the spirit of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who taught us to pray with our feet.

A week to celebrate

We started the week with a faculty and staff celebration of our AJC Top Workplace Award, which was published in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution on Sunday.  We are very proud of this recognition, which, as we shared last week, came about as the result of our employee’s survey feedback.  We know that their job satisfaction directly impacts the quality of education and the warm community that The Davis Academy is known for.  We close the week with Passover coming up fast!  Some of you have already joined us for classroom Seders, and we hope to see more families next week for some unique Seder experiences.

Preparing for Passover


Mechina & Kindergarten students made their own matzah with the help of friends from The Matzah Factory. 

3rd grade searching for gold!

Third graders on a field trip to Dahlonega, where they learned about the history of this former mining town and panned for gold.

Top Workplace!

We are happy to anounce the exciting news that The Davis Academy has been named an AJC 2015 Top Workplace winner!   Look for our school in the special section of the Sunday paper this weekend.

Guest speaker at the Middle School

On Monday, we were pleased to welcome special guest Ruth Bielski Erreich , who spoke to the Middle School about her father, founding Partisan Tuvia Bielski, whose amazing story of war survival was the subject of the film, Defiance

Way to go Lions!

Kudos to our athletic teams who are well into the spring sports season.  This week, 8th grader Jack Pines helped lead A Baseball to victory over St. Martin after getting a single, double, triple and home run at the game Tuesday night!!  And for that he earned having a bucket of Gatorade dumped over his head by teammates!
In addition, the Golf team finished in a three-way tie for 2nd place in a game this week and Girls soccer tied defeated Epstein, 4-1 and tied St. Francis Middle School, 2-2.  Tennis defeated St. Martin’s girls and boys, 2 matches to 1.  Go Lions!!


A great week in Performing Arts at The Davis Academy!

Our students were truly shining stars on the stage this week with not only four fantastic full-house performances of Shrek, Jr. that involved fully one-third of our students and which received rave reviews, but a rockin’ Spring Concert and Visual Arts Show last night, which brought the house down with more amazing musical and artistic talent!  I hope you enjoyed these showcases of student talent and creativity as much as I did.  We are so proud of all our participating students. 

Such high quality productions can only come together with teamwork, and here at Davis, we are blessed with the best team around.  We owe tremendous appreciation to the leadership and imagination of Davis Academy’s Director of Visual & Performing Arts Kendrick Phillips, Bob Michek, Michelle Cygielman, Rich O’Dell, Rebecca Ganz, Samantha Kurgan, and many other faculty & staff in supporting roles, along with Drew Frank, Jeff Rothstein, Pepe Pasillas and his crew,  as well as our parent volunteers and alumni mentors.  Thank you all!


Technology Presenters

Davis Academy faculty continue to be leaders in their fields.  This Friday, Matt Barry, Brian Hayes and Stacy Brown are presenting at the Atlanta Technology Forum conference.  They will be accompanied by 4th graders Emily George, Eva Serotta, Justin Kornblum, and Jack Janko, who will be showcasing projects that they have made with LittleBits Electronic modules, the Kano Computer Kit, and Sphero Robotic Ball.  

State Technology Fair Winners

We are so pleased to give a big shout out to the five Davis Academy Lower School students who were winners in their age groups at the State Technology Fair last weekend (see below) and to all 19 students who had advanced to the state level.  
Todah rabah to:  

3rd grader Avi Frank -- 1st place for Hardware
4th grader Carson Wolff – 3rd place in the Tech Literacy Challenge
4th grader Leah Moradi – 3rd place for Digital Video Production
3rd grader Jordan Frank & 3rd grader Harrison Green – 3rd place for Project Programming

Our travelling Rabbi Micah

Over the next few weeks Rabbi Micah’s guitarstrumming may be less frequent. Early next week he will be representing Davis at the North American Jewish Day School Conference, a gathering of nearly 1,000 day school leaders, where he’ll be presenting during 4 different sessions as well as concluding his term as the president of PARDES: Day Schools of Reform Judaism. Thereafter, he will be at the CCAR Conference where he will be installed as a trustee of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the oldest rabbinical association in North America which serves the needs of the Reform rabbinate and Reform Jewish communities.  


C-SPAN Student Cam honorable mention awards

Exciting news!  Four Davis 8th graders in Ms. Kendrick’s Film and Video class received honorable mention awards in this year's C-SPAN Student Cam competition! This year, C-SPAN received 2,280 film entries from nearly 5,000 students in almost every state.   Congratulations to Taylor Herold & Evan Nathanson for their film "Homeless Not Hopeless" and to Sarah Cohen & Madison Tessler for their film,"Liberty, Justice and Equality for ALL."  (Click on the titles to view the videos).


State Spelling Bee

In more exciting news, 8th grader Andrew Ferrar has qualified for the State Spelling Bee competition!  We all wish him good luck when he travels to Milledgeville on March 27.


Flying high

Wow!  Eighth grader Jake Rubin easily clears  9’, 5” in the pole vault at one of the first track & field meets of this season held here at Davis on Wednesday.  In other sports news, girls’ soccer started their season this week with one win and one tie. Go Lions!

A festive and fun week at The Davis Academy

It’s been a fun and fantastic week starting with the celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on Monday and ending with great Purim fun on both campuses today.  Thanks to our faculty and staff and to PTO for organizing so many great activities, Purim spiels and treats for all our students today.  Click here to enjoy a Purim slide show.  

At the same time, matanot l’evyonim, or sharing with those less fortunate, is another Davis Purim tradition. This year, 5th-8th graders packaged toiletries for JF&CS, which gives the items to clients who are experiencing financial hardships and often must choose between daily necessities and hygiene items. At the Lower School, 2nd graders had another exciting Purim bake sale that resulted in filling several barrels with essential non-perishable food items for the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which students brought in exchange for the sweet treats. And 3rd grade students donated 81 pounds of fruit to their community partner, the Sandy Springs Community Action Center (CAC).  Todah rabah!  Thank you to all who contributed to these important community efforts!

Mechina Movie Premiere

The members of our Mechina class are the stars of their new movie, “Community Helpers,” in which the children play the roles of people who have vital jobs in our community.  From bus driver to dentist, our students gave award-winning performances.  Here, they show off their Oscars!  Click here to view their video.

Mr. Blue Jeans helps raise money for the 5th grade mitzvah project

Fifth grade students read Mr. Blue Jeans, a book about Levi Strauss, inventor of blue jeans, and earned the right to wear jeans today if they contributed at least $1 toward their Camp Jenny mitzvah project. 

The first-ever Davis Academy Jewish Film Festival

This morning Middle School students attended the first ever Davis Academy Jewish Film Festival. Each grade watched a different film followed by discussions and activities.  Here 6th graders enjoy some snacks (thank you PTO!) during an intermission break. The films were: Fiddler on the Roof, Kaddish For a Friend and Live and Become. 

An award-winning actress

Kudos to  6th grader Grace Kirschner, who competed in the National Performing Arts Festival in Orlando last weekend and won an award for outstanding performance for her role as Mrs. Mayor in Seussical, Jr.

Rabbi Micah's inspiring blog post

Click here to read an inspiring blog post published in e-Jewish Philanthrophy newsletter by our own Rabbi Micah Lapidus.


All School Kabablat Shabbat

This morning’s all-school Kabbalat Shabbat was without a doubt a perfect example of our school’s uniqueness.  Despite the freezing temperatures outside, the room was filled with warmth and ruach as we welcomed the merry month of Adar (the month of Purim) with beautiful songs and blessings, silly jokes and participation by students and faculty alike.  Truly a fun and happy morning together as a school family. 

Gordon Korman visits Davis!

Davis 3rd – 8th grade students had the privilege of hearing from award-winning author Gordon Korman, who visited our school yesterday and spoke about his books and creative process.After such a spectacular author visit, if you are interested in purchasing an autographed copy of Masterminds by Gordon Korman, please let a Media Center faculty member know. Books are $16.99. Checks should be made payable to The Davis Academy and brought to LS or MS Media Center.

Davis in the news

Davis in the News:   Click here to view a photo gallery of last week’s Davis-Marist Day of Social Action in the Northside Neighbor newspaper.  See Section 1C if you receive the print paper. 

A star among us

Kudos to Third grader Grace Wolf who was cast, along with her bother Sam, in the short film Circles which just completed filming in Decatur. The film, which centers around Autism and the story of an autistic teenager, will be entered into the Sundance Film Festival.  Click here to view an 11Alive segment on the movie.

A theatrical honor

CCoCongratulations to our very own Director of Visual and Performing Arts Kendrick Phillips, who has been selected for her extensive work in the Arts, (along with esteemed Tony Award winning Director & Choreographer Casey Nicholaw), as one of the three featured speakers in the BeforePlay discussion series of the world premiere of Tuck Everlasting at the Alliance Theatre. Join Kendrick for the BeforePlay conversation and see Tuck Everlasting in Atlanta before it heads to Broadway! Friends and Families of Davis Academy have been offered a special unique discount code for tickets for the February 17 show.  Click here for information.


What a week

In a week of great activity and variety,  I observed two important themes: ongoing opportunities for students to explore their own interests and become independent thinkers and the warmth of Davis as a school that welcomes parents everyday as partners, supporters and as learners themselves.  A few snapshots from this week show just what I mean:  Lower School students stopped by the Idea Lab on their own free time to tinker with technology and programming on MakerMonday; Middle School students participated in an interactive Tefillah program creating their own 10 commandments; students voted on their choices for national book awards; 7th graders learned about organ transplant and organ donations in biology with Davis parent and transplant surgeon Dr. Pollinger; Davis parents joined an adult discussion with Rabbi Micah this morning about anti-Semitism; and the entire school celebrated Tu B’Shevat, the New Year for trees, by sampling the seven species, learning about nature and engaging in intellectual discussion about why the Torah is called the Tree of Life.  The list could go on…

Amy Shafron
Head of School

Faculty honors

Congratulations to Davis Academy’s DLC Coordinator Stacy Cohen, who will be honored at the Power of One Kick-off Event for Jewish Disability Awareness Month on February 8. 


First-Ever Alumni Phone-A-Thon!

We were delighted to welcome “home” 13 alumni last Sunday, who supported our school as volunteers making calls for our very first Davis Fund Alumni Phone-A- Thon.  Our thanks to:  Sophia Charanis (’14), Cara Miller (’14), Mallory Nathan (’14), Zach Negin (’14), Hannah Ripans (’14), Peyton Rosenberg (13’), Darren Shuster (’06), Adam Sillins (’11), Megan Swygert (’14), Julia Tresh (’14), Sammy Weiss-Cowie (’14), Jacob Young (’14), and Sophie Zelony (’13)

It has been a busy week at Davis!

After the excitement of our students’ amazing Technology Fair results and the B-boys basketball championship win, the week continued with the milestone of the 100th day of school, more basketball results (see below) and enriching programs extending beyond the classroom.  Of special note was the 5th grade trip to Birmingham on Thursday, a meaningful day visiting historical sites and museums capping off their civil rights studies.  And during today’s Middle School Interfaith Social Action/Social Justice program, Davis 8th graders worked alongside their Catholic Marist School peers making a difference in our community by assembling sandwiches for the homeless, sorting eyeglasses, text books and medical supplies and other projects – working both at the Middle School and on location at agencies around Atlanta.  The morning projects were followed by an experiential visit to The King Center downtown before both groups returned to their respective schools.  And as always, so much going on in each and every classroom.  Truly a very full week! 

Math Champs!

Congratulations to 8th grader Sam Mahle, who is the school champion for MathCounts and to 7th grader Jonah Medoff, who came in second place.  Good luck to all our 10 competitors who will represent The Davis Academy on February 6 at the chapter competition. 


Alumni Accolades

North Spring High School just published its list of Top 10 Students in this year’s senior class and 3 of the 10 are Davis Academy graduates! Mazel Tov to Ali Shutzberg, Daniel Charanis and Julianna Abel and to each and every faculty member who played a role in preparing them for their success in high school!

Faculty Presenters

Mazel tov to our outstanding learning/teaching community! Nine of our faculty members have been selected as presenters at the prestigious Martin Institute in Memphis this summer.  Kudos to Stacy Brown, Suzanne Friedman, Caroline Patterson, Stefanie Boxer, Jeff Rothstein, Missy Stein, Sharron Sims, Kendrick Phillips & Lori London!


MAAC Basketball Champions!

We are so proud of our Boys B basketball team, winners of the MAAC Championship! Their spirit, skill and sportsmanship brought them to victory during the tournament over both The Epstein School (by 1 point) and then Ridgeview (by 2 points)! Kudos to the team: Evan Nathanson, Zach Leaf, Tristan Hulsebos, Ben Finklestein, Evan Bernath, Austin Margol, Joey Rubenenko, Micah Kornblum, Arie Voloschin, Collin Goldberg, and Andrew Ladden, and Coaches Gunn and Spaulding.  Look for more sports results on Friday.  Go Lions!!

Davis swept the North Atlanta Jewish Technology Fair!

This past weekend, the extraordinary innovation at The Davis Academy was recognized. Not only did we have an unprecedented number of student entries at the North Atlanta Jewish Technology Fair, but our school took home 45 First, Second & Third place ribbons out of the 59 projects presented!   In the 25 unique categories entered, Davis had 19 First Place winners!  Congratulations to these First Place winners who will now compete at the state level: 

Grades 3 and 4

Digital Video Production                              Leah Moradi                      

Game Design                                               Avi Frank                         

Non-Animated Graphic Design                     Emily Mand                       

Mobile Apps Design                                     Grace Wolf and Emily Hoff 

Project Programming                                    Jordan Frank and Harrison Green 

Technology Literacy Challenge                     Carson Wolff  

Robotics                                                       Carson Wolff and Jack Anderson 


Grades 5 and 6

Digital Video Production                               Sydney Leahy and Annalise Hardy 

Multimedia Applications                               Matthew Aronin                             

Project Programming                                    Jacob Frank                       

Robotics                                                       Sammy Isaacs and Stuart Cohen 

Web 2.0 Internet Applications                       Emma Tessler  


Grades 7 and 8

3D Modeling                                                  Josh Glass                          

Digital Video Production                                Eliza Frankel and Sarah Kaufman 

Game Design                                                 Adam Prass                       

Hardware                                                       Avi Frank  (3rd grade entry)                          

Non-Animated Graphic Design                       Katy Sullivan and Nicole Ganelin

Robotics                                                         Tristan Costley and Adam Prass 

Technology Literacy Challenge                       Austin Margol    

We add kudos to our faculty advisors Stacy Brown, Todd Williamson & Amy Popp and all the teachers who supported student efforts in their classrooms! We look forward to seeing how these students do in the upcoming state competition and are so proud of our school!


Alumni take the stage at North Springs Charter High School

Bravo to Davis graduates Carolyn Friedman ('13) and Zack Cohen ('14) who are currently appearing on-stage in  Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at North Springs Charter High School. The play runs through this weekend.  


Davis in the News

Check out this article in the newly launched Atlanta Jewish Times about Davis Academy’s new music CD. 


A guest starring role

Congratulations to Davis 3rd grader Alexa Nisenson, whois a “guest star” on NBC’s new super-natural themed show, Constantine, which is filmed in Atlanta and airs tonight at 8 pm.  Alexa plays the part of Geraldine Chandler.  Beware that the program is a little scary and not suitable for young children. 


Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to Davis Academy’s Spelling Bee winners!  First place:  Jonathan Fischer; Second place: Zach Baylin and Third place: Leah Tuck.


Faculty & Staff furthering their education

Associate Head of School Drew Frank and 21st Century Learning Coordinator Stacy Brown are furthering their professional development today at the innovative EduCon Conference at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, where participants discuss the future of schools and education.


Davis Academy loves our community rabbis!

We appreciate and thank our community rabbis who enriched our school this week in classrooms and during Shabbat services:  Rabbi Michael Weinstein (Congregation Dor Tamid), Rabbi Erin Boxt (Temple Kol Emeth), Rabbi Mark Zimmerman (Congregation Beth Shalom), and Rabbi Scott Colbert (Temple Emanu-El).


Davis in the News:

See this week’s issue of The Dunwoody Crier (page 2) for a photo recognition of our Noetic Math Competition winners.  Click here to see the online edition of the paper.

Geography Bee Winners!


Congratulations to Davis Academy’s Geography Bee winner, 8th grader Andrew Ferrar!  Kudos to 8th grader Sam Mahle, who came in second and to 6th grader Ethan Wolfson, who took third place.

Davis in the News!

Click hereto read an article appearing in the new issue of The Reporter Papers about Davis Academy’s emphasis on technology education.   Read Rabbi Micah’s blog appearing in about Davis student’s participation in the making of our new music CD, A Palace in Time.


The 6th grade newscorps

Kudos to Mrs. Stein’s Language Arts classes for a fantastic job on publishing their 6th Grade Newspaper containing many very interesting student-written articles.  Get a paper copy at the Middle School or click here to read the issue online.


Taking education outside

Despite this week’s wintery weather, we are very excited to share our plans for a new outdoor experiential center to be developed in the coming months at our Lower School campus. You may have noticed that we have begun clearing brush and any dead trees on the area on the southeastern corner of our property between our parking lot and the athletic field.  The design for this outdoor area includes garden/prayer space in a quiet natural setting where small groups can gather to explore their surroundings, discover nature and enjoy the outdoors. In addition to creating some natural pathways, we intend to include a peaceful circular seating area amid the natural surroundings for reflection and prayer.  We are working with the City of Sandy Springs to be in compliance with any zoning requirements and with expert landscapers to ensure a beautiful and tranquil setting that will enhance the learning that will beautifully integrate nature, science, prayer, reflection and creativity for all our students.  We will keep you posted on the progress as we go along.


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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