The Final Countdown

By Melissa Michaelson, Principal It’s the final countdown of the school year.  With the end at arm’s reach, our children show signs of excitement, spring fever, “senioritis,” and even separation anxiety. No matter the emotion, it’s important for us as … Read More

Requiring Recess Is Smart for Students

By Lauren Midelton and Elissa Tischler, Kindergarten Teachers To play or not to play?  The answer could be detrimental. As Kindergarten teachers we recognize the importance of unstructured play and incorporating movement into daily learning. In Kindergarten at Hillel, children … Read More

Closing Thoughts Part I- Place Some Trust in Your Children

We are living in a strange time for parenting. It seems every month another book comes out about over-parenting and its consequences.  In short, over-parenting involves micro-managing your child’s life, hovering, and attempting to prevent your child from any physical … Read More

Life at Our Fingertips, Thanks to ENIAC

By Marnie Diem, Coordinator of Technological Adventures On February 14, 1946, the first electronic computer was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania.  The ENIAC took up 1,500 square feet, and weighed as much as 15 cars.  Today’s computers can be … Read More

The Urgent Question: Who Am I?

Yogi Bera once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” That has not stopped innumerable people, from all walks of life, from predicting what the future will be for our children when they are grown. A day … Read More

Our Vision is Alive – And Evolving

By Melissa Michaelson, Principal Our visionary approach to education is one of the many reasons that Hillel Day School is unique.  We don’t stay in one place; rather, we are always seeking the next best version of ourselves while keeping … Read More

It’s Full STEAMath Ahead at Hillel

By Joan Freedman, Director of Curriculum Two years ago we invited our families to school for Pi Night, a wildly successful evening devoted to math in all its magic. So why expand to a full-fledged STEAM Event? Because we feel … Read More

Homework: The Battle Continues

Exercise the brain like a muscle or give kids time to work on the family farm? Educators have been debating the effectiveness of homework as a tool for learning for over a century. Support for and against homework has ebbed … Read More

Inspired Early Childhood Education Respects Children

By Robin Pappas, Director of Early Learning Nine years ago, when our Early Childhood Center opened, we committed to providing a play-based, child-centered, and developmentally-appropriate preschool. Students took ownership of their learning, understood the process behind their projects, and most … Read More