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Student Reflection: my growth as a Tennis Player, a Person, and a Leader
  • Athletics
  • Outside the Classroom
  • Upper Division

"One key practice that I’ve embraced is meditation, which helps me live more in the present. I strive to sit in stillness for 20-30 minutes each day. To be present. To breathe. At first, I couldn’t help but instantly start to become anxious about what I should be doing other than, seemingly, nothing. However, I soon came to realize that mindfulness is about growing empathy and patience for yourself. Soon enough, I found myself understanding these anxieties, acknowledging them, accepting them with more compassion, and learning to appreciate the experience of watching them shrink.

After starting this practice I was more motivated to be the best tennis player that I could be."

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Student Reflection: my growth as a Tennis Player, a Person, and a Leader
  • Athletics
  • Outside the Classroom
  • Upper Division

"One key practice that I’ve embraced is meditation, which helps me live more in the present. I strive to sit in stillness for 20-30 minutes each day. To be present. To breathe. At first, I couldn’t help but instantly start to become anxious about what I should be doing other than, seemingly, nothing. However, I soon came to realize that mindfulness is about growing empathy and patience for yourself. Soon enough, I found myself understanding these anxieties, acknowledging them, accepting them with more compassion, and learning to appreciate the experience of watching them shrink.

After starting this practice I was more motivated to be the best tennis player that I could be."

Hey DJDS, it's Time to get Innovative
  • Outside the Classroom

"As I partook in the workshop and looked around the gym, I couldn't help but smile as I saw a room full of 75 engaged and collaborative educators," said Head of School/CEO, Avi Halzel. "We wanted to integrate this workshop to change things up a bit during Faculty & Staff training week, and the energy in the room was contagious. I was thrilled."

My Time at DJDS - Kiki Rosenthal (Class of 2022)
  • Outside the Classroom
  • Upper Division

"I would say this school has become my home away from home. My kindergarten teachers remembered me when I was a high schooler. I know this campus, and I know the people, I know the teachers, and I have always felt this sense of comfort throughout my time here. I’m never going to be afraid or embarrassed to try new things because of DJDS. This school taught me to believe in myself and not to shy away from fighting for what I believe in."

My Time at DJDS - Carter Bergman (Class of 2022)
  • Outside the Classroom
  • Upper Division

"What I'm most thankful for about my time at DJDS is the imprint this school has made on me to maintain my Jewish identity and self-identity in college and beyond. DJDS has taught me how to create and maintain meaningful relationships and friendships, and that has changed who I am as a person for the better. As I begin my next chapter at CU Boulder, I want to continue taking Judaic Studies, and I want to continue carrying and developing my Jewish and self-identity."

Denver JDS Announces New Jewish Professionals Tuition Discount Program
  • Outside the Classroom

“This program is our way of thanking the Jewish professionals in our community," said Head of School/CEO, Avi Halzel. "We want them to know how much their hard work is appreciated. We hope this program will both encourage new families to visit and make applying and enrollment more accessible.”

Let's Get Real - rekindling the school and parent relationship
  • Outside the Classroom

"To do this...we must show our children that we trust the adults and that the adults are on the same page to keep them safe and to help them navigate the hard together. I will end with the same message that I give to our kids on an almost daily basis. We do not have to be best friends. We do not have to agree. But, we do need to treat each other with respect, curiosity, kindness, and integrity."

Alumni Profile - Jared Kleinstein, Class of 2005
  • Alumni

Jared believes that the school’s small class size helped him get comfortable with public speaking and leadership, things he might not have embraced so easily at a larger school. “Entrepreneurial spirit comes from the opportunities you get,” he said. “I was class president senior year, which probably wouldn’t have happened at a big public school. It taught me to advocate and lead, and I believe if you can lead a small group you can lead a bigger one.”

Student Reflection: my four-year Varsity Golf career at George Washington High School
  • Athletics
  • Upper Division

" My senior year was extra special, the entire GW Varsity Boys Golf Team came from DJDS. The four varsity spots were me, Avi Cohn (Senior), Levi Engbar (Junior), and Soren Goldberg-Butler (Freshman), and we had so much fun on and off the course. When one of us played badly, we were always there to lift each other up. We never turned our backs on each other, and for me and Avi, it almost felt like a passing of the torch as we mentored Soren during his Freshman year. It means a lot to me knowing that the DJDS ties to the GW Varsity Golf team will keep going after I graduate. All four of us took great pride in representing DJDS this season, and I have made memories that will last a lifetime during my high school career."

DJDS Student D'var Torah - Julia, 10th Grade (Rosh Hashana)
  • Judaic Studies
  • Upper Division
  • Weekly D'var Torah

"I am learning how to balance giving myself a break when I need it and pushing myself when I know I can do better. Something I’ve learned to come to terms with is that there is no right or wrong time to start a new cycle within your life, you just need to start, and luckily, our very own religion acknowledges that, and even goes so far as to give us a date to start. Although it may be hard to begin a new chapter of our lives, Rosh Hashana is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge your growth and look ahead to your future goals, so take advantage of it, I know I will."

Kiki Rosenthal (Class of 2022) proudly served as co-chair on Denver Mayor's Youth Commission
  • Alumni
  • Outside the Classroom

“One part of this commission that is very similar to the Denver Jewish community is that it opens so many doors and opportunities for your future”, said Kiki. “I would have never started working with Meredith Levy (Parks and Recreation Advisory Board), or learned about various additional avenues for change if it wasn’t for the Denver Mayor’s Youth Commission, and because of that I am forever grateful.”

A Letter from Barbara Silberman - DJDS Teacher & LRC specialist retiring after 14 years
  • Outside the Classroom

"In addition, to providing me with a fantastic place to work, DJDS was wonderful for both of my children, Zachary and Shannon. They have a true love of Judaism and grew into high-achieving adults because of DJDS's warm and supportive environment and their teachers. Even though I am now ready for my new journey of getting my Ph.D. in Education, teaching in college, and traveling more, DJDS will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for giving me the privilege of working with so many students, who I call my Bubalehs (I may need to trademark ‘Barbara's Bublalehs’), and for allowing me to be fortunate enough to have a job that fulfills my passion for teaching."

A New Program Makes Tuition Assistance Simple and More Broadly Available at DJDS
  • Outside the Classroom

Denver Jewish Day School announced that it is currently piloting a new tuition assistance initiative, the Income Based Affordability Program, for new families who apply to the school between June and August 2022. The program makes tuition assistance simple and accessible to families with an AGI of $100 - $400k.

DJDS Student D'var Torah - Tamar, 6th Grade (Parshat Behar)
  • Upper Division
  • Weekly D'var Torah

"Just like these memories I made at camp, the nighttime of Color War has given me so much to think about. Late Monday night as I lay in bed I thought about what might come in my first ever Upper Division color war. Never would I have thought I would end up in front of the whole school giving my teams D’var, and bonding with the upperclassmen who helped me write it. Over the past few days, I have learned the meaning of the DJDS mispacha."

A Letter from Ken Miller - Longtime DJDS teacher retiring after 18 years
  • Outside the Classroom

"It is about taking teaching and coaching very passionately and personally. It is about trying new things and accepting challenges as an educator. It is about treating the misfits and the students outside the cool groups with extra attention and care. You need to make them feel like they are important to you and feel good about going to school every day. It is about that adrenalin rush I get every day when teaching and coaching."