Gann Academy in the News

List of 73 news stories.

  • Gann Academy Senior Accepted to West Point

    Gann Academy was honored to have United States Army Major William Cole address the student body this week. Major Cole, in his capacity as the Massachusetts Admissions Representative for the United States Military Academy, came to welcome Gann senior and Student Council President Jacob Foster as a cadet in West Point's class of 2023.

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  • United Nations Speechwriter Addresses Students

    Gann Academy was honored to have Sarah Cohen, Class of 2011, return to campus on Monday, April 15, to speak with students about her role as the Director of Speechwriting for the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations.

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  • Gann Teacher Appears on History Channel Documentary

    How many high school students can say that their history teacher is one of the world's leading authorities on an infamous ancient king?

    Dr. Adam Marshak's history students can.

    During the past month, hundreds of thousands tuned into a new four-part History Channel documentary chronicling the early years of Christianity in which Dr. Marshak shared his knowledge and expertise with viewers. Dr. Marshak, who received his doctorate in Roman History from Yale, is one of the leading authorities on King Herod. The documentary, Jesus: His Life, featured Dr. Marshak as an expert to talk about Herod's rule during the waning BCE years.

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  • Innovation Center Update

    We're just a month away from the groundbreaking of Gann Academy's new Innovation Center. Construction kicks off in May and will wrap-up in August before the start of school. Like everything at Gann, a lot of intentionality was placed on the design of the new facilities. 

    Teaching at Gann is more project-based than ever, with more long-term and in-depth projects. The new Innovation Center will let students move more fluidly from small group work to class presentations, from research to prototypes, and from questions to answers. "Our goal is to make learning more visible," says Sarah DuBeau-Farley, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, Science Department Chair, and a project leader for the Innovation Center. The new open spaces, and the use of glass partitions instead of standard walls, will allow students to observe their peers using the tools and facilities; encouraging the sharing of ideas and facilitating innovation.

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  • March Madness: Mock Trial Advances to Final Four

    It was a Friday morning and the whole school was gathered for Hakhel, Gann's weekly student-run assembly. Talya Lerner '19 had just been called for an announcement. "After going undefeated in our division," Talya starts, then pauses for dramatic effect, "we made it all the way to the final four!" The whole student body let out a cheer.

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  • New Courses Offered Next Year

    It’s time to register for next year’s courses at Gann and the choices are abundant: more than 125 courses in the humanities, math, sciences, languages and Jewish studies, not to mention the arts and electives that range from poetry to thermodynamics.
    "We continually refine our curriculum to ensure that our course offerings reflect the interests of students and the skills and knowledge they'll need to succeed in college and beyond," says Jacob Pinnolis, Director of Teaching and Learning. "Last year, we introduced expanded math and physics offerings for ninth graders and more high-level Judaics choices. This year, we've focused on furthering our advanced studies options."

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  • Maya Wainhaus

    Traveling Fellowship Awarded: Gann Teacher Heading to Japan

    Gann nurtures its teachers as deliberately and thoughtfully as it does its students because passionate teachers make for engaged students. One of the unique programs Gann offers faculty is the Carol Ruth Jacobs Traveling Fellowship. For the past seven years, with the generous donor support, the Fellowship has enabled one Gann teacher to travel each year to pursue new experiences which will enhance their teaching. This month, the newest recipient was announced, Media Arts teacher Maya WainhausWainhaus will travel on one of the program’s furthest trips thus far: she’ll head to Japan to experience, document, and study modern street photography.

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  • Gann Academy's Red Curtain Drama Club Presents SEUSSICAL

    March 7th @ 7pm
    March 9th @ 8:30pm
    March 10th @ 2pm

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  • Telling Your Story, Building A Community

    "I had to forge my own path and not let myself be defined by stereotypes and expectations."
    —Speaker during this year’s Sh’ma Kolenu program

    Throughout the year, Gann students come together as a community to hear personal, emotional, and inspiring stories from their peers. Sh'ma Kolenu, which means "hear our voice," is one of these programs and helps to foster empathy for Gann's LGBTQ community.

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  • Team RABBI competes

    The Battle of Lexington

    The Battle of Lexington, a historic moment in New England history, was fought this month by students at Gann. But, instead of soldiers on a field, the battle consisted of specially-crafted robots completing complex missions. And, just as in battles past, Gann Robotics walked away with many accolades.

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  • Winter Arts Festival

    This year's Winter Arts Festival brought in hundreds of community members to sample the work of Gann's artists. The evening began with performances by Gann's choir, a cappella group, jazz band, chamber ensemble, dance company, improv team, and the Grateful Dead Club rock band. Over a festive dinner, attendees took in hundreds of pieces of artwork, including darkroom photographs, 3D sculpture, film, drawings, paintings, and pottery, and were also invited to participate in interactive, student-led booths, including watercolor paint night and origami.

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  • Boys Basketball Defeats Rival Maimonides

    Congratulations to all the athletes who competed in Saturday night’s exciting varsity basketball games against Maimonides. In front of a packed arena at Brandeis’s Gosman Center, the teams split the games, with Maimo winning the girls' game and Gann’s boys pulling out an amazing overtime win.

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  • Gann History Students Featured on Chronicle

    WCVB's Chronicle highlighted the work of Gann 11th grade history students for their work to bring 'dignity to the dead'.

    Watch the full episode of Chronicle on WCVB's website.
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  • Changing the World: A History of Disability in the United States

    Gann hosted a reception at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, where our 11th grade history students have created a ground-breaking museum exhibit.  Hundreds of visitors have toured the exhibit, which documents the often-hidden history of disability in America.  Senior Sarah Levin describes the exhibit: “The history of disability was to hide it. The approach was ‘don’t talk about it’.  We’re breaking new ground here, which is difficult and challenging, but also is what we hope will be really amazing.”

    As in many Gann history classes, the students didn’t merely chronicle events and dates, but rather they became historians themselves.  They combed through archives across the U.S., interviewed disability rights activists and government leaders, and even perused cemeteries housing the unmarked graves of Americans with disabilities.   As teacher Alex Green explains, “what the students are doing is developing the skills of professional historians and applying those skills to real world problems.  As a result, they’re sparking a national conversation that can help change perceptions about disability.”
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  • Diversity and Student Leadership

    One of Gann's key values is an appreciation of diversity in all forms. In celebration of this value, last week, four Gann students and three faculty and staff members attended the Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in Nashville, Tennessee. Sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools, the conference is the leading multiracial and multicultural gathering of independent high school student leaders in America, attracting more than 1,600 students.

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  • Gann Leads on Affordability Among Independent Schools

    Gann’s leadership in affordability planning was recently recognized at the Association of Independent Schools of New England Business Officers Retreat in Wellesley Massachusetts.  Gail Schulman, Gann Academy Chief Operating Officer, and Emilie Goncalves, Director of Admissions, led a popular session on “Thinking In New Ways About Affordability Programs”. 
    Said Schulman, “Gann has been thinking about issues of affordability for years now.  For families who’ve been paying tuition since kindergarten, four more years can feel like an enormous burden.  And for families coming from public schools, tuition can feel like a shock to the system.” 
    She explained, “In recent years, we’ve introduced special affordability programs for both categories of families, to make a Gann education accessible to all.   We’re especially proud of the work we’ve done on affordability for middle-tier families—those who might not qualify for traditional programs and yet who still benefit from a bit of discounting.  Those are the families that other schools haven’t yet figured out how to serve, and they’re looking at Gann’s work for ideas.”
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  • Constitutional Scholar Visits Gann's Supreme Court Class

    Constitutional scholar and law professor at Fordham Law School Jed Shugerman visited Gann Academy's Supreme Court class this week to discuss Marbury v Madison, the 1803 Supreme Court case that established the principle of judicial review in the United States.

    "The Supreme Court class at Gann is unique in that we don't just read and analyze influential court cases, but we debate and re-try them," said Yoni Kadden, teacher and Gann History Department Chair. "This course is taught in the same style as one you'd find in law school. And, having such an influential constitutional lawyer like Jed Shugerman join the class adds an extra level to the debates." 

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  • New Composting Initiative Launched

    Gann recently rolled out a new composting initiative to further promote sustainability on campus and to reduce our ecological footprint. The composting project is spearheaded by Biology Teacher Emily Hart, Jewish Life Fellow Noah Weinberg, and Director of Food Services Steve Smith.
    As part of the effort, the Servery has switched from disposable cups, plates, and utensils to compost-approved alternatives, and replaced the cafeteria trash bins with new 64-gallon compost bins. “Students now toss their food scraps and tableware directly into the compost container,” says Hart. “Each week, our partner, Black Earth Compost, comes and replaces the bins with empty ones.”

    This initiative is expected to keep more than 6,500 gallons of waste out of the landfill each year.

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  • Gann to Build Innovation Center in Summer 2019

    The largest building project since Gann’s move to its current space, the construction of Gann’s Innovation Center reflects our focus on creative, interdisciplinary and collaborative learning in all subject areas—learning which spills out far beyond the walls of a classroom, and which supports the many ways that students learn. 

    It will also bring state-of-the-art engineering and lab spaces to the school to support our Computing, Design and Fabrication department and our Arts classes, as well as project-based learning in all of our disciplines.

    "The Innovation Center will both embody and embolden Gann’s culture of teaching and learning," said Gann Assistant Head of School Frank Tipton. "Students and faculty will now have ample space, time, and resources to pursue large-scale projects that both enrich learning and catalyze community impact."

    Project elements include:

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  • Introducing Dr. Dalia Hochman as Gann Academy’s Next Head of School

    Dear Gann Community,

    The Gann Academy Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce that it has unanimously voted to hire Dr. Dalia Hochman as its next Head of School effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Hochman is a nationally known educator and innovator with deep connections to Boston, to Israel, and to the pluralistic values that animate our school. 

    Dr. Hochman is best known for her leadership and strategic advisory work for Summit Learning, the high-profile Silicon Valley charter network funded by The Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative. She has been involved in projects and roles across the country, from the Wildflower Montessori Schools to the U.S. Department of Education, and has developed a unique perspective and understanding of “what works” at the most well-respected and highly-regarded schools in America. That perspective is extraordinarily aligned with the culture, approach, and aspirations of Gann’s faculty, staff, Senior Leadership Team, and the Board of Trustees. We are enthusiastic about Dr. Hochman’s ability to work with our teachers and senior leadership to further develop Gann as one of the most remarkable high schools in the Boston area.

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  • Meet the Class of 2022

    We are excited to welcome the Class of 2022 to the Gann community! This incoming class is one of our largest, with 74 students coming from 24 schools, consisting of 11 public schools and 13 independent schools.

    "Gann draws students from all over Greater Boston and a variety of Jewish backgrounds," says Director of Admissions Emilie Goncalves. "Students who come to Gann are able to develop friendships with kids from Marblehead to Sharon, Worcester to Brookline."

    With summer experiences ranging from camp to sabre fencing, our students are bringing new energy and new perspectives to the Gann community.

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  • Photo Credit: Robin Lubbock/WBUR

    Gann Class Project Featured Nationally on NPR's Here & Now

    Gann Academy's "History of Disability in America" and "Graphic Design" classes combined history, art, and activism to create a nationally-lauded museum exhibit entitled "Division, Unity, Hardship, and Progress: A Disability History of the United States" that was recently featured on NPR's Here & Now.

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  • Mazel Tov to the Class of 2018!

    On June 10, 2018, we came together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Gann Academy Class of 2018. These 67 students captured our intent as educators. They are ready for the colleges and endeavors that await them; they are ready to lead and serve; and, perhaps most importantly, they leave Gann with a deep understanding of who they are as individuals and how they connect to the rest of the world and to their Jewish identity.

    Thank you to the families and friends that joined us in person or online to celebrate the Class of 2018 on their special day!

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  • Eric Kruglak on the tennis court

    Gann Athlete Named Tennis League MVP

    Gann Academy junior Eric Kruglak has been chosen as league co-MVP by the Massachusetts Boys Independent League (MBIL) for his leadership this season in Boys’ Tennis where he plays at the one singles spot.

    “Eric possesses all the components that make an MVP,” said Gann Tennis coach John Buckley. “His technical skill is at the highest level, having one of the best serves in the league. His tactical knowledge is outstanding, understanding his opponent’s weakness and exploiting them. He has also shown great sportsmanship.”
    The Gann Boys’ Tennis team finished their season with an undefeated 10-0 conference record, and 12-0 overall. This is the team’s eighth conference championship in the past 10 years.

    In addition to Eric being named a league MVP, 15 Gann athletes in seven spring sports were named league all-stars.
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  • Women in STEM club members in one of the replica Operating Rooms used by medical professionals during simulations, medical device companies for running tests and even film makers

    Women in STEM Explore the Simulator Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

    Throughout the school year, Gann’s Women in STEM club brings in influential women to discuss careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). From hands-on demonstrations of cutting-edge military fabrics led by a female engineer to lessons on coding, this female-identifying group is both practical and engagingand it's one of Gann’s most popular clubs. 

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  • Athletics Wrap Up

    This year has been such a fantastic whirlwind. We’ve seen an incredible amount of success on the field with individual accolades including two Conference MVP’s and 30 league all-stars! Of course, individuals are nothing without their respective teams supporting and sharing in their successes. Within that vein, we hosted three Conference Championship trophies and made two NEPSAC Tournament appearances! Mazel tov to everyone’s achievements!

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  • 15 Gann Athletes Named League All-Stars

    Gann Academy had 15 students in seven sports recognized as league all-stars for the 2018 Spring season. "This year has been such a fantastic whirlwind,"  said Director of Athletics Brad Ballinger. "We’ve seen an incredible amount of success on the field with individual accolades."

    Mazel tov to these Gann athletes!

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  • Fulbright Scholar Delves Into Israeli Infertility

    Alisa Feldman, Class of 2014

    Be fruitful and multiply. It's commanded in the Book of Genesis, it's also echoed in Israel's generous subsidizing of in vitro fertilization (IVF) for women who do not yet have two children.

    Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, Gann alum Alisa Feldman '14 will be heading to Tel Aviv University in September to better understand Israelis' perceptions of infertility. “I'll be doing interviews and studying the country's policies to get a good understanding of what Israelis think about infertility,” says Alisa, who graduates from the University of Pennsylvania this month.

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  • Advisory Program: Where Students are Heard, Known and Understood

    What do you hope to accomplish during your four-year Gann journey? How do you constructively engage with people whose opinions are diametrically opposed to yours? How does your identity as a Jew co-exist with your other identities? And how do you best balance a rigorous course load with an active social life?

    These are just a few of the questions students might wrestle with during "advisory," a critical part of the Gann experience.

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  • Six Weeks in Israel

    Week one of the sophomores' myIsrael excursion is complete, and oh what a week it was!

    "Being in Israel with my grade has been one of the most challenging but also one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in as long as I can remember," said Shira Hoffer.

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  • Charles Ohlenberg speaks to seniors about the Kindertransport and his time in England during the war.

    Holocaust Survivors Speak to Students

    On Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gann Academy was honored to welcome two survivors to campus to tell their stories. Charles and Elizabeth Ohlenberg spoke to our seniors about Vienna and Charles' escape to England on the Kindertransport. Jack Trompetter spoke with grades nine through 11 about his story.

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  • Assistant Head of School Frank Tipton works with Librarian Sarah Feldman during recent Professional Development Day

    What Really Happens on Professional Development Days?

    Four days a year, Gann students eagerly read in their calendars that a professional development day is approaching. To most students, these days simply mean extra time off. However, for faculty and staff, these days, filled with workshops, meetings, activities, and speakers, are diligently planned and highly valued.

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  • Gann Juniors and Seniors Danced the Night Away at Prom

    Gann's prom was the place to be on the evening of March 18. This year, the festivities were hosted at the Boathouse overlooking the Charles River.

    Revelers ate, danced and schmoozed under the sparkly strings of lights. They mugged for the photo booth camera and many declared it the "best prom ever."

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    Using Theater As A Platform For Activism

    After the Parkland shooting in 2018, Gann students staged protests and lobbied their legislators. Gann's Red Curtain Drama Club took to the theatre, acting in and directing a performance of “Natural Shocks” that was featured on WBUR’s The ARTery.
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  • Workers installing the more than 800 solar panels on the Gann Academy SAC roof.

    Solar Panel Ribbon Cutting This Week

    The Gann Academy/New Jew community is invited to the ribbon cutting of our new solar project this Friday, April 13, from 9:50 to 10:10 am.

    Gann Academy's electricity will soon be exclusively powered by renewable energy. Despite the snow, the roof of Gann's student activity center has been a hive of activity this winter with the installation of more than 800 solar panels. These will soon power 25% of Gann's energy needs, with the rest sourced from wind.
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  • Gann Arts Department Presents the Spring Arts Festival

    Join Gann Academy for a night of art at the annual Spring Arts Festival on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 6:15-8:30pm.
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  • CEO of PresenTense Israel Leads Discussion on Social Change Through Entrepreneurship

    For a decade, PresenTense Israel has promoted entrepreneurship as a vehicle for social change and has played a pioneering role in the StartUp Nation. In Israel, they launched the first social venture accelerator, the first accelerator for Arab tech entrepreneurs, and the first accelerator for Haredi women. To date, they have 40 accelerator programs, have launched 450 ventures, and helped create more than 2,000 jobs.

    PresenTense CEO Rachel Shaul, along with three alumni of the accelerator programs, visited Gann Academy for a panel discussion on entrepreneurship, coexistence, Israeli innovation, and helping underserved communities within Israel. The visit was part of the PresenTense Boston and New York Road Show being sponsored by the Israeli consulate.

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  • Students gather to hear student-activists

    Students Organize Walkout Urging Adults to Take Action on Gun Violence

    In response to last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students at Gann Academy have organized and are telling the world that they have had #Enough of gun violence—in the words of Ilana Jacobs '19, "stop talking and start doing stuff about it."

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  • Jerry Katz

    Introducing Dr. Jerry Katz as Interim Head of School

    Dear Gann Community,
    We are pleased to announce that the Gann Academy Board of Trustees has completed the process of identifying and appointing an extraordinarily qualified and experienced interim Head of School. The Board of Trustees has named Dr. Jerry Katz as Interim Head of School for the 2018-2019 school year.

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  • Fiddler on the Roof

    Gann Academy's Red Curtain Drama Club Presents:
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Thursday, March 8 at 7pm
    Saturday, March 10 at 8:30pm
    Sunday, March 11 at 2pm

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  • Design Challenge: How to Make a Home

    Join 5th through 8th graders from across Greater Boston who are excited by building, design, and art on Sunday, April 29th from 2:30pm-4:30pm at Gann Academy. Students will dive into two of three tracks:

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  • Gann Teacher Recognized for Contributions to Greater Boston’s Jewish Community

    Congratulations to Gann history teacher Dr. Jonathan Golden, who was recognized last week as a 2018 Chai in the Hub honoree. Dr. Golden was one of 10 recipients to receive this honor given by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) for his work to better the Greater Boston Jewish community. 

    Dr. Golden teaches AP History and is Gann's Israel Curriculum Coordinator. Additionally, he serves on the board of both AJC New England and Camp Yavneh, and oversees Gann's Israel Adult Education Initiative in partnership with CJP.

    Watch the video to learn more about Dr. Golden and the other Chai in the Hub honorees.

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  • Winter Arts Festival Highlights Students' Work

    The arts came to life last month at the annual Gann Academy Winter Arts Festival. Hundreds of attendees took in performances by the school's music and dance ensembles, participated in student-led gallery tours, and – new this year – participated in hands-on workshops led by both students and faculty.
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  • Robotics: Communicating Complex Ideas

    Last Sunday, Gann's three robotics teams took to the stage and made a major impact at the Robotics State Qualifier match in Andover. While the final results are not yet in, Gann has already secured two spots at the State Championship in March, and one Gann team even took home the Think Award for excellence in the engineering design process.

    "It's amazing to watch a robot go from idea, to design, to reality," said Nathan Lesser, captain of Gann’s RABBI robotics team. "When you take it to competition, it feels so good to know that barely four months ago your robot was only a dream."

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  • Dr. Jonah Hassenfeld

    Gann Teacher Receives Grant to Promote Research and Leadership

    Gann's Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Dr. Jonah Hassenfeld has been named one of three grant recipient for the the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education's Research on the Practice of Jewish Education grant. The grant will support Dr. Hassenfeld's research into the outcomes of teacher-led research initiatives at Gann Academy. The project is in partnership with the The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University.

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  • Exploring Diversity

    In December, a delegation from Gann joined more than 6,000 independent school students and educators at the 30th annual People of Color Conference and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference hosted in Anaheim, California. The conference, run by the National Association of Independent Schools, focused on improving the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate at schools across the country.

    "The conference was an outstanding experience," said sophomore Naomi Ravel, "You meet people and learn everything about them—from their name to how they were raised. The most meaningful part of the whole trip was knowing you're loved by everyone around you even if you [just met them]." Ravel described the content: "We learned about awareness, social justice, and human rights, and how to stand up for ourselves." Senior Alyssa Block said learning about others backgrounds and life experiences was "powerful and moving".

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  • Cleaning Water and the Flint Fiasco

    Cleaning Water and the Flint Fiasco

    Cleanliness and schoolwork don't always go together, but in the 10th grade chemistry lab, students worked to clean 500 milliliters of filthy water. Students syringed out the oil floating on top. Then they filtered the liquid with sand and charcoal, and used a process called flocculation which caused the suspended pollutant particles to clump together and sink to the bottom.

    "The lab showed me how much time and effort goes into making water clean," said sophomore Halle Sisenwine. "I am lucky to live in a place where I can take for granted that my water is safe to drink."
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  • Jacob Hershman, Class Of 2016

    Environmental Activism

    Jacob Hershman, Class Of 2016

    If Jacob Hershman has his way, the University of Pennsylvania will divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry and play a larger role in fighting climate change.
    Jacob '16 is a leader in the college’s Fossil Free Penn (FFP) student group, which has waged a multi-year campaign to convince the University to stop new investments in the fossil fuel industry, remove holdings in the top 200 coal, oil, and natural gas companies, and reinvest a portion of the extricated funds into clean energy. 
    “I constantly think about the environment and climate change,” said Jacob, who is majoring in English with a minor in environmental studies. “It’s unfortunate that my generation has to think about these things, but it’s the world we’re growing up in.”
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  • Gann Switching to 100% Renewable Energy

    Gann Switching to 100% Renewable Electricity

    Gann Academy's electricity will soon be exclusively powered by renewable energy. Thanks to three recent Gann graduates and a school administrator who took their environmental concerns seriously, the school will soon be joining a very exclusive club: the 5% of U.S. schools powered by renewable energy.

    Weather permitting, solar panels will be installed on the roof of the student activities center once the city issues Gann a permit. The panels will provide the school with 25% of its energy. The other 75% will be sourced from wind farms.

    "We are really happy to leave our mark on our community in a way that has such a tangible impact," said Nate Orbach, who, along with classmates from Student Council and the Environment Club, drove the sustainable energy agenda last year. "What makes Gann unique is how it empowers students to follow their passions and enact real change," explained Nate.

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  • Goodbye Disposable Bottles

    Goodbye Disposable Bottles

    Think of the class of 2017 next time you take a drink or fill up at the school's new water fountain and bottle filling station.
    "The filling station represents our grade's unique passion for the environment and activism: we saw things that could be improved, and we acted on them," said last year’s Student Council President Stav Bejerano, who is spending the year in India as part of a service-based gap year sponsored by Princeton University, which he will attend next fall. "
    By making bottle refilling simple, and a more visible priority, this class gift will encourage community members to switch from using disposable water bottles to reusable ones."

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  • Exploring Art and Identity Through Sculpture

    Exploring Art and Identity Through Sculpture

    Junior Laura Bogorad never noticed how big her eyes are, nor had she studied the contours of her face before Landa Ruen's sculpture and 3D design class.

    Now, thanks to weeks of sketching and translating the line drawings into a 3D wire sculpture, she knows her features like never before. "The work goes beyond just visual representation," says Laura. "As part of the project, we were asked to think about how we are seen by ourselves and others."
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  • Zach Sherman has found an interesting use for one of Gann's 3D printers

    High-Tech Chanukah: Singing 3D Printer

    Junior Zach Sherman has found an interesting use for one of Gann's 3D printers, and, surprisingly, it doesn't involve printing. What does it involve? Chanukah music!

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  • Yoni Kadden

    Stanford University Recognizes Gann History Chair With Teacher Tribute Award

    This fall, Stanford University recognized Yoni Kadden, Gann Academy's History Chair, for his exceptional teaching and contributions to his students.
    Kadden was nominated by Gann alum and Stanford freshman Benjamin Simon for the Teacher Tribute Award. In the nomination, Benjamin wrote that Kadden’s “passion for history is surpassed only by the care and warmth with which he teaches and the scrupulous attention he gives to his students.”

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  • "Hanukkah goes high-tech at Gann Academy," reports the Globe.

    Gann was recently profiled for the exciting, and innovative, ways students are celebrating Chanukah this year.

    Excerpt from December 10th edition of The Boston Globe:
    Hanukkah goes high-tech at Gann Academy, the Jewish high school in Waltham. “I’ve inherited a whole lot of kids who are gung-ho on making things happen,” including making “a 3-D printer do things it wasn’t meant to do,” said Seth Battis, chairman of the newly created Computing Design & Fabrication Department.

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  • Broadway’s Hamilton Meets Harvard Business School in Gann History Class

    Broadway’s Hamilton Meets Harvard Business School in Gann History Class

    What happens when a Gann student obsessed with a certain Broadway musical shares her passion with her AP American history teacher who has recently learned an innovative teaching technique from a top business school?

    The class re-enacts a famous debate between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, using a case study method made famous by Harvard Business School. And it’s one of the most exciting, enlightening classes many students have ever experienced.

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  • Robotics Scrimmage Hosted at Gann Academy

    Robotics Scrimmage Hosted at Gann Academy

    This year, Gann has three robotics teams with more than 25 students. To prepare the teams for competition, Gann hosted a preseason scrimmage in November that mimicked the challenges the students will face in the coming months. 

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  • Successful Fall Season for Gann Sports

    Successful Fall Season for Gann Sports

    The boys’ varsity soccer team put an exclamation mark on an undefeated season in November by winning their season’s final match 2-0 against Boston Trinity Academy. In the process, they became the Massachusetts Bay Independent League (MBIL) champions.

    “It was a fantastic season,” said senior Jason Bryer, the team’s co-captain. “I am proud of how close a group our team was and how hard we fought. We controlled most of our games and fought to come back when down.” Bryer was one of 10 Gann fall athletes named league all-stars. Bryer and teammate Noam Borensztajn, also a senior, were designated conference all-stars by the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) as well.The team advanced to the NEPSAC post-season playoffs— a huge honor—, and hosted an exciting playoff game at Gann. Ultimately, the Heifers were eliminated in the quarterfinals by the MacDuffie School, but the memories of this championship season will live on.

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  • Eliana Bazer

    The Voices of Veterans and Our Gann Connections

    Senior Eliana Bazer was 12 when her father, a rabbi and colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard, was deployed to Afghanistan. Although he wasn’t in a combat role, she worried about his safety.  Her father, in turn, was careful about what he shared during those seven months. “I didn’t find out until he returned that one time, the vehicle he was traveling in was shot at,” said Eliana.

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  • Army Researcher Provides Hands-On Chemical Engineering Seminar

    Army Researcher Provides Hands-On Chemical Engineering Seminar

    Women in STEM is one of Gann's most active school groups with more than a third of Gann's women participating each year. “Most people don’t yet know what they want to be in life," says junior Maya Rubin. "Women in STEM offers a chance for us to meet interesting female role models.”

    Earlier this month, Dr. Natalie Pomerantz, a research chemical engineer at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) spoke to the group about her work and provided a hands-on demonstration involving fire, water and chemically-treated fabrics.

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  • Mifgash 2017

    Gann Students and Israeli Peers Share a Week of Fun and Introspection

    Gann Academy recently hosted 33 Israeli 11th graders, their principal, and two teachers during the mifgash, the annual encounter between students from Gann and Ironi Hey High School in Haifa.

    But this year there was a twist that made the visit even more meaningful: the teenagers already knew each other, thanks to last spring’s Israel trip—myIsrael— which, for the first time, sent 10th, not 11th graders, abroad. And more Gann students than ever participated.

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  • All School Retreat Engages Students’ Grit, Wits and Hearts

    For many, the highlight of the recent All School Retreat was Grit ‘N Wit, a campus-wide obstacle course that tested both brains and brawn. “It was awesome,” enthused senior Noah Savitz. “The team-building was amazing and it provided a great start to the year.”
    Welcoming new students, bonding as a community and beginning the school year with a bang are a few of the hoped for outcomes of the annual two-day event. Dean of Students Cindy Jacobs said that although some students were initially disappointed the retreat was on-campus for the first time, most agreed with Savitz that it was a great success. 

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  • Robots Make Physics Come Alive

    Ninth-grade students are gaining an out-of-this-world experience in Steven Cavendar-Wood’s Physics class. Meet Sphero, a ball-like robot bringing to life concepts like motion, force and velocity that students will use to explore a faux extraterrestrial terrain.
    The 14 Spheros — think Star Wars’ BB-8, but smaller — are the centerpiece of Cavendar-Wood’s mechanics unit. “We wanted to ramp up the physics curriculum and make it more engaging and accessible to all sorts of learners,” says Cavendar-Wood.  “The students are excited about the robots, and, by extension, they’re getting excited about physics—delving in at a whole new level.”

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  • Ariana Abadian-Heifetz: Empowering Girls Through Knowledge

    Ariana Abadian-Heifetz, Class of 2008
    Gann alum Ariana Abadian-Heifetz '08 was working in rural India when she discovered how little knowledge young women had of their bodies – particularly when it came to menstruation. When she set out to find resources that spoke to the specific needs of rural communities and were engaging for young children, she came up empty-handed.
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  • Gann 9th graders taking a selfie in the dance studio.

    Meet the Gann Academy Class of 2021

    We are excited to welcome the incoming class to the Gann community! This year, more than 70 new students hail from 24 different towns around New England.

    “Gann draws students from all over Greater Boston,” says Director of Enrollment Management Farrah Rubenstein. “Students who come to Gann are able to develop friendships with kids from Marblehead to Sharon, Worcester to Brookline.”
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  • New Department Brings Increased Innovation to Gann

    New Department Brings Increased Innovation to Gann

    Gann Academy is excited to introduce our new Computing, Design and Fabrication Department.

    Gann's newest department includes an expanded computer science curriculum (with three levels of courses allowing for triple the student enrollment of previous years), courses that focus on design and engineering (with planned classes in areas such as 3D design and electrical engineering), and a new Innovation Club for students to identify relevant projects and design and build prototypes. The department will also house Gann’s award-winning robotics teams.

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  • Sleeping Under the Stars: myIsrael 2017

    Sleeping Under the Stars: myIsrael 2017

    Sixty-six Gann sophomores have spent the last seven weeks exploring Israel through an exciting mix of academics, desert camping, socializing, sports, art, robotics, community service and much, much more. They're participating in myIsrael, Gann's unique Israel trip where students engage with the country on multiple levels.

    The Gann trekkers have met with Knesset members, a Christian journalist, a 90-something pioneer, Palestinians, settlers, representatives of the LGBT community and one of the country's top junior tennis players, to name just a few. And to experience the life of an Israeli teen in real time, Gann kids did a week-long homestay with the families of students from Ironi Hey High School, Gann's sister school in Haifa.

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  • Gann Psychology Students Do Original Research

    Gann Psychology Students Do Original Research

    If you’re told a certain snack food is a name brand, does that make you judge it tastier? If a maze is described as “really challenging,” will you struggle with it more than if you were told it was “super easy?”

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  • Gann Girls Thrive in Math and Science

    Gann Women Thrive in Math and Science

    Hodaya Propp likes building robots. Zoe Weiss is a whiz at programming. Gann girls are members of the math team and the Women in STEM club, compete in mathematics competitions, take upper level science and math courses and just plain love any activity that kicks their left brain into gear. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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  • Language Study: A Window Into Culture

    Language Study: A Window Into Culture

    In a Gann Spanish class, you won’t find students simply memorizing “mama,” “papa,” “hijo” and “hija” for a unit on the family. Sure, they’ll learn the family tree, but they’ll also discuss how familial structures differ in Spanish-speaking countries, how divorce rates in Latin America diverge from the United States’, and how same-sex relationships are viewed. Meanwhile, sophomores studying Arabic are brushing up on vocabulary they plan to use when they visit the souk (marketplace) in Israel during the myIsrael trip.

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  • Shabbaton: A Time to Connect With Community and Judaism

    One highlight of Gann’s recent Shabbaton was an intimate discussion between seniors and Head of School Rabbi Marc Baker that went into the wee hours of the morning. There was also a crazy international-themed relay race, great food, a moving Havdalah service, and a fascinating talk by two activists — a Yemeni threatened by extremists and the American Jew who helped him escape.

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  • Chef Steve Smith prepares fresh guacamole for the students

    Farm-to-School and Dining at Gann

    Mac and cheese is hands-down the most popular dish in Gann's dining hall. Roasted zucchini with herbs, vegetarian lo mein, and paninis also get gobbled up. Falafel sliders and orzo primavera? Not so much.

    Since donning the head apron at Gann in 2015, Director of Food Services Steve Smith has introduced “farm-to-school” eating in the dining hall. Farm-to-school borrows its name from the farm-to-table movement, sharing its emphasis on serving fresh food sourced directly from local farmers, exposing diners to vegetable and fruit varieties they may not ordinarily encounter. 

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  • Students Make Bacterial Cells Glow Through Bioengineering

    Students Make Bacterial Cells Glow Through Bioengineering

    If you walked into one of our advanced biotech classes recently, you’d be treated to a gorgeous sight: vials and plates of eerily glowing bacteria.
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  • Researchers and Soul Searchers

    Around the corner from Gann (or just through the woods, if you take a short-cut) is the site of The Fernald School. Before it was closed just a few years ago, Fernald was a center for adults with developmental disabilities. However, earlier in its history, Fernald was called a “School for the Feebleminded,” and its namesake, Walter E. Fernald, was an advocate of eugenics. Recently, the City of Waltham acquired the property and is in the process of determining what to do with it. This past summer members of our faculty were introduced to the archivist who has been charged by Waltham to consider how best to preserve the memory of the place and its history. This is where the project begins.

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  • Local composer featured in Zamir Chorale concert (The Jewish Advocate)

    June 23, 2017
    NEWTON CENTRE - Zamir Chorale of Boston's "AwePsalm" concert last week featured luminary composers such as Leonard Bernstein and 16 th century Jewish violinist Salamone Rossi, and a 24-year-old Boston native who is quickly gaining a reputation as a soughtafter musical talent: Jeremiah Klarman.
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  • Asher Dale '17 made an app based on the Three Good Things method (

    June 12, 2017
    Asher Dale has three very good reasons to be happy.
    For one, the 17-year-old Newton native graduates from Waltham’s Gann Academy this weekend. For another, he’s looking forward to a gap year in Israel. And finally, he’s celebrating the release of his first app, based on the “Three Good Things” method.

    This Local 17-Year-Old’s App Will Make You Happy
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  • A New Look for Gann's Science Wall

    June 9, 2017
    Shevuon Hatichon - By Eliana Bazer

    With the end of the year approaching, Gann Seniors are working on their Ma’avar projects. These projects range from traveling to internships. A notable addition has been made to the science wing. Anya Shire-Plumb ’17 choose to paint a mural for her project.
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  • Goodbye Gann. Hello World.

    June 2, 2017
    Senior Asher Dale loves computers. He did a college-level independent study senior year and designed a happiness iPhone app during Ma’avar called “Three Good Things”— now available in the app store. Not surprisingly, he was accepted at several selective colleges, including the University of Michigan, but chose the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign because of its top-rated computer science program.
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  • Girls Varsity Softball and Tennis Clinch League Crowns

    June 2, 2017
    Congratulations to the girls varsity softball and tennis teams for winning the 2017 Independent Girls Conference (IGC) championships, making this year one of the two most victorious in Gann athletics history. The girls varsity volleyball team, as well as the girls and boys varsity basketball teams, also walked away with league crowns this winter.
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  • Sleeping Under the Stars: myIsrael 2017

    June 2, 2017
    Sixty-six Gann sophomores have spent the last seven weeks exploring Israel through an exciting mix of academics, desert camping, socializing, sports, art, robotics, community service and much, much more. They’re participating in myIsrael, Gann’s unique Israel trip where students engage with the country on multiple levels.
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  • Students visit Alabama lynching site to offer Jewish prayers at memorial

    May 24, 2017 - Published by Alabama Living.
    For years, students from a Jewish high school in Massachusetts have been making annual pilgrimages to Alabama to learn about the civil rights movement.

    A group of 25 high school students from Gann Academy of Waltham, Mass., is in Birmingham today. They are touring the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Kelly Ingram Park. 

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  • Embracing Our Diversity

    May 17, 2017
    On several occasions this week I heard powerful stories that brought to light the richness of the diversity of our community and the depth of the humanity of the individuals who make it up.
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  • Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston Raises More than $46,000

    May 22, 2017

    Grants Go to Seven Nonprofits Working in Areas of Domestic Violence and Mental Health

    For the past year, two groups of local Jewish teenagers have been gathering regularly to learn about and practice two of Judaism’s most cherished values: tzedakah and tikuun olam — charity and healing the world. The program they participate in is called the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) and on May 18, the groups gave away a total of $46,669 in grants to seven nonprofits — five of them local— in a moving ceremony at Hebrew College.
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  • To learn giving, teens grant $47K (The Jewish Advocate)

    May 18, 2017
    NEWTON – The Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston gave away $46,669 in grants to seven nonprofit organizations – five of them local – in a ceremony at Hebrew College here on May 18.
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  • Dancing the Night Away at the Junior-Senior Prom

    May 5, 2017
    With almost every Gann junior and senior attending, prom was the place to be on the evening of April 2.
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  • Gann Awardees Embody School’s Values

    May 5, 2017
    In the fall, Anna Finklestein and Lily Rabinoff-Goldman led their 11th grade history students on a fascinating intellectual journey. Through interviews and archival research, the students excavated the complex history of Gann’s next-door-neighbor, the now-shuttered Fernald School here. The school served developmentally delayed children and adults—and those deemed so—for more than a century.
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  • Seniors Take Charge of Own Learning During Ma’avar

    May 5, 2017
    One senior is building a “happiness app” that leverages the most current psychological research. Another is teaching at a school in Tel Aviv. A couple of boys are driving through the U.S. heartland, interviewing people about the state of the country, then creating a podcast from their research. Students are interning at hospitals, a Tufts medical lab, a state senator’s office, and in the photography department of a local newspaper.
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  • Gann Student Olivia Siegal Wins Writing Award

    April 24, 2017
    Congratulations to Olivia Siegal who, after winning a New England regional award, went on to win a national Gold Medal for the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.
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  • Ben Edry Shayna Mael

    Gann Athletes Recognized in the Boston Globe

    April 8, 2017
    Congratulations to basketball MVPs Shayna Mael and Ben Edry who were among the Boston Globe's twenty-two top student athletes at Massachusetts independent schools recognized in the "2017 Preps All-Scholastics".
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  • Gann Runners Turn Out for Jerusalem Marathon To Support Alum’s Nonprofit

    April 7, 2017
    Gann alum Meital Galler has watched her younger brother Elan struggle with a rare form of epilepsy that limits almost every aspect of his life. So several years ago, she and her older brother founded a nonprofit that promotes epilepsy awareness and education, while also supporting young people with the disease and their families.

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  • ShenaniGanns Chosen to Compete in WGBH Sing That Thing!

    April 7, 2017
    Set your DVRs to WGBH TV on Friday, April 28 at 8:30 pm. when Gann’s a cappella group, ShenaniGanns, competes to win the station’s third annual Sing That Thing! competition. Gann is one of 18 choral groups — six high schools, six colleges and six adult groups—that advanced to round one of the contest, based on audition videos. It’s the second year in a row ShenaniGanns has received this honor.
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  • Gann History Teacher Appeared in Recent CNN Documentary

    April 7, 2017
    How many high school students can say that their history teacher is one of the world’s leading authorities on an infamous ancient king?
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  • Gann Academy hosts TEDxWalthamED (The Jewish Advocate)

    April 7, 2017
    WALTHAM - Gann Academy teacher Sharona Goder-Peled organized a day of lectures on innovative teaching approaches that view students as complex, multi-faceted beings for "TEDxWalthamED: Blurring the Lines Between Disciplines," held here on April 2. More than 100 people attended.
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  • Budding Diplomat Or Not, This Club is For You

    March 28, 2017
    Alex Bulanov isn’t old enough to drive, but he has represented Sudan in high-level talks at the UN about state-sponsored terrorism and Internet recruitment.

    The Model UN, that is.
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  • Investment in Teacher Development Pays Off Every Day

    March 28, 2017
    Gann senior Zach Oshins used to go to one of the best public schools in the state. But he longed for a learning environment that was more intimate, individualized and dynamic. At Gann, he found exactly what he was looking for.
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  • Gann Psychology Students Do Original Research

    March 28, 2017
    If you’re told a certain snack food is a name brand, does that make you judge it tastier? If a maze is described as “really challenging,” will you struggle with it more than if you were told it was “super easy?”
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  • Who Did We Say “Yes” To?

    March 28, 2017
    By this point in the admissions process, you probably know a lot about Gann— our rigorous and vibrant curriculum, welcoming environment, fantastic teachers, competitive sports teams, and our huge array of clubs. But there’s still one big question mark: who else might be new to Gann in September?
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  • Student Zoe Weiss honored by the National Center for Women In Technology

    March 27, 2017
    Congratulations to Zoe Weiss '17 who was honored by the National Center for Women In Technology.
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  • Gann Hosts Israeli Leaders through the Wexner Foundation

    March 20, 2017
    Gann recently hosted Israeli leaders from all areas of public service in Israel including 14 ministries. This exchange was sponsored by the Wexner Foundation, whose programs supports 40 senior Israeli leaders visiting Harvard's Kennedy School. Here's what they had to say about Gann:
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  • Gann Girls Thrive in Math and Science

    March 14, 2017
    Hodaya Propp likes building robots. Zoe Weiss is a whiz at programming. Gann girls are members of the math team and the Girls in STEM club, compete in mathematics competitions, take upper level science and math courses and just plain love any activity that kicks their left brain into gear. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
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  • Language Study: A Window Into Culture

    March 14, 2017
    In a Gann Spanish class, you won’t find students simply memorizing “mama,” “papa,” “hijo” and “hija” for a unit on the family. Sure, they’ll learn the family tree, but they’ll also discuss how familial structures differ in Spanish-speaking countries, how divorce rates in Latin America diverge from the U.S.A.’s, and how same-sex relationships are viewed. In one Chinese course, the Beijing Olympics have proved a fascinating glimpse into many aspects of China. Meanwhile, sophomores studying Arabic are brushing up on vocabulary they plan to use when they visit a souk in Israel this spring.
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  • Student Council Sponsors Summit for Gann Leaders

    March 14, 2017
    Senior Perry Wallack had an idea. What if he brought together the school’s leaders — heads of clubs, captains of sports teams, student council reps— to learn how to become even better at what they do? He fleshed out his idea with fellow students, faculty and staff and recruited top Gann administrators to run hands-on workshops teaching leadership skills. The fruits of his labors will be on display at Gann’s first Student Leadership Summit— a half-day event at the school this coming Sunday. Wallack expects at least 30 student leaders to attend.
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  • Gann Alum Combines Cooking with Activism

    March 14, 2017
    Gann alumna Reva Haselkorn thought she would become an architect. She graduated from Princeton with a degree in architecture, worked for a few years in the field, then realized that although the projects she was involved in were laudable— sustainable energy, disaster relief, rain water harvesting— she felt too removed from the people she was helping. So she did what any logical person would do: she went to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston, and graduated as the class valedictorian.
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  • Boys Varsity Basketball wins championship Girls basketball champs with the athletic trainer's dog Bunker

    Gann Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Clinch League Championships

    February 28, 2017
    “The environment at the championship games was electric,” recalls Director of Athletics Pam Roecker. “One of the boys' game highlights was senior Noah Klar hitting a three-point shot at the buzzer – a great spark going into half-time! And the girls played arguably their best all-around game of the season.”

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  • Teacher Yoni Kadden discusses the finer points of American history with his AP students Jess Friedman and teacher Yoni Kadden bond over CDs from a certain Broadway musical

    Broadway’s Hamilton Meets Harvard Business School in Gann History Class

    February 28, 2017
    What happens when a Gann student obsessed with a certain Broadway musical shares her passion with her AP American history teacher who has recently learned an innovative teaching technique from a top business school?

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  • Head of School Rabbi Marc Baker, TEDxWalthamED organizer Sharona Goder-Peled and Director of Teaching and Learning Jacob Pinnolis

    TEDx Comes to Gann in April

    February 28, 2017
    TEDx Talks, those short, powerful lectures, have become a global phenomenon. Now, a department head is bringing one of these prestigious events to Gann.  On Sunday, April 2, the school will host an official TEDx event—a daylong series of talks that focus on addressing students’ learning and socio-emotional needs in an interconnected way.

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  • Students Eat Their Veggies at Gann with No Complaints

    February 28, 2017
    Mac and cheese is hands-down the most popular dish in Gann's dining hall. Roasted zucchini with herbs, vegetarian lo mein, and paninis also get gobbled up.
    Falafel sliders and orzo primavera? Not so much.
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  • Twice-weekly advisory check-in

    Advisory Program: Where Students are Heard, Known and Understood

    February 28, 2017
    What do you hope to accomplish during your four-year Gann journey? How do you constructively engage with people whose opinions are diametrically opposed to yours? How does your identity as a Jew co-exist with your other identities? And how do you best balance a rigorous course load with an active social life?
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  • Gann Robotics: The Hardest Fun You’ll Ever Have

    February 14, 2017
    Gann recently won the Battle of Lexington. And not the Revolutionary War one.

    Gann’s Robots and Brain Bots, Inc. team (R.A.B.B.I.) took home first place honors in January’s qualifying match, the Battle of Lexington. As a result, the group is now heading to the state championship in March.  A second Gann robotics team will also vie for the state crown.
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  • New Courses Offered Next Fall

    February 14, 2017
    It’s time to register for next year’s courses at Gann and the choices are abundant: more than 150 courses in the humanities, math, sciences, languages and Jewish studies, not to mention the arts and electives that range from psychology to statistics to thermodynamics.
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  • Shabbaton: A Time to Connect With Community and Judaism

    February 14, 2017
    One highlight of Gann’s recent Shabbaton was an intimate discussion between seniors and Head of School Rabbi Marc Baker that went into the wee hours of the morning. There was also a crazy international-themed relay race, great food, a moving Havdalah service, and a fascinating talk by two activists — a Yemeni threatened by extremists and the American Jew who helped him escape.
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  • Finding Your Groove Through the Arts

    February 14, 2017
    Senior Grant Anapolle found his voice, his confidence and his best friend through improv at Gann. Sophomore Sydney Wallack discovered a way to mix activism with dance. Other students have learned to paint, throw pots, sing, perform jazz, make films, act, and design sound with computers.  In all, 28 arts courses are offered at Gann, taught by professional artists who are experts in their disciplines.
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  • Creating a Community of Writers

    February 14, 2017
    If you take Lily Rabinoff-Goldman’s Creative Writing class, expect to learn the usual important stuff— like how to vividly convey ideas using sound, rhythm and image.
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  • Lots of Good News from Colleges

    January 30, 2017
    Barnard said “yes.” So did Boston University, Brandeis, Brown, Clark and Dartmouth. And that’s just colleges that start with the first four letters of the alphabet.
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  • Students Explore Selves and World During Explo Week

    January 30, 2017
    Come the end of May, the halls of Gann are quiet.
    Where have the students gone? They are volunteering in a Head Start program, planting vegetables on an organic farm, visiting the Alabama landmarks of the Civil Rights movement and building homes with Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina. And that’s just a sampling of the rich experiences offered during Exploration Week, better known as Explo Week.
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  • Students Convince Gann to Say “No” to Fossil Fuels

    January 30, 2017
    A group of student leaders — from Student Council and Environmental Club— had an idea. What if they could convince the school to sever its dependence on fossil fuels and switch to a greener alternative?
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  • Students Make Bacterial Cells Glow Through Bioengineering

    January 30, 2017
    If you walked into one of our advanced biotech classes recently, you’d be treated to a gorgeous sight: vials and plates of eerily glowing bacteria.
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  • Feeling Stressed? Pet a Pooch

    January 30, 2017
    Gann students enjoyed a calming visit from a trio of therapy dogs during the end-of-semester finals crunch.
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  • Reunion 2016 Highlights: Joining the Network

    January 6, 2017
    On Saturday November 26th, the Copley Marriott was filled with the unmistakable energy of Gann alumni; old friends were reconnecting, and new friendships were in the making. Gann Academy was holding its Annual Alumni Reunion, it was the first time that the classes of 2011, 2006, 2001, and 2000 came together at one event.
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  • Freshman Shabbaton: Building Our Community

    January 6, 2017
    On Friday evening, November 18, the aroma of roasted vegetables, hot soup, and soft pretzels drifted through the halls of Gann Academy. There were sounds of music and laughter and sometimes quiet moments of prayer and discussion. It was the Freshman Shabbaton, an occasion to step back from the bustle of academic life as a new student and share a time of relaxed fellowship and contemplation.
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  • Arts Foundations: Creating an Anthem for Gann

    January 6, 2017
    Next week, Gann’s ninth grade Music Foundations class will step into the spotlight and up to the microphones to perform for an audience of peers and faculty in the Black Box Theater.
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  • Gann Academy Expands Unique Tuition Affordability Program

    December 10, 2016
    Visionary donors make a Gann education financially accessible to more families
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  • Are We Running Out of Water?: Student Blog

    December 2, 2017
    This fall, seniors in the Environmental Science & Sustainability elective stepped outside the classroom to put their lab experience to the test. Students gain scientific inquiry skills in Gann’s Science Department, which combines theory with primary research, both in the lab and in the field
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  • Gann May be the New Kid on the Block—But We are Making Noise

    In an exciting win his fall, Gann Academy won the inaugural Girls Volleyball Championship in the IGC (Independent Girls Conference). According to Director of Athletics Pam Roecker, this title is a milestone within the growth of Gann Athletics, a newcomer in a well-established conference.
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  • Finding Israel

    December 2, 2016
    This past August, thirty Gann juniors embarked on a journey to Israel, leaving the creature comforts of home, their parents, and familiar places behind. What began as a scramble to get to know new teachers and classes, peer travelers, and a new country—became a transformative experience.
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  • Gann’s Sherri Geller Elected to National College Counseling Board

    November 1, 2016
    Gann’s focus on college readiness was further validated in September when the Presidents Council of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) elected Sherri Geller, Gann’s Co-Director of College Counseling, as its Coordinator-elect. Sherri will serve as the Coordinator and hold a seat on the NACAC Board of Directors in 2017-18. NACAC is the leading organization for college counselors and college admissions officers, representing 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing post-secondary education.
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  • CEO of Hillel International Eric Fingerhut visits Gann Academy as part of innovative Mifgash

    October 28, 2016
    Interactive exchange program with Israeli Ironi Hey High School features Hillel talk on Jewish identity and the importance of the Israel connection.
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  • Gann’s Jonathan Golden on The Four Questions of Election 2016 and Why Gann Teaches Democracy Differently Than All Other Schools

    November 1, 2016
    I love teaching American history in an election year.  Like American educational philosopher John Dewey, I believe that my primary purpose is to prepare my students for participation in American democracy.
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  • An interview with Sierra Weiss, Gann ’14 on the inclusion imperative

    November 1, 2016
    We had an opportunity to sit down with Sierra Weiss, Gann class of 2014 and now a junior at Emory University in Atlanta, GA to learn more about her work on disability inclusion and how she’s used her Gann education to realize her passions while helping make the world a better place.
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  • A Celebration across Generations: The Second Annual Grandparents’ and Friends’ Lunch and Learn

    Today we had the pleasure of welcoming 95 Gann grandparents and special friends to our campus for the second annual Grandparents’ and Visitors’ Lunch & Learn event.
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  • A New Year, A New Look: The Gann Lobby Makeover

    October 14, 2016
    You can't miss it. Visitors to Gann are now met with a bold and engaging motif and display of messages in the lobby and Dining Hall that succinctly capture the personality, the purpose, and the values of the school.  It’s a perfect celebration of the new year and a fresh and fun take on what Gann is all about.
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  • Morton E. Ruderman Inclusion Scholarship Fund

    Combined Jewish Philanthropies is pleased to acknowledge Gann Academy as a participating partner in the Morton E. Ruderman Inclusion Scholarship Fund. 
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  • STEM Education By and For Students

    Wellesley College Online, March 4, 2015
    That excitement to learn is what motivated Tali Marcus to found Wellesley’s Robogals chapter last fall. Read more

  • From Needham to ‘Newsies,’ by way of Wheelock

    The Boston Globe, June 20, 2015
    Kemp is one of the stars of the national tour of the Disney musical “Newsies,” coming to the Opera House Tuesday though July 5. He plays Davey, a young man who becomes an unlikely firebrand of the New York newsboys strike, based on real events in 1899, that is the heart of the show. Read more
  • Gann senior honored as 'Hero' after save on Charles

    The Walthan News Tribine, December 3, 2014
    When Gann Academy of Waltham senior Jonny Zackman was hired to work as a lifeguard on the Charles River he was told he had to take a course in emergency medical response so he could be prepared for any situation he might face on the job. Read more
  • Where Do I Stand? By Maya Sinclair

    Jewish Women's Archive, October 28, 2014
    I am Jewish through and through. As confident as I am about my identity as a Jew and my place in the Jewish community, I am insecure about my role in the feminist community. Read more
  • Gann Grads Launch Kosher Food Truck

    Boston Magazine, October 17, 2014
    Ari Kendall and Matthew Pultman will roll out a kosher food truck with their mobile version of Rami’s. Kendall, a Le Cordon Bleu grad who recently worked at Barcelona Wine Bar in Brookline, and Pultman, founder of The Drop, were both longtime fans of Haim Cohen’s Israeli/Middle Eastern restaurant in Brookline. Read more
  • Femininjas: Jewesses With Attitude

    The Jewish Women's Archive, June 27, 2014
    Back in 2011, as newly minted high schoolers at Gann Academy in Waltham, Kineret Grant-Sasson and Mitali Desai had an idea: during the second half of freshman year, they would start holding meetings for a feminist club, welcoming students with all levels of knowledge and interest. Read more
  • Gann, Maimo seniors set to enter the ‘real world’

    The Jewish Advocate, June 6, 2014
    As seniors graduate from Gann Academy in Waltham and Maimonides School in Brookline this month, many will be going to four-year colleges, while others will be headed to Israel. Read more
  • New Tzion Program Educates About Israel

    The Jewish Journal Massachusetts, May 22, 2014
    David Starr’s story is, in many ways, a tale of continuity and change in American Jewry. Read more
  • Newton native launches scholarly journal focused on Bruce Springsteen

    The Boston Globe, August, 12, 2014
    Are rock stars worthy of scholarly study? It might be tough to write a master’s thesis about Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, but Bruce Springsteen? No problem. Read more
  • TeenSafe Helps Prevent Dating Abuse

    The Jewish Journal - Massachusetts, August 14, 2014
    Hannah Hiam of Newton, an 18-year-old recent graduate of Gann Academy, has been an active participant in TeenSafe for three years. “The mission of the program spoke to me,” she said. “I feel strongly about women’s rights, especially the right to your own body and to your happiness.” Read more
  • A Day School Student Has a Few Words for Barry Shrage

    Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), April 8, 2014 
    In the piece below, an 11th-grade student named Claire Shoyer delivers an amazing D’var Torah in honor of CJP’s Barry Shrage. Read more
  • Waltham students involved in Future Philanthropists Initiative

    Waltham News Tribune, April 1, 2014
    The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is running the third year of its youth philanthropy initiative, which this year includes four students from the Gann Academy in Waltham. Read more
  • Bold Leadership

    eJewish Philanthropy, February 25, 2014
    When it comes to different interpretations of Torah, ethics, and theology and different understandings of Judaism and visions for the Jewish future, the Jewish People need a robust exchange of ideas and as many voices as possible at the table. Read more
  • Class Act: Sierra Weiss, Gann Academy

    WHDH TV 7NBC, January 25, 2014
    Seventeen-year old senior Sierra Weiss at Gann Academy in Waltham is using her love of dance in a very special way. Watch video
  • Gann Alumni Earn Patents for Inventions

    The Jewish Advocate, January 17, 2014
    Magnetically supported shoes and a weight-stabilizing stretcher may sound like inventions from the future, but in fact they have already been conceived and created by alumni from Gann Academy. Read more
  • Gann Board Member Jonathan Sarna Elected President of Association for Jewish Studies

    The Jewish Daily Forward, January 6, 2013
    Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, was elected president of the Association for Jewish Studies at its annual meeting. Read more
  • Teens’ Bow Tie Business Blossoms

    The Boston Globe, January 3, 2013
    For the teenagers, friends since elementary school, the retro neckwear has blossomed from a distinctive sartorial choice into a bona fide business. Read more
  • The School as a Learning Community

    The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education, Fall 2013
    Published work by Rabbi Marc Baker, Rabbi David Jaffe and Jacob Pinnolis. Read more
  • Two Patents Awarded to Gann Academy Alumni

    Gann Academy, December 11, 2013
    Gann Academy, a pluralistic, Jewish high school in Waltham committed to academic excellence and a meaningful Jewish education, announced that six alumni are recipients of patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for their work while at the school. Read more
  • Waltham Students Excel at Studio Art Program

    The Waltham News Tribune, August 21, 2013
    Uri Nathan and Dania Simoun-Tkachenko, students at Gann Academy in Waltham, spent two weeks this summer in Williamsburg, Mass., at Snow Farm Summer, a part of The New England Craft Program. Read more
  • Chai in the Hub Winners - Board Member Ben Sigel, October 17, 2013
    Our first annual Chai in the Hub contest highlights the faces of Boston's Jewish future and recognizes the amazing contributions of our generation. You nominated inspiring rabbis, dedicated lawyers, theatrical geniuses and social entrepreneurs—and now we’re proud to announce this year’s Chai in the Hub honorees. Read more
  • Concocting a formula for day school success

    Combined Jewish Philanthropies - - August 6, 2013
    If you’ve ever wondered how Jewish day schools compete when it comes to science and math, take note of Gann Academy’s Robots And Brain Bots Inc. (RABBI) robotics team. In 2011-- their very first year--they won a top spot in a worldwide competition, edging out 128 other teams. Read more
  • Excitement As Jewish Day Schools Open

    The Jewish Journal, August 29, 2013
    As the school year begins, there is plenty new at Greater Boston's Jewish day schools. The area boasts a diverse array of nearly a dozen Jewish day schools — from those affiliated with denominational Judaism, to pluralistic, community schools, as well as several Orthodox yeshivot. The Journal spoke with leaders, staff and parents from seven metropolitan day schools, all of whom are upbeat about the start of the school year and the future prospects of their schools. Read more
  • For the Breath of Schoolchildren

    The Jewish Advocate, November 15, 2013
    As novel and innovative as Garlick’s scientific work is, there is something else just as extraordinary happening in his laboratory: He is deliberately and effectively training the next generation of scientists and science-literate students. And he is capturing their hearts and minds while they are still in high school. There has now been a long line of Gann Academy students and others, including my children Anna and Adam, who have completed immersion programs in Garlick’s laboratory specifically geared to pre-college students. Read more
  • Gann Academy Announces New Programs to Address Affordability

    WALTHAM—Gann Academy, a pluralistic, Jewish high school in Waltham committed to academic excellence and a meaningful Jewish education announced today that it is expanding its tuition assistance programs to include a new Pioneer Fellows Program in addition to the Minimum Award Program that Gann piloted last year.
    The new Pioneer Program is for students matriculating from public schools and offers a 20% discount off of tuition each year to a limited number of students.  Any Gann applicant who attended public school since at least 6th grade may apply for this program.
    “The Gann community is enriched by the active engagement of students new or returning to Jewish day school education —we want to welcome these families with this targeted tuition assistance program,” said Head of School, Rabbi Marc Baker.
    The Minimum Award Program offers at least $5,000 for every family who qualifies for financial aid. Gann piloted this program for the 2013-14 school year to ensure that all financial aid recipients receive a meaningful minimum award.  Eligibility for this award is based on the financial aid application and review process.
    Last year, Gann Academy granted financial aid awards totaling $2.5 million, funding over 96% of all applications.
    “Gann Academy is committed to making Jewish day school accessible to all admitted students, regardless of financial need. We believe that our pluralistic community is further enhanced by the socioeconomic diversity of our student body, and in support of this goal, we have created these unique programs to ensure that enrollment is available for the greatest number of mission-appropriate students,” said Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Christine Miller.

  • Gann Academy students cultivate values and vegetables for project

    The Jewish Advocate, June 7, 2013
    Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham, has been cultivating young minds since 1997 when it was founded as the New Jewish High School of Greater Boston. And now, it is cultivating herbs, leafy greens and root vegetables, thanks to the work of two soon-to-graduate students, Alicia Zolondick and Talia Berkowitz-Regosin. Read more
  • Habits of Mind and A Divergent Book Club

    Young Adult Library Services Association, The Yalsa Blog, November 25, 2013
    At Gann Academy, the language of the middot, soul traits like truth (emet) and humility (anavah), are used often to describe our habits of mind and habits of heart. But using those to describe how we read a book about a post-apocalyptic world? Apparently, that’s just how Gann Academy rolls. Read more
  • MetroWest high schoolers will ‘Go for the Glow’

    The Jewish Advocate, June 28, 2013
    This summer, a group of about 40 high school students will work intensely with GFP at Gann Academy in Waltham as part of the Boston University School of Medicine’s SummerLab Biotechnology program. “Go for the Glow” runs daily from July 15 to 19 and introduces students to central concepts and skills of recombinant DNA technology as it applies to biotechnology. Read more
  • Newton Dancer Helping to Make the Arts More Inclusive

    The Boston Globe, December 8, 2013
    While attending a summer camp in Palmer four years ago, Sierra Weiss of Newton signed up to spend a portion of each day with the special-needs campers. She had fun participating in the activities at Camp Ramah in New England, but came away with a more meaningful lesson. Read more
  • Newton Teen Puzzles High-Level Math in Israel

    American Technion Society, September 10, 2013
    Daniel Mangoubi '14 spent his summer immersed in rigorous games — and we're not talking soccer. Read more
  • The Big Men on Gann Academy Campus: A Q&A with “the Jewish Jordan”

    Combined Jewish Philanthropies - - July 7, 2013
    Tamir Goodman dubbed "the Jewish Jordan," by Sports Illustrated, is working to make a difference in the lives of youngsters. Read more.
  • Rabbis Visit Landmarks in Boston

    The Jewish Advocate, November 22, 2013
    Three Rabbis from Israel, representing the Orthodox, Reform and Conservative streams, walk into a mikveh… That was the scene on Sunday afternoon, when Rabbi Rafi Weinberg, Rabbi Shai Beloosesky and Rabbi Dubi Haiun visited Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters, a community ritual bath in Newton. Read more
  • Sapling from Anne Frank tree planted in Boston

    WCVB – The Boston Channel, June 4, 2013
    A sapling from a tree that towered over the secret annex where Anne Frank hid with her family during World War II will be unveiled in the Boston Commo. Read more
  • Welcome to Class 26 of the Graduate Fellowship Program

    Wexner Field Fellows, June 4, 2013 - Jennifer Weinstock
    The Wexner Foundation is proud to announce the selection of Class 26 of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. Several hundred future and current Jewish professionals applied to be part of this prestigious Fellowship and leadership learning opportunity. Twenty-two were selected. Read more
  • Waltham students present grants to local nonprofits

    The Waltham News Tribune, May 30, 2013
    Students from the Gann Academy in Waltham presented checks to Generations Incorporated and Shelter Music Boston as part of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation Future Philanthropists Initiative. Read more
  • Jewish schools look to serve students with special needs, February 16, 2012
    A philanthropic group has received a $1.89 million grant designed to help Jewish day schools in the area better teach students with special needs. Read more
  • Chanoch L’Naar

    eJewish Philanthropy, May 1, 2013
    At Gann Academy, we decided that, if we wanted this language, culture, and practice to impact our entire school, we needed to start with the adults in the building, especially the school’s senior leadership team. Read more
  • Gann Academy Students Take Top Honors in International Robotics Competition

    Newton Patch, June 1, 2011
    These members of Gann Academy’s Robots and Brain Bots Inc. (RABBI) team recently won a prestigious award at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge World Championship in St. Louis, Mo. They won the highest honor among the 128 competing teams representing 29 different countries. Read more
  • Gann students learn philanthropy

    The Waltham News Tribune, June 5, 2012
    Two students from Gann Academy participated in the Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s Future Philanthropists program, which was designed to engage and empower youth to work collectively to serve older adults through philanthropy. Read more
  • Nancy Epstein one for the record books at Gann Academy

    The Waltham News Tribune, January 25, 2010
    Nancy Epstein lives right around the corner from Marblehead High School. She could have been to school in a minute or two each morning had she chosen to stay home the past four years. Read more
  • Even in college, Gann star keeps going and going ...

    The Jewish Advocate, November 13, 2009
    Aliza Miller may as well call the soccer field home. The former Gann Academy star has started every game during her first two seasons at Connecticut College. "And she is the only player in her class to have done so," said Camels' head coach Winnie Bing. Read more
  • Donors Give Pluralistic School in Boston $12.25 Mil

    The Jewish Daily Forward, December 16, 2009
    Defying the recession and concerns about Jewish philanthropy after Bernard Madoff, a group of anonymous donors recently gave $12.25 million to Gann Academy, a 13-year-old pluralistic Jewish high school in suburban Waltham, Mass., enabling the school to retire its building debt. Read more
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