The latest buzz and headlines about Gann Academy

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  • Lots of Good News from Colleges

    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

    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 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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  • Feeling Stressed? Pet a Pooch

    Gann students enjoyed a calming visit from a trio of therapy dogs during the end-of-semester finals crunch.
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  • Gann Academy Expands Unique Tuition Affordability Program

    Visionary donors make a Gann education financially accessible to more families
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  • Students Convince Gann to Say “No” to Fossil Fuels

    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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  • CEO of Hillel International Eric Fingerhut visits Gann Academy as part of innovative Mifgash

    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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  • 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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