The Pardes community takes great pride in giving our students an array of leadership opportunities. Leadership Opportunities enable our students to hone their skills in areas, such as planning, communicating, decision-making and problem-solving.
In Lower School students may take on a Tikkun Olam project and involve his or her classmates. Our kindergartners were inspired to collect dog and cat food after hearing from a representative at a local animal shelter. Each year, our fourth graders lead the Kindergarten – Fourth Grade 100 Day Canned Food Challenge. A few years ago, two third grade students were inspired to make rubber-band bracelets for children in an orphanage in Africa. Encouraging their friends to join their efforts, the third-grade classes made approximately 700 bracelets at recess and after school. Additionally, the third graders made instruction videos in class to be given to the children in Africa. Several months later they saw the footage of the students receiving the bracelets and instructions, which were hand-delivered by the executive director of an organization. Imagine their delight seeing the smile on the children and the results of their hard work!
There are ample leadership opportunities such as Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, P-Tech, and Chief Science Officer are available to our Middle School students. Please visit the drop-down menu to learn more about each one.
The lay and professional leadership of Pardes Jewish Day School takes their role seriously to help create the next generation of Jewish leaders, who will serve in their communities, workplaces, and synagogues.
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. More than just an organization that recognizes scholarship, National Junior Honor Society also serves to honor students who demonstrate excellence in leadership, service, character and citizenship.
A student must be in seventh or eighth grade and have a cumulative average of 92.5% in the core subjects over the previous six quarters in order to be considered for membership in Pardes’ chapter of NJHS. A student who meets these qualifications and has demonstrated superior leadership and citizenship qualities may then choose to complete the application process. Our Faculty Council reviews applications and selects students for membership.
Members of the Pardes NJHS chapter are involved in our school community and beyond. They are required to participate in a minimum of ten hours of community service each semester as well as uphold the core values of Pardes.
PTech is a Pardes organization open to students in eighth grade. It was established to spread knowledge and appreciation for technology. PTech members assist everyone within the Pardes community to navigate the intricacies of their devices, software, and apps, facilitating maximum benefits to all. They train and assist teachers with a variety of software and classroom technology such as the Apple TVs, InFocus jTouch TVs, SMART projectors, SMARTBoard, IPEVO document cameras, and Brother printers. The PTechs research, test, and critique software and apps for student and teacher use. PTechs instruct students in their classrooms on how to use online software (Google Tour Builder, Prezi, Biteable, Powtoons, and many more) that will enhance their learning. They are available to work with students, parents, and staff to answer specific questions, provide training, and conduct simple troubleshooting with technology. During the year commitment, PTechs gain essential skills and develop a technical aptitude that is relevant and crucial to 21st Century learning. They also practice the key skills of collaboration and leading others.
Pardes Jewish Day School Student Council is a leadership training ground available to all Middle School students interested in running for an executive office, senate, or room representative.
Running for one of the executive offices or senate entails a short campaign, a campaign speech, and selection by a ballot vote. Sixth through eighth graders are eligible to run for president while fifth through eighth grade students are eligible to run for vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and historian. All middle school students are eligible to run for a member of senate. Elections are held every year in May.
Our Student Council represents our school by being role models, representing their peers, assisting teachers, administrators, and Kesher (PTO) with school events, and planning social events for their fellow middle school students. Past events have included school dances, movie nights, and off-campus outings, such as Jake’s Unlimited and ice skating.
Chief Science Officer
The Chief Science Officer (CSO) is a peer elected position within our Middle School. The CSO champions campus-wide interest and engagement of STEAM opportunities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) as well as innovation both on and off campus. The Pardes CSO serves as the “voice” of Pardes, identifying science oriented events such as speakers, field trips, and science nights, while ensuring these reflect the interests of their peers. Pardes’ CSO is elected in seventh grade. When they enter eighth grade they become a member of an elite cohort of over 250 national CSOs who work together to address issues and collaborate as a group. Chief Science Officers participate in the CSO training summer program, where they meet other CSOs and learn about their role. During their tenure, they attended STEAM-related conferences and workshops.
Eighth grader Noah Ramos has been elected as Pardes’ incoming CSO for the 2018/2019 school year. He is very excited to represent our school and bring new STEAM experiences to his peers. Reverse engineering is at the top of his list for the next STEAM night. “It’s for students who like to break stuff and then put it back together”, Noah says enthusiastically. It’s definitely going to be a stimulating year for our Middle School.