A Year of Creativity and Curiosity

science experiment

Your generous contributions allowed Hausner’s 2022/2023 year to be one of great imagination, inventiveness, and wonder. By following our annual theme, “to be creative is to be human,” we began the year with launching a new vivid brand identity and brand mark. Hausner’s new logo conveys a modern, joyous learning community and was expressed in all new collateral materials, website design, advertising, and school communications.

From a programming standpoint, Hausner launched several new initiatives that spark imaginations and cultivate an environment of inquisition, invention, and fascination.

Below are some of the highlights of our academic programs:

Creativity Lab:
In September, we launched a new Creativity Lab filled with a variety of tools and materials for children to explore and investigate their most creative theories and ideas. Students tackle hands-on projects and experiences that engage their curious minds and unique creative expressions. 

Philosophy for Children: 
Our Philosophy for Children program started its second year with expansion to all lower school grades. We have continued our partnership with Jana Mohr Lone, the Director and Founder of the University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children, to continue to assist in lesson development, instructional strategies, and overall program implementation

Ethics Bowl:
The concept of ethics is deeply rooted at Hausner and is a part of our curriculum at every grade level. This last year, we created Hausner’s first Ethics Bowl, a culmination of a year-long study of ethics and philosophy for Hausner 5th and 6th graders in which students use judgment, creativity, and sensitivity to articulate the best ethical analysis in a team competition.

Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Program:
This innovative program will continue in its third year. Using Jewish teachings and values, Hausner students work together to make our world a better place through innovation and teamwork. In the 22/23 school year, the Entrepreneurship program was expanded to include Braindeis Marin, Wornick, and the Shalom School.

Collaborations with Peninsula Jewish Day Schools:
New initiatives, activities, and events with other local Jewish Days Schools brought new synergies and opportunities for our school, our students, and the Hausner community.

8th Grade Israel Trip and Visit with Amos Hausner:
Last spring, our 8th graders met with Gideon Hausner’s son Amos in Beit Ha’am during their annual Israel trip. He shared personal recollections of his father and details about this historical moment while our students were able to use their skills of inquiry and sensitivity.

Science and Math Competitions
Hausner students competed in several competitions in 2022-23, including: the Synopsys Science and Technology Championship, the California Science & Engineering Fair, the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge, the American Mathematics Competition 8, and the Center of Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Challenge. We are proud of our Hausner students who participated and took home top prizes in many of these competitions!

math problem
stem student
students with robots
girls playing outside