JDS has a strong environmental commitment - it's rooted in the Jewish principle of Tikkun Olam which means "repairing the world." JDS is also proud of its participation in the King County Green School Program earning Level 1 during the 2009-2010 school year, Level 2 in November 2011, Level 3 in June 2013 and Level 4 in May 2015 - the highest possible level to attain - Sustaining Green School.
Our Middle School Green Team researches and initiates green projects, communicates initiatives to fellow students and the greater JDS community, and monitors waste reduction and energy conservation throughout the year. The team is supervised by Greg Clouse and Jim Wiesen.
At the end of each school day, students from each class (as well as staff from offices) bring waste receptacles to the waste station centrally located on campus. Students empty trash, recycling and composting, and are able to see how their collection compares to other grades. Green Team members are on hand to ensure materials are properly disposed and that recycling and compost containers are not contaminated.
- School Garden & Worm Bin. Our school garden has flowers, herbs, vegetables, strawberries etc. JDS has a rain barrel for water collection, and various student volunteers maintain the worm bin and weed, plant and prune as community service.
- Yard Waste Compost Container for grass clippings and other landscape cleanup.
- Recycling Boxes to collect batteries and lightbulbs are housed in the Front Office.
- Art Classes use recycled materials for art projects across all grades throughout the year.
In the Classrooms
Sustainability and environmental awareness is woven into the school's inquiry-based curriculum. Units of study allow students to 'dig deep" for a rich understanding of various environmental issues and collaborate for solutions or projects to improve our own environmental stewardship.