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Middle School Moments

We had a very full and wonderful week of school, leading up to the Presidents Week break!

On Monday, the sixth grade celebrated Tu Beshevat with a special Seder. The music room was transformed into a tropical paradise; students read poetry, sang songs, and read pieces of their own writing. Dates and raisins completed the picture!

Seventh graders this week studied angles (in math class) as a key to architecture, construction, navigation, physics, and the rotation of planets.

Eighth grade students and their parents gathered at the school Thursday night for a pre-Israel trip meeting, focused on the trip itinerary. Students and their parents traveled in small groups throughout the building "visiting" Masada, Jerusalem, the Negev, Kibbutz Ketura, Tel Aviv, and the North of Israel.

A special highlight of this week was Yom Eliezer ben Yehuda, a day focused on the Hebrew language, and in tribute to the man who reinvented Hebrew as a modern, living language. An assembly on Thursday featured a spelling-antonyms-synonyms competition, an introduction to Hebrew slang, a video biographical introduction to Eliezer ben Yehuda, and the singing of the jazzy song, "Eliezer ben Yehuda." The Hebrew teachers and the students did a tremendous job preparing and implementing this wonderful program. Kol hakavod!

This week we also celebrated the in-school Bar Mitzvah of Sivan Nemirof. Mazel tov to Sivan and his family!

Please note the following calendar items:

Monday-Friday, February 20-25 - NO SCHOOL - Presidents Day Break

Monday, February 27 - Rosh Hodesh Adar - Lice checks in the afternoon; boys basketball semi-finals home game (time TBD), Willy Wonka rehearsal, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28 - Willy Wonka rehearsal, 4:40-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1 - Boys basketball finals, home game (time TBD), Willy Wonka rehearsal, 4:40-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 2 - Willy Wonka rehearsal, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 3 - peer buddies at dismissal

Here is next week's student schedule: Schedule

Shabbat Shalom!

Lori Skopp

Middle School Head

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In honor of Eliezer ben Yehudah, Middle School students participate in a multi-part competition that focuses on Hebrew vocabulary. The week culminates with an assembly where students compete for the title "Aluf Ha'Ivrit" (the Hebrew champion).


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This week sixth graders continued their study of electricity, exploring Benjamin Franklin's "discovery" of lightning, and how lightning rods attract lightning to protect buildings and their inhabitants. Seventh graders selected topics for their research projects on the human brain. Topics range from sleep to behavior to psychopharmacology; an important aspect of the research will be a critical evaluation of online sources of information. Eighth graders read the memoir Night by Elie Wiesel, which tells the story of a father-son relationship at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.

Not surprisingly, a highlight of this school week was our snow day on Thursday--a chance to catch up on sleep, homework, and sledding.

This week we also celebrated the in-school Bat Mitzvah of Hannah Berley. Mazel tov to Hannah and her family!

Please note the following calendar items:

Monday, February 13 - 6th grade Tu B'shevat Seder during the day; Willy Wonka rehearsal, 4:40-6:30 p.m.; Boys home basketball game vs. Cathedral, 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14 - K-7 buddy activity during Lunch B; Willy Wonka rehearsal, 4:40-6:30 p.m.; 7th grade boys away basketball game vs. Bank Street, 5:00 p.m. (610 West 112th Street); girls home basketball game vs. Bank Street, 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15 - 6th grade boys home basketball game vs. Gaynor, 4:45 p.m.; Willy Wonka rehearsal, 4:40-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 16 - Eliezer ben Yehudah Day; boys away basketball game vs. Avenues, 4:15 p.m. (259 Tenth Avenue); 8th grade Israel trip meeting, 7:00 p.m. in the MS Dining Hall

Here is next week's student schedule: Schedule

Shabbat Shalom!

Lori Skopp
Middle School Head

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