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Middle School Moments

Heschel Middle School students took time this week to volunteer around New York City. As part of their grade wide hesed days, the children cooked, packed and delivered meals, spent quality time with the elderly as well as children with disabilities.

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This week sixth graders reviewed the story of Moshe's birth--how he was concealed for the first three months and then set afloat in the Nile River to be found and rescued by Pharaoh's daughter. Seventh graders concluded the week together with their parents in our annual "Tefillin workshop"--a hands-on prayer and Tefillin-wrapping experience that also includes a gallery walk to explore the students' artistic representations of Tefillin (see photo link below). Eighth graders spent every available minute of the week preparing their arguments for their upcoming First Amendment mock Supreme Court case (through the Constitution Works program).

This week we were excited to welcome sixth grade parents for our first technology and social media workshop of the year. We are grateful that so many parents were in attendance to learn about how to best support our children as they navigate through the evolving intersection of handheld devices, the internet, and the social lives of teens.

This week we also celebrated the in-school Bnai Mitzvah of Liam Solomon and Micah Charlow, and the Bat Mitzvah of Daniella Roberts. Mazel tov to Liam, Micah, Daniella and their families!

Calendar update: Please note that we have changed the dates of the Hesed days in March. They will be as follows: Friday 3/9 - 8th grade; Thursday 3/15 - 6th grade; Friday 3/16 - 7th grade.

Shabbat Shalom!

Lori Skopp
Middle School Head


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Grade 7 learned about the ritual of putting on tefillin during their Torah Sha Bael Peh class. The students learned about the reasons for why tefllin are worn, the subtle language of the text of the prayers that are said, and the different customs people have that are associated the laying tefillin. Heschel High School students assisted with some of the lessons.

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This week our sixth graders dissected a chicken wing in science, in order to better understand the relationship between muscles and bones. Seventh graders studied the mishkan--the portable tabernacle used by the Israelites in the desert. They discussed the reasons for the mishkan (did God need it or did the people need it?) and built models based on the Torah's instructions. In eighth grade students debated the role of the federal government vs. the states in making policy decisions related to transgender bathroom options, and the selection of history textbooks.

We also marked two special moments this week. In Tefillah on Wednesday we marked the yahrzeit of Yitzhak Rabin, and on Thursday afternoon we had a special program to learn about The Balfour Declaration, which reached a milestone 100-year anniversary this week.

Our fall sports teams concluded a successful season this week with final volleyball and soccer games, as well as a cross-country meet. Congratulations to all of our athletes on their skills, teamwork, and hard work.

This week we also celebrated the in-school Bnot Mitzvah of Daniella and Maya Nussbaum. Mazel tov to Dani, Maya, and their families!

Shabbat Shalom,

Lori Skopp
Middle School Head

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