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.
The grade 8 Constitution Works program was in full swing this week, with students making their arguments for the First Amendment mock Supreme Court case
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.
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!
Middle School Head