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Middle School Moments

On Wednesday morning we walked into the school atrium and entered the walls of Jerusalem--a beautiful scene created by our colleagues in the Lower School! As the morning continued, sixth grade parents joined us in the Roanna Shorofsky Theater for the sixth grade Hebrew play, which was based on the Yehonatan Geffen book, HaKeves HaShisha Asar, a series of humorous children's poems that were set to music. Working with their Hebrew teachers over several weeks, our students wrote much of the script, which was delivered in nearly-flawless Hebrew, interspersed with music. Kol hakavod to our Hebrew teachers and our sixth grade students on this beautiful production. Later that afternoon the entire Middle School divided into advisory groups to learn more about Jerusalem and the Six Day War.

This week eighth graders met with medical doctors in separate-sex groups, as a culmination of their sex ed program. Seventh grader began their sex education unit this week. Parents attended a Hallways workshop on drug and alcohol abuse prevention. Please click here for some useful resources for parents.

This week we also celebrated the in-school Bnot Mitzvah of Esther Shoshan, Tamar Shoshan, and Esther Mellul, and the Bar Mitzvah of Lucien Sadykov-Peposhi. Mazel tov to Esther, Tamar, Esther, Lucien, and their families!

Please note the following calendar items:

Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day Observed - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, May 30 - Erev Shavuot - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, May 31 - Shavuot - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, June 1 - Shavuot - NO SCHOOL

Friday, June 2 - School in session!!! 8th grade dismisses at 2:10 for Moving Up rehearsal.

Here is a link to next week's student schedule: Schedule

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!

Lori Skopp
Middle School Head

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The 6th Grade performed their Hebrew play on Wednesday morning. The play, titled "Growing Up", was based on the students' stories and inspired by songs from "The Sixteenth Lamb".

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I am just back from a three-day excursion with the seventh grade. They were excellent travelers--interested, cooperative, positive, and always ready for a snack! In many ways, the seventh grade trip is perfect preparation for the eighth grade Israel trip. We travel to Albany and the Hudson Highlands where we do short hikes, sleep in sleeping bags (but in bunks, not on the desert floor), and constantly remind students to fill their water bottles. We see sites of historic, natural, and cultural interest. Most importantly, we build a sense of community as we play games, sit around the campfire, or stay up late talking. A few highlights of this year's trip were our Bashbish Falls hike, a visit to the New York State Capitol, and making our own farm-to-table lunch at Katchkie Farms

While the seventh graders were away upstate, the sixth graders traveled to Philadelphia and Amish country Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia they explored the Rodin Museum, and then did a treasure hunt in the National Historic Park, seeing famous sites such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. In Amish country they visited a farm and had a buggy ride, and also toured the Herrs factory.

Meanwhile, the eighth graders spent quite a bit of time this week preparing for their upcoming Moving Up ceremony. This year's ceremony is going to be more student-driven than in the past, and we are excitedly anticipating our students' creative output.

Please note the following calendar items:

Monday, May 22 - Workshop for Parents on Substance Abuse Prevention, 8:10-9:30 a.m. (406); Open court basketball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.; Track - Gotham Games, grades 7 & 8, 3:00 p.m. at Icahn Stadium

Tuesday, May 23 - Tennis match vs. BIS, 4:00 p.m. at Riverside Park @119th Street; softball home game vs. WPS, 4:00 p.m. at Heckscher Field #6 (@63rd Street); Track AIPSL championships, 3:30 p.m. at Van Cortlandt Park; open court volleyball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24 - Yom Yerushalayim; Sixth grade Hebrew play, 9:00 a.m.; open court basketball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 25 - Tennis match, 4:00 p.m. at Riverside Park @119th Street; softball AIPSL championships, time TBA, Great Lawn #3 (@82nd Street)

Friday, May 26 - 7th Grade Parent Coffee, 8:00 a.m. in the MS Dining Hall; no peer buddies program

Shabbat Shalom!

Lori Skopp

Middle School Head

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