Middle School Moments
Using found materials, Kindergarten and Grade 7 buddies worked together to create decorations for the Heschel sukkah.
Grade 8's study of the Constitution culminated in a moot court exercise at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse. Students spent weeks studying Supreme Court cases that define the parameters of the 4th Amendment, protection against unreasonable search and seizure. With briefs and questions they wrote themselves, the students entered the federal courthouse to become lawyers and justices, arguing a case in which public school students argue that their constitutional rights were violated when school administration searched their cell phones and backpacks, and found evidence of criminal behavior.
Grade 7 Computer Science Lab programmed robots to drive on a specific course. The students took turns writing the code, charting data, and analyzing their results.
In Toshba, Grade 8 students decoded Mishnaic and halakhic texts that revealed an assortment of whimsical qualities of Sukkot - a sukkah built on a boat, a sukkah perched on top of a tree, and even a sukkah on a camel! Using the Mishna as an instructional guide, the students worked in pairs to create models of these Sukkahs using cardboard, aluminum foil, and metallic paper. When presenting their designs, the students also taught their assigned mishnayot to one another and assessed the halakhic status of each sukkah model.
Grade 8 students "whiteboarded" their explanations of physical and chemical reactions in closed and open systems. Whiteboarding allows the students to quickly draw, modify, and erase content on a dry erase board to allow for ideas to organically develop.