Middle School Moments
Grade 8's week began with their Moving Up Ceremony and ended with an overnight on the Heschel roof. The GR8 Week was an excellent way to finish off the pandemic year. The resilience and positive attitude of the students made all of the preparation and hard work worthwhile.
Grade 7 Hebrew groups met with students from the Desert Stars School, a Bedouin high school in Israel. The meeting was part of the Hebrew curriculum addressing the different populations in Israel.
This week, the Middle School held their first in person Torah reading of the year.
As part of the Grade 8's study of virology and immunology, students participated in a lab which simulated the spread of a virus through a population and helped them understand the challenges of disease tracking. Each student selected a clear liquid sample made up of either water (virus-free) or an alkaline (virus) solution representing their microbes and bodily fluids. The students did not know which sample was infectious. The students shared their sample with two peers, then added Indicator to their own solutions. The "infected" samples turned pink from the indicator. The students then collectively worked as epidemiologists to analyze the class data and track the spread of the virus in order to identify patient zero.
Middle School students performed Hatikvah to help celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut.