Middle School Moments
Kindergarten students got a visit from their Grade 7 buddies. They spent some time talking and then worked on an engineering project together.
Middle School students showed off their skills at the annual Talent Show. Students sang, danced, played instruments, performed comedy routines, screened films, and more.
Grade 8 students studied several laws from the Book of Deuteronomy. In order to have a deeper understanding of the different values that each law is associated with, the class took part in a round robin teaching session, where the students both taught each other and learned from each other throughout the period.
The Middle School's "Community Read" culminated with a full day of programming filled with guest speakers, experiential learning, and engaging activities to help reinforce their understanding of "Refugee", by Alan Gratz. The book follows the stories of three young people from different countries and times, seeking refuge from their war torn homes.
The day began with an opening ceremony featuring guest speaker Scott Miller, Director of Curatorial Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Scott spoke about his position at the museum and his research of the refugee ship St. Louis, and its passengers, that were denied entry to Cuba, the United States, and Canada. The day continued with rotating sessions where each grade took part in a refugee camp simulation, heard from a speaker from HIAS, and learned about the Syrian refugee crisis. Later in the day, the students chose electives ranging from Syrian cooking, Cuban drumming, Salsa dancing, STEM projects designing boats, hearing from a member of Heschel's maintenance team who is a refugee from Tibet, and more.
Grade 6 students have been studying the circulatory system in their science class. They have learned about each blood type and discussed why specific blood types must be used during transfusions. As part of an optional exercise, one of Heschel's nurses administered a blood type test using EldonCards, a portable blood type test kit, so that the students could learn what blood type they are.