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Middle School Moments

This week the entire middle school participated in a semi-final competition in preparation for the upcoming Eliezer ben Yehudah (EBY) Day, when we will celebrate the founder of the modern Hebrew language. Students demonstrated their skills in Hebrew spelling, synonyms, and antonyms as well as their knowledge of expressions (such as "don't put the cart before the horse"). This week, seventh graders continued their discussion of Ancient Chinese philosophies, adding Legalism to the mix after exploring Confucianism and Taoism last week. They plotted the main characteristics of each belief system on a chart and then created a Venn diagram in preparation for a dialogue the students will write, which will represent a discussion between the main scholars of each belief system. Eighth grade students began rehearsing for their upcoming pre-Israel trip Tekes in their music classes. Sixth graders continued with their Hesed activities, this week selling raffles to benefit Camp Simcha, a camp for children with cancer.

This week we celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of Jed Cosgrove. Mazel tov to Jed and his family! We also celebrated Rosh Hodesh Adar on Thursday and Friday, which was the perfect happy lead-up to a one-week break from school.

Please note the following calendar items:

Monday 2/19/18 - Friday 2/23/18 - February Break - NO CLASSES

Monday 2/26/18 - SPIRIT WEEK - "Heschel Q" Day (trivia day); Heschel boys basketball home game vs. Bank Street, 4:45-6:15 p.m.; Beauty and the Beast rehearsal, 4:40-6:0 p.m.

Tuesday 2/27/18 - SPIRIT WEEK - Hebrew Celebration/Eliezer ben Yehudah Day; 7th/8th grade girls basketball practice, 3:50-6:15 p.m.; Beauty and the Beast rehearsal, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday 2/28/18 - Ta'anit Esther (Fast of Esther)

Thursday 3/1/18 - PURIM! Noon dismissal

Friday 3/2/18 - SPIRIT DAY - Opposite/Pajama Day; Peer buddies program at dismissal time

Wishing everyone a great break and a Shabbat Shalom,

Lori Skopp
Middle School Head


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Grade 8 students are conducting independent investigations during their science research methods unit. Each group has selected a research project and has been collecting data over the past week. Some of their investigations include understanding the relationship between flammability of cleaning products and its ability to clean, the efficiency of amylase in our saliva, the differences and costs in alternative energy sources, the reliability of Newton's 2nd law, and how pH impacts the utility of bath bombs.


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This week our sixth graders continued their geometry unit, learning and practicing how to calculate the area of a parallelogram and how this relates to the area of a triangle. Seventh grade students this week concluded their units in either computer science or physics. Next week the groups will trade places so that all the students will have studied both units before the Pesach break. Eighth grade students and their parents came to school on Tuesday evening for our second Israel trip meeting; we went through highlights of the itinerary in an experiential way--transforming our classrooms into the desert sky, the Kotel, the Galil, Masada, and Eilat.

This week we also celebrated the Bnot Mitzvah of Alex Orlinsky and Maia Donath. Mazel tov to Alex, Maia, and their families!

Please note the following calendar items:

Sunday, February 11 - Purim Pandemonium - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. All adults and children who come in costume will receive five free tickets at the door!

Monday, February 12 - 7th/8th grade boys basketball practice, 4:30-6:15; Beauty and the Beast rehearsal, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 13 - Heschel girls basketball home game vs. UNIS Queens, 4:45-6:15 p.m; Beauty and the Beastrehearsal, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14 - Parents' Institute Presents: Learning with Ariela - "Before #Me Too (Part II): Historical perspectives on family, sex, and inequality", 8:15 a.m., HS Library; 6th grade basketball, 4:30-6:00 p.m.; Beauty and the Beast rehearsal, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 15 - Rosh Hodesh Adar - Heschel girls basketball away game vs. Bank Street, 5:00-6:30 p.m.; Heschel boys basketball home game vs MCS, 4:30-6:00 p.m.; Beauty and the Beast rehearsal, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 16 - Rosh Hodesh Adar

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Shabbat Shalom!

Lori Skopp
Middle School Head


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REMINDERS:

1. Next Tuesday morning there is a meeting with Emily for 7th grade parents to discuss the workshops that we are doing with students on gender studies (including stereotypes, identity, and body image). We hope that you will join us at 8:00 a.m. in the Dining Hall.

2. Next Tuesday evening there is a (mandatory) meeting for 8th grade parents and students to discuss the Israel trip. Please join us in the Dining Hall at 7:00 p.m.


Dear Parents,

This week in personal development class our sixth graders learned about proper nutrition and balanced meals from one of our school nurses, Dori. Seventh grade students discussed the difference between passion and love as part of their study of "Twelfth Night." Eighth graders took a field trip to the Museum of Modern Art to see firsthand the artwork that they had researched in art class.

This week we also celebrated the in-school Bar Mitzvah of Max Tanz and the Bat Mitzvah of Sadie Mank. Mazel tov to Max, Sadie, and their families!

Please note the following calendar items:

Monday 2/5/18 - boys basketball vs. St. Bernards, 4:40-6:10 p.m.; Beauty and the Beast rehearsal, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

Tuesday 2/6/18 - 7th grade parent meeting with Emily to discuss gender studies program, 8:00 a.m. in the Dining Hall; 7th/8th grade girls basketball practice, 3:50-6:15 p.m.; Beauty and the Beast rehearsal, 4:40-6:00 p.m.; 8th grade Israel trip meeting for parents and students, 7:00-8:15 p.m. in the Dining Hall

Wednesday 2/7/18 - 6th grade basketball game vs. Stephen Gaynor, 4:40-6:10 p.m.; Beauty and the Beast rehearsal, 4:40-6:00 p.m.

Thursday 2/8/18 - 6th/7th grade girls basketball away game vs. Rodeph Sholom; boys basketball game vs. UNIS Queens, Heschel HS gym; girls home basketball game vs. Avenues

Friday 2/9/18 - Peer buddies program at dismissal

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Shabbat Shalom!

Lori Skopp
Middle School Head


Read more about Middle School Update 2.2.18

In preparation for their Art History unit, Grade 8 students visited the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). The students took in works of art ranging from Impressionistic to Pop, and will choose a style or artist to focus on for their research project.

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