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Posted Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 10:51:00 PM
In Morah Orit's 8th Grade Hebrew classes, students learned about the Jewish people's journey from the former Soviet Union to Israel in the 1970's. At the conclusion of the unit, Morah Orit invited Rabbi Lookstein to tell the students of his involvement in this Aliyah and of his friendship with 'Refusnik' Natan Sharansky...
Posted Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 10:51:00 PM
Last week, the 8th grade STEM class began their unit on physical computing (crafting + circuitry). The first activity of the unit taught students about the components that make up a circuit and how electricity moves...
Posted Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 12:01:00 AM
The third grade students had a wonderful time on their field trips to the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. The children first learned about how immigrant children on the Lower East Side reused easily found materials to make their own toys...
Posted Friday, Dec 1, 2017 1:37:00 PM
Seventh grade students enjoyed a visit last week by a woodwind ensemble from the Manhattan School of Music. The workshop is the second in a series of Music Enrichment programs presented by MSM in a partnership with Ramaz...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 22, 2017 3:13:00 PM
The instrumentalists played several combinations of duets, illustrating the beautiful sound two instruments can make when harmonizing together. They pointed out the similarities and differences between the violin and the cello - mainly having to do with size. Students also learned about the important role a conductor plays in keeping the group together. Our very own Gabe M. had the opportunity to play 'conductor' and the group followed his hand motions for tempo, starts, and stops...
Posted Friday, Nov 17, 2017 11:58:00 AM
Rabbi Pines introduced parents to his Jewish character development (Tikkun Middot) series and the work being done here at Ramaz. The five-part series began last week with Rabbi Pines speaking about the importance of developing strategies for healthy relationships the same way people invest time and effort into other areas of their lives...
Posted Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 5:16:00 PM
This year, the 6th grade is reading Wonder, by RJ Palacio. The unit is focused on and guided by the motto of the novel: Choose Kind. To that end, the 6th graders will generate a collaborative journal of ways in which they and others can perform acts of kindness...
Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 12:29:00 AM
The entire Middle School marked Veterans Day together last week. The program was dedicated in honor of Dr. Dennis Freilich z"l, and students appreciated hearing memories from his grandchildren Alex (grade 8), Lily (grade 5), and Rachel (grade 8). Following their opening remarks, the MS was privileged to hear the unique story of Rabbi Breslau, the first Jewish army Chaplain to complete paratrooper training...
Posted Monday, Nov 13, 2017 12:28:00 AM
On Thursday, November 9th, the 6th-8th grade commemorated Kristallnacht. Students learned of the incident that triggered the Night of Broken Glass. Upon hearing of his family's deportation from Germany back to Poland, Herschel Grynszpan assassinated a German diplomat, Ernst Vom Rath, in Paris...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:56:00 PM
Last week, the Ramaz Middle School Torah Bowl team competed in its first meet at Yeshiva of Central Queens. The MS has a lot of young, new, talent that has joined the team this year. Students learned Parshiot Breishit, Noach, and Lech Lecha and every Rashi...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:55:00 PM
The Ramaz Middle School Rams participated last week in their first game of the Sderot Basketball Tournament, in which several yeshivot are playing to raise much needed funds for the Sderot community. Sderot, a town located in southern Israel and less than 1 mile from the Gaza border, is under constant threat of terror attacks by Kassam rockets and infiltration tunnels...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:13:00 PM
In honor of Election Day last Tuesday, the MS held its very own Student Organization Election. Potential candidates in 7th-8th grade gathered signatures and presented speeches to their classmates. The platforms touched upon a variety of issues ranging from dress code to Tefillah and chesed to color war...
Posted Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 10:02:00 PM
Eighth graders celebrated at oneg last week with extra ruach and song. Students wrote and performed their own unique raps centered around the parasha and Ramaz school values. The results were truly creative and entertaining...
Posted Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 10:07:00 PM
Last week, the 6th-8th grade students marked the Balfour Declaration Centennial. Ms. Ross shared the historical background leading up to that fateful day in 1917 along with the significance this document held for the modern Zionist movement moving forward...
Posted Friday, Oct 27, 2017 1:52:00 PM
The 7th grade had a spirited oneg full of singing and ruach ​last week. Teachers took the opportunity to introduce the Sweet Readers program during oneg as well, which will be piloted in the 7th grade this year. The initiative facilitates relationships through the arts between students and adults living with Alzheimer's or a related form of dementia and their care partner...
Posted Friday, Oct 27, 2017 12:49:00 PM
In small groups of four or five, students researched primary source writings from such illustrious thinkers as Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook, Ahad Ha'am, Theodor Herzl, and A.D. Gordon. After preparing cogent arguments, they debated which Zionism proved to be the most authentic, respectfully asking their fellow "delegates" how they would solve various problems with the future State of Israel...
Posted Thursday, Oct 26, 2017 3:52:00 PM
The Ramaz MS was honored to have Rabbi Justin Pines name his new daughter last Thursday, during Shacharit. Students and faculty prayed together and were thrilled to hear the name of the newest member of the Jewish people, Amalia Etel (Caroline Ethel). Best wishes to Rabbi Pines and his entire family. May Amalia bring you so much nachat and joy.
Posted Monday, Oct 23, 2017 5:27:00 PM
The Middle School is pleased to welcome Ms. Alexis Caudle who has assisted, taught, and developed curricula for several schools and youth organizations, such as the Urban Assembly Academy for Future Leaders in Harlem, Mouse Organization in the Financial District, ChickTech NYC, and STEM Kids NYC....
Posted Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 11:26:00 PM
In preparation for Sukkot, MS Students benefited from hands on learning. Students got to choose their own etrog and lulav, learned the characteristics of kosher arba minim, and also had the chance to decorate the Sukkah...
Posted Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 10:36:00 PM
Last week, 6th Grade students enjoyed their Advisory period in Central Park focusing on different team building exercises including playing ball, throwing frisbee, and hanging out with their friends...
Posted Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 10:28:00 PM
The MS is now offering a new math drop-in clinic for all students -- please encourage your child to come by! Fifth and sixth grade clinic will take place Mondays during lunch, and seventh and eighth grade clinic will be during Friday lunch...
Posted Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 11:51:00 PM
The MS students were privileged to hear from Rabbi Lookstein last Thursday as he prepared them for Yom Kippur (many of the new bnei and bnot mitzvah fasted for the first time!) Rabbi Lookstein spoke about the story of Zushya, a young man who was worried that on the day of atonement, God would question why he didn't live up to his potential and act more like "himself"...
Posted Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017 5:04:00 PM
This creative space, meant to encourage students to invent, create, and learn through hands-on ways, welcomes numbers of students throughout the week, who piece by piece are completing a 750-piece puzzle...
Posted Friday, Sep 15, 2017 2:23:00 PM
It was with an immense sense of HINENI, of being present in the moment of need, and answering the call to action, that our students, across all three divisions, packed boxes upon boxes of donated items to ship over to Houston last week...
Posted Friday, Sep 15, 2017 2:13:00 PM
Last Friday, after just performing at the LS, YONINA led a soulful kumzitz for every grade in the MS. Yoni and Nina Tokayer, are an Anglo-Israeli youtube sensation. Their soulful sound and spiritual messages created a unique atmosphere...
Posted Friday, Sep 15, 2017 1:55:00 PM
Students and faculty honored the brave men and women who ran into the way of danger in order to save the lives of other New Yorkers, and all agreed that the firefighters had answered the call with HINENI...
Posted Friday, Sep 15, 2017 1:14:00 PM
Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani, is now teaching character development (tikkun middot) to small groups in Grades 5-7 and in Advisory in Grade 8...
Posted Sunday, Sep 10, 2017 2:27:00 PM
This year our 7th graders will be joining the Sweet Readers initiative which facilitates relationships between students that are passionate about the arts, and adults suffering from Alzheimer's, who stand to benefit from various modes of creative human engagement...
Posted Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 1:41:44 PM
Mazal tov again to the Boys' team who were the Southern Division Champions. In recognition of their success, an award for display was presented to the team last week.
Posted Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 1:37:13 PM
Last week, our sixth grade students and their parents were invited to participate in a Chopped event at school. The program, run by Parents Council kicked off with a pizza dinner followed by a trivia game as an introduction to the Chopped store.
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