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Posted Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 5:15:00 PM
Our eighth graders heard from Mr. David Schizer, Dean Emeritus of Columbia University Law School, on his experience as a law clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, z"l, during her early years on the bench. Students wanted to know whether he thought Judaism was an important influence on RBG's life; what it was like to work for her; and for insight into her days as a women's rights advocate. Students were very impressed with Mr. Schizer, who at age 35 in 2004, served as dean through 2014, making him the youngest dean in the Law School's history.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 5:43:00 PM
Learning from individuals with primary experiences – in this case, two Ramaz Middle School students' interview with their grandfather, Captain Stanley Title, MD, who served during the Vietnam War – helped classmates connect with real-world events and better understand the concepts of service for a greater purpose. To view our students interview their veteran grandparents during the assembly, please click...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 5:32:00 PM
Middle School students received a modern lesson in countering anti-Semitism this week as they marked the anniversary of Kristallnacht, during which a wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms took place throughout Germany and parts of Austria on November 9 and 10, 1938. Mr. Barry Levine, a grandchild of Holocaust survivors Cecile z"l and Edward Mosberg, shared with students how his grandfather changed the heart – and hopefully, mind – of Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson this past summer through an open invitation to tour the sites of former Nazi death camps with him. Mr. Mosberg reached out to the professional football player following a series of anti-Semitic posts on Instagram...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 5:21:00 PM
Middle Students experienced the democratic process firsthand as they held elections for student government after candidates presented their platforms. The entire Middle School came together for an Election Day Assembly. Guest speaker Mr. Mark Botnick, a political consultant who worked on Michael Bloomberg's presidential bid, shared his perspective on presidential elections, speaking about the importance of voting. Following, two students modeled a debate on the pros and cons of federally mandated voting. Middle Schoolers were asked to consider the following questions...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 5:19:00 PM
As our third graders participated in the President of the Roof vote, they learned a valuable lesson in the differences between unanimous and split decision outcomes. In Gilboa, students cast their unanimous votes in support of Ramsy the Ram, explaining that he represented an important need to use the space as a place to relax and expend their energy. In Galil there was a split decision as some students voted in support of Echo the Owl to use the roof for environmental purposes.....
Posted Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 5:17:00 PM
The democratic process was alive in the ECC this week as students read books about an election and participated in the process themselves. To help our students gain an understanding of this process, they voted for what is relevant to their lives. In Nursery and Pre-K, students voted on which book to read; what to name a collective project, and what snack to have for a Shabbat party. Kindergarten students participated in the schoolwide election for the "President of the Roof," a compelling way to make this process relevant for our youngest students.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 5:00:00 PM
The Persian Culture Club hosted guest speaker, Ms. Tali Farhadian Weinstein, who emigrated from Iran during the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and is currently running for Manhattan District Attorney in the upcoming elections. Weinstein is a prosecutor, a professor, and a proven criminal justice reformer. She also served as a clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and worked at the U.S. Department of Justice, first as Counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder, and then as a federal prosecutor....
Posted Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 4:49:00 PM
As part of their STEAM elective, Middle School students Ella B. and Stella H. designed the "Instructional Towel," a dual-purpose blanket for people displaced by cyclones in various parts of Africa. Their design has been selected to compete in the final round of the Cadena Initiative International Competition. Cadena is a non-governmental organization that addresses humanitarian crises around the world that hosts an annual competition challenging middle schoolers to design a system or object that addresses a humanitarian crisis...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 4:31:00 PM
The current pandemic did not deter the Environmental Club from carrying on with its most successful Luv💚Your Lulav project. The project is designed to enhance the mitzvot of Sukkot while engaging the community in environmental awareness. The project involves drop-off boxes in school and several shuls to collect lulavim and etrogim after the holiday and give them new life by recycling and composting them. This was the fourth year of the project and the club expands it each year...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020 11:17:00 PM
Congratulations to this year's newly elected G.O. (student government) Caitlin L., Caleb R., Izzie O., Gabby O., Rachel F., Aaron Z., Isaac S., Yona W., Julia F., Andrew S., and Talia L. One of their goals this year is to work together to keep everyone connected in amusing, interesting, and meaningful ways. The G.O. hopes to take advantage and make greater use of its online capabilities while also maximizing the time students are in school in safe ways...
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