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Posted Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 3:51:00 PM
In honor of Tu Be'Shevat, the 5th and 6th graders had the opportunity to go across the street and plant with the senior citizens from KJ's Lunch and Learn program. The students and seniors sang songs together, decorated planters, and planted beans! It was wonderful to see the generations connect in such a meaningful way.
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 1:39:00 PM
With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner, fifth and sixth graders watched a live performance about the different African American experiences of fighting for rights to equality and liberty. The story follows Peter Freeman, a free black man in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1770s. When the colonial conflict with the British government reaches Freeman's town of Concord, he and his family find themselves at the heart of the battle...
Posted Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 11:31:00 AM
The Ramaz Middle School hosted the National Geographic Geography Bee before winter break. During the preliminary round of the bee, history teachers administered either an oral or written bee composed of 35 questions to eager geography buffs. Then, the winners in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades returned for the final and championship rounds. We are proud of our Geo Bee champions: First Place- Benjamin B.; Second Place- Gianna G.; Third Place- Jack F. Congratulations!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 3:42:00 PM
Seventh graders put their finishing touches on a collaborative and meaningful mural they've been working on! With professional guidance from the Jewish Museum, students first learned about Russian avant-garde artists, Chagall, Lissitzky, and Malevich. Seventh graders were interested in learning about the artists' works, which were displayed publicly to celebrate the revolution in the town of Vitebsk, and the rise of the Soviet Union in general. Artists would showcase modernist murals on trains and on the sides of buildings to voice their important message of the rise of artistic freedoms (or so they thought). To connect with these revolutionary works, students decided to depict an important value from our own school mission statement -- the value of Menschlichkeit, to be represented in a collaborative and celebratory mural. Seventh graders began by making prints of pictures representing acts of kindness - these were then combined into one large mural that will soon be hung in the lobby of the Middle School! Stay tuned!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 3:31:00 PM
Tu B'Shevat Higiya Chag La'ilanot! Despite the cold weather, fifth graders enjoyed getting into the spirit of Tu B'Shevat! Students gathered on the terrace to sing songs about the upcoming holiday, and participate in environment-themed art project! Fifth graders painted planters, while planting beans and squash seeds (straight from the a butternut squash). Students will tend to these plants throughout the coming weeks, while they keep in mind that it will soon be springtime in Israel, a special time to celebrate the blooming of the trees!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 10:36:00 AM
Writing and reading are a crucial part of the Middle School student experience. Students widened their cultural and historical horizons when they heard the author Ms. Veera Hiranandani speak about her new novel, The Night Diary. The main protagonist in the book, ten-year-old Nisha, writes a diary about the perilous journey undertaken by her Hindu family in 1947 when they had to travel from Muslim Pakistan to mainly Hindu India. This journey was based on the experiences of Ms. Hiranandani's father. The author showed family photos and historical pictures taken during the partition of India. She also shared insights about her writing methods, and answered a wide variety of questions from our students. Her intriguing presentation was enthusiastically received by students and faculty.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 11:32:00 AM
Before winter break several Middle School classes had the opportunity to visit the ECC. They enjoyed reading and playing with the younger students and collaborating while building and playing! This was a wonderful chance to foster inter-divisional connections between Ramaz students!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019 11:31:00 AM
Over the past couple of months, several 8th grade volunteers have been making challah and selling it to the MS community in order to raise funds for various charities. Over time, they've been perfecting their recipes and selling out quickly! Challot go on sale most Thursday afternoons at dismissal - don't miss out!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 8:43:00 PM
The 8th graders were privileged to hear a riveting address from Mrs. Bronia Brandman. A native of western Poland, Mrs. Brandman lost almost her entire family to the Nazis, and she herself is a child survivor of Auschwitz. The students heard Mrs. Brandman describe her life before the war, surrounded by cousins and other extended family members, and how she worshiped her older sister, Mila...
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 3:21:00 PM
The second Tier 2 opening round game featured The Ramaz School from NYC v. Yeshivat Shaare Torah from Brooklyn, NY. Ramaz started off strong and built up a sizable lead in the first half. Shaare Torah eventually got their game back and closed a ten point gap to a 19-15 deficit at half time. In the second half, Shaare Torah started to take command and built up a small lead. Ramaz was determined and tied the game. With less than a minute left, Shaare Torah hit a basket to take the lead. The Ramaz last second attempt fell short and Shaare Torah moved on to the Championship Game by a final score of 39-38....
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 3:17:00 PM
The 5th graders just finished learning perek bet in Sefer Shemot. Led by Morah Ruthie, the students put on a play to show what they learned. Each class made their own costumes and took on different roles. As the narrator read the perek, the students acted out the scenes. The students had such a great time preparing and presenting the play to various staff members in school.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 3:15:00 PM
Shabbat energy has been profoundly felt throughout the Middle School on Fridays as the students either start or end the day with a soulful Pre-Shabbat Kumzits. The students gather and sing songs led by Rabbi Hagler and Morah Dasi. A student then delivers a meaningful Dvar Torah. Following the words of Torah, students conclude with a Shabbat inspired meal such as potato kugel or parve chulent!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 3:14:00 PM
With the eighth grade trip to Israel quickly approaching, students began preparing by learning about some of the organizations and the volunteering that they will be a part of. This week, a representative from Pantry Packers came to speak about what it means to give tzedakah (and who the the real beneficiaries are.) The representative explained how the organization helps feed many undernourished Jews in Israel....
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:08:00 PM
This week, the Middle School Torah Bowl teams hosted three other schools for their second meet of the year. The students studied Parashiot Beshalach and Yitro, along with all of Rashi's commentary. The girls' team tied one game and lost three others (two by only one point!), while the boys' team won three of its games! Here is a sample question from Parashat Yitro: Question: What do we learn from the words לעיני כל ישראל (before the eyes of all Israel) at Mount Sinai? Answer: Rashi says this means that everyone could see, and that even blind people were healed at the giving of the Torah.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:06:00 PM
On Monday, the Middle School students ended Chanukah by expressing themselves through technology and the arts! First, the Middle School band, led by Oded Lev-Ari, performed a captivating Chanukah medley. Later, the sixth grade computer club, run by Ms. Miri Rubi, showed off their 3D printed dreidels. They competed based on different characteristics such as design, length of speed, and spinning upside down. Congratulations to the winners of the 3D dreidel contest and to 6th grader Charles G. who won the school wide dreidel spinning contest!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:03:00 PM
The Student Government officials worked hard and created a fun and festive carnival for the 1st and 2nd graders. The carnival was full of exciting Chanukah activities ranging from "Pin the Shamash on the Chanukiyah," to "Knock Down the Oil," to making a dreidel out of clay! The eighth graders had a great time manning the booths and Lower School students enjoyed going from activity to activity!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 9:00:00 PM
Last week, Middle School students and parents enjoyed a special "pray and learn" for Chanukah! Fifth graders and their parents prayed with Rabbi Epstein and Rabbi Weinstock, and were treated to breakfast and a shiur given by Rabbi Weinstock. Sixth and seventh graders enjoyed praying with Rabbi Levy and Rabbi Sommer. Following shacharit, grade 6 families participated in a chevrutah style learning session with Rabbi Levy, while grade 7 families heard a dvar Torah from Rabbi Laniado. Eighth graders davened with Rabbi Hagler and learned gemara with Ms. Tziporah Ross on the holiday of Chanukah. Sephardic students from all grades and their families prayed in the Sephardic minyan and then joined the rest of their grades for their respective shiurim. It was a wonderful communal experience where parents and students had the opportunity to celebrate in a meaningful way.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 8:58:00 PM
Chanukah was filled with meaningful activities for the students - and the fun did not stop in Hebrew class! Students made their own versions of the Spin the Dreidel game! They worked in groups to come up with their own rules. The rules they came up with were tailored for practicing Hebrew grammar and words they've learned in their previous units. To view photos and a video, please click...
Posted Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 10:53:00 AM
Please note that the Ramaz MS boys will be playing in the Hoops for Heroes Tournament Grand Finale taking place on Sunday, December 16, at Yeshiva Har Torah, 254-04 Union Turnpike, Glen Oaks, NY. Ramaz will be playing against Shaare Torah at 3PM. To view the full tournament schedule please click "read more."
Posted Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 10:19:00 PM
The Middle School students began Chanukah with a bang! On Monday they enjoyed a festive Chagigah! Students and teachers danced and sang as DJ Gary played their favorite Hebrew songs. They also made dreidels out of clay, made chanukiyot out of Wikki sticks and painted with candles and water colors! Students then watched an inspirational Chanukah video, listened to a dvar Torah by Aliza T. and Jenny D., and ate a delicious assortment of food! The Chanukah ruach was felt throughout the school!
Posted Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 10:13:00 PM
Chanukah is in the air! The sixth graders began the holiday by singing Chanukah songs and wrapping gifts for the Friendship Circle who distributed them to children with disabilities.
Posted Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 10:10:00 PM
Several seventh-grade students took a trip to the Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center to bring some Chanukah ruach to those who are currently recovering. The students played dreidel, sang songs, and got to know the seniors in the facility. They lit candles together and sang along and danced to Morah Dasi's beautiful musical accompaniment...
Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 10:21:00 PM
Sweet Readers is underway! Sixth graders have begun to work together with adults with dementia to help these adults return to the individual behind the disease. Together they look at art work from different artists and use it as inspiration to create their own work and have thought-provoking discussions about art, beauty, and meaning. Witnessing both the students and participants light up is a remarkable experience.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 10:20:00 PM
Middle School students worked collaboratively to get the building ready for Chanukah. Each class collaged a different part of a Chanukiyah to create a gigantic communal piece. We can't wait for the festivities to begin!
Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 10:18:00 PM
Eighth graders joined the KJ Lunch and Learn participants for a festive pre-Chanukah experience. Students played dreidel, sang Chanukah songs, and made dreidel picture frames with the seniors from our community bringing warmth and bright smiles to all.
Posted Monday, Nov 26, 2018 11:45:00 AM
Fifth graders in Ms. Geller's Navi class created shofet-inspired superheroes in memory of Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel Comics. Students recognize that our biblical characters and prophets are the closest thing to Jewish superheroes and they were so excited to create life-size shoftim superheroes. Each student was very excited to bring the Navi to life!
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 9:49:00 PM
In honor of the observance of Kristallnacht, the Middle School students had the privilege of hearing from our own Rabbi Lookstein. Rabbi Lookstein spoke about how the American and American Jewish communities responded to the tragic events in Europe. Based on the research for his book, Were We Our Brothers' Keepers, Rabbi Lookstein concluded that most American Jews kept to "business as usual," out of fear of local anti-semitism, rather than reacting to what was befalling their brothers and sisters in Europe. On a personal note, Rabbi Lookstein mentioned how, when he was a student, he would not wear a kippa or openly carry a Hebrew book on the street. He is pleased that we live in a country where a Jew donning a kippa can now walk proudly down the street....
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 3:09:00 PM
The Middle School began giving out their weekly Mensch of the Week award! Teachers recommend the student in each grade who they feel is worthy of recognition. Teachers have been sending in recommendations for students who they have witnessed act in a worthy and menschly way! As we work towards fulfilling our goal of teaching about menschlichkeit and reinforcing this core communal value, we are proud to announce last week's awardees, whom as a group, demonstrate kindness, a willingness to extend a helping hand to others, honesty and integrity.: Congratulations to: Jack F. (Grade 5); Serena O. (Grade 6); Ashley B. (Grade 7); Eliana D. (Grade 8)!
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 3:09:00 PM
This past Monday, the Middle School students had the opportunity to hear one of our very own Ramaz faculty members speak about her experience in the U.S. Army. Ms. Lisa Laventure spoke about her patriotism as a main reason for joining the army. We learned about the difficulties of boot camp and how for one year Lisa attended The Defense Language Institute where she learned Czech. She also spoke about the difficulties of being a family member to someone who is in the army. Thank you, Ms. Laventure, for your service.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 3:08:00 PM
Last week, to mark Kristallnacht, Rabbi Steinmetz led a trip to Washington D.C. where 50 families went to the Holocaust Museum and together learned about the Holocaust. Nine seventh grade students returned from the trip and shared what they learned with the fifth graders! Students spoke about Kristallnacht and then each led conversations, addressing many of their younger schoolmates' questions. The fifth graders asked meaningful questions and had thoughtful comments -- and we were impressed with how much the seventh graders had learned!
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