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Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 3:13:00 PM
The 7th grade participated in its longstanding annual partnership with the Jewish Museum. In preparation for touring the current exhibit on display, Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, guest artist Jeff Hopkins visited each class to enable students to preview some of the garments on display. Hopkins posed a series of questions to students, prompting them to look at each piece with a critical eye...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018 11:32:00 AM
Parents from all four divisions came together to explore התלמדות (hitlamdut) - the practice of learning from all situations with an eye towards personal growth - with Middle School Mashgiach Ruchani (Director of Character Development) Rabbi Justin Pines, for Part 3 of 'Bringing Character Development Home.' Topics covered included learning from everyone, practical curiosity, mindfulness, viewing each moment as a practice opportunity, developing a growth mindset, and practical approaches to bringing these hitlamdut concepts into the home...
Posted Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 12:20:00 PM
Jeremy P. (6) won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Friday, Feb. 2, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students from each XYZ class answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th Annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students' curiosity about the world...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018 4:21:00 PM
To enhance their studies of the Holocaust, and in conjunction with International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 8th graders had the privilege of hearing from Mrs. Rachel Roth, grandmother of Clemi (8) and Magnolia (5). Mrs. Roth described her experiences growing up in Warsaw, and then the stark change that occurred not long after the start of the war, when the family was forced to move to the infamous Warsaw Ghetto...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018 5:12:00 PM
This week the 3rd-8th grade students were privileged to hear from A.J. Edelman – the first Orthodox Jewish male Olympian who will be representing Israel in the 2018 Winter Olympics! For the past five years, A.J., a Boston native and MIT graduate who made Aliyah, has been training, in the hopes of gaining a spot to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. A.J. just learned last Wednesday that he is Pyeongchang-bound!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 11:03:00 PM
The MS held an important assembly to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Ms. Bernstein introduced the program by sharing the historical context of the Civil Rights movement along with a message regarding the moral imperative to stand up for justice. Students then had the privilege of hearing MS security guard, Mr. Thomas, who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Thomas noted that MLK was a man for all people - race and religion were not a factor...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 5:30:00 PM
Last week, the Ramaz 8th grade students spent a fun and engaging morning at the Upper School. Students were able to choose from one of three minyanim ahead of time - Sephardi, Ashkenazi, or the Woman's tefilah service...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 5:29:00 PM
Parents from all four divisions came together to explore The Power of Bechira (Choice) with Middle School Mashgiach Ruchani (Director of Character Development) Rabbi Justin Pines, for Part 2 of "Bringing Character Development Home." Topics covered included working with each students' individual nature; creating a positive environment for long-term growth...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 5:28:00 PM
​The Ramaz MS Torah Bowl team competed in its second meet of the year. The students studied Parshiot Vayera, Chaye Sara, and Toldot. Both the boys' and girls' teams won two of their matches! At one of the girls' matches, our student heard the question: "How does a righteous person answer when HaShem asks him to do something," and proudly answered, "Hineni!"...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 5:28:00 PM
Mazal tov to Clemi R. (Grade 8.) who will be publishing her book review "Small Great Things" which she wrote while participating in the MS Book Cafe!
Posted Friday, Jan 5, 2018 10:40:00 AM
The Middle School computer club learned how to code by programming the SPK+ Sphero Balls to roll through mazes that they designed. Sphero balls are designed to teach basic robotics and coding concepts and have a number of STEM challenges and engineering projects designed for collaborative work with students. The balls can be controlled through an app on Chromebooks or iPads and can be used to teach a wide range of curricular topics, ranging from Mathematics to Language Arts...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 6:26:00 PM
Chanukah is in the air at the Middle School! The 5th graders kicked off the holiday with a Chanukah themed oneg! Following singing and dancing, students participated in an activity that encouraged them to share ways in which their classmates "light up their world."...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 6:17:00 PM
Seventh grade students were visited last week by a percussion duo and brass quintet from the Manhattan School of Music. The workshops are the last in a series of four visits from MSM, as part of the Spiro Vorchheimer Strike a Chord Music Program. The Strike a Chord Music Program is endowed by the Spiro Family in honor of the Vorchheimer grandchildren...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 5:04:00 PM
Last week, Police Officers Ramirez, Larkin, and Smeath of the 19th Precinct came to speak to MS students about community/street safety, and cyberbullying. Their talk was well-received and students had an opportunity for a lengthy Q&A at the conclusion of the session...
Posted Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 4:50:00 PM
This week, the 8th graders studied about the Holocaust outside of the classroom. They visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage downtown and viewed the museum's Holocaust exhibit. Seeing footage about the SS St. Louis's tragic journey, interviews about ghetto life, and artifacts from Nazi Germany reinforced what they have been studying in class....
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...
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