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Posted Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 5:22:00 PM
This Sunday, November 22, two Ramaz Middle Schoolers will present their "Instructional Towel" in the Cadena Initiative International Competition, hosted by the non-governmental organization of the same name, which addresses humanitarian crises around the world. Students around the world were challenged to design a system or object that addresses a humanitarian need. Ella B. and Stella H., two eighth graders, created a dual-purpose blanket for people displaced by cyclones in various parts of Africa as part of their STEAM elective.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 5:20:00 PM
Students in Ms. Dodd's eighth-grade Writing Workshop have been creating their own Haiku, a Japanese poetry form that traditionally uses only 17 syllables. This concise form of writing helps students increase their vocabulary as they search to find just the right word to "fit" in their haiku; learn to become more succinct as writers; and help critical thinking skills. Our student poets wrote about the seasons, creating powerful imagery with their words.
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 5:34:00 PM
Our eighth graders explored the North Woods of Central Park, a 40-acre refuge offering a taste of the Adirondack Mountains. Students hiked along the area's winding paths, socialized, enjoyed a snack, and concluded the day with davening Mincha in the park, a powerful way to help students connect to the natural world through tefillah and God's presence.
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 6:00:00 PM
Last January, when Ms. Ross led a wonderful program celebrating the worldwide Daf Siyum, none of us realized just how much it would inspire our student and the new program that it would lead to. After the program, Janelle A., then a 6th grader, told Rabbi Sommer that she wanted to learn Daf Yomi. Realizing that Daf Yomi would we be a very tall order for a student who had not yet learned Gemara, he suggested that they start a Mishna Yomit program instead, where interested students would learn two mishnayot a day, seven days a week. She agreed, and the program was launched. We decided to dedicate the program to Daniella Moffson z"l '12, a Ramaz alumna who tragically lost her life while in college on a chessed mission in Central America. Daniella's powerful example had inspired us before and we thought connecting the learning to her would be very appropriate....
Posted Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 5:47:00 PM
Students in sixth grade learned about mathematical integers by constructing vertical number lines, with sea level at 0 feet, placing specific creatures and objects at various heights and depths.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 5:45:00 PM
As a culmination to the study of Zionism in Jewish History class, eighth graders held a mock World Zionist Congress. Working together in small groups, 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...
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...
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