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Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 5:34:00 PM
As a culminating project in their 8th grade history class, the students researched an important figure in modern Israeli history. After learning how to use Adobe Illustrator in Computer Literacy, the students designed a Vanity License Plate describing the historical (or current) figure.
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:52:00 PM
Seventh grade girls and boys teams traveled to the Westchester Day School to compete in our first-ever flag football games! It was an enjoyable morning for all the students followed by a nice lunch where Ari G. led the benching prayers. GO RAMS!
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:49:00 PM
The 8th grade attended the last of the Jazz concerts from Lincoln Center Jazz in Education. The general theme of the three concerts was "Let Freedom Swing" and the final concert highlighted the connection between jazz and the Civil Rights Movement...
Posted Friday, Mar 29, 2019 12:38:00 PM
The 6th grade girls basketball team won a thriller 35-33 in OT against Yavneh. Olivia F. hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer in regulation to force overtime. Leila S. contributed with great shooting. Grace K. and Lindsey F. made key defensive plays in overtime to seal the victory.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:54:00 PM
Middle School students led by Rabbi Steinmetz, Rabbi Weinstock, Morah Sandy, and MRs. Kopel, delivered mishloach manot and offered condolences to students at the Islamic Cultural Center School after the massacre in New Zealand. Rabbi Steinmetz discussed the purpose of the visit and Eva G. (grade 7) shared her thoughts on the trip to the mosque. To read more...
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:50:00 PM
Eighth graders continue celebrating Adar! This week the eighth grade Chesed elective students saw their hard work pay off. For weeks they have been planning a carnival for Yachad members. On Tuesday, they invited the rest of their peers to join them as they played games, made costumes and danced with Yachad participants! They also had a surprise visit from some ECC students who enjoyed all the games and activities.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019 1:25:00 PM
This week in advisory we welcomed back Kids Financial Literacy to teach the 7th and 8th grade students about money. Kids Financial Literacy is a nonprofit organization designed to educate children about fundamental financial skills and responsibility. The interactive program uses engaging multidimensional presentations and activity books. The students asked some amazing, thought provoking questions throughout the program!
Posted Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 6:04:00 PM
Congratulations to our 8th grade boys on their first round playoff win over Hillel 46-43 in an exciting game! Their next opponent will be Noam in the semifinals. Our girls team had a very impressive win in the second game over RPRY and will face the winner of the Hillel/Kushner game next week. A special thank you to Coach Candel for all his hard work and dedication leading up to this point. GO RAMS!
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 2:25:00 PM
Sixth graders participated in the first of a three-part workshop dedicated to Opera music presented by the Manhattan School of Music.The workshop supports their music class where they have learned opera terms an analyzed a few famous arias. To listen...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 1:20:00 PM
Eighth graders have begun two initiatives to collect needed items for the winter and Purim. Please send in used or new coats to be donated to those in need and used or new costumes to be donated to Neve Michael, a children's home in Israel. The costumes will be delivered within the next two weeks for children to use for Purim. Please donate costumes by March 14 and please donate coats by March 20.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 12:48:00 PM
Save April 16 for the Middle School performance of Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Students participated in a character development workshop last week and have weekly rehearsals. Cast members and their families came together on Sunday to prepare the technical aspects and enjoyed painting sets, trying on costumes, and gathering props. Special thanks to our parent volunteers for helping to make the afternoon safe, fun, and educational for our students.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 10:07:00 AM
Seventh and Eighth Graders in the Public Speaking elective welcomed teachers and administrators to watch their "Passion Projects." Students selected and researched a topic, transferred the information to bullet points and added pictures, photos, slides, and charts to enhance their presentations. Subjects included places to visit (The Netherlands, Ireland, South Africa, Israel, London, Los Angeles, and Hawaii); hobbies (sewing and baking); and sports (baseball, basketball, tennis, and soccer). One presentation focused on North Korea as a fascinating country, but suggested skipping a visit. Students practiced speaking loudly, slowly, clearly, looking at the audience and of course, remembering to smile!
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 5:32:00 PM
Eighth grade students have been learning about Asirei Zion in their Hebrew class. They learned about the struggles of Jews in the Soviet Union and how Jewish organizations and individuals around the world held protests for their release. In addition, they learned about the protests that were held around the United States every Sunday in which protesters wore wristbands with the names of Asirei Zion...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 4:02:00 PM
In Art class, 6th grade students learned about the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her vast number of self portrait paintings. Inspired by Kahlo, students spent the last two months drawing their own self portraits! Learning about the artist's work helped sixth graders see how self portraiture can be used to tell their personal stories...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019 2:25:00 PM
In Math 501, students applied their knowledge of area to design an apartment floor plan. After creating their blueprints, they selected and calculated the cost of the flooring for each room with a budget of $5,000. The students considered the real life implications of their design choices, created reasonable scales for their drawings, and wrote advertisements describing their apartments.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 9:13:00 PM
Mishe Nichnas Adar Marbim B'Simcha! The Middle School students took it upon themselves to spread the Adar cheer! On Tuesday, some fifth graders returned to the Lower School and sang and danced with the third grade and ECC students....
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 9:33:00 PM
Nearing the end of their Holocaust unit in history class, the 8th grade students conducted a "jigsaw" lesson about liberation. A jigsaw lesson requires students to research different topics in small groups, in this case, various perspectives on the liberation of the concentration camps. After they completed their research, each student had to teach a new group of students about his/her research...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 2:56:00 PM
The Middle School's new chesed elective began this semester and students were privileged to hear from Mrs. Roth about her experiences during the Shoah and as a survivor. She showed students her memoir, Here There is No Why, shared her number, and students had an opportunity to ask questions.
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 2:53:00 PM
Special in Uniform, an innovative program that integrates youth with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces, came to the Middle School to present a program for the 8th grade. Students learned about how Israelis with special needs find unique and important ways to serve in Israel. To understand some of the challenges that these soldiers face, eighth graders participated in activities such as beading and puzzles where they were instructed to use only one arm. Later, students were given a set of instructions that read in a way that mirrored the dyslexic perspective. Students were inspired that despite these challenges, Special in Uniform participants are able and willing to serve to their full capacity - and they hope to meet some of these soldiers on their upcoming Israel trip!
Posted Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019 2:40:00 PM
Students who participated in the Newbery Challenge were elated to hear the winners of the contest which was announced by the American Library Association this week . The Newbery Award went to Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina. The two Newbery Honor Awards went to The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani and The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock. Students greeted the news with excitement because these three books were all on their Newbery Challenge list. Also, author Veera Hiranandani visited Ramaz and spoke to students about The Night Diary earlier this month. The Ramaz MS has hosted authors in the past but this is the first time a Newbery winner visited the Middle School. Kudos to all the students and parents who participated in this reading initiative!
Posted Monday, Jan 28, 2019 4:00:00 PM
Last week, 8th graders attended a Jazz concert presented by Lincoln Center Jazz at Ramaz! This performance was the second out of a three-concert set, under a program called "Let Freedom Swing." This program points to connections between social uprisings and Jazz music, with concert themes focusing on "Jazz and Democracy" as well as "Jazz and the Great Migration."...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 3:23:00 PM
Students, faculty, and staff in the Middle School enthusiastically separated food-scraps, plates, utensils, napkins and cups - and placed them into their proper bins on Tuesday. Out of 127 pounds of waste produced in the Middle School kitchen and lunchroom that day, ONLY 18 pounds, just 14% ended up in landfill! That was only 1/2 of one garbage bag!! The rest was transported in several bags to a NYC compost drop off location or for recycling. In one day, students reduced the Middle School's contribution to landfill by 86%...
Posted Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 2:32:00 PM
This week in science lab, 5th grade students conducted acid tests on seven different types of minerals in order to properly identify them. They also tested the minerals for traces of limestone. Throughout the unit on rocks and minerals, students have been learning about the various ways to classify and identify igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks.
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!
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