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Posted Friday, Nov 2, 2018 2:11:59 PM
The momentum for the Hoops for Heroes Yashar LaChayal 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament is building! A personal funding page was created for each participating student and their pages are now active. The students have already started to raise funds and awareness about Yashar LaChayal to their families and friends. The Tournament preliminary games have been scheduled. The first game will take place today, Monday, November 5 vs. Manhattan Day School @ Ramaz at 6:15PM...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 4:33:00 PM
As a culmination to their study of Zionism in Jewish History class, the 8th grade held a mock World Zionist Congress. In small groups of four or five, students researched primary source writings from such illustrious thinkers as Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook, Ahad Ha'am, Theodor Herzl, and A.D. Gordon...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 3:36:00 PM
This week, Ms. Bernstein announced some exciting new changes to the structure of Student Organizational Presidium (S.O.). For the first time, Ramaz will have officers--a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. 8th graders are eligible to run for these leadership positions and we are eager to maximize the leadership potential in our middle school "seniors."...
Posted Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 3:39:00 PM
Middle School students had the great opportunity to see the election process live! Dr. Jeffrey Ascherman, who is currently running for New York State Assembly, came and spoke to our students about his ideas. As Dr. Ascherman explained, "there are no medical doctors in the entire NY State Legislature- even though they pass a great deal of healthcare legislation."
Posted Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 3:30:00 PM
This year, Middle School Mashgiach Ruchani (Director of Character Development) Rabbi Justin Pines has been sharing a weekly sicha (thought to help focus our week) during the 6th-8th grade Monday mincha minyan. A summary of this week's sicha cab be found here...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 12:27:00 PM
The transition to a middle school departmentalized schedule, with so many more classes and teachers, can be challenging. In order to develop the necessary study skills early on we have developed an advisory program unit to help students organize, manage time, and prepare efficiently for tests.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 11:36:00 AM
On Tuesday, during advisory, the 7th grade girls participated in a presentation from Citibank. Female employees at Citibank volunteer to go to schools and encourage girls to consider careers in IT.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 11:33:00 AM
The sukkah project is a cross-curriculum project that utilized a variety of math skills, an understanding of the halachot pertaining to the building of a sukkah, and the ability to write detailed descriptions in Hebrew.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 9:49:00 PM
Last Friday, the sixth graders enjoyed a fall walk to Mount Sinai Hospital where they joined students from three other schools, all of whom will partake in the Sweet Readers program this year. Dr. Howard Fillit spoke to the group about Alzheimer's, including the history of research for a cure, some progress that has been made, hopeful medications, as well as what measures people can take early on to help prevent Alzheimer's...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 11:24:00 AM
The Socratic Seminar allows students to help one another discuss and understand important issues within the texts they are studying. During the activity, students are responsible for facilitating the discussion through the use of textual evidence, questions, and listening to the thoughts of their peers. In order to keep the conversation flowing students are seated in an inner and outer circle...
Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018 11:08:00 AM
Students in 8th grade have been learning about various Aliyot to Israel (the immigration of Jews from the diaspora). Most recently, they have been learning about Operation Magic Carpet that brought 50,000 Yemenite Jews to the new State of Israel between June 1949 and September 1950. To learn more about the unique Yemenite laws and customs which have remained unchanged for nearly 2,000 years, students visited Tifereth Yisrael, a Yemenite Synagogue, this past Shabbat....
Posted Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018 11:54:00 PM
The Middle School is proud to share that 6th grade students will be a part of the Sweet Readers program this year where they will have the opportunity to read to and interact with adults with Alzheimer's or Dementia....
Posted Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018 4:29:00 PM
Last week, fifth and sixth graders got into the Sukkot spirit during recess when they were challenged to work together to build a Sukkah using PVC pipes. The team-building engineering project encouraged excitement and collaboration as students came up with new ways to get faster and faster. Students were were also excited to use their artistic skills to help decorate the Middle School Sukkot! They made long chains, watercolor creations, and even a small replica of a Sukkah!
Posted Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 11:54:00 AM
This past Monday evening, September 17, MS parents attended our annual Simulated School Night. Ms. Jennifer Bernstein and Rabbi Chaim Hagler greeted parents and spoke about the importance of learning Torah, the value of educators and parents partnering together to teach menschlichkeit, and how best to support the academic, social and emotional growth of middle schoolers....
Posted Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018 11:49:00 AM
In anticipation of Yom Kippur, the Middle School students were privileged to hear a powerful message from Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, Senior Rabbi at Congregation Kehillath Jeshurun. Rabbi Steinmetz commented that, while everyone knows how to ask for what they need, students should be asking themselves why they are needed. He continued that identifying one's individual purpose and considering why Hashem put us on earth leads to a life of self-worth and fulfillment...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018 9:30:00 PM
After discussing the events of 9/11, the 5th graders read the book 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy in their history classes. Students learned about the Maasai tribe and their commitment to helping the American people during their time of need! In addition to the 5th grade unit, all Middle School students have received a card where they will record which values they wish to commit to this year...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 6:02:00 PM
Congratulations to our 8th graders on graduating from the Ramaz Middle School! Wishing them happiness, success, and a continued love of learning. Best of luck from your Ramaz family!
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 5:55:00 PM
The Ramaz 8th Grade celebrated the completion and distribution of the Middle School yearbook. The Parents Council committee, headed by Dr. Rachel Title, organized this beautiful event, including a pizza lunch, room decorations, and a slide show. The yearbook is a year-long project involving contributions from all 8th grade students, and directed by Ms. Miri Rubin as faculty advisor. This year's editors-in-chief were Jordan M. and Caleb R. (Grade 8).
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 4:53:00 PM
The 6th grade participated in a program with myFace, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with craniofacial conditions. The 6th graders read Wonder earlier this year and attended the first screening of the movie, thanks to the Kahn family....
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 3:22:00 PM
In connection with their study of Parashat Sh'lach, Morah Galit's Grade 6 Chumash students learned how to knot and make their own tzitzit! Two of the mitzvot that they learned about in the parasha were Tzitzit and Hafrashat Challah. They will being baking challah and doing the latter mitzvah tomorrow, too. Students remarked it was fun learning how to do a mitzvah that Jews around the world do every day. Tizku L'Mitzvot.
Posted Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 1:58:00 PM
In grade 5 advisory, current grade 5 students were provided templates to use in writing and decorating "Welcome to the Middle School" cards for the rising grade 5, soon to become, fellow middle schoolers. They were asked to include their favorite things about Middle School and some practical tips for a successful grade 5 experience. They decorated the cards with colored markers and added some personal information (e.g. a book they recently enjoyed, hobbies).
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:49:00 PM
Family and friends of the 6th Grade are invited to stop by the Ramaz Middle School lobby and enjoy students' display of Augmented Reality Sketches of Early American Historical Figures. This project-based learning experience expanded students' library and online research skills. The students used resources and citations to explore famous colonial Americans and the time period in which they lived. The final products were hand-drawn sketches that hide in them a variety of multimedia experiences created by our students...
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:20:00 PM
The 3rd and 4th Grade Lower School Choir and the 5th and 6th Grade Junior Chorus put on a fabulous performance for family and friends this week in the Middle School Auditorium. The atmosphere was cheery and the students sounded beautiful as they sang the songs they had performed throughout the year! Congratulations to all performers on a wonderful Friends and Family Concert!
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:13:00 PM
Grade 5 students were invited to share any talents they have with their classmates! From gymnastics, to singing, to playing piano, telling jokes, or solving a Rubik's cube, the students were highly spirited and so impressive. Audience members had the chance to ask performers questions about their talents, sparking a lot of great conversations. A fun time was had by all!
Posted Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 2:07:00 PM
A selection of new titles from the Middle School Library collection is posted on Schoology. Please click on Groups and then Middle School and you will see the list of these books that parents and students may to wish to borrow from the MS library (available as of June 11) or the Public Library or to purchase for their children's summer reading. This list gives parents suggestions for books they may to wish to purchase or borrow from the Public Library for their children's summer reading.
Posted Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 11:18:00 PM
Kol HaKavod to all students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and families who marched, cheered, and celebrated Israel at last week's annual Celebrate Israel Parade. For photos of the parade, please click...
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:58:00 PM
Mazal Tov! Seventh graders had a great time celebrating becoming bnei and bnot mitzvah with their classmates this week. The collective celebration brought students together in a festive school setting and allowed them to speak to each other about the various chesed projects they undertook throughout the year in preparation for this Jewish milestone. 7th graders also joined their classmates in decorating bags that will be used to donate books....
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:30:00 PM
Students and faculty are immensely proud of 8th grader Ilana P. for competing in the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee this week. The whole school was cheering her on --Kol HaKavod! To learn more, please read the New York Times article which featured Ilana as one of the "spelling stars of the city." For the article, click..
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:03:00 PM
Congratulations to the Ramaz Ultimate Frisbee team for going undefeated through the regular season and qualifying for the Middle School Athletic Leagues Division A playoffs.
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 11:16:00 AM
Eighth grade students in Ms. Kim Gantz-Wexler's Public Speaking class shared some highlights of the Israel Trip with the 6th and 7th grades after tefilla. Their presentation was thoughtful and inspiring as they recounted several special activities and moments from the trip that they will take with them as they move on to high school.
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