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Posted Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 2:51:49 PM
In anticipation of Yom Kippur, Middle School students and the Upper School senior class participated in a special musical presentation exploring Kol Nidrei. Students explored Sephardic and Ashkenazi versions and discovered Kol Nidrei's cultural significance, inspiring popular and classical music versions, and film. Cellist Mariel Roberts and Pianist Philip Fisher performed excerpts from the concert piece for cello solo. KJ's Cantor Chaim Berson talked about his interpretation and preparation for the holiday. The performers also compared and exchanged musical interpretations in a fascinating exploration of how music travels from Synagogue to Concert Hall. The presentation was sponsored by the Martin & Susan Sanders Family Foundation for Classical Music Enrichment at Ramaz.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 9:30:00 PM
Ms. Noreen Wachs, Middle School librarian, visited all the 5th grade classes to introduce them to the rules, practices, and fun reading adventures of the library. Students learned briefly about how to access and search the online catalog, library rules for lunch recess and book borrowing, and even about each grade's class visits to the library before beginning their research projects! Students also watched short videos about a variety of wonderful books available in the library.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 9:23:00 PM
The 6th grade began their study of the engineering design process. This past week they participated in the Marshmallow Design Challenge. Students were tasked with building the highest tower possible to support one marshmallow in 18 minutes! Their design packets included 20 sticks of uncooked spaghetti, one marshmallow, one yard of string, and one yard of tape.
Posted Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 9:25:00 PM
Middle School students participated in a historical moment last week. Students were privileged to hear the shofar blasts from a shofar with an amazing story. Known as the the "Auschwitz shofar," it had been smuggled in and out of Auschwitz...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 4:12:00 PM
In anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, Ms. Levy-Cohen designed an interdisciplinary hands-on lab for 6th grade science students. Students learned about the origin of the Jewish tradition of dipping apples in honey and the blessings we recite on the night of Rosh Hashanah. They also discussed why Israel is referred to as the "land of milk and honey" by reading various biblical sources. In addition, students learned that scientists believe bees are endangered and that Israel is famous for start-ups that strive to alleviate bee population decline (e.g., BeeHero). They even had a bee visit class! Students were then presented with a problem...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 3:02:00 PM
Seventh graders participated in a hands-on opportunity to help those in need on Rosh Hashanah! Students worked with Chesed 24/7, an organization that makes sure that hospitals are stocked with kosher food for patients. Thanks to them, patients and their families (who may find themselves without food), will have access to Shabbat and holidays meals. For Rosh Hashanah, Chesed 24/7 will stock hospitals with Rosh Hashanah boxes, which include apples, honey, dates, and pomegranates. Ramaz seventh graders, with the help of Parents Council, packaged 400 boxes that will be delivered this week, and placed in hospitals throughout NY!
Posted Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 2:58:00 PM
Congratulations to 8th grader, Eva G., on winning the New York State Archives Student Research Award for the best entry in the middle school category. Eva's paper was titled A Holocaust Study: A History of the Va'ad ha-Hatzalah and the Ethics of Rescue.
Posted Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM
This week, police officers Bevers, DeLossantos, and Palazzo came from the local precinct to speak to students for the Middle School's Annual Student Safety Talk. The officers addressed appropriate social media use and Internet safety, being aware of one's surroundings, especially outside, and when to call 911, among other topics....
Posted Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 9:39:00 PM
Building connections between generations is an ongoing project at Ramaz and students have had the opportunity to interact with both younger and older individuals this past week. First, the fifth graders learned about an amazing organization called DOROT and how they could get involved. With DOROT, students first made Rosh Hashanah cards that will be delivered to the isolated elderly...
Posted Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019 9:39:00 PM
Caleb R., now a 10th grader at the US, joined the Middle School Kumzits last Friday and shared his passion for chesed and his mission to inspire students, teachers, and parents to donate their hair to an organization called Wigs for Kids. This organization makes wigs for children with cancer who have lost their hair following chemotherapy treatments. Caleb has been inspiring others to donate their hair since his Bar Mitzvah! This year, he's approaching students from all divisions to take part in this special mitzvah - a school-wide effort...
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