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Eighth Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

Week 23: Monday, February 12 – Friday, February 16

Advisory This week we led an activity in which we started having a conversation about ways to have debates/ arguments in effective and nonviolent ways. The students discussed what are the things that set them off in conversations and what steps we can they take in order to be able to listen to each other and express their opinions without hurting each other’s feelings. Hebrew Dear parents, This week the students took various assessments in the Past tense, practicing how to use various verbs in order to interview a friend about a special day they had with their family. In...
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Week 22: Monday, February 5th – Friday, February 9th

Advisory: Dear parents, This week in Advisory we practiced using three different methods to unwind: Mindful Coloring, Journaling, and Yoga. The students enjoyed the session very much! We would like to encourage you to use any of these methods at home with your children.                                   Hebrew: Dear parents, This week, both groups were hard at work reviewing the Past tense. We reviewed the various groups of conjugations in the Paal, Piel and Hitpael structures in the past tense. Next week, the students will have...
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Week 21: Monday, January 29th – Friday, February 2nd

Advisory This week, we explored our ability to focus on the opportunities in life rather than on the challenges. We discussed how even challenges can be used in our quest to improve ourselves. Judaic Studies Inspired by a student, we tried something new this week — exploring what Judaism has to say about an issue important to middle schoolers. We began by looking at several texts about depression and anxiety, and used them as jumping off points to reflect on our own experiences. We also thought about what it means to be a good friend to someone who is struggling. There...
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Week 20: Monday, January 22nd – Friday, January 26th

Humanities: Literature and Writing: This week, students continued their work translating and analyzing Act II of Othello.  At the end of the week, students were asked to explain how Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to develop a theme on the relationship between appearance and reality. History:  In History, students prepared for our field trip this coming Monday to the Jewish Museum as we kickoff this year’s collaboration with them.  Students previewed artworks from the museum’s permanent collection and the exhibition entitled Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress.  Students will learn how artists and craftspeople use motifs in their work and will express their own...
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Week 19: January 16th – January 19th

Humanities: This week in Humanities, we continued our study of Othello.  Students analyzed how Shakespeare uses irony and soliloquy to create a full realized portrait of Iago as a character.  Next week, we read Act III and study the elements of a classic Tragedy that exist in the play so far. Have a wonderful weekend, Michael Science: While students focus on their upcoming musical, in science we have been conducting a culinary science unit. This has allowed students to focus on the science concepts within cooking. In the last two weeks we have worked on transforming potatoes into mash and...
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Week 18: Monday, January 8th – Friday, January 12th, 2018

Hi everyone, Because of the intense preparations for the musical, the 8th grade blog will look a little different these next few weeks.  It will focus mostly on showing the amazing work students are doing to make their production of Beauty and the Beast the hottest ticket in town!  We will return to our normal blogging style at the conclusion of the musical.  If you have a question or would like an update on what is going on in classes other than Humanities, please feel free to reach out individually to teachers with any questions. Warmly, The 8th Grade Team Humanities:...
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Week 17: Tuesday, January 2nd – Friday, January 5th

Hebrew:  Dear parents, The month of January is designed as a month of individual study. the students receive assignments ahead of time and are supposed to use classwork to consult with me in order to complete the assignments successfully. The individual study is an important skill that will benefit them in high school. I wish you a warm weekend and a happy new year, Andreea Humanities:  Literature and Writing: Happy New Year everyone!  This week, we started our unit on William Shakespeare’s Othello by learning about critical lens and how they are used to analyze art.  We learned about postcolonial theory...
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Week 15: Monday, December 11th – Friday, December 15th

Hebrew:  Dear parents, This week HaKbatza Aleph practiced using STAMI sentences verbally and in writing. In addition, we practiced switching from infinitive to present tense. HaKbatza Bet learned new vocabulary related to using internet, phones and social media and they practiced using the new vocabulary verbally and in writing. I wish everyone Hag Hanukah Sameach and Shabbat Shalom, Andreea Heritage:  הורים יקרים, השבוע המשכנו בדיון בו התלמידים הביעו את דעותיהם בנושא היתרונות והחסרונות של קבוצה. כיצד תלמידים מרגישים חלק מקבוצה? אם הם יהיו מוכנים לערוב לתלמידים שנמצאים איתם בקבוצה? ואם לא, מדוע? כיצד זה תלמידים אחרים מרגישים עם זה. על מנת לענות...
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Week 14: Monday, December 4th – Friday, December 8th

Advisory:  Dear parents, This week in advisory we did a short meditation about dealing with anger. Next, the students will put on short skits about social situations in middle school. Hebrew: Dear parents, This week  HaKbatza Aleph learned the structure KEDAY and LO KEDAY- it’s a good idea, it’s not a good idea/ it’s worth it, it’s not worth it. the students read various texts on this topic and used verbally and in writing.  HaKbatza Bet finished the unit on trips and places in Israel and continued to practice Compound Nouns. Shabbat Shalom, Andreea Heritage: הורים יקרים, השבוע ערכנו דיון שבו התלמידים...
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Week 13: Monday, November 27th – Friday, December 1st

Advisory Dear parents, This week in advisory, the students reflected on the things that we can choose in life and the things we can’t. What are our needs and how can we adjust our choices in the way we talk and listen in order to meet our and other people’s needs. Hebrew: Dear parents, This week the students in HaKbatza Aleph presented their projects on education in other countries.The students in HaKbatza Bet studied compound nouns and took a vocab test and a test on compound nouns. I wish everyone a peaceful weekend, Andreea Heritage:  ,הורים שלום במסגרת העבודה על היחידה החדשה שלנו...
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