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Eighth Grade 2017 – 2018 Blog

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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Week 12: Monday, November 20th – Wednesday, November 22nd

Advisory: This week in advisory we practiced the meditation technique of Body Scan. Next, we asked the students to reflect on various life situations. What do they think/ feel and how do they react? Hebrew:  This week students in HaKbatza Aleph continued to prepare their presentations on education systems in various countries around the world. Students in HaKbatza Bet studied Compound Nouns. On Tuesday, the students will have a quiz on this topic. I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving with your families! Andreea Humanities:  Literature and Writing: It was a short but busy week in Literature and Writing classes this week.  Students...
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Week 11: Monday, November 13th – Friday, November 17th, 2017

Advisory:  Dear parents, This week in advisory we discussed the way we feel or react to various situations in middle school as part of encouraging awareness and self-monitoring skills. Hebrew:  Dear parents, This week students in HaKbatza Aleph worked individually on reading and writing about the education system in a country of their choice. Students in HaKbatza Bet presented an itinerary they prepared using slideshow. I wish everyone a peaceful weekend, Andreea Heritage:  ורים יקרים, השבוע התחלנו יחידה חדשה הבאה לדון בחישבותו של גיבוש. כולנו שייכים לקבוצות שונות: משפחה, כיתה, תנועת נוער וכדומה. השאלות שנעסוק בהם; מה הם היתרונות והחסרונות של קבוצה?...
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Week 10: Monday, November 6th – Friday, November 10th

Advisory: This week in advisory we explored our breath. We practiced deep breathing vs. shallow breathing and we discussed breathing as an anchor in meditation. Hebrew Dear parents, It was a pleasure meeting with you and having such informative conversations on your children. This week, HaKbatza Aleph continued to read and discuss the topic of education around the world. We explored the connection between freedom of education and freedom in life. HaKbatza Bet continued to work on their independent projects that they will present next week, accompanied by a slideshow. I wish everyone a good weekend, Andreea Heritage הורים יקרים,...
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Week 9: Monday, October 30th – Friday, November 3rd

Advisory:  This week in advisory, students learned about mindful bodies- still and calm and mindful listening. Next, we discussed what are the behavioral expectations from 8th graders, and then the students shared their thoughts on the tragic events in Tribecca. Hebrew and Heritage:  Dear parents, This week the students finished taking the Avant test. Next, HaKbatza Aleph read texts about how school used to be many years ago vs. today. HaKbatza Bet is working on an individual project:: being a tour guide and presenting the itinerary of a trip. I wish everyone a wonderful weekend, Andreea and Ilana Humanities:  Literature...
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Week 8: Monday, October 23rd – Friday, October 27th

Advisory We are excited to let you know that this week we started a mindfulness program in advisory. The program is comprised of once a week meetings. The Program Goals: Provide students with the tools to create a space between stimulus and response and manage high school process more effectively. Help students to distinguish between reality and their own thoughts and foster an ability to observe and label their own thoughts without judgment. Discover roots of mindfulness within Jewish Text and Values Cultivate caring community members Create a time and space of quiet reflection. We hope the children will benefit...
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Weeks 5, 6, and 7: October 2nd – October 20th

Advisory We have been using advisory to help students prepare for the high school placement process, specifically how to handle themselves in an interview setting.  Students worked in pairs and small groups simulating interview questions and responds. Hebrew Dear parents, This week we finished the review unit, culminating with a quiz on adjectives. Next, we started again our Neta books from last year. HaKbatza Aleph is studying book 3, Unit 5 on learning and teaching. HaKbatza  Bet is starting the program from book 2, Unit 7 on trips. For the next two weeks, the students will devote two days a...
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Weeks 3 and 4: Monday, September 18th – Thursday, September 28th

Advisory: This week in advisory, the 8th graders once again stepped up as leaders of the school community. They prepared presentations to help the rest of the students understand the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and what we as a community can do to help.  On Monday, they will give their presentations to the other grades and kick-start our relief drive efforts.   Hebrew:   Dear parents, For the last two weeks, the 8th grade focused on using the structure of VERB + INFINITIVE verbally, in authentic real-life situations. On Tuesday, the students will have a quiz...
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Week 2: Monday, September 11th – Friday, September 15th

Advisory:  This week in advisory, the eighth graders prepared to perform at the first tekes of the year.  Their songs and raps about each of their nine years as members of the Hannah Senesh community was a whirlwind journey filled with warmth and humor.  It certainly set the tone of a year of full of fun and engaging leadership.   Art: Eighth grade students began the year with color theory. This second week of school they began painting, learning to mix color with acrylic paints. Hebrew: Dear parents, This week the students were busy making short videos talking about what...
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