Rashi students have so many rich and varied learning experiences every day at our school. Here is a window into some of  the learning across the grades on this past Friday in the middle school.(It can take your breath away!)

Social Studies: Seventh graders researched and thought carefully about Tamchui organizations, sixth graders learned about the first three articles of the Constitution, and eighth graders researched topics related to World War II.

Language Arts: Sixth graders connected with the characters of The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 and shared research and written responses to the church bombing in Birmingham in 1963. Seventh graders recited parts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream while eighth graders reviewed the  body paragraph  in writing essays.

Science: Sixth graders worked in teams to research and prepare presentations about one of the human organ systems (nervous, skeletal, immune, respiratory, etc.). Seventh graders worked on a design challenge: building balloon powered cars with limited (and mostly recycled) resources. They are gearing up for Newton Day, when they will honor Sir Isaac Newton and his three laws of motion with races and the eating of Fig Newtons. Eighth graders completed a unit on cloning and the ethical implications behind stem cell research, and began reviewing for a big celebration of knowledge event: a two-day test covering the entire chemistry unit.

Math: Middle Schoolers studied linear equations, fractions, geometry quiz, parallel lines, intersecting, similar figures, area of triangles and lowest common denominator.

Social Justice: Seventh graders walked to NewBridge and worked with senior residents to write poems about Spring,.

Arts: Eighth graders worked on the upcoming Hebrew musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” as the sixth grade technical elective painted scenery for the show.

In the afternoon, the entire middle school gathered to watch footage of the historical events that were unfolding in Egypt. During Kabbalat Shabbat, we watched Rashi’s first Israeli dance troupe, made up of our middle school students, whirl and twirl on the stage, then we sang with ruach and joy with the rest of the school.

There was Hebrew language learning too. Yes, indeed, the learning is rich, and the faculty are so talented in transmitting this learning!

I wish you all a wonderful February Break.

Glenda Speyer

Head of Upper School (Grades 5-8)