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    Lower School Students Learn Keyboarding

    Lower school students have been practicing their keyboarding skills as part of their technology curriculum. These vital skills "enable [students] to type work for classes more efficiently without having to look at the keyboard," says technology and media teacher Fredda Kaplan. Ms. Kaplan says that while many schools are no longer offering typing, she believes that typing is an integral component of the technology curriculum. "Keys are in the same place whether the thumbs are seeking out the letters or the hands. These lessons familiarize students with the keys, and these skills can be applied to all devices: computers, iPads, cell phones, and many others." Read on for information about the typing programs our students are using...MORE PHOTOS

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    It's a Wild Ride in 8th Grade Physics!

    If you were walking the middle school halls on Tuesday, you would have seen (and heard!) our 8th grade students building large, roller coaster creations. This exciting, design thinking project is the introduction to the 8th grade physics unit. Eighth graders were charged with creating their own roller coasters that accomplish specific tasks: a starting hill at least 1 meter in height; a second hill; one elliptical loop with a minimum height of 20 centimeters; and one vertical corkscrew. After building their roller coasters, 8th graders will analyze the maximum potential energy, maximum kinetic energy, and balanced potential and kinetic energies of their roller coasters and present their findings to the class. It is definitely a wild ride in 8th grade science! MORE PHOTOS

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    Weaving Teaches Fourth Graders Patience, Focus; Incorporates Native American Studies

    Fourth graders recently began their unit on weaving, an art form that requires focus, discipline, and patience. “It’s a hard skill,” says art teacher Lisa Levy. “It’s a right brain task that can be hard to follow. But if you do it right, the artwork can be turned into something that can be used.” In addition to honing their fine motor skills and developing hand eye coordination, this weaving unit incorporates the fourth grade Native American studies; the students are learning firsthand the types of skills the Native Americans needed for creating wonderful, weaving works of art. Another exciting aspect of this project is that they are using recycled materials—leftover fabrics, computer wires, caution tape, bubble wrap, old sheets—on cardboard looms to create everything from bags to monsters. “Weaving really teaches our students the benefit of hard work and patience. You have to wait to the end to see what you’re going to get.” MORE PHOTOS

FriNov28

Thanksgiving Holiday, School Closed

MonDec01

Kindergarten Conferences

Time: 2:15pm - 3:15pm
TueDec02

5th Grade Field Trip

Time: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Kindergarten Conferences

Time: 2:15pm - 3:15pm

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    First Graders Are Inspired by Kandinsky and Music

    First grade artists studied the works of Wassily Kandinsky, one of the great abstractionist painters of the twentieth century. Since Kandinsky was often inspired to paint by listening to music, the first graders listened to music as well, making sketches while listening to different types of music and thinking about how best to render what they heard through color, line, and shape. Their finished paintings, on display in the lower hall of the Mercaz, are "a free-flowing response to one piece of music," said art teacher Rebekah Goldstein. The students practiced the skills of brushwork, use of oil pastels, and making creative decisions regarding the expressiveness of color and line.

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    Programming Playground Combines Fun and Technology for Middle School Students

    Programming Playground, a Friday middle school elective, is a fun space for students to “pursue passion projects in programming, coding, and making,” says instructor and BHDS director of technology Nicholas Cole-Farrell. This new elective allows students to work individually or in small groups on projects that meet their interests. These interests can range from Python and Java Script, to designing websites, creating apps, and taking apart computer hardware. Says sixth grader Gregory L., “I created a soccer quiz for Python and I really like programming and working with computers.” Another student, 8th grader Avram R., adds, “I like the freedom of this class. You can pick what you want to do and if you need help, Mr. Cole-Farrell is here to help.” MORE PHOTOS

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    Rabbi Gershom Sizomu - Chief Rabbi of Uganda - Meets with Seventh Graders

    Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, chief rabbi of Uganda, visited our seventh grade this week as a guest speaker. A Be'chol Lashon Rabbinic Fellow, Rabbi Sizomu makes frequent visits to the United States as an ambassador for the Abayudaya ("People of Judah") Jewish community. As part of the Tzedek Project's guest speaker series—which has also seen representatives from Project Homeless Connect, Shalom Bayit, Jewish Coalition for Literacy, and Urban Adamah, among others—Rabbi Sizomu met with the seventh grade students to advocate for efforts to build a new synagogue complex in his community. This synagogue will include a school, child care center, kitchen, and community center. While showing photos of his community, Rabbi Sizomu explained that all Jewish homes in the community have Jewish symbols in the windows, "so we are reminded to look out with a Jewish point of view."

FriNov28

Thanksgiving Holiday, School Closed

ThuDec04

1st Grade HOC Coffee

Location: Library Time: 8:30am - 9:30am
SatDec06

Sarah Snyder Bat Mitzvah

TueDec09

6th Grade Outdoor Ed

Location: Walker Creek Ranch Thru: 12/12/2014

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