To enrich their understanding of the Holocaust, eight graders listened to the story of Polish Holocaust survivor, Bill Kay. He spoke to our students in depth about his family and how they were forced to leave their small town. His story spoke of the courage, determination, and strong love for family that allowed him to find a way to survive under brutal circumstances. Bill, a member of Rodef Sholom, also spoke to our students about his relationship with G-d, his family, and his community. Our students really appreciated what they were hearing and how special it is to hear from a survivor of the Holocaust.
“He spoke so honestly and openly with the kids and they responded in kind with incredible questions,” said Judaic studies teacher Beverly Pinto. “I received a thank you note from Bill where he expressed his thanks to our kids for being so bright and interested.”
Yesterday, the fourth grade class traveled to the Mission in San Francisco as part of their ongoing, yearlong study of California. Students explored the murals, discussing the purposes of murals in a community and how artwork can build a community. Art teacher Lisa Levy joined the field trip as well, helping to integrate the students’ art class exploration, “What is Art?” into this experience. After observing the murals, students were given a tour of Mission Dolores to see the function and purpose of the Spanish missions. They were led by a member of the Ohlone Tribe, who discussed with them the affects the missions had on native Californians. It was a colorful, and educational, day for the fourth grade! MORE PHOTOS
To celebrate Pi Day, middle school math teacher Lee Tempkin challenged the middle schoolers to memorize as many digits of pi as they could. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders competed against one another and class champions were named. On Monday, the first, second, and third place finishers in each class went head to head. Memorizing pi teaches the importance of perserverance and effort; it also helps teach students about chunking, a strategy for learning random sequences of things. Sixth grader Zev S. was crowned the champion (he successfully recited 91 digits of pi!), sixth grader Cali K. took second place, and eighth grader Sophie Y. rounded out the top 3. Following the competition, all middle schoolers enjoyed pies that were brought in to celebrate the day.
"I love the idea that sixth graders can beat eighth graders, and middle school students can beat adults. [With a challenge like this] age is not a significant quality to have in any way; anyone can compete," says Mr. Tempkin. MORE PHOTOS