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.
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
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."