In celebration of Passover, kindergarteners participated in a model Seder hosted by their eighth grade buddies. Working in small groups, the eighth graders created skits, poems, and original songs to retell the story of Passover in a lively, interactive way. The kindergarteners then practiced the new prayers they have learned, saying the blessings over the candles and wine (grape juice). The model Seder followed the traditional order of the Seder, in which the students dipped parsley in salt water, ate charoset on matzah, and sang the "Ma Nishtana" (The Four Questions). A huge todah rabah to everyone for helping these classes experience the Passover holiday. A special thank you to the 8th grade families for providing the food for this model Seder!
The fifth annual Kinship Project, an iconic 8th grade research and writing project, ends in an evening of sharing and story telling for the entire family. All students, parents, grandparents, and alumni are invited to get up and tell a three-minute story from their lives. The eighth graders have spent six weeks interviewing their parents and other relatives, gleaning details of family history and recording stories, and then producing a final paper that includes the interviews and a family album. The stories shared at this annual event range emotionally from hilarious or anecdotal to tragic, and April 3 was no exception. Language arts teachers Jennifer Baumer and David Jefferies each shared a story of their own. Said Ms. Baumer, “Students apply all the skills they've learned through the years to their own narrative. This project is in many ways the culmination of the BHDS writing curriculum.” MORE PHOTOS
The school's celebration of Earth Week (March 31-April 4), sponsored by the Environmental Committee, prompted BHDS teachers and students to set a goal of reducing landfill items in lunchboxes. By avoiding foods in plastic packaging, foil-lined juice cartons, and other non-compostable or non-recyclable items, students tried to significantly reduce their "gray bin" tally . . .
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