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    Fifth Grade Experiences Once-in-a-Lifetime Boat Trip

    The fifth grade class experienced a once-in-a-lifetime working boat trip on Monday as part of their semester-long science curriculum on oceans. Our students were treated to a hands-on look at brackish estuary mud, vertebrate and invertebrate animals, and the field of hydrology at the Marine Science Institute (MSI). On the boat, students had a chance to cast a net to catch various sea creatures and then identify the animals; collect a sampling of brackish estuary mud and sift through it to find invertebrate animals; test the salinity and density levels of the water using a hydrometer. Following the field trip, representatives from MSI visited BHDS to lead a design thinking workshop on biomimicry - the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems. Fifth graders examined features of invertebrate animals and formed their own ideas about how these animals can help solve human problems. “This field trip is a great visible connection to what we are studying,” says fifth grade teacher Maria Seward. Read on for more details about the hands-on explorations of the fifth grade... MORE PHOTOS

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    Eighth Grade Students View Rare Partial Solar Eclipse

    Led by middle school science teacher Rich Seymour and director of admissions and outreach Pamela Welner, our 8th grade students had the opportunity to watch a partial solar eclipse last Thursday, which provided a great ending to their first semester astronomy unit. Solar eclipses are less common than lunar eclipses because the moon casts a relatively small shadow on earth, and you have to be in the right place at the right time to see it. Eclipses are part of a larger chapter of study for the middle school students, where they also learn about tides and the reason for the seasons. Many of the lower school classes joined the 8th graders on Swig Field to witness this rare sighting – the next solar eclipse visible in the northwest United States will be in 2017!

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    Eighth Graders Preview Film about the Jewish Partisans of World War II

    The 8th grade class participated in an incredible program this week, previewing a film that premiered at the Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation (JPEF) Gala fundraiser on Monday and having the opportunity to speak with the film’s producers. The film follows two teenage boys—Jonathan, 18, and Izzy, 14—who travel with their father to Ukraine to the place where their grandfather fought with the partisans during World War II. The film really touched our students, as it is shown from the perspective of a 14 year old. One of our 8th graders noted, “I learned a lot about the partisans…I also learned a lot about how the Jews did, in fact, fight back. I think [this film] expands my knowledge. I learned with my heart." Our 8th graders had the opportunity to not only speak with the boys, but also with Mitch Braff, the founder and executive director of JPEF. This film showing and discussion is a precursor to the Judaic studies unit on the Holocaust that our 8th graders will begin at the beginning of the second semester. Click HERE to see a short preview of the film, Survival in the Forest: Isidore Karten and the Partisans.

ThuOct30

Conferences (No School - PM by reservation)

Location: BHDS Classrooms Time: 1:00pm - 8:00pm
FriOct31

Conferences (No School - PM by reservation)

Location: BHDS Classrooms Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm
MonNov03

6th Grade Volleyball

Time: 3:45pm - 4:30pm
TueNov04

Kindergarten Parent Extravaganza

Location: K Classroom Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

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    Judo Classes Combine Exercise, Discipline—and Fun!

    Offered as part of our enrichment program to both beginning and advanced students, judo is a modern martial art that develops the mind, body, and spirit of its participants. Students in this after-school class are learning the basic skills of Ukemi (falling), Kata (forms), Tachi waza (standing techniqies), Newaza (grappling techniques), and Randori (free exercise) in a fun-and-games–oriented way. There are currently 23 students learning this martial art that combines exercise and discipline with fun. One parent whose daughter participates in the program lauded, "If I was going to an outside studio and [my daughter] was receiving this caliber of instruction, I would be thrilled; the fact that she gets it from one of her teachers as part of the after-school program is fantastic." Says judo instructor (and BHDS lower school head of physical education) Nobu Kotani, "I believe that academics, technology, and social/emotional skills are extremely important at school; adding martial arts skills helps to increase students' confidence levels to do well in school." MORE PHOTOS

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    Fifth Graders Explore the Hand Drum

    The fifth graders began exploring the hand drum this week in music class. After first familiarizing themselves with the instruments, the students are now using graphic notation to create and perform their own compositions. Each group's composition will be joined together to create a piece in rondo form—where the main melody (refrain) alternates with contrasting themes. The entire grade will play the refrain and the small groups will alternate playing their contrasting themes. Once the class composition is complete, the fifth grade class will have the opportunity to perform their piece for the entire school at an upcoming assembly. MORE PHOTOS

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    Plant and Animal Cells Make a Colorful—If Not Edible—Project

    Seventh graders recently engaged in a project called "The Incredible Edible Cell." Using all shapes and sorts of candies immersed in gelatin, students worked in teams to replicate the cellular structures of both plant and animal cells. They then had to justify their choices for using various shapes to represent each cellular component. Inspite of the title and their eye-appeal, the projects were not consumed upon completion! MORE PHOTOS

ThuOct30

4th Grade HOC Coffee

Location: Library Time: 8:30am - 9:30am
SatNov01

Sydney Cohen Bat Mitzvah

MonNov03

Parent Ed Series: "What To Expect When You Have a 5th Grader"

Location: Library Time: 8:30am - 9:30am
TueNov04

SF Israel Trip Parent Informational Meeting

Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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