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  • Dr. Dan Glass Appointed New Head of School

    Posted January 29, 2015

    It is with great pleasure that we announce that the San Francisco members of the Board of Trustees have voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Dan Glass as the new Head of School for Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco, effective July 1, 2015.

    A Bay Area native, Dan brings to Brandeis an inspiring and exciting vision of Jewish education, and a proven record of academic excellence. We are thrilled that Dan has decided to dedicate his career to Jewish day school leadership, and we are delighted that he has chosen to make Brandeis Hillel Day School in San Francisco his home. MORE INFORMATION

  • Eighth Graders Engage in Design Thinking Workshop

    Posted February 5, 2015

    Eighth graders had the opportunity to participate in an exciting workshop in design thinking—an innovative, prototype-driven approach to defining and solving complex problems—on Wednesday. The workshop was intended to get our students thinking about the upcoming graduation ceremony and possible ideas for redesigning the experience. During the process, each advisory team worked to understand the experience for a particular user group—students, faculty, staff, and parents—by brainstorming interview questions for each of the user groups. The human-centered interview helps develop an empathetic understanding of the users’ needs. They then took those questions and conducted interviews with everyone from kindergarten through sixth grade students, to parents, to teachers and staff members. Once the interviews were finished, the class gathered together to discuss their findings and to craft the articulated point of view of a representative user. With these perspectives, the students will then work with the various design constraints and begin to envision ways to redesign the graduation experience.

    “The educational goals are about them learning the design thinking process, and their understanding of the complex balance between the multiple experiences of those in attendance,” says Head of Middle School Dr. David Abusch-Magder. MORE PHOTOS

  • First Graders Learn about the Heart!

    Posted February 5, 2015

    For the culminating activity of the first grade unit on health and the human body, our students were treated to a hands-on lesson about the heart from BHDS parent Dr. John MacGregor and his son Jacob (7th grade). Dr. MacGregor began the lesson by asking the first graders what they know about the heart. He then taught the class using a model of the heart and three human hearts (one healthy, two diseased)! The first graders had a chance to observe and touch the hearts, seeing up close what they have been learning. Finally, Dr. MacGregor and Jacob helped each student listen to each other’s heart using stethoscopes. Dr. MacGregor and Jacob have been teaching first grade classes about the heart since Jacob was a first grader.

    Exclaimed first grader Grace G. as Dr. MacGregor and Jacob were leaving, “Touching a human heart is the most amazing thing I’ve done in my life!” MORE PHOTOS

  • Middle School Performance Night Showcases Student Work

    Posted January 29, 2015

    Middle school students in the drama and band electives delighted an audience of parents, siblings, teachers, and friends, in a performance evening that showcased their first semester's work. The middle school band performed "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder, and featured improvised solos by Quinn K. on the alto saxophone and Rowan M. on the trumpet. Drama elective students performed My Homework Ate My Dog. On display in the BIJ social hall were works by many other electives: "Modern Art Movements," "Printmaking," "Spatial Design," and "What's Inside Your Device." Art students displayed Cubist collages, Pop Art–inspired ceramics, Warhol-style portraits, and works of printmaking. Spatial design students collaborated with the drama elective and created the sets for the show. Computer students showed work on computers of taking apart one of several devices as they explored the beauty of the inside of modern electronics. Kol hakavod ("job well done") to all the participants! MORE PHOTOS

  • Motivated, Moving, and Having Fun - Third Graders Walk, Run, and Jog in P.E.

    Posted January 27, 2015

    Believe it or not, not all third graders love to run! But the Walk/Jog/Run unit they are currently engaged with in P.E. is changing that for our students. Disguising the fitness aspect of walking, jogging, and running by mixing in various patterns, different motor skills, and different partners and groups keeps students motivated, moving, and having fun. Aligned with NASPE and state content and performance standards, these activities are designed to include and challenge all students’ physical skills, while maintaining enjoyable, health-promoting, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity during class. The 3rd graders certainly looked to be having fun last week when they jogged with lower school P.E. teacher Nobuo Kotani along Brotherhood Way and down to Lake Merced. MORE PHOTOS

SF Campus Calendar

Fri Feb 27

PA Fair

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

Parent Education - Nutrition Talk and Cooking Demo

Location: Science Lab
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Sat Feb 28

Dylan Lukanovic Bar Mitzvah

Mon Mar 02

Weekly Torah Mystery with Rabbi Shalom

Location: Beit Midrash
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
Tue Mar 03

Presentation: "The Unique Challenge of Israel Being Both a Jewish State and a Democracy"

Location: Congregation Beth Israel Judea/Or Shalom Jewish Community

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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Thu Mar 05

PA Fundraiser

Location: Pasta Pomodoro in Laurel Village



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