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  • Google Earth a Springboard for Fifth Graders' Abstract Prints

    Posted February 24, 2015
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    In a polyboard print-making project entitled “Meaningful Places,” fifth grade art students turned to Google Earth as a starting point for abstract images. After drawing their Google Earth images in pen and ink—concentrating on adding texture and detail—they transferred the images onto polyboard and made a series of one- and two-drop prints. Their portfolios are now filled with beautiful prints, only a fraction of which are shown here... MORE PHOTOS

  • Sixth Graders Share Hindu and Buddhist Folk Tales with Second Grade

    Posted February 19, 2015

    In two collaborative lessons, sixth grade social studies students got together with second graders who are currently studying India, to share what they have learned about Hindu and Buddhist folk tales. (The other second grade section is investigating Japanese culture). On Tuesday, February 17, the sixth graders directed the second graders in short adaptations of the Ramayana, a Hindu folk tale (c. 300 BCE). The following day, the sixth graders read to the second graders stories about the life of Buddha, and then illustrated scenes from the stories on laptops. Who says ancient literature can't be fun? MORE PHOTOS

  • Seventh Graders Explore Jewish Values and Environmental Sustainability

    Posted February 18, 2015
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    With the goal of making a connection between daily life, Jewish values, social justice, and enviromental stability, seventh graders took a field trip to Whole Foods and Safeway on Wednesday. Using the Sustainable Buying Guide of Hazon—a Jewish environmental organization—to guide them, the seventh graders practiced "Value-conscious Grocery Shopping." Working in groups, students were divided into sections of the grocery store (meat, dairy, fruits & vegetables, dry goods) to look into sustainable, local, and organic food; where the food comes from; and how much it costs. This was an exciting experience for our students that is relevant to their lives, teaches important values, and contributes to environmental sustainability resources in the Bay Area.

    "Our students realized that they had never taken the time to examine the labels and wondered if others really did...They are looking forward to helping their parents shop and together making more mindful decisions in an effort to better our planet," said middle school Judaic studies teacher Jody Bloom. Read on for more information... MORE PHOTOS

  • 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

SF Campus Calendar

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

Purim

Fri Mar 06

Shushan Purim (Full Day of School)

Sat Mar 07

Jordan Scott-Weiner Bat Mitzvah

Mon Mar 09

CAIS Northern California Conference, NO CLASSES

iCal

LINK to Head of School Search webpage