AcademicsMiddle School (5-6)
Children in the 5th grade begin their journey as blossoming leaders of the middle school. We begin the year with a trip to a low ropes course where we begin to discover and ponder the workings of a team. The fifth grade brings many opportunities for positions of leadership. Students are offered the opportunity to run for the Knesset, our student government, and take on leadership roles in their presentations of the Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel’s Remembrance and Independence Days) ceremonies. They are provided greater choices in their learning with classes that are tailor fit to their levels as well as electives that have included music, dance, art, debate,and bee-keeping.
In their Jewish Studies classes, students learn in chevruta and challenge each other to delve into our history’s most treasured commentaries to find how these ancient texts connect to their lives. Students reflect on how their identities both as Jews and Americans impact their decisions and the decisions of those around them. It is a time of reflection, excitement and meaningful learning with the community that surrounds them.
Sixth grade is a year filled with spirit, collaboration, independent thinking, and a growing sense of wonder in the world around.
In their sixth grade year, our students engage in an in-depth study of leadership. In Humanities and Jewish Studies, our young leaders explore the struggles and triumphs of great leaders, both historical and fictional. Students in mathematics and science engage in real-life experiences and problems to not only strengthen their analytical and reasoning abilities but work in teams to problem solve, innovate, and present and articulate their arguments. Students design interfaces for users and use the engineering design process to respond to the needs of their users.
Our Sixth graders take deep pride in serving as the leaders of our school and look forward to leading our schools learning on Yom HaShoah (Holocoaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Day of Remembrance), and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day). Their culminating experience in Sixth grade is the presentation of their JED Talks (based on TED talks) which are shared in front of multiple members of the community and demonstrate their learning around living and leading as menches in their worlds.