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8th Grade – 10/28-11/1

Hodesh tov from the 8th grade team! Hebrew Dear parents, This week the students finished their individual end of unit projects. The students practiced using the learned vocabulary in skits and oral presentations. In addition, we watched a movie about Hannah Senesh in Hebrew and we discussed the choices that Hannah Senesh made throughout her life. We also read some of her poems in Hebrew. I wish you a good weekend, Andreea Science In science we have started to explore the concept of molecules and chemical bonds. Students had an experiment that allowed them to break the bonds of water....
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8th Grade Blog 10/17

Hello, 8th Grade Community! Math The 8th grade is revisiting the concept of solving linear equations in one variable. Mastering this concept is the key to moving onto linear equations in two variables, which they’ll be exploring shortly. Linear systems are a key component in Algebra I and they can be solved in several ways. The students will learn how to solve these systems graphically, by substitution, and by elimination before moving onto systems of linear inequalities. Advisory The 8th graders were an integral part of celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hannah Senesh Community Day School on Friday, October 11th....
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Shana tova from the 8th grade class!

Shanah tovah umetukah from the 8th grade class! We have had a wonderful two weeks together since you last heard from us.   English and Social Studies Students have been beginning the school year building on their knowledge of literary elements, the building blocks for strong literary analysis. We have been making our way through stories of Gothic Literature and have been excavating them for plot, setting, and symbolism. In Social Studies, students have been exploring the worlds of pre-Columbian indigenous cultures while simultaneously working on note-taking and self-organizing skills. Students have a test coming up on Friday, October 4,...
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Welcome to 8th Grade!

Dear 8th Grade Parents, We can’t wait for Tuesday! We are super excited to think, discuss, support, and challenge your 8th graders this year. Please remind your 8th grader to bring a water bottle and a layer (sometimes the air conditioning makes it pretty cold!). Below are brief notes from the members of the 8th grade team — please feel free to reach out to us directly if you have questions or concerns or good news to share! Warmly, The 8th Grade Team   Joseph Hayden, 8th Grade Advisor and Humanities I am so very excited to begin my first...
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May 12th: blog from Ruby and Asher

Sunday’s bloggers are Ruby and Asher: After a restful Shabbat we woke up early for a morning full of chesed (acts of kindness) and volunteering. We headed straight for Yad leKashish where 270 elderly men and women create beautiful art works and find a home and family. Yad leKashish provides income for all those elderly and makes life meaningful. They work in the crafting studios in the morning and then have lunch together as a community. After buying gifts for our family members and thus supporting the artists we traveled to Pantry Packers. At Pantry Packers we used their machinery...
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May 11th: Blog from Hannah K. and Isaac

The bloggers for Shabbat were Hannah K. and Isaac: Today, we woke up at 8:30, being that it was Shabbat, so we were able to get a couple extra hours of sleep. After Friday’s late night, we headed right downstairs to breakfast and enjoyed the first meal of our day. When we were all done with breakfast, our teachers gave us options of what synagogues to pray in. There were several orthodox synagogues, a Chabad, and a conservative synagogue.┬áSome chose the conservative synagogue and joined a beautiful service in the middle of Jerusalem. Others went to a traditional Sephardic orthodox...
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May 10th: blog from Ruby and Phoebe

Friday’s bloggers are Ruby and Phoebe: It was time to head out of Tel Aviv this morning , and we took an hour long bus ride to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. There, we had an interesting, yet long, tour of the museum explaining the events and stages of the Holocaust. Next, we had our lunch in a small park and spent some time there playing in the playground. After, we took a short bus ride to Mount Hertzl, a military cemetery. We toured the graves of fallen IDF soldiers and learned about their lives and Israelis’ experience of going to...
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May 9th: blog from Sam and Isaac

Thursday’s bloggers are Sam and Isaac: After a fun night out dancing and singing for Yom Ha’atzmaut in Rabin Square, we woke up exceptionally late at 8:30 this morning which was really nice. It gave us plenty of energy for the days ahead of us and a peaceful start to our jam-packed day. We began with breakfast at the hotel followed by our daily tefillah. After that we took a brief bus ride to the beach where we relaxed and swam. While we swam, there was an air show to celebrate Israel’s birthday. After about an hour and a half...
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May 8th: Blog from Hannah W. and Gideon

Wednesday’s bloggers are Hannah W. and Gideon:   This morning we woke up in our new hotel in Shefayim and went down for a special Yom HaZikaron tefila, where we learned the stories of a few fallen soldiers and victims of terror. After that we had breakfast and drove to a school on the kibbutz where we are staying. There we split up into groups and met with Israeli eighth graders to compare and contrast our lives, and Memorial Day in our respective communities. We then had a powerful tekes where we learned the stories of 10 fallen soldiers from...
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Tuesday, May 7th: Blog from Libi and Meyer

Today’s bloggers are Libi and Meyer! This morning at four am we woke up to a cold breeze in our tent. We quickly got ready and headed off to a challenging but fun hike up the Roman ramp of Masada. We quickly reached the top within 15 minutes. We were all tired, but excited to learn about this great historical place. We started with a special tefillah and after participated in a performance that taught about the history, made by our tour guide Orna and the teachers. After that we took a cable car down and had a quick picnic...
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