News

2018

  • April

    Brandeis Students Sing the National Anthem at Giants Baseball Game

    It was all smiles as the Brandeis fifth grade and lower and middle school choruses joined together with Brandeis Marin to sing the national anthem before the April 11 Giants game at AT&T Park. This National Anthem tradition, which has happened since 2010 with our fourth and fifth grade students, changed this year and will continue in future years: as a culmination of their lower school experience and to more closely align with our lower school music program and curriculum...
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  • Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

    Congratulations to the Brandeis students in the class of 2018, who have been accepted into and will be attending the following high schools (listed alphabetically): 
     
    The Bay School, College Preparatory School, Convent High School, Drew School, Jewish Community High School of the Bay, John O’Connell High School, Lick-Wilmerding High School, Lowell High School, Marin Academy, Mission High School, Nueva High School, San Francisco University High School, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, School of the Arts, Tamalpais High School, and the Urban School of San Francisco. Click here for class photo...
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  • Math Lesson Takes Third Graders on an Animal Safari

    As part of the third grade math curriculum, students learn about measurements, both the metric system and the Imperial system, which is used here in the United States. This week, students worked with inches, feet, yards, and miles, and got taken on an animal safari. Working in pairs, students measured each other to determine how many inches tall they each are and then converted those numbers into feet and inches...
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  • March

    Devised Theater Class Teaches Students the Process of Creating Production

    In Crystal Brown’s devised theater elective, 22 middle school students are collaborating to create their own dramatic script and production. “Devised theater, or collaborative theater, is a form of theater-making where the actors are directly involved in the creating process of a production,” explains Ms. Brown. “We start with no script and discover themes, ideas, and characters through improv.” This process of making theater aligns perfectly with our Brandeis values of kindness, integrity, and service...
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  • Phonics Helps First Graders Learn to Read

    There are a number of big milestones during the first-grade year. In addition to the end-of-year first grade tefillah, in which students learn to lead the morning service, there are a number of smaller milestones that take place in the classroom. Learning to read is one of these milestones. “The written language can be compared to a code,” explains resident teacher Orr Agam...
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  • Third Graders Complete Tzedakah Projects with Fair

    One of the focuses of third grade Judaic studies has been tzedakah, which comes from the Hebrew root tzedek, meaning "justice." As part of this focus, students worked with their families to choose a tzedakah project for the whole family to participate in. “Learning about tzedakah is great, but practicing it and being part of the giving side is teaching students to walk the walk and not just talk the talk,” says teacher Sharona Israeli-Roth...
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  • Eighth Graders Fill Seder Sacks for Seniors in Need

    Some old stories don't grow "old"—they become tradition. For nineteen years Brandeis eighth graders have participated in a service project at Jewish Family and Children's Services in their holiday outreach program. Our students prepared over 900 "seder sacks," to be delivered to homebound Jews in time for Passover...
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  • Sixth Graders Mint Hasmonean Coins

    They might not be legal tender, but the “Hasmonean coins” minted by sixth grade Judaic studies students look amazingly authentic—as if freshly unearthed by an Israeli archaeologist. Sixth graders, now exploring the Age of Hellenism in their Judaic studies classes, learned that Jews during this period were under Greco-Roman rule, and that the Hasmoneans—descendents of the Maccabees—created coins that had both Greco-Roman and Jewish symbols on them...
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  • Creative Social Studies Project Invigorates Fourth Graders

    Fourth graders are currently studying missions of California. This project connects with the social studies through-line in fourth grade, which focuses on First Peoples of California. Working in groups of four, students studied one of four major California missions: Mission San Francisco de Asis; San Gabriel Mission; Mission San Carlos Borromeo; and San Buenaventura Mission.
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  • Fourth Graders Share Health Expertise

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  • Sweet Lab in Fifth Grade Science

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  • Theme of Freedom Permeates Third Grade Tefillah

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  • Sixth Graders Learn There Can Be Multiple Correct Answers to the Same Question

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  • Band Students Work on Honing Complex Skill

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  • Brandeis Middle Schoolers Participate in National School Walkout

    On Wednesday, our middle school students joined together with students from our neighboring schools—St. Thomas More School and KZV Armenian School—to take part in the National Student Walkout to protest gun violence. This national movement was created to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting and to bring awareness for the need for increased gun control...
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  • Pi Day Serves Up a Tasty Slice of Math

    Celebrated on March 14 (3.14), Pi Day is celebrated by “mathletes" around the world to encourage a love of math learning. Our Brandeis mathletes took part in Pi Day festivities yesterday, with fifth through eighth grade mentors visiting their kindergarten through fourth grade mentees and leading the students in Pi Day–related activities...
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  • Sixth Graders Begin Collaborative DNA Unit with Seventh Grade

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  • Kindergarteners Make Paper with Artist Julia Goodman

    This week, kindergarteners had the exciting opportunity to learn how to make paper with artist Julia Goodman, who was a visiting artist at Brandeis in the fall as part of our arts outreach program. This time she was back to lead our youngest students in a paper-making workshop, which tied in perfectly with the science curriculum “Materials in Our World.” Says teacher Lisa Hawley, “We have been learning about the origin of things in our world and during our unit about trees we learned that trees give us paper...
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  • Fifth Graders Hone Their End Rhymes, Internal Rhymes, and Loops to Create Rap Songs

    If you’ve walked into the music room recently during fifth grade music class, you may have caught yourself bobbing your head to the beat of the music. Fifth graders are currently creating their own rap songs on a topic of their choice. At the beginning of the unit, fifth graders were treated to a special guest: Dr. Dan Glass, who studied rap music and wrote his dissertation on rap music and poetic expression...
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  • Brandeis Leaders Participate in Shadow-a-Student Challenge

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  • Middle School Students Design Rube Goldberg Machines

    To complement the upcoming Contemporary Jewish Museum exhibit on the life and work of cartoonist and sculptor Rube Goldberg, middle school students in the CREATE elective with Sandee Bisson are creating their own Jewish-themed Rube Goldberg machines. A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence (click here for a popular culture example of one)...
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  • Seventh Graders Give Back to San Francisco Community

    As part of the Brandeis Tzedek Program, seventh graders participate in three days of service learning. This year the seventh graders are taking part in the Tenderloin Walking Tour, serving lunch at Glide Memorial, and volunteering at the Jewish Home and the Raphael House. Two weeks ago and then again today, students spent the day taking part in the Tenderloin Walking Tour and serving lunch at Glide Memorial...
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  • Third Graders Get Their Two Cents’ Worth at the Old Mint

    Third Graders couldn't wait to get their two cents' worth in at the San Francisco Old Mint last week. As part of its history days, the Mint opened its doors to students from all over the Bay Area. Students had the chance to tour the building, make animation with employees from the Walt Disney Museum, and visit with local history groups...
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  • Mentoring Youth Board Volunteers at Food Pantry

    This week, the Mentoring Youth Board (which consists of fifth through eighth grade students who guide the Brandeis mentoring program) visited the Jewish Family and Children’s Services food pantry to lend a helping hand. “The Mentoring Youth Board is about not only teaching students to take on leadership roles here at school but also in teaching them how to lead and contribute to the wider community,” says Dean of Student Life Sharona Israeli-Roth. The goal of this opportunity was to provide our student-leaders with the opportunity to understand more about the food issues facing our San Francisco community...
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  • Sixth Graders Share Their Favorite Foods in Spanish Class

    As the culmination of their Spanish unit on eating and drinking, students took part in exactly that: making and sharing their favorite foods and drinks with their classmates. The students made presentations in Spanish about their favorite foods, sharing how to make each food item. “The chapter is on food, and students have learned about the verbs for eat, drink, and share, and also how to describe foods as healthy and unhealthy..."
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  • Hyde Street Pier Experience Helps Fourth Graders Feel Like Explorers

    Last week, fourth graders visited the Hyde Street Pier and climbed aboard Eureka, a ferry boat, and CA Thayer, a schooner, to experience what early explorers must have felt like traveling long journeys on a boat. “Students have been studying explorers as part of our social studies unit,” says teacher Kate Callan...
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  • Brandeis Celebrates Purim Beatles-style!

    Today is Purim and what better way for our community to celebrate than with schoolwide activities, including a costume parade, carnival, mishloach manot (gifts of food for friends) exchange, and a Beatles-themed spiel? The rain didn't stop our students from parading their costumes in front of their peers. Students came dressed as everything from princesses and pirates to Harry Potters and Legos to even a San Francisco Painted Lady...
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  • February

    First Graders Celebrate Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog

    To learn about Chinese New Year, the most important holiday in China, first graders have immersed themselves in celebration the last week. First graders began celebrating the Year of the Dog by wearing red—the color of good luck—and eating Chinese food. During this two-week celebration, students also read books about Chinese New Year, practiced writing Chinese calligraphy, ate dim sum, and studied ancient Chinese traditions...
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  • Reading Aloud and Acting Out Stories Brings Language Arts Classroom to Life

    In seventh grade, students spend time in class reading books and stories aloud. Currently, students have delved into Romeo and Juliet and, says teacher Ashley Bitton, “I believe that a student’s first introduction to Shakespeare should be memorable. If we lived in Renaissance England, we would be at the Globe Theater watching these plays, so why not recreate the same energy in the classroom?” Students begin each scene by reading and acting it out aloud, and then discuss the main points of the scene as well as how Shakespeare uses figurative language to make his words come alive...
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  • Hebrew Unit Culminates in Both Individual and Group Work for Fourth Graders

    As the culmination of one of their units of the Chaverim B’Ivrit Hebrew curriculum, fourth graders had the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of their learning through both individual work and group work. Working in groups, students acted out a story about an elderly man, Mr. Cohen, who doesn’t like children playing in his garden. But when Mr. Cohen becomes ill, the children bring him food and he lets the children play in his garden. “The performance of this play ties in closely to the four aims of language acquisition—speaking, reading, writing, and listening—and in particular, speaking...
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  • Innovation Grant Brings Acclaimed Jewish Storyteller Joel Ben Izzy to Brandeis

    Over the past three weeks, Brandeis students have had many opportunities to engage with acclaimed Jewish storyteller Joel Ben Izzy, thanks to the Brandeis Innovation Grants (BIG) program. Ben Izzy is known for “utilizing Jewish folklore, as well as the folklore of other cultures from around the world, as a way to connect us to ourselves and the world we live in,” explains teacher Jonathan Ferris, BIG grant recipient...
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  • First Graders Brave the Cold to Explore Bay Area Discovery Museum

    As part of their science unit on air and weather, first graders visited the Bay Area Discovery Museum on Tuesday, where they explored Horseshoe Bay and participated in a STEM workshop. Students had the chance to see firsthand how the weather and air impact where animals live. Braving the cold, first graders searched for animals that live in the intertidal zone in Horseshoe Bay...
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  • Third Graders Share Diversity of Jewish Life with Family Shabbat Presentations

    Each Friday, a third grade student gets the opportunity to share with the class his or her family’s Shabbat traditions. “Judaism has many different layers and many ways to celebrate Jewish life,” explains teacher Sharona Israeli-Roth. “Every family has different ways of celebrating and this presentation allows students to celebrate and share their Jewish identities, traditions, melodies, foods, rituals, and artifacts.” Students are asked to bring in a children’s book to read, a book that conveys a value that that student believes in...
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  • Fifth Graders Teach Lessons of Peace through Performance of Hebrew Play

    This week, fifth graders performed the play Dira Lehaskir (Apartment for Rent), which tells the story of a group of animals looking for a new tenant for an apartment in their building. One prospective renter after another comes to see the apartment but finds fault with one of the current tenants. Audience members, which included parents and students from other grades, were introduced to a mouse, a hen, a cuckoo bird, a pig, a giraffe, a cat, and a dove, among other animals...
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  • Sixth Grade Leads Middle School Community in Morning Tefillah Service

    This morning the sixth graders led their middle school peers and families in a traditional Shacharit (morning) service. Students shared introductions to each of the prayers that included the meaning of the prayer, the history of the prayer, their thoughts about the prayer, and their creation of a modern version of the prayer. In addition, students read beautifully from the Torah, volunteering to take on this challenging task...
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  • Fourth Graders Explore Music Learning through a Different Lens

    To challenge students to explore music through a different lens, music teacher Kimberly Lostetter partnered with Doron Neuburger, maker educator in the BUILD space, to integrate music with making. One of the fourth grade classes was tasked with designing a tactile, visual representation of a whole note. They asked the questions, “How many half notes fit into a whole note?” and “How many quarter notes fit into both a whole note and a half note?” After answering those questions, students worked together to create their visual representation, which Ms. Lostetter will use when teaching the younger students about whole notes...
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  • Photographs and Empathy Help Eighth Graders Connect with Pre-war Jewish Life in Europe

    In order to better understand what Jewish cultural and communal life was like in Europe prior to World War II, eighth graders found photographs of European Jews taken from 1900 to 1938 and analyzed them. In addition, eighth graders researched the town and country where the photos were taken, to better understand the historical ramifications. Finally, they found their own family photograph similar to the one they selected to analyze (for example, one student selected a pre-war photograph of a family riding bicycles and compared it to a photo of his family on a bike ride), to show how life before the Holocaust was not that different from their own lives today...
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  • Third Graders Synthesize Learning about Victorian Era with Culminating Project

    After learning all about the Victorian era in San Francisco and touring the Haas-Lilienthal House to learn more about Victorian-era architecture, third graders synthesized everything they have learned by creating Victorian homes using recycled materials. In the CREATE space, students used a shoebox as a starting point to bring to the life the many aspects that exemplify Victorian homes. They then used many different types of materials and resources to replicate traditional features, such as dormers and weather vanes...
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  • New Curriculum Helps Kindergarten and First Graders Explore Music

    This year music teacher Kimberly Lostetter is using a new curriculum for kindergarten and first grade. “It’s called ‘First Steps in Music,’ and is designed to help make students musical in three ways: artful, tunefulbeatful,” says Ms. Lostetter. “Children are not as exposed to music early on as they used to be and I noticed they were having a harder time associating with music. This curriculum gets back to the basics and lays a foundation before we move on to written music...
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  • Second Graders Demonstrate "Menschy-ness" at Tefillah and Community Celebration

    This morning the second graders led a community celebration and tefillah for their families and the first graders. The program elaborated a social and emotional learning theme that integrated many aspects of the curriculum in the exploration of what it means to be a mensch—a Yiddish word whose connotation means “a person of integrity and honor.” For the past several months, in both general and Judaic studies, the second graders have identified the qualities requisite to becoming heroes, sheroes, and mensches...
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  • Fifth Graders Participate in Colonial Simulation

    Fifth grade students are currently participating in a colonial simulation designed by fifth grade humanities teacher Kaitlyn Huston. For the simulation, students have been divided into three groups—New England, middle colonies, and southern colonies—and are working in groups to research life in their colonies in depth, “focusing on topics ranging from types of colonial governments to relationships with indigenous peoples,” explains resident teacher Matt Druyen...
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  • Fourth Graders Perfect Their Jump Rope Routines

    Fourth graders are currently engaged in a jump rope unit in P.E. “The unit hits a lot of different aspects of the yearly curriculum,” explains teacher Sam Dossick, “hand-eye coordination, daily exercise, creativity, and the continual progress of the lower body and the upper body working together to perform a movement pattern.” Working individually and guided by a set of criteria, fourth graders are creating their own jump rope routines...
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  • Guest Speaker from ING Addresses Seventh Graders

    Seventh grade social studies students enjoyed a special presentation and Q&A session with Ameena Jandali, an American Muslim speaker representing Islamic Networks Group (ING). The class has been studying Islamic civilization and the foundation and tenets of the religion. "Ms. Jandali is an impressive and affable woman in the Muslim community and in the Bay Area," says social studies teacher Allison Stine...
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  • Eighth Graders Develop Product Ideas for Market Equilibrium Project in Math

    For their market equilibrium project in math, eighth grade students begin by identifying real-world needs and creating products to meet those needs. Products conceptualized this year range from the practical and possible (a sleeping mask that regulates temperature and a diet pill that actually works) to the silly (a beauty pillow that prevents waking up to a "bad hair day")...
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  • Fourth Graders Share Important Values at Community Tefillah

    This morning, fourth graders proudly led their parents and the third through fifth grade village in a tefillah and community gathering. Students wove in learning about Tu B’Shvat, sharing with all in attendance the values they have learned from this important holiday...
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  • Lucy Calkins Writers Workshop Curriculum Guides Kindergarten Writing

    The Lucy Calkins writers workshop curriculum, developed at Columbia University, provides an excellent framework for developing young kindergarten writers. They read stories and talk about the components of a story before generating ideas for their own story—for the nonfiction narratives unit, a true story...
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  • Seventh Grade Experiential Education Focuses on Leadership, Tzedek

    Our seventh graders embarked last week for their three-day, two-night outdoor education trip. This experiential education trip focused on the themes of leadership and tzedek (justice), two themes that permeate the seventh grade curriculum. Students collaborated in group challenges; hiked through the woods; spent time discussing different types of leadership and the choices they can make around tzedakah; and participated in tefillah rotations including fitness and mindfulness, poetry and prose writing, and making inspirational cards for the Raphael House...
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  • Sixth Graders Learn to Translate Word Problems to Math Expressions through Games

    Playing the game “Four of a Kind,” in which they must match similar expressions written three or four different ways, sixth graders are learning to translate word problems into expressions or equations. “This activity helps build the foundation needed for them to take real-world math problems, often represented as word problems, and turn them into solvable equations,” says teacher Gin Saepharn...
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  • Tu B’Shvat Scavenger Hunt Teaches Students about Plants and Trees at Brandeis

    Brandeis holiday coordinator Sandra Menachem wanted to re-envision the way Tu B’Shvat is celebrated at Brandeis. So, she worked with Director of Jewish Learning Debby Arzt-Mor and the middle school Jewish life committee to create a school-wide scavenger hunt where students in all grades went around the school locating the many different types of plants and trees we have here on campus...
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  • January

    Brandeis Alumna Named One of 32 American Rhodes Scholars in 2018

    Brandeis alumna and current Stanford University senior, Madeleine Chang ’09, was recently selected one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars from a candidate pool of 866. Rhodes scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study for each scholar at the University of Oxford in England...
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  • Famous Israeli Cartoonist Shares Insight with Sixth and Eighth Graders

    Michel Kichka, famous Israeli cartoonist, was on campus today to speak with our sixth and eighth grade students. Kichka presented an insider’s view of the work of a caricaturist and cartoonist and shared how he goes about his work. He also demonstrated his work for our students...
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  • Science and Judaic Studies Come Together for Second Graders as They Celebrate Tu B’Shvat

    In preparation for Tu B’Shvat next week, second graders are learning about the importance of the holiday from both a Judaic studies and a science perspective. Dubbed the “new year of the trees,” Tu B’Shvat  is celebrated by Jews around the world as an ecological awareness day...
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  • Shakespeare a Hit in Seventh Grade Language Arts

    Seventh graders are immersed in a language arts unit on the famous William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet. “Our work with the play addresses two of our seventh grade throughlines: ‘How can we be thoughtful readers and writers’ and ‘What does it mean to love reading?’” says teacher Isaac Jacobs-Gomes...
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  • First Graders Build Prototypes for Testing the Direction of Wind

    As part of their air and weather unit in science, first graders spent time on Monday building their own wind vanes to show the direction of the wind. “They’ve been learning about weather and all the tools and instruments used to measure the weather, such as a rain gauge, thermometer, and anemometer,” explains resident teacher Abby Stanford...
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  • Fifth Graders Not Only Learn Body’s Digestive System, They Act It Out, Too!

    The second semester science curriculum in fifth grade focuses on biology, “looking at the different systems that multicellular organisms use,” says teacher Eitam Kohen. To begin the semester, students are focused on learning about the human body and will then move on to plant systems afterwards...
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  • Fourth Graders Observe the Convergence of Art and Science

    Fourth grade artists traveled to the Conservatory of Flowers last week to explore the work of American artist Georgia O’Keefe, who is best known for her large close-up studies of flowers and plants. “The fourth grade art curriculum focuses on the intersection of science and art,” explains art teacher Cathy Withrington. This field trip also helped the fourth graders hone their observational drawing...
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  • Seventh Graders Explore Museum Exhibits about How Messages Transmit Culture

    On Friday, January 12, the seventh grade visited the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) and the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) to learn about how stories, dance, and masquerade transmit messages about culture. The two museums are currently collaborating, presenting exhibits that explore the meaning behind the stories we tell. Students toured CJM’s exhibit Jewish Folktales Revisited: Artist as Maggid (Storyteller) and MoAD’s exhibit EN MAS: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean...
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  • Sixth Graders Learn Importance of Verb Estar

    Sixth graders in beginning Spanish are just about ready to move from Level 1 to Level 2 in their curriculum, Auténtico Spanish Program. In order to master Level 1, “students are learning the verb estar ("to be") and integrating it with the vocabulary and grammar they have been learning,” says teacher Julieta Zuniga...
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  • Ulpan Or Curriculum Puts Emphasis on Conversational Hebrew

    One of the main goals of the Ulpan Or Hebrew curriculum is to teach students to translate English to Hebrew in their heads. To do this, students participate in a number of dialogues where they must translate a conversation from English to Hebrew. “My seventh grade students are acting out a dialogue from English to Hebrew,” says teacher Tammy Broner...
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  • Lower School Students Honor Martin Luther King Jr. and His Legacy

    At last Friday’s lower school assembly, students gathered to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. “This assembly is dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr. and changemakers all over the world,” said Jenny Rinn, director of lower school, to begin the assembly. After a first grader shared the definition of a changemaker—someone who sees a problem in the community and has the courage to take action to make a change—second graders in 2W stood up in front of the group and read the beginning of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and then shared their own dreams...
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  • Fifth Grade Artwork Selected to Display at Contemporary Jewish Museum

    As part of the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s Shabbat Design Challenge for students, eight Brandeis 5th graders submitted work. Over 60 students from around the greater Bay Area submitted work and 18 of those submissions were selected to be on display at the CJM during the CJM ArtBash on Sunday, January 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mazel tov to 5th graders Jacob B., Zachary N., Sadie P., and Rachel R. on having their work selected for the display. “I put this Shabbat Design Challenge out to my students as an optional project, meaning those who were interested could participate...
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  • Students Shine in Annie Jr.

    Middle school drama elective students took to the stage this week after spending months rehearsing the musical production Annie Jr. Annie Jr. is part of Music Theatre International’s Broadway Junior program, and features all the charm of the Annie musical, capturing Little Orphan Annie's exciting journey through 1930s New York as she looks for her family. “Students had been asking that we do Annie as our musical, and I thought it was the perfect production because it has many different roles and is well liked and well known,” explains director and drama teacher Crystal Brown...
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  • First Graders Learn about the Heart from a Brandeis Alumni Father-son Team

    For the last 10 years, cardiologist Dr. John MacGregor and his son Jacob (class of 2016) have visited Barbara Eisenhauer’s first grade class for a lesson about the heart. Dr. MacGregor and Jacob began the lesson yesterday morning by providing the first graders with an overview of the heart. “This year, they delved much more deeply into the relationship between the heart and the lungs,” explains Ms. Eisenhauer. “The students came away with the understanding of how the pulmonary artery carries blood to pick up oxygen and how the aorta carries the oxygen-rich blood back...
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  • New Multimedia Collage Elective Teaches Middle Schoolers a New Way of Expressing Ideas

    A new elective this year—multimedia and collage—is teaching middle school students a new way of expressing their ideas. Taught by David Starfas, the class began with students learning about traditional collage techniques before moving into digital collage techniques. “The magic with collage is when we use our imagination to make something new out of the old,” says Mr. Starfas. The students' task for the semester was to create a collage image of an animal wearing clothing. “To do this, students started by drawing the elements of a background and scanning those elements onto the computer...
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  • “Take a Trip Down the Nile, It’ll Be Worthwhile” – Sixth Graders Create Nile River Travel Brochures

    Sixth graders became travel agents in their social studies class, creating travel brochures highlighting the Nile River and four sites along it, as well as the pharaoh who commissioned the building of the sites: the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Karnak Temple Complex, the Dayr al-Bahir temple, and the Abu Simbel temples. “This assignment brings some purpose to what the students are learning about in their ancient Egypt unit,” explains teacher Allison Stine...
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  • Kindergarteners Explore Solar System and Tinkering at Chabot Space & Science Center

    The kindergarten field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center on December 17 was an exciting part of the science unit on outer space and the solar system. Students explored the exhibits, looked through telescopes, sat in a rocket, climbed into a black hole, and saw lots of space memorabilia. Kindergarteners saw the IMAX movie The Cardboard Rocket, about children who take a trip through space to visit each planet. They also had the opportunity to visit the Chabot Space and Science Center’s new space, Project Create, a tinkering and making space for all ages...
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  • Victorian Era Studies Come to Life for Third Graders

    The current social studies unit in third grade focuses on the Victorian era in San Francisco’s history. In addition to talking and reading about Victorian life, students have had the opportunity to see their learning come to life through playing Victorian-era children’s games. They tried their luck with Victorian-era games including jacks, whirligigs, button toss, and tops. Third graders also visited the Haas-Lillenthal House, a Victorian-era home that has been converted into a museum...
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