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Our middle school faculty works as an interdisciplinary team made up of science, math, humanities, Hebrew and Judaic Studies. The team works together to create a dynamic curriculum which is exploratory and challenging and incorporates student generated questions and concerns. Curriculum is guided by Common Core Standards to determine age appropriate content and skills. The middle school team develops these basic concepts and skills into student-centered, inquiry based units. Below are a few examples of our interdisciplinary units.

Grade Six

Essential Question: How do humans interact with their environment?

Humanities

Students will analyze common problems if adaptation and human-environment interaction focusing on the Yanomami, Amazon Rainforest, Olmecs and Mayans.

Texts: The Jungle Adventures of Alex Winters

Hebrew/Judaic Studies

Students will study section of the Book of Genesis about Abraham’s journey, focusing on why Abraham left, his search for water and friendly terrain and how he built community.

Texts: Tanakh and medieval commentaries on Tanakh

Science

Students will study the laws of force and motion and discuss how you choose a safe car.

Texts: ISSUES and Physical Science

Math

Students will understand how area and perimeter of two-dimensional figures help determine surface area and volume of three-dimensional figures and where we see these figures in the real world.

Texts: CMP-Connected Mathematics

Grade Seven

Essential Question: How does one’s perspective impact the telling of history?

Humanities

Students cite evidence that most strongly supports the analysis of a text or historical event. They develop arguments and support them with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

Texts: 12 Angry Men, Johnny Tremaine
Primary documents including: the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Indian Removal Act.

Hebrew/Judaic Studies

Students will decode, translate, and reflect on mishnayot from Eduyotand mishnayot about Hillel and Shammai. Why do we bother recording minority opinion or legal opinions that did not become law?

Texts: Mishna Eduyot, first chapter. Assorted sugyot from Talmud.

Science

Students understand how the metric system is used to measure and record data.

Texts: ISSUES and Physical Science

Math

Students reflect on their problem solving processes through self-assessment and written reflection.

Texts: CMP-Connected Mathematics 

Grade Eight

Essential Question: How do you build a nation with disparate voices and desires? What is the balance between the individual and community?

Humanities

Students analyze original documents, identifying historical facts, and personal perspective

Texts: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas by Frederick Douglas

Hebrew/Judaic Studies

Students learn about the experience of Jewish people in Europe at the end of the 19th century, Jewish people in the Arab countries, and the Creation of the State of Israel.

Texts: History of the Jewish People, Part II by Jonathan Sarna and Jonathan Krasner, The Jew in the Modern World by Paul Mendes-Flohr and Jehuda Reinharz

Science

Students discuss water supply and personal needs versus community and world wide need.

Texts: ISSUES and Physical Science

Math

We spend time throughout the year recognizing and comparing linear and non-linear models in two variables using tables, graphs, and equations and learning about the use of algebra in real-world contexts.

Texts: CMP-Connected Mathematics

Middle School Schedule

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM-2:30 PM (early dismissal for Shabbat)

Middle School Leadership

Rachel Pickus
Director of Middle School
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Tamar Cytryn
Director of Jewish Studies & Campus Life
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