As part of our Humanities curriculum, the sixth graders have been studying immigration through literature, historical artifacts, news articles, political cartoons, and more. The sixth graders began our study of U.S. history this year by learning about Ellis Island and Angel Island. Students learned about the push and pull factors for immigration. Students went on a virtual tour of Ellis Island and even had the opportunity to study artifacts from an immigrant (just like real historians). The Museum of American Jewish History sent us a suitcase with replicas of artifacts from a Jewish young woman who immigrated in the early 1900s. Students analyzed these artifacts in order to understand this woman’s journey and greater themes of immigration as whole. We were lucky that an educator from the museum could lead this discussion for our students through video conferencing. He led our class in exploring what it means to be a historian, the complexities of studying history, and the connections to immigration today.

The sixth grade class has also been reading Inside Out and Back Againwhich details the story of a Vietnamese girl who flees Vietnam for refuge in Alabama in the 1970s. Students have learned about Vietnamese culture, geography, and also discussed the refugee experience. Students have been making connections to earlier immigrant experiences we have studied and also a book we read last year, Home of the Brave, about a Sudanese refugee.

This study of culture, identity, and diverse experiences in becoming American is ongoing in the sixth grade, and throughout the year, students will continue to examine trends in history, literature related to diverse experiences, and how people form their identity and culture.

Hello Mornings By: Annette Lichter

My previous principal always stated that the first thing a child should hear in the morning is a greeting and something kind and positive.

Happenings in Hebrew Class By: Sari Menaker

A part from all the fun, we are also learning the old fashion way by practicing our grammar and reading by reading interesting Judaic stories in Hebrew.

The Science Method By: Annette Troxell

At N.E. Miles Jewish Day School, we learn science by doing science.

News from the Art Room By: Claire Rottembourg

Picasso, Dubuffet, Vasarely, Escher, Matisse, Klee, Hundertwasser, are some of the artists who inspired us this first trimester in all grades.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle By: Doug Hocutt

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. The students at the NEMJDS take these three words very seriously. They have a passion for doing their part in preserving our environment and they are willing to do the work too.

Lady Liberty By: Janet Gresham

If you came into the school during the month of November, you may have noticed the display depicting New York Harbor.  This was a combination of work, not only across the curriculum, but also across grades!  In Humanities class, the sixth Grade read Emma’s Poemby Linda Glaser.  

Second Grade Superstars By: Julie Crapia

November and December have been a busy two months for 2nd grade.

Pausing to notice and appreciate By: Dovrat Duvdevani

Gratitude doesn’t just feel good. Like other positive emotions, feeling grateful on a regular basis can have a big effect on our lives. Brain research shows that positive emotions are good for our bodies, minds, and brains (like boosting the production of the feel good neurotransmitter dopamine).

Happenings in Hebrew By: Dani Kahn-Krell

We have had a wonderful year so far in the Upper School Hebrew classroom. Here’s some of what we’ve accomplished