Over the past 2 months, our middle school students have taken the role of scientists and designed experiments for their science fair project. This independent, student-selected project asked each middle schooler to discover a scientific problem, create an experiment, complete the experiment, and draw a conclusion based on the obtained results. Using the data, students designed a science board that shared the experiment with the public and presented the findings. Projects were judged by a panel of science professionals and winners were selected in each grade level. The winners are invited to participate in the county STEM fair at the Hiller Aviation Museum in late February. Congratulations to the following winners:
First Place 8th Grade: Twinkle, Twinkle by David L.
Second Place 8th Grade: Got Juice? by Joseph B.
Third Place 8th Grade: To Music or Not to Music by Zachary B.
Honorable Mention 8th Grade: Water, It's Supercool by Max E.
Honorable Mention 8th Grade: Pendulum Project by Paul S.
First Place 7th Grade: Soundproofing by Jacob K.
Second Place 7th Grade: Incline vs Level by Lilah R.
Third Place 7th Grade: Electrifying Electromagnets by Rachel I.
First Place 6th Grade: Puck Stops Here by Nathan V.
Second Place 6th Grade: What to Save Energy? by Lea T.
Third Place 6th Grade: Static Electricity by Nikolas G.
Honorable Mention 6th Grade: A Spoonful of Sugar by Adam L.
Mazel tov to our seventh grade scientists, David L., Joseph B., and Zack B., for their selection as finalists in the San Mateo County STEM fair. David placed first in the Physical Science category, Joseph placed second in the Biological Science category, and Zack placed second in the Earth/Space category. All three will now compete at the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair. David is scheduled to compete at the State level and also won a citation from the IEEE (International Electrical and Electronics Engineers). We wish each of them the best of luck and congratulations on their accomplishment thus far.
Wornick takes pride announcing Sam T. and Lea T. received "Honorable Mention for Creative Story Line" for grades 3-5 in the recent Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition sponsored by the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. We are proud to have 15 Wornick students who submitted books for this competition. Over 50 books from 19 schools were submitted and judged by a distinguished group of authors and scholars. Students from all San Francisco Public and all Jewish Day Schools in the Bay area were invited to compete. Sam and Lea's original book "Daniel's Journal" was a culmination of their visit to the CJM where they sketched a variety of exhibits and the narrative for their story. They were supervised working closely with Mr. Case during Art class and additional afternoons in January completing a terrific original narrative and illustrations.
Kathy Williams, long-time JCF and Women’s Philanthropy lay leader, has been named the Federation’s 2013 Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award recipient. The national award recognizes extraordinary women who have set a high standard of philanthropy and volunteerism in their community.
For more than three decades, Williams has displayed a passionate commitment to the Bay Area Jewish community through her work as a volunteer leader and philanthropist. Known for her warmth, elegance, modesty, and wit, she has been active on the boards of the Bureau of Jewish Education, Peninsula Temple Sholom, the Wornick Jewish Day School, and Pacific Northwest regional AIPAC, among others.
For this entire school year our 7th graders have been hard at work on their Tzedakah project. Last week week the project culminated with an impressive Tzedakah Celebration. One student, Alex researched and supported Shalom Bayit. The organization was so impressed with Wornick's Tzedakah project that Alex has been asked to speak at Shalom Bayit's 20th anniversary benefit. Way to go!
This has been a winning month. Below are four competitions and/or grants that we won:
Wornick has a number of winners in this year's RAVSAK Hebrew Poetry Contest! Rachel I. won runner-up in the Elementary Nonnative category; Sonya G. won first place, and Zach B. won honorable mention, in the Middle School Nonnative category; and Abigail A. won first place in the Middle School Native category. Their work will be published in an upcoming issue of Yediyon.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Covenant Foundation, RAVSAK has accepted four more schools for the Fall 2012 program, joining the twelve schools currently enrolled in JCAT. Wornick JDS is one of the four schools accepted this year. JCAT is an acronym for “Jewish Court of All Time.” JCAT is a program that plunges middle school students into the currents of Jewish history. Each student “becomes” a character from Jewish history and acts in that guise in a closed and secure online environment, moderated by professors and graduate students from the University of Michigan. Teachers in the program attend a training seminar in Ann Arbor and receive ongoing support and development from a team at the University of Cincinnati. Our middle school Judaic Studies teacher, Joel Abramowitz, will train at University of Michigan and will implement the program this fall.
ISTE Conference: On behalf of the Trustees of AVI CHAI, we are pleased to congratulate you on your acceptance to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2012 conference, taking place on June 24-27, in San Diego, CA. AVI CHAI will be sponsoring your participation in ISTE by covering the cost of registration, meals and housing from June 24 through June 27. (11 people accepted from across the U.S. – 3 Heads of School and 8 Technology educators)
Sifriyat Pijama: Wornick JDS has been accepted as one of about 30 nationwide established Jewish Day Schools to participate in the first (2012-13) American Day School initiative of Sifriyat Pijama sponsored by the Israeli-American Leadership Council, the Milstein Family Foundation, the Avi-Chai Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. The major objectives of the program are to 1) attract unaffiliated Israeli-American families and encourage them to get involved in Jewish education (new enrollment) 2) to contribute to existing Israeli programing in the school and 3) to assist in establishing Hebrew as the language of the Jewish people. We will have the opportunity to sign up 100 families in the program through their attendance at literary events at our school, and these families will receive new Israeli children’s books monthly for two years. This is the “Hebrew” version of the PJ library that is currently run by Federations throughout the United States.
Congratulations to Wornick 8th grader Isaac H. and 6th grader David L., winners in the San Mateo County STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Fair held February 3rd. Isaac won first place in the materials science category and David placed second in the sixth grade physical science division. We wish Isaac much success in the next stage at the Bay Area Fair to be held in San Francisco in March.
Congratulations to 6th grader Max E. whose painting of San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson was chosen as one of the top ten entries for his grade division (out of 2500 submissions) in the Celebrating Art contest, and will be published in an art book.