G'veret Putterman-Kenett, Upper School Hebrew Teacher, and her 11th grade class will be embarking on a cinema project in the spring with an Israeli-Arab school and an Israeli-Jewish school. The project, funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The Abraham Fund, was covered in Bethesda Magazine. Check out the details!
School Notes: Schools in Rockville, Israel To Forge Partnership Around Cinema
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Students at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville are getting ready to study film with peers in Israel.
The spring cinema course will be part of a shared schooling experiment involving a Maryland school, an Israeli-Arab school and an Israeli-Jewish school. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Abraham Fund Initiatives partnered on the project, designed to build relationships between 11th-graders at the schools.
The students "come from very different backgrounds, but at their hearts, they're all teens," said Alexis Bock Robbins, the Federation's assistant director of community and global impact. "We're hoping ... that they can learn about their own identity and each other's identity through this program."
Late last month, teachers from each of the three schools met in the D.C. area to get to know each other and participate in training seminars.
This spring's course, called "Dialogue through Cinema," will be taught in 11 sessions, and about 15 students from each school will participate. Robbins said the students will use an online platform to discuss the themes and symbols they notice in the films.
The Israeli-Jewish school is called Ein Harod. The Israeli-Arab school, Yafia, has a Christian background but enrolls many Muslim students, according to a press release.
Robbins said the groups involved in the initiative will evaluate the first semester and could decide to continue it.
MCPS seventh-graders check out the life of a scientist
About 500 students from Montgomery County Public Schools headed into the lab last week for a firsthand look at science and medical research.
The seventh-grade students from Kingsview Middle School in Germantown and Poole Middle School in Poolesville visited the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus for part of the Oct. 27 experience. They also dropped in at a local laboratory or hospital to check out brain specimens and watch mosquitos feed on blood, according to a press release.
This was the ninth year that the university and other groups teamed up to hold the Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day, the release stated.