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Upper School Corner - Mrs. Jennifer Bledsoe

College Readiness

Mrs. Jennifer Bledsoe-Academic Specialist/English Teacher

Recently, the students in the high school had an informative and reassuring guest speaker.  Mr. Kurt Meyer is a Professor of English at Irvine Valley College (IVC), and he came to speak with the students about community college options, the differences between community colleges and universities, and the various course offerings available (either on a transfer to university track, or certificate programs in specialized studies).  He explained the various support services that exist to serve students, from tutoring and writing centers where students can get help with their work, to regularly scheduled faculty office hours. Students were very surprised… Read More »

Upper School Corner - Mrs. Marjan Jahanfard


Mrs. Marjan Jahanfard- Mathmatics Chair

A very earthshattering event just happened at the Hebrew Academy Middle School!  Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes celebrated their success in finishing a very intense quarter long PBL on earthquakes by holding an Earthquake Fair. The premise of the project was to recommend a new site for a second Hebrew Academy campus around the Mediterranean Sea. The project kicked off with a visit to the CalTech Seismological laboratory and entailed a hands-on study of seismic activities around the world.

During the project, 6th grade students researched and created “earthquake survival kits” in their General Math class that included the purchase of necessary… Read More »

Upper School Corner - Mrs. Raychel Lydon

The Benefits of Journaling

 Mrs. Raychel Lydon-Humanities Chair

At the Hebrew Academy, one of the many things we work to integrate into our instruction as professional educators is research-based instructional methods that can support and elevate creative and higher-level thinking in our students. In the humanities department in the middle school, one of the proven instructional strategies that we employ on a daily basis is student journaling.

There seems to be little doubt that allowing students the frequent opportunity to write in a relaxed atmosphere with the freedom to answer questions in the best way they see fit has numerous positive outcomes for students. According to Todd Finley, blogger and assistant editor at Edutopia… Read More »

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