KYMS Daily Schedule

Kohelet Yeshiva Middle School: Daily Schedule

Tefillah is a an opportunity for students to start off their day with a conversation with Hashem. The students will learn to become active participants in tefillah and the boys will prepare for expanded roles in tefillah as they become bnei mitzvah. Through intentional learning experiences built in to Shacharit in the morning and Mincha in the afternoon, students will be instilled with both the skills to daven and the motivation to connect with their creator on a daily basis.

Morning Meeting is a time for students to gather in single gender, multi-age, groups with a faculty member for breakfast and conversations related to their school community, their local community, or their world community. Examples of conversations could be: schedule changes, sharing ideas and planning for an upcoming Shabbaton, discussing student conflict, celebrating student success, reflections, or discussing a recent current event.

Advisory is a space for small groups of students to come together with a teacher on a regular basis to explicitly learn, practice, and focus on their social, emotional, and spiritual growth.

Ivrit is time dedicated to facilitating student growth in reading, writing and speaking Hebrew. This is accomplished both through direct instruction around grammar, literature, and conversational Hebrew skills and by applying such skills in the study of Jewish History and Parshat HaShavua.

Limudei Kodesh (LK) Skills and Seminar is a distinct block where students learn the skills to study Torah She-bichtav (Chumash) and Torah She-Ba’al Peh (Mishna and Gemara) in the original Hebrew and Aramaic. The curriculum is organized thematically; students will delve into sections of both Torah She-Bichtav and Torah She-Ba’al Peh relating to year-long themes of Bein Adam La-Makom (the relationship between Humanity and G-d), Bein Adam La-Chavero (Interpersonal Relationships) and Bein Yisrael La-Amim (Relationships between Jews and Others). Similar to the General Studies Skills and Seminar Block, this block will consist of ample time for students to rotate through different types of learning experiences specifically catered to their needs and consisting of chavruta learning, teacher-led small group instruction and discussion, peer-to-peer coaching, reflection and assessment.

Limudei Kodesh (LK) Project Block brings the study of Torah, G-d’s guidebook to the Jewish people, to life. While Judaism is alive throughout the school day, the LK Project Block is designed to help students explore additional areas of Torah, the way in which those Torah texts integrate with each other, and the way in which they relate to their world beyond the classroom. Each semester, every student will have two long-term, student-directed but teacher-guided projects. One project will focus on bringing together the content they have learned in Torah She-Bichtav and Torah She-Ba’al Peh during their Skills and Seminar block. The other project will focus on the books of Nevi’im Rishonim. All LK teachers will be available during this block to guide, assist, and – when necessary – redirect student progress on their projects. The Art teacher will also be on hand to help students think through the aesthetic and design components of their projects. All student projects will culminate and be showcased in a public exhibition.

General Studies (GS) Skills and Seminar is a distinct block during the school day every day, with ample time for both STEAM and Humanities. During this time teachers work with both small groups of students and individual students. Students rotate through time slots of differing lengths assigned specifically for them by their teacher for that day or for that week. Those slots may include teacher-led small group instruction and discussion; independent use of personalized, adaptive technology for literacy and/or math; independent practice of skills being learned; peer-to-peer coaching; reflection and assessment.

General Studies (GS) Project Block is a time when students will “learn by doing” in both STEAM and Humanities by engaging in long-term, multi-stage projects for each interdisciplinary course. Students will use this concentrated time to do research and reading, to work in groups or individually, and to give and receive feedback from teachers and peers. By learning in this way, students learn invaluable organizational and time-management skills while applying the knowledge gained in one discipline to a different discipline thereby deepening the learning experience. Much like the LK Project Block, the Art teacher will be available during this time to help students integrate an artistic component into their project and all projects will result in some type of public exhibition.

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