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Learning dollars and cents at HANC

Math goes international. The sixth-graders in Mrs. Pinn’s math class at the Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School, in West Hempstead, just completed a math enrichment project in which they each picked a country and learned about the local currency. The students learned about exchange rates and had to figure out how to convert U.S. dollars into their country’s local currency. Sixth-grader Yehuda Frankel said, “This will be helpful if I ever travel for work.” And Emma Haynes said, “It was a great opportunity to show our creativity.”

We can’t wait to see how the sixth-graders use their math skills next!

Visit to the Living Torah Museum. Sixth-graders had a wonderful trip to the Living Torah Museum in New York City. The students started their tour by viewing archaeological artifacts from the time of the Avot.

During this hands-on presentation they were able to hold a Canaanite sword, perhaps like the one used by Shimon and Levi to conquer the city of Shechem. The students reenacted the battle between David and Goliath with original artifacts of body armor, a seven-foot sword, and a slingshot from that time period which the museum purchased at auction from Christie’s for $300,000. The students also enjoyed seeing a decorative gold button used in the time of the Chumash made from 28K pure gold.

The students also went to a Biblical animal exhibit where they learned about kosher animals and that although giraffes are kosher animals, the real reason we do not shecht giraffes is because they cost about $35,000 apiece!

The students finished the trip with a yummy lunch at a pizza shop near the museum. Everyone had a great learning experience and a lot of fun too!

Student Makes Siyum Mishnayos. HANC High School students are well known for their many accomplishments in all areas of limud Torah. Most recently one of HANC’s seniors celebrated the completion of Shas Mishnayot. Michael Spindel began his feat three years ago when he was asked to learn a single masechta in memory of his grandfather that had recently passed away. As Michael himself put it, “Once I started I just never stopped.” This led to his monumental achievement of finishing the entire Shisha Sidrei Mishnah. The siyum was held in the presence of both the high school and middle school at the Shushan Purim chagigah. v

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Posted by on February 28, 2013. Filed under In This Week's Edition. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.