The studio art elective is an opportunity to learn and practice a range of 2D and 3D media – tools,
materials, and techniques. We will be learning how to express thoughts, feelings and ideas in visual
form. We will explore drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture.
You will learn how to use metaphors and abstract visual form in a way that communicates your
ideas. You will become more aware of the part of your brain that thinks without stress or effort,
and you will discover how important this type of thinking is in learning and life. You will learn specific
processes and techniques for working with pencil, ink, paint, clay, plaster, and other materials.
This class can grow your brain. This is not a figure of speech. Everything you do with your hands
and mind together activates more neuropathways in your brain than anything you do on a
keyboard or computer (even a touchpad!).
This class is designed to be a fun and respectful environment in which we will all learn from each other.
You may discover new abilities you didn’t know you had.
Students must submit work in order to qualify for this class, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT EITHER:
1. An example of something you have made with your hands.
Examples include: a drawing, a painting, something modeled in clay, an elaborate cake decoration, a design
for a kippah, a unique flower arrangement. As long as you are proud of it, please submit something you made.
2. You may write a paragraph that tells us why you want to take this class. Have you always been
curious about what artists do? Have you watched others draw or paint and wondered how they
do it? These are only two examples. The reasons are your own, and only you know why. Please
share them with us.
You do not need to know how to draw or paint to take this class. If you come with real interest and are
prepared to do your best with every assignment and fully engage in class, you will learn and grow.
NOTE: All Freshman students will take an introductory art course as part of their schedule. Sophomores will
take a Graphic Design Course. This Studio Art course is in addition to those art classes and is open to both
Freshmen and Sophomore students. This course will be taught by Ms Bloomfield who is a professor in Emerson
College, which is located in Boston. Ms Bloomfield will teach this class once a week in person and once a week
over zoom. Students taking this course must show responsibility, self-discipline and dedication to art.
Have you ever wondered how things work or had an idea for an invention but don’t know how to bring it
to fruition? As students in this course, you will become familiar with the workings of common devices such
as cell phones, digital cameras, and technology - assisted cars. In this hands- on, project-based course,
you will develop your engineering skills and learn about electronics, sensors, and programming. You will
discover how to use science, technology, art design, engineering, and math to bring your innovation to
life. You will learn to brand your product and bring it to market. You will be introduced to design thinking,
which will encourage you to ideate, innovate, and iterate until your ideas are ready for market.
For students who have completed Principles of Engineering, this course takes you further into the
world of scientific engineering. We will learn more advanced programming skills as well as use more
complex machinery. The year-long capstone project will allow you to integrate your new knowledge
with the skills from the previous year, and create a new product to share with the world.
Students must have completed Scientific Engineering I.
In Spanish I, students learn basic grammar and vocabulary skills to build fluency and language
proficiency. Students explore the culture of Spanish-speaking countries through engaging interactive
games, videos, and audio recordings and apply what they learn through written practice, listening,
and speaking exercises. Students will be immersed in the beauty of the Spanish language and the
richness of its diverse cultures throughout this course.
This class is facilitated through a private accredited online school. It will be graded like all
other classes and will appear on your transcript. Students must be responsible, committed and
comfortable with online learning.
Sometimes words are the best way one can express herself. While students are used to the formal
style of academic writing taught in school, creative writing is an important and different way one
can articulate thoughts and ideas. In our class, students will have the opportunity to learn the skills
needed to be a thoughtful and innovative creative writer. Whether creative writing is a hobby of
yours, or you’ve always dreamed of writing the next great novel, this class is for anyone who loves to
share and create stories. We will study what makes some works of fiction engrossing and why others
put us to sleep. This class will allow students to discover their own creative writing voice, which will
equip them to feel comfortable sharing and conveying their own narratives.
We offer tracked honors and non-honors subjects:
1. Biology and Algebra
2. Chemistry and Geometry
3. Regents Global and AP Modern
4. Chumash and Halacha
This course focuses on the period of history between the destruction of the First and Second Beit HaMikdash. We will explore themes of unity within the Jewish people, reactions to the influence of other nations, and ways we can maintain our identity in galut. We will use primary sources and artifacts to understand how people dealt with those issues and learn how to apply their lessons to our own experiences.
When one thinks of Eretz Yisrael, many words come to one’s mind. While there are endless words to describe the love and connection we have to our homeland, we must always remember that the Eretz Yisrael we know today came from the work and dedication of countless people. Even despite the challenges, the yearning and hope to return to our home never wavered. In this class we will discuss the steps taken by individuals to create and establish the country we are able to, baruch Hashem, visit freely today. We will learn, analyze, and explore the different historical figures and situations that led to the Jewish people being able to return to the land Hashem promised us.
In this class we will be introduced to our glorious past and the roots of our Heritage. We will explore “The Golden Era” of Sephardic Jewry in Spain, in all its beauty of Torah greatness, brilliance of poetry and eloquence of liturgy. We will be highlighting the lives and works of our iconic heroes and luminaries, from Rambam & Ramban down to Abrabanel & R’ Yosef Karo. luminaries, from Rambam & Ramban down to Abrabanel & R’ Yosef Karo.
In this course we will learn about tefillah as a form of connecting to Hashem. There are many obstacles blocking that connection, so join us to gain skills in order to clear the way. Learn about ways to improve concentration, value tefillah both in and out of the siddur, understanding what we’re saying, and overall tefillah improvement.
So much of our Tefillah liturgy is taken from Sefer Tehillim. What is so impactful about poetry, and Biblical poetry in particular? How do the words of David HaMelech express the ideas that we try to focus on when connecting with HaKadosh Baruch Hu? We will learn about how Tehillim forms the structures of our daily and weekly prayers and why they are so integral to our conversations with Hashem.
In this class we will explore the universal language of a Jew, available for us anytime, anywhere, and in any situation. In our moments of greatest joy and ecstasy, in times of trouble and fear, and at junctures of indecision and confusion, Tehillim is there to guide us, reflect on, and illuminate. We will learn the meaning of the words, understand the life of Dovid Hamelech and use his connection as a model for our own, leading us to channel our thoughts, feelings, and emotions to build a strong, vibrant connection with Hashem.
The timeless words of Pirkei Avot help us navigate our relationships - לחבירו אדם בין ,למקום אדם בין , and לעצמו אדם בין. In this class, we will learn and discuss tips to focus on our purpose, enrich our friendships, and combat everyday struggles. Pirkei Avot is life advice written around 2,000 years ago that’s 100% relevant today. Learn from our holy Sages and commentaries on their words to see their perspective on big life issues, small details, and everything in between.
Learn to code, collaborate with your friends, and hone your engineering skills. You will gain firsthand experience with the principles behind robotics, as well as its real world applications.
Sometimes the best antidote to a semester full of exams, papers, and projects is singing your heart out! Listening and singing along to our favorite songs has a special way of calming and relaxing us. We will practice singing and performing a variety of songs that will enhance the various important moments of the year. Whether it be learning special songs for the Chagim or before the school Shabbaton, students will recognize that music has an important component in virtually every aspect of our lives. No matter if there’s a song always stuck in your head, or you are looking to strengthen your vocal skills, the YSZ choir club is geared for those who love expressing themselves through song.
Using quick rounds of 40 seconds bursts of work followed by 20 seconds of rest, allows yourself to be able to drive your effects and maximize your fitness. This workout will leave you breathless after every set which allows the body to burn more energy long after the work out is through. Throw in a HIIT challenge and core sequence and Tabata engages the whole body with challenge, motivation, and options. No matter your fitness level, Tabata offers up heart pounding opportunity and intensity to push all efforts to their fullest potential.
The Cricut is a machine that can take a digital design and cut it out of wood, leather, vinyl, fabric and other materials. Express your creativity in graphic design; then you can produce t-shirts, stationary, paper art, stickers, or anything else that captures your interest! We will explore the design software as well as the various mediums to use with a Cricut machine, and discover all of the amazing art we can create!
Has the stage always felt like home to you? Do you enjoy performing and taking on the emotions, personalities, and stories of different characters? In the YSZ Drama Club, students will have the opportunity to learn, analyze, and perform from different plays, as well as hone their public speaking skills in the process. The lessons and skills learned every week in drama club will even permeate to students’ other classes. The confidence that one learns to build through acting and performing can carry over to many different avenues of life.
This class is a great cardiovascular workout. Feed off the energy in the room with a combination of endurance and strength building intervals. With a mix of fast sprints and heavy climbs, and many other challenging drills and exercises. All levels are welcome.
Our physical education program encourages our girls to develop a lifelong commitment to healthy fitness habits, sportsmanship, and positive body image. Our ninth-grade students can elect to take Yoga, Zumba, Core Fitness, Tabata, Spinning and/or Dance.