Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

6/9/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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At Stephen S. Wise we are in a season of celebration, most notably with our Academic Awards Assembly last Friday, our Wildcats Sports Banquet this past Monday, and our Library Awards this Tuesday. It was wonderful to recognize student achievement in so many different areas of our curriculum. One of the highlights of our celebrations this week was our Shavuot Assembly. An awe inspiring sight was the sanctuary filled with students in their white clothes and colorful wreaths on their heads. Many had goose bumps as we watched our 6th grade Student Council “pass down” the Torah to our incoming N3 students. It was rewarding to see each class carry their bikurim to the ark, placing the fresh fruits and vegetables on the bales of hay, and having SOVA come to pick up all of the goodies. The excitement was palpable as we cheered for our 6th grade dance troupe and clapped along with our grade level songs. The students truly understood the meaning of this harvest holiday, and teachers, students and parents shared with me how great it was to observe this holiday together in an experiential way – one more opportunity to “Celebrate what’s Right!”

Tami Weiser

6/2/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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This week we are so excited to welcome all of our families to our Open House evenings. The energy in the classrooms and hallways was palpable as students shared with their parents the work and projects they have been completing. It was great to hear kids read an essay, show off a poem, and demonstrate their Hebrew proficiency. In our Science Fair the sixth grade students confidently ran through their hypothesis, experiments and conclusions, and each topic was unique and extremely interesting. Another highlight of the night was a visit to Hershenson Hall and our amazing Art Show. Jan Navah has once again woven her magic through the grades with outstanding art pieces, paintings, drawings and much more. The students were so proud of their individual art projects, and every adult was truly impressed with the work our kids accomplished. It was also wonderful to see the integration of Judaic values and images in the various art exhibits. Walking through the gallery I heard many positive comments and one father shared, “We certainly didn’t do art like this when I grew up… I didn’t know my son had this hidden talent!” The joy of Open House is that all teachers are able to bring to light the talents of our students, and I truly hope you enjoyed the experience.

Tami Weiser

5/26/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Today is was wonderful to be a part of our second grade students sharing their global knowledge at the Multicultural Celebration. Students have spent the past few months learning about the culture, history, geography, food, currency and much more from China, Kenya and Brazil. Through their work in Project Studio, the classrooms, and the music room they have enriched their knowledge with high level thinking, writing, technology, singing and dance. The culmination of this work was amazing to see as they performed songs in many languages, and expertly played the recorder, danced the Samba, and moved to the beat of African drums. Our Social Studies curriculum builds on the idea of what it means to be part of a community and community workers in first grade, learning about the larger world community in second grade, and then focusing specifically on Los Angeles for third grade. Students learn through text study, research skills, field trips and culminating performances how important community is, and ultimately how they add to our Stephen S. Wise community. I want to congratulate the second graders, and all the teachers and students, for a job well done in making this learning come alive this year. 

 

Tami Weiser