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AP Calculus Derivative Sketching Competition

In algebra, we talk about slope a lot. Slope is a way to precisely measure the steepness of a slanted line. In calculus, we apply the same concept to curves. In one part of a curvy function graph, the "slopes" might be very steep; in another part, they may be close to horizontal, but they can all be represented by numbers. The collection of all of these instantaneous slope numbers is called the "derivative" of the function, and it has its own graph. In AP Calculus, we sketched these derivatives in a program that could precisely judge and score our accuracy. With a one minute time limit, teams competed with each other for derivative sketching dominance!
High School Election Redux Project

In order to study the nominating process of a candidate for a presidential campaign, high school students participated in an "Election Redux" project in their social studies classes.  Students researched the platform of each of the major national political parties, and selected a new candidate to run for president in 2016 by researching congressional records and other data.  The capstone of the project was to create a promotional piece for the candidate.

 Teacher Feature
 Election Week Kickoff
As this historic  election  draws near, Hillel's third and fourth grade have been working on a joint election unit.
The goal is for the students to learn about the election process through participation in a mock election and then present to the other grades on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Instead of students voting for a specific candidate, they will vote for a party.  In third and fourth grade, two school parties were created, Jurisdiction and Relinquishment.  The Jurisdiction Party believes in a more structured school day.  For example, assigned lunch tables, teams, and games at recess.  The Relinquishment Party believes in more power for the students, e.g.,  bentch when you want, line up when you're ready (not by class), and play what you want in gym, among other things.  Students have discussed that you don't have to agree with all the party's ideals to join a party.  Both grades have prepared their party platform, motto, signs and commercial (see videos below).  They have learned about the election process in the United States with lessons on election day and the electoral college.

The upper grades' election unit is focused on researching the platform of each party. The students researched which candidate best meets the philosophy of each party. Then, they made a promotional piece for that candidate (see above). On Election Day they will present their advertisements and then students will vote. They will first vote in primaries in which Republicans can only vote for Republicans and Democrats can only vote for Democrats. Students will be registered as Republicans or Democrats based on how they answer a survey based on each party's philosophy. After we see the results of the primaries, students will then vote for the president.
 The Art Department Brought to you by the  Joshua L. Sindler, z"l Creative Classrooms, Art and Music Endowment Program

"I just let the paintbrush tell me where to go." -Yitchok Zev Chapley, 4th grade

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are working on watercolor paintings inspired by the falling leaves and signature colors of Autumn.  Featured painting is by Ezra Goldberg.
 Here's a snapshot of some of the programs and lessons from the past week.
This past Sunday, Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh hosted its first Creation Celebration, which brought together over 60 families to celebrate and learn about the creation of the world. There were turtles, snakes, and lizards, to hold and various hands-on learning centers, such as seed planting, creating the sun and the moon out of Play-doh and making Shabbat crafts. Thank you to all those who make this event happen!

 In honor of Simchat Torah--in which we finish the yearly cycle of Torah readings--Rabbi Barrocas visited grades K-4 to explain about how to write the Sefer Torah and all the det ails associated with it, such as the ink, the parchment, and the letters. Each student also received their own name written on klaf.
 The 7th grade boys read their very long sentence stories- most were well over 200 words long in a single sentence! This is a precursor to learning about sentence structure. This Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan/November we celebrated the birthdays of the following students: Chaim Abrams, 2 Noah Bernstein, 2 Bayla Abramowitz, 3 Chani Milch, 2 Shimon Grossberg, 3 Bella Reinherz, K Avraham Katz, K Thank you to our sponsors: Jonathan and Kara Bernstein Elhanan and Eliana Abrams
In honor of  Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, each  child from the two nursery classes and the two pre-K classes were given an  umbrella  cut-out which symbolizes Cheshvan, as this is the time we daven for rain.
The children were told to create anything they wanted with it.
 Hillel Athletics Hillel Heat Basketball
The Heat won their first game of the young season, beating FBCS 69-36 in the John "Tip" Veltri Tournament last Motzai Shabbat, Mazel Tov! Senior guard, Moshe Wasserman led all scores with 25 points. Freshman guard, Aaron Kraut was next with 12 points.  Stay tuned for the date of the Heat's home opener.

 Flashback Fridays
The Flashback Friday Photo Challenge is back for its sixth year. Email hillelhappenings@hillelpgh.org if you think you can identify the people in the photo. We will include your name in an upcoming issue if you guess correctly. Sometimes we even give away Hillel swag! #FBF
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Correct answers were submitted by the following people:

Elisheva Rosenberg

 Hillel Academy Intramural Hockey League team, the Beasties, won the Hillel Cup just a few years ago.  L-R: Akiva Skaist, Jacob Wiesenfeld, Aaron Kraut, Yaakov Brown, Natan Kelsey and Jack  Kasaback.
This Week's Photo

 Hillel Gear
Hillel Gear has gone global. We love to see where it has landed. Send photos to hillelhappenings@hillelpgh.org
 Most of the Vansickle family poses for a photo with their new 2016 Hillel Gear.

 At a recent Cub Scouts event, Yehuda Cohen was spotted with a Hillel hoody. Way to go Yehuda!

 Mazel Tov!
Rabbi and Mrs. Shimon and Chani Silver on the engagement of their daughter, Bayla Malka, to Yesacher Dov Yelen of Lakewood!

Rabbi and Mrs. Fishy and Leah Milch on the birth of a grand daughter, Chana Ahuva, to Avi and alumna, Hudi Spira!

Rabbi and Mrs. Mordechai and Tzippy Rosenberg on the engagement of their son, alumnus, Avromi, to Batsheva Friedman of Lakewood, NJ!

Dr. and Mrs.  Harold  and  Ronit  Wiesenfeld  on the engagement of their daughter, alumna Rachel, to Benny Statman of Los Angeles, California!

Mr. David Jacobson and Dr. Lauren Statman on the engagement of Lauren's brother, Benny, to alumna, Rachel Wiesenfeld!
 Pop quiz: Benny's nephew attends Hillel Academy, what's his name?

 Around Town
If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who might be, please contact   dkraut@hillelpgh.org.
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Girl's OnegEvery Shabbos afternoon in the PZ Educational building from  3:30-4:30 .  For all girls in grades K-6. Starting Shabbos November 12, Parshas Lech Lecha, Girl's Oneg will be from 3-4.

Save the Date: Join women from all Shuls for  The Annual Rochel Emainu (our Matriarch) Gathering
with Torah, Tefillah and Tzedaka -  Motzei Shabbat,  November 12, 2016 @  8:00 pm.  Kollel Jewish Learning Center  5808 Beacon Street. See the flyer above.

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