Beyond the Classroom: 7th Grade


A Solomon Schechter education extends beyond the classroom and into the world. Students in 7th grade participate in the following activities and events:

Science Field Trip

Each year, our seventh graders travel throughout New England on three-day science field trip. They visit the Science Museum in Boston and the Ecotarium in Worcester, Mass. Known to be a seventh grade highlight, the trip culminates with team-building activities.

Children’s Reading Partners

In partnership with Children’s Reading Partners (a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford) our students work with young learners in the Greater Hartford community to improve their reading skills. Schechter’s seventh graders are trained to read one-on-one with kindergarten students over a six-week period. This transformative experience has moved some of our students to work beyond the partnership — in one instance, purchasing hundreds of books for a classroom library.

House of Bread

On a monthly basis, Rogow students school volunteer at the House of Bread, an organization that provides food and shelter for Hartford’s disadvantaged citizens. Rogow students prepare and serve food in small groups. Through their work, they learn to treat everyone with respect and dignity, as well as develop a deeper understanding of their community.

Sukkah Sleepover

The entire Rogow Middle School spends that night at Schechter during Sukkot for games, learning, singing, bonding and fun. The Young Israeli Emissary, in partnership with Rogow faculty, plan the evening. The students travel throughout the building for activities, eat dinner, and watch a movie with a special snack. They spend the next day participating in community service. Past service projects include:

  • Cleaning the fields
  • Painting the gaga pit
  • Organizing the library
  • Making sandwiches for the homeless
  • Delivering blankets to shelters

Sukkot is a special time for students to take stock of their fortune, to learn about others and to give from themselves.