Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Rashi partners with Jewish Coalition for Literacy to train Middle School students to be reading coaches for emerging readers, pairing Rashi students with a kindergarten reading buddy at a Dedham public school. Each week, the Rashi students travel to the Dedham school to read with their buddy and in the process, develop a one-on-one relationship with their assigned kindergartener. While the focus is on reading, the bond that the two share is just as important.
Kesem Israeli Dance Troupe
Students who dance with Kesem develop dance skills and learn an original Israeli dance choreographed by our award-winning Israeli dance teacher. Students perform in various venues throughout the year, culminating in the Israeli Dance Festival at MIT.
State Drama Festival
Students in this elective select, rehearse, and perform a 40-minute play at the Massachusetts Middle School State Drama Festival. Under the direction of Rashi’s theater and theater tech instructors, the group creates all aspects of the final performance including staging, costumes, scenery, props, and lighting.
Art electives offer students the opportunity to focus on a specific material or a genre of art. Past electives have included Inspired by Wire, Art from the Hardware Store, Stop-Motion Animation, Destroy to Create, Introduction to Crochet, and Sewing Pajamas.