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< 2019


  • Self Portrait - Senior Final Project in Hebrew

    Self Portrait is the final senior project in Hebrew. Students create a film/slide show that describes their journey in the past 13 years at TVT. 
    Click HERE to view.

    The idea is to celebrate their journey in life and to use their best vocabulary repertoire in Hebrew. They were asked to describe experiences and challenges they faced growing up at TVT, and their expectations for the future in college and later on in life. Finally, students take a moment to thank the people that helped them to reach this milestone.

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  • 5th Grade Visit to the FabLab

    Dr. Davis welcomes the 5th-grade AoPS Pre-Algebra class to the upper school to work on an exciting project in the Engineering Fabrication Laboratory. The students will be creating a company to bid on designing and constructing a bridge to support a large amount of weight.

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  • Battle of the Books

    Battle of the Books (BOB) is a reading incentive program that takes place nationwide for 4th and 5th graders. Battle of the Books is also a literary competition. Its purpose is to encourage students to read good literature and have fun while competing with their peers.

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  • Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Middle School Student Council

    Hunter H.
    Vice President
    Yonah L.
    Events Coordinator
    Sophie S.
    Tech Master
    Andy C. 
    The Voice
    Ryan B.
    7th Grade Rep.
    Dylan H.
    6th Grade Rep.
    Ryker B.
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  • Monthly Hebrew Song Goes Viral at TVT

    The monthly song in Hebrew, called "SHEVET ACHIM V'ACHAYOT" (Tribes of Brothers and Sisters) spread throughout TVT, school-wide. Students,
    K-12 and even many parents picked up the song, quickly, and they expressed happiness about the song and its meaning. Parents singing a Hebrew song is the best way to make it a sure hit and in no time they reported that their student is singing the song in the shower.  Click HERE to listen.
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  • OC Math Field Day

    On May 9, 2019, eight TVT students from 4th and 5th grade competed in OC Math Field Day with Ms. Melia and Ms. Babazadeh. The 4th-grade team was represented by Noah Hofman, Derek Liu, Devin Nguyen, and Alex Yurin. The 5th-grade team was represented by Ryan Pan, Yosef Paster Adelia Poyarkov, and Benjamin Schwartz.

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  • R2D2 in AI Robotics 

    Students in the AI Robotics (K-2) class had a blast building R2D2 Droids! They explored kits by LittleBits, a hands-on startup company that focuses on circuit building and coding. After building their R2D2's, they were able to use iPads to control and maneuver their robots. A huge thank you to Krista Barbosa for making this possible!

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  • Turkey Trot 2019 –Sponsorship Opportunities

    Turkey Trot 2019 planning is well underway, and TVT is looking for sponsors. If you own a business and would like to be a corporate sponsor, please contact Faith Cohen, director of development, at Sponsorship levels vary, but corporate sponsors will have their company name and logo prominently displayed on all Turkey Trot promotional materials, t-shirts, TVT website, and more. We can’t wait to have the 2019 TVT Turkey Trot, presented by your company!
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  • TVT Baseball Earns 9 All-League Recognitions & Dohling Named Coach of the Year  

    The TVT baseball program earned the most all-league recognition for one team in the history of TVT. Congratulations to all that received all-league! All-CIF players will be announced on May 31. 

    Express Baseball
    Player of
    the Year
    1st Team
    2nd Team
    Coach of
    the Year
    Jacob G.
    Max S.
    Jared M.
    Max F.
    Tom F.
    Aidan F.
    Jake T. 
    Elli G. 
    Eli F.
    Brent D.
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  • TVT Engineers-in-Training (EIT) Develop Algorithm for Linear Algebra

    Max E. and Eli F. presented to the Science and Math Departments a successful algorithm to solve matrices for use in science and engineering problems. Linear Algebra is an advanced subject in mathematics that has significant applications in most science and engineering areas because it allows modeling of many natural phenomena.

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  • TVT Students Attend SpaceTech Expo 2019

    TVT Engineers-in-Training (EIT) alumni, Dory Veksler, and Jay Bernstein attended The Space Tech Expo & Conference in Pasadena this past week with Mr. Wallace. This large gathering of over 2,500 industry professionals is the premier showcase of aerospace and mechanical engineering innovations for applications in outer space.

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  • TVT Students Organize Slime Bonanzas

    TVT 11th graders, Eliana K .and Ryan N. are up to their eyelids in Slime.  @sslimegirls and @squishintime are the creators and hosts of the SoCal Slime Bonanza series, where "slimers " have an opportunity to meet their favorite VIPs., trade slime for other slime, play games with VIP slimers and even purchase some slime. Eliana and Ryan have already hosted Slime Bonanza 4  this past April.  Stay tuned for Slime Bonanza 5!
    Kol ha'kavod to our entrepreneurs! 

    Click HERE to read the article in the LA Times.

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  • Congratulations to Dr. Hartman!!

    Congratulations to Upper School History teacher, Curtis Hartman, for completing his Education Doctorate (EdD) at UCLA!  On Tuesday, Dr. Hartman successfully defended his dissertation, "What to Teach? An Examination of Content Decisions among Social Studies Teachers in California."  Way to go Dr. Hartman!!
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  • Signing Day! Kaitlyn Turner commits to University of California, Berkeley 

    Congratulations to Kaitlyn Turner and family on committing to Cal for rowing. Kaitlyn will serve as a coxswain on the team.
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  • Congratulations TVT Lower School Artists!

    Thirty-six art students won awards at the 2019 Imagination Celebration, “1,000 Pieces of Art” Exhibit on May 4.  Click HERE to view the artwork. Click HERE to view the list of award winners.

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  • Hear our Kindergartners ROAR!

    We are a community of learners that begins with Respect, Ownership, Attitude, Responsibility, and Safety.
    Our Kindergarten ROARS will be highlighted in the Kindergarten Celebration on Wednesday, May 22, at 9 AM in the MPR.

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  • QuIsrael

    On Thursday morning, TVT students, grades 2-5, participated in our annual QuIsrael competition. QuIsrael was an exciting trivia game to “quiz” students’ knowledge of fun and interesting facts about Israel, including geography, Judaism, food, important figures in Jewish history, and so much more!

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  • Summer Reading

    Sasha Jones in a recent Education Week article noted: “while 77 percent (of students) agree that summer reading will help them, 20 percent report not reading any books at all over the summer.” The data came from a Scholastic poll of students and parents conducted in September/October 2018.

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  • Summer Reading Adventures

    With summer around the corner, I would like to invite students, especially Lower School students, to participate in a Summer Reading Adventure Game. Just a fun way to promote all types of reading and readers this summer.

    Click HERE to learn about the Summer Reading Adventure.

    Looking for Reading Suggestions? Click HERE for Library Reading LibGuides.
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  • AP Enviro Visits The Sanitation District

    Last week, juniors and seniors from Mr. Benn's A.P. Environmental Science class visited the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley for a fascinating and not-too-bad-smelling field trip.

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  • NACAC College Fair

    Sunday, April 14, 2019
    1:30 PM until 4:30 PM
    Anaheim Convention Center

    Click HERE to register ahead of time.

    Admission is free.
    Parking is $16.00.

    We encourage families of grades 9 through 11 to attend and in particular juniors as this is an excellent opportunity to show demonstrated interest to prospective schools.

    Should you need any more information, please contact the College Counseling office.
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  • Remembering Kim Hays (1963-2019)

    "When Kim Hays left TVT three years ago I wrote the following thank-you to be included in the program for the film festival he created. I stand by every word and want to add that his legacy is all the more enduring after his passing. He was a genius and a terrific friend. I missed him terribly when he left three years ago and all the more so with his premature passing. I often ask myself when approaching a lesson how Kim might have done it and if I come close to achieving that I know I’m on the right track. I have received phone calls and visits from stunned and mourning students from many years ago, and it is a testament to what a legendary teacher, filmmaker, and human being he was. I had a student say during a recent phone call that she never knew what a "twinkle-in-the-eye" meant until she met Kim. That twinkle, that spark of an idea, that enthusiasm is what life is all about and Kim had it, and shared it and taught it. Everyone who knew him loved him, and those who didn't get that chance missed something great. "

    --Kevin Bachelder, Asst. Dir. of Innovation / US Music

    Click HERE to read the "Thank you--Kim Hays".
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  • The Problem with Saying We “Like” and “Love” Students’ Work

    In a recent Education Week Teacher article, author Starr Sackstein discusses praising efforts and work with comments such as: “I like this transition” or “I love this line in your essay.” Praise like this is well-intentioned and conveys warmth and approval, but Sackstein argues that it draws too much attention to what we feel rather than the content and it tends to make children reliant on our approval.

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  • Using Pure Grit to Succeed!

    When we talk about “grit” and its power to propel achievement, our students, whose first language is not English, demonstrate the determination and drive to succeed daily. International students from France, Russia, Mexico, China, etc., attend their classes with vigor and the excitement to learn, even though English is not their first language.

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  • I Can Do It!

    Confidence is built with many small steps and a few courageous leaps. At TVT the Physical Education department is looking to make build each students confidence with each activity. Nothing shines a brighter light on the building of confidence among the student body more than our Rock Climbing unit.

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  • Girls Soccer Team Looks Forward to Next Year

    The girl's middle school soccer team, coached by Mr. Adrian Rodriguez, improved a little every game and are looking forward to a better season next year in the Tri-way League. Shown in the picture are the girls after their game against Carden Hall.
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  • "America and the Vietnam War" Student Trip to Little Saigon

    On Wednesday, students studying the Vietnam War in Ms. Batley's class spent the afternoon touring Little Saigon (along with Ms. Quigley!)  Students visited the largest Gao Dai temple outside of Vietnam, and were privileged to get a tour from members who took time to explain the faith and elements of the temple decoration.

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  • ‘Ostentatious’ and ‘Innocent’ 2019 Spelling Bee Winners

    TVT Lower School students made history last week! After all students in second through fifth grades competed for the top two spots in their homeroom classes to participate in the Spelling Bee, ten lucky contestants participated in two simultaneous competitions, one for second and third graders and another for fourth and fifth graders.

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  • Crazy 8s! 

    The Crazy 8s Math Club combined math and geography this week in our Road Trip game. Each team was challenged to plan a route across the country using major interstates.

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  • Holocaust Survivor Speaks to 11th Grade Jewish Studies 

    Auschwitz survivor Eva Schneider spoke to Ms. White’s Jewish Studies class on Monday, 4/1 about life during the Holocaust and after liberation. She customized her talk around the students, encouraging them to ask her specific questions about her experience. Schneider was just 11 years old in 1944 when she arrived at Auschwitz and was liberated from Mauthausen when she was 12. She and her parents survived hiding and the camps, which she attributed to timing, luck and having each other for support. 

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  • Principal's Corner

    Finding a Sense of Self

    Helping your child find their sense of self is a critical part of developing an identity. As parents, we want to shield children from harm, but part of growing and developing strong, independent, confident children is the nurturing of each child’s sense of self. As a staff, we are reading The Price of Privilege to gain greater insight into how to support children in developing their sense of self.

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  • TVT Held It's First TEDx Conference

    On Sunday, March 31st, TVT held its first TEDx Conference. Nine students and three faculty presented TED talks on a variety of topics related to our theme “I Think Therefore I Can.” The event was a great success, the talks were very well received by the audience, and we hope to repeat the experience again next school year. Thank you to all in the community who supported the event.

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  • 10th Grade Global Conflicts Class becomes WWII Gamers

    For the past two weeks, Ms. Batley's Global Conflicts history class experienced in-depth learning about World War II.  After extensive research in class, students were inspired by Dr. Cassie's gaming expertise to create role play, situational, and board games while in the US Design Studio.
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  • BOB Team Takes 2nd Place in Competition

    We are so proud of our Absolutely Lions!  They did a fantastic job during the battle of the book competition yesterday and came home with a second-place trophy, the first time in the history of Battle of the Books at TVT.

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  • Principal's Corner

    Please join me in congratulating our amazing fourth and fifth grade Battle of the Books (BOB) participants. Yesterday, they represented TVT incredibly well by winning second place in a regional competition. BOB students read twenty chapter books and had to know each book intimately—down to the last detail. We are so proud of you Lions! 

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  • Students Meet About "Moving On After Messing Up."

    On Wednesday night, students from the now infamous Costa Mesa Party met with a small TVT student team comprised of Beaue B. (9th grade), Hope H. (9th grade) and Noah L. (8th grade) to explore what Jewish law says about how we move on after we mess up.
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  • Third Grade Celebrates Norooz! 

    Last Wednesday not only marked the first day of Spring but also the start of the Norooz, the Persian New Year. Third grade enjoyed exploring this cultural holiday by participating in many different events including painting eggs for the Haft-Seen table and jumping over "fires" to let go of anything from the past year.

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  • Varsity Baseball Blows Away St. Michael's Prep by 15 Runs

    TVT won big over St. Michael's Prep 17-2 on Tuesday.

    They got on the board early when Jake T. drove in one when he singled. The team notched eight runs in the fifth inning. Max S., Cody G., Eli F., and Jared M. all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. 

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  • Congrats 5th Grade Soccer Team on your Win!

    Congratulations to the 5th-grade co-ed soccer team who recently had a very competitive game against Pegasus and won 4-3.
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  • Purim

    To get into the spirit of Purim, 3rd and 4th-grade Jewish Studies classes took a trip to the Makerspace this past week.  After studying how Mordechai and Esther saved the Jewish people from the mean-spirited Haman, students picked their favorite character from the story and had the opportunity to engage with the character as “makers”.  

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  • Stand Against Hate Rally 3.18.19

    Following recent local and international news of violence and intolerance, TVT students were inspired to organize a rally against hate! Facilitated by the ADL, the event featured student speakers and prominent voices from the community. Standing together and speaking up will ensure that TVT is no place for hate!

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  • TVT Cares Food Packing Event was a Huge Success!

    Thank you to everyone who came out and volunteered at the TVT Cares Fight Against Hunger event this past Sunday.  Because of you, we were able to pack 53,364 meals! 

    One of TVT’s core values is Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), and this event truly demonstrated just that. 

    Kol Hakavod!  
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  • Varsity Baseball Wins in Epic Comeback 

    TVT defeated Fairmont Prep 12-7 in Tuesday's league game after being down 7-1. The game was tied 7-7 in the 8th inning when Max S. singled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.

    Jacob G. got the win for TVT. He surrendered zero runs on two hits over six and two-thirds innings, striking out nine.
    TVT tallied 16 hits. Jake TM, Jacob G., Zane G., and Aidan F. each racked up multiple hits for TVT. 

    The Lions take on Fairmont Prep on 3/22 at 2:00 PM in another crucial league game.

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  • 6th Grade Led Mitzvah Fair Sure to be a Great Success

    Our 6th graders are busily preparing for the pre-Purim Mitzvah Fair, to be held from 10:00 AM -12:00 PM and from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM on Wednesday, March 20 in the lower MPR.

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  • ADL and TVT Join Together in a Stand Against Hate Rally

    Monday, March 18th  |  6:30 - 7:30 PM  |  Upper School Student Union

    Following the hate speech incident in Newport two weeks ago, an Upper School student group has been hard at work with ADL leadership and Rabbi Stuart Light planning a student-centered anti-hate rally. Please join us on Monday night, March 18th in the Upper School Student Union as we come together to learn more about the causes of hate speech and think about what we can do to make sure that hate speech is never normalized.

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  • Fourth Grade Art Students Learn the Art of Plein Air Painting

    In February, Fourth Grade art students had a unique opportunity to learn the art and history of early California Impressionism and Plein Air Painting, through a collaboration with the nonprofit, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA).

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  • I'm a Jewish Teenager. Anti-Semitism has Infiltrated My Hometown.

    The following is an "opinion" article in the newspaper "The Forward," - by 11th grader Ephraim L.

    The truth is, when I opened my Snapchat to an image of teenagers from a local high school throwing up a Hitler salute around a swastika made out of red-solo-cups, I wasn’t even surprised.

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  • TVT is Proud to be Jewish

    How does TVT respond to anti-semitism? Do we shy away from our identity? Or do we stay proud? Hevra, TVT's social action club, has an answer. Hevra has produced a video with students and teachers as a reaffirmation of our Jewish pride in the face of hate. Please watch and share!
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  • Why the Late Start on Thursday, Purim Day, March 21st 

    Purim begins on Wednesday night. This is the best night of the year to go to a synagogue or temple or shul to hear the Megillah being read, to dress up and to eat Hamantashen. To take away all the barriers of school-night attendance, TVT has a late start for Purim day each year. This 8:45 late start also gives students who want to come in a bit early the opportunity to hear the ENTIRE Megillah read by Rabbi Light in the LS MPR at 8:00 AM.
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  • Melanie K, Eli R and Ben S overseeing mining operations

    4th Graders Learn to Mine for Gold Visiting Our US AP Enviro. Science Class

    On Friday, February 22nd, thirty-three 4th graders from our Lower School paid a visit to our 11th/12th grade AP Environmental Science class to learn about the environmental impact of gold mining in California. They were taught by our juniors and seniors, who also ran a tasty activity where the 4th graders had to dig for yellow jelly beans (gold) hidden within a cake (the earth).

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  • 9th Grader Ethan S. Wins 2nd Place in Chapman's Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest

    Freshman Ethan S.'s poem, "The Voice," has won the 2nd place in Chapman University's 20th Annual Holocaust Arts and Writing Contest! This year's theme was Purposeful Telling: Through Memory to Action. His poem is based on Auschwitz survivor Paula Lebovics's testimony, courtesy of the USC Shoah Foundation. Ethan and Holocaust Studies teacher, Ms. Leslie White, will attend the awards ceremony at Chapman University on Friday, March 8th. Congratulations, Ethan!

    I am your memories, Paula, a reflective recollection
The surreal experience of a childhood that was stolen
There is not a specific one that defines you, rather a collection

    You kept silent for so many years for fear of retribution

    But courage prevailed, you found the words to speak against the “final solution” 

    That little girl’s voice that stood alone and proud
Is now an orchestra, a deafening crowd

    We all sing out against hatred and oppression
For if we don't seek love, it will be our nation's regression. 
    Excerpt, "The Voice" by Ethan S.
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  • 9th Graders Get Hands-On With Shakespeare

    This week, Dr. McNellis’s 9th-grade college prep English classes dug deep into Romeo and Juliet by practicing stage design in the upper school Design Studio. Students worked together in groups to build models of sets for the famous balcony scene. They will be using their models to write detailed promptbooks, which will require them to think critically about the interactions between the (imaginary) actors, the space they’ve created, and Shakespeare’s text.

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  • Class of 2019 Perform in the Shakespearing

    On Wednesday and Thursday, the senior Class of 2019 (well, almost all of it)  performed William Shakespeare’s Hamlet for the TVT community.  Working in groups, they had about 2 and a half weeks to cut the 5 acts of Othello down to about 15 minutes each; apply a concept to their act, like Cowboy Hamlet, Pirate Hamlet, or Gangster Hamlet, and then they needed actually to rehearse. 

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  • Diamond Challenge Comes To TVT

    On Sunday, February 24, more than 100 students from across California, Arizona and even as far as Boston, MA visited TVT's campus for the 2019 Diamond Challenge entrepreneurship event. Students competed in Business Innovation and Social Innovation tracks.

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  • Mr. Curtis Hartman with a Group of Fourth Graders Discussing the Legislative Branch of the California Constitution.

    Fourth Graders Take Classes in the Middle And High School!

    In social studies, fourth-grade teachers, Gail Peddie, and Melissa Geoghegan, are using project-based learning as a way for students to acquire knowledge and skills.  Students will be examining the effects of the Gold Rush on daily life in California.
    To assist them in choosing a topic that inspires them to learn more,  the teachers took their students on “field trips” to the middle and high school to learn more about various subjects.

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  • Kindertransport Author Speaks to 11th Graders

    Author and Holocaust educator Michele Gold shared her unique family history with Ms. White’s 11th grade Jewish Studies classes on Thursday 2/21. Gold’s mother, the late Rita Berwald, survived the Holocaust through the Kindertransport, an organized rescue effort that brought thousands of Jewish children to safety in England from Nazi Germany in 1938-1940.

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  • Reading is FUNdamental! 

    Our 5th graders love to read and especially in their book clubs. We just started our newest round of books - the genre is action, adventure, and survival. Some of the titles include HatchetIsland of the Blue Dolphins, The Cay, and Julie of the Wolves.

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  • Principals Corner

    While your family was enjoying the long weekend, teachers and staff spent the day learning and collaborating. We focused on social, emotional, and behavioral supports in the morning. Talking about how to best meet your child(ren)'s needs. 

    In the afternoon, we conducted a safety drill so that all of our staff is able to think on their feet and feel secure in what to do in case of an emergency. 

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  • Third Grade Havdalah Ceremony  

    When Shabbat ends this Saturday night, the fun will begin for our third graders! Third graders have been preparing all year for their Havdalah ceremony and now it's time for them to really shine. They will spend the first half hour teaching their parents all they need to know about the Jewish ritual of Havdalah.

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  • 8th Grade MS Council Reps Find Compromise on Cumulative Grades on myTVT

    This year, the faculty implemented a new policy in an effort to alleviate a lot of the stress placed on middle school students. They made it so that students could no longer see their cumulative grades except for a week before the end of each quarter. This received a significant amount of backlash from eighth-graders due to the increase of stress over not knowing their status in each class.

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  • Kindness Week in Lower School Culminates in Kindness Coupons for Kids and Parents

    Kindness Week in the lower school culminated during Kabbalat Shabbat when four 4th grade students, Samson E., Bennett M., Gilah C., and Maya E. introduced Kindness Coupons to our community. Kindness coupons are a way for students to help others who are sad or having a hard day.
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  • Lion's Pride Day is Next Week!

    TVT Upper School will be taking part in our annual Lions’ Pride Day retreat on Monday and Tuesday, February 11 and 12.   As in the past, this year students will return to Big Bear for fun in the snow. Almost every student attends this event, which is a highlight of the year. Students will have the opportunity to go tubing at Big Bear Snow Play, skiing or boarding at Snow Summit, and/or chilling out in town.  Of course, the retreat wouldn’t be complete without a “blackout” dance on Monday night.  Let it snow!
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  • Volcanoes!

    For the end of their Dynamic Earth unit, the 6th-grade earth science students partnered up to research an active volcano in the US and were tasked to recreate that specific volcano using all recycled materials that were donated by the TVT community. 

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  • 1st Grade Explores Beyond our Backyard

    First graders have been busy exploring maps to better understand their presence and impact in their city, state, country, continent, and the world. 

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  • 2019 Geography Bee

    This past Friday, January 25, TVT held its annual Geography Bee, participating in the 2019 National Geographic Bee.  After our preliminary round, these ten contestants made it into the final round and competed so gracefully against each other. They each came in during their free time every week to join our study sessions and shared such extensive knowledge of geographical facts. They each were such a worldly group, and we are so proud of them! The 2019 champion, Devin N. (4th grade), will move on to take a qualifying test for the State Bee with the hopes of continuing through to the finals. We know that Devin will represent TVT in this competition with his enthusiasm and passion for Geography.  Each of our finalists should feel so proud of their accomplishments. Kol Ha’kavod to all of them!

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  • 8th Grade Swings at UCI's Ropes Course

    By now you may have heard about the terrific day we had at UCI's ropes course.
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  • Annual 7th Grade Shabbaton Fun

    Last Friday night our 7th grade gathered together for the annual TVT 7th Grade Shabbaton led by Rabbis Stuart Light and Ali Lawton and guest story-teller Mark Lazzar. There were 25 hours of action-packed fun!  Students made challah, created a play about the week’s Torah portion, swam at the JCC, participated in group bonding, led a Torah service, had a Nerf gun war, and concluded the event with a moving Havdalah service! Shabbaton goers ate cholent for the first time, created burritos and voted on their favorite ice creams.

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  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom

    When God came to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, each present heard revelation differently, according to their capacity.  Just as the manna which God gave to the Israelites as food in the wilderness tasted differently to different people, so too were God's words heard by every person in the way that they could "hear" them. Diversity and Inclusion in the TVT classroom draw upon the Jewish truth that God's actions are most effective when they reach every person where that person "is" emotionally and spiritually. 

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  • Middle School Boys Basketball Team Wins!

    The boy's middle school basketball team won their first round Tri-Way League playoff game against Calvary Santa Ana 42-41.  Dustin M. was the high scorer with 17 points, David G. scored 12, Garrett D. scored 9, and Aaron S. rounded out the scoring with 2 points.  The TVT boys will now travel to Pegasus to play Pegasus on Tuesday, February 5th at 3:30 pm in the semi-finals of the Tri-way League.

    GO LIONS!  
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  • Professor Marc Dollinger Visits Jewish Studies Class

    San Francisco State University Professor Marc Dollinger stopped by TVT earlier today to share his on-campus experience battling against the student-led anti-Israel movement. 

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  • TVT is proud to partner with the American Heart Association this year!

    Our students are participating in Kids Heart Challenge over the next few weeks, and we are kicking off during PE this week. We’re excited to be JUMPING ROPE during PE, learning about how our hearts work, and raising the lifesaving donation to help others affected by heart diseases and stroke. Our nations #1 killer is heart disease, and we are excited to join the fight this year.
    Please sign up your child(ren) by visiting to get started saving lives!!

    APP: Kids Heart Challenge Website: and type in Tarbut V Torah!
    Your students will be delivered their Heart Heroes from Coach throughout the next few weeks. 
    School Goal: to have every student register to help save lives!
    Donations Due: February 22nd
    Thank you so much for your lifesaving donations this year. Our school gets $$ back for PE Equipment, and together we are building a healthier generation! 
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  • 2nd Graders Learn the Meaning of MLK Day

    How do you engage eight-year-olds to help them understand the meaning of equal rights, segregation, and integration?  One approach is through Project Based Learning (PBL) which integrates multiple curriculum areas with a hands-on approach.

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  • Principal's Corner

    As we begin the second semester, we are excited to share with you all of the fantastic things that have been happening here in the TVT Lower School!

    The teachers have spent a great deal of time getting to know your children to ensure their success; not just academically, but socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. 

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  • First Graders Explore Their Classroom

    They can name the objects around them in Hebrew and are even able to say short sentences! 

    Every day, first grade sings songs, plays games and participates in fun activities that have helped them learn many new words in Hebrew.

    They got to know Sharona, a first-grade girl that adores the color red; she has a red backpack and all red school supplies. They also got to know Shachar, a boy who loves the color blue; he has a blue backpack and has in it a blue sharpener, a blue pencil, and a blue book, among other blue stuff. Our first graders also shared which color they love the most.  
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  • Middle School Garage Band Concert

    The Middle School Garage Band brought down the house on Thursday, December 13. Directed by Music Instructor, Alex Segal, they performed high-powered renditions of hit songs by Queen, Aerosmith, Stevie Wonder, and more! A tremendous time was enjoyed by all.

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  • TVT’s 2018 Mock Trial Team Wins Round 3 and 4 of Orange County’s High School Mock Trial Competition

    Last month, TVT’s Upper School Mock Trial Team won phenomenal victories in Round 3 and 4 of the Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation’s 2018 High School Mock Trial Competition.  The Mock Trial Team, led by co-captains Ephi L. and Leyla S., met several times per week since August in preparation for the competition.

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