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Welcome to the Posnack Middle School

Posnack Middle School–The Right Place to Come of Age

Middle school is a vital period of transition for students. At Posnack we help guide our students through the rigorous academic and social choices that pave the way for successful high school and college careers.

Middle School Academic Program

At the Posnack Middle School we help guide our student through the rigorous academic and social choices that pave the way for successful high school careers. Learn more >>>

Middle School Leadership

Joanie Silverman is the Principal of the Middle School at the David Posnack Jewish Day School. Meet Mrs. Silverman >>>

Middle School Judaic Studies

The Posnack Middle School Judaic studies program is dedicated to helping students create a deep and lasting connection to Judaism and the State of Israel. Learn more >>>

Middle School Technology

Posnack is a leader in the use of educational technologies to improve learning and engage students. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, offering teachers new ways to inspire learning and unleash creativity. Learn more >>>

Learning Resources

In grades 6 through 12, the Learning Resources program meets during one period on a daily basis. The focus shifts from remediation to academic support. Our students are instructed in time management skills, how to organize their school materials and various strategies for studying. Learn more about learning resources at the Posnack School >>>

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Posnack Middle School Academic Program

Middle school is a vital period of transition for students. At the Posnack School we help guide our student through the rigorous academic and social choices that pave the way for successful high school careers.

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The middle school years present a great educational and social challenge for students. At Posnack we strive to meet that challenge by engaging students in a combined general and Judaic studies curriculum that promotes academic excellence and rigor, while emphasizing Jewish identity and community connection.

All 6th and 7th grade students participate in our RAM Program, an acronym for Reaching Academic Mindset. Students in this program are exposed to the belief that a growth mindset is important for both academic and social success, and through this program, learn ways to continue to challenge themselves while developing crucial social skills necessary for success in life.

Course of Study

6th Grade
  • Language Arts
  • World Cultures & Geography
  • Math Course 1
  • Math Course 2
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Integrated Science 6
  • Hebrew
  • Torah
7th Grade
  • Language Arts
  • World History and Economics
  • Math Course 2
  •  Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1 (HS Credit)
  • Integrated Science 7
  • Hebrew Language
  • Torah
  • Junior Achievement
8th Grade
  • Language Arts
  • U.S. History
  • Math Course 3
  • Algebra I (H.S. credit)
  • Geometry (H.S. credit)
  • Physical Science
  • Hebrew (H.S. credit)
  • Torah
  • Jewish History
Electives
  • Art 2D/3D
  • Advanced Band
  • Comprehensive Drama Production
  • Debate
  •  Coding 101
  • Digital Photography
  • Drumline
  • Engineering
  • Fantasy Football
  • Game Strategies
  • Introduction to Mandarin
  • Introduction to French
  • Introductory Band
  • Journalism
  • Physical Education
  • Shark Tank
  • Stock Market 101
  • Theater Technology
  • Yoga

Washington D.C. Trip

Students in 8th grade participate in an annual trip to Washington, D.C.

Visiting our nation’s capital represents an important opportunity for our students to learn about our country and its government. The trip is tied to our 8th grade U.S. history curriculum, as well as the 8th grade courses covering the history of the Holocaust and Jewish advocacy.

Posnack Middle School Leadership

Meet Principal Joanie Silverman

Joanie Silverman is the Principal of the Middle School at the David Posnack Jewish Day School. Mrs. Silverman holds an Ed.S. Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from Rutgers University. She is certified to teach grades K through 9. She was recently named as a regional recipient of the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and has been published in the Ravsak journal, Hayidion.

Prior to her appointment as Middle School Principal, Mrs. Silverman served the Posnack school community as Director of Curriculum and Instruction (K-12). Her experience leading our school’s teacher professional development and curriculum design and her long teaching career have been invaluable in bringing the Middle School to great new heights.

To contact Mrs. Silverman, email jsilverman@posnackschool.org or call 954-583-6100 ext 301.

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Middle School Judaic Studies

The Posnack Middle School Judaic Studies program is dedicated to helping students create a deep and lasting connection to Judaism and the State of Israel. The Posnack School brings Jewish values, leadership and tradition to daily studies. Students have an opportunity to participate and lead the Torah services, practice holiday rituals, and study the weekly parashah (Torah reading). Bar/bat mitzvah services are celebrated every month and each student has a chance to share his or her special day with the school and the community by reading his or her parashah from the Torah.

During the middle school years students complete study of the Chumash (Hebrew Bible) and begin to delve further into the Tanakh (Prophets and Scriptures). Students learn to use various commentaries on the moral lessons conveyed in scripture, thereby achieving a deeper understanding of the Torah. Torah study takes into account a diversity of Jewish perspectives, allowing students familiarity with various branches of Judaism.

In the seventh grade, students begin work on our Shorashim (roots) program. Students research their Jewish roots, discovering new connections to their personal past and their Jewish heritage. This program is done in partnership with our sister school located in Nesher, Israel. The Shorashim program is the first step in developing strong relationships between our students and Nesher students. Using virtual classroom technology, the connection between the Posnack School and Nesher students is maintained and strengthened throughout the middle school years.

All Middle School Judaic Studies teachers are certified by the Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education of Broward County.

Middle School Technology

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Posnack is a leader in the use of educational technologies to improve learning and engage students. All classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards, offering teachers new ways to inspire learning and unleash creativity. In the middle and high schools, Posnack students participate in our One-to-One Tablet PC Program. This innovative program, which makes use of DyKnow interactive learning software, enables unprecedented levels of collaboration and participation.

Benefits of Posnack Technology Initiatives:

  • Increases learning and participation in classroom
  • Engages students to learn and understand material in ways familiar to them
  • Increases project-based learning, supporting assignments requiring research, collaboration, and production of a final product such as slide shows, videos, podcasts, web pages, etc.
  • Allows access to information, lessons, and assignments from anywhere in the world.

Campus News

Posnack Students Honored with 2017 Pinnacle Awards

Three Posnack School students were recognized with 2017 Pinnacle Awards. Class of 2017’s Rachel S., the Middle School’s Joshua J.(Class of 2021), and the Lower School’s Zachary C. (Class of 2024) were honored with the prestigious Pinnacle Awards. Click for details.