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Student Activities

We are the HAFTR Hawks!


Currently our school has the following sports teams and clubs:

  • Boys 6th Grade Basketball
  • Boys 7th Grade Basketball
  • Boys 8th Grade Basketball
  • Girls 6th Grade Basketball
  • Girls 7th and 8th Grade Basketball
  • Boys Hockey
  • Torah Bowl
  • Debate Team
  • Drama Club
  • E2K
  • Art


For further information on sports clubs and teams, please reach out to the following supervisors:


Academic Eligibility for Sports/Clubs at HAFTR Middle School

Students who participate on HAFTR MS Athletic teams/Clubs must meet the following requirements:

  1. 90% attendance in the previous/current semester
  2. Currently passing ALL courses (measured on the most recent report card)
  3. 90% punctuality for all school days in the previous/current semester
  4. Attendance in school the day of games and performances

Students who cut a class will not be eligible to participate in the next scheduled game / performance.



All HAFTR Middle School students take an exploratory class every Friday. The role of Exploratory in HAFTR Middle School is to provide students with experiences in areas beyond the core subjects, such as drama, music, health, art, Zionism, foreign language, advanced Torah study, life skills and technology. Students typically have around twenty options for exploratory and will have an opportunity to take three separate classes each year (each exploratory class cycle is between 8 – 10 weeks).


Field Trips

Throughout the school year there are a number of field trips that each student’s class will be scheduled for. These trips, including each grade’s major trip in the spring, are designed to be educational in nature, related to the students’ curriculum, and fun.

Along with other important documents, HAFTR Middle School will send home a Field Trip Permission Form in late August to all families. This form will give consent for every field trip for the year and must be completed and returned to each child’s 1st period teacher on the first day of school. Any parent with questions should reach out to Principal Gold.


In-School Events

In addition to our rigorous academic program, HAFTR Middle School provides an extremely robust activities program for students. Led by our Student Activities Coordinator, Rabbi Judah Hulkower, the exciting sequence of trips and activities our students participate in is designed to complement our curriculum and provide experiences that are educational, culture-enhancing, and team-building. Please find a non-exhaustive list, below:

  • Achdut Week/color war
  • NYC Trip
  • Philly Trip
  • C. Trip
  • Boces Project Adventure
  • Mishmar
  • Boys Shabbaton
  • Girls Shabbaton
  • Tefillin Workshop
  • Masbia Trip
  • Chanuka Dinners at Teachers’ Homes
  • Chanuka Chagiga
  • Yimei Iyun
  • Taanit Esther Auction
  • 6th Grade Melave Malka
  • Guest Speakers
  • Yom Haatzmaut Celebration
  • Yom Hashoah and Yom Hazikaron Commemorations
  • Purim Carnival
  • Lag B’omer Trip
  • Cupcake Wars
  • Names, Not Numbers
  • Body Project
  • Country Fair
  • Science Fair
  • Mitzvah Fair