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Summer 2014 Kol Hillel

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  • A vision is defined as a suggestion of destination or direction. An image of what we can and should become over the years. And its deeply embedded in the values, hopes and dreams we share as parents. Our vision has guided the work we accomplished this year and will continue to direct our work for years to come. We hope for our children to find success in the field of their dreams. We want them to be educators, doctors, Rabbis, lawyers, entrepreneurs, scientists, politicians, maybe even Heads of School and so much more. Such long-term vision comes to life through partnership between home and school. My team of educators and I share with you the commitment to give your children the experiences, opportunities and learning they need to become academically independent, confident, secure and happy students who mature into global citizens with enduring Jewish identity, rich appreciation for their Judaism and love for Israel.

    As we work toward creating a long-term plan for our school, I share some growth of this past year, as well as some goals for the year to come. This school year, we chose three areas of focus: Professional learning, curriculum and assessment.

    Professional Learning Quality instruction means the very best teachers and meaningful curriculum. Thats why, through a faculty committee, we established systems to increase accountability, created development plans for teachers to map out goals and hosted peer-led workshops.

    We developed our own set of teaching standards and are in the process of publishing them for all to reference at any time. We strengthened our evaluation/observation process to make it year-round so teachers feel the partnership of colleagues from the start of the year. We deepened collaboration among teachers through CAJEs Jewish New Teacher Project, Instructional Coaches Academy and the more than 70 workshops our teachers developed for each other.

    CurriculumWe revisited the process of defining the skills students should

    have when they start and end a grade level. Our teachers are writing this scaffolded curriculum to outline a structure of skill built upon skill, from Early Childhood through the highest level of AP and honors classes. We have begun outlining our academic courses with their scope and sequence profiles and curriculum maps, which break down each of the individual skills and content subjects taught. The long-term goal is to publish a school-wide scope and sequence for current and prospective parents to be able to see the skills being taught at each grade level throughout the year.

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    Kol Hillel

    Summer 2014Kayitz 5774

    20/20 Vision is ClearAn excerpt of Dr. Ezra Levys 20/20 Vision presentation from Scheck Hillel Community Schools 2014 Annual Meeting (June 2) follows. He spoke as both Incoming Head of School and as a father.

    Juda and Maria Diener Lower School Samuel and Henrietta Scheck Middle School Ben Lipson Upper School

    Whats Inside:

    20/20 Vision is Clear (Continued)......................................................................4Student Spotlights..................................................................................................2-3 Mazel Tov, Class of 2014......................................................................................8-9Alumni Notes..............................................................................................................10Lion Pride....................................................................................................................16

    Learning for a lifetimeInternational Baccalaureate IB World School2011 Blue Ribbon School

    2014-2015 Areas of Focus:

    Academic Offerings&Judaic Literacy

  • 2014-2015BOARD OF GOVERNORS

    Chair Carlos BernerVice Chair Marty Scheck*Treasurer Uri BenhamronSecretary Gary Mars*Immediate Past Chair David Wolf*HIP/PTA President Susy Abbo Joe Ackerman Max FischbachMichelle Amselem* Max LichyMijael Attias Isaac MarchushamerSara Bejar Marian MoscuDr. Judith Dach Marcos SingerMichelle Diener Ronit Shiro

    EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATIONHead of School Dr. Ezra LevyHead of Lower School Dr. Monica WagenbergHead of Upper School Vanessa Donaher and Director of College Counseling Head of Judaic Studies Rabbi Joshua Spodek and Hebrew Language Director of Lower School Shani BitonDirector of Middle School Joshua Meisels*Director of Special Programs Eileen GinzburgDirector of Professional Development Dr. Helen Chaset

    *Hillel alumnus/a

    ABOUT SCHECK HILLEL COMMUNITY SCHOOLFrom early childhood through Grade 12, Scheck Hillel Community School inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an innovative curriculum enriched by co-curricular experiences. All of this is set within a nurturing, international community. Scheck Hillel is one of the largest Jewish day schools in the nation, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

    ACCREDITATIONScheck Hillel Community School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, accredited by the Commission on International-Regional Accreditation, the National Council for Private School Accreditation, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Association of Independent Schools of Florida. It is affiliated with PEJE (Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education),RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, the National Association pf College Admission Counseling, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Broward County and the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education. Hillel is a beneficiary agency of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

    KOL HILLELThe Kol Hillel is a bimonthly publication of Scheck Hillel Community School, 19000 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33180, P: 305.931.2831For Kol Hillel sponsorship opportunities, please contact Hillels Development office at 305.931.2831 x279 or [email protected]

    For submissions or information, please write to [email protected]

    Dedicated by Anna and Sol Zuckerman and Family

    At the 2014 Annual Meeting, Scheck Hillel Community School recognized lay leadership: volunteers who dedicate so much to bringing the schools mission to life and to realizing a vision of continued growth and advancement. Before introducing a new generation of leadership, Hillel honored Outgoing Chair David Wolf*, as well as outgoing members of the Board Jeffrey Gilbert, Ianna Raim and Jorge Woldenberg. We are grateful to them for their years of service, time, talent and vision. New Board members began their terms July 1. The 2014-15 officers include Chair Carlos Berner, Vice Chair Marty Scheck*, Treasurer Uri Benhamron, Secretary Gary Mars* and Immediate Past Chair David Wolf*. Board members include Susy Abbo as HIP/PTA Chair, Joe Ackerman, Michelle Amselem*, Mijael Attias, Sara Bejar, Dr. Judith Dach, Michelle Diener, Max Fischbach, Max Lichy, Isaac Marchushamer, Marian Moscu, Ronit Shiro and Marcos Singer. Mazel tov and thank you to all!

    Generations of Leadership

    4 Seniors Receive Silver Knight Award Noms The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards are known as one of the nations most highly regarded student award programs, recognizing outstanding students who have not only maintained good grades but have also contributed significant service to their school and community. Mazel tov to Hillels 2014 Silver Knight Award nominees David Broide (Speech), Vanessa Bursztyn (General Scholarship), Natalie Landman (Journalism) and Shoshana Wolf (Social Sciences). Athlete Earns College Engineering Scholarship Alex Froimzon (Class of 14) accepted an academic scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University, where he will study engineering and play football for the Tartans. Froimzon has had an impressive high school career, serving as a team captain and starting quarterback. He holds school records for most passing yards and most touchdowns in a game, season and career.

    UHealth Student Ambassadors Each summer, University of Miami invites students to take part in a Student Ambassador Seminar presented by UHealth Sports Medicine. This exciting event is designed to allow students to meet and learn with other students from Miami-Dade and Broward counties and to interact with some of the most influential minds in South Florida, including professional athletes, business people, politicians and physicians. Karine Bensabat (Grade 10) and Josh Diener (Grade 9) were nominated to represent Hillel at the 5th Annual Student Ambassador Seminar, which was held June 20 at the University of Miami Hospital. Authors Book Hits Shelves Andrea Toledano (Grade 11) recalls writing short stories in her Grade 1 Hillel classroom. Since those early beginnings, Toledano has refined her skills. This year, she published her first book. Home Away From Home, a compilation of poems Toledano wrote during her adolescent/young teen years, was published under the pseudonym Kate Parker and is available for purchase on Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com.

    Student Spotlights

    2 Kol Hillel

    *Scheck Hillel alumnus/a

    Outgoing Chair David Wolf*

  • After a rigorous application process, 10 students were named 2014-15 Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Hillel Ambassadors. Kol HaKavod to Dylan Heller (Grade 6), Daniela Abbo (Grade 7), Raquel Dimitri (Grade 9), Justin Moskovitz (Grade 10), Steven Bursztyn (Grade 11), Fortunee Cohen (Grade 11), Daniel Fiske (Grade 11), Jonathan Allen (Grade 12), Salomon Serfati (Grade 12), and Sharon Stambouli (Grade 12). (Rising grade levels)

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