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Signing Off

June 13, 2014, 9:34 pm

It’s been seven years, almost to the day, since I started this blog with this post . After 527 posts, 80,000 page views and endless memories, the time has come for me to sign off. I know that Mrs. Read More »

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High School Graduation

June 9, 2014, 7:16 pm
High School Graduation

Never have I seen a high school graduation quite like the one we had last night. While it is a long-standing tradition here at the MHA that each of the graduates speak, and while there have been impressive individual performances in the past, never have I heard anything quite like what I heard last night. Read More »

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Growing Up

June 6, 2014, 10:20 pm
Growing Up

We had two opportunities this past week to stop and reflect on just how much our little one have grown. Read More »

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Making the Mishkan

June 6, 2014, 6:12 pm
Making the Mishkan

For the second year in a row, Mrs. Leora Klein’s sixth grade capped off months of learning about the Mishkan by building one. Last week, students of all ages were treated to tours of their life-size model led by some of the most knowledgeable 6th grade docents I’ve ever seen. Read More »

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A Mother’s Sickness, A Daughter’s Revelation

May 29, 2014, 3:02 am

The following incredible essay, authored by our own 12th grader Hudis Lang, was just published on Fresh Ink, a website by and for teens sponsored by the Jewish Week. The florescent lights glared on the tile floors, and the gray walls of the waiting room surrounded me and my mom. I glanced at my mother — or at least she looked like my mother. Read More »

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Making the World a Better Place

May 15, 2014, 3:02 am
Making the World a Better Place

Over the past week both our boys and girls high school students experienced chesed in the truest, most genuine sense of the word. For our girls it was the culmination of a year-long partnership with a local branch of the Special Olympics. Read More »

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Inspiration from One of Our Own

May 14, 2014, 12:14 am

Even if Parker Mantell weren’t a graduate of the Margolin Hebrew Academy, the speech he gave this week before 17,000 people at Indiana University’s Commencement Exercises would be well worth watching. The fact that he’s one of our own makes it all the more special. Read More »

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“The Best Day of the Year”

May 7, 2014, 9:42 pm
“The Best Day of the Year”

Over and again throughout the years, I’ve heard students use that phrase to describe Yom Ha’atzmaut at the MHA. Yesterday certainly didn’t disappoint. Read More »

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Chidon Update

May 6, 2014, 7:14 pm
Chidon Update

These are exciting times for the MHA and its Tanach students!Last night on Israeli national television , MHA graduate Asher Finkelstein competed in the final round of the International Chidon HaTanach. Of thousands of contestants from across the globe who began the annual Bible Contest last year, Asher was one of the last sixteen left standing. Read More »

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Celebrating Torah Study

May 5, 2014, 4:56 am
Celebrating Torah Study

This past Wednesday brought a new event to the MHA calendar: a community night of learning in celebration of our high school Matmidim Program. Read More »

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Yom Ha-Shoah

May 4, 2014, 7:34 pm
Yom Ha-Shoah

We began last week with a moving commemoration of Yom HaShoah . Students in grades 5 through 12 were invited to the gym where they first lit a candle before taking their seat. Six large candles were then lit on stage, each in memory of another group of our people who were lost. Read More »

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8th Grader Places 3rd in Holocaust Art Contest

April 26, 2014, 1:24 am
8th Grader Places 3rd in Holocaust Art Contest

8th grader Rebecca Brown placed 3rd in this year’s Memphis Jewish Federation sponsored Holocaust Art Contest. The contest, which challenges students Jewish and non-Jewish from across the region to create Holocaust inspired art in advance of Yom HaShoah, has steadily grown in recent years. Read More »

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Preparing for Pesach

April 10, 2014, 4:30 am
Preparing for Pesach

The school was alive with the sights and sounds of Pesach today. From the high school boys’ leibadik rendition of Chad Gadya together with their Kindergarten buddies to the PreK’s Pesach scavenger hunt with Rabbi Stein’s shiur, and from model seders Read More »

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Students Shine at Science Expo

April 8, 2014, 4:44 pm
Students Shine at Science Expo

Our science program took center stage last week as we held our second annual Science Expo. A non-competitive twist on the old Science Fair model, the Science Expo gives students a chance to publicly share a science-related project of their own design and the learning they did in order to create it. The younger grades, under the direction of Mrs. Read More »

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Student Accepted to Prestigious Summer Program

March 27, 2014, 2:24 am
Student Accepted to Prestigious Summer Program

11th grader, Alyssa Wruble was recently accepted into the prestigious Tikvah Summer Institute at Yale University. The Tikvah program selects a small number of the country’s most talented 11th and 12th graders and brings them together for two weeks to delve deeply into some of the biggest questions that face us as American Jews. Read More »

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Macs Head to Sarachek

March 27, 2014, 2:14 am
Macs Head to Sarachek

Guest post by Coach Richard Lewis Macs fans and supporters, Circle your calendar…Tomorrow, Thursday, March 27th at 3: 00pm CST the Cooper Macs will face Yeshiva Atlanta in the first round of YU’s Sarachek tournament in NYC. The game can be watched online in HD at www.MacsLive.com . Keep an eye on MacsLive. Read More »

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Girls Shine in Annual GMSG Gala

March 25, 2014, 12:02 am
Girls Shine in Annual GMSG Gala

Our Girls High School took center stage last as they community came out for their annual fundraising dinner. As always, the entire event – from purchasing and cooking the food, to setting up the hall, to providing the night’s entertainment, divrei Torah, food service, and clean up – was done entirely by the girls. Read More »

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Adar Lives On

March 20, 2014, 4:26 am
Adar Lives On

This year Purim was just a prelude to the real Adar excitement here at the MHA. Picking up where the the 3rd graders left off with their incredible Purim play on Friday (click here for more pictures!), the Kollel and Bat Ami had an exciting Purim Read More »

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Unprecedented Results in National Bible Contest

March 12, 2014, 8:54 pm
Unprecedented Results in National Bible Contest

The results for the qualifying test for Chidon HaTanach (the International Bible Contest) are in and the success of our students is unprecedented. Tani Finkelstein and Ariel Kampf, both of whom are 9th graders and were up against 10th and 11th graders throughout the country, qualified to move on to the national finals in New York in May. Read More »

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Academic All-Star

March 3, 2014, 7:24 am
Academic All-Star

Congratulations to Isaac Graber who was named an Academic All-Star by the Commercial Appeal today. The award confirms what we all knew to be true already – that Isaac ranks amongst the truly exceptional students in our region both for his accomplishments inside and outside the classroom. Read More »

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Oy, The Whole Shebang!

February 28, 2014, 4:24 am
Oy, The Whole Shebang!

In a rather different – and rather entertaining – twist on our annual drama productions, the Boys High School, under the masterful direction of Mrs. Renee Brame, presented two short plays this week by Jewish playwright Rich Orloff : “The Whole Shebang” and “Oy!”. Read More »

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IDF Visits the High Schools

February 28, 2014, 4:14 am
IDF Visits the High Schools

Thanks to the initiative of 11th grader Sophie Ostrow and 12th grader Gabe Goldstein, our high schools were visited by members of the Israel Defense Force this past week. Both Sophie and Gabe were selected last summer for the highly regarded Teen Internship Program run by StandWithUs , an international Israel advocacy group. Read More »

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Reflections on “Work” in Jewish Education

February 15, 2014, 12:36 am

The following post is based on the Message from the Dean in this week’s MHA/FYOS newsletter. Current and previous editions of the newsletter can be accessed here . Read More »

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Model UN

February 15, 2014, 12:26 am
Model UN

Congratulations to our high school Model UN teams who made our schools proud with their performance at last week’s annual YUNMUN event in Stamford, CT. Headlining that performance was Aaron Knobel who was awarded an Honorable Mention for the work he did in his committee on curbing discrimination against women. Read More »

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Thoughts on Mercava

February 5, 2014, 3:28 am
Thoughts on Mercava

The following post appeared as the Dean’s Message for the MHA / FYOS school newsletter last week. Previous newsletters and messages can be accessed here . The future of Jewish education is here. Without it, we will lose at least an entire generation of Jewish children. With it, we’ll unify the Jewish people and change the world. Read More »

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Siddur Presentation

February 5, 2014, 3:20 am
Siddur Presentation

Kitah Aleph brought the house down with their singing, dancing, and speaking at Sunday’s siddur presentation. The program, designed and directed by Morah Debbie with help from Morah Gila, Cantor Samberg, Morah Chany, and Morah Yehudit, opened with a first-grader’s piano rendition of Hatikvah and culminated with Mrs. Read More »

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Medicine and Halacha

February 5, 2014, 3:12 am
Medicine and Halacha

The high schools had the privilege last week of hearing from Professor Yonatan Halevy, Director General of Shaare Zedek Hospital in Yerushalyim. Read More »

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Geography and Meteorology

January 14, 2014, 12:14 am
Geography and Meteorology

Learning has come to life in all sorts of different ways for our elementary school over the past few days. Late last week, the grade level winners of National Geographic’s National Geography Bee went head to head in order to determine the school winner. Read More »

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Images of our Mission

January 10, 2014, 3:18 pm

A little over a year ago, and following a grueling process that stretched over several months, our Board of Trustees voted to adopt a new mission statement; one that was felt to better capture the essence of who our school is what it strives to be. Read More »

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Divrei Hesped for Rabbi Efraim Greenblatt, ztz”l

January 7, 2014, 1:22 am
Divrei Hesped for Rabbi Efraim Greenblatt, ztz”l

I remember walking into the Anshei Sphard Beth El Emeth Congregation for the first time and noticing the slender man with the long white beard and black kapota standing near the mechitzah a few rows up from the bimah on the left hand side. It was clear from his seat and the way that he carried himself that he was intending to be inconspicuous. Read More »

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Kosher Corky’s is Back!

December 20, 2013, 7:06 pm
Kosher Corky’s is Back!

Back by overwhelming international demand, we are once again making Corky’s world-famous southern hickory-smoked barbecue brisket, ribs, beans, and sauce available to kosher consumers across the globe. Read More »

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דער פֿאַרהער (the test)

December 20, 2013, 6:50 pm
דער פֿאַרהער (the test)

In thinking the past summer about ways that we might further upgrade the rigor of our high school Gemara program, Rabbi Noam Stein, our Talmud Department Chair, had the following idea: Given that almost all of our boys and girls spend a year learning Read More »

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Mazal Tov Kitah Aleph!

December 12, 2013, 4:42 am
Mazal Tov Kitah Aleph!

It was a festive day in Kitah Aleph today as the children celebrated their completion of their first Ariot book. To mark their accomplishment they ate foods whose Hebrew names contained letters that they had learned and they had a special visitor, dressed in full Ariot regalia, with a בלון אדום for each of them. Read More »

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Hour of Code

December 12, 2013, 4:32 am
Hour of Code

Technology industry leaders launched a global initiative this week called the Hour of Code . Its intent is to introduce people, young and old, across the world to the value that computer programming plays across all disciplines and in all fields by encouraging them to spend one hour this writing computer code of some sort. Read More »

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Master of the Arts

December 4, 2013, 2:02 am
Master of the Arts

10th grader Dovid Yehoshua Samuels is known to much of the community for his talent in playing the violin, which was on display to all at our recent Boys High School Steak Dinner. Within the school, though, Dovid Yehoshua has also long been known for his way with words and his gift for creative writing. Read More »

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Raising Jewish Teens: Charlie Harary’s Motzei Shabbos Talk

December 4, 2013, 1:52 am

Thanks to Debbie Miller who videoed Charlie Harary’s talk on the Challenges of Raising Jewish Teens at our Motzei Shabbos Melave Malka and posted it on Torahanytime.com , everyone can now enjoy his words of wisdom and inspiration. Thanks again to Gary and Dena Wruble for opening their home for this talk and for making the entire weekend possible. Read More »

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20th Anniversary Steak Dinner

November 26, 2013, 9:58 pm

For 20 years, under the direction of Rabbi Yonason Gersten, the boys in our high school have been marketing, purchasing, cooking, setting up, entertaining, serving, and cleaning up their famous four-course formal dinner fondly known as the Steak Dinner in an effort to raise funds for their activities account. Read More »

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GMSG Play

November 22, 2013, 7:20 pm
GMSG Play

Congratulations to the girls high school for a phenomenal evening of theater earlier this week. Rather than one full-length drama production, this year the girls, under the direction of Mrs. Renee Brame, showed off their versatility in presenting several different types of theater. Read More »

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An Inspiring Weekend

November 20, 2013, 10:30 pm
An Inspiring Weekend

For months our school and community had been looking forward to what we were billing as a “Shabbat Experience” – a weekend in which various parts of our school community would come together in and around the school to draw inspiration and to inspire each other. With the help of Dr. Read More »

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High School Open House

November 15, 2013, 1:56 am

On Tuesday night we hosted 8th grade students and parents for annual High School Open House. In case you missed it, below is the multimedia presentation we showed highlighting the endless “opportunities” available to students at the Cooper Yeshiva High School for Boys and the Goldie Margolin High School for Girls. Read More »

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Lab Dedication

November 15, 2013, 1:44 am
Lab Dedication

On Tuesday our radically upgraded high school science lab was officially rededicated as the Dr. Jerome and Shelley Kutliroff Advanced Science Lab. To mark the occasion, Dr. Kutlirof, who served as our General Studies Principal for many years before returning to school to pursue his second PhD, and Mrs. Read More »

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Rav Stav Visits the High Schools

November 15, 2013, 1:32 am
Rav Stav Visits the High Schools

Thanks to the generosity of the Baron Hirsch Congregation , our high schools had the privilege of hosting Rabbi David Stav a few weeks ago. Though he has long been one of Israel’s most prominent Torah figures, Rav Stav was catapulted into the limelight this summer when he was one of three final candidates for Israel’s Chief Rabbi position. Read More »

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Tournament Pictures

November 7, 2013, 7:46 pm

I’ve gotten many requests for our pictures from this year’s Cooper Tournament so here they are: Day 1 , Day 2 , Day 3 , Day 4 , and a compilation of the best pictures from the tournament. Congratulations to YULA on yet another championship victory and to all of the teams who gave everything they had out on the court. Read More »

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It’s Tournament Time!

October 31, 2013, 3:22 pm
It’s Tournament Time!

It’s that time of year again! Kroger on Mendenhall is crawling with six foot yarmulka-wearing high school boys, the Double Tree is hopping with 300 players, coaches and fans from across the country, homes across the community are getting ready to Read More »

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Frum Football

October 22, 2013, 6:16 pm
Frum Football

When one thinks of Orthodox Jewish Day Schools and their athletic programs, football isn’t exactly the sport that generally comes to mind. Basketball is undoubtedly king, followed closely in the Northeast by floor hockey, with a smattering of softball, volleyball, and tennis thrown in as well. Read More »

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Mural Taking Shape

October 22, 2013, 6:02 pm

If you’ve walked down the elementary school hallway recently, you might have noticed some drawing on the wall. No, it isn’t vandalism or graffiti or anything of the sort. Quite the contrary. Under the direction of our art teacher Morah Chany Fleischhacker, our student-drawn IKaRR wall mural is beginning to take shape. Read More »

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IKaRR Projects

October 22, 2013, 5:52 pm
IKaRR Projects

What better way to teach our 6th graders about integrity than to have them design and implement a lesson on the topic for our lower elementary school students? And what better way to ensure that our younger students learn about integrity than to be Read More »

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A Rising Star in Israel

October 22, 2013, 5:44 pm
A Rising Star in Israel

It seems like only yesterday that Ilan Eckhardt (CYHSB ’12) was performing on the blacktop at our Fall Festival, and at our Boys High School Steak Dinner, and at our Shabbaton, and at our Purim Chagiga, and on our Yom Ha’atzma’ut march, and at every other time one could possibly imagine including music in a program. Read More »

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Revitalized Lab Up and Running

October 10, 2013, 3:14 am
Revitalized Lab Up and Running

Due to a generous gift by Dr. Larry and Diane Wruble, our high school science lab was completely refurbished this summer in honor of Mrs. Shelley and Dr. Jerry Kutliroff’s decades of service to our school. Read More »

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Volcano Museum

October 9, 2013, 4:46 pm
Volcano Museum

Remember when elementary school science projects consisted of dioramas in old shoe boxes? Well, in our 4th grade they still do. Read More »

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The Demon Inside Me: One Student’s Personal Struggle with An Eating Disorder

October 9, 2013, 1:02 am
The Demon Inside Me: One Student’s Personal Struggle with An Eating Disorder

The following guest post was written by a brave student in our Goldie Margolin High School for Girls as a column for their school newspaper, the Goldie Globe . Read More »

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Upper School Gemara: A Systematic and Differentiated Approach

October 7, 2013, 8:12 pm
Upper School Gemara: A Systematic and Differentiated Approach

Guest post by Rabbi Yonason Gersten, CYHSB Mashgiach Ruchani and 9th Grade Rebbe As the Rebbe at CYHSB entrusted with teaching 9 th grade Talmud, it has long been my belief that an effective Gemara education must not only introduce students to the Read More »

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Torah Show & Tell

September 18, 2013, 2:10 am
Torah Show & Tell

I got a special treat yesterday. As part of the Early Childhood’s preparations for Sukkot and Simchat Torah, I got the special privilege of taking them on a “field trip” to our Boys High School Beit Midrash and showing them what the inside of a real Torah looks like. Read More »

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CYHSB Night of Learning

September 13, 2013, 4:56 pm
CYHSB Night of Learning

The high school boys invited the community to our Beit Midrash on Wednesday night and shared inspiring words of Torah with them in preparation for Yom Kippur. The evening’s program was divided into two parts. Read More »

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7/8 Boys Take Second Place in Cross Country

August 30, 2013, 10:56 pm
7/8 Boys Take Second Place in Cross Country

It was the very first meet of only our second year of competitive Cross Country, and yet the results were astounding. As Coach Nokes explains to our students over and over again, Cross Country is about each individual student doing their personal best and so it was at yesterday’s meet. Read More »

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Student Art on Display at the Dixon

August 30, 2013, 9:28 pm
Student Art on Display at the Dixon

Congratulations to Ruthie Kaplowitz, Rafael Blotner, Yisroel Weiner, Tamar Serman and Eliana Schlesinger, whose art work will be displayed in the Made in The Dixon Show at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens from September 15th through October 20th. Congratulations as well to our art teacher, Mrs. Read More »

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Peek Inside Our Classrooms Through Class Blogs

August 30, 2013, 9:04 pm
Peek Inside Our Classrooms Through Class Blogs

Every year many of our teachers offer parents, colleagues, and the public at large an in-depth look inside their classrooms by creating class blogs. I wanted to call your attention to two new ones for this year: Mrs. Read More »

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Alum Awarded for Religious Service

August 30, 2013, 8:52 pm
Alum Awarded for Religious Service

Ariav Schlesinger (CYHSB ’10), who currently serves as a מש”ק דת (a non-combat officer responsible for Jewish affairs and religious issues on the base) for the IDF’s Duvdevan counter terrorism unit, was recently honored him with an award called מצטיין מפקדת יחידת דובדבן תשע״ג. Read More »

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8th Grade to Control Mars Satellite

August 23, 2013, 2:58 am
8th Grade to Control Mars Satellite

In just a few months from now, our 8th graders will be controlling the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) aboard NASA’s Mars Odyssey Orbiter.Thanks to the efforts of Ms. Nicole Kolenic, our 8th grade science teacher, our students will be participating in the Mars Student Imaging Project run by Arizona State University. Read More »

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Dr. Novick and IKaRR

August 22, 2013, 3:42 am
Dr. Novick and IKaRR

In both our Upper and Lower School Back to School Nights, I had a chance to talk to parents about what we’re calling “stage two” of our IKaRR Initiative. In doing so, I noted that last year the IKaRR Initiative was largely an awareness campaign. Read More »

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