Monday, December 20, 2010
The program, which featured a two-part presentation by Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveitchik with group source study in between, was this year's first communal event of the Kohelet Fellowships program. The Fellowships program, now in its second year and in its first year in Memphis, provides a tuition break to parents who enroll in and complete either the Partners in Torah or Jewish Learning Institute's adult education program. We are proud of the fact that with only 102 families in our school, we have 97 parents enrolled in the program.
As one of the 97, I can attest to the fact that it has energized our parent base and is helping to foster a love for life-long learning throughout our community.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Here are some images from what was a very special night:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
To get a sense for the way in which these tools are enriching the learning experience for our children, watch this PhotoStory created by our 4 year-olds in PreK in which they use pictures of themselves and their own words to share the story of Chanukah.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The slideshow below provides glimpses into what was a magical evening. Click here for a web album with all the pictures.
Have a look at the clips below and notice the content knowledge, the Hebrew skills, and the excitement for learning which runs rampant in our 3rd grade classroom.
|From Avraham play-11-24-10|
|From Avraham play-11-24-10|
|From Avraham play-11-24-10|
|From Avraham play-11-24-10|
Here are some pictures from the siyyum and the kollel weekend, including a special edition of our famed Friday afternoon chulent tisch:
And, hot off the press, here are the pictures from this morning's bris:
Friday, November 5, 2010
As we did not award the prize to anyone in September, I have selected 2 winners in our General Studies category for this month, and one in our Judaic Studies category. The two General Studies winners are Lee Sauer (2nd Grade) for her story about firefighters and Alyssa Wruble (8th Grade) for her dramatic depiction of Middle Passage. On the Judaic Studies side, the winner is Asher Finkelstein (8th Grade) who insightfully compared the lessons of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with those of the Talmud. Look at the wikispace for the names of the other nominees.
Congratulations to all and keep up the good work!
With her Girls High School English class in the morning, and then with her Boys High School class in the afternoon, Mrs. Hasenmeuller led her Pilgrims through the drizzle to various spots on campus where they paused and offered their own Chaucerian poem.
Of course, Mrs. Hasenmueller joined in the fun, and offered these "comments" on her "society" to her Girls High School class:
Thursday, November 4, 2010
"I think you have a problem. This year's tournament was so well done, I don't see how you can top it next year. From the changeover to using vans to a wonderfully balanced field of teams, this year's tourny was great.
"WOW!!! That is all I can say. The tournament was an amazing success and Daniella and I were both honored to participate.
The tournament’s high level of play, shabbos experience, and fabulous speakers would have been more than enough to make for a successful and enjoyable weekend, but you went above and beyond with your friendly smile and warm welcome. Thank you for your hospitality, hard work, and for making Daniella and myself feel like we were part of a team.
I look forward to speaking with you in the near future and visiting Memphis again soon."
"I just wanted to thank you for your most gracious southern welcome to the staff from Yeshiva University. Coach Halpert said that you made him feel like a rock star. Our reports were that it was a very successful tournament. I’m just disappointed that MTA didn’t win in the finals."
Friday, October 29, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
You can find all of these pictures and several more on our Fall Festival Picasa web album. Enjoy!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Here's a glimpse...
Friday, September 17, 2010
It was a most fitting way to begin the Yamim Nora'im.
May our growth in Torah learning and communal collaboration only increase and strengthen in the coming year.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
As our preparations for the Yamim Noraim intensify, so do the efforts of our dedicated lay leaders to make this year's annual campaign the success we need it to be.
As you can imagine, like Day Schools across the country, the economic downturn has taken a heavy toll on us and many of our families. Nonetheless, our administrative team and our outstanding team of educators are as committed as ever not only to continuing to deliver high quality education in all subject areas, but to constantly improving and constantly growing. For us, there's no other way. After all, the future of our children, our community, and klal yisrael depends on it.
The only way we can continue do so, however, is with your support. Therefore, I ask that in this season of teshuva, tefilla, and tzedaka, you give whatever your means allows to help our school continue to actualize its mission.
Doing so is easy. Just click here to access our secure paypal form which will walk you through the simple process. That's all it takes.
I thank you in advance for helping to make a difference in the lives of our children.
Best wishes for a ketivah va-chatimah tovah,
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Our heartfelt thanks goes to Richard Lewis, Daniel Lewis, Benjamin Rubenstein, Zac Kaplan, and Yoni Frieden for all their hard work. Can't wait to see what they come up with for next year...
Friday, August 27, 2010
Rosenthal, a Tennessee native who attended then-Memphis StateUniversity, has nearly 30 years of experiance in computer safety andtechnology awareness. He created the Computer Crime Unit of the Rockland County Sherrif's Department, from which he recently retired.
Top law enforcement agencies like the FBI, the Israel National Police, andNew Scotland Yard have called on Rosenthal to assist in solving technology-related cases. He is frequently sought by mental health professionals, school guidance counselors, clergy members, and community leaders across the country for his expertise in Internet safety for children and treating technology addictions.
The presentation, sponsored by Young Israel of Memphis, will take place at the JCC, Tuesday, August 31st at 8:00pm. If you have school age children or grandchildren, it is imperative that you attend.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Here’s what we have to do:
1. Go to http://www.facebook.com/kohls and vote for the Margolin Hebrew Academy. You have 20 votes and can use up to 5 for one school, so please do!
2. Send this message to everyone you know, let them know it’s not a hoax, and ask them to do the same.
For some schools, $500,000 is a drop in the bucket. For us, it could have a profound impact on our children and our community. The contest ends September 3rd so please don’t push it off. Take just a few seconds to give us your 5 votes and encourage everyone you know to do the same.
Thanks for your help!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Here are some excerpts from the Grant's guidelines:
The Community Growth Grant selects several communities that display the preparedness to implement a growth strategy as outlined in this guide’s best practices and exhibit a culture of excellence and an infrastructure that promote the values and ideals of Yeshiva University. These selected communities will participate in an enhanced community growth relationship with YU CJF.
What a CGG community can expect from Yeshiva University:
A programming grant toward YU programs which includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- YU speakers to serve as scholars in residence
- Site visits by YU CJF to consult with your community and assist in the growth process
- Access to young families:
- Apartment communities in our network through parlor meetings
- Active promotions for your community through matchmaking efforts and interactions wit young families
- Assistance in providing leadership training for the young leadership in your community
- Access to other YU CJF resources including but not limited to ShaarHaavoda.org, Career Development Center, and the Department of Jewish Career Development and Placement Services
- A complete application
- An established and vibrant Torah Umada Jewish infrastructure
- An engaged and inspired leadership that is able to collaborate effectively across local institutions.
- A vibrant local day school
- A vibrant local high school
- One or more vibrant local synagogues
- A local federation that is actively supportive of community growth
- Thriving local youth groups
- A community eruv
- A community mikvah An economic climate in your community that has potential for job growth
- A comprehensive incentive package to attract young families and aid them in their move
- A strong community growth infrastructure to facilitate the influx of young families and to assist new family retention
- A commitment from your community to encourage high school graduates to attend Yeshiva University
We'll share more details when they become available. In the meantime, though, I wanted to express how proud we are of the fact that all facets of our vibrant Memphis Orthodox community enjoy a strong relationship with Yeshiva University and how deeply appreciative we are for all the support they have given us over the years. We have no doubt that this new grant will help both our community and our relationship with YU soar to even greater heights.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
- AP English Language and Composition: The national average score last year was 2.88. Amongst the 10 MHA / FYOS students who took the test, the average was 4.2 - or 46% higher than the national norm!
- AP Physics B: The national average for Physics was also 2.88. Only 2 students took the test this year, but their average was a 3.5.
- AP Psychology: Our AP Psychology results bordered on perfection. The national average last year was a 3.22. 14 of our students took the test and all but two received a perfect 5, with the others receiving a very respectable 4. Our school average was a 4.8 - or 51% higher than the national norm!
- AP US Government and Politics: This was a new offering for our school this year and the results were fantastic. 10 students took the exam and scored an average of 4.2, compared to the national average of 2.78. Here too, our student scores were 51% higher than the average AP student across the nation.
Friday, May 21, 2010
It was a special privilege to have members of Seedco's Memphis Office, who several months ago introduced our debaters to many of the issues related to poverty in the US, join us as judges for the day. Across the board, they were impressed by the eloquence, thoughtfulness, resourcefulness and creativity of both teams. In the end, though, there could only be one winner... and this year it was our girls.
Here's a list of all the recipients of the individual and team awards:
1st place team: Maddie Tavin and Debbie Farber
2nd place team: Jeremy Cooper and Isaac Krupp
3rd place team: Shoshana Somer and Zahava Gersten
1st place speaker: Debbie Farber
2nd place speaker: Maddie Tavin
3rd place speaker: Jeremy Cooper and Zahava Gersten (tie)
A job very well done by all!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Here's one small piece of her insightful and inspirational essay about the indomitable spirit of her father, the late Matty Osdoba, of blessed memory:
It could be very easy for anyone to be resentful or angry with God when someone’s life could be taken from him at any second. Where is the joy in being sick? My father had a powerful answer. He firmly believed that by smiling at anyone and being cheerful that he was representing God on this
Read the rest by clicking here. It's a short piece with a powerful punch and a critical lesson for life.
Thank you, Shira, for sharing it with us all.
Friday, April 30, 2010
As he was leaving school yesterday, Nathan handed me an envelope with all of their "presents." It was a special gift from two very special boys.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
|From Exported Videos|
It began with Yom HaShoah when our older elementary and Middle School students watched as our high schoolers put on a dramatic rendition of eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust written by children who were there. Afterward they broke into groups moderated by our Kollel boys and our Bat Ami girls, who led them in meaningful and reflective conversations about what the Holocaust means to us as individuals and to our people.
Yom HaShoah was followed by Yom HaZikaron, a day in which members of our own faculty who served in the Israel Defense Forces shared their thoughts and experiences with our students. In the evening, our kids were on full display, as their choir performance, flag dance, and skit formed the centerpiece of the communal Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut program sponsored by all of the local Orthodox shuls.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This year, for the first time, the Ulpaniada was expanded to become an international competition. Thousands of girls in Jewish High Schools from across the globe competed in the first two rounds and only a select few made it to the finals which will take place on Tuesday, May 4th at the Michlalah campus in Jerusalem. At its completion, all finalists will receive a special certificate from the Israeli Minister of Education.
We thank Mr. Vaughn and the rest of our Math faculty for preparing Molly so well and we wish Molly the best of luck. We know she'll make us proud...she already has!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
In the Art contest, Racheli Tsuna shared 1st place with 2 students from Solomon Schechter and Brina Copper took 2nd place along with a boy from BSSS. In the poetry contest it was a clean sweep: Alexa Wender took 1st, Jake Baum took 2nd, and Lavi Tsuna took 3rd. We swept the essay contest too with Maddie Tavin taking first place, Jordana Wender taking 2nd, and Jonathan Tavin taking third.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
According to the letter he received, the purpose of this scholarship program "is to identify, support, and encourage young men and women who demonstrate the potential for making significant contributions to our university." Should Ethan decide to accept the offer, he would join fellow graduates Andrew Tavin (class of '09) and Yonadav Tsuna (Class of '08) in representing our school on the campuses of NYU.
Ethan's scholarship offer brings the total scholarship offered to this year's seniors up to $44,000, with the vast majority of acceptances still to come. He, like almost of all of our seniors from both high schools, will spend a year learning in Israel before beginning his college career. And, like all of our seniors, we're so proud of what Ethan has accomplished and can't wait to see what lies ahead.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Applicants to the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program, including Ariav, have all earned a minimum combined score of 1400 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT I or a score of 32 or above on the ACT, a 90 or above high school average, and correspondingly high SAT II and AP scores. Ariav also has many other talents which have been nurtured during his tenure at CYHSB, which include singing, acting, and a gift for studio art. Should he accept the offer, Ariav will have access to a wide range of special honors courses, a plethora of specially designed summer enrichment programs including several experiences abroad, and will have to submit an honors thesis upon graduation.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Of course, our upper school is always ready to get into the act as well. Tonight at 7:30pm our Girls High School will be presenting a pre-Pesach musical for women at Baron Hirsch on the life of Natan Sharansky and at 7pm on Tuesday of next week, our Boys High School will take the stage with their rendition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night here at the Academy auditorium. Be sure to join us!
In case you missed our lower school students in action, here are few clips. Follow the links for more!
|From 3rd Grade Play|
|From 3rd Grade Play|
|From 2nd grade play|
|From Music Performance|
If you haven't yet seen Coach Carr's new MHA Athletics blog, you have to check it out! It's the hub for everything sports related at the MHA: forms, schedules, news, pictures, and, of course, results. You can even follow @MacsAthletics on Twitter!
You can access the blog by going to our school homepage (www.mhafyos.org), clicking on the tab for any of our divisions and following the link for athletics. It's a top-notch blog, from a top-notch Athletic Director, who is quickly building a top-notch athletics program here at the MHA!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The eight girls in this elective class are participating in the national high school debate program whose resolved this year is that "The United States federal government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States." In what is known as policy or cross-examination debate, the girls are paired into teams of two and together they must prepare to argue for and against this resolved. Before the debate they will be assigned either the role of the affirmative team, in which case they have to argue for the resolved, or the negative team in which case they have to argue against it. As the affirmative team, though, the girls not only have to convince the judge presiding over the debate of the need to increase social services to the poor, but that they have feasible plan for doing so. The team on the negative side, then, has to be prepared not only to argue against an increase to federal social services in general, but need to be somewhat familiar with the myriad programs out there and the way in which they work, so as to be able to poke holes in the affirmative team's proposal.
There are few people in the city of Memphis better equipped to start our girls on this journey than Laura Seidell and her team at the Seedco office in Memphis. Seedco, after all, is a funnel which directs federal funds to a variety of organizations and institutions which help those living at or below the poverty line. As such, they were able to explain to our girls the details of how various federal programs work, what their strengths are and what challenges they face. They were also able to explain in real terms just what it means to live in poverty and how real the problems facing the American people are.
From the handouts, powerpoint, and various oral presentations made by the Seedco staff, it was clear that they enjoyed bringing the girls into their world of working with the poor. From talking to the girls on the drive back, it was clear that they had learned more than they could have from any textbook and that they gained greater appreciation both for the enormity of the problem and for the efforts of the people who have dedicated their lives to trying to solve it.
More impressive than their acting, though, was the fact that, with the exception of brief narration, the entire play was performed in Hebrew. Have a look for yourself...
|From 5th Grade Play|
|From 5th Grade Play|
|From 5th Grade Play|
|From 5th Grade Play|
Friday, February 19, 2010
It is a family simcha in the every sense of the word.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Last week we lost a long time member of our faculty, Mrs. Karin Schmitt. If you knew her, please share your memories with her family by posting something either on the Commercial Appeal's memorial page or on the Legacy.com guestbook .