By Devora Scott-Thoennes, 12th Grade
The air was filled with excitement on a recent Sunday as eighth-grade girls and their parents filled the halls of Midreshet Shalhevet High School for its annual open house. After mingling and enjoying refreshments, the visitors filled the spacious beit midrash and were addressed by members of the Shalhevet community. Rabbi Friedman, the rosh yeshiva at both Midreshet Shalhevet and Rambam Mesivta, Shalhevet’s brother school, discussed the school’s philosophy: Helping students reach high academic goals in both Judaic and secular studies in order to further their understanding of Hashem’s infinite chachmah, preparing them to navigate the world within a Torah framework.
His address was followed by various members of Shalhevet’s faculty and student body who shared with the audience aspects of their Shalhevet experience. From the stories told, the visitors felt the warmth of the Shalhevet family and learned of the various engaging courses at the school. As the school has expanded they have come to offer nine advanced placement courses as well as numerous electives, many of which were directed by student interest. Prior APs have been very successful, with 85% of students earning a 4 or 5. Mrs. Eisenman, the school’s menahelet, concluded the first part of the gathering by emphasizing the unparalleled achdus of Shalhevet’s students and the challenging and nurturing environment fostered by their dedicated educators. During a portion of her talk, twelfth-grader Philly Korman, and tenth-grader Daniella Azose stood beside her, signing her words verbatim, a skill they learned in their sign language elective.
Next the visitors had the opportunity to taste a bit of Shalhevet’s academic excellence by attending mini-classes given by faculty members. The halls buzzed with chatter as parents and students enthusiastically rushed from one class to another, excited about what they were learning.
Filled with knowledge, the visitors gathered once more in the ballroom to schmooze over a light lunch catered by Qcumbers and meet the Shalhevet educators and families in a more personal setting. The day was enjoyed by all and Shalhevet looks forward to welcoming a wonderful group of girls into the school next year.