The official first day of school was still some time away, but administration, faculty members, and students of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls were already in attendance.
The day after an inspiring Faculty Meeting Day held on Tuesday, August 29, staff members of both SKA and the Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School for Boys shared a joint professional-development workshop on motivational breakthroughs, given by noted educator and learning-disabilities expert Mr. Rick Lavoie, who spoke about educating children in the 21st century. “Your job,” Mr. Lavoie shared, “is to teach the way the child learns, not the way you teach.”
SKA’s Yom Chaverut, held the previous spring, had already acquainted the incoming ninth-graders with their new classmates and administration, but Freshman Orientation Day, held on Thursday, August 31, really brought things to a new level. Everyone had the opportunity to meet and socialize once again while learning to navigate their new school. Lunch and bowling as a grade in the afternoon was a wonderful way for all the girls to bond.
While the freshmen became “oriented,” the school hosted student-leadership sessions in which SKA student ambassadors, G.O., and Production heads and publication editors worked to define the qualities of a leader while working on the most productive ways to communicate and build their teams. The Leadership Day sessions empowered the students to learn how to make communication and teamwork play a part in completing a task as a group. The workshops were organized by Mrs. Deena Kobre, SKA associate principal, and Ms. Lisa Fogel, SKA social worker, and aided by Mrs. Jordana Mallin, SKA G.O. adviser, digital media coordinator, and faculty member; Mrs. Kyra Rhine, chesed coordinator and faculty member; and Mrs. Terri Wagner, director of Production. Special thanks go to Ms. Debbie Stone, NCSY’s associate director of education, for partnering in this special student-leadership initiative. SKA looks forward to her return to work with students after the chagim. The day certainly set the tone for the year for what it means to assume responsibility.
Orientations for SKA’s sophomores, juniors, and seniors were held on Tuesday, September 5. When the morning bell rang on the first day of school, SKA students, faculty, and administration were well-prepared for a great start to the new school year!