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A Time for Introspection, Appreciation and Reflection

September 26, 2017
By Dr. Chaim Botwinick

First, my heartfelt gratitude to the "HACS Family" for its kind condolences upon the passing of my dear brother, Avraham Reuven ben HaRav Yisroel Eliezer, z'l. May he be a Meilitz Yosher. Your kind wishes were profoundly appreciated..

The recent hurricanes reminded us how vulnerable and fragile we are as a society.
 At the same time, we as a Jewish community also witnessed a fortitude, resiliency and deep commitment to the welfare of our brothers and sisters who needed food, comfort and safety.

One of those many bright lights was our School's unswerving commitment to achdut/unity and Jewish education.  Not deterred by the hurricane, we met in three different locations proudly staffed by our amazing faculty. This is but one example of the ways in which HACS is passionately committed to the continued education of our children, irrespective of the challenges we face.

We also completed (A) our second round of deliberations of the HACS Student Homework Task Force and are still on track to outline our policy recommendations by mid-November; (B) our first STEM curricular unit on "the glow stick" and (C)  the Digital Citizenship teacher/parent workshops.

We also have developed an internal reporting system for timely student and parent follow up; conferenced on students with varying learning needs; formalized our Physical Education program with two outstanding Physical Ed coaches; and, introduced a wide variety of outcomes-based general studies curricular goals, per subject area. All of this is taking place while faculty prepares exciting and meaningful field trips. It’s been a roller-coaster time, But it's also been filled with educational vigor, commitment and dedication.

As we approach Yom Kippur may we all be blessed with tremendous health and unlimited capacity to build upon our past accomplishments with an eye towards renewal and educational excellence.

G'mar Chasima Tova and have a beautiful Chag Sukkot (moadim l’simcha).

 

Dr. B. 

The BELL RINGS

August 29, 2017
By Dr. Chaim Botwinick

The HACS spirit is definitely in the air. In truth, even before the bell rang, HACS had an amazing week of exciting and inspiring activity; teacher planning conferences, consultations, schlepping textbooks, educational materials and supplies, bulletin board decorating, classroom scheduling and preparations; meetings with parents, teachers and staff; student placement exams; two "Digital Citizenship" teacher seminars and two professional development sessions on Differentiated Instruction......and the list goes on.

BUT, there was much more....

All of this phenomenal activity took place while classroom doors were being replaced, air conditioning units were installed, there were major electrical and computer upgrades; new lighting panels were connected,  interior and exterior painting, and major resurfacing of our playground with fresh, attractive and child-safe turf. WOW!

The most amazing aspect (from my perspective) was the remarkable energy generated by staff, teachers and administration, irrespective of the surrounding physical (and sometimes distracting) noises and physical obstacles. Our staff worked around the distractions and stayed focused on the important tasks.

In witnessing this incredible confluence of exciting activity, I was struck and awe-inspired by the profound abundance of happiness, joy, positive energy, excitement and smiling staff. It felt like we were building our own homes for our children.....all with care, anticipation, due diligence, love, commitment, passion and conviction.

It soon dawned on me that this is exactly what HACS is all about!! Indeed, we are building "our" home for "our" children’s bright futures.

As we create the spiritual, physical and academic environment, conducive to high quality teaching and student learning, we are also building a strong foundation upon which our students will develop. That is  21st century effective schooling. We are not only "doing it" we are "living it."

See you all after the bell rings......

Dr. B

Welcome to DR. B’s BLOG

August 21, 2017
By Dr. Chaim Botwinick

Dear Families and Friends,
 
Welcome to D
R. B’s BLOG

First, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and warm appreciation to all of you who have been so gracious with your time in helping me transition into my new and exciting leadership role. It is not only a privilege to serve as General Studies Principal, but a profound honor to help lead our school's General Studies Division into the 21st century.

During the course of the coming year, I sincerely look forward to using this BLOG (on a weekly basis), to communicate with you and others regarding the tremendous accomplishments of the H
EBREW ACADEMY, as well as significant trends and developments in education impacting our school.

Several examples of BLOG topics and themes will include progress regarding our newly established Homework Task Force; curriculum highlights, student assessments, teacher spotlights, special programs and events, technology updates, inspiring stories about our students and teachers; new and evolving educational policies, and cutting-edge research in education which inform our work....just to name a few.

In addition, my motivation and intention is to also utilize this BLOG as a tool for an effective and meaningful mode of "two-way" communications between you the reader and Principal. Your critical feedback, reactions and responses to my future posts will be graciously encouraged, appreciated and welcomed.

I am hopeful that this BLOG will serve as an indispensable tool and vehicle to better appreciate the wide array of phenomenal programs, projects and services being offered by HACS. At the end of the day, we need to celebrate the great work of our teachers as they continuously strive to inspire our students with wonderment and tenacity through high quality educational programming and curricular excellence.

Finally, I would like to thank Rabbi Yossie and Morah Rivkah Denburg as well as the school Board of Directors for affording me the wonderful leadership opportunity.  May we all be blessed to go from strength to strength for our students and their families for years to come.

Please stay tuned IYH to next week's BLO
G.

Dr. B

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