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SCHECK HILLEL ONLINE SUMMER SCHOOL OPEN TO GREATER COMMUNITY

Scheck Hillel Community School’s Summer School is now open for everyone, even for those who do not currently attend the school. This year’s program will be taught exclusively online. Qualifying students currently in Grades 6-12 have the opportunity to advance as well as recover credits (as determined by the student’s school) in courses they have not yet mastered.

Geometry Honors is offered for advancement to qualifying students, and all courses offered by Scheck Hillel during the school year can be taken in an accelerated format during Summer School. First semester courses are offered during Summer School’s first session (June 15-July 2), and second semester courses are offered during Summer School’s second session (July 6-July 24).

To register or for more information, please visit eHillel.org/SummerSchool. Admission process applies.

About Scheck Hillel Community School
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a virtual tour of the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.942.9787 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.

SCHECK HILLEL COMMUNITY SCHOOL AND LEUMI PRESENT AN INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL CONCERT FOR ALL AGES: ‘PESACH WITH SHOOBY DOOB SHLOIMY’

Scheck Hillel Community School and Leumi invites you to join international favorite Shooby Doob Shloimy in his Passover virtual concert for all ages. The free concert is hosted live by Scheck Hillel Community School and presented by Leumi for the entire community.

Make the concert even more fun by learning the lyrics and movements in advance! Visit eHillel.org/ShoobyDoob for details.

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When:
Monday, April 13, 2020
4 PM EST

About Shooby Doob Shloimy
Shooby Doob Shloimy is one of the world's favorites in educational Jewish children’s music.
With his catchy lyrics, rhythmic beat and hip melodies, Shooby Doob Shloimy captivates the hearts, minds and souls of Jewish children and their parents throughout the world to their Jewish heritage with warmth and joy.

About Scheck Hillel Community School
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.

SCHECK HILLEL AND KESHER BRING TECH TO ELDERLY

CASE Awards North Miami Beach, Florida – Scheck Hillel Community School and Kesher shared Apple iPads with Regents Park Nursing Home, so their senior residents may connect with loved ones during this time of social distancing. This technology will also allow students of the two schools to conduct Facetime chats, send pre-recorded messages and virtually perform music via the schools’ band and orchestra for the nursing home’s residents. The students visit the nursing home regularly throughout the school year and hope to maintain the bonds through technology.

Vanessa Donaher, Head of Scheck Hillel Community School, and Dr. Ezra Levy, Scheck Hillel’s Rabbinic Head and Kesher’s Head of School, personally delivered the iPads. “We want to help our community in every way we can. We understand that this time of isolation can be very hard on the elderly, especially when they can’t be with their loved ones. Hopefully this can help as many of the residents and students know each other from the weekly visits we make throughout the year,” Donaher said.

Dr. Levy reflected: “This moment of crisis and uncertainty reinforces the need to incorporate the core values we teach our students into our daily life. Today is an example. It is our hope that this technology will bring joy and comfort to our neighbors.”

About Scheck Hillel Community School
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.

SCHECK HILLEL COMMUNITY SCHOOL CONTINUES ACADEMIC GROWTH AS VIRTUAL SCHOOL

ONE OF NATION’S LARGEST JEWISH DAY SCHOOLS SWIFTLY TRANSFORMS TO VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION

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North Miami Beach, Florida – Within 48 hours, Scheck Hillel Community School transformed its entire academic program for more than 1,100 students into a virtual school as an effort to keep the campus and community healthy and to uphold its commitment to continued academic excellence. With this nearly overnight transition, students and teachers are continuing to maximize learning while not physically on campus. On March 12, Scheck Hillel was the first independent school in South Florida to announce its move to virtual instruction.

“I want to thank our faculty and staff for working tirelessly to create a most meaningful educational experience, our parents for their partnership, and our students for their technological savvy, resilience and smiles,” said Vanessa Donaher, Head of Scheck Hillel Community School. “Our students are our responsibility: thus this proactive action to lead and help ensure their well-being and that of our faculty, staff, families and the greater community. As a Jewish day school, we have an ethical and moral responsibility to do our part in helping to stop the spread of this virus. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by COVID-19.”

In an effort to keep screen time to a minimum, every grade level has an age-appropriate mix of independent work assignments as well as live instruction and recorded content, which can be accessed via desktop/laptop computers, mobile phones, tablets and web-browsing smart TVs. In addition, live classes are scheduled at different times to allow time for siblings to share access to family devices.

“Students have been absolute rock stars! They have adapted so well to this new environment,” said Katie Geiman, a Kindergarten teacher at Scheck Hillel. “Their whole world just kind of flipped upside down, but they have been absolutely wonderful.”

Enrichment is also extending into virtual instruction. Every week, students receive physical education videos with fitness and nutrition tips that kids can apply at home, music challenges, and art assignments. Maintaining the school’s focus on social-emotional development, all teachers and counselors have daily office hours and personally reach out to students weekly. In older grade levels, students have weekly meetings with the grade’s guidance counselor, and the school’s counselors, from Early Childhood through High School, are at the ready to provide support for students and families through live virtual sessions, mindfulness tools and demos, all conducted via Scheck Hillel’s instructional platform.

“We want to show our utmost appreciation,” said Annie and Jimmy Benarroch, Scheck Hillel parents. “We are in complete admiration of how quickly the school transformed to an online system and how, within a few hours all of our children were back into their routines.”

“Teachers have built out extensive class pages with resources for each course including video links, online labs, online assessments, daily calendars to find learning activities, and extra practice for learning. Virtual office hours are offered and teachers connect through email with students throughout each day to help with specific questions. Additionally, supplemental learning opportunities are offered as a way to increase learning beyond the classroom and build even stronger relationships,” said Nikki Gutierrez, a Scheck Hillel Middle School Science teacher. “Just today I hosted a discussion on the plants and animals of Florida where we learned about nature around us. Not only was it educational, but it was an opportunity to meet each other's pets and engage in a way that helps us get to know one another.”

Reflecting the school’s mission, Scheck Hillel’s Middle School Chessed (Kindness) Coordinator, Talia Eisenberger, continues to work with students to share kindness to the community. Throughout the year, students regularly visit nursing homes and the school intends to maintain these connections and lessons in caring for others through technology, lending Apple iPads and reaching out to residences north of South Florida. Now students can virtually visit nursing home residents conducting FaceTime chats, sending pre-recorded messages and virtually performing music via the schools’ band and orchestra.

About Scheck Hillel Community School
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.

Hundreds of Community Members Gather for Virtual Bar-Mitzvah

CASE Awards North Miami Beach, Florida – Nearly 300 people virtually joined Scheck Hillel Community School student Benjamin Winterman ‘25 in celebration of his Bar-Mitzvah on March 19. The ceremony was transmitted live through his school’s Zoom account, as well as Instagram and Facebook, so people all over the world could watch and congratulate him on this important day.

Scheck Hillel is Benjamin's second home, as it is his mom’s alma mater and his sisters are students there along with him. When the Coronavirus outbreak closed campus, the Winterman family decided to host Benjamin's Bar Mitzvah virtually, using the school's technology platform so their loved ones and Benjamin’s friends could be part of this important family milestone.

"Scheck Hillel is so much more than an academic institution. We are a community. And we enjoy and value our relationships," said Josh Meisels, Director of Scheck Hillel's Middle School. “We were all very excited to be able to be with him for this important celebration.”

Daniel Winterman, Benjamin’s father, thanked everyone for being there - virtually - by their side.. He congratulated his son and thanked his wife: “the example of how the strongest and purest force is always love.”

“The Torah always brought us - the Jewish People - together as the pillar of our faith and the binding law of our identity and community,” Cindy Winterman, Benjamin’s mother said. She also described the morning as a time when her son could be an example and light for all the community.

About Scheck Hillel Community School
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.

Scheck Hillel Nominated: 2020 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

North Miami Beach, Florida – Scheck Hillel Community School has been selected as 1 of 50 U.S. private schools nominated to receive education’s highest honor: the U.S. Department of Education's 2020 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence title. This nomination was announced in January 2020, by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) review panel.

Every year, the U.S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools achieving excellence. Awards will be announced in Fall 2020. Scheck Hillel is a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

About Scheck Hillel Community School
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.

SCHECK HILLEL COMMUNITY SCHOOL PRESENTS THE MUSICAL “MARY POPPINS, JR.”

Mary Poppins, Jr. Scheck Hillel Community School’s Jordan Alexander Ressler Arts Program presents “Mary Poppins, Jr.” The student cast and crew are introducing everyone's favorite magical nanny to a new generation on the theatre stage!

WHAT:
Musical Theatre Production of “Mary Poppins, Jr.” directed by Anthony Campisi with musical direction by Laura Bass and Angelica Losada and choreography by Ashlee Brown
WHO:
Scheck Hillel Community School’s Jordan Alexander Ressler Arts Program

WHEN:
Sunday, March 29, 2020 @ 11:00 AM
Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 7 PM
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 7 PM

WHERE:
Scheck Hillel Community School (19000 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33180)

BOX OFFICE:
Purchase tickets at eHillel.org/boxoffice
($13/ticket online or $15/ticket at the door)

About Scheck Hillel Community School
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.

Scheck Hillel Earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Scheck Hillel Earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award Scheck Hillel Community School has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for attaining female student representation in AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) for 2019. Out of 20,000 institutions that offer AP courses, Scheck Hillel is among the top 3% to be recognized and is the only Jewish school in Florida to receive the national honor. This award acknowledges the outstanding work Scheck Hillel is doing to engage more female students in computer science.

“Scheck Hillel is empowering young women to see themselves as creators, innovators, and problem-solvers,” said Stefanie Sanford, College Board global policy chief. “We hope to see even more high schools inspire female students to harness the potential of an AP computer science education.”

Schools receiving the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have achieved 50% or higher female representation in either or both of the AP computer science courses, or the percentage of female computer science examinees meets or exceeds that of the school’s female population. Scheck Hillel teaches coding from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and offers AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A.

“We’re very proud to have received this important award and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect moment,” said Vanessa Donaher, Head of Scheck Hillel Community School. “As a school we give our students opportunities to pursue their passions and maximize achievement, and over the years we have seen our Design/STEM program grow tremendously. Scheck Hillel's emphasis on Design/STEM in early childhood through high school, coupled with our high school STEM track and clubs like Girls Building STEAM have powered an increase in acceptances to college engineering programs.”

Providing female students with access to computer science courses is necessary to ensuring gender parity in high-paying technology jobs and to drive innovation, creativity, and competition. A 2014 Google study found that women are more likely to pursue computer science if they are given the opportunity to explore it in high school. At Scheck Hillel, 60% of the Design/STEM faculty is female, providing successful role models in the field.

Design/STEM at Scheck Hillel Community School starts as young as early childhood education (ECE) and progresses through Grade 12. In ECE, Design/STEM is taught in the classrooms through science lessons and project-based learning. Kindergarten-Grade 5 students also go to the campus I Lab: a dedicated space for inspiration and innovation designed to extend classroom learning in an environment that promotes collaboration and experimentation. There, students engage in developmentally sequenced activities with a focus on coding and robotics, social studies and digital literacy.

In Grades 6-12, the school’s Multimedia Maker Lab is the hub for Design/STEM education. Scheck Hillel offers an intensive 4-year high school Design/STEM track of hands-on laboratory courses, including Engineering, Engineering & Entrepreneurship and more than one computer science class, designed to mimic work environments in the real world. Applications for this program open for rising Grade 9 students every spring.

About Scheck Hillel Community School
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.

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LOWER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Where:
Scheck Hillel Community School
19000 Northeast 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33180

When:
Friday, January 31, 2020
8:15 AM

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SCHECK HILLEL ADDS STUDENT-DESIGNED CLASS TO CAPSTONE CURRICULUM

Intro to Adulthood Scheck Hillel Community School added a student-designed class to its Capstone Senior Seminar: a signature Scheck Hillel program that prepares students for college and career. The class, entitled “Introduction to Adulthood” and created by Class of 2020 seniors Michael Berenstein and Alex Wagenberg, brings outside speakers from various fields to share the lessons and values that shaped their professional, entrepreneurial journeys.

The class is taught by the school’s Experiential Learning & Internship Coordinator Cristina Florez, and it also covers career awareness, personal budgeting and investing.

“Alex and Michael are amazing young men. They came in with a big idea, and we made it happen,” said Christopher Johnson, Director of Scheck Hillel’s High School. “It is great to see our students bringing the Scheck Hillel community, one of the strengths of our school, into the classroom. I strive to lead a high school where students explore their passions and take initiative to mold their high school experience. Alex and Michael are doing that, and then some. I am very proud of them.”

The seniors conceived the concept when they were talking about college and what they wanted to learn before graduation. “We noticed that the school prepares us very well for getting into college, and how to deal with certain situations in college, but we wanted to deepen our learning within real life skills that would help us when we actually leave for college,” said Wagenberg. They realized that their classmates had the same questions.

A project that began as a business plan to learn from real-life situations and inspire the senior class became a curriculum Berenstein and Wagenberg built with the support of faculty. Students now have the opportunity to learn from industry experts and learn life skills such as building a budget, identifying and managing investments, and learning to build and sell a company.

“You can learn from a textbook, but that just provides the information. “Introduction to Adulthood” doesn’t only teach these essential skills, but also helps incorporate them into the real world,” Berenstein observed.

About Scheck Hillel’s Senior Capstone Program
As Scheck Hillel’s Grade 12 students continue to pursue requirements toward a Scheck Hillel diploma, they rotate through courses in Capstone Senior Seminar, one of Scheck Hillel's signature programs preparing students for college and career. Courses in both General and Judaic Studies are created and taught by Capstone faculty using seminar-style instruction - covering themes around identity, entrepreneurship, essentials of Judaism, and other “big questions” that require interdisciplinary thinking.

About Scheck Hillel Community School
Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world's largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831x173 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.