F& I Pride
A message from Bob Academic Dean Court
look back on the last school year with much pride and fondness. The Class of 2011 was exceptional and was the perfect class to test out our new Senior Seminar class.
The idea of this course is to provide students the opportunity to participate in a Socratic seminar course, similar to what they will experience at most colleges. Mr. Steve Kaufman and Mr. George Herland taught the
Senior Seminars and helped our seniors develop their own “voice” in discussing controversial matters of the day. Our experiment was a success and Seminar is being offered again this school year.
The sixteen students in the Class of 2011 scored nearly 200 points above the national average on their SATs. Three members earned National Merit Commended Scholar awards. Six members received Washington State Honors Awards for placing in the top 10% of all Washington State seniors. The sixteen students were accepted to excellent colleges including Brandeis, George Washington, New York University, Tulane, Yeshiva University and many more. All nine applicants to the University of Washington were accepted as well. Our College Counselor, Ms. Lauren Dean, did an outstanding job in helping students and their families through the selection, application and decision process. Mr. Peter Brodkin is taking that role this year.
We will continue to provide quiet study sessions for Sophomores and Juniors on Fridays. This year we will offer a new course in the History of Modern Israel
taught by Mr. David Shayne. We will also be offering five days of Language instruction for freshmen in Hebrew and Spanish. In an effort to facilitate increased communication between our faculty and students, we will be having homeroom on Fridays throughout the year. Our aim is to better nurture our students into competent, well-functioning adults ready to take on the world!
We continue our push to make Science courses more hands-on and lab-directed. Peter Brodkin and George Herland will continue to lead the Physics/Chemistry courses in this direction. We are pleased to add a new teacher in Life Sciences. Ms. Maggie Lewis, who comes to us from Johns Hopkins University, is teaching Biology and new courses in Environmental Science and Forensics.
Last year I started a new tradition of inviting small groups of students throughout the school year to enjoy their lunches and a dairy dessert in my office. It provided me with many wonderful opportunities to get to know our students better and encourage them to share their experiences at NYHS. I gained valuable insight into how our young people feel about their courses and school. I greatly value their feedback and it shaped many of our initiatives this year.
I welcome your feedback as well. We are partners in the nurturing and educating of our students. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 206- 232-5272, extension 524.
I wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year.
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