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VOLUME 5 ISSUE 10

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Monday, December 15, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parashat Miketz

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How Well Do YOU Know Your Teachers?

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NSHAHS' Math Researchers

 

 

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North Shore Notes Behind the Scenes and GTK Mrs. Zabinsky

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Keeping Social Media from Taking Over Your Life

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Taliban Surprise: Malala Wins the Prize

 

 

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NSHAHS' Congressmen Win Big Time at Yale

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The Holiday Season

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Special Staff Edition! Get to Know...Rebecca Rosen!

 

 

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The LISEF 10

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Panim El Panim

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Art of The Week

 

 

 

 

Parashat Miketz

by Hadar Douek

 

Parashat MiketzIn this week's Parasha, Parshat Miketz, Yosef is called to interpret Pharaoh's dream. Pharaoh dreamt of seven plump cows being devoured by seven skinny cows, and seven healthy stalks of wheat being consumed by seven rotten ones. Yosef correctly interprets this bizarre dream to mean that Egypt will experience seven years of good harvest followed by seven years of harsh famine. Immediately after interpreting this dream, Yosef suggests a solution to this issue. He advises Pharaoh to appoint a wise man to oversee the seven years of good harvest, and redistribute the surplus collected during the good harvest during the seven years of famine.

One might ask how Yosef was so bold in giving Pharaoh his suggestion without being asked for advice. After all, Pharaoh was the most powerful man on earth, and Yosef was a mere "Ivri" prisoner. Although Yosef knew he may get in trouble for advising the king, he also knew that he was the only person who had a solution to the problem that the king was to face. He knew that without his assistance many people would starve. As it turns out, Pharaoh really liked Yosef's initiative and daringness, and appointed Yosef to be his viceroy. Ultimately, Yosef's suggestion saved many people from starvation. Yosef's fearlessness and inclination to do the right thing made a big difference in the world.

 

 

How Well Do YOU Know Your Teachers?

by Anonymous 

 

How Well Do YOU Know Your Teachers?

Last week,only 38% of you correctly guessed Ms. Rachel Barris! Here are the facts for this week's mystery teacher. Good Luck!

1. I was born in the Bronx but lived in Manhattan until 3rd grade. Then I moved to Great Neck.
2. I've worked both in corporate and in education.
3. I went to Tahiti on my honeymoon.
4. When I was little, I used to pretend to be a teacher and invent lessons for my family.
5. I met my husband at a JCC Shabbat-at-Home event.
6. I love genealogy and have been gathering my own family tree data since 1st grade.
7. My husband and I love to cook and dream of having our own food truck someday.
8. I was on the Badminton team in high school.
9. I did the Susan Komen breast cancer 3-day walk in Chicago with the widow of my best friend in 2004.
10. My daughter goes to school at Long Island School for the Gifted.

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NSHAHS' Math Researchers

by Leeal Kahen

 

NSHAHS' Math ResearchersStudents at NSHAHS benefit from a noteworthy math research program led by Mrs. Nora Greene. Students involved in the program undertake individual and team research projects. Participating students are exposed to new and exciting information that they do not have the opportunity to explore within the classroom. Students are able to study any area of math that interests them, from parametric equations to matrices. NSHAHS students are currently preparing to compete in the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair, which will be held this April at Hofstra University. Sophomore Reese Berman shares that, "Math has always been one of my favorite subjects, so I'm really excited to delve deeper into a topic that really interests me." It is really amazing that students are given the chance to explore a topic that they are passionate about while competing with and learning from other talented students from schools around the country.

 

 

North Shore Notes Behind the Scenes and GTK Mrs. Zabinsky

by Aryeh Hajibay  

 

North Shore Notes Behind the Scenes and GTK Mrs. Zabinsky

Ever wonder what goes on "behind the scenes" of North Shore Notes? What's interesting about our school's newspaper is that the staff doesn't meet together on a regular basis. Each week, the Co-Editors in chief, Alexandra Levian and Rebecca Rosen, along with their associate editors, come up with article ideas which are shared with the staff. Writers are responsible for signing up for articles and submitting them to the editors by Thursday evening. The editors then create a digital version of the newspaper. Next, the copy editor, Stephanie Gottlieb, carefully proofreads each article for typos or grammatical errors. Finally, Mrs. April Zabinsky, the faculty advisor to NSN reviews all the articles and images, fixing any lingering errors or issues, and forwards the completed to Rabbi Weinberg for approval to send the entire thing to "print". Luckily, the paper has a very close-knit and hardworking staff who always gets the job done! While we all know that Mrs. Zabinsky is the lady behind North Shore Notes and the writing center, not everyone knows her background story.

Mrs. April Zabinsky has been teaching for ten years. In high school, she had a number of excellent teachers who inspired her to enter the field of English and writing. Mrs. Zabinsky has since aspired to be able to inspire students the way that those teachers inspired her. She started teaching at NSHAHS four years ago, specifically because the school was looking for someone to manage the Writing Center. In fact, she commutes every day from Suffolk County, which is an hour and fifteen minutes away, in order to get to work and to help students become better writers. No matter what grade a student is in, Mrs. Zabinsky will work with that student on papers, writing assignments or creative pieces.

In her free time, Mrs Zabinsky loves to read, and her favorite book has always been A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. She enjoys gardening, and even planted her own pumpkin patch with her daughter this year. They made pumpkin pies and jack-o'-lanterns from their bounty. Mrs. Zabinsky also has a really big sweet tooth and loves desserts. She also bakes fresh bread for her family every week. When she was in high school, she was a competitive figure skater and played the clarinet in the school's marching band.

Mrs. Zabinsky is a fantastic teacher who inspires and encourages students to become better writers, and she is the reason this newspaper stands on its two feet.

 

 

Keeping Social Media from Taking Over Your Life

by Ariel Fox

 

Keeping Social Media from Taking Over Your Life Social Media has probably consumed about ninety-nine percent of our lives, but most of us would agree that this isn't such a bad thing, right? Or is it? I mean, looking through all of the pictures that you are tagged in on Facebook and Instagram, or reading satirical blog posts on Tumblr can be quite enjoyable, but at some point there should be a limit to our online endeavors. What do I mean by that? I mean that by looking through your friend's full snapchat story, which is over two-hundred seconds, is one of the first signs that social media has taken over your life. Another indicator of a technological obsession is that right after looking through all your social media apps, you feel prompted to again refresh your newsfeed and go for another round. The last sign that social media has taken control of your life is when you feel it necessary to post pictures non-stop with twenty different hashtag,s such as #nofilter #selfiesunday and #ootd. If you or any of your loved ones have this problem, I encourage you to share this article.

The first step to take in order to prevent your life being taken over is to limit social media time. That is, only checking your applications in the morning, at night, and once during the day. Another step to take would be to set limits to how much you post. Lastly, turning off your phone or computer is the simplest solution to controlling your obsession, and all it takes is the touch of a button. By doing this, there will be no notification sounds or banners reminding you constantly to revisit your facebook or linkedin page. The most effective method to combat social media addiction is simply putting your phone away and instead, socializing with your friends face to face! All in all, social media can surely benefit us, but only if we know our limits.

 

 

Taliban Surprise: Malala Wins the Prize

by Yaakov Spraragen  

 

Taliban Surprise: Malala Wins the Prize

Her school uniform said it all - it was stained with blood; it was a painful symbol of sacrifice. It was the uniform young Malala Yousafzai was wearing on an October day two years ago when the Pakistani Taliban shot her for advocating a girl's right to an education. Her very survival is an accomplishment in itself, but since the shooting, she has gone on to do amazing things, including delivering addresses at the United Nations and the World Bank, writing a book, and establishing a foundation.

The world honored Malala with the Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest ever recipient of the award. She accepted the award with her mother and father by her side, receiving a thunderous applause from the audience. In her acceptance speech, she expressed her great appreciation and explained, "This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change."

It is truly remarkable, and there is quite a bit of irony in the fact that the girl who had been shot in the head in a brutal attempt to silence her, is now speaking her mind to millions of people worldwide. Malala is a prime example of how standing up for one's rights can bring about important changes. Malala proved how powerful inner-strength can not only lead to physical healing, but can also be the force driving supreme efforts to make this world a better place. In this case, inner-strength is helping to terminate the exploitation of young, innocent women.

 

 

NSHAHS' Congressmen Win Big Time at Yale

by Leeal Kahen

 

NSHAHS' Congressmen Win Big Time at YaleFor the first time in about six years, 17 "congressmen" from NSHAHS headed out to New Haven, Connecticut, to engage in meaningful conversation and to debate bills that they hoped to pass in legislation at the Yale Model Congress. This event gave students the opportunity to experience congressional procedure first hand and to hear speeches from other intelligent "congressmen" from all over the country. Thanks to Chairperson of the History Department and Debate Coach, Mr. David Miles, students on NSHAHS' Model Congress team have become proficient public speakers and have expanded their awareness and knowledge on important issues such as foreign affairs, homeland security and the United States intelligence agencies.

On Thursday evening, students headed out to their first committee sessions, located all over the Yale University campus. On Friday, students toured the Yale campus, learned about the historical background of the beautiful facility, and even had some time to shop at the Yale bookstore. As they were the only yeshiva at this mock congress, the NSHAHS students missed the Saturday committee sessions. Shabbat at Yale was held at the Yale Slifka Center. This was a truly memorable experience that brought the whole Model Congress team closer to each other. Freshman, Aryeh Hajibay reminisced about the Yale Model Congress sharing that, "This was my first model congress and I had a blast. I worked hard and did extensive research and my bill even passed!" As usual, many students from NSHAHS came home with awards. Sophomore, Nathan Roth and juniors Shayna Doretsky and Shira Eisenberg won honorable mentions; Senior Ben Nitzani won the award for best delegate and Sophomore Reese Berman won for best legislation. A special thanks goes to Mrs. Malkie Goldshmicht and Rabbi Dan Levy for chaperoning this memorable trip along with Mr. Miles.

Currently, our "congressmen" are preparing for their next mock congress meeting which will take place at the University of Pennsylvania this March. Students are prepared to work even harder, to do some more research on their topics, and to hopefully come home with even more awards.

 

 

The Holiday Season

by Lia Berger 

 

The Holiday Season

It's that time of the year; the first snowflakes are beginning to fall, Hanukkah is on everybody's minds, and people are beginning to look back on the past year to prepare for the next one. With Hanukkah and December break approaching, there seems to be no better time to celebrate the holiday season. Hanukkah is a very popular holiday due to the exciting and spiritual activities that it entails: lighting the menorah, eating latkes, and most of all, receiving presents. The holiday also falls around the time of the long-awaited December break, which makes it even more exciting. December break gives students a chance to take a rest from class work and instead travel, relax, and prepare for the new year. Whether it be a skiing trip, a family vacation to the Caribbean, or just a chance to catch up on your favorite movies, all activities that we partake in during the break are quite refreshing. Finally, the holiday season comes to a close when the ball drops on New Year's Eve in Times Square on December 31st, marking the end of an old year and the beginning the new one. What are your new years resolutions?

 

 

Special Staff Edition! Get to Know...Rebecca Rosen!

by Neda Shokrian

 

Special Staff Edition! Get to Know...Rebecca Rosen!Here at NSN, our staff works wholeheartedly to provide our readers with current and fascinating information: from sports to school events; from foreign affairs to meaningful advice. Aside from the research and interviews conducted by our writers, this publication would not make it to nearly 1,000 inboxes every week if it weren't for our co-editors. And so, readers, I believe it is time to meet one of our co-Editors in chief, Rebecca Rosen. Aside from her exemplary work for NSN and loyalty to the NSHAHS' book club, Novel and Nosh, Rebecca's repertoire is full of absolutely magnificent efforts in dance and community service, along with many other activities. Last year, she left the audience at NSHAHS' National Honor Society in awe by reading her beautiful poetry after she was chosen to be the 2014 Poet Laureate.

Rebecca is an inspiration, and our staff has the pleasure of working with her every other week. As Co-Editor in Chief of this publication, Rebecca spends hours editing every single article to perfection. Rebecca also spends every summer at Camp A.N.C.H.O.R (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation). This program is a year-round recreation program dedicated to children and adults with special needs who reside in the Town of Hempstead. She has developed beautiful relationships with the campers who hold a special place in her heart.

Furthermore, Rebecca is a ballerina. "I used to compete, but I decided to hone in on Ballet and pointe upon entering high school because those were my favorite," Rebecca shared. "I feel at home when I'm on the stage. Nothing compares to the feeling I get waiting on the outskirts of the stage right before I go on. Talk about an adrenaline rush!" In fact, this past weekend, Rebecca performed as the Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker.

Rebecca is also an active member of the Write On for Israel program. Write On has educated and empowered more than 400 high school students to demonstrate their love for Israel and has made them believe that they can in fact make the case for Israel's existence. Rebecca's high school experience will soon come to a close, but not without a final goodbye message: "For me to tell you that this building is just a school would not be enough. These walls have seen my good days and my bad days, my tears of joy and tears of disappointment. These walls have watched me grow into the person you see before you today and for that, I could not be more thankful. I can't believe I have to say goodbye to the place I have considered my second home in just a few short months."

 

 

The LISEF 10

by Shani Kahan 

 

The LISEF 10

The Long Island Science and Engineering Fair is one of our school's most popular and prestigious science competitions. Student researchers are required to prepare a presentation and oral report on their work and scientific investigations, which they then present to professional judges on the day of the fair. The regional fair will be held at Crest Hollow Country Club, where judges will choose 100 semifinalists. In addition, winners for the following categories will be chosen: Animal Sciences, Behavioral and Social Science, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Engineering, Energy and Transportation, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, and Plant Sciences. Last year, the competition brought together nearly 500 high school students, who were chosen to participate from 74 different schools in Long Island. This year, ten NSHAHS students will be participating in this competition. The deadline for registration and abstract entries was December 3th, the confirmation date was December 5th, and the fair will take place on February 9th.

The LISEF 10 are currently working hard, and will be working even harder over the course of the next couple of weeks while putting their projects together and preparing presentations. Juniors Neda Shokrian and Paulina Weinreich will be submitting their projected titled, "A Hovercraft for Deicing Homes, Driveways and Sidewalks;" Rachelle David will be entering her project: "Dendritic Pentaflurophenyl Esters for Synthesizing Dendronized Peptides;" Joshua Goldstein will be presenting his project: "A Mobile Solar Powered Solution for Communities in Need of Potable Water;" Daniel Bronheim will present his project called: "Inhibition of Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin Seven Current by the Local Anesthetic Bupiivacaine in TRPM7- overexpressed Cells;" and Jacob Basaleli will share his: "The Tire Blowout Recovery System." Rachel Schecter's project is one that "Develops a Means to Make 3D Guns Metal Detectable," and Shayna Doretsky and Shaina Arjang have poked and pried to discover: "The Effect of Prior Language Acquisition on Additional Language Acquisition." Lastly, I will be entering my project titled: "An Alternative Method for Pesticides." We are all so thankful for all of the help and guidance of NSHAHS' director of science research, Mr. Allen Sachs, without whom none of this would be possible. All the entrants are putting in much effort to make sure each project will be ready in time. May all of our long hours of hard work lead to great success.

 

 

Panim El Panim

by Alana Pearl

 

Panim El PanimThis past week, students were able to travel to Washington D.C. for the Panim el Panim trip, coordinated by Morah Taylor and chaperoned by Morah Taylor and Dr. Maxwell. Panim el Panim, a BBYO (B'nai Brith Youth Organization) trip focuses on multiple issues in America. The students who attended the trip were able to choose from a variety of community service activities that allowed them to give back. From their experiences, they learned about healthcare, gun control, and homelessness. As the students explored these topics, they were taught how to lobby for what they believed in. Before the trip came to an end, students were able to put their lobbying skills to use; they were able to talk to some of their congressmen and representatives about concerns that they had. Aside from meeting with Senator Schumer's assistant, students met with Congressman Steve Israel and with the American Ambassador to Israel. Our school's representatives spoke about gun control, how Israel is portrayed in the media, and transportation for the homeless. One student said that the trip was not long enough to truly go into all of the issues that America faces today. By the end of the trip, students not only left with new experiences and knowledge, but with friends who shared similar interests.

 

 

Art of The Week

 

 

Art of The Week

This beautiful piece was drawn by Lauren Zisholtz.

 

 

Editors-in-Chief: Alexandra Levian, Rebecca Rosen
Assistant Editors: Avraham Spraragen, Neda Shokrian
Copy Editor: Stephanie Gottlieb
Photography: Shoshana Sternstein
Web Developer: Benjamin Khakshoor
Writing Staff: Lia Berger, Hadar Douek, Rachel Dynkin, Ariel Fox, Emma Greszes, Aryeh Hajibay, Shani Kahan, Leeal Kahen, Stacy Okin, Alana Pearl, Arielle Rothman, Rachel Schecter, Steven Schwartz, Avraham Spraragen, Yaakov Spraragen, Mark Steiner
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. April Zabinsky