Friday, May 12, 2017










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Science Club Event

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Honor Roll Letters

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This Year's Poet Laureate





Science Club Event

by Ariella Khalili


Science Club EventJust recently, on May 4th, North Shore Hebrew Academy High School’s Science Club went on a memorable and educational field trip to the 92nd Street Y in New York City. There, the students attending the event had the unique opportunity to listen and learn from the prestigious neuroscientist, Robert Sapolsky. Sapolsky is a professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University. He is the author of many books and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. At the 92nd Street Y, North Shore students heard Mr. Sapolsky discuss how environmental factors dictate the human way of life and ultimately direct the way people make decisions. Such factors include stress, social status, the last time a person ate, or if a person’s ancestors lived in poverty or wealth. Mr. Sapolsky’s research, which is supported by years of studying baboon and human communities, concludes that these factors shape our thought processes and our behaviors. Keeping in mind the idea that a variety of factors shape our decisions and behaviors, Sapolsky brights to light a very thought-provoking question, "How much of a decision is actually based on free will?"



Honor Roll Letters

by Adriel Kohananoo 


Honor Roll Letters

Last week, North Shore’s Honor Roll letters were sent out to those who met a certain set of requirements. The letter invites all those students placed on the Honor Roll for the 2016-2017 school year to the annual Celebration of Excellence on May 22nd. Anyone invited to the celebration is allowed to bring along anyone with whom they desire to share the prestigious evening.

The requirement to make the Honor Roll is essentially obtaining overall academic excellence in both Judaic and Secular Studies. For 9th graders, the privilege of getting into Honor Roll requires a 90 average in both Judaic and Secular Studies separately. For 10th through 12th graders, a spot on the Honor Roll is earned by having at least a 92 average. In addition, 11th and 12th graders have the ability to make specific subject Honor Rolls for maintaining an average over 92 in that subject. Although it isn’t exactly easy to achieve all of these requirements, it does feel rewarding and should motivate any student to continue in his or her pathway of success throughout the rest of high school and beyond.

For those who received the coveted Honor Roll letter, stay tuned for May 22nd at the Great Neck Synagogue. It will be an amazing moment for you and those celebrating your accomplishments with you. It will be a spectacular night and you will truly feel honored.

Congratulations to all students that made Honor Roll!



This Year's Poet Laureate

by Leeal Kahen


This Year's Poet LaureateIt is a running tradition here at North Shore Hebrew Academy that at every Annual Night of Excellence, a poem is read aloud to the audience. The person designated to read the poem is “crowned” as the Poet Laureate of the school. This year’s Poet Laureate is a Junior, Joelle Galatan. Joelle first began to write poetry in middle school. Later, under the guidance of Mrs. Zabinsky and Mr. Muir, Joelle’s passion for poetry grew stronger. She has entered several writing competitions in the past and has won a gold and silver key for her poetry in the Scholastic Writing Competition. She even had the honor of reading her poems for the ELIJA Foundation for Autism’s Community Breakfast. “I first started writing poetry when I was young. I never really gave it much thought until I was in high school and started entering writing competitions. Even then, I didn’t realize what journey poetry might take me on. Now that I am Poet Laureate and excitedly waiting for Honor Roll Night, I realize the power of the written word and how it can really take you anywhere.”



Editors-in-Chief: Ben Baruch, Caylie Tuerack
Assistant Editors: Leeal Kahen
Writing Staff: Dalia Etessami, Anna Glasman, Sophie Goldman, Aryeh Hajibay, Ariella Hajibay, Leeal Kahen, Ben Pagovich, Yaakov Spraragen, Ian Terzi
Junior Writers: Rachel Ashourzadeh, Rebecca Farca, Bailey Goldschmidt, Alia Hakakian, Adriel Kohananoo, Kayla Kreinik, Dylan Makani, Aviram Nessim, Ruben Prawer, Mikael Rahmani
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. April Zabinsky