Dear JHSC Families,


This week, Mrs. Rossiter and I had the wonderful experience of taking many of our students to Ezra Academy, BiCultural, and Carmel, in order to talk with their 8th graders about attending JHSC.  The students each chose a particular aspect of JHSC to talk about with the 8th graders, and our students represented JHSC just wonderfully.  


One of our students talked about how she came from a large public school, but she has more opportunities and a closer community of friends since she has transferred to JHSC.  Another talked about how she had been unsure of going to Jewish high school after so many years in Jewish elementary and middle school, but she has been extremely happy with JHSC's approach to Judaism.  One student discussed how happy she was with the diverse and high-quality course selection and our amazing faculty.


Since those visits, we have had many inquiries about the JHSC Open House on October 20th (see details below).  I encourage all of you to keep spreading the word about JHSC, and let Mrs. Rossiter know if there are prospective families that you think would like an invitation to the Open House.  


As always, thank you for being part of this jewel of a community!


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Yonatan Yussman, Ed.D.

Head of School



College Counseling Update

Dr. Sack, our Director of College Guidance, will be holding important workshops aimed at familiarizing everyone with the college process and answering your college-related questions. The workshops will all be held at JHSC from 6:30pm-8pm. Parents and students are both highly encouraged to attend. The dates are as follows:


Juniors: October 9, 2013

Freshman & Sophomores: October 23, 2013



For those students who signed up for the PSAT, please be advised that the test will be held in the Community Room on October 16th, starting promptly at 8:45am.  For those who signed up for the PLAN, that test will be held in the Community Room on November 4th, starting promptly at 8:45am as well.  Both tests will end at approximately 11:30am, after which students will return to classes.


Comparative Religion Field Trip to Church

Rabbi Riemer's Comparative Religion class took a field trip to Center Church on the Yale Green to hear the Church's minister, Rev. Sandra Olsen, speak about Christianity and to tour that historic church building.  This course examines Judaism's similarities and differences--in terms of theology, history and practice--with Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.


Can Jewish Women Have It All?

JHSC Trustee Doris Zelinsky will participate on an intergenerational panel from a variety of professional backgrounds and Jewish affiliations.  The panel will explore the age-old balance of work and life through the lens of Jewish women. This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation and Foundation of Greater New Haven, and Women's Philanthropy.  Please come out and support Doris!  Further details can be found here.


Hebrew Anat

Ms. Graf would like to share that her Hebrew 3 and 4 classes finished a unit entitled "the family", and her students wrote amazing stories about their families.  In Hebrew 2, she is proud that her students have begun reading independently in Hebrew.  Hebrew 5 is studying a unit about "נהר הירדן" (Jordan River) and they read a piece in Hebrew by דבורה עומר, Devorah Omer.  In the advanced-level Hebrew Literature class, they are continuing to read אתגר קרת סיפורים קצרים and learn about  different leaders.  Kol HaKavod!


Emergency Procedures

At JHSC, we take the physical safety of our students extremely seriously.  We have already practiced our safety drills, including fire drills and lock-down drills, and will continue to do so throughout the year.  We have a thorough crisis communication plan.  Please let Dr. Yussman know if you would like to discuss our procedures in more detail.     


Open House

Our Open House will be on October 20th from 1pm-3pm at JHSC. While this is designed to attract new students, we encourage current students and parents to attend! Prospective families love to interact with current families. And of course, please help us spread the word about the Open House and invite as many prospective families as you can.


Mrs. Rossiter Presents at Conference

Congratulations to Mrs. Rossiter, our Director of Admissions and Marketing, for being a presenter at the Leadership Summit of the Association of Independent School Admissions Professionals. This conference helped other independent school admissions professionals with recruiting, retention, and marketing strategies.  


Chess Club

Grandmaster Alex Schiff has begun his title defense in the annual JHSC chess competition. The format of the tournament is single game knockout, with 10 minutes per player for all moves, and games will take place during flex and lunchtimes. Thank you to the chess club advisor, Dr. Castle. 


NFL Survivor Pool Competition

Ms. Fernandez, Mr. Kordik and Dr. Castle invite students to join them in an NFL Survivor Pool competition.  Every week each player chooses just one NFL team that they believe will win a game that week. If that team wins, the player 'survives'. If you are a survivor from the first week, you then pick one team to win during the next week, and so on. The winners are those who last the longest without losing both of their lives. (There is no cash prize.)



JHSC is co-sponsoring a dance with BBYO, and there are approximately 400 Jewish teens who have registered to come.  The event is this Saturday night from 8:30pm to 11:30pm inside the JCC's Vine Auditorium.  There will be a DJ and activities for those who don't want to dance.  There will be yummy food and drinks, too.  Note that registration is closed and "walk-ins" are not allowed.  For more information, please contact BBYO Director Josh Cohen at JCohen@bbyo.org.

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