North Shore Hebrew Academy High School never missed a beat. Despite building closure due to COVID-19, our teachers were prepared to continue learning immediately. As early as March 3, our Headmaster Dr. Daniel Vitow asked our Director of Educational Technology, Mrs. Robin Wilensky, to begin instructing teachers on the use of Google Classroom. The training was implemented that week, however Google Classroom is not an instructional tool. At the same time, Mrs. Wilensky researched numerous instructional tools and prepared a thorough distance learning document. For synchronous learning, Zoom was adopted and teachers were trained on March 9th. On March 10 (Purim), it was announced that NSHAHS would be closing and on March 11, lessons continued seamlessly through Zoom and other asynchronous tools.
Students and teachers follow their regular schedule. Teachers are providing instruction through a number of different tools. Most teachers have embraced online live Zoom instruction and have learned to navigate the tools to ensure the most engaging lessons and secure the platform.
In addition to the continuance of Judaic and General Studies, NSHAHS has worked to maintain the social interaction among students through virtual platforms. Shiriyah moved online this year. Over 40 activities still took place online. Grades still competed online. And pre-recorded sing competitions still happened.
We also recognize the importance of the final year of High School for seniors. To that end, we have planned what will be a memorable live virtual graduation for the class of 2020.
Finally, a multitude of possible options are currently being discussed for the school year beginning in September. We are working to ensure that the high standards of learning that is expected of North Shore students continues while keeping students, teachers and staff safe.
View our “Teach from Home Plan”
View our “Synchronous Online Learning Guidelines”
View our assortment of “Distance Learning Resources” from our librarian, Mrs. Aviva Adler.