Congratulations to the Weber Track team on a stellar performance at their 1st Track meet of the season! The track team placed 3rd overall with many athletes placing in the top 4 in their individual events.
Kol HaKavod to Jason Feldman (Class of 2010) on being appointed to the LGBTQ Advisory Board of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. On this board, he will work alongside other LGBTQ leaders and City of Atlanta staff to move LGBTQ equality forward in Atlanta.
Weber Alum Adam Podber (Class of 2008), who credits Weber with playing a pivotal role in his journey to becoming a full-time artist and muralist, was invited to participate in the Jewish Street Art Festival (LINK) in LA -- currently reimagined as a mural festival across the US and Canada. Adam is one of nine participating artists painting a mural in their city during Hanukkah, with a unifying theme of "light over darkness."
Mazel Tov to Josh Klein (Class of 2003) and his wife Rebecca on the birth of their son Jonah Berel Klein on November 17, 2020. His big sisters Ella and Sadie look pretty happy to have a younger brother!
Liana Slomka (Class of 2018) and Zeke Siegman (Class of 2018) have published a Jewish satire site (imagine like if The Onion ate a college Hillel) with content subconsciously inspired by their time at Weber. Subscribe at theschmear.com!
Live theatre is rooted in collaboration and working closely together, pushing live productions to rethink how to engage audiences while COVID prevents people from gathering en masse. For Weber's fall production of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," Director of Theatre Arts Brad Bass turned to film to safely stage the show for an online audience.
Kol HaKavod to The Weber Vols for collecting 285 food items for the Solidarity Food Pantry of Sandy Springs! These donations will help the food bank restock after a demanding holiday season. Congratulations to the Sophomore Class for donating the most food items.
Congratulations to freshman Rob Liberman who made first chair bassoon in the District V honor band. This year's event is scheduled to be virtual with a potential, in-person all-state performance late spring.
For many years, The Weber School has partnered with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival to sponsor a film showing and find ways to incorporate the film's subject into relevant Weber coursework. This season, Weber sponsored The Invisible Line -- a documentary about a famous social science experiment at a California high school in 1967 (The Third Wave). Hebrew teacher Michal Ilai was excited to host, via Zoom, Emanuel Rotstein (the film's director), educator Ron Jones (creator of The Third Wave 1967 educational experiment), and Mark Hancock (a student of Jones').
Missy Davis, Olivia Rocamora's maternity substitute for her Immigration Lit class, found a creative way to connect a core text, "Tortilla Curtain," to the podcast Scattered, featuring comedian and writer Chris Garcia. The podcast details Chris's journey to uncover information about his recently deceased father, delving into his father's struggle under Fidel Castro's regime in Cuba and the events that led to him leaving Cuba and immigrating to the US. The podcast paired well with the core text as both depict the struggles immigrants face when coming to the US and some of the atrocities they have endured in their home countries. After listening to the podcast and discussing what they heard, students were thrilled to have an opportunity to hear from Mr. Garcia himself!
Weber's Daniel Zalik Academy has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women's access to AP Computer Science A (CSA). This award acknowledges 1,119 schools for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2019-20 school year—nearly 37% more than the 818 schools recognized last year. Weber is one of only 232 schools to be recognized for achieving this important result in CSA!
Last week, Weber's small but mighty seven-person swim team competed in their first meet of 2021 vs. Our Lady of Mercy, the second of three planned meets for the season. Weber's diving team has also been competing regularly, with three meets already completed and two more to come. "Due to COVID limitations, it has been more challenging to compete," shared Coach Riley Clark. "Our focus this year has been not only on skill development but on team camaraderie and positive group dynamics."
Hebrew teacher Linda Parmet continues to innovate with a special "Only at Weber" approach to Jewish Studies unique to our school. Ms. Parmet has been collaborating with The Teacher Institute for the Arts program (TIA), which provides Hebrew, Jewish Studies, and Art educators with innovative Toolkits to explore Jewish texts and values through the visual arts.
Congratulations to senior Hunter Siegel who received his Eagle Scout Award in a ceremony held at Weber last Sunday. Hunter is a member of Weber's Rams for Israel and an avid member of NFTY. Click here for more information about this impressive recognition.
For the first time in school history, Weber has a competition cheerleading team. "With student interest in sideline cheerleading growing every year, it was the perfect time to expand our cheer program." shared Associate Director of Athletics Jessica LaGala.
Like many things this school year, the Weber English Department's participation in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition for high school students, has adapted to a new, digital format.
In December, students in Weber's sophomore Reading the World classes were tasked with selecting poems from the Poetry Out Loud online anthology to memorize and recite. English teachers Sam Bradford and Sarah Roquemore worked with students on analyzing and understanding their chosen poems, and challenged students to apply their analysis through the art and skill of poetry recitation. On the last day before winter break, students participated in digital classroom competitions by submitting video recordings of their recitations. From those competitions, five sophomores were selected as class champions. These students then advanced to the school-wide competition, also digital, where a panel of judges reviewed and scored each recitation.
Weber's Sports Science Academy was recently featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"It's the cultural impact that I'm most proud of. In one way or another, about 175 of the 266 students are directly involved through competitive athletics, fitness and training programs, and different classes, and that's created a culture of health, wellness, and fitness as a core value embraced by faculty and students," said Head of School, Rabbi Ed Harwitz.
Students in CP Hebrew 2, 3, and 4 recently finished studying a unit on Hanukkah foods with their teachers Sheri Arotchas, Almog Yehuda, Yaira Auz, and Iris Greber. You could hear rumbling stomachs across the school as a total of 6 classes and 86 students learned the history of Sofganiyon (Israeli donuts), Levivot (Israeli latkes), and Sfinge (Israeli Moroccan donuts) and how to cook them! After an asynchronous workshop with Israeli pastry chef David Mendes, students were set loose in their home kitchens, tasked with videoing themselves cooking the foods for their families while discussing the process in Hebrew.
The students had a great time experimenting in the kitchen and their families appreciated having traditional Hanukkah foods for the holiday!
Weber's Young Women In STEM organization is led by The Daniel Zalik Academy Lab Manager Madi Anderson. Along with five additional Weber coaches, Mrs. Anderson is leading a growing group of 9th-12th grade young women as they explore their interests and opportunities in STEM fields.
The Weber School, a Jewish Community high school serving students from all Jewish backgrounds, prepares students for success in college and in life with comprehensive academic and co-curricular programs that inspire student exploration, leadership, and Jewish social consciousness. Many of our programs and academies are unique to Weber and can't be found at any other Atlanta-area high schools.