Weber sophomore Levi Gordon has been attending flight school at Centennial Aviation Academy at Peachtree Dekalb Airport for the past several years. On a student's 16th birthday, they can take a "solo" flight if they have passed rigorous oral and written exams and accrued sufficient instructional hours in flight lessons. This incredible milestone allows these young aviators to fly a plane even before they have a driver's license!
On Monday, March 13th, 2023, the Indian Hills Country Club welcomed 104 high school golfers from 15 different schools for the 7th Annual Phillip Silverman Memorial Golf Tournament. The unique Jack and Jill format, consisting of three boys and two girls on each team, commemorates the lives of two exceptional young men, Phillip Silverman and Jeff Unger.
The Infinity, The Weber School's yearbook, has received recognition for its exceptional quality with inclusion in the Jostens Look Book 2023, which showcases remarkable yearbooks with innovative designs. In addition to design excellence, the Look Book acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our students who spend 6-12 months creating the yearbook. The Infinity was one of the 479 yearbooks selected from nearly 1,000 submissions.
Last weekend, the Weber community gathered for its much-anticipated annual event: Shabbaton. Over 270 students and faculty members ventured to Camp Ramah Darom, participating in a weekend filled with spiritual, artistic, and athletic activities. The joyful Shabbat experience fostered love, laughter, and friendships as students and faculty actively engaged with each other in an unplugged environment, free from the demands of everyday life.
Weber’s Performing Arts Program launched its Visiting Artist Series this past September, bringing renowned local and national artists to the Weber community to share their expertise during masterclasses and events. Among the impressive roster of past performers and artists are Charlie Kramer and Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem, who had a profound effect on students and the wider community.
Last week, the series continued as Weber’s Music Program Director Drew Cohen and Jewish cultural art series Nerenenah welcomed Howard Levy to the school. Mr. Levy, a two-time Grammy Award Winning master musician who has earned widespread recognition and acclaim for his expert harmonica and piano playing, met with students across Weber’s music program.
The Weber School Mock Trial team finished their season at the District level competition this past weekend, where they put in a strong showing in the highly competitive Atlanta region. Several team members were recognized for their outstanding performance, with Ethan Wolkin and Izzy Wachter winning "Best Witness awards" and Jordan Joel receiving "Best Attorney."
Students in The Daniel Zalik Academy's Computer Science Principles class used Earsketch, a free web-based platform to help students learn core topics in computer science, music, and music technology, to create a story through music. The “Sounds of Weber” project allowed students to explore the intersection between computer science and music, using Python code to generate musical pieces inspired by sounds from their school environment.
Congratulations to sophomore Levi Gordon, who won first place in his age group in the 3D Modelling category at the Georgia Independent and Home School Regional Technology Competition. This competition is part of the Georgia Science and Technology Competitions, which allows students to participate in 15 categories, including robotics, coding, and digital media.
Dr. Rachel Rothstein was one of the highlights of the recent Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, speaking on the topic of "Unlocking the Power of Film: Using Movies to Enhance Learning" as part of the festival's "In Conversation" series.
Kol HaKavod to The Weber School's Varsity Boys Basketball, who won the Region Tournament Play-In game against Atlanta International School earlier this week. Two of the team's standout players, senior Caleb Ouanounou and junior Harry Kitey, were named to the All-Region basketball team, Caleb, for the second time while playing for Weber.
10th-grade Chemistry students investigated metal reactivity with a hands-on lab designed to see chemical reactions in action and to demonstrate the process of a single-displacement reaction, where one element in a chemical compound replaces another.
Recently, Weber Hebrew students were fortunate to hear from several inspirational guest speakers who shared their personal stories. Batia Ben Aroia, a child Holocaust survivor from Bulgaria, Shai Fredo, an Ethiopian-Israeli film and theater actor, and Charlotte Kurchak, a senior educator at StandWithUs.
Students in Linda Parmet's Psychology of Children's Literature class visited The Epstein School to read some of their favorite children's books to kindergarten classes. The course, which combines Jewish Studies with the study of the impact of children's literature on cognitive and moral development, is currently exploring the role of reading in facilitating discussions about life skills and values and strengthening relationships between readers.
This week, a group of students from 9th grade World History and Hebrew classes viewed a screening of the award-winning documentary "Refuge" with its director, Jewish Atlanta native Erin Bernhardt. Set in Clarkston and Lafayette, Georgia, “Refuge” tells a story of an unlikely friendship that develops between a Kurdish refugee who becomes an Atlanta cardiologist and a former Klansman as they attempt to understand each other’s past and present and bridge their differences.
Dr. Hannah Chapple, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, published an essay in this month's English Journal, the monthly publication of the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). Her article, included in English Journal's Speaking My Mind feature, is titled "Voice and Agency in Digital Storytelling."
In 2019, representatives from The Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta visited The Weber School and Israel Programs Director Michal Ilai to discuss ways to connect Weber students and teens attending Ort Yokneam High School in Israel. From video conversations to in-person meetings here and in Israel, the resulting collaboration has helped powerful connections and a deeper understanding of Israeli and American Jewry flourish between the two communities.
Kol Hakavod to senior Barri Seitz for being recognized by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) as this year's STAR student! PAGE recognizes the senior from each participating high school who achieves the highest SAT score on any single test date and is in the top 10 percent of their class based on grade point average. A special shoutout to English teacher Holly Chesser, whom Barri selected as her STAR teacher – the teacher who has been most instrumental in her academic development.
This week, students from Weber's performing ensembles had the opportunity to attend a live performance by Leyla McCalla, a multi-instrumentalist and alumna of the Grammy-winning African American string band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, at the University of Georgia.
Students in Keren Ben Haim's and Iris Greber's Advanced Hebrew Honors 2 and 3 classes recently completed a unit on Israeli wildlife. The emphasis was placed on acquiring relevant vocabulary while researching the social and emotional significance of wild and domesticated animals found in Israel.
Last semester’s culminating assignment for Sally Murphy’s Anatomy classes required students to create a research-based project applying their knowledge of the musculoskeletal system in a practical and meaningful way while encouraging creativity and critical thinking.
Students in Melinda Goodwin’s 9th Grade Honors World History and Humanities classes had the opportunity to learn about water’s role in shaping ancient civilizations during a field trip to the Michael C. Carlos Museum’s collection of Ancient World artifacts. Guided by museum docents, students learned about "Water: The Source of Civilization." They explored how different cultures approached the excess and scarcity of water and how this natural resource has influenced civilizations throughout history, particularly through art, design, ritual, and religion.
The Senior Design Capstone class is a year-long course co-taught by the Daniel Zalik Academy’s Director of Technology & Design, Chris Chapman, and Director of Science Research and Entrepreneurship, Adna Muliawan. This student-driven class focuses on project-based learning, using a human-centered design approach to identify community needs and develop solutions that benefit the local community.
Congratulations to junior Jessica Covin, who has received her Certified Nutrition Coach Certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. This is a comprehensive nutrition certification that enables Jessica to address real-world nutritional problems. Jessica was previously certified as a Personal Trainer by NASM in 2021.
Chanukiyot designed in The Daniel Zalik Academy in Lab Instructor Alex McIntyre’s 3-D Modeling class in collaboration with Director of Interdisciplinary Jewish Studies Linda Parmet are currently on display at The Fernbank Museum for Chanukah this year.
Thank you to The Weber Parents Group (WPG), who hosted a delicious latke bar for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate Chanukah this week! The WPG organizes and executes various programs supporting our school, enriching campus life, enhancing student experiences, and building a warm and wonderful community.
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.
The Felicia Penzell Weber Jewish Community High School admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.