The Rampage

Everything You Need to Know About the Early Decision Process

Everything You Need to Know About the Early Decision Process

Samantha Sinensky ’21

February 6, 2020

Every December, thousands of  nervous high school seniors anxiously await the verdict from their early-decision (ED), early-action (EA), and restrictive early action (REA) college applications. While these decisions are released around the same time, months prior to the regular decision releases in Ap...

Is the New Makeup Policy Effective?

Is the New Makeup Policy Effective?

Isaac Silverman '21

February 5, 2020

This year, a new policy was established for the test makeup system: students are only allowed to take a maximum of three makeup tests per semester. At first, there were mixed reactions to this policy. This worried a majority of students, not just those who had previously taken advantage of the system i...

Spotlight on Decor Chair Rachel Araten

Spotlight on Decor Chair Rachel Araten

Caitlin Levine ’21

February 5, 2020

For the past three years, Rachel Araten ’20 has served as Ramaz Decor Chair. This is a very unique position that Ramaz is proud to offer to artistically talented and creative students as part of the school’s concerted effort to enhance the students’ environment and thereby boost the overall exper...

Is The Talmud Paper Necessary?

Is The Talmud Paper Necessary?

Tammy Palagi '21 and Avigail DuPont '21

February 5, 2020

With a precedent set beginning first semester last year, all juniors are now required to write a Judaic Studies paper in their Talmud classes. Ramaz students are no strangers to history papers, but the feeling amongst many juniors is that the addition of the new Judaic Studies paper is an unnecessary...

Full-School Davening Poll

Full-School Davening Poll

Judah Wahba '20

February 5, 2020

The Rampage conducted a poll to which 48 students responded about preferences for school-wide minyanim. See the results below!    ...

Behind the Scenes of the Ramaz Admissions Process

Behind the Scenes of the Ramaz Admissions Process

Rebecca Massel ’21

February 5, 2020

All students remember the day they were accepted to Ramaz, excited and ready for a full, untarnished high school experience ahead of us. However, the process of getting into Ramaz has changed over the years. Director of Upper School Admissions Shaara Lipson and Assistant Director of Admissions Aviva Li...

How do Ramaz Students Spend Intersession?

How do Ramaz Students Spend Intersession?

Gabrielle Ostad ’21

February 5, 2020

Over 100 students in all four grades answered a poll about how they spend their intersession. Freshmen Grade:   Sophomore Grade:  Junior Grade: Senior Grade: ...

Ram Couture: An Interview with Apparel Chair Cayla Todes

Ram Couture: An Interview with Apparel Chair Cayla Todes

Samantha Sinensky ’21

December 8, 2019

Among their many unique attributes, Ramaz students are very fashionable, dressing très chic for school. It is not uncommon to find a Ramaz student in the hallways proudly sporting his or her Ramaz apparel, designed by the Upper School’s Apparel Chair, Cayla Todes ’20 along with the G.O.. The first ...

Ramaz’s New Jewish Inspiration: Interview with KJ/Ramaz NCSY Director Rabbi Manu Hass

Ramaz’s New Jewish Inspiration: Interview with KJ/Ramaz NCSY Director Rabbi Manu Hass

Rebecca Massel '21

December 6, 2019

It can be easy to limit the teachings of Judaism to a set of books. It is easiest to connect to religion and God in Tanach and Talmud class. But Ramaz strongly believes that Judaism can, and should, be much greater than that. The school strives to envelop students in a life of Judaism through Shabbat...

Our Community at Work: Dr. David Serur

Our Community at Work: Dr. David Serur

Tammy Palagi '21

December 6, 2019

Dr. David Serur is parent of Leah Serur ‘21 and a world-class nephrologist, a specialist that focuses on the treatment of diseases that affect the kidneys. On a daily basis he goes to the hospital and visits his patients, always making an extra effort to keep his patients comfortable. His day-to-day beg...

Anecdotals and Student-Teacher Conferences: Are Both Necessary?

Charles Spielfogel ’21

December 5, 2019

Anecdotals and student-teacher conferences have been a long-standing tradition at Ramaz. This year, with conferences weeks before anecdotal release, the question arises: do the students need both anecdotals and conferences, or is one mode of student-teacher communication sufficient to ensure positive l...

Are Ramaz Students Driven to Drive?

Are Ramaz Students Driven to Drive?

Rebecca Massel ’21

November 13, 2019

Henry Ford passed his driver’s test for the first time at the age of 56. It was 1919, the first year Michigan required driving licenses. While not as old as Ford, New York City kids are also at the older end of the spectrum in the timing of being able to drive. Outside of New York, in states like Sou...

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