The Rampage

Summer Mentorship Program: Worth Giving Up Beach Time?

Keren Kubersky '21 presented her project on sustainable fashion at the end of the summer.

Eric Kalimi ’22

September 10, 2020

Because of rigid school curriculums, Ramaz students often think of learning as a tedious chore, but it can also be one of the most fun and rewarding ways to pass time. Students were able to learn this valuable lesson through the college guidance’s new Summer Mentored Program. In early June, the...

Six Months Later…. Finally Back on 78th!

Socially distanced students

Eric Kalimi ’22

September 10, 2020

Last March, when COVID-19 hit New York City, the city that never sleeps quickly shut down. In-person school was closed to prevent the spread of the virus, and classes switched to online for the rest of the school year. Six months later, the city is no longer on lock down, and yet, it is not up-and-ru...

A Tribute to Ms. DeeDee Benel

Ms. Benel and her students in Peurto Rico on a chesed mission in 2019.

Rachel Freilich ’22

September 10, 2020

After a lifetime of dedication to numerous chesed initiatives in the Ramaz Upper School, Ms. Deedee Benel, Educational Director of Student Programming and Chesed, is retiring. The Ramaz community was disheartened to learn about Ms. Benel’s departure. Her commitment to inspiring students to work together...

“Experimenting” with Socially-Distant Science Labs

Ramaz Upper School Chemistry Lab

Norma Tawil ’22

August 24, 2020

Whether you are examining cells through a microscope, racing weighted cars, or creating explosions, science is one of the most interactive and hands-on subjects in high school. Last spring when the pandemic hit and we shifted to Zoom learning, students missed out on science labs entirely. This academic ye...

Class of 2020: What is the Plan for Graduation?

Class of 2020: What is the Plan for Graduation?

Eric Kalimi ’22

June 9, 2020

After four years of hard work at Ramaz, the class of 2020 is finally graduating. Before quarantine, the plan was to have a graduation celebration like every other year: blue and white caps and gowns with speakers congratulating the students and wishing them luck for their futures. Once it became clear t...

Bridging the Gap: Are Seniors Taking Gap Years in Israel?

Bridging the Gap: Are Seniors Taking Gap Years in Israel?

Samantha Sinensky ’21

June 9, 2020

For some Ramaz Upper School graduates, this summer is a break before leaving for college. For others, college is still over a year away. Come fall, these students are looking forward to a gap year, likely in Israel to learn and explore both the country and their inner selves. A gap year between grad...

The Final Classes: Senior Programming in May

Faculty Postmodernism & Morality Great Debate

Rebecca Massel ’21

June 9, 2020

Everyone knows that the highlight of their four years in high school is the second semester of senior year. No work, easy classes, and their grade rules the school. At Ramaz, this idealized experience is complete with a grade-wide Poland trip. However, unfortunately for this year’s seniors, one thin...

Farewell Tribute to Rabbi Slomnicki

Farewell Tribute to Rabbi Slomnicki

William Kremer ’20

June 8, 2020

When the school doors (potentially) reopen this fall, Ramaz will be missing a key player. On May 26, Rabbi Stochel announced that Rabbi Eli Slomnicki, Dean of Students, Junior Grade Dean, and a freshman advisor, will be leaving Ramaz to become the High School Principal of the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HA...

Virtual Celebration of the Arts is Alive!

Virtual Celebration of the Arts is Alive!

Samantha Sinensky ’21

June 5, 2020

Artwork lined from floor to ceiling, the band plucking tunes on the perimeter of the room, murmurs of guests wafting through the aisles: Ramaz’s annual Celebration of the Arts is a culmination of the year-long student investment of time, genius, sacrifice, and commitment in music, writing, visual art, ...

June Tests During Corona: Pros and Cons

June Tests During Corona: Pros and Cons

Sydney Eisenstein ’22

June 5, 2020

During the week of June 15 to 19, Ramaz students will be taking exams despite the virtual learning environment. Although having these tests may be a nuisance to some, tests will give students the opportunity to display their knowledge and dedication to their academics. Additionally, they will help st...

Teachers With Young Children Struggle Amidst Coronavirus Lockdown

Teachers With Young Children Struggle Amidst Coronavirus Lockdown

Nicole Hirschkorn '22 and Eric Kalimi '22

June 5, 2020

With COVID-19 ravaging the lives of everyone around the world, and many living their lives online and from a distance, schools are closed, and young children need their parents to teach them or help them log into their classes. Teachers especially are finding themselves in a position where they have t...

Absence of Anecdotals

Absence of Anecdotals

Julia Feit '22

May 15, 2020

A typical semester at Ramaz consists of in-person classes, tests, assignments, and socializing with friends. This semester of school is anything but normal. Perhaps the biggest change to students’ “new normal” is online classes and interactions through Zoom. However, learning and studying through...

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