The Rampage

The Problem with Reimagining Education Online

The Problem with Reimagining Education Online

Michal Rahabi '20

June 9, 2020

In early May, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to “reimagine” education and virtual schooling. The goal of this collaboration is to view the future of education through the lens of technology. “The old model of, everybody goes and sits in ...

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...

Has The Times Changed with the Times?

Has The Times Changed with the Times?

Rebecca Massel ’21

June 9, 2020

Thirty years ago, news arrived with the thump of the paper being dropped at the door. Readers reconnected with the world by peeling open the paper and reading the latest news. Yesterday’s news. Old news.   Today, as the reader wipes sleep from his eyes, he groggily grabs his phone and sees...

Steps To Planning A Successful Zoom Party

Zoom birthday party (Courtesy of Tammy Palagi '21)

Gabrielle Ostad ’21

June 9, 2020

In addition to being implemented for teaching purposes, Zoon has also been widely used to host other events, such as meetings, panels, and even birthdays! Although it may feel like the world has been on pause, the days have been passing and people are still looking for creative ways to celebrate thei...

Too Much Time “Together” Leaves Students Feeling Alone

Too Much Time “Together” Leaves Students Feeling Alone

Rachel Freilich ’22

June 9, 2020

Over the last few months of Ramaz “online,” one question has been looming on the minds of students: why are there so many assemblies, and what is the consequence of not attending these programs? Although certain assemblies commemorating important days and events are obviously necessary to maintain...

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...

How Are Students Keeping in Touch With Their Friends?

How Are Students Keeping in Touch With Their Friends?

Sydney Eisenstein '22

May 11, 2020

Social distancing can make it difficult to stay in touch with friends, as hanging out in the lounges, lunchroom, and hallways is simply not compatible with school online. Seeing your friends in Zoom classes is not the same as seeing them in person. How have students been dealing with the social struggl...

Quarantine Personalities: Which Are You?

Quarantine Personalities: Which Are You?

William Kremer ’21

May 11, 2020

What has been the line you have heard most often in the past few months? Is it “there’s nothing to do,” or “I’m bored”? Probably. Although everyone claims they are suffering from immense boredom, almost everyone fits into at least one of these quarantine personalities.    The Chef: No doubt one of the most popular...

How to Spend Time With Your Family at Home

How to Spend Time With Your Family at Home

Andrew Spielfogel ’23 and Charles Spielfogel ’21

May 11, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, our daily lives have come to a halt. As the world has moved online, people have to come up with creative ways to pass time, especially with their families. There are many fun activities and challenges we have done together as a family that we have particularl...

Junior Year and COVID-19: Overcoming the Unknown

Junior Year and COVID-19: Overcoming the Unknown

Tammy Palagi '21

May 11, 2020

COVID-19 has caused many emotions, but for juniors, the most prominent one is uncertainty. The SAT/ACT has been canceled, and many universities have gone test-optional. I was planning to take the April ACT, but it was canceled, so I signed up for the June test, which has not yet been canceled. However,...

How Are Students Positively Affected By Quarantine?

How Are Students Positively Affected By Quarantine?

Eric Kalimi ’22

May 11, 2020

It’s no secret that people around the world are going through a difficult and stressful time.  High school students especially, who are already dealing with stress in their teenage years, are struggling with the sudden changes caused by COVID-19. According to a New York Times article written by Lisa Da...

How Does RamZoom Compare?

How Does RamZoom Compare?

Rebecca Massel ’21

May 11, 2020

With COVID-19 sweeping through the country, Ramaz students are missing out on many important parts of the Ramaz experience. While the situation isolates students from one another in some ways, it brings them closer to their peers at other schools. To get a sense of how Ramaz online learning compares ...

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