Picture1On Sunday morning, Central opened its doors to families from all over the New York area for an informative and exciting Open House. The entire administration, staff, and faculty were in attendance, as were seventy-five current Central students who were motivated to come to Open House out of love for their school. As the eager eighth-graders arrived with friends and families, they were warmly welcomed by members of our student body and faculty, who directed them into our cafe for registration. At a sumptuous breakfast buffet in the gym, visitors mingled with faculty and students, noting the beautiful displays around the room that encapsulate the range of opportunities available to Central students. The room filled quickly, and the audience for the formal portion of the morning was brimming in quantity and brimming with excitement. Associate Principal Ms. Beverly Segal began the program of our Open House by introducing one of the newest members of the Central family, freshman Shayna Orlow. Shayna sympathized with the eighth-graders during this pivotal period of decision-making, and she shared her own decision-making process, which ultimately led to her fantastic choice to become a member of the Central Class of 2020. Shayna recalled the immediate warmth she experienced as a new student: “Here at Central, every teacher and faculty member’s goal is to make sure you strive to become the best you can possibly be. Whether it be your principal, your science teacher, or even your basketball coach, they each want to see you reach your potential. The teachers here make an effort to connect with all of their students, and they constantly remind us to come to them for any help we may need.” Mrs. Miriam Goldberg, chair of the YUHS Board of Trustees, glowingly introduced Head of School Mrs. CB Neugroschl, who drew on the experiences of some of our exceptional seniors to illustrate the ways that our students learn to live a life of Torah U’Maddah. An inspiring video, incorporating testimonies of numerous students, demonstrated Central’s commitment to excellence and our mission to education the whole student, addressing her academic, social, emotional, extracurricular, and spiritual needs.  Senior Ronit Landsman spoke to the success of that mission as she recounted her own experiences at Central and  “its commitment to Torah learning and general learning for the sake of growth and knowledge. Our teachers at Central care about our academic performance, but care even more about providing us with the tools to see and approach life with a new understanding!” Director of Admissions Mrs. Aliza Gewirtz introduced herself and welcomed our guests to embark on the admissions process. Says Mrs. Gewirtz, “It was so exciting to have over 550 guests in attendance on Sunday, and I can’t wait to meet the incoming Class of 2021!” Our visitors then explored our school from an academic perspective as they sat in classrooms for four faculty presentations. In each room, our visitors experienced a microcosm of a day in the life of a Central student, learning two Judaic Studies lessons, and one each from the Humanities and STEM fields. As teachers rotated classrooms, their enthusiasm for their respective disciplines was palpable, as were their warmth and approachability. Picture2Eighth-graders then joined current Central students in the cafe for our Student Life presentation, which highlighted the countless opportunities available to students outside of the classroom. A media presentation introduced students to various facets of student life at Central, as did student representatives Ellie Berger (‘18), Shlomit Ebbin (‘18), Tamar Pollock (‘17), and Dodie Lee Weinberg (‘18), who shared their experiences and communicated the ways Central students can get involved. Shlomit spoke about our Performing Arts clubs, giving the audience a taste of her “slamming” poetry skills. The award-winning Central Choir, led by Leora Ciment (‘17) and Gabi Friedman (‘18), then performed a beautiful rendition of “Stand in the Light.” Tamar discussed the chesed and activism opportunities at Central, and Ellie recounted her experiences on the Ulpana Exchange Program, during which Central students spend six wonderful weeks in an Israeli high school, learning and living with their Israeli peers. After a media piece about athletics at Central, Dodie capped off the student presentations by talking about the life of a student athlete. An athletics-themed performance from our Dance Team, led Shana Neuhauser (’17) and Bruria Rabin (’17), brought down the house! After Student Activities Coordinator Ms. Leah Moskovich closed the Student Life Presentation, eighth-graders joined their parents, who were finishing up a session led by Mrs. Neugroschl about what to expect as a Central parent. The Curriculum Fair in our gym provided our visitors with designated time to speak with teachers by department, allowing them to pursue information about curricular goals and content, and to ask follow-up questions to those teachers who delivered mini-lessons. Teachers, administrators, prospective parents, and students past and present schmoozed over a delicious buffet lunch, wrapping up the morning feeling accomplished and excited. Said Ms. Segal, “Our dedicated student ambassadors, our faculty non-pareil, and our supportive parent representatives spread the warmth and kind welcome for which Central is known.”

 

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