Count the circles under our eyes and the creases in our brows — we might look like we’re eating, sleeping, studying, teaching, and working. But in truth, our hearts are firmly focused eastward on a tiny stretch of land, where a war for the fate of our brethren is being waged on the world stage.
Though it’s difficult to focus on the mundane day-to-day (read: homework, attendance, essays, exams), when we put one foot in front of the other and soldier on, connecting to Toras chaim and our Heavenly Commander-in-Chief, we show the world that we’re living a life worth fighting for.
Of Visions and Missions
What happens when you stick forty opinionated educators in one room and make them work together?
Lots of views and voices, but (hopefully) one vision.
At this year’s Staff Orientation, we served up a gourmet fleshig buffet and our year’s running theme, “Appreciating our vision. Internalizing our mission. Transmitting our values.”
All good schools have a mission statement, but great schools include their teachers in their vision. Our teachers are our program’s brick-and-mortar and we want them to be wholly and completely involved in identifying and formalizing our program’s values and vision. This ensures that our students’ daily school experiences are perfectly aligned with the school’s vision.
To that end we engaged Rabbi Dr. Elie Tuchman, a renowned education consultant, to guide our staff in creating a unified vision for Ichud H.S.
Working together to answer the deceptively simple question, “Who are we, really?” was an intriguing, reflective process.
Game plan for the two-part workshop: identify a mission statement that best describes how our school plans to prepare our students in a rapidly changing world, what actions we need to take now to position our school to meet challenges and seize opportunities, and how we want our school to look ten years from now.
It was a fun and fascinating mental workout, with results still in the offing…Stay tuned for the Ichud H.S. Mission Statement Unveiling!
Oh, and we didn’t leave the students out of the vision-making fun.
In group workshops, superstar school counselor Rivka Lamm led our girls in creating statement-making, head-turning vision boards. Vision boards are a vivid, attractive collection of images posted on a corkboard that represent an individual’s goals, dreams, and ideals — basically a visual manifestation of their life plan. Visualization projects are touted by experts as an extremely effective tool to inspire growth and success and the girls responded enthusiastically. Wait ‘til you see them!
New for School Year 2023-24
*For the first time ever, 12th-grade Ichud students at Prospect are taking AP classes! Our college-bound superstars are taking Art History, Human Biology, Psychology, and Public Speaking for credit. Talk about making history!
*Flute-playing lessons! The latest in our talent classes, flute-playing joins guitar, art, painting, and knitting as electives in Prospect.
*Our attendance system has been updated to include check-in and check-out, so keep racking up those points. Eligible students were treated to a delicious breakfast this week.
*Rifky Herman’s Fully-Loaded Shmooze Group is really happening! Every Tuesday, Mrs. Herman, our school counselor, has lunch with our 11th graders in Bais Yaakov. Over bagels, our girls get to shmooze, unwind, laugh, and connect. Love this initiative!
*Two grades already have trips planned to the Intrepid and the Amud Aish Memorial Museum. These trips promise to give our students a deep dive into the turbulent years of World War II.
Here’s to lots of wins all around and brachos for yeshuos,