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New Dean of Student Life leads focuses on unity and ‘value added’

New Dean of Student Life leads focuses on unity and ‘value added’

May 24, 2018

The last name of Shalhevet’s new Dean of Student Life, Dr. Jonny Ravanshenas, is hard to pronounce, but it’s a good name for him. Pronounced ra-VAN-she-nas, it...

‘Strategic shuffling’ and new staff member will cover roles of former principal, Rabbi Segal announces

‘Strategic shuffling’ and new staff member will cover roles of former principal, Rabbi Segal announces

January 11, 2018

Head of School Rabbi Ari Segal said today that a “strategic shuffling will go into effect immediately” in light of the recent removal of Shalhevet’s Principal and Assistant Head of School who was in charge of many areas within the school ranging from admissions and discipline to curriculum development, student life and co-curriculars.

Former Apple Store ‘genius’ is new director of technology

Former Apple Store ‘genius’ is new director of technology

December 6, 2017

Newly staffing Shalhevet’s “genius bar” -- the tech station on the second floor where students can charge their devices and get help with Schoology -- is a former genius at an actual Apple Store, Mr. Nick Parsons, new Director of Technology.

Tech head Robie Gruenfeld, smiling presence who was ‘tight with students’, leaves after three years

Tech head Robie Gruenfeld, smiling presence who was ‘tight with students’, leaves after three years

December 3, 2017

Another change in the technology department at Shalhevet was announced this week, with the departure of Information Technology Associate and Academic Support Technician Mr. Robert Gruenfeld — known as “Robie” (rhymes with Coby) amongst the students and faculty.

Doctors in the house

Doctors in the house

November 7, 2017

What do stem cell differentiation, females with disabilities in the classroom, the relationship between Jewish and American law and a medieval Greek rabbi...

Two guidance counselors, one mission: look at the “whole person”

Two guidance counselors, one mission: look at the “whole person”

September 29, 2017

If you’re feeling stressed or blue or nervous, Shalhevet has two new guidance counselors for you to talk to -- and they’re a little nervous, too. “I ...

For Dr. Basheer, dance, food and chemistry are all international

For Dr. Basheer, dance, food and chemistry are all international

September 23, 2017

Don’t be afraid to dance like nobody's watching in front of new Physics and Biology teacher Dr. Elizabeth Basheer. Growing up in in Springer, N.M. -- a town of only 1,000 people -- did not prevent her from getting into international cooking and dancing, which she still enjoys today.

Something a little calmer for a teacher who dives with sharks

Something a little calmer for a teacher who dives with sharks

September 18, 2017

You may not see new Judaic Studies teacher Ramie Smith every day, because she’s teaching just one class this year, 10th Grade Talmud.  She’s also developing a sex education curriculum with Rabbi Block, which will be taught to all grades, not just seniors.

Newest math teacher loves a good board game

Newest math teacher loves a good board game

September 1, 2017

Make sure to say hello to Mr. Andrew Sinajon, a new face in Shalhevet’s math department.  If he is not rushing off for a hike -- or concentrating on a board game -- he will likely be delighted to meet you.

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman arrives with experience and ‘gravitas’

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman arrives with experience and ‘gravitas’

September 1, 2017

Rabbi Abraham Lieberman loves dark chocolate. He believes he has tasted every available kosher, dark chocolate brand, and enjoys them all, but his favorite is Taza Chocolate, a brand based in Somerville, Mass.

New math chair loves English and writing, too

New math chair loves English and writing, too

August 30, 2017

Though many believe the world is split up between “math people” and “English people,” Dr. William Walton -- new math department chair and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction -- is a walking objection to this common view.