The Boiling Point

VOTE: Agenda Chair Kate Orlanski presented the “Timely Grading Proposal” at Town Hall last Friday.

Teachers must grade work within three week or not assign tests and projects, Town Hall votes

By Caroline Kboudi, Ninth Grade April 15, 2021

Town Hall decided the very first proposal of the year April 9, voting overwhelmingly that teachers should, unless taking a leave of absence or chaperoning a school trip, grade all work or tests within...

PROMINENT:  Since November, a painting by David Meytal has been in the geographical center of the school instead of the signed preamble to the Just Community Constitution.

Have you missed it? Just Community Constitution preamble to return to 2nd-floor lobby soon, officials say

By Tali Liebenthal, 9th Grade April 11, 2021

After about five months of being missing from its position at the top of the staircase in the second-floor lobby, Shalhevet’s Just Community Constitution has been located in the first-floor administrative...

EXPERIENCE: Freshman Tomomi Shaw said she has experienced anti-Asian taunts on her way home from school.

OPINION: Town Hall missed opportunity to address anti-Asian hate

By Tomomi Shaw, Web Editor April 7, 2021

On March 16, Robert Aaron Long shot and killed eight people in Cherokee County, Georgia, six of them of East Asian descent. Just three days later, the school joined together for Town Hall. I was expecting...

PREPARING: A pharmacist at Walgreens on Olympic Boulevard in West LA prepared to administer a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine April 4.

Your turn! A student’s guide to being vaccinated in L.A.

By Evan Beller, 10th Grade April 6, 2021

  In case you haven’t heard, starting April 15 -- next Wednesday -- California plans to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all persons ages 16 and older. With this huge wave of demand,...

VIEWPOINTS: Now that it’s been a year since the pandemic arrived, we asked one student from each grade to share how this time has changed their lives.

OPINION: Four views of a (Covid) year

  In a few decades, numbers and data might be the main vehicles through which people look back on the Covid-19 pandemic -- numbers of deaths, jobs lost and school on Zoom.  But there’s something...

MORE: One in four residents of Los Angeles suffered from food insecurity during the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic, officials estimate. For low-income families, the percentage was almost half.

Essential workers, essential work: How local food banks learned to protect staff from Covid and still feed the hungry

By Keira Beller, Staff Writer April 2, 2021

Almost exactly a year ago, Los Angeles schools, businesses, travel, and just about everything else shut down to keep people safe from the coronavirus.   The city’s Jewish food banks didn’t have...

TRANSFER: Rabbi Ari Segal (left) became Head of School in 2012.  New Head of School Rabbi David Block (right), who was announced as the next head of school in 2019, says he'll stay in his old office for now and move into Rabbi Segal's next fall.

It’s official: Rabbi Block is Head of School as Rabbi Segal steps aside

By Benjamin Gamson, News Editor April 1, 2021

Rabbi Ari Segal, who began a gradual departure as Head of School more than a year-and-a-half ago, signed off in what he announced was his last weekly newsletter to the Shalhevet community, sent last Friday,...

SOON: Passover begins this Saturday night, March 27.

Pesach 2021: Freeing ourselves with faith

By Gabriella Gomperts, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

“All who are hungry, let them come and eat!  All who are needy, let them come and conduct the Pesach Seder!  Now we are here; next year we will be in the Land of Israel.  Now we are slaves;...

ASKING: Among other questions, Passover -- which starts this Saturday  night -- wonders why the seder night is different from all others.

How is your seder different from all other seders?

By Liad Machmali, Features Editor March 22, 2021

“Really long,” “matzah pizza,” and “cleaning” are words linked to Pesach in most of our minds. But another buzzword that may pop up when thinking about the Jewish holiday that starts this Saturday...

RESUMED: Firehawk shooting guard Jacob Pofsky launched a basket over the heads of defenders from Buena High School in Ventura Thursday night. Due to Covid rules, only 40 spectators, at left, were able to watch in person. Others watched a live but private video feed.

For victorious Firehawks’ after their first game in a year, the bigger win was getting to play

By Noah Elad, Staff Writer March 21, 2021

Shalhevet basketball is back! After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, the Firehawk boys varsity team roared back to action in a hard-fought game against the Bulldogs of Buena High School of Ventura Thursday...

RETROSPECT: In his 39th studio album, Dylan uses historical themes to show where we are now.

In ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways,’ Bob Dylan looks back to see the present

By Eli Weiss, Digital Media Editor March 19, 2021

Even after a nearly 60-year career of songs covering everything from love to race to politics to death and so much more, Bob Dylan does not fail to deliver a simultaneously timely and timeless collection...

POLL: View a slideshow of poll results by clicking through the Gallery box below.

Covid Tracker – March 9-10

By Benjamin Gamson and Eli Weiss March 18, 2021

This week, with the largest sample size of the Covid Tracker yet, 10.5% of students and staff said they have tested positive for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, an increase from 8.9% on Feb....

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