Dear Berman Community,
It has been invigorating for me to communicate our vision updates with you. These letters are meant to inform you about the steps we are taking, and plan to take, over the next couple of years that will move us towards our vision of becoming the flagship Modern Orthodox school in the United States. The focus for this update is on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
As we continue to graduate our students into an evolving 21st century world, one thing is clear: our world is less concerned with what our students know (especially in this information age), and is much more concerned with what our students can DO with what they know. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to build a strong STEM program that goes beyond the content. The focus of our STEM program is to challenge our students to apply their learning through hands-on labs and activities, to build and test hypotheses, to learn how things work and design ideas and improvements to current ideas – all with the goal of using our skills and talents to make the world a better place.
With these objectives in mind, and to reach the intended impact, we have already begun to work on specific initiatives, and plan on working on others in the coming 12-24 months. Here are a few enhancements that you have either heard about already, or can expect to start hearing about:
We are excited about the work that’s already underway. As we roll out each of these programs, we will make sure to highlight them for you and your children and update you on the impact we are seeing with our students.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. In the meantime, please join me in celebrating these enhancements to our program.
Until the next “VR” update…
Rabbi Dr. Yossi Kastan
Head of School