College Readiness Enriches Scheck Hillel's Capstone Seminar
For the past six years, Scheck Hillel Community School's Grade 12 students have looked forward to Capstone College Readiness Week: the culmination of their year-long Capstone Senior Seminar. The program gives graduating seniors an opportunity to tackle critical life subjects ahead of their upcoming college experience.
This year was no different, thanks to Scheck Hillel's virtual instructional platform and the efforts of Student Life Director Yishai Cohen and Capstone faculty. Seniors engaged with speakers virtually, addressing subjects such as Israel/Jewish activism on the college campus in a discussion led by former Scheck Hillel student, IDF veteran and Columbia grad Rudy Rochman. They learned about campus inclusivity and diversity from alumna Allison Schwartzbaum '04, a school principal who speaks about race, gender and the LGBTQ+ community. They also will hear from Sally Madson, the South Florida Victim Advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), about the life-altering consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Her presentation will be complemented by live testimonials of three people directly affected by drunk driving.
Taken together, this week is packed with facts, new awareness and time for introspection: the foundations for positive decision-making in the future.
The Capstone Senior Seminar introduces students to seminar-style learning in English and Judaic Studies. Students meet daily with core Capstone faculty and engages in a series of 2-3 week units addressing "essential questions" – definitional topics that transcend academic areas – through multiple academic lenses. Director of Student Life Yishai Cohen organized the speaker visits and facilitated sessions. Senior Capstone faculty includeAndrew Butler, Rabbi Rodney Feinerman, Cristina Florez, Rabbi Elie Ganz, Rabbi Uri Pilichowski, Rabbi Shlomo Sprung and Opher Yunger.