Heilicher Class of 2018
Mazal tov and l’hitraot (until we see you again) to the Heilicher graduating class of 2018.
From the desk of Steve Mintz (pictured with Wendy Goldberg above):
"As a teacher, I am incredibly proud of this class. Not only did they do a beautiful job at graduation, but their caring and support for one another throughout the years was wonderful. Although they are headed in multiple directions for 9th grade, I suspect that they will continue to support one another for many years to come.
As a father of a graduate, I want to thank the faculty for all the effort, time, expertise, and love they've shared with our kids throughout their time at Heilicher. We, as parents, entrust them to you, and you care for them in ways we may never even get to see. On graduation night, we all got to see their compassion, connection, and thoughtfulness.
Each year, one of my teaching responsibilities is reading their essays and selecting the elements that get shared as part of the 20-30 minute graduation presentation. Please take the time to read through the entirety of their essays, they are amazing.”
Excerpts from Graduation essays:
"Heilicher has taught me to seek out a driven friend group, who continually push me to communicate with my teachers, and develop meaningful relationships. Heilicher is to thank for my continuing connection with my Jewish identity, and my love of learning, and going beyond the textbooks." -Noa Gross, Class of 2018
"The core value that I feel represents my time at Heilicher is 'Guard your tongue from evil , נְצֹר לְשׁוֹנְךָ מֵרָע.' It does not only mean to refrain from doing harm with your words to other people, it also includes yourself. Words hold weight, and they can do damage. I plan to use my words for good." -Shira Hanovich, Class of 2018
Check out the Class of '18 montage video.
Heilicher Class of 2014 alumni are taking their next steps at these colleges, universities, and other experiences this fall. Several members of the Class of 2014 shared their reflections as they prepare for post-secondary education this fall. Mazal Tov!
Arizona State University
Berklee College of Music
College of Wooster
Lewis & Clark College
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Minnesota School of Cosmetology
New York University
Normandale Community College
University of Arizona
University of Kansas
University of Maryland
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of Minnesota - Duluth
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Washington University in St. Louis
Winona State University
Listings are those known by Heilicher at the time of publication.
“Heilicher teachers both challenged me to be my best self while remaining true to my values and character. I am grateful for the small classes, peers, devoted teachers, and hard-working administration. The teachers that affected me the most were Lynn Slobodien and Robert Portnoe. Mr. Portnoe's eighth-grade Judaics class still remains one of the best and most challenging courses that I have ever taken. The small discussion style nature forced us to improve as readers, writers, and thinkers.” -Zachariah Sippy, Heilicher Class of 2014
Heilicher alums gathered back on the field to celebrate their high school graduations. Mazal tov!
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The Heilicher Alumni Board, made up of current high schoolers, met in February to begin formulating recommendations to strengthen the school and its programs. Read about the first meeting of the 2019 year.
Morgan Stair's seventh graders read and wrote a variety of poems and created websites to display them. Explore some of their creative works here.
On February 8, 2019, Rose McGee of Sweet Potato Comfort Pies and Wendy Goldberg, Heilicher Assistant Director of Jewish Education, traveled to Pittsburgh to deliver homemade pies to members of the synagogues affected by the tragic shooting last October. Heilicher students and parent volunteers helped make and ship the pies and included heartfelt messages of hope with each one. Read Wendy's reflections here.