Juniors Ariella Ross and Yael Dilamani were counting down the days to the start of the school year. They are certain it is going to be great one.

To kick off the year, HANC High School had an awesome opening ceremony and back-to-school senate event. Seniors, freshmen, and new faculty were introduced to the student body with a warm welcome from the principal, Rabbi Shlomo Adelman. The theme of the year of “ALL IN” was introduced through a multimedia presentation. Students discussed their commitment in their academic, extracurricular, and personal lives. Music teacher Mr. Jacob Spadaro and the HAZAN Band added much excitement to the event.

It was so great to see everyone once again, and to be reunited as a school. To end off the program, all participants enjoyed the student senate-sponsored Dippin’ Dots which was served outdoors. It was a sweet way to start off this amazing year and we cannot wait to see what it has in store for us.

Even before the first day of school, freshmen and their parents attended an orientation to introduce them to life at HANC. Parents met with administrators while students participated in teambuilding activities and ice-breakers. On the same day, student club leaders met for an interactive leadership program while all students in grades 10–12 came to school to receive schedules and set up their lockers for the start of school. Additionally, new faculty met with the administrative team to acclimate to their new role at HANC.

On Tuesday, September 3, all of the HANC faculty members joined for their opening year program. Based on the Heath Brothers book, The Power of Moments served as the theme for this professional development. A highlight of the program was the team effort classroom “game plan,” as well as the red phone Popsicle hotline. All the prep paid off and helped to make opening day at HANC High School a huge success.

The HANC High School Class of 2023 was inaugurated into high school at the annual Freshman Retreat this past Sunday and Monday, September 9 and 10, at Camp Kaylie in Wurtsboro, New York. The students participated in two days of amazing activities, entertainment, and “just getting to know one another.” The trip was chaperoned by administrators, mechanchim, and members of HANC’s student-life team.

The retreat started with a pizza lunch and an incredible hike in Harriman State Park where students climbed to the peak, “Almost Perpendicular.” Students were awed at the beautiful vista where they took their first grade photo for the new school year.

Once the group arrived at Camp Kaylie, they had the opportunity to participate in various activities such as dodgeball, boating, go-karts, and basketball. After a sumptuous dinner, Rabbi Adelman welcomed the class and challenged them to think out of the box and picture what their next four years at HANC would look like. To do this every freshman received a HANC journal which will be used to document their journey throughout high school.

The second day of the retreat began with tefillah, a hearty breakfast, and meaningful learning sessions. This was followed by an amazing team-building activity of boat building. Everyone had an awesome time and made new friends.

Thank you to Rabbi Daniel Mezei, director of student life, and his team, Rabbi Aharon Friedler, Mrs. Nomi Zanjirian, and Rabbi Yakov Grun, for organizing the entire program. Kudos to the grade mechanchim, Mrs. Rebecca Gordon and Rabbi Nafi Orlofsky, for joining the retreat.

This event could not have been possible without the team of senior advisers: Carly Kahn, Stephanie Hoch, Sarah Zeigler, Kayla Stern, Aaron Liviem, Dovy Lowenthal, Aaron Aphraim, and Nathan Matatov.


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