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Friday, August 1, 2014
HAFTR Highlights
Summer break is on the horizon
By Miriam Friedman
Miriam Friedman

As the school year winds down, Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway (HAFTR) High School students are in the process of taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and preparing for finals and Regents exams.

May is perhaps the busiest month of the year for HAFTR High juniors. Students taking AP exams are inundated with tests one after the other. There is hardly time to breathe in between! AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP English Language, AP Political Science — too many at once! Nevertheless, it is the most relaxing feeling walking out of the test after extensive preparation by our outstanding teachers. “I am so happy to have gotten it over with. It was hard, but now we are stress free,” said junior Danielle Kramer.

Juniors are also taking SAT and ACT exams before the school year ends. All students are preparing for finals and Regents exams in June. But, at the end of the day, once everything is completed, we savor an incredible sense of accomplishment. We feel as though despite the level of difficulty, it was all worth it.

Students are eager to complete their schoolwork, and we are looking forward to an incredible summer. HAFTR students are spending their summer in a variety of different ways; students are pursuing the activities about which they are most passionate. Some are participating in science research programs or internships in various fields, while others are working in the district court, or taking pre-college or college courses. Others are working locally or in camps. After many years of looking up to their counselors as campers, it is an honor to be able to finally have campers of their own; the roles are finally reversed.

Whatever the activity, students must first finish out the year’s coursework. Students who have earned high grades this year may be eligible for several honor societies. Students who attained a 92 average in both General Studies and Judaic Studies classes are eligible for induction into the Deah Chapter of the National Honor Society. Membership in Spanish, French, and Hebrew honor societies is bestowed upon those who have done exceptionally well in language classes.

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