New Students, New Enhancements, New Year

New Students, New Enhancements, New Year

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New Enhancements, New Students, New Year

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Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) opens its doors to the 2013-14 school year to much more than just students and academics.  LYA sees an increase in enrollment in the Kindergarten through 8th grade program.  In contrast to national trends, new families are relocating to the Western MA and sending their children to LYA. 

LYA hired Mrs. Angela Courchesne, to teach science to the Middle School, to accommodate an increase in enrollment in grades 6-8.  Using the Leader in Me model for the third year, LYA continues to use the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and sees the positive results of students becoming effective in their lives, achieving their goals and becoming competent and confident leaders. 

Community-wide attendance increased at programs and events organized by the school during the past year and into the summer months.  The LYA Summer Barbecue and weekly study classes during July and August make LYA a destination all year long. 

LYA administration and staff members strive to constantly challenge themselves to improve and raise the bar on educational excellence.  The summer of 2013 was no exception; LYA secular staff synergized over the summer and began the process of modifying the curriculum standards to meet the goals of the new Common Core State Standards in education.  The Judaic staff met weekly over the summer and worked on updating the Judaic curriculum and clarifying expectations to ensure seamless transitions from one grade to the next grade. 

Over the summer, LYA principal, Rabbi Noach Kosofsky coordinated building enhancements designed to improve and update crucial areas of the facility.  Improvements include replacing two HVAC units in different wings of the school, painting elementary classrooms, installation of a new roof over the middle school and cafeteria, and landscaping upgrades around the building.  Educational upgrades include new classroom computers and new Judaic books for early readers through advanced readers for the LYA Library.

“The new enhancements that took place at LYA over the summer are due to the generosity of community members, who believe in the mission and the growth that is taking place at LYA”, commented Rabbi Noach Kosofsky. 

LYA would like to thank to following community members for their generosity in providing the funds for the summer enhancement projects:  Joanne Brown, friends at Horizon Sheet Metal, The Hambro Family, Devorah Keller Natkin in memory of her parents Paul and Sis Keller, an anonymous donor, and the Estate of George Sosin. 

“Our work in creating a vibrant community in Western Massachusetts is ever increasing and important; as LYA looks to the future, it is vital that in addition to strengthening our school and community, we continue to invest in the physical LYA structure. We are not finished with our plans yet”, cautioned Rabbi Kosofsky, “LYA’s additional enhancement renovation plans include painting the exterior gym walls and updating the school entrance.”

“We have one more glaring project to complete before the winter sets in. The outside of our gym is in dire need of a fresh coat of paint, fortunately we have received pledges towards the cost of this project, but we are still far from our goal.  We need to raise $8,000 from other donors who are willing to step forward and help us complete these renovations.” 

If you are interested in being a part of this important venture, please contact Rabbi Noach Kosofsky at 413-567-8665 or rabbink@lya.org.   

LYA serves the Jewish community of Western Massachusetts for over sixty years.  LYA is accredited by NEASC, The New England Association of School and Colleges and is a Leader in Me school.  An LYA education offers excellence in Judaic and secular studies for toddlers through eighth grade with individualized attention, as well as providing family education, and holiday programming.

For more information about LYA or to schedule a tour, please call 413-567-8665 or log onto www.LYA.org

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