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Student services

The Student Services Team (SST) is one of the important ways Beth Yeshurun ensures that all our students receive accurate and successful educational support.

Our Team consists of the Director of Student Services, our School Counselor, our Reading Specialist, our Director of Judaic Studies if needed, our Early Childhood Director as necessary, and our Assistant Head of School. Our specialists work closely to ensure students’ individualized needs are met.

Weekly meetings are held to discuss students who have been referred to our team, to determine those students who may be at risk academically, or those who have social and emotional needs. Students who demonstrate a need for more challenging work in academic areas are also discussed. We review student progress, study student reports presented by educational diagnosticians, and determine the appropriate actions that will be put into place. Additionally, we hold conferences with parents of these students to discuss our response plan to ensure that both home and school are on the same page for the best course of action to assist the child.

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Life Skills & Wellness Program

Our emphasis on student wellness stems from our belief that education should nurture and empower the whole person. With everything from educational seminars to dedicated divisional counselors to academic resource centers to serving healthy food, we make sure that all students are equipped with the coping skills and practical resources they need to thrive.

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Success through Academic Achievement

We don’t teach to the test: We use the data received from the test to help guide students to be better prepared as writers and readers. We do this authentically so as to not constrain their learning and application to one context or situation, especially not to an assessment. Elements of the ERB and other evaluations glean light on specific growth areas and it’s our job to help mold and challenge.

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Our School Counseling Program

The mission of the BYDS Counseling Program is to support the school community by developing and integrating a comprehensive guidance program that will assist students in academic, career, and personal/social programs. This will allow children to develop a positive sense of self and become effective students, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners.

Life Skills & Wellness Program

Most students face a number of stressors and challenges on any given day. Rather than ignore them (or pretend like they don’t matter), BYDS supports students in big and small ways as they navigate life’s twists and turns.

Our emphasis on student wellness stems from our belief that education should nurture and empower the whole person. With everything from educational seminars to dedicated divisional counselors to academic resource centers to serving healthy food, we make sure that all students are equipped with the coping skills and practical resources they need to thrive.

Our life skills activities include morning energizers, focused lunch, Mensch of the Month, and leadership opportunities. Our morning energizers incorporate a short and fun “brain break” to help start our day with a positive, ready-to-learn mindset. During our focused lunch, we play peaceful music in the background for the first five minutes as students quietly focus on eating and nourishing their minds. We have already seen great improvement in lunchroom behavior as well as better use of manners. Mensch of the Month will be incorporated with a new twist. Using the five life skills, one student per grade will be nominated by the grade level teachers for demonstrating the five traits throughout that month. Receiving this award is a huge honor, and these students will be recognized on Friday afternoon during Kabbalat Shabbat services.

Success through Academic Achievement

The Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) through the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) is a rigorous assessment for high achieving students in areas such as reading, listening, vocabulary, writing, and mathematics. Verbal and quantitative reasoning subtests are part of the CTP beginning in Grade 3. The CTP helps compare content specific, curriculum-based performance to the more conceptual knowledge base found in reasoning tests. It also compares student performance and growth with similar groups of achievers via national, independent, suburban public, international, association, district, class, and grade norms using scaled scores, stanines, and percentiles. Since the formation of our Student Support Team in 2015. Our students’ test scores have been on a consistent rise. Average BYDS scale scores on the 5th grade Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) through ERB continue to surpass both suburban and independent school averages in all subcategories. Specifically, 5th-grade scores are 4.6 percent higher than independent norms in mathematics and 2.7 percent higher in reading comprehension.

And yet, we don’t teach to the test:

We use the data received from the test to help guide students to be better prepared as writers and readers. We do this authentically so as to not constrain their learning and application to one context or situation, especially not to an assessment. Elements of the ERB and other evaluations glean light on specific growth areas and it’s our job to help mold and challenge our students thinking. Reading and writing are two of the most challenging lessons to teach – it involves processing and application – the way we have improved this is by analyzing the growth areas (i.e., what are their mistakes telling us), engaging them in the process, and creating more opportunities to apply their skills and IT WORKS!

Our School Counseling Program

Alex Newman, BYDS Counselor

The mission of the BYDS Counseling Program is to support the school community by developing and integrating a comprehensive guidance program that will assist students in academic, career, and personal/social programs. This will allow children to develop a positive sense of self and become effective students, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners.

Our school counselor, Alexandra Newman, is entering her 4th year as our school counselor. Before becoming our school counselor, she taught 2nd grade at BYDS for 3 years. Mrs. Newman holds a collection of degrees. Aside from her bachelor’s degree and her master’s degree in elementary education, she holds a second master’s degree in school counseling and will begin her LPC (licensed professional counselor) internship.

Mrs. Newman enjoys making meaningful connections with each student and instilling Jewish values in their daily lives. Knowing she is making an impact on all of these students is rewarding and fulfilling. What excites her about this role is being able to address all students’ needs. Mrs. Newman enjoys being able to build positive relationships with students and provide them with necessary skills to achieve academic success, personal/social development, and character building. In addition, she enjoys continuing to build relationships with parents.

Like several of our teachers, Mrs. Newman is an alumna of Beth Yeshurun Day School herself, representing a long tradition of lifetime BYDS involvement.

We believe:

  • All children are valuable and deserve respect.
  • All children can be taught appropriate behaviors and can learn and grow to reach their full potential, if given the right environment.
  • All children learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.
  • All students should have equal access to counseling & guidance services.

The School Counselor is a resource and an advocate for all students, staff, parents and the community.

  • A School Guidance program should be comprehensive in scope, developmental in nature and preventative in design.
  • A School Guidance program should be intentional and include academic, career and personal/social components.
  • Positive relationships between students and adults are the key to student success
  • Classroom guidance is an integral part of the School Counseling program at BYDS. Classroom visits focus on topics dealing with personal/social, career, and academic matters. Lessons support the building-wide character education and encourage positive core values and traits including, but not limited to, fairness, responsibility, citizenship, trustworthiness, caring, and respectfulness.
  • During the school year, Mrs. Newman visits each classroom K – 5th biweekly. During these lessons, classes discuss various character traits or teacher-requested topics. Classroom visits are 30 minutes long and full of fun!!
  • A parent/guardian may request a conference with the counselor to discuss their student’s personal needs or concerns. In fact, parents are strongly encouraged to contact the counselor as any assistance is greatly appreciated in helping your student achieve their personal potential.

Throughout the year, BYDS hosts parent workshops that pertain to trending topics. Some of the topics addressed have been executive functioning, cyber safety, parenting resilient girls, and many more.

BYDS is a No Place for Hate School. No Place for Hate helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference while challenging bigotry and prejudice. The No Place for Hate® initiative provides educators and students with the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are an integral part of the school curriculum. Our No Place for Hate program at BYDS has evolved to a student driven leadership program. Students from 4th & 5th grade are selected to be on a NPFH student coalition. Students can choose to participate in this group and meet monthly with Mrs. Newman. These students help organize school-wide activities that are required to help make us a No Place for Hate school. Some of these activities include: mix it up lunch, our school-wide Kindness Tree, volunteering at JFS Celebration Company, and much more.

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Beth Yeshurun not only provided me with an excellent early education, but I was also exposed to teachers who taught...
2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00
Beth Yeshurun not only provided me with an excellent early education, but I was also exposed to teachers who taught and reinforced fundamental Jewish values...
Throughout my education at BYDS, I was surrounded by a warm and nurturing environment that fostered a love of learning...
2018-07-03T03:12:44+00:00
Throughout my education at BYDS, I was surrounded by a warm and nurturing environment that fostered a love of learning in a wide variety of Jewish and secular areas.
My favorite subject is Judaic Studies. Look – I’ve got friends at every school around this area, but the way...
2018-07-03T03:17:50+00:00
My favorite subject is Judaic Studies. Look – I’ve got friends at every school around this area, but the way we do Judaics makes Beth Yeshurun perfect for me.
The teachers I’ve had have all made learning fun…They simplify the more complicated concepts and make them easier to understand.
2018-07-03T03:19:20+00:00
The teachers I’ve had have all made learning fun…They simplify the more complicated concepts and make them easier to understand.
BYDS more than educated me, it helped shape my character. Jewish day school’s influence reaches far beyond the years we...
2018-07-03T03:20:29+00:00
BYDS more than educated me, it helped shape my character. Jewish day school’s influence reaches far beyond the years we spend at school.