Rosenblatt High School Hosts Working Professionals as Part of Innovative Minimester
Matt Franzblau, DKJA Communications Director
For the third straight year, Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School held its popular and heavily anticipated Minimester, a three-day elective seminar where working professionals come in and teach unique and specific subjects.
This year some of those subjects covered a broad array of topics, ranging from the life of a physician, to entrepreneurship in fashion and even a deeper look at Disney. Students also benefited from Judaic subjects such as Israel through film and a Jewish approach to meditation.
“As I walked the halls this week, I observed students learning about the stock market, key elements of successful leaders as well as the tools needed to build an online business,” said Rosenblatt High School Principal, Rabbi Marshall Lesack.
These courses gave students the opportunity to explore areas of interest and to be exposed to new ideas and topics. With nearly topics for students in grades 9-12 to choose from, there was enough variety so that each one could find something of interest to them.
"During this three-day seminar-type week of school, I was gifted with the opportunity to broaden my horizons and learn about new topics that are usually not available to us at school,” said senior Will Levenson. “Specifically, in Mr. Franzblau's Sports Broadcasting class, we had the chance to skype with members of the sports media/broadcasting community, which gave us a true feel of what's it like to work in that industry.”
“Some students were perfecting their skills in cake and cookie decorating while others enjoyed exploring the worlds of Yiddish, Italian and Arabic and there were additional opportunities for them develop their logic skills through chess matches or solving a murder mystery with forensic science,” he added. “These are just a handful of the amazing courses that were offered to our students this week and I am proud to provide this unique experience for our students.”
The annual Minimester was stretched across four periods during the students’ days, with breaks for tefilla, lunch and AP classes.