The ninth grade of Valley Torah has completed an amazing year. The girls have grown in their Torah learning and built a foundation of friendship that will continue to flourish throughout their years in high school. We celebrated the completion of our studies with an exciting trip to Santa Barbara. We enjoyed a picnic at the ranch, horseback riding through the scenic hills, achdus activities on the beach, and a sunset picnic and kumsitz in the park. This was a wonderful way to celebrate a successful year in Valley Torah! Mazel Tov to our new Sophies, the Class of 2020!
Outstanding innovation and creativity were on display at the 2017 CIJE West Region Girls High School Engineering Conference on May 18th at the Westside JCC in Los Angeles. Students from Meira Academy, Palo Alto, the Torah High School, San Diego, Yeshiva University Girls High School, and Valley Torah Girls High School, Los Angeles, knocked it out of the park with their design engineered devices. These devices solved problems that ranged from waking sleepy drivers to a device that helped blind people learn the alphabet.
The winning Project of the Year was a project from Valley Torah Girls, was developed by Adina Ziv, Meital Shafgi, Aviya Gaviel and titled “CS2 Car Sleeping.” Their project focused on a sensor that detected when drivers were getting sleepy and once activated would wake them up using a device that vibrates. With 20% of road accidents linked to fatigue, this project has the potential to save lives.
Winners from the other categories were:
- Award for Best Social Value, “The Wheel Awake,” by Edan Green and Elinor Shalom, Valley Torah Girls High School
- Award for Outstanding Engineering Achievement, “Follow PET” by Toma Riskin, Tehila Nissim, Ita Rice, Meira Academy
- Award for Best Visual Display, “Sensory Insight,” Tzila Hadad, Gila Kohanbash, Penina Waghalter, Liana Seidenfeld, Yeshiva University High School.
- Award for Innovation “Breader,” Chana Shenghalan, Rachel Leibowitz and Sharon Aharonoff, Valley Torah Girls High School
- Award for Best Team Pitch, “Chill Pill,” Orel Shachar, Sarah Andron and, Dvora Olkha, Valley Torah Girls High School
On Tuesday VTHS girls had a wonderful time celebrating Yom Ha’atzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day. The lunch room became Cafe Valley Torah, decked in blue and white and set up like an Israeli coffee house. The girls felt they were transported during the program to Israel. Just as is done in Israel, we began with a commemoration of Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s memorial day for the fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks. We then continued by celebrating the land and some of what it has to offer. The girls enjoyed a delicious falafel lunch and played Israeli games in the “cafe.” Each Ivrit class proceeded to present a scene from Israel which they wrote and performed, and which was accompanied by a slide show showcasing various aspects of the land. From the plane ride to Israel, to Tiyulim, school, and a tour of the country, to the zoo, Shuk Machane Yehuda, an Israeli coffee house and food, and finally to a bus ride in Israel and surprise ice cream treat– the girls truly had a memorable experience! Last but not least, they enjoyed “Shoko Besakit,” chocolate milk Israeli style, in individual plastic bags. What a fun day to remember– Lehitra’ot Be-Yisrael!
A letter we just received:
Dear Rabbi Stulberger, Mrs Gross and Mrs Allen,
Thank so much for everything you do. Your amazing work with the students really shined during the AIPAC conference. Ariel was very proud to tell every single leader the school she attends and how the school contributed to her Jewish identity. She was invited to a private lunch with Israel’s greatest leaders and even met Shimon Peres’s son. She also met Commander Yoav Galant, Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, Israel’s Deputy Minister of Defense, Dani Dayan, Israeli Consul General, New York, Koftan Halabi, founder and Chairman of The Druze Veterans and Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Ron Dremer. Watching Ariel interacting at ease with these great leaders being proud of her Jewish identity and orthodox upbringing made me proud.
When Lizi was reading her Siddur a night before her exam because it relaxes her you know VTHS did a great job. When Ariel was asked during this conference in front of 200 people what is in her opinion the best way for the state of Israel to survive her answer was “through Torah and [religion] because if we lose our religion we lose everything, we will be lost as a nation. [Torah] is what keeps us together as a nation and what got us to this point.” The crowd cheered. As a parent it’s these small moments that you know that you choose the right school for your daughter.
Thank you for being our equal partner in raising our kids.
This week, VTHS girls were happy to participate in an afternoon of eventful activities on team building and preparing ourselves for the upcoming holiday of Tu b’Shvat. With the help of many staff members, teachers and student council members and volunteers, the activities included obstacle courses, tower building and verbal exercises for better communication. The activities were followed by great fruit treats, a chocolate fountain and inspiring divrei Torah from Mrs. Gross.
Valley Torah Girls Division alumni in NY got together for a Chanukah party.