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Reflections on Shabbaton

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The yellow team succumbed to the red team in a game of tug-of-war. (Micah Cohn)

The yellow team succumbed to the red team in a game of tug-of-war. (Micah Cohn)

The yellow team succumbed to the red team in a game of tug-of-war. (Micah Cohn)

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On November 18th to 20th, The Weber School had their annual school trip: Shabbaton.

Weber Shabbaton has been an ongoing tradition since 1997 when the school first opened. This year, The Weber School decided to implement some new activities and rules for the trip. Some of theses activities and rules included “unplugging,” color war and bringing back “families.” Color war was a new activity at this year’s Shabbaton in which students were divided into teams and competed in activities ranging from relay races to making cheers. While the school chose not to continue the families concept last year, they decided to bring them back this year. In their families, students from all grades came together and bonded with each other. Unplugging meant that students would not be able to use their phones during the school trip. Weber teachers collected students’ phones on Friday and returned them to the students on the bus ride home on Sunday.

According to Shlaina Van Dyke, the goal of Shabbaton is for the school to bond and come together. Mrs. Van Dyke mentioned that there was a strong consensus among faculty and students who came to her requesting that students unplug. The students and faculty told Mrs. VanDyke that if Weber truly wants the students to establish meaningful relationships, then students need to communicate in person and not through text. This is why Shlaina VanDyke decided to instate the new policy of unplugging. With all the recent changes, The RamPage decided to talk to students and a teacher in order to receive feedback.

 

Nolan Siegel

Nolan, a transfer student in his junior year. (Paula M. Gould Photography/Paula M. Gould)

What did you think of Shabbaton this year?

“I really enjoyed Shabbaton; it was so much fun hanging out with my friends all weekend!”

Did it live up to expectations?

“Shabbaton exceeded my expectations because I had no idea I would have as much fun as I did with my friends!”

What would you change?

“I wish we had played Students Versus Teachers Ultimate Frisbee!!!”

What was your favorite part?

“My favorite part of Shabbaton was Havdalah and playing Frisbee!”

Do you want to be more involved next year?

“I would love to be more involved with Shabbaton’s planning and execution next year.  I think Shabbaton would be even better if it were more student-led!  :)”

 

Dr. Kevin D. Goldberg

Dr. Goldberg, Dean of Social Studies. (Paula M. Gould Photography/Paula M. Gould)

What did you think of Shabbaton this year?

“I thought Shabbaton was delightful. It was well organized from start to finish.”

Did it live up to expectations?

“Yes, this year’s Shabbaton exceeded my expectations. Teachers and students worked so hard to put an excellent program together.”

What was your favorite part?

“My favorite part of Shabbaton is allowing my family to partake in this very important piece of Weber’s culture and tradition.”

 

Isaac Goldman

Isaac, a sophomore at The Weber School. (Paula M. Gould Photography/Paula M. Gould)

What did you think of Shabbaton this year?

“I liked [S]habbaton because I was able to hang out with people not just in my grade.”

What was your favorite part?

“My favorite part of [S]habbaton was playing basketball with my friends during free time.”

Is there anything you would you change about Shabbaton? If so why?

“I thought color war was not organized well because the teachers did not do their part to manage the activities and the students. Since they were not actively engaged, the students were not either, which diminished the success of the entire competition.”

Do you want to be more involved next year?

“I think it would be fun to be more involved next year, but I don’t know if I will have time given it’s my junior year.”

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