While the students of DTA are still enjoying their last few days of summer vacation, the teachers are hard at work getting ready for the new school year. Besides setting up classes, preparing lessons and creating beautiful bulletin boards, the teachers are taking part in an intensive school year
orientation program.

Rabbi Rodman, school principal explained, “Each of our teachers receives a manual that contains our Teacher Handbook, Parent Handbook, a manual for recognizing and preventing child abuse
and a book of OSHA regulations. At orientation, we review the key parts of these manuals and our discipline procedures. It’s important that all staff members start off the year on the same page.”

The rabbi continued, “There are also a number of other special events taking place during our orientation. We are pleased to announce that two officers from Metro will be giving our staff a class in how to deal with an active shooter situation. Of course, we hope and pray that we will never actually face such a terrible situation, but we must always be prepared”.

Another important session will be on bhow to use Sycamore Online Education. This is a wonderful tool which DTA purchased a number of years ago. It allows teachers to post grades, homework assignments and communicate with parents. Each student has his/her own confidential file.

The highlight of the orientation however, will be an intensive presentation on how to properly implement
Differentiated Instruction. This is a method in which teachers use different strategies to reach all of their
students. This session will be led by Mrs. Michelle Fendell, DTA’s new Secular Studies Principal. The community will be learning more about Mrs. Fendell in upcoming Israelite articles.

On a different note, enrollment for the new school year is in full swing at DTA. Some classes are full, but some still have some openings. Parents are encouraged to call the school office at 702-259-1000 for information or to arrange a tour.

The mission of Desert Torah Academy is to provide the Jewish children of Southern Nevada with an outstanding Judaic/Hebrew and Secular education. DTA staff will promote students’ growth as active learners; respectful, responsible citizens; and independent thinkers. Through a stimulating and safe learning environment, our students will grow in appreciation of Jewish tradition and culture while being prepared for success in high school and life in the world community.