David Posnack Jewish Day School
|David Posnack Jewish Day School|
|5890 South Pine Island Boulevard
Davie, Florida, 33328
|School type||Jewish day school|
|Head of school||Dr. Richard Cuenca|
|Teaching staff||64.4 (FTE) (as of 2011-12)|
|Average class size||15-20|
|Student to teacher ratio||7.4 (as of 2011-12)|
|School colour(s)||Blue, White, Gold|
|Mascot||Maccabee the Ram|
The school was founded in 1974 as an elementary school located in Plantation, Florida. The middle school was added in 1983 and the high school in 1998. In January 2011, the David Posnack Jewish Day School consolidated its lower, middle and high schools onto one campus in Davie, Florida. Previously, only the lower school was located on the campus, with the middle and high schools located in Plantation, Florida.
For the 2011-2012 school year, the school was renamed from David Posnack Hebrew Day School to David Posnack Jewish Day School.
For the 2011-2012 school year, the Lower School introduced iPads for grades K-3 and Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 Slate PCs for grades 4-5. All of the iPads are stored in mobile PC storage units, referred to as C.O.W.s. (Computers on Wheels) 4th Grade students get to use the Slates in school and 5th Grade students are able to bring their Slates home with them.
For the 2009-2010 school year, the Upper School initiated a Tablet PC program, using the Toshiba Portege M750 Series Tablets. If the student did not wish to purchase a tablet, they could use their own laptops.
For the 2010-2011 school year, new students purchased the Toshiba Portege M780 Series Tablets. Students could use non-Tablet computers, if they also used the Wacob Bamboo Tablet Attachment. For the 2011-2012 school year, new students purchased either the Fujitsu Lifebook T731 or the Fujitsu Lifebook T580. Software used includes DyKnow, and Microsoft Office (including Microsoft OneNote). The school supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 for the Tablets.
|Head of School||Dr. Richard Cuenca|
|Chief Financial Officer||Didi Grisé Moses|
|Director of Judaics||Rabbi Robert Kaplan|
|Director of Advancement||Leslie Reinstein Rosenblatt|
|Director of Admissions||Susie Jackowitz|
|Director of Curriculum, K-8||Joanie Silverman|
|Director of Athletics||Coach Danny Herz|
|Fischer High School Principal||Gayle Green|
|Middle School Principal||Ari Haddad|
|Lower School Principal||Linda Gutheit|
|Director of Technology||Jeff Shapiro|
High School curriculum includes Science, Mathematics, Tanach, English, Hebrew, Physical Education, Health, World History, and Rabbinics. The School has an outstanding Advanced Placement program in History, Economics, Government, Psychology, Human Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Calculus, Statistics, English, Music and Art. (In the High School, if a student finishes the required Hebrew curriculum, they learn Arabic for their last year in high school.) Middle School curriculum includes Science, Torah, Mathematics (Including up to two-year ahead Advanced Courses), Hebrew, English, Physical Education, World History, United States History, Jewish Denominations, Jewish History, Israel History and Holocaust Studies.
Student activities at Posnack include:
- American Israel Political Advocacy Committee
- Art for the Heart
- Creative Writing Club
- Computer Science Club
- English Honors Society
- Film Production Club
- Health, Science, and Medical Club
- Jewish Student Union
- Jewish Identity Club
- Moot Beit Din
- Model UN Club
- Mu Alpha Theta
- National Honor Society
- National Junior Honor Society
- No Place for Hate
- Pep Club
- Programming Club
- Student Government
- Students Against Destructive Decisions
- Technology Internship
Posnack has had successful tennis and swimming teams, and has won four all-sports championships since 2005. Through the 2010-2011 season, the basketball team played in Florida's Class 1A private school division. Since the 2011-2012 season, Posnack competes in the new 2A Urban classification. The Posnack athletic program received national attention in 2011 when former-NBA player Kenny Anderson was named coach of the High School Boys' Varsity Basketball team. Anderson's signing with Posnack echoed Joe Bryant pursuing his first coaching position at Akiba Hebrew Academy in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania in 1992-1993.
- "School Detail for David Posnack Jewish Day School". National Center for Education Statistics.
- William C. Rhoden (16 October 2011). "Sports of The Times: Kenny Anderson's Surprising New Path". New York Times.
- Cherner, Reid. "Kenny Anderson takes high school coaching gig", USA Today, September 1, 2011. Accessed September 1, 2011.
- Charry, Rob (2004-02-27). "Coach Bryant? Akiba Once Led by Kobe’s Dad". The Forward. Retrieved 2009-03-24.