DRS TEAMS, CLUBS, & STUDENT LIFE

  • CLUBS
    CLUBS

    Clubs give students the opportunity to learn new skills, develop their passions, and have fun in the process.


    BAND

    Budding musicians have the opportunity to develop their individual talents.  The DRS band performs at our many chagigot.


    BASKETBALL INTRAMURALS

    Intramurals provide the opportunity for students to participate in one of their favorite sports activities. It offers team competition on a relaxed level.


    BEIT MEDRASH

    Many students take advantage during club hour to learn a little extra in our beautiful beit medrash.


    CHESS

    Chess develops concentration, logical reasoning and critical thinking. Members compete with teams from other Yeshivot.


    COMPUTERS

    Students take their computer skills to the next level in this club. web design, photo and movie editing as well as other advanced applications are featured topics.


    COOKING

    The Cooking Club instructs fundamentals of the culinary arts. Recipes range from soup to apple crisp and everything in between. Of course, the boys enjoy the fruits of their labor fresh from the oven.


    FLAG FOOTBALL

    Open to 9th graders only, students involved in this football league play on the DRS sports field. Teams vie for the yeshiva championship.


    HPAC

    The HALB Political Action Committee serves as the Yeshiva’s pro-Israel lobby. HPAC members become involved in various programs which help make Israel more secure by ensuring that American support remains strong.


    JEWISH OUTREACH

    In an effort to bring Jewish children closer to their heritage, DRS students become involved in Kiruv in the public school environment.


    JOURNALISM

    Journalism gives students the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills and learn about layout and design. Proficiency in these areas assists students in producing the various yeshiva publications.


    SELF DEFENSE

    Students learn the fundamentals of self-defense in this popular club. It is an excellent way to improve eye-hand and eye-foot coordination as well as flexibility and balance while getting a fun cardiovascular workout in the process.


    MOVIE CLUB

    Boys enjoy watching and discussing Hollywood classics during this student run club. What would a good movie be without whipping up a batch of popcorn, a necessity for movie watching.


    SCIENCE RESEARCH

    Students learn the fundamental principles and methods of scientific research and are guided in a project   involving an experiment of their own design.  Upon attainment of the appropriate research background, students wishing to prepare for the Intel Science Competition may apply for a research opportunity at a college or university. Students who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest in science are encouraged to participate in this club.


    SLACKLINING

    Students balance along a narrow, flexible webbing which is low to the ground and anchored between two trees. Originating in the climbing world, slacklining has evolved into a cross trainer, backyard activity and sport all of its own.


    SOCCER INTRAMURALS

    Intramurals provide the opportunity for students to participate in one of their favorite sports activities. It offers team competition on a relaxed level.


    SPANISH CLUB

    Students enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Spanish Club. They play Monopoly, Scrabble, Concentration and Bingo in Spanish. This stress-free environment provides the boys with the opportunity to express themselves in a new language while enjoying a bit of friendly competition.


    SUSHI

    This club teaches the fundamentals of the Japanese art of sushi.  Students create their own sushi rolls each week.


    THE E2K PROGRAM

    DRS is privileged to be one of the selected high schools to host the Gruss-Excellence 2000 (E2K) Enrichment Program.  This enhanced Science curriculum was designed in Israel and is available to students in grades nine and ten. E2K provides an exciting hands-on learning experience.

    E2K challenges and inspires students to take their knowledge and instincts to a higher level.  Participants advance through their own efforts and discover their individual abilities and potential to succeed.  Unique study units have been created by the Center for Excellence specifically for use in these classes.  E2K fosters ingenuity and leadership, and promotes curiosity, individual thinking and exploration.   In addition, this program helps students develop skills to thrive and succeed throughout their lives.

    As DRS expands its student offerings, our E2K program will offer robotics.  Using Lego education, students have the opportunity to be active participants in their learning process.  This course utilizes the Mindstorms NXT software providing our boys with hands-on experience to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, artists and designers.


    MUSIC

    Walking through the halls of DRS at the end of the school day, one can hear the musical notes of flutes, trombones, saxophones, trumpets, violins, pianos, guitars and clarinets wafting up through the hallways.  Each week, close to 125 students divided into different instrument groups, gather to practice on different days to learn their particular instrument under the direction of talented professional music instructors. These accomplished musicians who perform professionally, have captured the imagination of the students, the DRS Orchestral Music Program has become very popular among our students. The excitement engendered with the delivery of the instruments, the sheet music method books and music stands has spread throughout the Yeshiva. The orchestral music program complements our music appreciation program and provides choice and flexibility for students in completing the New York State Regents requirements in the arts.  Students in the program continually thank the administration for implementing this program.

  • CHESED
    CHESED

    Community service presents students with the opportunity to enhance educational and personal development. Incorporating chesed gives our talmidim a sense of satisfaction that they are contributing to the community and various organizations, making a difference in the lives of others. Volunteer work may also be a springboard for future opportunities. Students may become involved in such projects as the Clothing Drive, Toy Drive, Tomchei Shabbos, and the Blood Drive. Students also visit hospitals and nursing homes and work with children from Yachad and Kulanu.

    Many students are involved in I-Shine. This program provides after-school structure to children living with illness or loss in their families. When parents can’t be home after school, I-Shine volunteers offer support and encouragement at bi-weekly sessions that combine homework help, activities, dinner and the chance to befriend others living with similar challenges.

    DRS has established the “Nedivei Lev Service Society.” This program is designed to encourage our students to become more involved in chesed as well community and school service. The primary component is an end of year assembly honoring the contribution of students who have distinguished themselves throughout their four years of high school. The programs take place both during and after school hours. Involvement includes community-wide projects such as the annual Tomchei Pesach campaign, a yearly blood drive and chesed weddings for needy couples.

    The end of year assembly which takes place in May, includes the entire student body as well as the honorees’ parents. Video testimonials from people who have been helped by the inductees over the four years is an integral part of the program.


    TZEDAKAH

    There are so many different worthy organizations to help our fellow Jews. DRS students help out by bringing in money to contribute to the worthy charity that the boys are collecting for. Some of these charities include buying gifts for sick children in the hospital, sending shaloch manot to soldiers in the Israeli army , Tomchei Shaboss and Od Yosef Chai. You can also come up with ideas for various tzedakot to assist, collect the money or let us know about worthy organizations! Many times throughout the year, unfortunately, there will be a need to raise money for specific tzedakah projects. Money will be raised through traditional tzedakah collections as well as through special fundraising projects.


    CLOTHING DRIVE

    Once a year the boys at DRS run a clothing drive for different needy families in the Tri- State area .You can help organize, publicize, and collect the clothes themselves or you can help by bringing in clean, neat clothing during our clothing drive.


    TOY DRIVE

    Help put a smile on the face of sick child by helping out with the toy drive. Donate new toys or money to our Ohel Chanukah toy drive. This drive entails collecting and distributing all the toys that are collected as well as picking out and purchasing the toys themselves.


    CAPS-4-KIDS

    Collect and run a hat drive that distributes new baseball hats for children with cancer. This can be easily done and is a big mitzvah.


    TOMCHEI SHABBOS

    Help pack and distribute packages, containing food for shabbos, to needy families. This great opportunity takes place every Thursday night and before holidays.


    NURSING HOME VISITS

    Spend some time each week – a weeknight, Friday, Shabbos or Sunday afternoon – visiting a nursing home in your area. Try to form a relationship with one or two special residents. Many Elderly Recreational Homes need assistance in teaching basic computer skills to the residents. This is a great opportunity to help the elderly and have fun as well. They will soon look forward eagerly to your visits!


    LOCAL HOSPITAL

    Contact your local hospital’s volunteer department to find out about its requirements for visiting (each hospital has its own). Try setting aside Shabbos afternoon or a Sunday to brightening the day of a lonely, sick person.


    BLOOD DRIVE

    Join the DRS Blood Drive committee and take part in a mitzvah that is so important .DRS runs their annual blood drive in April. You can help by scheduling appointments with parents in the weeks before the blood drive or attending the blood drive itself to give out papers, cookies and juice.


    CHESED SHEL EMET

    When a family is very poor, even a funeral is too great an expense. The Hebrew Free Burial Society provides burial for all Jews. We also take our tenth grade trip to help clean up the cemetery, and restore the cemetery to its original state.


    COMMUNITY MENTORING PROGRAM

    This program is designed to have DRS boys help guide children in the community. As a community mentor you are paired up with a boy who really just needs a “big brother”. This can entail going out for pizza or helping with his homework. This is a great chance for you to positively influence a younger boy in the community.


    YACHAD

    Yachad mainstreams developmentally disabled children with their peers, attending Shabbatonim, Good Sports and other Yachad events are fun and meaningful.


    KULANU SHADOW PROGRAM

    A child with developmental disabilities would often benefit from being included in activities with his non-disabled peers (this is called “mainstreaming”) but often cannot because of his or her special needs. Kulanu will set up a high school student with a child with special needs so that he or she can participate in Shabbos morning groups or another weekly activity.


    PEER TUTORING

    Are you good in a math? Love Biology. If so you can help teach a

    Particular subject to someone else in the school that needs some assistance. The peer-tutoring program is a great chance to help other students in the school.


    JEP

    The Jewish Educational Program is a great opportunity to help children who don’t receive a Torah education. JEP provides them with the opportunity to learn about their Jewish heritage or help them with Hebrew homework.

  • ACADEMIC TEAMS
    ACADEMIC TEAMS

    COLLEGE BOWL

    College Bowl, “The Varsity Sport of the Mind”, is the world famous game of questions and answers played by two teams of competing students. It provides an arena for the fastest minds in school, demonstrating students’ knowledge under the fire of varsity competition. Students vie for the championship with local yeshivot.


    DEBATE

    Participation on the Debate Team allows students to master arguments regarding some of the most controversial issues of our time. The students’ aptitude in the various topics debated is fully tested through a debate procedure which encourages creativity, fosters verbal persuasion and develops rhetorical skills. Students improve analytical skills, sharpen research strategies and increase their self-confidence. The Debate Team competes with other Yeshiva teams.


    INTEL SOCIAL SCIENCE COMPETITION

    The Intel Social Science competition gives students the opportunity to achieve national recognition for independent social science research projects. High school students are judged based upon their individual research, scientific originality and creative thinking. At the present time, research projects cover the multi disciplines of social science: psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, archeology and demographics. Entries are reviewed and judged by top social scientists from a variety of disciplines.


    JERUSALEM SCIENCE CONTEST

    The Jerusalem Science Contest, Chidon HaMada HaYerushalmi, was founded to encourage students with an interest in science to pursue scientific studies through hands-on experimentation. Participants follow an arduous four month schedule of study, lectures and tests to achieve mastery in the contest’s annual theme. In addition to an introductory college level course in science, the students augment their studies with a related Judaic curriculum. Competition is on a national level. Those who achieve a mastery score in the Chidon will travel to Israel for a special week-long seminar; the student with the highest score is awarded a tuition scholarship to study at Jerusalem College of Technology. Cash prizes are also awarded to second and third place winners. DRS has placed first, fourth fifth and sixth.


    MATH LEAGUE

    The Math League stimulates and challenges students who excel in mathematics. It gives them recognition and encouragement, brings them together with similarly gifted students and prods them into the study of topics not commonly taught in the high school curriculum. Problems are drawn from a wide range of high school topics such as geometry, algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, series, sequences, exponents, roots, integers, real numbers, combinations, probability and coordinate geometry. Students compete with teams from other Yeshivot.


    MOCK TRIAL

    Participants in Mock Trial gain an appreciation of the judicial court process as well as the difficulties that judges, lawyers and juries face in attempting to present all relevant facts and legal arguments and insure the just resolution of the issues involved. Cases may draw upon historical events, trials of contemporary interest, or hypothetical fact patterns. Students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills by engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other Yeshivot and public schools.


    MODEL CONGRESS

    Model Congress is a simulation of the U.S. Congress allowing students to engage in political role-playing. High school delegates have the opportunity to participate in House and Senate committees by drafting legislation, giving speeches, arbitrating differences among committee members and voting on bills in an effort to work together to reach a final consensus. Students become aware of their own political power and their responsibilities to the United States.


    MODEL UN

    Model United Nations is a simulation of the U.N. General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model U.N., students step into the shoes of ambassadors from United Nations member states to debate current issues. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model U.N. conference rules of procedure, all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.


    TORAH BOWL

    Torah Bowl promotes Torah learning by providing students with a forum to display their mastery of Chumash and Rashi in a competitive environment. It is a team competition that follows a quiz show format. Students vie for the championship with other Yeshivot.


    SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

    Sponsored by the Board of Jewish education, the Science Olympiad is devoted to increasing student interest in the sciences. Biology, chemistry, engineering and physics are represented. Events may include a balloon race, a battery buggy project and mystery architecture -all designed to engage the students in such concepts as navigation, creative thinking, estimating, measuring and calculating. Students vie for the championship against other Yeshivot in the Metropolitan area.

  • ATHLETIC TEAMS
    ATHLETIC TEAMS

    Participation in organized team sports provides opportunities for leadership and socialization. Students learn the importance of self-discipline, resilience, teamwork and relationships with others. DRS offers a wide range of athletic opportunities on Junior Varsity (for 9th and 10 graders) and Varsity (for 11th and 12th graders) teams.

    Games are often broadcast over the internet. Our state-of-the-art gymnasium is the perfect venue for our players to demonstrate their athletic abilities. DRS is a member of the Metropolitan Yeshiva High School League which allows Yeshiva students to engage in athletic competition while adhering to Jewish Law.


    DRS ATHLETIC TEAMS:

    • BASKETBALL (JV & VARSITY)
    • BOWLING
    • SOCCER
    • HOCKEY  (JV & VARSITY)
    • WRESTLING
    • VOLLEYBALL
    • SOFTBALL  (JV & VARSITY)
    • TENNIS
  • PUBLICATIONS
    PUBLICATIONS

    Students who enjoy creative writing, photography, layout and design are encouraged to join the staff of one of the Yeshiva’s student publications. The wide array of journals offered allows students to become involved in their particular field of interest.


    DRS ADDRESS

    The “DRS Address” is a student produced weekly interactive email that is sent to over two thousand members of the greater DRS-HALB family. It contains articles, photos, and videos produced by students about the activities and events taking place in the Yeshiva. It also serves as a valuable resource for disseminating important school information such as calendars and schedules for upcoming events.


    DRS STAR

    This quarterly newspaper is the official paper of the DRS student body. The “DRS Star” gives students the opportunity to voice their opinions about local and world events. Students learn the art of reporting, layout and design as well as newspaper publication and distribution.


    LITERARY ARTS JOURNAL

    This publication of the Language Arts Department demonstrates our students’ writing talents. It showcases their short stories, personal narratives and poetry.


    D’VARIM HAYOTZIM MIN HALEV

    Our outstanding weekly Torah publication, “D’varim Hayotzim Min Halev”, distributes over 700 copies per week, to more than forty shuls in the Five Towns, Far Rockaway, Queens, Brooklyn, Oceanside, and West Hempstead. It features articles on the weekly Parsha, as well as Halacha articles, Torah trivia, Gematrias and stories of Torah giants. Students execute the layout, write and edit the articles, and handle the distribution.


    MESAMCHEI LEV

    Each year, DRS publishes a volume of original Torah ideas and Talmudic analyses of our Rabbeim and students called “Mesamchei Lev”. Students are encouraged to write articles in Hebrew or English summarizing challenging material they are studying in their Gemora classes, as well as their own insights into the Sugya. The publishing of the Sefer inspires our students to work hard at mastering a section of Gemora to a level worth putting it into print. Rabbi Yehuda Balsam, The Faculty advisor, as well as the boys’ individual Rebbes, work with the students to help them develop their ideas and prepare the articles for print.


    OLE´

    The Yeshiva’s annual Spanish language magazine, “Ole”, provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate their Spanish language prowess through a variety of articles they write about Judaic and Spanish history, holidays and cultural events in Spanish. Included in the magazine are games, puzzles and original artwork.


    YEARBOOK

    Each year the senior class devotes enormous amounts of time and energy to produce “Derachim”, the DRS yearbook. It serves as a written record of their high school years. Students join together using humor, literary talent, art and photography while building their journalistic, business, editing and leadership skills.