Upper School COVID Response Chart
In an effort to provide clear, helpful guidance to Upper School families regarding our COVID-19 protocols; the steps we take in managing suspected and confirmed COVID cases; and all associated documentation, our COVID Response Team has created this handy COVID Response Chart. Please note that we have included links for locations where PCR testing can be conducted and for the AEC Medical Clearance - Return to School document that must be completed when a student has been absent with a COVID-suspected illness. We invite you to review this chart, print it out, and refer to it when you have a quick question regarding AEC’s management of COVID in the Upper School. Click on the Response Chart below to open document with active links.
NHS Thanks Medical Team
By Abby Moyal
COVID-19 has been hard on everyone this year. Local medical teams at hospitals throughout the Valley have been working round-the-clock to care for our community. That’s why the AEC National Honor Society decided to give back by taking care of our health care workers! NHS students raised funds to purchase bagels, coffee, and a giant appreciation card for the hardworking medical staff in the Intensive Care Unit of Spring Valley Medical Hospital. The medical team really enjoyed the snack and words of thanks from our wonderful students. Good work, NHS!
Hanukkah Fun with the Shinshinim
By Vered Lopez
A huge shout out to our Shinshinim, Shai and Raz, for their amazing work with our Grade 6 Jewish Studies course! Middle School students are new to Review Week and Finals Week, a time that can be a bit stressful in the lead up to Winter Break. But Shai and Raz helped students continue finding their joy by conducting a scavenger hunt to find and show everyday, household items celebrating Hanukkah! The Shinshinim and the students had a blast sharing their objects (many of them funny and unexpected) over Zoom. Thank you to Shai, Raz, and all our students for making this amazing event!
NV Digital Educators Share AEC Live Hybrid Tips
By Paula Garrett
While the Adelson Educational Campus has been teaching using a hybrid model -- both in-person and remote simultaneously -- since the beginning of the school year, most other schools around the state and across the nation have been in full remote teaching mode with hopes of going to a hybrid model soon. To assist other educators in getting started with the hybrid instructional paradigm, AEC teachers Paula Garrett and Rachel Ziter created a video highlighting best practices demonstrated by AEC, with contributions by Upper School Principal Dr. Camille McCue and examples from our Lower and Upper Schools. Both Paula and Rachel, along with Robin Pence, are part of a select group of Nevada teachers chosen as leaders in technology integration in education. Known as Digital Engineers, the group has been tasked by the Nevada Department of Education to provide technology resources for other teachers in the state in these unprecedented times. Take a look at our “Bricks and Bandwidth” video explainer to see how we’re helping other schools learn about our hybrid model of teaching and learning!
TechBiz Students Engage with Red Rock Running Company
By Brian Hemsworth
Students in Mr. Hemsworth’s Future Business Leaders class welcomed Mark Jimenez to class via Zoom this week. Mr. Jimenez is the owner of Red Rock Running Company, a local specialty running store with two locations. During this special event, he helped students learn about his journey to entrepreneurship while also serving as a full-time teacher. Students came prepared with dozens of questions, from “What is the profit margin on a single pair of shoes?” to “How has your business changed because of the pandemic?’”
Students in the class who serve as officers in AEC’s DECA chapter then worked with Mr. Hemsworth to turn Mr. Jimenez’s current business challenges into a Role Play event. As part of their semester exam, all Future Business Leaders students will record responses to these authentic challenges, applying content learned during this first semester of school. Responses will be shared with Mr. Jimenez, and who knows? Changes at RRRC may be implemented as the result of ideas recommended by AEC and its business-savvy TechBiz students!