As part of our Path to College flagship program, College Counselor David Girard leads a team of talented AEC faculty as they prepare our high school students for the next chapter of their lives. Beginning in their freshman year, students begin engaging in a program consisting of topical seminars, personalized counseling and course selection, college previews and tours, application-writing practice, interview practice, and test preparation. In particular, our partnership with PrepExpert, providing all sophomores and juniors a full quarter of PSAT and SAT test prep, continues to produce stellar results by boosting our students’ scores on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. No other high school provides this investment in all its students, during the school day, for two consecutive years. Rounded out with sustained engagement in our companion flagship programs -- ACT (Adelson Community Theatre) as lowerclassmen, ACE (Adelson Culminating Experiences) as upperclassmen, and longitudinal volunteerism over all four years -- our graduating seniors are exceptionally well prepared to enter and succeed in excellent universities.
Healthy Minds During the Holidays
By AEC Student Services Team
AEC, with the support of this community, is proud to have achieved a full semester of in-person teaching and learning amidst a global pandemic. As we start our winter break, we encourage our community to check in and look after themselves and their loved ones, friends and neighbors -- young and old -- as this continues to be a challenging time. Here are some tips to address the feelings you may be experiencing this winter break.
- Acknowledge how you feel. If someone close to you has recently been sick or you can't be with loved ones for other reasons, realize that it's normal to feel sadness. It's OK to cry or express your feelings.
- Reach out. Seek out community, religious, or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. If you're feeling extra stress right now, it also may help to talk to a friend or family member about your concerns.
- Be realistic. This time of year doesn’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. Even though your plans may look different this year, you can find ways to celebrate.
- Maintain healthy habits. Eat healthy meals, get plenty of sleep, and engage in regular physical activity in your daily routine. Try deep-breathing exercises, meditation or yoga. Avoid tobacco, alcohol and drug use. Be aware of how the information culture can produce undue stress, and adjust the time you spend on social media.
- Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Find an activity you enjoy. Take a break by yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm. This can include taking a walk at night and stargazing; listening to soothing music; reading a book; or engaging in meditation or breathing exercises.
- Practice gratitude. Gratitude is a major focus this time of year. Whether it’s something as broad as your health, or as specific as your favorite song playing on the radio, there is still plenty to be thankful for. Change can be challenging, but there are still many ways to celebrate the season with your loved ones. Find creative ways to adapt. Or start new traditions!
Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself continuing to struggle or feeling unable to engage in your daily routines. If feelings like this persist, we encourage you to reach out to a mental health professional or to one of the school counselors at AEC.
We are always here for you and wish you a healthy and happy winter break!
Maria Paxinos (Counselor of Grades 6 and 7): Maria.Paxinos@adelsoncampus.org
Jessica Lubbe (Counselor of Grades 8 to 12): Jessica.Pagel@adelsoncampus.org
Robotics Team Gets Underway
With generous seed funds provided by AEC Trustee Tom Spiegel, our Adelson Robotics Crew -- the “ARC” -- has launched! AEC’s inaugural robotics competition team consists of five students: senior Theo Cooper, juniors Nico Rengifo Tarazona and Dekel Regev, and sophomores Alex Zeigler and Elize Itkis. Led by Mr. Shahar Givol, a FIRST Robotics coach with more than 15 years experience as a competitor and mentor in Israel and United States, our ARC is hard at work building robots, coding their autonomous motion, and “gearing up” for FIRST Tech Challenge competition in the spring of 2021! We can’t wait to watch their final creation in action, shooting balls into goals to score points on the playfield currently under construction in the Startup Incubator. The robotics competition program, part of our TechBiz Focus Area, will be expanded next school and will include focus area courses for middle school (Grades 7 and 8), high school lowerclassmen (Grades 9 and 10), and high school upperclassmen (Grades 11 and 12). Look out Tesla, AEC is building roboticists!