This Week in Upper School

Another State Win for AEC DECA 

By Brian Hemsworth, DECA Coach


DECA champs

Adelson's inaugural DECA chapter has picked up more statewide competition wins, with Kira Weant earning First Place and Jack Kim earning Third Place in the Nevada DECA Case Study Challenge! Students were tasked with filming a five-minute response acting as a manager of a frozen yogurt shop that was affected by a supply chain disruption. Channelling Marcus Lemonis from “The Profit,” competitors were expected to demonstrate an understanding of multiple aspects of running a restaurant, while devising a creative response to maintain and grow a customer base. Students were judged on their ability to create a plan for meeting the needs of customers in a changing business environment, and on their skill in identifying ways in which the business could make changes to increase sales. Congratulations to Kira and Jack and all students in our Future Business Leaders classes as they continue to prepare for Nevada DECA's Statewide competition.... coming this February! 



Daily Check-In Forms


We are thankful to our Upper School families for your vigilance in completing and submitting the Daily Clearance Check-In Form each morning during carline. Using this form to document the health status of our students and households provides the objective, decision-making data we need to stay open and steer clear of large-scale quarantines. We will continue to use this form for several more days, especially with regional COVID numbers still high. Please make additional copies, keep them in your car, and complete one before dropping your child off each morning. As always, if anyone in your household is experiencing COVID symptoms or has just tested for COVID and is awaiting results, please keep your child home and contact our Upper School Office Manager, Michele Kaufman ( for further guidance.




Design Engineering in the Startup Incubator


Design engineers

Automotive engineering is a hot field and our Startup Incubator is brimming with students who may someday give Elon Musk and other car innovators a run for their money!  SI Senior Advisor, Leon Wilde, has worked with high school teams to design and build vehicles for the statewide Solar Roller competition, and now an industrious middle schooler, Alijah Angeles, is emerging as one our top automotive designers. Although he’s had a lifelong passion and talent for studying and creating new car designs, his experiences at AEC have transformed and evolved his work: for car concepts he once sketched on paper, Alijah now computer designs and renders in 3D, then prints them as small scale models! Alijah says, “I prototype using TinkerCAD software and Flashforge Finder 3D printer in the Incubator, then paint with modeling enamel and lacquer. A mixture of brands, namely Acura and Audi inspire me, as does the modern tech and powerful V6s from many Japanese automakers.” He notes that some of his designs in the Angeles vehicle lineup take more than half an hour to render onscreen, especially as he adds increasingly intricate details on a car. Alijah’s latest creations -- a sport vehicle and keyfob shown here -- became gifts for our Shinshinim! 




The Art of Being Free

By Kathryn Shetty, US Social Studies Academic Department Chair


Our administration and faculty work purposefully to make learning social studies and history authentic by engaging classes in real-life experiences and current events. This week presented two especially meaningful events -- two solemn observances in our nation’s history and tradition: the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C.  Both events signify democracy, from the struggle for civil rights to the peaceful transfer of executive powers. Both provide instructional opportunities that elevate student learning to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize at the highest levels, examining how the chronology of events has shaped American lives, past and present. As an Upper School, we engage students in discourse about these observances and many others throughout the school year to cultivate understanding about the hallmarks of our democracy so that students can become active, well-informed citizens and voters. Our teachers are committed to creating and facilitating open, respectful lessons and reasoned debate so that all our students can learn how to utilize our country's democracy in their daily lives. The takeaway this week, and perhaps every week in our students’ study of human history, is, “Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

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