This Week in Upper School

Freshmen Volunteer to Help Project 150
By Chana Borsody


Hebrew class

Students in Hebrew 2 have been learning about volunteering in the community and wanted to take it further to create their own impact. In conjunction with the Hebrew 3 class and the Shinshinim, several students in the freshmen class have decided to partner up with a wonderful organization called Project 150. Project 150 offers support and services to homeless high school students in the Southern Nevada area so that these young people can remain in school, graduate, and build a successful future. To this end, the students will be embarking on a project to gather supplies to lift these teenagers’ spirits by providing them a few basic necessities.


This project is going to be a competition among the four grades in high school. Each grade is encouraged to bring in simple supplies such as nail polish, lotion, face masks, wallets, perfume, body spray, wipes, new socks, hair bands, etc. The entire list of items requested by the teenagers will be posted shortly on the second floor landing along with other details. The items brought in by each grade will be aggregated in Room 211, the Hebrew classroom. The grade that fills up the most boxes will be awarded with a free dress day! Please help our AEC students reach the goal of ten full boxes to help lift the spirits of those in need.  Take a look at this fabulous kickoff video for the fundraising initiative!


AEC Librarian to Present at Prestigious Annual Conference


AEC Librarian Jen Nails has been selected to present a workshop this June as part of the American Library Association's annual conference. The largest of its kind in the country, the conference brings together thousands of educators, authors, publishers, librarians, and booksellers in order to discuss and share new research, innovations, and educational programming for schools and libraries. Ms. Nails is thrilled to be selected and she’s looking forward to representing AEC this summer!


Purim Budapest Video
By Liahm Blank

To stay connected with the Budapestian friends they met through the Morim-Limmud exchange program, students from Adelson teamed up with students from the Lauder Javne school in Hungary to create a special video for Purim. By "baking Hamantaschen"with the Budapestians, students were able to celebrate Purim while maintaining international friendships! You’ll love seeing how friends an ocean apart magically hand ingredients to one another to produce the most delicious cookies ever!


Junior Game Night
By Isabella Saunders

Even in this crazy COVID world, there’s no keeping our juniors away from safe, fun, socializing -- in the form of a game night!  From Bingo (with movie titles) to Scattergories to Among Us, our rising adults found that it’s more than possible to enjoy friendship, camaraderie, and good old fashioned fun… even when it has to be conducted socially distanced over Zoom. Everyone who joined shared lots of laughs and said they really enjoyed it!

game night

Key Dates of Upcoming Events in the Upper School


Monday, March 8 to Thursday, March 11: Grade 7 Standardized Testing

Monday, March 15 to Thursday, March 18: Grade 8 Standardized Testing

Tuesday, March 9: End of Quarter 3; Grade 6 Mock Trial 

Wednesday, March 10: Quarter 4 begins

Monday, March 22 to Sunday, April 4: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break  

Thursday, April 8: Yom HaShoah  

Wednesday, April 14: Yom HaZikaron 

Thursday, April 15: Yom Haatzmaut;  1:15 - 1:45 pm MS Awards Ceremony

Thursday, April 22: 10:50 - 11:50 am HS Awards Ceremony

Saturday, April 24: Prom, 9 - 11 pm at AEC  

Friday, April 30: 10:50 - 11:50 am Senior Siyyum and College Reveal

Thursday, May 20: 5:30 pm Class of 2021 Commencement

Wednesday, May 26: 2:30 pm Eighth Grade Celebration








Friday, February 26, 2021


Theo Cooper Named National Merit Finalist

Adelson Educational Campus senior, Thelonious Cooper, has been named a 2021 National Merit Finalist. More than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Finalists represent less than one-half of one percent of US high school seniors including the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The selection of some 7500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of 15,000 Finalists is now in progress. Recipients will be notified in March. We are so proud of Theo as are his amazing teachers, friends, and wonderfully supportive parents, Dr. Daniella Courbon and Professor Frank Cooper -- their partnership and commitment to academic integrity and positive, two-way communication exemplifies the possibilities ahead for Theo and for our campus.  Theo and his robotics team were proud to show off their FIRST Tech Challenge robot to Tom Spiegel, Chairman of the AEC Board of Trustees -- take a look!


Purim Celebration




MS Standardized Testing 


During the next three weeks, middle school students will be engaging in standardized tests. Standardized tests provide us objective data, measuring individual and group performance in verbal, writing, mathematical, and reasoning skills. Ultimately, these tests are very important to us at Adelson, allowing us to test our longitudinal performance as we continue to strive toward elevating our academic programs and student excellence.


Here is the schedule:

  • 6th Graders start on Monday, March 1 and test through Thursday, March 4.  They need to bring their laptops each day, and we will be checking during carline.  Laptops need to be fully charged.
  • 7th Graders test during the week of March 8 
  • Graders test during the week of March 15


Students should get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and avoid rushing around during these important test-taking mornings.  Additionally, they should bring a bottle of water as well as a book to read if they finish early.




HS Canned Food Drive for Passover 


In honor of Passover, our high school StuCo members are conducting a canned food drive for the Aishal Avraham Foundation. The event will take place from Monday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 17. Please help others in need by bringing canned goods and placing them in the designated boxes!


canned food drive



MS Digital Citizenship 


Navigating safe, productive, and appropriate use of the web and of social media to become a savvy digital citizen is a critical skill. To help coach our AEC middle school students develop strong skills in digital citizenship, our Educational Technology Coordinator, Robin Pence, began this week conducting a six-week series of lessons with students on these important themes: Media Balance & Well Being; Privacy & Security; Digital Footprint & Identity; Relationships & Communication; Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, & Hate Speech; and News & Media Literacy. Topics within each thematic unit are differentiated by grade. Over the three years of middle school, students will cycle through all topics as outlined here, building these important life skills in the online world.





Friday, February 18, 2021

AEC Mock Trial Excels, Wins Top Attorney Award
By Courtney Stern, JD, Law & Policy Program Lead


AEC’s two mock trial teams presented formidable competition at this year’s Southern Nevada Regional Mock Trial Competition. The teams spent more than four months preparing for the competition. This year’s case was a civil trial brought by the spouse of a person who died at an outdoor rock concert after being hit by lightning. This complicated case required students to prepare arguments about negligence, modified comparative fault, contract interpretation, liability by non-parties, and duty to mitigate damages. Students were also required to navigate the use of multiple exhibits and argue for the exclusion or admission of unduly prejudicial evidence, potential hearsay, subsequent remedial measures, and character evidence under modified Federal Rules of Evidence. Competitors were responsible for preparing both sides of the case and switching sides during the competition to present arguments for both the Plaintiff and the Defendant.


AEC’s Team Fire (see below for an image from one round of the competition) and Team Water both met their Year Two program goals. Many Adelson students were recognized in-round for their outstanding achievements: Best Attorney Emma Gephart, two-time Best Attorney Opal Latpate, Best Attorney Nicole Miller, two-time Best Witness Caroline Gephart, and two-time Best Witness Zachary Rosenfeld. For the entire Southern Regional competition, sophomore Grant Kobyliatski took home the 2nd Place award for Best Attorney overall!


Mock Trial



Middle School Spirit Week

Students in Grades 6 to 8 are invited to get into the “spirit” of Middle School Spirit Week, beginning next Monday, February 22! Costumes and special activities each day will culminate with our Purim festivities on Friday. See below for guidelines on costumes. Check out the schedule for Spirit Week fun!

spirit week


All-School Purim Celebrations Next Week

Purim is next Friday, February 26!  Students and teachers in all Upper School grades are encouraged to celebrate the holiday with costumes to honor the occasion. As a reminder, all costumes and themed attire need to be appropriate for school and follow the same standards for free dress that are included in our handbook. See below for guidelines on costumes. Class times will follow the normal schedule (it is an S1 ODD day). There is an optional reading of the Megillah from 7 - 7:45 am in the Beit Midrash and we will conduct whole school programming via Zoom from 10:50 - 11:50 for the Upper School and from 1:15 - 1:45 for the Middle School.  It will be a fun, festive day filled with costumes, joy, and silly Purim pranks courtesy of our Shinshinim, Raz and Shai!


Costume Guidelines

Costumes must be school-appropriate, respectful, clean, modest (not revealing in any way, in terms of fit or skin exposure), and free from offensive language and logos. The school reserves the right to require a parent to bring a change of clothes for any student who is not appropriately dressed for school in accordance with this dress code. (AEC School Handbook, p. 3). Additionally, the following are not allowed: masks that cover your entire face and/or prevent you from properly wearing your facemask, fake weapons of any kind, and costumes that fill up with air (ie. blow-up T-Rex costumes).



By Kevin Swiecionis 

Several middle school students participated in the MATHCOUNTS chapter competition, a nationwide test-based mathematics contest for middle schoolers. Students answered challenging questions with focuses on speed, accuracy, and reasoning.  We are pleased to extend our congratulations to Matthew Bannister in Grade 7 for receiving the highest score in the school and qualifying for the chapter invitational.  In this next leg of the contest, he will compete with students around the Las Vegas valley.math counts

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Students of the Year

Each year, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Southern Nevada Chapter launches its Students of the Year (SoY) campaign. SoY is a seven week, philanthropic leadership program that allows high school students to raise money and awareness for blood cancer research. This year, Ari deLeon (sophomore at Adelson) and her friend, Macy Litt, were nominated as 2021 legacy candidates of Isabella Saunders (junior at Adelson). Between January 28 and March 19, they are raising funds to support the efforts of LLS. Ari and Macy hope that you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to their campaign, which you can do by visiting their donation link. Make a difference… donate!

Key Dates of Upcoming Events in the Upper School


Monday, February 22 to Friday, February 26:  MS Spirit Week

Friday, February 26: Purim! 

Monday, March 1 to Thursday, March 4: Grade 6 Standardized Testing

Monday, March 8 to Thursday, March 11: Grade 7 Standardized Testing

Monday, March 15 to Thursday, March 18: Grade 8 Standardized Testing

Tuesday, March 9: End of Quarter 3

Wednesday, March 10: Quarter 4 begins

Monday, March 22 to Sunday, April 4: NO SCHOOL, Spring Break  

Saturday, April 24: Prom, 9 - 11 pm at AEC  

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