Upper School News 2021

Friday, December 3, 2021


Hanukkah Celebrations

During the past two weeks, Upper School students in our Hebrew and Judaics classes -- along with our superb faculty team -- worked on a wide range of projects to celebrate Hanukkah. Take a look at their incredible work HERE! Today’s observances culminated in a festive Kabbalat Shabbat service with Jackie Edery’s seventh graders presenting a festive “flashlight” dance, latkes and kugel for lunch, and jelly donuts for a special snack! Rounded out with daily carline singing (alongside a giant, inflatable Chanukiah!), faculty fun with Mystery Maccabees, and challah bread baking for Rosh Chodesh, it was a busy and memorable week.


Hanukkah Escape Room

Kol ha’kavod (well done) to our Shinshinim, Leya and Tavor and our creative senior class. They transformed the Beit Midrash, creating an amazing Hanukkah-themed escape room for Upper School students to solve. Watch the video for a full tour of the escape room experience!




Monday to Friday, 12/6 - 12/10 Middle School Spirit Week

Tuesday and Wednesday, 12/7 & 12/8    A Midsummer Night’s Dream US Theatre Production

Tuesday to Friday, 12/14 - 12/17 Semester Exams and Presentations (schedule HERE) -- Therapy dogs will be available for petting in the library!

Monday to Monday, 12/20 - 01/2   Winter Break




Friday, November 19, 2021

Senior Sunrise

Senior Sunrise

Our Adelson seniors enjoyed an amazing morning this week -- a 6 am “Senior Sunrise” event! Wearing pajamas, drinking coffee, and taking photos celebrating this special occasion, our mighty group of near-graduates literally “watched the sun rise” on their last year in high school! VIEW PHOTOS


Slam Poetry

Slam Poetry

The Adelson Slam Poetry event is an annual celebration of the written and spoken word, one which our high schoolers look forward to every fall. Organized by Librarian Jen Nails and mentored by a regional poet laureate, this year’s Slam drew a record number of students to the stage. From poems and raps about COVID, self, and college admissions woes, the Slam wowed everyone in attendance! VIEW PHOTOS



Senior Tie Ceremony

Senior Tie Ceremony

Ties are part of our Adelson uniform, bringing a professionalism to student attire each Friday as our Upper School students attend Kabbalat Shabbat. We were elated to present special “Senior Ties” to our seniors this week -- a beautiful, elegant version of the tie that also features the Adelson tree logo. Best of all, several of our Adelson alumni returned to campus to surprise the seniors in gifting them their ties! VIEW PHOTOS




Wednesday to Friday, 11/24-26 Thanksgiving Break









Friday, November 12, 2021


Adelson Athlete Adan is the State Tennis Champion!

Tennis state championship
We are so thrilled to announce that, after a busy season of matches (on top of a busy season of studies!) sophomore Adan Tarquino is the 3A Individual State Tennis Champion for Nevada!  We are also proud to announce that junior Jack Kim was a 2A state qualifier for Cross Country.  Our Adelson athletes are crushing it!


Veterans Day Shabbat and Letter Writing

Veterans Day

Adelson Upper School students observed this year’s Veterans Day with several special events including a solemn flag raising ceremony with accompanying music by our band, led by David Philippus; a “Letter to a Veteran” writing initiative created and executed by Grade 6 student Elliott Zysman, with the help of School Counselor Shannon Steiner and a visiting US Army veteran; and a Kabbalat Shabbat presentation from RAF Squadron Leader, Ben Morris, husband of Adelson educator Joanna Morris. Thank you to everyone who took the time to observe this important day and to the veterans who protect and serve our nation and its allies.

Middle School StuCo Gears Up

middle school student council elections

Our entire middle school is excited for a new year of community activities led by its official Student Council (MS StuCo)! Sponsor Dr. Tierre Sanford Griggs has worked tirelessly with the students on their preliminary operations — electing MS StuCo officers — and here they are!


President: Elliott Harouni

Vice President: Shira Mann

Financial Officer: Daniel Nizagoda

Public Relations Officer: Ethan Cohen

Secretary: Matteo Colacicchi

Grade 8 Representative: Diamond Bock

Grade 7 Representative: Armineh McTarian

Grade 6 Representative: Braden Mulkey

Grade 6 Representative: Violet Schwerdtfeger




Thursday, 11/18 Senior Sunrise and Slam Poetry Performance in the Theatre






Friday, November 5, 2021


Tiny Cars in Physical Science

In David Peltz’s Grade 8 physical science course, students have been discussing momentum, impulse, and collisions.  To demonstrate their understanding and application of these concepts, students designed, built, and tested a crumple zone around their automobile’s safety cage (aluminum can) which modeled the passenger cabin in an automobile. Students learned that lengthening the duration of collision reduced the impulse on their car by “spreading out” the force change over time.  This showed that an inelastic collision is better than an elastic collision which is why cars and highway barriers have crumple zones.

Eighth grade science


Upstage Productions -- Audition for She Loves Me!School play

Say hello to UPstage Productions, Adelson’s new student-run theater program for upperclassmen (juniors and seniors)! The group is founded by Sara Bautista, Eshrat Botach, Jolie Goldberg, Darby Kankoski, and Avi Stotland and is sponsored by Larry Dachslager.


Upstage Productions’ first show will be She Loves Me, a musical romantic comedy by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, (who also wrote Fiddler on the Roof) and Joe Masteroff. She Loves Me has been performed on Broadway in 1963, 1993, and 2017 and revolves around Budapest parfumerie employees Georg Nowack and Amalia Balash who, despite being consistently at odds with each other at work, are unaware that each is the other's secret pen pal met through lonely-hearts ads.


Auditions for She Loves Me will take place on November 16 at 8:55 am, 11:50 am, and 1:20 pm in the band room. Audition information is available via the Upstage Productions group via Edsby or in Mr. Dachslager’s room.

Toy and Food Drive

Toy food drive

Hannukah begins the evening of Sunday, November 28, and to get in the spirit, the National Honor Society will be leading the Upper School in support of two campus wide events.


First, from Monday, November 8 until Friday, November 19, students are invited to bring canned foods that will be donated to the Jewish Family Service Agency.  Food can be dropped off on the first-floor entrance by carline in designated areas. We encourage all foods to be kosher.


Second, from Friday, November 12 to Friday, November 19, we invite students to bring a new toy that will be donated, through Friendship Circle, to children in need.  On these two days, NHS members will be out at carline to collect the toys.


Let's spread joyful light during this festive holiday!

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