Upper School News 2022

Friday, May 20, 2022




The Adelson Kraken Kontrollers SeaPerch Team have qualified and will be traveling to the University of Maryland in early June to compete in the International SeaPerch Competition! Bronson Feldman and Ethan Bruckman have been working all semester to successfully design and build an Aquatic ROV (remotely operated vehicle), which they named "The Kraken". They learned and applied skills including soldering electrical components and wiring, stripping and cutting wires, measuring, cutting and drilling PVC components, and manufacturing thrusters. The students have been practicing in our Adelson pool, and have been driving and completing tasks that they will have to accomplish during competition. The excitement for this program has been felt throughout the school as they have now presented to the entire Upper School during Inventor's Day, presented at the National Hardware show, and demonstrated the Kraken's abilities to different groups of students (Lower and Upper School) and staff at the school. The learning is contagious and we are excited for all to come!

Under Water Robotics Drone


​​Watch the team video they created for the competition submission: TEAM VIDEO

8th Grade Graduation

Eighth Grade Celebration

Today the entire Middle School celebrated the 8th Graders during the 8th Grade Celebration Ceremony.  8th graders shared their reflections on middle school during this festive occasion as they looked forward to high school and were honored with a commemorative promotion certificate and lapel pin.  Please join us in celebrating the 35 members of the 8th-grade class as they move into high school!






High School Class of 2022 Graduation

Mazel Tov Class of 2020!

On Thursday, Adelson's Class of 2022 graduated in a beautiful and memorable ceremony highlighted by inspiring speeches, proud parents, and wonderful performances.


Congratulations to all our graduates and their families.







Friday, 5/27 Last Day of School, 11:30am Early Dismissal








Friday, May 13, 2022


Third Annual Brett Fonfa Writing Awards

Brett Fonfa Writing Awards

We are pleased to announce the results of the Third Annual Brett Fonfa Writing Contest. Upper School students were invited to submit original works of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction writing to the contest. Thank you to the Fonfa Family for this special, annual event, honoring the memory and passion of their beloved son. Additional thanks to Adelosn Librarian Jen Nails and Academic Department Chair of English Nicole Ceccacci for organizing and running the event and to our faculty judges who had the pleasure of reading the many quality submissions. 


Middle School Winners

First Place:  Annie DeLeon

Second Place:  Noa Vinokur

Third Place:  Ethan Cohen 


High School Winners

First Place:  Ari deLeon 

Second Place:  :  Chris Chakryan 

Third Place: Sabrina Colacicchi



National Spanish Exam Winners

National Spanish Exam Winners


Gold - Grant Kobyliatski 


Silver - Maxim Surov  (not pictured)

            Ash Abrahamson

            Adan Tarquino 

            Audrey Fife 


Bronze - Jolie Goldberg  (not pictured)

                Nicole Miller (not pictured)

                Sabrina Colacicchi 

               Noor Khurana 


Honorable Mention - Ari deLeon 



Wednesday, 5/18 Senior Siyyum and College Signing Event

Thursday, 5/19 High School Graduation Ceremony







Friday, May 6, 2022


Senior Judah Hafter Named as Top Ten NIAA Student Athlete

by The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA)

Judah Hafter

Adelson senior Judah Hafter has been named as one of ten NIAA / One Nevada Top Ten Student Athletes of the Year for Southern Nevada, a program that carries with it $20,000 in scholarship funds! The student-athletes of the year awards are presented to the top students who excel in sports, maintain a high academic status, and volunteer in their community. Each winner will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship, a special commemorative program, and a special gift to help them as they further their education. “We’re proud to celebrate these student-athletes’ outstanding achievements in athletics, in their classrooms, and in their communities,” said Paul Parrish, One Nevada President and CEO. “Through pure determination, hard work, and Nevada grit these students excelled during the most challenging years of the pandemic. Their commitment to showing up for themselves, their teams, and their communities will help us build one Nevada that’s stronger than ever. That’s why we’re so pleased to award each of them a college scholarship and special gift in support of their education journey.” Kol hakavod, Judah!

Yom Observanaces and Celebrations

by Inbar Levi-Agami, Academic Department Chair, Jewish Studies


Thank you to our remarkable Jewish Life team here at Adelson for the powerful and meaningful observances of the “Yoms” over the past two weeks. The hard work invested by Lauren Eisenberg, Yifat Fuss, Hila Havdala, Dina Rudaizki, Jackie Edery, our wonderful Shinshinim Tavor Rozner and Leya Makbili, and all of our Hebrew and Jewish Studies teachers culminated in the uniquely special experiences that the Adelson School provided our school community. The team designed and led lovely, poignant ceremonies for Yom HaShoah and Yom HaZikaron, as well as a festive and fun Yom HaAtzmaut. We are also appreciative of all the teachers who dedicated their time and led sessions in the Israel professional development last week. Lastly, we are profoundly grateful to Jewish Life Lead Jackie Edery for a most creative Kabbalat Shabbat service today, including live music, students “formations” on the field, a dove release, and drone flyovers – it was an event to remember!





Mon to Fri 5/9 - 5/13 AP Exams in the Upper School

Mon to Thurs 5/9 - 5/12 Senior Exams

Friday, 5/13 Brett Fonfa Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 5/18 Senior Siyyum and College Signing Event

Thursday, 5/19 High School Graduation Ceremony






Friday, April 29, 2022




High School Awards

When Adelson students go beyond the walls of the campus, they show their prowess in every way – in academics, in citizenship, and in competition. This year, our high schoolers emerged from their long, COVID winter to take the state and nation by storm, winning awards in every Focus Area we offer: TechBiz (FIRST Tech Challenges Robotics, Business - DECA, and Computer Science - CyberPatriot); Law and Policy (Mock Trial); BioMedical Sciences (HOSA), Media Arts Communications (Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition), and Mentored Jewish Studies (Moot Beit Din). Although most teams competed as inaugural entrants, they brought back troves of medals and trophies – and caught the attention of their fellow competitors. Ultimately, whether they’re doing good work in the classroom, exhibiting A+ Human Being dispositions, or representing the school at conferences and competitions, our High School Lions are role models for younger students advancing through the school, and for all youth in our community. Kol hakavod to the many awards winners celebrated at today’s ceremony – we are proud of you!





Chana Borsody 


Jack Kim


Jason Lowell

Achievement in English

Kaelin Gowdy

Excellence in English

Judah Hafter

Hebrew Excellence

Michael Harouni

Judaics Achievement

Jonah Tecktiel

Judaics Excellence

Nicole Miller

Achievement in Law and Policy

Caroline Gephart

Excellence in Law and Policy

Sofia Porcelli


Nicolas Tarazona


Ash Abrahamson

Performing Arts Department Award, Music

Ben Sagman

Performing Arts Department Award, Performance

Emma Gephart

Performing Arts Department Award, Technical

Sara Bautista


Elize Itkis

Science, Scholar

Adam Super

Science, Young Scientist

Shellie Zamir

Social Studies Achievement

Olivia Gibbs

Social Studies Excellence

Jack Kim

Spanish Achievement 

Grant Kobyliatski

Spanish Excellence

Ari deLeon

Visual Arts

Emily Rahim


Presidential, Achievement

Madison Spiedel

Presidential, Excellence

Nicole Miller

21st Century Scholar


Alex Zeigler 


Nicolas Tarazona


Judah Hafter



Isabella Saunders

Love for Israel

Eshrat Botach

Keter Torah

Aviel Parente



Darby Kankoski


Grant Kobyliatski


Sheldon G. Adelson 

Crown of a Good Name

Judah Hafter



High School Student Council Officers Elected

Abby Moyal, HS StuCo Advisor


We are pleased to introduce the newly elected Adelson High School Student Council officers for the 2022-2023 school year!


President - Jack Kim

Vice President - Nicole Miller

Treasurer - Lian Bega

Historian - Aviva Hafter

Secretary - Kenley Gowdy

Spirit Chairs - Asher Leventhal and Jana Ramos

12th Grade Representative - Grant Kobyliatski

11th Grade Representative - Jacob Roiter

10th Grade Representative - Lior Parente

9th Grade Representative will be voted upon at the start of next term


Congratulations to these excellent student leaders!




Mon to Fri 5/2 - 5/13 AP Exams in the Upper School

Wednesday 5/4 Upper School Yom HaZikaron Observance

Thursday 5/5 Upper School Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration & Middle School Awards

Mon to Thurs 5/9 - 5/12 Senior Exams

Friday, 5/13 Brett Fonfa Awards Ceremony






Friday, April 8, 2022


Anatevka Spring Musical

Larry Dachslager, Theatre Chair


This week, Adelson Community Theatre (ACT) presented their Spring Musical, Anatevka and Beyond: A Jewish Journey to Broadway. The production, a revue of songs from Jewish-themed Broadway musicals, played to three enthusiastic audiences and showcased the talents and versatility of actors, crew, and musicians Sara Bautista, Alyssa Bell, Riley Bello, Britohn Blank, Dara Braunstein, Matteo Colacicchi, Sabrina Colacicchi, Zenn Danner, Ari deLeon, Mallory Fine, Emma Gephart, Jolie Goldberg, Elize Itkis, Nadene Itkis, Noor Khurana, Harris Lin, Braden Mulkey, Jacob Nikogasian, Aviel Parente, Carly Patterso, Charlotte Penso, Emily Rahim, Nico Rengifo Tarazona, Julia Ross, Ben Sagman, Havanna Schwerdtfeger, Violet Schwerdtfeger, Alex Surov, Noa Vinokur, Sophia Waisberg, Alex Zeigler, and Elliott Zysman. VIEW PHOTOS


Spring musical

Students in Summer Programs

David Girard, College Counselor


We are proud to announce that, as the school year draws to a close, several of our Upper School students are headed to exciting and prestigious summer programs and gap year experiences!


Summer Programs…


Jonah Fish – Jonah (freshman) has been selected for the summer Sports Management Program at Loyola Marymount University


Elize Itkis – Elize (junior) was named a Yale Tikvah Scholar and will attend the elite, competitive summer program on the Mount Holyoke campus 


Kylee Mizrahi – Kylee (junior) has been selected for the Summer Discovery Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she will study Finance and Marketing


Preston Testa – Preston (sophomore) was selected for a summer internship at Georgetown University; the program’s emphasis is “Leadership Initiatives Advanced Medical and Public Health”


Seniors headed to gap year programs in Israel…


Jolie Goldberg – Midreshet Lindenbaum Gap Year Program


Judah Hafter – Aish Gesher Gap Year Program


Benjamin Sagman – Kivun Gap Year Program


Jonah Tecktiel – Nativ Gap Year Program



National Hardware Show

Robin Pence and Shahar Givol, Robotics Instructors


Congratulations to our middle school SeaPerch and high school FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams who were invited to the National Hardware Show this week where our students will presented at the United Inventors Association Booth!  This is the first time a student group has been invited to attend and showcase their work at this event – way to go, Adelson!

National Hardware Show



Sunday 4/10 Junior/Senior Prom

Monday 4/11 6-8 pm Middle School Neon Dance

Thursday 4/14 to Sunday 4/22 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL









Friday, April 1, 2022


Moot Beit Din Competition Team

Inbar Levi-Agami, Academic Department Chair, Jewish Studies


This past weekend, Jonah Tecktiel, Chana Borsody, Zach Rosenfeld, and Shellie Zamir, four of our Adelson High School students, proudly represented the school in the Maimonides Moot Court Competition. As their advisor, I accompanied the students to a wonderful shabbaton in Baltimore where they engaged in Jewish studies and eco-conscience activities with other Jewish teens from the entire country. On Sunday, the team presented their ruling in a fabricated case about public shaming on social network platforms, supported by Jewish sources, and earned high placement amongst the many teams competing.

Moot Beit Din Competition

Neurodiversity Awareness

Kabbalat Shabbat featured our Adelson Middle School students flexing their leadership skills with powerful presentations on meaning themes. Elliott Harouni delivered the d’var Torah on the subject of lashon hara, and Braden Mulkey – accompanied by Gia Nikogosian, Ramey Manchanda, and Mackenzie George – presented an information-packed lecture on neurodiversity and the importance of cultivating nurturing, inclusive environments.

Neurodiversity Awareness

Stand With Us Presentation

Inbar Levi-Agami, Academic Department Chair, Jewish Studies


This week, high school students attended a presentation by Charlotte Corchak, a senior educator from “Stand With Us” organization. Charlotte’s engaging and informative presentation focused on the historical narratives regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the photo, Charlotte stands with our current Adelson interns for Stand With Us, Eshrat Botach and Jolie Goldberg, as well as last year’s intern, Judah Hafter.

Stand With us

Biomimicry and Bioengineering in the Middle School

Paula Garrett, Program Lead, Biomedical Science


This week, three teams from my Biomimicry class submitted projects to the Biomimicry Institute’s Youth Design Challenge. Created in 2006, the Institute works to share how nature’s designs can solve real-world problems in a sustainable, ecologically friendly way. In the competition, students were tasked with finding solutions to regional issues through nature-inspired innovation. Three teams will be taking their projects to competition. The competing teams are: Lear Etzyoni and Yael Izhakov; Ethan Cohen, Sophia Waisberg, Hannah Corbin, and Shira Mann; and Annie deLeon and Leana Tran. Competition results will be released in May – stay tuned!

Biomimicry and Bioengineering

Seventh Graders Author eBook in English

Nicole Ceccacci, Academic Department Chair, English

In response to reading The Diary of a Young Girl, also known as The Diary of Anne Frank, seventh-grade students composed multiple diary entries imitative of Anne’s style to create a digital book. As a young girl with dreams of becoming a writer, Anne employed many deliberate writing rules and strategies to practice her craft and write something beyond the ordinary journal entry. To honor Anne as a writer, students chose their favorite diary entry to publish after taking it through the various stages of the writing process. In addition, students audio-recorded their entry, included a complementary image to accompany their text, and added their unique signature. These diary entries capture a moment in time for the seventh-grade class, and we hope they pay tribute to Anne’s memory.

To read the eBook, please download this eBook file on a desktop or laptop computer (it is unlikely to open on a cell phone via the Edsby app). It is recommended that you use the Apple Books app to view the content.

I would like to thank the students for their enthusiasm and hard work and Morah Pence, our Educational Technology Coordinator, for guiding us through the digital publishing process. Enjoy!

Ebook authors



Monday 4/4 to Thursday 4/7 CTP Testing Grade 8

Tuesday 4/5 to Thursday 4/7 Upper School Musical

Sunday 4/10 Junior/Senior Prom

Monday 4/11 6-8 pm Middle School Neon Dance

Thursday 4/14 to Sunday 4/22 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL






Friday, March 25, 2022


Gowdy Girls are Speed Racers this Week


Our track meet at Liberty High School this week resulted in more big awards for Adelson, with the Gowdy girls by bringing in three first place wins! Kaelin (junior) won first place overall in the Women’s 400m and 200m and Kenley (freshman) won first place overall Women’s 800m. As of yesterday, Kaelin is first place in the state 1A division for the 400m and 200m. Kenley is first place in the state for the 1A division for the 800m. We’re also proud to share that junior Jack Kim is in 2nd place in the state for the 1A Men’s 800m. Way to go, Adelson Track Team!

HOSA Awards

HOSA Awards
Paula Garrett, Program Lead, Biomedical Science


Last week, students from Adelson’s Biomedical Sciences program attended a Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) conference in Reno, Nevada, with science teachers Paula Garrett and David Peltz chaperoning. Students attended seminars and participated in a competition of their choice. This was our first year being involved with HOSA and we are very proud of our students' hard work. Several of our students placed at the state level and may be advancing to the HOSA International Leadership Conference.


Math for Health Careers – 1st place: Nathan Nikhman

Biomedical Debate – 4th place: Asher Leventhal, Athena Clegg, Naomi Karoudo

Medical Innovation – 4th place: Anderson Huang, Preston Testa



Adelson Student Named Tikvah Scholar!


The prestigious Tikvah Scholars Program at Yale has officially announced that junior Elize Itkis is accepted! Out of thousands of applicants, only 180 students were offered invitations to participate. Congratulations to Elize who will be spending part of her summer in this scholarly Jewish experience!




Monday 3/28 to Thursday 3/31 CTP Testing Grade 7

Monday 4/4 to Thursday 4/7 CTP Testing Grade 8

Tuesday 4/5 to Thursday 4/7 Upper School Musical

Sunday 4/10 Junior/Senior Prom

Monday 4/11 6-8 pm Middle School Neon Dance

Thursday 4/14 to Sunday 4/22 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL


School Play




Friday, March 18, 2022


Purim Photo of the Week!


Morah Vered Lopez (Snow White!) and her Jewish Studies and Hebrew colleagues took the prize for the best ensemble costumes during Purim!

purim faculty



 Peace Debates and Moot Beit Din in Jewish Studies

Jackie Edery, Jewish Life Lead Teacher


Will peace in the Middle East come from the Adelson School? Our Junior class came together last week to propose a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and its neighboring countries. After studying the Israeli Arab conflict, the class was divided into Arab and Israeli delegations and proposed to each other a peace treaty.  Our students demonstrated a deep understanding of the current situation in the Middle East as well as the conflict from the last few decades. Our Shinshinim were observers of the debate and expressed their admiration of our students' familiarity with the subject matter, as well as their awareness of the complexities of the situation.  “What is the outcome?” you ask? Mmm…..it looks like the debate is still going on.


Our seniors also presented their rulings of modern dilemmas based on Biblical and Talmudic sources before a distinguished panel that included: Mrs. Laurie Kaufmann, Dr. Neville Pokroy, Rabbi Bronchtain, and Mr. Kyle George. In a format of a Moot Beit Din, a rabbinical court, the students shared with the panel their interpretations of the Jewish law through a creative engagement with contemporary cases. 

Jewish Studies

Glow in the Dark Middle School Dance!


The Middle School Student Council invites all Adelson Middle School students to attend the Spring Dance on Monday, April 11 from 6-8 pm.  This event will take place outside with the theme "Glow in the Dark."  Middle School dances are festive events that focus on fun with a group of friends as opposed to the high school events which sometimes feature students going as a pair or couple.  In addition to music and a dance floor, there will be light refreshments and games for all students to enjoy. Middle schoolers, come ready to dance!



Middle School Dance




Monday, 3/21 Quarter 3 Progress Reports Published on Edsby

Monday 3/21 to Thursday 3/24 CTP Testing Grade 6

Monday 3/28 to Thursday 3/31 CTP Testing Grade 7

Monday 4/4 to Thursday 4/7 CTP Testing Grade 8

Sunday 4/10 Junior/Senior Prom

Monday 4/11 6-8 pm Middle School Neon Dance

Thursday 4/14 to Sunday 4/22 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL




Friday, March 11, 2022


Dribbling and Jumping to Athletics Awards

Our Adelson athletes and coaches continue to shine at the sports courts and on the field!  Here are the latest awards garnered by our high school Lions:


Girls Basketball All-League Teams

  • Darby Kankoski – 2nd Team
  • Jaelyn Ramos – 2nd Team


Boys Basketball All-League Teams

  • Judah Hafter – 1st Team
  • Gavin Matthes – Honorable Mention Team


Coach of the Year – Kurt McGinnis, Adelson Athletic Director


First Track Invitational at Faith Lutheran 

Adelson competed against 12 other schools, all 4A and 5A. We are proud to share that senior Dekel Regev placed 1st in the long jump, 1st in the Discus and 3rd in Shot Put.


Way to go!

Middle School


Middle School Legal Thinkers Try their First Case

Courtney Stern, Program Lead, Law and Policy


Congratulations to our sixth-graders who have just completed their Quarter 3 Legal Thinking course! I was so proud of the incredible work on display during this week’s mock trial. The students not only did a wonderful job with their individual parts, they also demonstrated good courtroom decorum throughout the trial. A special thank you to the class and thank you to new student Sahej Singh for stepping in last minute to deliver the Defense closing argument during the trial. Thank you also to our three jury members, Ms. Ashley McKannon, Ms. Inbar Levi, and Mr. Ben Koch.


We look forward to seeing many of these students in future Law and Policy courses at Adelson! The Grades 7/8 Focus Area course next year is a semester-long course with exciting new parts of the law for us to explore and more opportunities to build our public speaking and presentation skills.




Friday, 3/11 End of Quarter Three

Monday, 3/14 Beginning of Quarter Four

Wednesday 3/16 to Thursday 3/17    Purim

Sunday 4/10 Junior/Senior Prom

Monday 4/11 Middle School Neon Dance

Thursday 4/14 to Sunday 4/22 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL





Friday, March 4, 2022


UPstage Productions She Loves Me a Hit!

Larry Dachslager, Theater Arts Lead Instructor

School Play

This week, UPstage Productions, Adelson School’s new student-run theatre ensemble presented their production of the musical romantic comedy She Loves Me. The show was enthusiastically received by the Adelson community who showed up in large numbers for the two-performance run. UPstage Productions consists of juniors and seniors who have taken on the show’s producing, directing, and design roles in addition to performing. The cast and production staff for She Loves Me were Sara Bautista, Britohn Blank, Eshrat Botach, Ari deLeon, Jadyn Garshofsky, Emma Gephart, Jolie Goldberg, Elize Itkis, Darby Kankoski, Harris Lin, Amber Lovat, Kylee Mizrahi, Aviel Parente, Ben Sagman, Madi Speidel, and Avi Stotland. Our MAC (MediaArtsCommunications) Focus Area program team and our entire school are incredibly proud of the creativity and leadership of our upperclassmen in taking the initiative to conceive and execute this exceptional production!



Brains, Bodies, Biomedical Science!

Paula Garrett, Program Lead, Biomedical Science


Science class high school

Our Grade 6 Medical Detective students had the unique opportunity to dissect sheep brains! Students preceded the lab by researching what the different parts of the brain are responsible for, such as eyesight and speech. During the dissection process, they located and labeled the parts of the brain.  Take a look at the entire collection of “brainy” photos HERE.


Also this week, our Intro to Biomedical Science and Microbiology/Genetics classes had a guest speaker. Adelson parent Dr. Dennis deLeon came to discuss his medical ethics profession and some of the ethical questions he commonly sees in the hospitals he serves in the greater Orlando, Florida area. Students in these courses also had the opportunity to complete their Red Cross CPR training which will enable them to help others if the need ever arises. For many of these students, a health-related career is on their horizon and this is the first step towards serving others.



Mock Trial Awards at State

Courtney Stern, Program Lead, Law and Policy


Mock Trial

Adelson’s Mock Trial Team Blue just wrapped up its work in the Nevada State Mock Trial competition! It was a phenomenal experience for us all. The roster of the judges that our students argued their cases in front of was an impressive collection of highly experienced litigators from across the state. Each of the 4-5 judges per round of competition explicitly commended our students on their in-depth knowledge of the rules of evidence, their poise and critical thinking skills, and their level of preparation.


I am pleased to share that the following students were recognized for their achievements across all rounds of the state-level competition:


Best Attorney: Sofia Porcelli, Jonah Tecktiel, and Sabrina Colacicchi

Best Witness: Sabrina Colacicchi, Sofia Porcelli, Zachary Rosenfeld, and Maxim Surov


Additionally, Madison Speidel, the team’s timekeeper, had occasion to address a significant time violation by one of our opposing teams. She engaged in a rigorous and impressive argument before the presiding judge and was able to prove the time penalty and win additional points for her team. The judge was thoroughly impressed by her familiarity with the rules of mock trial, her professionalism, and her advocacy skills.


The students are so proud of their growth over the last six months. In our closing meeting, they remarked on how much they’ve learned and how happy they are that they had this opportunity. Please join me in congratulating these future attorneys, public servants, judges, and policymakers.

Nevada Reading Week

Jen Nails, Librarian


Reading Week

We have so enjoyed our annual Nevada Reading Week festivities here at the Adelson School! The week occurs each year in schools across Nevada during Dr. Seuss’s birthday (March 2) and has been celebrated in our state, by mandate from our governor’s office, since the late 1980s. This year’s theme was “Catch the Reading Wave.” We celebrated in the Upper School by welcoming two guest authors who presented to our middle and high school students: former Clark County Poet Laureate and Nevada State College Lecturer, Heather Lang-Cassera; and Chris Baron, a recent winner of the Sydney Taylor Award – an accolade honoring excellence in Jewish Literature. Each author spoke about processes and experiences that have shaped their writing, and they graciously accepted questions from students toward the end of their presentations. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to spend time on campus with these esteemed authors!




Friday, 3/11 End of Quarter Three

Monday, 3/14 Beginning of Quarter Four

Wednesday 3/16 to Thursday 3/17    Purim

Monday 4/11 Middle School Neon Dance

Thursday 4/14 to Sunday 4/22 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL




Friday, February 25, 2022


Robotics Champions

Adelson Robotics Team Headed to State Championships!


Our Adelson Robotics Crew (ARC) continued their streak of excellence at the recent Southern Nevada League Tournament held at Legacy High School.  The ARC won the FIRST Tech Challenge Motivate Award for spreading the word about their work, providing assistance and support to competitor teams, and encouraging peers at Adelson and “Beyond the Walls” in the broader community to engage in the field of robotics. Ranked among the top ten teams in Nevada, the ARC is headed to state competition in Reno next weekend! 

International Languages Day

International Languages Day


Thank you to Yifat Fuss, Academic Department Chair, World Languages, and our entire world languages team — Hila Havdala, Gloria Rinaldi, Simona Dayan, Yuping Sun, Talya Cohen, and Jackie Edery — for hosting a fun and informative International Languages Day in the Adelson High School this week!  The decorative flags adorning the landings were festive and the special instructional sessions were truly engaging. Not only did our team highlight our three world languages currently offered — Hebrew, Spanish, and Mandarin — they also invited two special guests to present: Sarah Flood taught students ASL (American Sign Language) basics, and freshman Lian Bega instructed her group in counting from 1 to 10 in Japanese, a language she's studying independently!  (We also have students studying Russian independently, too.) We appreciate the creativity and energy invested in planning and conducting this special day and we hope to make it an annual event. Check out photos from the day HERE.




Elize Itkis Named Finalist in Tikvah Scholars Program at Yale

Inbar Levi-Agami, Academic Department Chair, Jewish Studies


Earlier this year, The Adelson School nominated several students for a prestigious Judaics summer program at Yale University, called the Tikvah Scholars Program: https://tikvahfund.org/hs/tsp2022/home/ As noted in their program description, “The Tikvah Scholars Program is an 11-day residential summer institute for current 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. We seek students who want to think deeply about serious questions, push their intellectual limits, and read the great works of the Jewish canon and of Western thought with world-class faculty in a vibrant and pluralistic community of students from around the world.” We are proud to announce that junior, Elize Itkis has made it to the final stage! Only 180 students are accepted to the program out of thousands of applicants. This is an impressive achievement for Elize – kol hakavod!



High School Moveup Meetings

Jessica Lubbe, Upper School Counselor


Move up dayThis is an exciting time of year as we begin to support our 8th graders with their transition to High School. This week we had our first of several sessions of our “Welcome to High School” Moveup Program. We kicked off the week with special conversations led by our amazing Shinshinim, Leya and Tavor. They met with 8th graders in small groups to talk with them about their personal experiences in high school and offered a supportive space for 8th graders to talk about their feelings towards the big, upcoming transition. (Check out this photo of how Leya ended her session with a peaceful meditation, helping students visualize their future with positivity!) At our second meeting of the HS Move Up Program, we welcomed our Athletic Director Coach McGinnis to learn all about the Athletic opportunities at Adelson. This session also included a fun and informative Q&A session led by our current Adelson high schoolers. The 8th Graders are excited to meet more of our Adelson High School faculty and students next week as our HS Moveup Program continues!



Blue Drive

NHS Conducts Blood Drive

Abby Moyal, National Honor Society Mentor


blood driveToday the National Honor Society hosted the annual Red Cross Blood Drive in our very own Lower School Gym. We had 25 donors, over half of whom were Adelson High School students. Blood banks are at a critical low, so these wonderful donations are imperative to our outside community where each donation can save up to three lives. Thank you to the many donors and to our amazing student volunteers who worked the event: Britohn Blank, Ari deLeon, Judah Hafter, Michael Cohen, Elize Itkis, Jack Kim, Grant Kobyliatski, Nicole Miller, Aviel Parente, Nico Rengifo-Tarazona, Isabella Saunders, and Adam Super.




Friday, February 18, 2022


DECA results

Adelson Business Team Wins Big at DECA!

Brian Hemsworth, Business Program Lead and DECA Coach


Our students won big at Nevada DECA's annual State Career & Development Conference this week! DECA is one of the most well-known Career & Technical Student Organizations with a mission statement to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.  To prepare for competition, students completed many practice tests and role plays throughout the year, and thanks to our in-school competition last month, I can confidently say our chapter was one of the most well-prepared schools in the state for this event, and the results below will show. 


Each year at the conference, students from across the state campaign for 6 State Officer positions. I'm excited to share that Adelson students won 3 of the 6 spots!  Amber Lovat will be the VP of Marketing, Michael Cohen the VP of Finance, and Opal Latpate the VP of Hospitality.  These positions come with approximately five hours per week of professional responsibility throughout the year, as well as travel to conferences across the state and country. I'm very excited to see the improvements our students can make for DECA students throughout Nevada. 


In addition to our new state officers, 14 of the 31 students who competed received “DECA Glass” – a trophy and indication that they received top 3 overall in their event and will be invited to the next level of competition, the International Career & Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in April! Please join me in congratulating:


Marco Bonometti -- 1st Place in Hotel & Lodging Management

Avi Stotland -- 1st Place in Human Resources Management

Emma Gephart -- 1st Place in Personal Financial Literacy

Asher Leventhal -- 1st Place in Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Michael Cohen -- 1st Place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management


Jack Kim -- 2nd Place in Financial Consulting

Michael Cohen and Aviel Parente -- 2nd Place in Financial Services Team Decision Making

Ash Abrahamson and Ethan Saunders -- 2nd Place in Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team Decision Making


Nico Rengifo Tarazona -- 3rd Place in Personal Financial Literacy

Maxim Surov -- 3rd Place in Principles of Finance

Marco Bonometti -- 3rd Place in Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

Nicole Miller -- 3rd Place in Quick Serve Restaurant Management

Kayla Katz and Asher Leventhal -- 3rd Place in Travel & Tourism Team Decision Making

Amber Lovat – 3rd Place in Principles of Business Management & Administration


Madi Kazaz, Amber Lovat, Sophia Kane, Zachary Rosenfeld, Adan Tarquino, Jacob Roiter, Matan Sussman, Jacob Nikogosian, and Judah Hafter were also called to the stage for recognition for a top score in an exam or role play for their respective event. 


Thank you to everyone who's supported our Adelson TechBiz program and our students throughout the year. We are especially grateful to our parent chaperones, Dr. Ernest Sussman and Mrs. Marina Colacicchi, for accompanying us to the conference and taking great care of our high schoolers at this major event on the Strip!  And we are so appreciative of the many Adelson parents who served as judges for our practice rounds and also at the main conference as well.


I hope you were able to see the joy on the faces of students as we returned and they shared their successes with their classmates.  I'll include some of my favorite pictures from this morning below. You can see even more @aecdeca on Instagram!






Lifesavers program

Team Livesavers


We are proud to announce that sophomore, Aviva Hafter, is running as the legacy to Ari deLeon in the 2022 Students of the Year Campaign through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise money for lifesaving blood cancer research. Ari’s team was able to raise $56,000 in just seven weeks last year, and she is very excited for Aviva to continue this fundraising effort in her campaign! Please check out the flyer below and consider donating to support this worthy cause!





Monday, 2/21 Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL 

Tuesday, 2/22 World Languages Festival







Friday, February 11, 2022


Hebrew 3d printing

Hebrew Story Starter Dice


Sophomores in Adelson Hebrew classes engaged in a fun tech-meets-world language design project this week in the Incubator, creating “Story Starter Dice” for younger students. Each sophomore highlighted a different genre of story that could be constructed from the genre’s uniquely styled parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, and time expressions. Then, the students created dice for each part of speech featuring Hebrew words on each die. After planning their dice, students designed in Tinkercad and then printed them using a 3D printer. During “Nevada Reading Week” our young Hebrew learners will roll the dice and then write their own original stories with their word prompts!


3d printing




Friday, 2/18 Teacher Inservice – NO SCHOOL for students

Monday, 2/21 Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL 

Tuesday, 2/22 World Languages Festival






Friday, February 4, 2022


Senior Internships – Rolling Up Sleeves for Real-World Work

biomedical internshipA hallmark of the junior and senior years at Adelson is the opportunity to engage in an optional internship. From engineering and IT to education and medicine, students can work on or off-site during school hours in an authentic work environment to build real-world skills in their Focus Area. Senior Coby Poura is currently pursuing his biomedical passions by engaging in an internship at Internal Medicine Specialists. Says Coby, “My responsibilities at the office include checking in patients, taking blood pressure, and performing EKGs and other tests all under the supervision of a medical assistant or doctor. With the help of the Adelson administration, I have had the opportunity to intern three days a week.” We are proud of Coby for his dedication to his patients and his pursuit of a future career in medicine!



Ancient Civilizations Podcasts

Although podcasting technology didn’t exist in ancient India, that hasn’t stopped sixth-graders in Dr. Tierre Sanford Griggs’ Ancient Civilizations course from imagining that it did!  Students worked with Dr. Griggs and Educational Technologist Robin Pence this week to create representative podcasts for the era and region using GarageBand. Beginning with script writing and recording voice overs, then moving on to sound editing and sound effect sweetening in post production, students learned and shared information and insights about “old” history using “new” technology!





Tuesday, 2/8 Basketball Senior Night – 4:45 Celebrating Senior Boys and Girls Bball players

Friday, 2/18 Teacher Inservice – NO SCHOOL for students

Monday, 2/21 Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL 






Friday, January 28, 2022


DECA Practicing for Upcoming SCDC

Adeslon DECA Chapter

Adelson’s 34-student strong business team is suited up and ready for the Nevada State Career Development Conference slated for February!  Today – to prepare for the big competition, and with the help of our chapter officers and the guidance of DECA-coach Brian Hemsworth – students engaged in a full dress rehearsal by performing trial runs of practice exam events and role plays in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, Management and more! Adelson PTO President Melanie Lewis was incredibly helpful in recruiting parents with deep business expertise to serve as role-play partners. We are deeply grateful to parents Marc Dien, Dorit Kalev, Mark Kuperstock, Gopi Latpate, Chen Levanon, and Carol Tsai for their time and business acumen to help in cultivating our budding business professionals here at Adelson. We look forward to their performance at SCDC!



Tuesday, 2/8 Basketball Senior Night – 4:45 Celebrating Senior Boys and Girls Bball players.






Friday, January 21, 2022


Middle School Writing Club Kicks Off Anthology Writing With Bookshop Visit


Our amazing middle school Writing Club, led by Librarian Jen Nails, went “Beyond the Walls” of the school this week to engage their writing talents during a field trip to the Writer’s Block Book Shop. Club members took part in a dynamic brainstorming and writing session to initiate the process of writing an anthology they will publish and launch this May. Students also enjoyed time in the bookshop, browsing and visiting with the shop's pet bunny! The school will purchase several copies of the anthology to feature in our school library, and we will reach out again to you in a few months to ask families how many copies you would like to purchase as well. We are also hoping to schedule a book launch event at some point in May. More details to come.


Creative Writing



Robotics Team Levels Up at Meet


The Adelson Robotics Club (ARC) continues to show its prowess at FIRST Tech Challenge meets, adding a new robotic arm to gain points using a different strategy in this week’s meet held at Mojave High School. The ARC is now ranked in the top ten robotics teams in the state and will continue on to its next competition in two weeks. Thank you to our student team members, coach Shahar Givol, and support coaches Dave Philippus and Robin Pence for their fabulous work. And an additional thanks to donors Tom Spiegel, Chairman of the Adelson Board of Trustees, and Dr. Yuri and Mrs. Anna Itkis, grandparents of team member Elize Itkis, for their generous gifts of support in making our robotics program possible!


Adelson Robotics Club Competition


Drone Builders Work in the Incubator


Take a look at the drone-building our high school students are conducting with Startup Incubator instructor Tobin Herringshaw!  From learning about basic flight dynamics to wire stripping, soldering, attaching propellers, and linking with a flight controller, our students are getting hands-on experience in mechanical, electrical, and aerospace engineering skills that could ultimately set the stage for college and career. We’ll see them flying their UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) through an Incubator obstacle course in a few days!

Building drones






Friday, January 14, 2022


Adelson Freshmen Win Lions Club Student Speaker Contest 


Congratulations to Adam Lasry and Asher Leventhal who represented Adelson in the annual Lions Club Speakers Contest! Both freshmen competed for the top award by writing, memorizing, and delivering a TED Talk-style speech addressing, “Should Community Service Be a Graduation Requirement?” Asher won 1st Place and will be moving on to the next level of competition, vying against citywide competitors for more awards. We are grateful to Lions Club Student Speakers Chairperson Kimo Harward and his colleagues for hosting this competition; Adelson’s own Lynn Wexler for making this wonderful connection; and Adelson Theatre and Public Speaking Teacher, Larry Dachslager for coaching the students to success! 


Lion Writing Award


Monday, 1/17 Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL








Friday, January 7, 2022


Middle Schoolers Stuck On Biomimicry and Bioengineering 


Our middle school Biomedicine students kicked off their Biomimicry and Bioengineering elective with teacher Paula Garrett this week! Experimenting with Elmer’s glue, wood glue, Gorilla glue, hot glue and other adhesives, students examined the “stickiness” and strength of common glues, in both dry and wet environments. Students will soon explore how understanding the properties of adhesives found in nature (like those used by plants and animals to “stick to” surfaces) can inform the engineering of these commercial glues, gaining inspiration from nature – Earth’s biggest and longest running testbed!

Middle Schoolers Stuck On Biomimicry and Bioengineering




Semester One Report Cards Published

Your student’s Semester One report card is now available!  To view the report card, go to your student’s Edsby webpage and click the View Report Cards button on the left side of the page. At the Report Cards dialog box that appears, select the AEC S1 2021-2022 tab at the drop-down menu in the upper right corner.  (Note that this selection may already appear – still click the arrow to select it.)  Parents of middle schoolers who are taking both middle school-level and high school-level courses will need to select the tab for both AEC MS S1 2021-2022 and AEC HS S1 2021-2022 to view all course grades.


Friday, 1/7 Semester One Report Cards published

Monday, 1/17 Martin Luther King Day – NO SCHOOL






Friday, December 17, 2021


Have a Safe and Restful Winter Break!

Our entire Upper School Leadership Team wishes you a safe and restful 

break! At a time when most schools have experienced so much disruption to the teaching and learning experience, we feel so fortunate to have been together throughout the fall semester.  We are grateful every day for the opportunity to work with our phenomenal students and our elite faculty, enjoying the incredible partnership with our loving parents and families, and doing the good work of building A+ Human Beings. Take time to reflect on the people who matter, and the endeavors that matter to you during your time off. We are truly lucky to be here at Adelson, preparing for the future with a community of people who take care of each other and strive for excellence.  See you in the New Year!





Friday, December 10, 2021


Adelson Robotics Club

Robotics Team Rules!

Our Adelson Robotics Crew (ARC) attended their first league meet and crushed it!  Winning 4 out of 5 rounds and demonstrating exceptional sportsmanship by assisting other teams, Elize, Reuben, Harris, Nico, Alexa, and Jason -- along with coach Shahar Givol -- are already “gearing up” for their next meet in January. Congratulations!  See additional photos from the meet HERE.


School play

Midsummer Night’s Success

Kudos to the creative and dedicated Cast and Crew of ACT (Adelson Community Theatre) who presented their Fall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the patio this week. The outdoor setting lent itself perfectly to Shakespeare’s play as the sun set while the story unfolded. The performances were marked by cool temperatures, hot cider, and warm receptions from the capacity crowds.


Torah Restored

Torah Restored

Thursday afternoon marked a special moment at the Adelson School -- the return to campus of a newly repaired Torah. We are grateful to Jewish Life Lead Jackie Edery for working to facilitate the repair process, and to students Michael Harouni and Aviel Parente for personally donating the significant funds to make the restoration work possible, and to Head of School Arnold Zar-Kessler for matching their contributions. The momentous occasion was marked by a parade and celebratory dance before placing the Torah in the ark!



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, 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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