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This Week in Upper School 12/9-12/13, 2019

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, December 13, 2019 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence:
Congratulations to the AEC Fine Arts Department! Turnout for the Upper School Fall Production, The World of Sholom Aleichem far exceeded expectations. The courageous cast and crew, most of whom had never worked on a non-musical production before, rose to the unique challenge and delivered two powerful performances this week. View photos!
 
Upper School Exam Information: Semester exams will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting December 16.  There is no school for Upper School students on Friday, December 20, unless a student is making up a semester exam due to an emergency/illness, which requires appropriate documentation. Please remember that school is dismissed at 12:30 pm each day of exams.  Students may stay for lunch, but after 1 pm, all students need to be picked up or attending teacher scheduled study periods/work times. Please email Ms. Kaufman indicating that your child may leave at 10:00 if they do not have a 10:30 exam. 
 
Click the links below for grade-specific schedules:
6th Grade   |   7th Grade  |   8th Grade  |   9-12 Grades
 
 
Pride in Community:
Our Upper School community is excited to Spark Joy during exam week!  Our PTO, Middle and High School Student Councils, Library, and Upper School faculty have wonderful and exciting activities planned for students before school, at breaks, and after exams during the week.  
 
Pride Jewish Values:
Due to the finals next week, we are celebrating Hanukkah this Friday. Maimonides said: “The commandment to light the Hanukkah candles is an exceedingly precious one.”  Indeed, our 6th grade students led the entire celebration during Kabbalat Shabbat. They lit the candles and sang Hanukkah songs. The performance included a beautiful dance called “light conquers darkness”, which ended with students ending by creating Jewish stars. They continued with a Festival of Lights that sparks the divine in all of us which is made in God’s image (Suzanne Fields). A big part of the Hanukkah story was that children hid in the Judean mountains to study Torah. Studying Torah was forbidden under Greek law, and children were forced to hide in caves, high in the hills and far from home.They were in genuine danger because Greek troops patrolled these mountains. We, in America and at the Adelson Campus, are free to study Torah and to live Jewish life freely.
 
Happy Hanukkah

 
Save the Date:
12/16-19       Semester exams, early dismissal at 12:30 pm
12/20/19       Make-up exams only
12/23 -1/5    Winter Break
1/6/20          School resumes
1/20/20        No school, MLK Day observed
1/27/20        National Holocaust Remembrance Day
2/14/20        No school - faculty in-service day
2/17/20        No school, President’s Day observed
 

This Week in Upper School 12/2-12/6, 2019

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, December 6, 2019 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence
This week in 9th grade Humanities, students worked in the Startup Incubator where they faced a design challenge to create Greek masks using cardboard, duct tape, hot glue, and paint. The project was a joint effort between the humanities and technology departments and used the Stanford design thinking process. Each student researched a different character from Ancient Greece or Ancient Judea in order to design and construct their mask based on that character's philosophy, actions, or contributions to history. Students then learned about color theory and painted masks to represent specific symbolism of that person. What they came up with was creatively remarkable. 
 
Upper School Exam Information: Semester Exams will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting December 16.  There is no school for Upper School students on Friday, December 20, unless a student is making up a semester exam due to an emergency/illness, which requires appropriate documentation. Please remember that school is dismissed at 12:30 pm each day of exams.  Students may stay for lunch, but after 1 pm, all students need to be picked up or attending teacher scheduled study periods/work times. 
 
Please email Ms. Kaufman indicating that your child may leave at 10:00 if they do not have a 10:30 exam. Click the links below for grade-specific schedules:
6th Grade   |   7th Grade  |   8th Grade  |   9-12 Grades
 
Pride in Community
The Arctic Expedition PTO Book Fair opened this week.  It has been wonderful to see our community of students,  young and old peruse the many books together. Please take this opportunity to explore all the reading adventures to which these books can take your student.  The proceeds will support school community programs here at AEC.
 
9th and 10th grade Life Skills classes focused on mental health and wellness. The students were excited to welcome back teen advocates from Ignite Treatment. The teen advocates provided a supportive atmosphere for students to talk about the pressures and stressors teens today face and healthy ways they can cope. 
 
Pride in Jewish Values
This week Kabbalat Shabbat was dedicated to Performing Art Department, highlighting great Jewish writers like Shalom Aleichem and George S Kaufman. After celebrating the Shabbat students performed two short skits “The Still Alarm” and “School for Waiters”. 
 
Shabbat Shalom
 
Save the Date
12/8: Hanukkah Festival 1-3 pm at AEC
12/9: Upper School performance of The World of Sholom Aleichem, BUY TICKETS NOW
12/10: Upper School performance of The World of Sholom Aleichem, BUY TICKETS NOW
12/16-19: Semester exams, early dismissal at 12:30 pm
12/23 - 1/5: Winter Break
1/6/20: School resumes
1/20/20: No school, MLK Day observed
1/27/20: National Holocaust Remembrance Day
2/14/20: No school - faculty in-service day
2/17/20: No school, President’s Day observed

 
 

This Week in Upper School 11/18-11/22, 2019

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, November 22, 2019 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Jewish Values
Lead by Student Council in conjunction with National Honors Society, 28 high school students volunteered their after school time this Tuesday evening to pack over 4500 bags of food for Las Vegas’s children in need through Three Square’s Backpack for Kids program.
 
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, where we focus on expressing our thanks, gratitude and shift our thoughts to thinking of others less fortunate than us, we took time in Kabbalat Shabbat to hear from a homeless woman from the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. The Las Vegas Rescue Mission helps hundreds of men, women and children with food, shelter and needs of daily living.  This woman spoke about her experience of her and her high school aged daughter being homeless. At the end of Shabbat, AEC raised money and presented this family with a gift card for the upcoming holiday. Let us all remember to say todah and thank you during this holiday season. 
 
Pride in Excellence
On Tuesday, nine select students-three 8th graders, two 9th graders, and four 10th graders- participated in a Design thinking workshop led by Laura Deisley, an educational consultant and CEO of Lab Atlanta.  This workshop is the first of many opportunities these students will have to learn Design Thinking and apply it not only to their personal lives, but also to our school context. These students will comprise our first Design Team and will tackle complex problems related to the student experience at Adelson.  They enjoyed the workshop and are excited to have the opportunity to become empathetic leaders who serve their school in this way. They will also help Ms. Deisley and the Faculty Design Team facilitate professional development day in February. 
 
This week, high school students selected from a variety of clubs to enhance and expand their horizons. Some clubs are competition based, such as Solar Rollers and Mock Trial while other clubs help students take a deeper dive into areas of interest, such as Historical Film Club, Break Stuff/Make Stuff Club, and Medical Ethics Club.  Students also selected from clubs related to the arts, such as Creative Writing Club, Ukulele Choir, Rhythm Section Methods Club, and Stage and Screen Club. LEARSI: Different Looks at Israeli Reality Club was started by three sophomores who want to dive into discussions about modern Israel and learn advocacy. While Philanthropy Club, Kabbalat Planning Committee, and Torah Study Club provide students opportunities to connect to their Jewish identity and values, all clubs provide students the opportunity to host activities/events for the benefit of our community while also allowing students to lead in these spaces. 
 
Pride in Community
This week the High School Student Council did a wonderful job organizing 1950’s themed activities to promote school spirit through dress-up days and activities. The pep rally showed the students’ leadership abilities through its well-performed script, PTO hosted games, and celebration of the Fall sports. To conclude this exciting week, students designed, decorated, and attended the Homecoming Sock Hop Dance on Saturday night.
 
Shabbat Shalom
 
SAVE THE DATE
11/27                Early dismissal at 11:30 am
11/28, 29          Thanksgiving break
12/2-10             PTO Book Fair- Beit Midrash
12/9 & 12/10   Fall Play Performance
12/16-19          Semester exams, early dismissal at 12:30 pm
12/23 - 1/5      Winter Break
 

This Week in Upper School 11/11-11/15, 2019

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, November 15, 2019 Byline:  upper School Team
Pride in Community
The High School Student Council prepared and led an action-packed, spirit-filled 1950s-era pep rally for Upper School students on Thursday. The pep rally included student, parent, and faculty games, as well as audience participation ending with a Middle School versus High School rock-paper-scissor tournament.  Students enjoyed being with each other and celebrating our wonderful and spirited community. View photos
 
The Middle School Student Council participated in a leadership activity at Escapeability Escape Rooms.  They practiced their cooperative and problem solving skills to solve visual, logical, and numerical puzzles and were able to escape with minutes to spare!  Look for the results of their research at a social event in December, to be announced soon!
 
On Monday, kindergarten through high school students gathered together around the flagpole to participate in a Veterans Day program. View photos
 
Pride in Excellence
AEC’s High School boys tennis team and girls cross country teams qualified for the playoffs!  All four of our fall high school sports finished in the top 3 of the state for team GPA in their respective leagues. Our High School girls cross country team was named the 2A Academic State Champions. Congratulations to our scholar athletes.
 
On November 19 and 20, we are lucky to have Laura Deisley from Lab Atlanta come to lead a select group of faculty and students in a Design Thinking workshop.  Over the summer, Principal Bluevise and Ms. Joyner began working with Ms. Deisley and knew that they wanted her to lead our faculty in professional development in Design Thinking to develop empathetic leaders who can help tackle complex issues around our school.  We are thrilled to offer this workshop to students and know that they can leverage this training to continue to build the best experiences for our AEC community. 
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: 
The performances for The World of Sholom Aleichem are Monday and Tuesday, December 9 and 10 at 6p.m.
 
Pride in Jewish Values
Middle School students celebrated an “Oneg” Shabbat today. The prophet Isaiah says "If you turn your foot away from Shabbat, from doing your purpose on my holy day, and CALL SHABBAT A DELIGHT (Oneg), THE HOLY OF G-D HONORABLE... then you shall delight yourself in G-d.” Isaiah mandated a “Simcha” happiness during Shabbat. Following this Mitzvah the Middle School students engaged in different “Oneg” activities.
 
During High School Shabbat, the students who participated in the Budapest -SOS International Exchange Program shared their experiences from Budapest focusing on culture, education and Jewish identity.   Students were also surprised with a video message from the Budapest students! Watch Video
 
Save the Date
11/16              High School Homecoming Dance, 8:00-11:00 pm
11/18-20         Slam Poetry workshop during Pride with poets from Battle Born Slam, including NV Poet Laureate, Vogue Robinson
11/27               Early dismissal at 11:30 am
12/9 & 12/10   Fall Play Performance
11/28, 29         Thanksgiving break
12/16-19          Semester exams, early dismissal at 12:30 pm
12/23 - 1/5      Winter Break
 

Startup Incubator In Action

News Type:  Lower School News Upper School News Startup Incubator News Date:  Friday, November 8, 2019 Byline:  Ben Koch, Upper School Assistant Principal
 
AEC students have a tremendous advantage with access to a best in class 5000 sqft technology lab called the Startup Incubator. Digital media, robotics, 3D printing are signature features, and this year, our 7th graders are engaged in a yearlong series of 3D printing projects connected to their Judaics curriculum. Their current project is to create Shabbat sets for each Preschool classroom.  
 
At their first meeting in August, Mr. Mayron and Ms. Ziter led students to draft logos for each preschool class both digitally and freehand.  Then students learned how to move those designs onto 3D printed objects. Since then, they’ve problem solved how to design candlesticks to fit a specifically sized candle, and a cup that holds a specific amount of liquid.  These embedded math lessons have added an additional layer to this cross-curricular project.  
 
Each week, students are given thinking questions to expand their learning about 3D printing and how it interacts with the real world.  They’ve had to consider questions such as “Are 3D printed sets kosher?” (They are.), and what process must 3D printed objects go through to be considered food safe.   Today, in preparation for gifting each Preschool classroom these Shabbat sets, the 7th graders visited the preschool classrooms this morning to read the students books about Shabbat!
 
As this is a yearlong initiative, the seventh graders will soon draft and 3D print projects related to Hannukah, Purim, and be responsible for designing the awards for the Middle School Awards program which will happen in conjunction with Yom Haatzmaut in April.
 

This Week in Upper School 11/4-11/8, 2019

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, November 8, 2019 Byline:  Upper School Team

Pride in Community
AEC high school students and faculty partners with the Lauder Javne School, an independent Jewish Day School in Budapest, Hungary.
 
The High School Morim Limmud, sponsored by SOS International Enriching Jewish Identity, is a five-year international educational exchange and professional development opportunity for American and European Jewish day schools. Each U.S. school partners with a Central or Eastern European school for the duration of the program, which includes a series of travel exchanges for participating teachers and students.  The teams establish personal and professional relationships both for students and teachers and proactively participate in Jewish Community Renewal. Our students and faculty have experienced the Lauder Javne School and Hungarian education and have been able to engage in week-long joined group activities...
 
Pride in Excellence
Anatomy and Physiology high school science students concluded their unit of study on the complexity of the nervous system and were able to engage in hands on learning by dissecting a sheep brain in order to see, touch, and examine it and parts of the nervous system housed in the brain.  AP Psychology investigated the biological bases of behavior, with a focus on the brain, and more specifically the functioning of a split brain. Students paired up to complete a few tasks simulating being able to use only one side of their brain. 
 
Our Upper School theatrical program continues to excel with opportunities to participate in the diverse aspects of the theater.  Middle School acting students are hard at work rehearsing short skits by playwright George S. Kaufman to be performed during select Shabbat services.  The technical theater students are diligently working on creating the background scenery for the fall play performance of The World of Sholom Aleichem.  We cannot wait to see all of this hard work and preparation come to life.
 
Sixth grade students traveled in time, using Virtual Reality to take tours of ancient civilizations.  Their reality tour transported them to see artistic recreations of life in Ancient Egypt, and ruins from the Aztec, Incan, Roman, and Greek empires.
 
Pride in Jewish Values
This week we read the Torah portion “Lech Lecha.”  It opens with God telling Avram to leave home to go to an unknown land. During Kabbalat Shabbat service, our students shared their own wise interpretation of “Lech Lecha.”  Ms. Kearn and Mr. Philippus sang a beautiful Debbie Friedman song “Lechi Lach,” while middle school student Allison D. danced an interpretive piece of the lyrics with such talent and grace. Mrs. Weiss, the mother of our 7th grade student, Jeri, joined us and spoke about the new journey that her daughter is embarking, ending her blessing with the words “Lechi Lach,” go forth, exactly like Abraham the founder of Monotheism did years ago.
 
Shabbat Shalom
 

Save the Date

11/11               Technion International College Visit at 10:00 am
11/16               High School Homecoming Dance, 8:00-11:00 pm
11/18-20          Slam Poetry workshop during Pride with NV Poet Laureate, Vogue Robinson
11/21               Poetry Slam during Pride
11-27                Early dismissal at 11:30 am
12/9 & 12/10   Fall Play Performance
11-28, 29          Thanksgiving
12/23 -1/5       Winter Break
 

AEC Partners with Lauder Javne School, Budapest, Hungary

News Type:  Alumni News Lower School News Upper School News Startup Incubator News Date:  Friday, November 8, 2019
AEC high school students and faculty partners with the Lauder Javne School, an independent Jewish Day School in Budapest, Hungary. VIEW PHOTOS
 
The High School Morim Limmud, sponsored by SOS International Enriching Jewish Identity, is a five-year international educational exchange and professional development opportunity for American and European Jewish day schools. Each U.S. school partners with a Central or Eastern European school for the duration of the program, which includes a series of travel exchanges for participating teachers and students.  The teams establish personal and professional relationships both for students and teachers and proactively participate in Jewish Community Renewal.
 
Our students and faculty have experienced the Lauder Javne School and Hungarian education and have been able to engage in week-long joined group activities, including home hospitality and personal connection with Lauder students and their families with AEC students; visit sites of Jewish importance;  visit other touristic sites, and teaching. AEC teachers and students led activities and lessons to Lauder students and teachers. Upon returning to AEC, these cohorts of students and faculty will continue to work together to perfect the art of teaching and to share best practices in general studies education and Jewish education.
 
A special opportunity afforded to our AEC Budapest team was to meet the founder of the Javne Lauder School, Ms. Anna. Not only was Ms. Anna the founder, but she also served as Head of School for 30 years. Since her retirement, she has been instrumental in the rebuilding of the synagogue at Balatonfured Village, and the museum of Jewish Excellence. Ms. Anna is an inspiring educator and community leader who spoke about her journey to keep Jewish heritage alive and celebrated instead of a sole focus on the tragedy. Inspired by their interaction with Ms. Anna,  our AEC BUdapest team discussed how we can emphasize the importance of leadership in our school’s community, the Jewish community, and the wider community in general.
 
Other experiences on the educational trip included visiting  the House of Jewish Excellence where researched Jewish scientists works and contributions to mathematics, science, and technology have been felt worldwide.  The Dohaney Street Synagogue provided both experiential learning and breathtaking views. It is the third largest synagogue in the world and its attached museum helped to bring perspective to the learning students have done in preparation for the trip. 
 
We are excited for the opportunity to host our new friends and colleagues from the Lauder Javne School in Las Vegas in February.  We plan to show them our strong Las Vegas Jewish community and keep this living bridge alive.
 
 

This Week in Upper School 10/28-11/1, 2019

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, November 1, 2019 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Community
It is with great anticipation and excitement that we send members of our high school community, both students and faculty, to Budapest, Hungary, to work in partnership with the Javne Lauder Jewish Community School.  What a tremendous opportunity for both communities to come together and share such an experience.  We encourage all of you to follow their experience this upcoming week. These updates will be available on the blog,  or on Facebook.
 
In honor of the upcoming Veteran’s Day holiday, AEC Upper School is participating in a fundraiser to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on November 7th.  For a $1 donation, students can wear jeans and also help raise money for this important organization. Read more about the Wounded Warrior Project.
 
Pride in Excellence
Middle School forensics students were challenged to solve a “crime scene” on campus this week.  Forensics students turned their knowledge into action by securing and processing the “crime scene,” collecting, bagging and properly labeling their collected evidence, and then comparing their collected evidence with the actual evidence to solve the mystery!  What an excellent hands-on learning opportunity for our students!
 
On November 1st, the Hispanic culture celebrates the "Day of the Dead." In this celebration, families honor the memory of loved ones who have died. For the past three years, the Spanish students have developed a project around this celebration. The entry event to this custom is the viewing of the wonderful movie "Coco."  Students had great discussions about the cultural topics clearly seen in the movie of family relations (including pets), death and what happens after death, the importance of music and pursuing dreams in the future. Spanish students researched a Hispanic celebrity who had an impact on the Spanish culture and the US. The students engaged in developing a multifaceted project to show the legacy of their celebrity and presented this to classmates as well as faculty.
 
Pride in Jewish Values
We are happy to acknowledge that more families are coming to our morning Minyan when their child celebrates his Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Today, Kabbalat Shabbat was dedicated to our students and teachers that are traveling to Budapest, Hungary. We blessed them with “Tefilat HaDerech” the Traveler’s Prayer, to go in peace and return in peace. Our  Middle School Performing Art students took the lead in their Kabbalat Shabbat performing the story of Noah and the Arc. 
 
Shabbat Shalom
 

SAVE THE DATE

 
11/3-10         Student Trip to Budapest, Hungary
11/7              Hofstra University College Visit at 1:45 pm
11/11            Technion International College Visit at 10:00 am
11/16            High School Homecoming Dance, 8:00-11:00 pm
11/18-20       Slam Poetry workshop during Pride with NV Poet Laureate, Vogue Robinson
11/21            Poetry Slam during Pride
11-27             Early dismissal at 11:30 am
11-28, 29       Thanksgiving
12/23 - 1/5   Winter Break
 

This Week in Upper School 10/21-10/24, 2019

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Thursday, October 24, 2019 Byline:  Upper School Team

Pride in Excellence, Community, and Jewish Values
 
Student Perspective: 
During the month of October, our seniors and our administration got together to plan the wonderful tradition known as ‘Senior Sunrise.’ After much planning, our seniors finally got together on the morning of October 24th 2019, to watch the sunrise together on the field. Dancing and taking photos, the class got to experience a fun break with their friends in the midst of the approaching college deadlines. In the Jewish religion, there is a prayer we say upon experiencing beautiful phenomena. To our seniors, this was no exception and they together chanted the prayer as the sun continued to rise. Accompanied with many pastries and warm beverages, the seniors commemorated their work, excellence, and friendships together and watched the sun rise. 
-Tal Hirsh, Class of 2020

Thank you to PTO parents Milenne Aldana and Rachel Allen for making today's event so special. View Photos
 
 
 

Save the Date

10/25           Nevada Day, No School
11/3-10        Student Trip to Budapest, Hungary
11/7             Hofstra University College Visit at 1:45 pm
11/11           Technion International College Visit at 10:00 am
11/16           High School Homecoming Dance, 8:00-11:00 pm
11/18-20      Slam Poetry workshop during Pride with NV Poet Laureate, Vogue Robinson
11/21           Poetry Slam during Pride
11-27            Early dismissal at 11:30 am
11-28, 29      Thanksgiving
12/23-1/5    Winter Break

 

This Week in Upper School 10/14-10/18, 2019

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, October 18, 2019 Byline:  Upper School Team
 
Pride in Community and Jewish Values
It has been wonderful this week to see our community share a number of experiences in the sukkahs, from meals to classes and activities.  These are times where our community can gather to share memorable experiences and moments grounded in our Jewish values.
 
Each week a Torah Portion (Parasha) is read during Shabbat services and Simchat Torah, celebrates the completion of the yearly reading of the Torah.  Simchat Torah, Hebrew for “rejoicing with the Torah”, celebrates this completion of the annual Torah reading and then starting from the beginning again. During Simchat Torah it is customary to rejoice with the Torah by dancing around the synagogue seven times.  Today, AEC students took the Torah scrolls from the Ark and danced around the Beit Midrash seven times. During the Torah service, the concluding section of Deuteronomy was read by a “Bridegroom” Torah (Hatan Torah), and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis was read by “Bridegroom” B’reisheet (Hatan B’reisheet).  With the help of our amazing band, who played a medley of Simchat Torah songs, our students and staff enjoyed singing, dancing and rejoicing with the Torah. 
 
Moadim l’simcha
 

Save the Date

10/21-22     Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, No School
10/23          UNLV and UNLV Honors College Visit at 1:45 pm
10/24          American University College Visit at 1:45 pm
10/25          Nevada Day, No School
11/3-10       Student Trip to Budapest, Hungary
11/7            Hofstra University College Visit at 1:45 pm
11/11          Technion International College Visit at 10:00 am
11/16          High School Homecoming Dance, 8:00-11:00 pm
11/18-20     Slam Poetry workshop during Pride with NV Poet Laureate, Vogue Robinson
11/21          Poetry Slam during Pride
11-27           Early dismissal at 11:30 am
11-28, 29    Thanksgiving
12/23 - 1/5 Winter Break
 
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