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This Week in Upper School 11/12-11/16, 2018

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, November 16, 2018 Byline:  Upper School Team
Poetry Slam 2018
We were thrilled to welcome back Clark County Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson and Battle Born Slam Emcee AJ Moyer to our campus for the fourth year in a row. During their brief residency, these visiting poets guided Adelson high school students in creative writing workshops over two days that focused on craft, structure, content and performance. Our guests then hosted a poetry slam on the third day of their visit, with all high school students and faculty present in the audience. Once again, we were all wowed by the students’ confidence and commitment to their writing and performances. We could not be more pleased with the event this year, and thank all of those who were responsible for making the workshops and performance an Adelson tradition. Congratulations to ninth-grader Jonah Tecktiel, who won the slam!
 
Veteran’s Day Program
A unique Veterans Day presentation gave students the opportunity to learn how animals have been used in warfare and how dogs are used in the military and in other security settings today.  Mr. Harrell of Off the Leash K9 Training spoke to our Upper School students about his experiences as a dog handler finding mines in Afghanistan and Iraq. He shared how his skills have transferred to civilian life and gave a lively demonstration with a local hospital guard dog.
 
Care, Share and Inspire
Mr. Oliver Lovat presented to our high school students: An introduction to Strategic Thinking: How businesses get you to buy their products, and how you can be smarter than the average customer.  Mr. Mark Bodner shared Information Matters: Revolutionizing the Construction INdustry through Adoption of Technology.
 
9th Grade Project Chesed
Students enjoyed some time in the sunshine will decorating our sidewalks with all the things they are thankful for this year. 
 
Banking Guest Speakers
Two Branch Managers from nearby Chase Banks visited seniors in Mr. Hemsworth’s Financial Math class today.  Over the past two weeks, students researched Banking & Checking Accounts and were eager to meet banking professionals.  Many students were excited to learn they could become bank tellers when they turn 18! The class also discussed the pros and cons of credit cards, what affects a credit score, and even learned how the bank vault is opened!  
 

MS Spirit Week 

This week Middle School students enjoyed Spirit Week hosted by the Middle School Student Council.  Events were Games themed, with “Cards Day”, “Game Character Day”, and “Clue Day”. The highlight of the week was Game Night on Wednesday.  Student Council members Noa Lovat, Michael Harouni, Ash Abrahamson, Britohn Blank, Jack Kim, Te’yah Graham, Nicole Miller, Jadyn Garshofsky, and Alex Amid displayed their skills as game show hosts as student teams competed in “Family Feud” and individual students showed their musical knowledge in “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!”.  The highest scoring team of “Family Feud” consisted of Justice Reisman, Molly Finkel, and Alyssa Falkenshammer. The winner of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics!” was Emily Rahim, who displayed an impressive knowledge of popular songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s!

 

This Week in Upper School 11/5-11/9, 2018

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, November 9, 2018 Byline:  Upper School Team

On October 27, the Jewish community was attacked by an anti-Semitic perpetrator, murdering 11 innocent lives, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Multiple schools across the nation participated in wearing all blue to school, spreading awareness about antisemitism. We made this a Tikun Olam project, by asking all students who chose to wear blue free dress, donate a dollar. We raised a total of $450, that will be donated to the Tree of Life Synagogue.
 
If you would like to donate to this cause and are unsure where to send your donation, AEC Student Council would be happy to take care of it.  Please contact Bailey Kermani, Student Council President at bailey.kermani@adelsoncampus.org.
 
UPPER SCHOOL TEACHERS VISIT BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

A group of AEC teachers are now visiting the Lauder Javne Iskola in Budapest, Hungary to launch the High School Morim Limmud program with SOS International. SOS International is an educational travel experience with the goal to bridge and establish a network between American Jews and European Jews through educational programming.

View the SOS International BLOG

 

  

MIDDLE SCHOOL SEMINAR: American Artist Wayne Thiebaud
This week, Middle School students learned about American Artist Wayne Thiebaud, best known for his nostalgic confection paintings. After learning about Thiebaud's subject matter and style, students were asked to draw a confection of their choice using his same likeness using oil pastels on black paper. Students then built a 3D version of their rendering.
 
The art assignment requires students to:
1. Choose a confection to draw: cupcake, cake, pie, ice cream, etc.
2. Use a pencil to plan out single drawing on paper. Use ellipses, triangles, and other shapes to create similar effect to Thiebaud. Plan additional decorations: icing, cherries, designs, etc to enhance sweet. 
3. Use oil pastels to draw and color in confection.
4. Recreate a mini 3D version of your creation.
 
See the results ----->>
 
 
 
 
 

This week in Upper School 10/29-11/2, 2018

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, November 2, 2018 Byline:  Upper School Team
  
Middle School Mensch of the Month for October are:
Ari deLeon (8th grade) - “Ari is always ready to lend a hand, is calm, kind and  overall mensch material.”
Oz Hirsh (8th grade) - “Oz proactively took the lead on the Zion Field Trip to help pack, shuffle, move, set up and clean up from all our meals and packing of community luggage.”  
High School Mensch of the Month for October are:
Kennedi Templeton (12th grade): She is an anchor to her classmates, serving as both a model student and a helping hand.
Elizabeth Gutierrez (11th grade): She is consistently a positive influence and a force for good with her classmates.
 
CARE, SHARE & INSPIRE
Care, Share and Inspire presentation by  Dr. deLeon. Last Thursday, students from Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology and AP Psychology attended a presentation by Dr. deLeon, the chief clinical ethicist for Florida Hospital.  In his bioethics role, he assists doctors, nurses, family members and patients, when medical issues arise which include ethical conflicts; tensions, or dilemmas. Dr. deLeon lead our students in the process of making bioethical decisions and the impact these decision and discussion have on individuals, families and medical personnel.
 
MATH
Just last week, sixth grader Chris Bao propelled Adelson to victory with his impressive win at the citywide MathLeague competition. Featuring paper-based problem solving and a Jeopardy-style Countdown round, MathLeague contests serve as feeders to ARML (American Regions Math League), the most nation’s most prestigious high school math competition hosted at universities each spring. Chris has been preparing for competition by...Read More on the AEC BLOG "The Pride"
 
Financial Math students wrapped up their unit about banking accounts with some ‘interest’ing presentations. Students learned what to look for when opening a checking account, fees and pitfalls to avoid, and even researched how paying for items may look in the future. These seniors continue to learn skills and habits that will last a lifetime.
 
WELLNESS PROGRAM
Some of our  Middle School students took the Ms. Melanie wellness program challenge!  Every week our Middle and High School students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of wellness activities from exercise to nutrition to meditation and journaling.  
 
Students in 9th-12th grade have all met with Ms. Melanie in small groups to brainstorm ideas for wellness related activities that will be offered to all high school students during Pride Period every Thursday. The first wellness meeting will be held next Thursday, November 8th. Topics & activities that seem of interest to high school students include physical activity, yoga, stress reduction, school/life balance, sport specific training & nutrition.
 
 
 

This Week in Upper School 10/22-10/25, 2018

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Thursday, October 25, 2018 Byline:  Upper School Team
Seniors attend Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast:
Over 400 students from local high schools along with 8 of our Adelson Seniors (David Poura, Brent Warner, Maya Tomasik, Elisabeth Kac, Kennedi Templeton, Leanne Steward, Richard Zhu, and Nicole Derei) attended the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, October 24, 2018.   Our students were chosen by teacher nominations. The event was an intergenerational celebration. After the breakfast, the students remained to participate in a town hall meeting with our mayors to discuss their questions or concerns.   The Vegas Golden Nights organization sponsored the event.
 
Deputy District Attorney visits Adelson Law Class:
Nell Christensen, Chief Deputy District Attorney at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, presented to our law class this week.  She taught the class about the role of a prosecutor in Clark County, discussed some really interesting cases, described a new program to decrease recidivism and increase reentry rates, and even showcased Sin City Justice, a reality TV show specifically about her office.  Students enjoyed their Q&A session where they learned what it really takes to be a prosecutor.
 
Middle School Trip to Mt. Zion Update
AEC 7thand 8thgrade students stayed right outside of Zion National Park at the Zion Ponderosa. For our big hike, the students went up to Bryce Canyon National Park where students selected hikes that interested their level of desired challenge. Some of the trails our students accomplished were the challenging Navajo Loop and the breathtaking trek from Sunset Point to Inspiration Point and back. Students were in awe at the wonders all around them, above them, and below them at different parts of the trails.

This Week in Upper School 10/15-10/19, 2018

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, October 19, 2018 Byline:  Upper School Team
Major Clyde, from Nellis Air Force Base, came and spoke to our Upper School Students about her experiences in the air force as a pilot.  The students were fascinated with her story and had many questions for her.
 
SLAM POETRY
The middle school seminar Slam Poetry was a slam dunk with the students.  Ms. Nails and Ms. Joyner inspired great thinking and creativity with our students.
 
HIGH SCHOOL TRIP
Parent permission forms for the high school trip to Camp Alonim are on your parent portal SFO account.  Please make sure to complete and submit the forms by October 24th. THIS TRIP HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
 
ZION TRIP
Our 7th and 8th graders are heading to Zion National Park on Tuesday.  Students have been anticipating this trip and are ready for the adventure ahead of them.
 
STUDENT PROFILE: ZACH FIUMARA
Zach enrolled at AEC during his sophomore year and fit in perfectly with our values and was open to all the opportunities AEC provides. PLAY VIDEO
 
AEC STUDENT ELISABETH K IN THE NEWS
AEC Senior Elisabeth K was featured on KTNV ABC channel 13 this week. The story showcases an internship which encourages high school seniors to pursue a career in medicine in Las Vegas.
 
ADELSON ADVANTAGE: SECURITY
Throughout the school year, we will highlight the many advantages our students experience when enrolled at AEC. To kick off our Adelson Advantage campaign is something we all appreciate and depend on: Security.  PLAY VIDEO
 
PSAT TESTING
All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 24th. The exam will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. Please be on time! Contact Mr. Girard with any questions: david.girard@adelsoncampus.org
 
YOUNG JUDAEA
All Adelson students are parents are invited to a presentation by Young Judaea, Israel’s original Gap Year Program, on Thursday, November 8th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Beit Midrash.Young Judaea's Year Course in Israel is the original GAP year program providing an academic partnership with the American Jewish University College in Israel.  Our students earn up to 30 college credits. The American Jewish University’s main campus is located in Los Angeles and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
 
Participants on Young Judaea's Year Course in Israel engage in life-changing social action issues, discover projects they care passionately about, and develop the skills to make an impact. They will learn valuable leadership skills to take back to their community and campus, and they will have the opportunity to design and run peer-led projects. Not only does Year Course allow you to customize your year by choosing classes and programs, we also offer specialty tracks and add-ons that give you the chance to make this year your own! Options include Business Track where you learn from the best Israeli entrepreneurs, Medical Track where you become a first responder while working on the Magen David Adom (Israeli Ambulance) and trips abroad to Poland, Greece, Morocco and Rwanda just to name a few. This website is a great resource for more information: https://www.youngjudaea.org/programs/why-year-course/
 

Upcoming Events:

October 23-25: 7th and 8th Grade Trip -  Zion National Park
 
December 5: Open Mic Night for High School students
 
 

This Week in Upper School 10/8-10/12, 2018

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, October 12, 2018 Byline:  Upper School Team
SCHOOL SPIRIT
High School spirit week has been full of Super Hero excitement all to culminate with the Homecoming Dance, Saturday, October 13 from 8:00-11:00 pm at AEC. On Thursday, the High School held a fun and action-packed Pep Rally with ice cream sundaes, a flag football game and tons of positive school spirit. The Homecoming Court this year is comprised of AEC juniors  Micah deLeon, Kalman Steinberg, Oze Botach, Rebecca Winger, Monica Zhong and Sarah Blank.
 
DISSECTION WEEK IN UPPER SCHOOL
This week, the science department was busy with dissections in Dr. Adkinson’s 7th grade life science and in Ms. Hilt's and Ms. Garrett’s AP Psychology. In Life Science, students dissected a grasshopper to learn more about species and their morphological characteristics. In AP Psychology, students have been studying the parts of the brain and their functions. As a culminating lab, they dissected a sheep’s brain, locating and identifying each of the structures in the process.
 
CAVE PAINTING UPDATE
This project was created to develop research skills, primarily, as well as explore the nature of storytelling and communication and the lives of early man.  AEC 6th graders showcased their storytelling skills by presented their Cave Painting project to the 5th grade on Wednesday.
 
PSAT TESTING
All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 24th. The exam will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. Please be on time! Contact Mr. Girard with any questions: david.girard@adelsoncampus.org.
 
CLARK COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY MINI-MED PROGRAM
AEC Seniors Elisabeth Kac, David Poura and Nuriel Sussman participated in the Clark County Medical Society MiniMed Program where they were able to shadow a doctor for the day.  These students were able to work side by side with family medicine doctors and anaesthesiologists. At the conclusion of this was a recognition dinner where high school students from across the valley were able to share about their experience. 
 
CARDBOARD BOAT RACES
Alexander Dawson students joined AEC students in our incubator to plan, design and construct cardboard boats for AEC’s annual boat races.  It was a wonderful experience to see these two communities come together to work on this project.
 
YOUNG JUDAEA
All Adelson students are parents are invited to a presentation by Young Judaea, Israel’s original Gap Year Program, on Thursday, November 8th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Beit Midrash. Young Judaea's Year Course in Israel is the original GAP year program providing an academic partnership with the American Jewish University College in Israel.  Our students earn up to 30 college credits. The American Jewish University’s main campus is located in Los Angeles and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
 
Participants in Young Judaea's Year Course in Israel engage in life-changing social action issues, discover projects they care passionately about, and develop the skills to make an impact. They will learn valuable leadership skills to take back to their community and campus, and they will have the opportunity to design and run peer-led projects. Not only does Year Course allow you to customize your year by choosing classes and programs, we also offer specialty tracks and add-ons that give you the chance to make this year your own!
 
Options include Business Track where you learn from the best Israeli entrepreneurs, Medical Track where you become a first responder while working on the Magen David Adom (Israeli Ambulance) and trips abroad to Poland, Greece, Morocco and Rwanda just to name a few.
 
This website is a great resource for more information:
 

Upcoming Events:

October 16th: Special Guest Presentation by Major Clyde from Nellis Air Force Base.
October 23-25: 7th and 8th Grade Trip -  Zion National Park
November 7-9: All High School Trip to Camp Alonim (formally known as the High School Shabbaton)
December 5: Open Mic Night for High School students

 

This Week in Upper School 10/3-10/5, 2018

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, October 5, 2018 Byline:  Upper School Team
6th GRADE CAVE PAINTING
This project was created to develop research skills, primarily, as well as explore the nature of storytelling and communication and the lives of early man.  The students are using (almost all) authentic materials – horsehair, moss, authentic mineral pigments – to create their art. They have had to research what materials and tools were available in different parts of the world during the Paleolithic Era.  Each group had a different area/set of cave paintings to research, from Australia, Namibia, Indonesia, Brazil, France, and Romania. Students needed to choose appropriate pigments and tools based on their research. For example, only the group from Namibia should be using blue pigments, as it is the only part of the world to see that pigment used in paleolithic cave art.  The group from Brazil should not be using horsehair brushes – there were no horses in the Americas!
 
 
SEMINAR: RUBIK’S CUBE
Today during the Middle School Seminar session, students learned the necessary steps to solve a Rubik’s Cube! Their patience was tested as they learned the 7 algorithms required to turn any of the 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible combinations into a solved cube. Don’t be surprised if you see students ‘cubing’ as they travel through the AEC hallways!
 
MENSCH OF THE MONTH
Here at Adelson we not only value our student’s academic accomplishments, but also those who display stellar values.  This year in the Upper School will are recognizing students who are living every day with Mensch like characteristics.  “A Mensch is many things and one simple thing. A mensch does what is right because it is right towards family, towards strangers, at home and in public.  When people behave with honesty, integrity, consideration, and respect, they themselves prosper as does society at large. By spreading mensch-like behavior we can make our society happier, healthier and more successful.”
 
The winners of this month’s MENSCH OF THE MONTH for Middle School were:
Ori Gold, 8th grade, for being patient and understanding with his peers…
Charlotte Penso, 7th grade, for always being gracious, kind and patient, a loyal friend and would help anyone in need.
 
STUCO = HERO
Our High School Student Council has chosen the theme of Super Hero this year.  Next week the High School Student Council is excited to pump up the school during spirit week.  Be on the lookout on Monday for Super PJ Day, Marvel vs. DC Day on Tuesday, Spirit Day on Wednesday, Villain Day on Thursday.  High School spirit week will culminate with the Homecoming Dance that Saturday night.
 

Upcoming Events:

October 9th and 11th: Project Chesed classes will be cleaning up Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
October 16th: Special Guest Presentation by Major Clyde from Nellis Air Force Base.
October 23-25: 7th and 8th Grade Trip - Mount Zion
November 7-9: All High School Trip to Camp Alonim
December 5: Open Mic Night for High School students

This Week in Upper School 9/24-9/28, 2018

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, September 28, 2018 Byline:  Upper School Team
On Wednesday, our 6th graders took a field trip to the Valley of Fire State Park as part of their science, social studies and English classes. They got the opportunity to see Native American petroglyphs, unique geologic formations including petrified wood and learn more about our unique Mojave Desert environment.
 
October college presentations schedule:
Wednesday, 3rd@ 1:50 p.m.         USC
Tuesday, 9th @ 8:00 a.m.               Brandeis University
Thursday, 18th @ 10:15 a.m.        Miami University
Monday, 22nd @ 9:30 a.m.            Chapman University
Tuesday, 23rd @ 8:00 a.m.            Lehigh University
Thursday, 25th 8:00 a.m.                Drexel University
Thursday, 25th @ 11:15 a.m.        Whittier College
Thursday, 25th @ 5:30 p.m.          Young Judaea/Gap Year and Study Abroad Program
Monday, 29th @ 9:30 a.m.            American Jewish University
 
 
Mensch of the Month recipients for High School are:
Itai Blank
Kira Weant
Ore Inbar
Cameron Arato
Eden Simhayoff
Samantha Hamburg
 
Mensch of the Month recipients for Middle School will be given on Tuesday.
 
7th and 8th grade Zion Field Trip permission forms were sent out via Edsby on Wednesday.  Permission forms and payment are due by October 5th. Please contact Maria Paxinos at maria.paxinos@adelsoncampus.org with any questions about this exciting  trip.
 
The High School trip to Camp Alonim is happening November 7-9th. Please stay tuned for more details.
 
 
 

This Week in Upper School 9/17-9/21, 2018

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, September 21, 2018 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride Period has been full of engaging activities to keep our student’s minds constantly learning.  
 
This week the science department held their Science Gauntlet which included challenges such as using only three index cards to hold a textbook 4 inches off the desk, seashell stacking, the bridge to nowhere challenge and building the tallest structure using only 10 sheets of paper. 
 
Three of our Adelson Seniors will be participating in the MiniMED-Internship Program through the Clark County Medical Society.  This experience is a time to not only shadow a doctor for a day, but also affords our students a chance to interact with a doctor and the care team in the physical, intellectual and emotional environment of their medical specialty of their choice.  A number of AEC seniors submitted an application as well as a personal statement, and the three seniors chosen by a committee were: Elisabeth Kac, David Poura and Nuriel Sussman. Congratulations to these future medical professionals.
 
Our highly anticipated Middle School and High School trips are coming soon!  October 23-25, 2018, our 7th and 8th grade students will be going on a three day, two night trip to Southern Utah and will visit Sand Hollow State Park outside of St. George, Utah, as well as hike through the majestic Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park.  On November 7-9, 2018, AEC high school students will attend a three day, two night trip to Camp Alonim in California, with a special guest leader from Israel. Please watch for the permission forms on Edsby next week!
 
 

2018 Israel trip Photo Contest

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Byline:  Lauren Eisenberg
The results of the 2018 Israel Trip photo contest are in! Over the summer, approximately 10 AEC students participated in a photo contest during the school trip to Israel. The categories were People, Landscape, Lifestyle, and Best Overall. Criteria was based on best composition, color, exposure, creativity, and best expression of the category theme. The competition was judges by Mr. Herringshaw (Digital Media) and our Shinshiniot, Noam and Lilach.  The judges did not know what students participated or which images belonged to which students. In an amazing landslide victory, AEC senior Bailey Kermani won all four categories. View Bailey's winning photographs:
 
BEST OVERALL
 
BEST LIFESTYLE
 
BEST PEOPLE
 
 
BEST LANDSCAPE
 

Congratulations Bailey!

 

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