Upper School News

This Week In Upper School 3/27/2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, March 27, 2020 Byline:  Upper School team
 
Pride in Community
This week in Theatre Arts classes, AEC students experienced virtual visits with three of Mr. D’s former students who are now industry professionals, highlighting the accessibility and realities of careers in the Arts.  The high school Technical Theatre class had a visit from Rachel Goodman, a professional Stage Manager for shows at Universal Studios and freelance production assistant at various Los Angeles theaters. Full disclosure -- she’s also Mr. D’s niece.  The middle school Theatre and Cinema Arts classes had the opportunity to talk to professional actors Josh Brener (The Internship, Silicon Valley, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars Resistance) and Jon Bass (Baywatch, Loving, Miracle Workers, Book of Mormon on Broadway). Throughout the visits, the AEC students asked thoughtful questions, made insightful comments, and presented themselves with a relaxed, yet professional demeanor.
 
AEC middle school students were able to participate in a few virtual lunches this week hosted by Mr. Koch and Ms. Paxinos!  Middle school students were able to join their friends and virtually eat together while chatting, sharing stories and having surprise visitors such as our librarian, Ms. Nails.  This was such a wonderful way for our community of students to connect in the familiar setting of lunch.
 
We at AEC are here to make our Senior class feel special! Today, our AEC Seniors were treated to a surprise delivery to their door... What special surprise awaited them? An AEC Prom goodie bag!  With AEC Prom canceled, this was one way we could bring the Senior Prom to our Seniors.
 
AEC middle school students were able to participate in a few virtual lunches this week, hosted by Mr. Koch and Ms. Paxinos!  Middle school students were able to join their friends and virtually eat together while chatting, sharing stories, and having surprise visitors such as our librarian, Ms. Nails.  This was such an excellent way for our community of students to connect in the familiar setting of lunch.
 
Pride in Excellence
On the last day we were at AEC, 8th grader Chris Chakryan completed his lamp project in the Break it – Make it Club. Students were challenged to take apart common items that were broken or no longer useful and create something with them. Chris made a fabulous LED lamp from old computer and 3D printer parts.
 
While adjusting to our new (and hopefully temporary) reality of remote learning, our Seniors are continuing to hear back from their colleges and universities. Highlighting the past week were positive decisions from American University, Boston University, Colgate University, Drexel University, George Washington University, Lehigh University, Miami University, the University of California, Davis, the University of California, San Diego, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Yeshiva University in New York City. Furthermore, with recent notification of significant scholarship awards coming from George Washington, Lehigh, and Miami, our seniors have surpassed $3,679,000 in merit scholarships.  Mazel Tov to the Class of 2020!!
 
Teachers continue to show how nimble and responsive they are as teachers during this time of remote learning. This week, they learned how to set up and move students into breakout rooms during classes for concentrated discussion and work groups.  Teachers also make and upload videos in direct response to student questions and share recorded lessons for student review.
 
Pride in Jewish Values
“What does Hashem require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your G-d.” - Micah 6:8
The Prophet Micah is teaching us the way to be a good human being: Do Justice, Love Kindness, and Walk humbly. AEC students and teachers came together to remotely celebrate Shabbat while staying at home. Inspired by Micah the Prophet, students put together a program that focused on “Acts of Kindness.” The 10th-grade students shared their yearlong “Chesed Project” in which they learn how to be a philanthropist by raising a bit less than $2000, which they will donate to worthy causes after spring break. During Kabbalat Shabbat students spent time calling Holocaust survivors and people in quarantine to support them during these challenging days. A student shared his thoughts, focusing on the concept of “Hineni,” “Here I Am,” in Hebrew. Students from 6th grade and 11th grade shared their own “Hineni” describing a “call” for acts of kindness. Other students shared their note “You Matter” expressing gratitude to someone important in their lives. We ended this Kabbalat Shabbat by praying for healing to all of those who needed healing of body and healing of spirit and let us say, Amen.
 
 
From your AEC School Counselors
 
BREATHE, BREATHE and BREATHE.  Then... BREATHE some more.
 
There is no academic emergency right now!  These are unprecedented times and adults and children alike are working to adjust and cope with what is our new normal.
 
First and foremost, you are a parent.  Decrease the possible pressure you place on yourself to be the main educator or academic teacher at home.
 
Learning will look different than it did in in-school classrooms.
 
In order to thrive in stressful times children need supportive and stable relationships with the adults in their life.  Make time to listen and help them manage their expectations, fears, concerns and emotions.
 
Expect learning at home will be like a rollercoaster.  One minute you look around and all is going perfect, according to plan, and you feel like you have this home learning thing down.  Thirty seconds later, chaos ensues, meltdowns are happening and it is insanity. BREATHE, BREATHE and BREATHE. Then... BREATHE some more.
 
Model emotional control for your children.  Recognize when you need to tap out, step out or ask for help.  Practice the pause; pause before responding, pause before reacting, pause before speaking.      
 
Many parents are doing triple duty: parenting, working and teaching.  This is a huge ask on your emotional resources.  Make sure to take care of yourself and practice good self care.  Just as the airline industry says, put on your oxygen mask first before placing one on your child.
 
Lean on your support system.  Social distancing does not mean social disengagement.  These are times when social support of family, friends and community are vital to our  overall well being.
 
Reach out to AEC counselors!  We are here for students, faculty, AND parents.
 
SAVE THE DATE
Conversations will not be cancelled.
Relationships will not be cancelled.
Love will not be cancelled.
Songs will not be cancelled.
Reading will not be cancelled.
Self-care will not be cancelled.
Hope will not be cancelled.
May we lean into the good stuff that remains.

 
 

This Week in Upper School 3.20.2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, March 20, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence and Community
Three weeks ago, we began discussions with faculty and students about the need to prepare for an anticipated school shutdown due to the spread of COVID-19. Teachers made emergency lesson plans as well as packets and resources in the event of a school closure, and students were told to bring home all materials each day.  Thursday, March 12th, the news came to close the school, and on that Friday, teachers, administrators, and IT worked together at school and from home to prepare for remote learning set to begin on Monday.  
 
This was no small task, but true to form, our amazing educators rose to the occasion!  On Monday at 9:00 am, teachers and students greeted one another across the Internet using Google Meet or Zoom so that they could continue building our AEC community during social distancing and so that learning could continue.  Amid all the stressors surrounding this global pandemic, it has been impressive to see the great learning experiences students are having each day. Kol hakavod to our AEC faculty! 
 
This week in High School, the AEC Advantage was front and center as student learning did not skip a beat! Students engaged in excellent discussions about the impact of art on society, the Cold War, great literature and plays, the Holocaust, the global pandemic and social distancing, and different ways to create art. They analyzed charts and graphs and shared information, research, and news they found on relevant topics related to Covid-19.  They learned and reviewed math concepts and grammar and vocabulary in Hebrew, Spanish, Mandarin, and French. They played music, discussed and wrote poetry, and laughed, and talked with one another, all from their respective homes. It is great to see so many smiling faces each day behind illuminated computer screens! 
 
A hearty congratulations to Liahm B. for winning a Silver Medal at the Scholastic Art and Writing Contest for his poem “Pessimistically Optimistic.” This is Liahm’s second year in a row winning at the national level.  Kol Hakavod. Mazel Tov to Judah H., who won the Gold Key award at the national level of the Scholastic Arts & Writing contest! Both Judah and Mr. Herringshaw have been invited to participate in the awards ceremony in July at Carnegie Hall in NYC! 
 
Coronavirus is not stopping Financial Math seniors from learning about “the real world.” Students continued their study of insurance and  today learned the difference between PPOs, HMOs, HSA and more. Next week they will study how to shop for health insurance and analyze their auto insurance policies.
 
Tips for Parents Adjusting to Virtual Learning
From your AEC School Counselors
 
BREATHE, BREATHE and BREATHE.  Then... BREATHE some more.
 
There is no academic emergency right now!  These are unprecedented times and adults and children alike are working to adjust and cope with what is our new normal.
 
First and foremost, you are a parent.  Decrease the possible pressure you place on yourself to be the main educator or academic teacher at home.
 
Learning will look different than it did in in-school classrooms.
 
In order to thrive in stressful times children need supportive and stable relationships with the adults in their life.  Make time to listen and help them manage their expectations, fears, concerns and emotions.
 
Expect learning at home will be like a rollercoaster.  One minute you look around and all is going perfect, according to plan, and you feel like you have this home learning thing down.  Thirty seconds later, chaos ensues, meltdowns are happening and it is insanity. BREATHE, BREATHE and BREATHE. Then... BREATHE some more.
 
Model emotional control for your children.  Recognize when you need to tap out, step out or ask for help.  Practice the pause; pause before responding, pause before reacting, pause before speaking.      
 
Many parents are doing triple duty: parenting, working and teaching.  This is a huge ask on your emotional resources.  Make sure to take care of yourself and practice good self care.  Just as the airline industry says, put on your oxygen mask first before placing one on your child.
 
Lean on your support system.  Social distancing does not mean social disengagement.  These are times when social support of family, friends and community are vital to our  overall well being.
 
Reach out to AEC counselors!  We are here for students, faculty, AND parents.
 
SAVE THE DATE
Conversations will not be cancelled.
Relationships will not be cancelled.
Love will not be cancelled.
Songs will not be cancelled.
Reading will not be cancelled.
Self-care will not be cancelled.
Hope will not be cancelled.
May we lean into the good stuff that remains.

 
 

AEC Student Wins Big at the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Contest

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, March 20, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team

Since 7th grade, sophomore Judah Hafter had dreamed of winning a gold medal in the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards contest. This year, he achieved that dream with his photography. Through the digital media studio in the Adelson Educational Campus Startup Incubator, as well as the mentorship of his teacher, Mr. Tobin Herringshaw, Judah created an entire portfolio of food photography for his AP Photography class.

The winning photograph, titled "Discovering Blue", was part of that portfolio and the culmination of a month of work trying to understand the relationship between the color blue and the appeal of food in a normal diet. Less than 1% of all the participants throughout the country earn the coveted gold medal. Judah is the first student in the history of the Adelson Educational Campus, to have earned a gold medal in photography. Judah and Mr. Herringshaw are now invited to be recognized at a national ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City, along with other gold medalists throughout the country. These student artists represent the most outstanding young artists in the nation and their works will become part of the Art.Write.Now.2020 national exhibition to be displayed in two of the most prestigious art schools in America, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design at The New School and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

This Week in Upper School 3/9-3/13, 2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, March 13, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence:
Middle School students broke out their artistic side this week while learning about the hidden themes of Purim and mistaken identity. They made masks to wear to their Masquerade Ball spring dance, which gave them a chance to be creative while exploring the Purim holiday. 
 
High School Freshman, Elize I., developed a series of instant challenges for sixth-grade students designed to build and grow their success skills in teamwork. Elize led a group of sixth-grade Earth Science students through the challenges, facilitating reflection discussions to help participants articulate how the combination of listening and compromise help develop strong partnerships and teamwork. Elize was eager to share how her experiences in team building during middle school attributed to her successes to date in project-based learning.
 
Pride in Community:
During our Purim festivities this week, the 9th-grade class participated in a community service project benefiting "Straight From the Street." The group compiled 90 kits, all of which are soon to be donated to the homeless in our community. The supply kits are packed with socks, soap, wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, as well as chapstick. This was only possible due to the generosity of our AEC community that donated items over the past several weeks.
 
The Middle School Student Council hosted a Masquerade Ball to celebrate Spring. Middle School students enjoyed wearing their Purim masks, dressing up, dancing, and dessert with their friends and classmates. Special thanks to all the teachers who helped make it possible and to council members Michael H., Britohn B., Ash A., Asher L., Emily R., Kristal M., Elliott H., Sari F., and Sophia W. Kol.
 
What a great turn out of alumni at the annual Gala!  There were many former students representing their grades, catching up, and supporting their alma mater.  We look forward to more contact with our amazing alumni in the future.  
 
Pride in Jewish Values:
Upper School students celebrated a joyous Purim Tuesday! It was exciting to see students and faculty alike dressed up in their creative costumes. Many activities were available to Upper School students, such as the traditional Megillah Reading, a fun carnival with bounce houses, face painting, and a selfie station. While the 9th-graders participated in their "Straight from the Streets" community service project, the 10th-12th graders volunteered at the carnival, along with Preschool and Lower School students. What a phenomenal way for our AEC community to come together to celebrate Purim!
 

This Week in Upper School 3/2-3/6, 2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, March 6, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence
Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Drowsy Chaperone!  Students, families, and community members laughed at the humor and cheered them on through three successful performances this week.  Each of the students involved demonstrated true theatrical professionalism, and we can’t wait until the next show! View Photos
 
7th grader Genevieve B. has passed the qualifying test and will represent our school at the Nevada State Geography Bee on March 27th! She will be competing against dozens of others for several prizes, including scholarships and the grand prize, which includes a trip to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level of the competition. We are all very proud of Genevieve! If you see her, wish her well!
 
On Thursday, Financial Math students took part in a TurboTax simulation to get a feel for what it's like to file a tax return. They used sample W2s of working teenagers or young adults to see how the TurboTax software aids in filing the return. They also learned what deductions they may qualify for and how to minimize a tax bill. Students were also intrigued to learn the convoluted history of TurboTax and how to be careful to avoid paying unnecessary fees.  
 
The middle school ceramics class completed their Greek inspired vessels. Students incorporated various techniques. They created coils to build pots and beautiful handles, they used the Mishima technique, sgraffito technique, and they all turned out beautifully. The Mishima technique is where you carve a design into leather hard clay, and then you put glaze into the grooves wiping the access off so you have clean black lines. Sgraffito is kind of the opposite where you glaze it first, then you carve into the glaze and it reveals the bisqueware underneath. Excellent work middle school artists!
 
This week, in honor of Nevada Reading Week’s theme of Saddle Up and Read, our Librarian, Ms. Nails invited 2019 alumni Kennedi Templeton to share personal stories about her experiences as an equestrian athlete. 6th-12th graders enjoyed hearing from this accomplished  Junior Olympic athlete. She spoke about how riding horses has always been woven into the fabric of her family, how her mother and grandmother have always ridden as well. She also touched on balancing school work, social life, and family time with her sport. Perhaps the most memorable moments came when she shared her memories of missing dances and field trips because of her riding schedule, and her feelings regarding how true skill and mastery can only be attained through commitment and tenacity. We were thrilled to welcome back this Adelson graduate and future USC student.
 
AEC is proud to sponsor the upcoming American Lung Association workshop "E-Cigarette/Vape Education: What Parents Need to Know." Educators from the Association will present this workshop to parents, guardians, and teachers with the most up to date research, knowledge, and tools to help adults speak with children about this critical topic. A student version of this workshop will be presented to 8-12th graders that afternoon. Please join us on March 18th at 6:00 pm in the Beit Midrash to continue in our partnership of keeping our students safe. 
 
High School, led by the National Honor Society and Student Council, volunteered for the "Backpack for Kids Program" at Three Square Food Bank on Tuesday. Students packed 4,085 bags of food for underprivileged children across the Las Vegas valley. Great work!
 
Pride in Jewish Values
The Shabbat before Purim is called "Shabbat Zachor." Zachor in Hebrew means – Remember, which begs the question: What is it that we need to remember? Let us consider the Israelites, who came out of Egypt. On their journey to the Holy Land, the Israelites were brutally attacked by a nation called "Amalek." We are commanded as a people to remember this moment in our history, as the Amalek are enemies of God. The Jewish people, through their acceptance of the Torah, testify to God in their private and public life, thus becoming a target of those who deny God's majesty. 
 
During our Kabbalat Shabbat, we had a well-known community guest speaker: Rabbi Chaim Ozer Metal. The Rabbi provided an in-depth discussion to our students about Shabbat Zachor before Purim, as it is believed that Haman is a descendant of the Amalek. It was an insightful and timely learning experience for all in attendance. 
 
President Trump will be addressing a pro-Israel rally on Saturday, March 14, from 7:30am-11:30am at the Venetian. Political leaders from the US and Israel will be discussing the challenges facing the Jewish community and the need to combat the rise of anti-Semitism. The RJC reached out to inform our community that we would be able to access tickets. AEC families, faculty, and high school students are invited to attend. The Adelson Educational Campus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This event is not a school sponsored program; the School does not take any political position as an educational institution.  RSVP IS REQUIRED. To register for this event, click here. Use code: HARDING
 
Save the Date:
3/10    Purim *We encourage all students to dress up in their favorite costume!  All students need to wear socks to school on Purim
3/12    MS Masquerade Ball, 6-8:30pm
3/16    6th Grade Standardized Testing
3/17    6th Grade Standardized Testing
3/18    6th Grade Standardized Testing
3/18.    Pride Period Assembly: Grades 8-12: American Lung Association American Lung Association Parent Workshop: E Cigarette/Vape Education: What Parents Need to Know
3/19    6th Grade ERB's
3/22    Junior-Senior Prom
3/23    7th/8th Grade Standardized Testing
3/24    7th/8th Grade Standardized Testing
3/25    7th/8th Grade Standardized Testing
3/25.    Brett Fonfa Writing Award Presentation, 12:40pm-1:10pm
3/26    Rosh Chodesh Nissan, donuts & dress down $1
3/26.    7th/8th Grade Standardized Testing
3/27    US Challah Baking during break
4/6-19    NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
4/20    Return to School
 

This Week in Upper School 2/24-2/28, 2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, February 28, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Community
During Kabbalat Shabbat, US students were treated to a preview of the Spring Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone in the theater. Students were delighted by the humor, drama, and music performed by thirty-one of their Upper School peers.  Students will show off their versatility onstage and behind the scenes for three performances next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening at 6 PM each night.  The Drowsy Chaperone is a fast-paced, innovative musical that cleverly connects the 1920's and 2020's through song, dance, and comedy. Purchase Tickets Here.  All Upper School students and their families are invited to attend. Due to the subject matter, this play may not be suitable for younger students.
 

Student Council hosted a fabulous Sadies Dance last Saturday night.  The students transformed the downstairs entrance and band room into an 80s-themed dance hall complete with neon decorations and big hair!   Topping off the great night was the inclusion of the Lauder Javne students from Budapest. This was their first ever “American High School dance” and they had a blast.  

High School Student Council continued “Rosh Chodesh Funnery” with a Karaoke Battle Royale on the patio during Pride.  Several groups and individuals from 8th-12th grades belted out tunes and entertained the lunch crowd!
 
Pride in Excellence
The Class of 2020 has submitted 166 college applications. With over 70 decisions still to come in March, the admission offers to date are:  83 Admit, 6 Deny, 4 Deferred, 1 Wait-List. Merit Scholarship Awards: Current Class total: $713,000: $2,852,000 for 4 years. To view the complete list of scholarships and colleges acceptances to date, please click here.
 

Our 8th graders along with a few AP US History students took an exciting and informative trip to The Mob Museum this week! The group experienced first hand the history of the 1920s, including the period of Prohibition, the rise of organized crime, and viewed the St. Valentine’s Massacre exhibit.  The students learned about the first federal courthouse in Nevada where the museum is housed, as well as seeing artifacts that enhanced their learning experience. They also enjoyed a walk around downtown seeing signs of the old casinos that were either created by or influenced by the mob.

Pride in Jewish Values
On Tuesday, members of the National Honor Society conducted a blood drive for the benefit of the American Red Cross.  22 people comprised of students, faculty, and parents donated enough blood to save 66 lives!  
 
SAVE THE DATE
3/2-6    Nevada Reading Week
3/2       US Line Dancing during Pride on the Patio
3/3       The Drowsy Chaperone @ 6pm
3/3.       US Speaker during Pride Period: Alumna Kennedi Templeton
3/4       The Drowsy Chaperone @6pm
3/5        US Assembly with author Terri Farley during Pride Period
3/5        The Drowsy Chaperone @6pm
3/10      Purim
3/12      MS Masquerade Ball, 6-8:30pm
3/16      6th Grade CTPs
3/17      6th Grade CTPs
3/18      6th Grade CTPs
3/18      Pride Period Assembly: Grades 8-12: American Lung Society
3/19      6th Grade ERB's
3/22      Junior-Senior Prom
3/23      7th/8th Grade CTPs
3/24      7th/8th Grade CTPs
3/25      7th/8th Grade CTPs
3/25      Brett Fonfa Writing Award Presentation, 12:40pm-1:10pm
3/26      Rosh Chodesh Nisan, donuts & dress down $1
3/26      7th/8th Grade CTPs
3/27      US Challah Baking during break
4/6-19   NO SCHOOL, Spring Break
4/20    Return to School
 

This Week in Upper School 2/18-2/21, 2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, February 21, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Community & Jewish Values
Eleven students and four partner teachers from the Javne Lauder School in Budapest, Hungary have been learning alongside our AEC students and teachers this week! The visit is thanks to our partners at SOS International. This has been such an exciting partnership, and AEC is excited to see the exchange program continue for years to come. The students arrived Sunday and have already visited the Grand Canyon, Red Rock, and the fabulous Las Vegas Strip! At school, the students have worked with our incredible teachers to create an art project designed in the Incubator. The students also took part in a guest speaker session with individuals from UNLV discussing the history of Jews in Nevada. They will participate in a Shabbaton tonight in Henderson and return to AEC tomorrow for the Sadie Hawkins dance! Despite their coming departure this Sunday, lasting friendships have been cultivated and shall continue to grow. The Adelson Educational Campus has been humbled to host our new Hungarian colleagues. 
Pride in Excellence
Seventh graders are preparing to learn about the systems of the body this school year in Life Science. In preparation for this unit, their bi-weekly “Science Friday” seminar engaged the students in explorations of the respiratory system. In small groups, students created abstract models of lungs, utilized lung models to study how the lungs work, learned about diseases of the lungs and their causes. Additionally, the learners took time to understand current events topics and their relevance to our lungs, such as the connection to the teenage vaping epidemic and the coronavirus. Students left this experience with a renewed appreciation and understanding for their respiratory systems!
 
Middle School ceramics began in January, and since this time, the students have been working on various hand-building techniques. Their latest project is a Greek-inspired coil vessel. After learning about Greek pottery, they designed their pieces and started rolling out coils! Students are nearing the finish line of developing and carving out their crafts. Students now must wait for their designs to dry out in order to load the works into our kiln for the first firing, the bisque firing. After this step, we'll glaze the pieces giving them color bringing to life the designs they created on the sides of their vessel. Everyone make sure to stay tuned!
 
A number of our 8th-grade students taking Health class had the unique opportunity to have the Adelson Clinic For Drug Abuse present information on drug abuse and addiction. The Clinic's Executive Director, a nurse, and a counselor presented to students on various topics in this realm. The students also heard the story of a client of the Adelson Clinic. Here at AEC we are so fortunate to be able to partner with experts in our community to provide such important education to our students.
 
 

This Week in Upper School 2/10-2/13, 2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Thursday, February 13, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
 
Pride in Excellence
A vibrant Hebrew language program that focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening to Hebrew is a foundation of the AEC middle school program. Our middle schoolers range in level to those beginning Hebrew and those who are fluent in the language. This semester, high school students were invited to become Hebrew language buddies with a middle school student. These buddies meet once a week during Pride Period to practice Hebrew language skills. The middle school students have enjoyed this opportunity to practice language skills with the high school students, who, in turn, are getting a chance to practice their advanced skills and give back to our community. 
 
Pride in Community
During the Upper School’s Senior Night Basketball game on Tuesday, students from the 4th Grade Band Enrichment played prepared music during the competition. They were even included in the singing of the Adelson Fight Song with the HS Band! This event was such a fantastic opportunity for the 4th Grade Band Enrichment to share and enjoy their talents in our community. Keep up the great work!
 
This week in Life Skills, the 9th and 10th graders enjoyed a presentation on “Financial Advice” from the Seniors currently taking Mr. Hemsworth’s Financial Math class. The students learned about budgeting, banking fundamentals, financial preparation for college, identity theft, check writing and deposit process, as well as basics of the stock market. The students played several different games that allowed them to gain a better understanding of investing, college costs, and how personal experiences plus values affect financial decisions. 
 
 

This Week in Upper School 1/27-1/31, 2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, January 31, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence
Ten of our High School students won awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Contest. They were honored and recognized at a prestigious ceremony at Springs Preserve, where their pieces are on display for the community to see until March 29, 2020. 
  • Gold Key Writing winners were Liahm B., Gabriel H., Judah H., Isabella S.
  • Silver Key winners were Liahm B., Jonah T., Michelle P.
  • Honorable Mention winners were Itai B., Liahm B., Sarah B., Eden B., and Nicole M., Judah H., Michelle P.
We are proud of their commitment and their involvement in a nationally recognized art and writing competition. Congratulations, winners! 
 
Middle School Hebrew students are leaving their footprints across the school.  Students were challenged in Hebrew class to create goals, whether it be academic or other life goals as we all walk into the new year.  The Hebrew teachers are so proud of the high achieving students we have in middle school.
 
Pride in Community
High School welcomed the 8th graders for Shadow Week.  8th graders chose up to four high school classes at any level they wanted to see and then shadowed high school students in those classes.  Teachers involved the 8th graders in the lessons, which allowed them to envision themselves in these classes and understand the level of academic rigor involved. On Tuesday, the 8th graders made their presence known by participating in the Karaoke Battle Royale put on by Student Council during Pride.  The week culminated in High School Unfiltered hosted by the Adelson Ambassadors, including a special lunch complete with games, treats, and “unfiltered” conversations about life in high school. 
 
Our theater department continues to work hard both on and off stage to present The Drowsy Chaperone this spring to our AEC community. It is amazing to see our middle and high school students and staff working together on this production. 
 
In Middle School, the exciting announcement will be made next week about the new Improv Troupe.  Stay tuned for their name and students who are part of this new and exciting opportunity.
 
For Rosh Chodesh, high school Student Council with the help of Mr. Philippus hosted the Karaoke Battle Royale and invited the 8th graders to participate!  Each grade had different groups perform favorite songs. Although the judges found it difficult to choose because there were any great performances, the 8th and 9th graders took home the win and earned free dress passes for their stellar group karaoke! 
 
Middle School Student Council was excited to invite our 5th graders to participate in an escape room this week while their parents were learning all about the middle school experience.  I am happy to report that all of our 5th grade students were not only able to escape, but did it in record time. 
 
Pride in Jewish Values
 
Tu Bishvat gets its name from the date on which the holiday occurs, the 15th of the month of Shevat. A Jewish holiday referred to the new year (or “birthday”) of the trees. Our students celebrated Kabbalat Shabbat and Tu Bishvat at the field, surrounded by beautiful trees and nature. There are 630 Mitzvot (good deeds) in our Jewish life and we have 635 trees in our campus!!! Can you believe that? Mrs. Garrett presented a beautiful piece of decorated tree that she did for her children and grandchildren. The program concluded with students creating trees from recycled items.
 
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Tu Bishvat
 
Save the Date:
February 5th           Dark Side of the Internet Program          
February 14th         Faculty In-service -  NO SCHOOL for students
February 17th         President’s Day - NO SCHOOL
February 22nd        High School Sadie’s Hawkins Dance at AEC from 8-11pm
March 10th             Purim
March 22 nd            Junior/Senior Prom
April 6-17th            Spring Break

 
 

This Week in Upper School 1/20-1/24, 2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, January 24, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence
The Humanities Department used Google Expeditions and Virtual Reality Cardboard Goggles to explore various topics in history including ancient Rome, Civil Rights Movement, and ancient civilizations. This activity allowed for exploration of the world virtually with VR technology bringing abstract concepts to life for our students.
 
Pride in Community
This week during lunch, members of the Student Design Thinking Team conducted their first set of interviews to learn more about students’ feeling of pride in being an AEC student. The goals of the Student Design Thinking Team is to become empathetic leaders so that they can help solve challenging issues to help create the best student experience at AEC. These same students, along with educational consultant, Laura Deisley,  will help facilitate the Design Thinking training that teachers will receive on February 14th.
 
Pride in Jewish Values

On Monday, January 27 (International Holocaust Memorial Day), NYU graduate and pro-Israel activist, Adela Cojab, will visit our campus and speak to AEC High School students. Adela Cojab was a speaker at the Israeli-American Council's 2019 summit in Florida, where she gave a very powerful speech about the rights of Jewish students deserving a harassment-free environment on college campuses. After her speech at the IAC summit, President Trump announced an executive order, which recognizes Jewish students as a protected group under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Learn more about Adela Cojab. Parents and faculty are welcome to join us from 12:25-1:10pm on Monday, January 27, in the Beit Midrash.  Watch her recent speech at the 2019 Israeli American Council Summit.

Save the Date:
January 27            National Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 30            Middle School Escape Room Event 3:30-5:30 pm
February 5           Dark Side of the Internet Program          
February 14         Faculty In-Service- NO SCHOOL for students
February 17         President’s Day - NO SCHOOL
February 22         High School Sadie’s Hawkins Dance at AEC from 8-11pm
March 10             Purim
March 22             Junior/Senior Prom
April 6-17            Spring Break
 
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