Upper School News

This Week in Upper School 5/21/2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Thursday, May 21, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence and Community:
On Friday, May 15th, the Adelson Campus held our 8th Grade Celebration virtually!  Students and families gathered to honor the accomplishments of the 8th grade students as they transition to high school.  Student Council members Michael Harouni, Ash Abrahamson, and Britohn Blank shared their perspectives on this moment, and how the lessons they’ve learned, and the strength of their education and bonds of friendship will be guides towards a successful future as high school students. Because students could not be together in person, Hebrew and Judaics teachers Mr. Edery, Ms. Fuss, and Ms. Havdala delivered their certificates to the students, and we shared the videos of these special moments.  Kol Hakavod to the 8th Grade students on their successful completion of their middle school years.  May you go from strength to strength in high school! Watch the Zoom Ceremony
 
The high school swim team has a tradition of showing a video every year during their awards ceremony, and this year, a pandemic was not going to impede the Lions from this tradition.Please see the video below.   Watch the HS Swim video
 
Please click on the list for information regarding required summer reading for students in grades 6 -12. 

Summer Learning Opportunity - Dual Enrollment at UNLV is being offered this summer term in an online format. Dual Enrollment is a great way for interested students to get a feel for college, experience a new academic challenge, study some unusual subject matter, and gain university credit.  Check out this opportunity for the summer and reach out to David Girard with any questions! https://www.unlv.edu/asc/dual-enrollment
 
 

This Week in Upper School 5/15/2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, May 15, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence and Community:
 
Arts Celebration- This week we celebrated the Arts at Adelson with a virtual concert full of live performances, visual art, photography and video projects.  We also had a special thank you to the seniors for their huge influence on the success of the Arts thriving here on campus.  The content was beautiful and showed a diverse set of talents with student photography accompanied with music from the Digital music class, and live performances accompanying the Visual Art segment, cooking segments, documentaries, and the Jazz band got to share their music by recording individually and then assembling their recordings into videos so you could still have that ensemble sound! The tribute to the seniors also brought out a lot of smiles and of course some tears were shed.  It has been a wild year, and what better way to celebrate and come together in these trying times then sharing Art.  Art inspires, motivates, and it also heals. The Arts remind us of what is important, and we are very lucky to have such talented students and teachers to help keep the Arts thriving and growing here at Adelson. Opening Music: Rone | Opening Muisc: Blank Family | AEC Jazz Band Performs:  Crisis Song - Arabia Song  | Visual Arts |  Photography/Video | Class of 2020 Video | Yaara & Emily Duet
 
This week in 7th grade Life Science, Donovan Guzman of the Get Outdoors Nevada foundation came to talk to our classes about desert tortoises and the Mojave Max program. We learned about their special adaptations for living in the desert, where they go when it gets too hot or too cold and how we can best protect them.
 
Announcement:
Students - please back up all of the files on your computer to your Google Drive prior to returning it to school.  When you return your computer to the school it will be reformatted and all data will be completely erased.
 
Upcoming Events:
Monday, 5/18 - Thursday, 5/22 - Modified Schedule for Exams
Thursday, 5/21 - Material Return 
Friday, 5/22 - Material Return Make-Up
 

This Week in Upper School 5/8/2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, May 8, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Community
On Monday, a steady stream of cheering students, families, and friends paraded through the gates of AEC to celebrate the Class of 2020 with our Lions’ Pride Car Parade!  We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of congratulations and well wishes to the class by our AEC community! With a DJ on hand and bubbles filling the air, 200+ cars with balloons poured through the gates to celebrate the Seniors. Each senior received a goodie bag filled with treats, a Class of 2020/AEC mask, their cap and gown, a box of donuts, and a beautifully made sign with their college choice proudly highlighted! And if that weren’t great enough, each person who came was treated to a popsicle!  It was a happy day and one that showcased our PRIDE IN COMMUNITY!  GO, LIONS! View Photos
 
Pride in Jewish Values
We dedicate this Kabbalat Shabbat to “Mothers Day”. Watch the Kabbalat Shabbat Video
Here is what our 9th-grade student, Aviel Parente, said on his “D’var Torah”:  “Now, my question is, ‘Is Mothers’ Day a Jewish concept? Can it be found somewhere, hinted to anywhere in one of our numerous texts?’ The answer is that the concept of the day can be derived from this week’s portion, Emor. Priests and the High Priest are instructed to act with Kedusha, holiness, and Kavod, honor. Because we have no Temple, we are instructed to make for ourselves a Mikdash Me’at, a small sanctuary, with us as the priests. Our mothers all work hard to uphold our lives and teach us how to act with dignity, honor, holiness, both in public and private. Our mothers really do, do it all” Happy Mothers Day and Shabbat Shalom!
 
Pride in Excellence
The High School Awards Ceremony took place on Tuesday at 5:00 pm, and over 100 families watched the celebration. Six new members were inducted into the National Honor Society, five into the National Honor Society, and ten into Adelson Ambassadors.  Additionally, departmental awards, The President’s Awards, Athletes of the Year, Salutatorian and Valedictorian, as well as the character awards were announced!  These awards recognize our pride in excellence and pride in Jewish values.  We come together as a community to honor our mission and our values in action! Kol HaKavod to all who were recognized and to those who celebrate their achievements with them!  
 
High School Awards
AP Computer Principles - Daisy Shuper
AP Java - Theo Cooper
Digital Media - Gabriel Hafter
English Know Thy Self - Liahm Blank
Excellence in English - Emily Miller
French - Tabatha Subaly
Hebrew - Excellence Liahm Blank
Judaics - Sarah Blank
Mandarin - Kira Weant
Mathematics - Matahn Blank
Performing Arts Department Award, Technical - Jolie Goldberg
Performing Arts Department Award, Performance - Monica Zhong
Performing Arts Department Award, Music - Alex Davidson
Science, AP Scholar - Micah deLeon
Science, young scientist - Ryan Strimling
Social Studies Excellence - Emily Miller
Social Studies Achievement - Elizabeth Guiterrez
Recognition in Legal Studies - Michael Cohen
Spanish - Tal Hirsh
Tech & Entrepreneur - Harrison Kay
Visual Arts - Jolie Goldberg
Chesed - Tal Hirsh
Citizenship - Liahm Blank
Leadership - Zach Murray
Love for Israel - Lielle B.
Keter Torah - Aviel Parente
Crown of a Good Name - Sarah Blank
Promising Young Scholar - Ari deLeon
Presidential, Excellence - Vanessa Voltz
Presidential, Achievement - Gabriel Hafter
 
Student Athlete of the Year Tal Hirsh/Elizabeth Gutierrez
Valedictorian/Salutatorian Emily Miller/Yaara Aybar
 
Middle School Awards
During the Middle School Awards on Thursday, Middle School Faculty presented 20 awards to students in Excellence and Achievement for their accomplishments this school year.  The awards were named in recognition of the excellence, character, and virtue of Israeli men and women who embodied aspects of character we most value and treasure in our own students. Kol HaKavod to the awardees!
 
Menashe Kadishman Award for Visual Art - Emily Rahim
Hanna Rovina Award for Performing Arts, Drama - Asher Leventhal
Arik Einstein Award for Performing Arts, Music - Britohn Blank
Amoz Oz Award for Excellence in English - Ash Abrahamson
Amoz Oz Award for Achievement in English - Joel deLeon 
Anita Shapira Award for Excellence in Social Studies - Genevieve Bohus
Anita Shapira Award for Achievement in Social Studies - Ethan Saunders
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda Award for Excellence in Hebrew - Ash Abrahamson
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda Award for Achievement in Hebrew - Elliott Harouni
Aaron Ciechanover Award for Excellence in Science - Genevieve Bohus
Aaron Ciechanover Award for Achievement in Science - Asher Leventhal
Wolf Award for Excellence in Mathematics - Ash Abrahamson
Wolf Award for Achievement in Mathematics - Cru Wilson
Shamma Friedman Award for Excellence in Judaics - Sophia Waisberg
Shamma Friedman Award for Achievement in Judaics - Michael Harouni
Dr. Amit Goffer Award for Technology - Jacob Roiter
Tal Brody Award for Excellence in Physical Education - Genevieve Bohus
Tal Brody Award for Achievement in Physical Education - Michael Harouni
 
President's Excellence - Ash Abrahamson
President's Achievement - Michael Harouni
 

This Week in Upper School 5/1/2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, May 1, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence
This week several of our high school science classes (Biomedical Sciences, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology) had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Dennis deLeon; a physician and ethicist in the greater Orlando area (and AEC parent). He discussed some of the issues they have been having at the hospitals he is affiliated with, particularly with personal protective equipment. Personnel have had to learn to wear this equipment effectively, as well as remove and dispose of it. They have had inferior products shipped to them that they could not use and have had to reuse masks because of a national shortage. They have developed standard procedures for putting on and taking off the equipment, as well UV sterilization methods. Being able to talk to Dr. deLeon was a unique and insightful opportunity for our students in these chaotic times.
 
The Adelson Science National Honor Society students received a letter from Centennial Hills Hospital, thanking them for their letter they sent to the hospital. Earlier this month, the students sent letters to hospitals around the valley, thanking them for their hard work and dedication to keeping our city safe and to treating our community during this time of COVID-19. View the letter from Centennial Hills Hospital


Pride in Community and Jewish Values
The Senior Swim Board tradition was started back in 2014 as a way for graduating members of the AEC Swim Team to leave a literal mark on the pool to match the figurative mark they leave on the swim program with their years of hard work, investment, and pride.  Some swimmers chose to paint their accomplishments like “first state qualifier” or a list of records they held.  Others shared an inside joke that teammates who swam with them will understand.  The board is displayed outside Coach Lamph’s office as a fun reminder of those who helped build and shape the AEC swim program. 
 
Today as planned, we held our Senior Siyyum virtually (not planned).  A siyyum is a special celebration to mark the end of a unit of study of Torah. It is a special occasion, and so we do the same to mark the end of the seniors’ time of study.  This special celebration allows us to honor the seniors in personal ways, recognize members of the Twelve Year Club,  and also acknowledge all the Very Important People who have supported the seniors all along the way.  Hindy Cole, ‘21, performed “The Climb” and the seniors on Student Council spoke.  The ceremony concluded with a senior class video created by Michelle Poura and Rosie Polonsky.  We look forward to keeping the celebration going at the Lions’ Car Parade on Monday at 2:30!  Hope to see you there!
 
 
 

CAMPUS HEROES AMID THE COVID CRISIS!

News Type:  Alumni News Lower School News Upper School News Startup Incubator News Date:  Friday, April 24, 2020 Byline:  Lynn Wexler
 
 
AEC has seen its share of heroes since the COVID 19 crisis hit the world and impacted our school community. Among them are AEC faculty, students, and parents who continue to work - since the close of school - to assist those in the greater Las Vegas community who are in need of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) as they work to save lives. Their efforts and dedication tell a story of community caring and pride!
 
Startup Incubator and Innovation Lab 3D Printing team leaders Tobin Herringshaw and Robin Pence, along with Rachel Ziter, Gil Mayron, Milly Joyner, former Startup Incubator Coordinator Leon Wilde, and newly appointed Upper School Head Dr. Camille McCue identified coding files for medical face shields and mask clips; organized and mobilized twelve 3D printers and filament to be delivered to homes by campus security; and assisted 3D printing students via Zoom and Edsby with the printing process.
 
Students Theo Cooper, Jeri Weiss, Daisy Shuper, Harris Lin, Jack Kim, Jacob Roiter, and Ash Abrahamson continue to 3D print devices in between their virtual classes and homework.
 
PTO President Rachel Allen, PTO parents Melanie Lewis, Milenne Aldana, and Emily Litt, and the entire Hafter family -  mom Jackie, and students Gabe, Judah and Aviva - are working diligently to assemble over 250 face shields by attaching elastic and transparency sheets to the 3D printed headbands.
 
Art Specialist Debbie Levy continues to lead a team of volunteers making much needed (and beautiful) cloth masks. Many thanks to Jillian Potashnick, Milenne Aldana, Rachel Allen, and Tiffanie Zuttermeister. 
 
AEC parent Dr. Avi Weiss and Development Director Lynn Wexler are working to get the word out to the greater Las Vegas medical communities about AEC’s PPE efforts and to deliver finished products to those in need. The response for devices continues to be overwhelming. 
 
Our school’s dedicated team of volunteers has thus far worked to print, assemble, and deliver over 250 shields, 75 mask clips, and 100 cloth masks as between Centennial Hills Hospital, Clark County Medical Society, First Responders (AMR ambulance and Clark County Fire Department), a senior-living home, synagogue, hospice, and Native American Pueblo. They have also collaborated with 3D printing volunteers from the Clark County Library Systems, Children’s Discovery Museum, and Jewish Nevada.
 
The need for PPE continues. The efforts to help continue. The AEC team cannot print, assemble, and sew fast enough. More volunteers are needed. Please reach out if you can to tobin.herringshaw@adelsoncampus.orgor Debbie.levy@adelsoncampus.org.
 
The AEC community is proud of and thankful for its Campus Heroes in this time of COVID 19 crisis.
 

This Week in Upper School 4.24.2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, April 24, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
 
Pride in Excellence
AEC Middle School art students recreated masterful works of art using found objects around their home, as seen by Genevieve and Helen's creations. Students have also studied Louise Nevelson and created assemblages inspired by her abstract 3D sculptures, as interpreted by Nathan and Rachel, Emily, and Sophia studied Andy Goldsworthy, an environmental artist, that only uses his hands and teeth as tools. Students created their designs using various materials found in their yards. 
 
This week AEC students celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Students in 8th-grade Physical Science created presentations about the day or about what we can do for the environment. Please watch this video by Britohn B. and Michael H. about Earth Day. 
 
AEC's 10th grade English class studied mini memoirs this week, as students wrote six-word memoirs about their time in quarantine. 
 
Students in Adelson's National Science Honor Society wrote letters to our local hospitals to thank them for their hard work and unselfish dedication to our local community during the COVID-19.
 
Pride in Community and Jewish Values
This month, AEC is honoring not just one Mensch of the Month, we are honoring a Family Mensch of the Month.  The Blank students have been instrumental in bringing Shabbat spirit to our community during school closure. They have spent hours invested in rehearsing with our faculty and always with a smile and talent. Please watch the video below to see our Mensch on the Month Family!  Watch Video
 
This week's Torah portion is called Tazria - Metzora. In this Torah portion, God describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy. When the world is facing this current pandemic, our "Moses" and "Aaron" are the frontline medical professionals and first responders that are sacrificing so much to identify and help those infected with the COVID-19 crisis. We are thankful to Dr. Harouni, who shared with our community his thoughts about the Torah portion as well as the Rosh Chodesh (beginning of the month) we are celebrating this weekend. 
 

This Week in Upper School 4/3/2020

News Type:  Upper School News Date:  Friday, April 3, 2020 Byline:  Upper School Team
Pride in Excellence
We were very excited to announce the winners for the 1st Annual AEC Brett Fonfa Writing Awards at a virtual ceremony on Tuesday.  We honored the Fonfa family, including Haley, class of 2015. Haley also shared information about her brother, Brett, a talented writer whose name these awards are given in recognition.  It was a special and touching ceremony to honor him and his love of the written word in this way.  
 
Nine Middle School students submitted pieces to the contest
  • Third place winner receiving $125 goes to 7th grader, Jeri Weiss for her fiction. 
  • Second place winner receiving $225 goes to 8th grader, Chris Chakryan for his poem.
  • First place winner receiving $350 goes to 7th grader, Genevieve Bohus for her poem.
Seventeen High School students submitted pieces to the contest
  • Third place receiving $300 goes to senior Kalman Steinberg for his fiction piece. 
  • Second place receiving $500 goes to senior Yaara Aybar for her nonfiction piece. 
  • First place receiving $1000 goes to sophomore Liahm Blank for his poem. 
 
In High School French class this week, students participated in a Digital Escape Room activity. The students did a superb job researching French holidays, all while using French. The group was able to crack the codes, open the locks, and ESCAPE for Spring Break! The students also had to complete a French Chasse au Trésor (a scavenger hunt) before the session was out. 
 
 
This week, 7th graders used Zoom to give virtual presentations of their research into Genocides of the 20th Century. The students actively practiced public speaking skills along with each other as they immersed themselves in serious and somber topics. This research project is a joint effort in their English and Global Studies classes.
 
This week in Morah Fuss’s Hebrew class, students worked on creating a video to bring joy to life in quarantine. The song “Love to Be at Home” celebrates what it sounds like - staying at home. After translating and discussing the song, the students filmed video clips acting out the scenes. It was a fun process and hopefully will bring some well-intended joy. Watch: Love to Be at Home
 
A Message from Mr. Girard:
As we continue to celebrate the Class of 2020 upon their tremendous success in the college application and scholarship process, another component of their story has been the many offers to participate in selective honor and/or scholar programs. Over a third of this year’s graduating class members have received offers from programs such as the University Honors Program at Miami University, the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, the Eckhart Scholars program at Lehigh University, and the Honors College at UNLV. These selective programs differ between universities, but common privileges include preferential scheduling and smaller classes, internship and research opportunities not afforded to other undergraduates, more frequent and specialized advising, and individual assistance when the time comes to apply to graduate school or search for employment. Several of these programs also offer special housing in living and learning communities! Just one more reason the Adelson community can be proud of the Class of 2020!
 
College Counseling tips for the week: 
Class of 2020 – Please check your college email and portals carefully as some have extended deposit deadlines. Continue to let Mr. Girard know as you hear back from your colleges. Take advantage of the many online campus tours available on college websites, YouTube, and/or TikTok. Also, I encourage you to listen to the following from NPR: “How to Pick a College During Coronavirus.” My thanks to Mr. Hemsworth for sharing this! 
 
Class of 2021 – Work on your resumes and the Common Application Personal Statement. Mr. Girard is available for proof-reading and editing. Please contact Mr. Girard via Edsby to schedule advising meetings. Also, one consequence of our new reality is that many colleges and universities are going test-optional for the 2020 – 2021 application cycle. Speak with Mr. Girard to learn whether this might be a good option for you. You should also take advantage of the online campus tours available currently, as mentioned above.
 
Class of 2022 and 2023 – Continue working on your resumes and focus upon completing the school year on as positive a note as possible! If you are feeling ambitious and have a free moment, begin exploring colleges by taking an aforementioned virtual tour.
 
This week in Ms. Garrett’s 7th grade Life Science we had a visitor from the Henderson Fire Department. Engineer Sean Fox joined our ZOOM meeting on Wednesday to discuss this work as a fireman. We are learning about the human body in life science and Mr. Fox talked about how 90% of the calls they get are medical calls. He has had to learn much about the human body and specifically how to stabilize the human body for transport to the hospital.
 
This week in Humans & the Environment we had a unique look at live snakes and their adaptations. Mr. Garrett (Ms. Garrett’s husband) is a wildlife biologist and ex-zookeeper. He showed the class several snakes and discussed their species, adaptations and the use of genetics to breed the characteristics desired.
 
Pride in Community
On Thursday, during our high school virtual Town Hall, we recognized our students with March and April birthdays.  It was great to hear all the students and teachers singing by Zoom to these students. PTO members then surprised these students by delivering special treats with birthday balloons attached to their doors!  
 
With our remote learning in full swing, many special guests have been visiting our remote classes.  Please click here to see our middle school guests and click here to see our high school guests.
 
Spring Break Activities. Two weeks staying at home with nothing to do? Not exactly the spring break we all planned and hoped for. Our school librarian, Ms. Nails, has organized a helpful page of books, ebooks, activities, and more called the Spring Break Home Survival Packet. Enjoy! 
 
Need more? AEC counselors and faculty have compiled a number of activities for parents and children to do together:

 

Pride in Jewish Values
Our third Kabbalat Shabbat in quarantine helps us to remember, while not pretending there is no pain in the world, that there is still great beauty in our life. The students discovered this beauty when three families opened their homes and showed how they celebrate Passover.  Visiting the first house, the family and the students sang “Avadim Hayinu” - We were slaves to Pharaoh. Listening to the story of the family at the second house, the school band happily sang “Ma Nishtanah?” - Why is tonight different from other nights? Indeed it is so different. Our zoom tour finished at the third family, where students heard how Passover is celebrated in Israel. The group concluded this wonderful gathering by singing “Dayenu” - It would have been enough.
 
Happy Passover and Chag Sameach
 
 
Save the Date 
NOT EVERYTHING IS CANCELLED
SUN is not cancelled
SPRING is not cancelled
RELATIONSHIPS are not cancelled
LOVE is not cancelled
READING is not cancelled
DEVOTION is not cancelled
MUSIC is not cancelled
IMAGINATION is not cancelled
KINDNESS is not cancelled
CONVERSATIONS are  not cancelled
HOPE is not cancelled

 
 

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.

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