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Posted by Lower School Judaics on Friday, September 15, 2017
As we teach important values, Tikkum Olam shines as a major responsibility our students are proud of. The fifth grade Tikkun Olam council decided to support flooded Jewish schools in Houston after hurricane Harvey and initiated a drive to aid students with much needed supplies. Over the past several weeks, AEC families in Lower School have been donating school supplies, books, board games, Hebrew items, etc.   The fifth grade students, the leaders of Lower School, went in to every classroom... Read More
Posted by Upper School Staff on Friday, September 15, 2017
  The Humanities staff (English, Social Studies, and Jewish Studies) in both the Middle and High Schools are starting a new method for classroom discussion of great texts, call “Shared Inquiry.” Based on the approach of the University of Chicago’s Great Books program, and the philosophy of St. John’s College (Annapolis and Santa Fe), this method is student-centered and emphasizes critical thinking and civil discourse. Students and teachers sit in a circle, and, after reading a selection from a... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Friday, September 15, 2017
Debbie Levi as Paul CezanneThe lower school hallways and classrooms are alive with the spirit of the upcoming holiday of Rosh Hashana.  Our baby bears listened to the book Happy Birthday World and then created shana tova cards for their families.  The two year old classes read Apple Tree Discovery as part of their literature based approach.  Many unique apple themed projects were created by the children.  After reading Sammy Spider’s First Rosh Hashana, our three year olds made their own... Read More
Posted by Upper School Staff on Friday, September 15, 2017
Not only is hachnasat orchim a Jewish value, but it is also a mitzvah.  The virtue of hospitality is not simply about standing at a door and welcoming those who choose to walk through that door, but it is about bringing in all guests or strangers.  An aspect of hospitality, then, is inclusiveness; it is essential that we depend on each other, support each other, and be united together. Being inclusive means bringing people in as part of the larger community. Implicit to being inclusive and... Read More
Posted by Upper School Staff on Friday, September 8, 2017
We Are Proud to be Drug Free Making sound choices for the future All of our high school students, teachers and staff agree to mandatory drug testing several times throughout the school year. Adolescence is an extremely vulnerable time for our children to be exposed to substance use and develop addiction. The brain is still developing through childhood, reaching a matured state only in adulthood. While the brain is still maturing, any developmental disturbances, which can be caused by... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Friday, September 8, 2017
  At AEC we believe that our educational journey should include academics, values, community, and even swimming. We are teaching to the whole child; we provide opportunities to learn and develop life skills alongside rigorous academic abilities and achievements.   Our students are learning to swim figuratively and literally during their time at AEC  - swimming in the pool and navigating life. It is our responsibility to offer them many opportunities to develop and be ready for a healthy,... Read More
Posted by Lower School Judaics on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
On Wednesday, September 6th, Rabbi Meital joined the 3rd grade class to do a Shofar factory. The Rabbi gave a presentation on the history of the Shofar and how it's made. Students then learned the process from cleaning to the final polishing. They gained new insights on the significance of the shofar leading into Rosh Hashana. The Shofar factory was set up outside the Lower School gym and each student had the opportunity to create their own shofar.  See photos. On Friday, the hard work paid... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Friday, September 1, 2017
Students working and learning together is one of the many aspects that makes our school so special. This week we got to see the start of our clubs, exciting projects connecting Math and STEM. We announced our new Lower School garden and we will also be embarking on a huge drive to benefit students of Jewish schools affected by Hurricane Harvey. This is being led by our 5th grade students. Choir for grades 3-5 will begin on Friday, September 8th with Ms. Lucy.   On Tuesday our 3rd, 4th, and... Read More
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR FACULTY Camille McCue. PhDLEAD SPEAKERS AT NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS AEC Director of Technology Innovations Camille McCue and Lower School STEM teacher Rachel Ziter have been selected to present at the 2018 NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.  Their presentation is entitled, "Random Thoughts: Fun, Easy-to-Code Math Models from Flipping Coins to Wandering Aliens." Proudly representing... Read More
Posted by Lower School Staff on Tuesday, August 29, 2017
         ART CLUB Art Exploration is a club for students who love art! We will paint, draw and build amazing sculptures!  This club is student led by Mai Kaufman and Eden Boldur, with Mrs. Levy providing support.            DRAMA CLUB Drama Club is an exploration of self through games and exercises. We will work on public speaking, confidence, and thinking on your feet as well as basic theater knowledge and history.  Led by 6th grade students, this club will strengthen the already... Read More