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This Week in Upper School 10/5-10/8, 2020

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Upper School Notes
Mark your calendars… Thursday, October 29 will be an asynchronous, remote learning day for all Upper School students.  Don’t drive to school on this day -- students will engage in short, fun, meaningful assignments from home.
If your student is ill -- especially when fever, cough, lethargy, or stomach problems are present -- please keep him or her home, and please report the expected absence immediately to US Office Manager, Ms. Kaufman. Ill students will be asked to follow along on Edsby during their first day of illness. Please note that teachers require a day to plan for a student’s transition to remote learning. Should your child’s illness persist, the student can Zoom into their classes beginning on the second day of illness. 
NHS Honors our Custodial Team
By Abigail Moyal
National Honor Society (NHS) students are selected for membership in this prestigious organization for both their academic excellence and their dedication to service. During the past month, NHS members Itai, Vanessa, Kira, Liahm, Judah, Theo, Isabella, and Ellah, planned a special appreciation day gift for our fabulous AEC custodial staff. They wanted to honor our custodians' extra hard work in keeping our school clean, safe, and healthy during these unique and challenging times. The students made bulletin boards on the stairwell, painted a massive sign on the second floor landing, got cards signed by the entire high school, and created gift bags for each staff member. Kol HaKavod to them and an enormous “Thank you!” to all our AEC custodians!
Hebrew Bitmoji Classroom
Yifat Fuss is not only an exemplary teacher of the Hebrew language, she’s also a Google-certified educator who embraces technology in the most creative of ways. So it’s not surprising to see that Morah Fuss plans her lessons to feature captivating instruction both face-to-face and at a distance. One element of the lessons she has developed is a charming bitmoji avatar teaching from a virtual classroom! Whether students are sitting in Morah Fuss’ real classroom or interacting on a laptop with her Biomoji version, they feel immersed in the exciting world of Hebrew instruction. Decorated with Hebrew language posters, a whiteboard, bookshelves, and more, Morah Fuss’ Bitmoji classroom is a one-stop repository for classroom materials. Objects in the room are clickable and link to learning resources including a dictionary, a calendar, games, assignments, read-alouds, and a map of Israel. Integrated with other educational technologies, including Google Classroom, the Bitmoji classroom supports the aesthetic, organizational, and instructional attributes of the learning environment… and it’s a lot of fun!
Human Body Systems
By Paula Garrett
Future medical professionals enrolled in our Biomedical Science (PreMedicine) Focus Area are currently enrolled in a Project Lead The Way course covering anatomy and physiology in a nontraditional format.  The course, titled Human Body Systems, invites students to examine all systems of the human body from skeletal to circulatory and more, using both 3D Biodigital visualizations and physical Maniken® models.  Students have begun learning about the bones and muscles of the head and neck by using clay to build the muscle and fat components on the Maniken head, placing components in the proper positions on the small plastic skeletons. Throughout the year, students will continue adding and building new components and new systems, eventually incorporating explorations of how various disease states manifest themselves physiologically in humans. It’s all part of our high school program to build future physicians, nurses, medical researchers, pharmacists, epidemiologists and other medical professionals who will work to keep humanity healthy.
Simchat Torah
By Jackie Edery
Simchat Torah (Rejoicing with the Torah) marks the end of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings and the beginning of the new cycle. It is a joyous holiday that celebrates the Jewish love of Torah and Biblical study. Simchat Torah is celebrated by taking all the Torah scrolls out of the ark, accompanied by dancing, singing, and rejoicing. The scrolls are carried around the sanctuary in seven circles called hakafot so that we become the “Torah feet.” Though only seven circles are required, the dancing and celebrating usually goes on much longer. During our Upper School services today, students briefly explained the meaning of this holiday by reading from the Torah and leading socially-distanced dancing to the music of our AEC band! We appreciate the leadership of the many students who planned and executed today’s celebrations, including freshman Michael Harouni, sophomore (and future rabbi) Aviel Parente, and junior Judah Hafter.