This Week in Upper School 11/28 - 12/2, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

What Happened

For the second year in a row, Adelson students and families gathered in the 3rd floor lounge for Hanukkah Open Mic Night. A supportive crowd, charming hosts (seniors Brittany R. and Kayla B.), and creative performers made the evening a smashing success. Students sang, played piano, saxophone, and snare drum, read original poetry, told corny jokes, and a couple of seniors even led the audience in the cha cha slide! Special guest poets from Battle Born Slam stopped by and performed for us as well. Winners of the Ugly Sweater Contest were: Bianca K, Bailey K and Ayala S  Ms. Moyal and the student council reps set up and decorated the lounge to make for a festive evening, and a great time was had by all!  Stay tuned for more details about our second yearly open mic this spring. To view pictures from the event, click here.
Student Council and Philanthropy Club are running a Canned Food Drive from November 29th until December 9th to benefit Jewish Family Services.
On November 28th we began collecting cans and dry food packages to be used in the Can-struction project. Any products brought in to the HS will be divided up between the teams of Middle Schoolers. On Friday, December 9th during the MS Kabbalat Shabbat, teams of students led by the 7th graders will be using the cans to create Chanukah symbols. On Wednesday December 14th, we take a field trip to JFSA Food Bank and deliver the collected items. 
High School Student Council led a team of students to volunteer at Three Square food bank as part of the Backpack for Kids program, we packed over 2,800 bags for kids across the Las Vegas Valley that may not have food over the weekends. 

What You Need to Know

Come join us for an afternoon of celebrating the Arts at Adelson Campus.  At 3:10pm the art gallery and SI Space will open up for guests with refreshments and live music performances by students.  Enjoy art and other creative offerings from the SI space including Project Beyond examples and apps that were created by students.  Then enjoy performances in the main auditorium provided by Upper School performing arts students.  Vocal expressions, dancing, and band offerings, all MC’d by our theater students!  A night of Revelry indeed.  Please come support the creativity that is flourishing here at Adelson Campus.   A reception will follow in the dining commons.
Middle School announces plans for: Winter Wonderland Semi-Formal Middle  School Dance
When: Thursday December 15th @ 5-7 PM.
Where: Second floor landing
Tickets: $5 per person (on sale next week from Student Council members)
First Semester exams are December 19-22 from 8:00am-12:30pm each day.  
Monday: Periods 1 and 2
Tuesday: Periods 3 and 4
Wednesday: Periods 5 and 6
Thursday: Periods 7 and 8
To prepare our Middle School students for a more rigorous HS program, all MS students will have some kind of culminating exam / project during Exam Week. Exam Week will operate like the HS: students have two final projects or exams each day in the mornings, 8:00-10:00, followed by a break and snack, and then 10:30-12:30 followed by optional lunch.  Students are officially dismissed from school at 12:30 (but they may stay until 1pm for lunch). Please make a note of this and make child care arrangements as necessary.
What is the Diller Teen Tikkun Award?
The award celebrates Jewish teens demonstrating remarkable leadership and active engagement in projects that embody the values of tikkun olam, “repairing the world.” Up to 15 recipients will be awarded $36,000 each to further implement their vision for making the world a better place for their education.
Who is eligible?
Jewish Teens living in the United States, 13-19 years old at the time of nomination and not compensated for their work. Teen volunteer projects may focus on the Jewish community or general community.
What is the nomination process?
Teachers, rabbis, community leaders, or any individual aware of the value of the teen’s volunteer service may submit a nomination online. Teens may also self-nominate. Upon nomination, teens will be asked to complete an online application. Applications are due on or before January 4, 2017.
Nomination Forms & Information: www.
Contact Mr. Girard with questions:
This year, the School Counseling Team looks forward to providing our parents with a monthly newsletter.  In the newsletter, you will find a description of the Character Trait we are focusing on, an article about the importance of the development of this trait and when our Positive Parenting Group is scheduled.  We look forward to working with you and your student this year. To read the DECEMBER newsletter, click here.
Extra math help now available! In addition to tutors in some of the classes, there are tutors and teachers willing and eager to help our students.
7:05 – 7:50 am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (see Dr. Wade for details)
•    Tuesday afternoons after school in room 118 with Dr. Wade
•    Flex times for both MS and HS in room 202 with Mr. Meadows
•    Club times for both MS and HS in room 202 with Mr. Christenson
Tutors are available Sunday afternoons (Sunday Scholars) to review the week’s lessons as follows:
Math 6            1:00     1:55    room 116
Math 7             2:00     2:55   room 116
Pre-algebra      3:00     3:55   room 116
Algebra           1:00     1:55    room 118
Geometry       2:00     2:55    room 118
Please note that you must sign up for Sunday Scholars on the Friday before the tutoring date on the sign-up sheet outside the Upper School office.  We will only do Sunday tutoring based on demand. 
A committee comprised of Adelson students, faculty, and administration met to revise the Attendance Policy over the course of several meetings.  The document contains meaningful revisions to which all parties agreed. The revised policy is now currently uploaded on the AEC website.