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This Week in Upper School 1/13-1/17, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020
Pride in Excellence
This week, seniors Micah and Emily, as part of their ACE marketing internship, visited the Las Vegas Review-Journal for a private tour and professional marketing meeting. The tour was conducted by Jim Prather, Executive Director of Digital Programming, and Renee Summerour, Multimedia Journalist and Video Anchor. Did you know the LVRJ still has paper delivered by train and has its own train station located inside it’s facility, ceiling pipes filled ink running throughout the facility, and prints 800,000 newspapers in three hours. The tour showcased a busy newsroom with journalists breaking a big story, digital online reporters, a new digital studio dedicated to sports, aluminum newspaper plates being created, an enormous automated printing press, and newspaper distribution warehouse. The tour ended with a meeting to discuss AEC’s large digital media campaign advertising to potential High School students.
Congratulations to Owen Retzer, Class of 2020, who was awarded the Presidential Nomination and was admitted to the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis. The Presidential Nomination is a full scholarship valued at $416,000. US Naval Academy is ranked #3 in the Hardest Schools to Get Into. Owen joins other AEC graduates on this prestigious list: #1 Harvard (2 AEC graduates), #2 Stanford (2 AEC graduates), #6 Yale (Class of 2020, Yaara Aybar). On behalf of the Board of Trustees, AEC administration and faculty, Mazel Tov to Owen for this impressive accomplishment, we are all very proud of you.
It’s been an exciting week in science here at AEC! In 8th grade Physical Science we started a new project looking at sound waves. To understand them further, we visited Mr. Philippus’s band room to investigate instruments and how they produce sound. We looked at a variety of instruments, some we were familiar with, some were new to us. We will be continuing our investigation next week and keep a look out for a related project soon. On Friday, the 7th graders had a special visit from some live reptiles! The students got to see a variety of reptiles and learn about their adaptations and what helps them to survive.

Mr. Mayron took four seniors in the Tech & Entrepreneurship class to the CES convention last Friday.  They really enjoyed seeing their majors in action as the convention exposed them to the latest tech and startup businesses, providing inspiration and access to experts in their fields of interest. 

Pride in Community
This week our 5th and 6th graders were able to participate in the annual Mt. Potosi field trip together!  What a blast everyone had. Students participated in nature hikes, archery, improv, art and community bonding activities all with a focus around the upcoming celebration of Tu Bishvat.  It was wonderful to have the 5th and 6th grade students together making connections as our 5th graders rise to 6th graders and part of the Upper School next year.
In Hebrew, our Lower School and Upper School communities worked together to make vanilla cakes.  Morah Nofar’s 3rd grade students were learning about baking and Morah Havdala’s 7th grade class was learning about volunteering and helping others.  Both grades worked together speaking only in Hebrew on this joint project. They will be able to taste the fruits of their labor when they bring home their vanilla cakes today!
Pride in Jewish Values:
This week, Kabbalat Shabbat was dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy.In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, AEC hosted Mrs. Claytee D. White, the Inaugural Director of the Oral History Research Center for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Library.  Mrs. White spoke about MLK’s life, his vision and his letter from the Birmingham Jail. 

Save the Date:
January 20            MLK Day - NO SCHOOL
January 27            National Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 30            Middle School Escape Room Event 3:30-5:30 pm
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 8pm-11pm
March 10              Purim
March 22              Junior/Senior Prom
April 6-17             Spring Break