This Week in Upper School 11/4-11/8, 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

Pride in Community
AEC high school students and faculty partners with the Lauder Javne School, an independent Jewish Day School in Budapest, Hungary.
The High School Morim Limmud, sponsored by SOS International Enriching Jewish Identity, is a five-year international educational exchange and professional development opportunity for American and European Jewish day schools. Each U.S. school partners with a Central or Eastern European school for the duration of the program, which includes a series of travel exchanges for participating teachers and students.  The teams establish personal and professional relationships both for students and teachers and proactively participate in Jewish Community Renewal. Our students and faculty have experienced the Lauder Javne School and Hungarian education and have been able to engage in week-long joined group activities...
Pride in Excellence
Anatomy and Physiology high school science students concluded their unit of study on the complexity of the nervous system and were able to engage in hands on learning by dissecting a sheep brain in order to see, touch, and examine it and parts of the nervous system housed in the brain.  AP Psychology investigated the biological bases of behavior, with a focus on the brain, and more specifically the functioning of a split brain. Students paired up to complete a few tasks simulating being able to use only one side of their brain. 
Our Upper School theatrical program continues to excel with opportunities to participate in the diverse aspects of the theater.  Middle School acting students are hard at work rehearsing short skits by playwright George S. Kaufman to be performed during select Shabbat services.  The technical theater students are diligently working on creating the background scenery for the fall play performance of The World of Sholom Aleichem.  We cannot wait to see all of this hard work and preparation come to life.
Sixth grade students traveled in time, using Virtual Reality to take tours of ancient civilizations.  Their reality tour transported them to see artistic recreations of life in Ancient Egypt, and ruins from the Aztec, Incan, Roman, and Greek empires.
Pride in Jewish Values
This week we read the Torah portion “Lech Lecha.”  It opens with God telling Avram to leave home to go to an unknown land. During Kabbalat Shabbat service, our students shared their own wise interpretation of “Lech Lecha.”  Ms. Kearn and Mr. Philippus sang a beautiful Debbie Friedman song “Lechi Lach,” while middle school student Allison D. danced an interpretive piece of the lyrics with such talent and grace. Mrs. Weiss, the mother of our 7th grade student, Jeri, joined us and spoke about the new journey that her daughter is embarking, ending her blessing with the words “Lechi Lach,” go forth, exactly like Abraham the founder of Monotheism did years ago.
Shabbat Shalom

Save the Date

11/11               Technion International College Visit at 10:00 am
11/16               High School Homecoming Dance, 8:00-11:00 pm
11/18-20          Slam Poetry workshop during Pride with NV Poet Laureate, Vogue Robinson
11/21               Poetry Slam during Pride
11-27                Early dismissal at 11:30 am
12/9 & 12/10   Fall Play Performance
11-28, 29          Thanksgiving
12/23 -1/5       Winter Break