This Week in Upper School 12/10-12/14, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018
December Mensch of the Month:
Sarah Blank: This young lady makes a big effort to work with others during class. She seems to really understand the value of teamwork and the importance of community building. She always is one to learn material quickly, but it’s so nice to see her teach others that material, encourage others to apply that material, and then work together to achieve common goals.
Leanne Steward: This young lady is always sweet, polite and kind - all the qualities of a Mensch!
Project Chesed and Senior Prom
This week the 9th graders in Project Chesed took a field trip to visit Silver Sky Assisted Living. Students spent the first half of the time talking with and getting to know the older adults. They then brought out a Karaoke machine to provide the residents with a little musical entertainment. The residents enjoyed putting in song requests, and had a fun time singing along with the 9th graders. A few of the residents even joined the students on stage and decided to lead some songs as well! Both the students and residents had a lot of fun, and a second field trip is already in the works for second semester.
On Thursday, Upper School Assistant Principals, Mr. Koch and Ms. Joyner met with 8th-grade students to share about the Visit Day program coming up in January.  On four dates, small groups of 8th graders will spend a day in the high school experiencing classes, such as humanities, biology, foreign language, and one of our offered majors.  Ms. Garrett, Mr. Wilde, Mr. Philippus, and Ms. Sherman discussed the challenging coursework that Adelson high schoolers are taking on in the Pre-Med, Tech and Entrepreneurship, Communications Arts, and Pre-Law majors.   Students submitted interests forms that will be used to tailor a customized experience for the program in January.

High School Shabbat Sing Along with JK & 2nd Grade
This week our High School students welcomed the JK & 2nd graders to our Friday High School Shabbat for singing, dancing, and a fun time! We were fortunate to have DJ Sinai from Temple Beth Sholom lead all of our students in a sing along that was made up of six different songs. The Lower School students brought their noise makers and scarves, and gave the High School students a taste of what a typical Lower School Friday Shabbat looks and feels like. All students had lots of fun, and we hope to continue implementing activities that bring the Upper School and Lower School students and staff together. The Upper School would like to thank the JK and 2nd grade students and teachers for a great time, lots of smiles and laughs, and some wonderful memories.
Our Upper School students have been diligently preparing for semester exams next week.  We know this can be a time of increased stress and anxiety, and parents often question how they can best help their child through this time.
Please know that all of our teachers, counselors and educational specialist will be available to meet with students during exam week from 12:30-3:10.  Students can make individual appointments with their teachers to take advantage of the extra assistance and support.