This Week in Upper School 12/12-12/16, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

What Happened

The Adelson Campus second floor landing transformed into a Winter Wonderland yesterday, as Middle School students danced the night away (approx two hours). The dance was a semi-formal event and our Middle School students looked amazing all dressed up and it was obvious to everyone how much fun they were having. Special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this a special night. Check out the Winter Wonderland Dance photo gallery.
This week we said goodbye and good luck to Ainhoa B, an exchange student from Spain who spent this semester at Adelson. She made wonderful friends and will be terribly missed by all of our High School students and faculty.
November: Nicole D
December: Owen R

What You Need to Know

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.
The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) section in the Startup Incubator has concluded.  Congratulations to all teams that built and flew their UAV! The UAV section started with an overview of the physics surrounding flight. Students then built, programmed, tuned, and finally raced their teams UAV. The UAV’s used are classified as micro and weigh around 1.5 oz. They operate on the same software used by quads flown in professional races, just like the drone races held in Las Vegas during CES. 
VIEW PICTURES of the Adelson Campus Startup Incubator drone week.
Lost & found items for the MS & HS will be on the 2nd floor landing during the week of December 19th.  Please stop by to see if anything belongs to you!  After December 23rd, all items will be donated to a charity.
Thursday 01/19/17- Friday 1/20/17 - 6th Graders will stay overnight at Camp Potosi Pines.  Fifth graders will also attend, but not stay overnight. More details to follow.
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.
This week the PE team and Ms. Maria, our Upper School Counselor, teamed up to support our 5th and 6th grade students on learning about impulse control.  They focused on learning to stop, think, and make a good choice, especially as it pertains to competitive games and sportsmanship.  In this activity, each student received a scenario, and explained what could or could not happen if we do not use 
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). We are strongly encouraging all students with a “C” or lower in math to attend these sessions. This is a reminder to help students to get ready for their semester final exams. Next week is review week, and we need the students to give us 100 percent.
•    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.