This Week in Upper School 12/2-12/6, 2019

Friday, December 6, 2019
Pride in Excellence
This week in 9th grade Humanities, students worked in the Startup Incubator where they faced a design challenge to create Greek masks using cardboard, duct tape, hot glue, and paint. The project was a joint effort between the humanities and technology departments and used the Stanford design thinking process. Each student researched a different character from Ancient Greece or Ancient Judea in order to design and construct their mask based on that character's philosophy, actions, or contributions to history. Students then learned about color theory and painted masks to represent specific symbolism of that person. What they came up with was creatively remarkable. 
Upper School Exam Information: Semester Exams will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday starting December 16.  There is no school for Upper School students on Friday, December 20, unless a student is making up a semester exam due to an emergency/illness, which requires appropriate documentation. Please remember that school is dismissed at 12:30 pm each day of exams.  Students may stay for lunch, but after 1 pm, all students need to be picked up or attending teacher scheduled study periods/work times. 
Please email Ms. Kaufman indicating that your child may leave at 10:00 if they do not have a 10:30 exam. Click the links below for grade-specific schedules:
6th Grade   |   7th Grade  |   8th Grade  |   9-12 Grades
Pride in Community
The Arctic Expedition PTO Book Fair opened this week.  It has been wonderful to see our community of students,  young and old peruse the many books together. Please take this opportunity to explore all the reading adventures to which these books can take your student.  The proceeds will support school community programs here at AEC.
9th and 10th grade Life Skills classes focused on mental health and wellness. The students were excited to welcome back teen advocates from Ignite Treatment. The teen advocates provided a supportive atmosphere for students to talk about the pressures and stressors teens today face and healthy ways they can cope. 
Pride in Jewish Values
This week Kabbalat Shabbat was dedicated to Performing Art Department, highlighting great Jewish writers like Shalom Aleichem and George S Kaufman. After celebrating the Shabbat students performed two short skits “The Still Alarm” and “School for Waiters”. 
Shabbat Shalom
Save the Date
12/8: Hanukkah Festival 1-3 pm at AEC
12/9: Upper School performance of The World of Sholom Aleichem, BUY TICKETS NOW
12/10: Upper School performance of The World of Sholom Aleichem, BUY TICKETS NOW
12/16-19: Semester exams, early dismissal at 12:30 pm
12/23 - 1/5: Winter Break
1/6/20: School resumes
1/20/20: No school, MLK Day observed
1/27/20: National Holocaust Remembrance Day
2/14/20: No school - faculty in-service day
2/17/20: No school, President’s Day observed