This Week in Upper School 12/3-12/7, 2018

Friday, December 7, 2018
This week, some of our sixth-grade students were in for a special treat when their Judaics teacher in Israel, Rabbi Tal Segal, took them for a tour of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem.  The students were excited to see the festive lights for HanuKkah and even sang traditional songs with a street musician. Another special surprise was when their teacher went into a donut shop to buy a donut and then "shared" a donut with the students here in Las Vegas!   On a moving note, students recited the Al HaNisim blessing with candles near the Western Wall before the end of the field trip. This was all possible thanks to special coordination with our faculty here in Las Vegas and the teachers in Israel with the Bonim B'Yachad program.
The annual tradition of Open Mic Night continued with many talented acts on display.   The event was held on the 3rd-floor landing which was transformed to resemble a café. All were invited to wear their ugly sweaters and enjoy an evening of music and talent.  Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and cookies were served. The 2018 Open Mic Night Performance Winner was Jacob Granados and the 2018 Open Mic Ugly Sweater Winner was Monica Zhong.
A few of our middle school students were fortunate enough to have a Friday seminar taught by two of our AEC seniors, Mordechai S., and Dana B.  These seniors taught and engaged students in the concept of supply and demand using interactive games, technology, and real-world applications. What wonderful mentors our upperclassman are!
Mensch of the Month for High School:
Taylor King (12th grade) was nominated for putting so much effort into the Grad Night idea and spending her own time organizing the service event.
Sean Atias (1oth grade) was nominated for always being a hard worker who perseveres when obstacles present themselves.  He always strives to be a better student every day.
Mensch of the Month for Middle School:
Kenley Gowdy was nominated for always volunteering to help out in the classroom without being asked. Chris Chakryan was nominated for his continued drive to learn, participate and support his peers when they need help.
The student service team will offer special workshops for upper school students next week during exam review week.  Mr. Hemsworth, the Upper School Educational Specialist will provide a workshop on Test Taking Strategies and Counselors, Ms. Paxinos and Ms. Pagel will conduct a workshop focusing on Managing Test Anxiety.  Please encourage your student to attend these workshops.
First semester exams are fast approaching, so here is some helpful information to help you prepare!