This Week in Upper School 2/13 -2/16, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Today, AEC Sophmore's hosted the 8th graders in a fun, action filled event, on the soccer field. The two grades took part in a new AEC tradition, the BREAKOUT GAMES, with the objective to have fun and create bonds between the rising 9th graders and the 10th graders to allow the current 8th graders to envision what the high school experience at AEC could be for them. It's called BREAKOUT GAMES because the 8th graders break out from the last two minutes of their 5th period classes and are taken to the soccer field for student-led cooperative games. Both grades participate in ice breaker games and play 3-4 different cooperative games. Afterwards, both grades get together for lunch in the dining commons. Another AEC tradition is born!
Many students take the PSAT in the fall of their junior year. What a lot of students may not notice is the full name of the test is PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Thus, the PSAT is not just good practice for your SATs, it’s also the first step in becoming a National Merit Finalist. About 1.5 million students take the PSAT. Of these juniors, about 16,000 gain scores that qualify them as Semifinalists (that's a little more than 1%). This group is narrowed down to 15,000, who become Finalists.
Congratulations to Almog A (left), who was announced today as the first National Scholar Finalist in school history. We are all so very proud of Almog who has been an amazing ambassador for this school since she started here in 1st grade.
Congratulations to Charlotte T for being the District Bee 8th Grade Champion. Charlotte will move on to the Nevada State Spelling Bee in March!
A reminder to parents of current juniors; If you have not already done so, please schedule an appointment with Mr. Girard to discuss the college counseling program as it relates to the second semester as well as your student’s senior year. Also, please remind your students to register now for one ACT and one SAT to be taken before this school year ends. Mr. Girard can be reached at:
To all freshmen and sophomore parents; While you may not be prepared to consider your student’s collegiate aspirations, it is not too early to begin planning. Mr. Girard is available to discuss curriculum planning, summer programs, standardized test preparation programs, study abroad options, gap year programs, and a variety of other related topics. You are invited to schedule a time to meet with Mr. Girard by contacting him at:
Latest news from the Legal Front . . . Last Saturday, February 11, 2017, two Adelson High School Teams competed in the Southern Nevada High School Mock Trial Competition, held downtown at the Regional Justice Center (RJC).  There, they matched wits with schools from throughout the region in three rounds of excruciatingly suspenseful legal combat. From thundering Opening Statements and Closing Remarks, to stinging objections, to withering cross-examinations, the full panoply of Adelson’s legal and forensic acumen was on display in this case involving an innocent citizen being mistakenly tased by the police.  Adelson’s aspiring solons acquitted themselves admirably, with both teams placing in the upper quadrant of the competition, a marked improvement over last year.  Distinguished volunteer judges from throughout the Las Vegas legal community duly noted the considerable achievements of the Lion student lawyers and witnesses in effective advocacy and persuasive acting admiringly. Our hard working teams were made up of: Jack A, Jake B, Tomer B, Ben E, Dylan S, Danielle G, Zach M, Steven B, Zach F, Yoni G, Lily T, Hayden J, Noah F, Brandon M, Claire M, Justin K, Nicole M, and Brandon P.