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This Week in Upper School 3/13 - 3/17, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

What happened:

NJHS volunteered this morning to help clean up Red Rock National Park!  
On Thursday, students received their core course selections for 2017-2018.  Please review these with your children.  
Please note:  Only students who have enrolled for next year will have a schedule created. Please contact Alli Abrahamson, Admissions Director, to complete registration for the 2017-2018 school year.  
It was great to see 8th graders and parents at the High School Course Selection Orientation on Tuesday night.  If you missed the meeting and would like to select classes, then please pick up your selection sheet from Ms. Joyner, and she will be happy to help.

Enrollment Update:

We’re energized by the commitment we’re seeing from our many families who have re-enrolled for next year.  Thank you!  Being able to more accurately project enrollment helps us plan our classes, new initiatives and allocate resources for the coming year.

Due to the success of our students, strength of our faculty and commitment from our parents, we are fortunate to be welcoming so many new families to the Adelson community.  Particularly in the preschool and early lower school grades, we encourage you to submit your enrollment contract and deposit as soon as possible to secure your child’s spot.  We will be starting waiting pools in specific grades in the near future.

You can access and submit your enrollment contracts and deposits online through School Forms Online (SFO):

Please reach out to Alli Abrahamson, Director of Admissions, with any questions or concerns: 702-515-8202 or

What you need to know:

This year's big field trip is to the beautiful national treasure: ZION NATIONAL PARK. 
Save the date!  The Middle School students (grades 6 - 8) will take the Writing Assessment Program (WrAP). Monday, March 27 2017 @ 8:00a - 9:20 am, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 8:00 - 9:20am.  The WrAP is a standardized writing exam that provides students, parents, and teachers feedback in two forms, a rubric score that evaluates students in 6 categories and a normative score that shows comparisons to students in independent schools across the nation. It is important that students do their best and use the feedback to try to grow as writers. 

Here are a few guidelines: 

-Bring your computer to school fully charged.  You will need it on the exam both days!
-Get a good night's sleep, eat a fortifying breakfast, and arrive to school on time. 
-Dress comfortably, and bring a book to read if you finish early. 
-Do your best! This is an important measure of your growth as a writer.

Junior/Senior Prom is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Palazzo.  Seniors are excused from school on Monday, April 3rd and Juniors may arrive by 10:45 a.m. without penalty.
Middle School Academic Awards are scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, at 7 pm, Grades 6 - 8

TO 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 SOPHOMORES: I had the opportunity to meet with the sophomores this week during Social Studies classes. They were very positive, and productive discussions covering such topics as: the importance of the junior year, Honors and Advanced Placement courses, summer options, standardized test preparation, and the significance of sticking with the activities in which they are currently involved. You are cordially invited to schedule a time to meet with me and continue the conversation:

AEC Students participated in a project, linking students from the Mojave Desert (our students) to students in the Thar Desert of India. As part of that project, both sets of students went on field trips in their area and learned about their deserts as well as the species that live there. They took photographs and connected to the students across the globe. This was part of a larger project and included students from other CCSD schools and NV Virtual academy academy as well. There are a series of partners ranging from UNLV to the National Endowments for the Arts.
As a result of this project, our students photographs will be on display at the Nevada State Museum with an exhibit opening reception on 3/12/17. We will be encouraging our students to attend and they may get a chance to speak during the presentations. Sharon Schafer, the artist spearheading this, will be interviewed on NPR and we will have a write up in Desert Companion magazine. The project was also featured in a major India newspaper.
We are excited to partner with the American Red Cross on Tuesday April 4th to launch the first Adelson Educational Campus blood drives. We’ll be working together to give back to the community in a truly life changing way, since each donation we collect can save up to three lives.  Our high school National Honor Society, guided by Ms. Levi and Dr. Adkinson, is leading the blood drive for us and we will be sending out more information soon.
There are many ways you can help, but most importantly we hope you come out to donate. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you on April 4th. 
Please sign up to donate blood that day. You can contact Ms. Levi and Dr. Adkinson through Edsby or email: or You can also contact our National Honor Society organizers, Bianca K and Annelissa M, through Edsby. When you contact us, we will provide you with optional time slots for your donation.
The Red Cross has been making a humanitarian impact for more than 130 years, and has been collecting blood for over 70 of those years. We can all be part of something important when we work with the Red Cross to strengthen the blood supply and give back to our community. Let’s make an impact on April 4th and add saving lives to our school’s list of great accomplishments.