This Week in Upper School 3/5 -3/9, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

Many high school students had the happy opportunity to read to preschool and lower school classes this week in celebration of Reading Week. The high school students enjoyed it so much that they want to make it a regular thing!  
Eight AEC students attended the Jewish Canadian Youth Model United States (JCYMUN). Attending students were: (2 seniors - Ethan Friedman and Ryan Stidham; 6 sophomores - Yaara Aybar, Harrison Clayton, Emily Miller, Zach Murray, Rebecca Winger and Monica Zhong) who traveled to Montreal, Canada to attend the 2 -day conference. The students prepared for and participated in this event which helped them examine international relations and global issues by assuming the role of a U.N. member country in one of the 7 different committees. They researched their country, researched prepared for two assigned topics and created position papers that they submitted upon arrival in their committees. Students worked to develop their analytical thinking and public speaking skills by working in their committees to develop collaborative resolutions and engaged in lots of moderated and unmoderated discussion. Also, this was a great opportunity to meet fellow Jewish school students from around North America (and one school from Brazil) formally in the committees, as well as informally. 
The Junior class revealed the theme of the Junior/Senior Prom on Thursday: The Oscars!  Each senior received his or her own Oscar trophy as an invitation to prom. Junior/Senior Prom will be located at the Venetian on April 15th, from 8:00pm-11:00pm.
Our 6th grade students became outdoor biologists for the day! Students were able to explore Corn Creek, part of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, just a short drive out of Las Vegas.  Our students were joined by world renowned wildlife artist, Sharon Schafer, and learned all about the habitat at the refuge, and take field samples of the PH levels in the water and soil.  Students were able to catch and examine the nymph of a dragonfly and other natural organisms from the creek.  There were plenty of bird sightings along the way as well as fresh mint growing in the creek.  This trip was truly a way to bring science class out to nature!
Writing Assessment Program (WrAP) testing is next week March 12 - 15 for grades 6, 7, and 8. 6th graders will test Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 - 10 am.  7th graders will test Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 - 10 am.  8th graders will test Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 - 12 pm.
Joins us on Sunday, April 29th for the popular Splach and Dash. See flyer.