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This Week in Upper School 3/6 - 3/10, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

What happened:

Adelson students wrapped up a three-day run of SHREK THE MUSICAL. The magnificent production featured many new faces to the AEC stage and we all laughed, cried and sang along with all our favorite Shrek characters. Amazing fun for the entire AEC community. Well done!
To view a sneak peak of the performance, CLICK HERE.
Watch part of the cast perform behind the scenes in preparation for the big musical, CLICK HERE.

Guess who dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz? Give up? Well my little pretty...It's the Upper School principal Leslie Smith Rosen. 

What you need to know:

This year's big field trip is to the beautiful national treasure: ZION NATIONAL PARK. Permission forms are due by Friday, March 17!  
Come to this informative meeting to learn about the high school curriculum, college advising, and the freshman year of high school!  By the end of the meeting, 8th graders will see their core courses and will select a foreign language. Plus, there will be time for questions and answers. We look forward to seeing you there! 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.   
-Ms. Joyner, High School Dean
On Thursday, March 16th, students will receive 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.  
Save the date!  The Middle School students (grades 6 - 8) will take the Writing Assessment Program (WrAP) the mornings of Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28.
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.

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.