This week in Upper School 4/24 - 4/28, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

What happened

Adelson Lion’s Jazz played their first ever High School Jazz Festival this week and received excellent ratings.  The program here at Adelson continues to grow and thrive! The band has accomplished so much this year , from performing at the State Championship Basket Ball Game, to receiving excellent ratings at the Concert Festival, and now we can add the accolades of Excellent ratings in Jazz.  These students can do anything they put their minds to.  They are to be congratulated on a great year! Great work Band! 
Adelson Campus is proud to announce yet another National Merit Scholar! Junior Matthiew D was recently declared a National Merit Semi-Finalist! Congratulations Matthiew, we are all very proud of you!
The overall results for the WRaP testing are in (standardized writing testing in the MS): Overall, our students did great, particularly the 6th grade and most especially the 8th grade!  The mean scores were significantly above the Independent School norms (the toughest comparison), and the improvement over last year was remarkable.  As a result of their (overall) spectacular performance, the 8th grade has earned a free dress day on Thursday, May 4. Results will be sent home once we have the results from the rest of the standardized testing we will have over the next few weeks…. Now on to the ERBs!
On Friday, students were able to have the important experience of sitting in small groups with Holocaust survivors and spending good time listening to their experiences.  The commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day continued in Shabbat services.
On Thursday, the Rape Crisis Center gave the final in a series of four modules of the YourSPACE Program to our students.  The topics in the four part series were gender objectification and the media, understanding sexual assault and coercion, sexual harassment and healthy relationships, victim blaming and active bystander intervention.  We are grateful for this important and informative series that helps our students understand how to protect themselves and others.  

What you should know

Welcome back to the final countdown of the school year!  Hope you had a lovely break and are ready for all the wonderful "lasts" that will mark the end of the 2016-2017 school year.  
Wednesday May 3rd @ 3:30pm. 
Come join us and celebrate the amazing achievements of our upper school performing arts students with a special guest performance by the 5th grade band.  Come enjoy performances from our dancers, actors, and musicians and enjoy visual stimulation from our visual arts students! Refreshments and sweets will be served, and you can even purchase student art. Bring a QR code reader for extra fun during the gallery. Don’t miss this special event.  It will begin at 3:30pm in the Theater and continue into the first floor for our Fine Art Gallery, then culminate back in the Theater with our different bands!   We are super excited to share what we’ve been working on, and we hope to see you all there!! 
Monday, May 1 -- Students should wear a white uniform top for Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day).  From 8 - 8:30 am, there will be a memorial service for Kindergarten through Upper School students.
Tuesday, May 2 --  Blue and White Free Dress for Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day). Students should dress in blue and white to celebrate! From 1:10 - 3:10 pm, all middle school students will partake in a celebration. Additionally, all 8th grade students will assist with the lower school students for morning activities from 8 - 11:30 am.
Thursday, May 4 -- 8th Graders have Free Dress in celebration of their outstanding performance as a group on the WrAP Assessment.  Individual student data will be shared at a later date.
Friday, May 5 -- Middle School Field Day from 1:10 - 3:10.  Students can wear PE bottoms and Adelson Spirit Wear tops.  They should dress for the weather as they will be outside during the afternoon.  Also, they should bring a towel and change of clothes as they may get wet!
CTP for grades 7 and 8 is May 8 - 11
CTP for grade 6 is May 15 - 18
Wednesday, May 17 at 7 PM is Middle School Awards Night.
The Week of May 22 we will have a 12:30 dismissal for middle school students due to semester exams.  
Thursday, May 25 is the 8th Grade Celebration at 10:30 am in the auditorium.  8th Graders and their families are invited to a reception beforehand in the Dining Commons that begins at 9:30.
AP Exams- May 1-12
Senior Exams-May 15-18
Academic Awards Night-May 16th from 7:30-8:30 in the Auditorium
Final Exams-May 22-26 
*Note-Lockers must be cleaned, books returned, and students checked out by advisors before dismissal.
Monday, May 1
Israel Memorial Day-Wear white uniform shirts
From 8:00 am – 8:30 a.m., K-12 will gather on the soccer field for a ceremony to honor Israeli Fallen Soldiers and the victims of terror. Our 12th Graders (who are not taking any tests) will meet a special speaker. Itai Evgi, who was one of the founders of an IDF Special Forces unit will talk about brothers in arms he lost during his service.
Friday, May 5
High School students will celebrate Israel Independence during Shabbat.
Friday, May 12
12:30pm - 1:08pm The Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, will address our High School students. 
Students who submitted course selection sheets and who have registered for the 2017-2018 school year will be able to select electives by the end of next week.  Students will be able to select those electives in the order in which they returned course selection sheets.  In other words, the first student to submit is the student who gets first choice!