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This Week in Upper School 4/8-4/12, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019
Bio Med Field Trip for High School Students
On Thursday, students from the Biomedical Sciences class visited PIMA Medical Institute to learn more about careers in the sciences. They toured laboratories and met with instructors and students. From there, we visited the Bodies exhibit at Ballys to explore the inner workings of the human body.
Middle School Dance
The Middle School Student Council hosted their annual formal dance for grades 6-8.  Student Council members Jadyn G., Nicole M., Alex A., Jack K., Michael H., Britohn B., Ash A., Noya B., and Noa L. transformed the upstairs landing into a fairytale Enchanted Forest!  Students enjoyed dancing with the Shinshiniot and had an excellent evening dancing, socializing and celebrating as a community!
US Spring Celebration
The AEC community was able to celebrate the “out of this world” offerings of the High School Communication Arts classes as they showcased their incredible works of this year.  Those in attendance enjoyed ice cream at “Mission Control” and chartered their mission through the gallery “space.” Live music, theater performances, visual art galleries, live interactive art, digital media art displays, and student film offerings were shared.  What a successful mission for our Upper School Communication Arts Department’s hard working students.
Project Chesed Intergenerational Lunch with the JCC
On Thursday, April 11,  The Women Enjoying Leisure (WEL) group from JCC (Jewish Community Center) and the Adelson Educational Campus 9th graders from Ms. Toomey’s Project Chesed class enjoyed an Intergenerational lunch in the  AEC Dining Commons. The students shared their dreams and aspirations and the WEL ladies discussed such topics as what it was like to be a retired person in Las Vegas, keeping their mind sharp, and how they continue to be  life-long learners.
6th Grade Class uses Graphing Calculators to Code
This week, the 6th grade Coding class co-taught by Ms. Toomey experienced a new type of coding.  They coded on the TI-Nspire graphing calculators to make a rover move and create shapes. These 6th graders showed perseverance, grit and critical thinking skills as they moved through the coding process in order to program the rover to follow specific instructions.
5th/6th grade Seder
5th and 6th grade participated in a joint student-led Seder. In the learning process, the students each researched one part of the Haggadah. They found multiple commentaries on why and how we do each part of the Seder and brought their creativity to the forefront in presenting their parts to their fellow peers. VIEW PHOTOS
On Monday, April 9th, 7th and 8th graders and 9th-11th graders enjoyed respective seders on the patio.  Jackie Edery, who will be joining our Judaics faculty in the Upper School next year, came from LA to lead our students in a fun and educational but shortened seder.  The kitchen prepared seder plates with traditional foods, and each student ate matzah with chocolate spread. Ms. Boatnik led us in traditional songs accompanied by Mr. Philippus and the band while students took part in the seder by leading prayers and reading texts.  Mr. Edery even had students learn about the ten plagues by playing a bowling game to "knock" down each plague. The seders were a great way to learn more about Pesach and celebrate together!

ERB Testing
Our 6th grade students begin ERB testing on Tuesday, April 30th!
For parent tips on helping your student prepare for testing, please CLICK HERE for information presented from the Student Service Team.
A special message from the Student Service Team:
When we return from Pesach break, our middle school students begin taking the ERB standardized tests.  Our teachers and students have worked hard all year and are well prepared for these test. We know that standardized testing is taxing on our students and we want to continually encourage them during this week.  The Student Services Team is asking that you partner with us to help keep the students' spirits high during their week of testing. We are making an individual flag for each student with a positive message. We would love for you to send in a positive quote, mantra or maybe even song lyrics personalized for your child that we can place on an additional flag that they will be able to see during testing week.  Please send in your message of encouragement with your students' full name to

Save the Dates:

Monday, April 15th-Friday, April 26th - Spring Break
Tuesday, April 30th - ERB/CTP testing (6th grade)
Wednesday, May 1st- ERB/CTP testing (6th grade)
Thursday, May 2nd- ERB/CTP testing (6th grade)
Friday, May 3rd - Senior Siyyum & Lions Pride Walk at 8:00 am
Friday, May 3rd - High School Awards 9:00 am
Monday, May 6th -17th - High School AP testing
Monday, May 6th -  ERB/CTP testing (7th and 8th grades)
Tuesday, May 7th-  ERB/CTP testing (7th and 8th grades)
Wednesday, May 8th-Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day)
Wednesday, May 8th - ERB/CTP testing (7th and 8th grades)
Wednesday, May 8th-Seniors last day of regular classes
Thursday, May 9th-May 17th- Senior exams
Thursday, May 9th - Middle School Academic Awards at 2:40 pm
Friday, May 10th - ERB/CTP testing (Algebra 1/Geometry Honors MS students)
Tuesday, May 14th - Middle School Sports Awards during Pride Period (1:10-1:40)
Friday, May 17th - 8th-grade Celebration 9:30 am
Monday - Thursday, May 20th - 23rd - Exams for grades 6-11
Tuesday, May 21st - Seniors leave for Grad Night Field Trip
Wednesday, May 22nd- Graduation rehearsal 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 23rd- Class of 2019 Graduation at 5:30 pm