This Week in Upper School 5/1/2020

Friday, May 1, 2020
Pride in Excellence
This week several of our high school science classes (Biomedical Sciences, Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology) had the opportunity to talk to Dr. Dennis deLeon; a physician and ethicist in the greater Orlando area (and AEC parent). He discussed some of the issues they have been having at the hospitals he is affiliated with, particularly with personal protective equipment. Personnel have had to learn to wear this equipment effectively, as well as remove and dispose of it. They have had inferior products shipped to them that they could not use and have had to reuse masks because of a national shortage. They have developed standard procedures for putting on and taking off the equipment, as well UV sterilization methods. Being able to talk to Dr. deLeon was a unique and insightful opportunity for our students in these chaotic times.
The Adelson Science National Honor Society students received a letter from Centennial Hills Hospital, thanking them for their letter they sent to the hospital. Earlier this month, the students sent letters to hospitals around the valley, thanking them for their hard work and dedication to keeping our city safe and to treating our community during this time of COVID-19. View the letter from Centennial Hills Hospital

Pride in Community and Jewish Values
The Senior Swim Board tradition was started back in 2014 as a way for graduating members of the AEC Swim Team to leave a literal mark on the pool to match the figurative mark they leave on the swim program with their years of hard work, investment, and pride.  Some swimmers chose to paint their accomplishments like “first state qualifier” or a list of records they held.  Others shared an inside joke that teammates who swam with them will understand.  The board is displayed outside Coach Lamph’s office as a fun reminder of those who helped build and shape the AEC swim program. 
Today as planned, we held our Senior Siyyum virtually (not planned).  A siyyum is a special celebration to mark the end of a unit of study of Torah. It is a special occasion, and so we do the same to mark the end of the seniors’ time of study.  This special celebration allows us to honor the seniors in personal ways, recognize members of the Twelve Year Club,  and also acknowledge all the Very Important People who have supported the seniors all along the way.  Hindy Cole, ‘21, performed “The Climb” and the seniors on Student Council spoke.  The ceremony concluded with a senior class video created by Michelle Poura and Rosie Polonsky.  We look forward to keeping the celebration going at the Lions’ Car Parade on Monday at 2:30!  Hope to see you there!