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This Week in Upper School 8/12-8/16 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019
What a great first week of school!  From our opening ceremony led by Rebecca Winger, Student Council President, and Zach Murray, Student Council Vice President to learning and observing the Perseid Meteor Shower, creating 3D brain replicas, solving Break Out Box mysteries, putting math skills into action in a class economy activity and our first Kabbalat Shabbat of the year, we are off to a great start!  
 
Senior Tie Ceremony
Seven members of the Class of 2019 surprised the Class of 2020 at town hall on Thursday.  Students walked into town hall to find Ari the Lion (Ben Khavkin) playing piano on stage while they found their seats.  Ore Inbar, Eli Rahim, Bailey Kermani, Liel Simhayoff, Maya Tomasik, Nuriel Sussman, and Mordechai Shirit jumped from backstage to pass out the coveted senior ties to each senior!  There were lots of hugs and smiles, and many seniors wore their new tie the rest of the day. Shout out to AEC alumna and the Class of 2019 Valedictorian, Dana Bluevise for organizing this memorable event for our seniors. View Photos from Senior Tie Ceremony
 
Sophomores and juniors began SAT prep classes provided through Prep Expert on Tuesday.  These classes will run through October when students take the PSAT.  
 
Breakout Box
As part of a team building exercise and to introduce new students to this fun activity, our history classes partook in a breakout box.  Usually the topic/storyline is directly tied to class content, but for the beginning of the year we participated in a virus epidemic themed breakout box. The students enjoyed creating leadership roles and the collaboration required to ‘break out.’
 
The High School is looking forward to their  trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival next week where the 9th graders will see Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; 10th graders will see Macbeth; and 11th and 12th graders will see Hamlet.  The plays are part of English curricula of each grade allowing students a chance to see these words acted for an audience as they were intended to be!
 

Save the Date:

August 20 and 21: High School Shakespeare Festival Trip
August 27: Upper School Back to School Night (5:30 - 7:00pm)
September 2nd: Labor Day, No School
September 13: Picture Day
September 15: Splash and Dash
September 18-20: High School College Major in Action California Trip
September 18-20: 7th/8th Grade Zion Trip
September 22: AEC Family Day
September 30: Rosh Hashanah, No School