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This Week in Upper School 8/19-8/23 2019

Friday, August 23, 2019
Pride in Community:
Each Monday through Thursday, Middle School Students are filled with Pride as they choose how they will spend 30 minutes of their day.  We are thrilled that nine clubs have already launched during this time with more to come later this year when students write charters for their own student-led clubs.  Middle school students all choose one club, but because they happen on different days, students are able to choose more than one. Here’s a snapshot from each club this week:
 
Ukulele Choir: Under the Guidance of Mr. Philippus and Ms. Kearns, students learned how to tune their ukulele to the C Key.  In future weeks, they’ll be learning songs for performances around our school community. Perhaps you’ll see them at a Kabbalat Shabbat this fall!
 
Spanish:  Students practiced their language skills using the DuoLingo app and enjoyed trying out some of their new phrases and greetings with one another.
 
Competitive Math: Students examined challenging word problems in the form of riddles to test their critical and analytical math skills.  Mr. Meadows is preparing AEC students to compete in the American Mathematical Association’s AMC 8 later this school year.
 
Improv Club: Mr. Dachslager’s room has been ringing with laughter as the club members perform with neither script nor rehearsal. Each week, students create and portray original characters who star in classic improv games like “Bus Stop” and “Start to Finish.”
 
Creative Writing: This week, students read over the short pieces that they’d written last week, picked specific key words from that short piece, and then used those words for inspiration to write something completely new. In the coming weeks, participants will build upon their writing from the previous week, ideally changing, revising and experimenting along the way. Over the course of the club, students will explore various genres including personal narrative, fantasy, humor, and realistic fiction. Interested participants will have the opportunity to submit to writing contests at the end of the quarter.
 
Kabbalat Shabbat Planning:  With the support of Mr. Edery, students began planning Kabbalat Shabbat for the upcoming weeks.  One unique lesson they began working with involves guessing the name of the teacher based upon a photo of them from a young age.  This activity will be integrated with the learning for that week.
 
Band: Students practiced music for performance at Kabbalat Shabbat in the upcoming weeks.
 
Dance Club: This week the students began choreographing a contemporary dance to the song “Already Gone.”  Looking ahead, the students will explore various forms of dance as they prepare for performance opportunities.
 
Geography: Students learned about National Geographic’s Geography Bee that our school will be participating in.  By attending the club each week with Ms. McKannon, AEC students will be prepared to represent at this regional competition!
 
AEC’s Lower School Cooking Enrichment learned about catering and the process of preparing, assembling and properly labeling catered food orders.  AEC high school students who were on the Utah Shakespeare Festival field trip this week were the lucky recipients of the cooking enrichment students’ work.  Along with the cooking enrichment class, the kitchen prepared an eggplant dish on Thursday using the eggplant from the lower school garden! 
 
Pride in Excellence:
This week grades 9-12 took an exciting overnight field trip to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah. The 11th and 12th grades saw Hamlet, which will be included in their year’s curriculum as a classic look at the existential nature of the protagonist and the repercussions of action vs. inaction. The 10th grade attended Macbeth as an introduction to tragedy and the plight and perspective of the anti-hero. The 9th grade saw Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and used the musical alongside the biblical text and the history of Ancient Egypt to compare and contrast stories, as well as to analyze the character of Joseph within the Hero’s Journey. The field trip provided a venue for both educational enrichment and bonding among the students and faculty. What a thrilling way to kick-off the new school year!
 
Pride in Jewish values:
Kabbalat Shabbat: Our Shabbat student leaders and Mr. Edery’s 8th grade Jewish Studies class prepared a wonderful Shabbat for their peers. Guided by Mr. Edery they have planned and executed different activities to enjoy as a community as we welcome Shabbat. After gathering for the blessings the students participated in different workshops and activities in the spirit of Oneg Shabbat. They could choose from yoga, board games, ping pong, obstacle course, team building activities and more. 
 
Oneg Shabbat (Hebrew: “Joy of Shabbat”) is an informal Shabbat (or Friday evening) gathering in a synagogue or private home to express outwardly the happiness inherent in the Shabbat. The prophet Isaiah (58:13-14) expresses the importance of shabbat by calling it “delight” - oneg “If you proclaim the Shabbat a delight (oneg) then you will delight in God and I will mount you astride the heights of the world” Now more social than religious, the students have a chance to bound and entertain themselves with music, drama, community discussions, lectures, or the singing of religious melodies—all in Usually, refreshments are provided to complement the congenial atmosphere and perpetuate in spirit the Talmud’s recommendation to eat three full meals that day. 
 
Ninth graders in Project Chessed (Acts of Loving Kindness) wrote personalized notes to all students in grades 6-12 welcoming them back to school with a sweet treat.  This class provides a space for students to learn about the importance of philanthropy and focus on putting our values of R.U.A.C.H. into practice for the benefit of our community. 
 

Save the Date:

8/27 - Upper School Back to School Night, 5:30-7:00 pm
9/2 -   Labor Day, No School
9/13 - Picture Day
9/15 - Splash and Dash
9/18-20th - High School College and Majors in Action California Trip
9/ 18-20th - 7th/8th Grade Zion Trip
9/22 - AEC Family Day
9/30 - Rosh Hashanah, No School 
10/1 -  Rosh Hashanah, No School
10/8-9 - Yom Kippur, No School
10/14-15 - Sukkot, No School
10/21-22 - Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, No School
10/28 -  Nevada Day, No School