This Week in Upper School 9/23-9/27, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019
Pride in Community
In celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the 8th grade class learned how to bake a honey cake and had to come up with a different melody to a well-known Hebrew song for the holiday. Students were judged for their Hebrew knowledge and songs by Ms. Bluevise, Mr. Edery, Ms. Rudaizky and the Shinshinim. It was a wonderful celebration of a great recipe, Hebrew, and baking together, and the students took home their own cakes to share with their families. The Hebrew department would like to wish you all a “Shanah Tovah U’metuka” = Happy and Sweet New Year!”
On Monday, faculty from all divisions participated in teacher-led workshops to deepen understanding about Rosh Hashanah.  They participated in three sessions chosen from the following: text study, symbols of the holiday, shofar blowing, making decorations, writing holiday notes, coding a holiday animation, food, and  New Year’s resolutions. The sessions began with honey cake and apples and honey, which, of course, sweetened the learning! 
Pride in Excellence
6th grade students fused science and empathy through experiential learning.  Students used a modified version of the scientific method, and gathered data, while engaged in a number of empathy-related activities.  Students then used that data to self -reflect and propose ways in which empathy enhance our AEC community.
AP Psychology students also engaged in the scientific method by learning how precise it must be in order for a scientific study to be replicated by others. The students initially received a baggie with a number of lego pieces, and a blank piece of paper. They paired in teams and were instructed to build a structure with the legos provided. When the construction was completed, students had to write a step by step, fully detailed, scientific process of how to replicate their structure. Students then exchanged their legos and instructions with another team and, using the method provided, attempted to replicate the structures. One group managed to get it almost 100%. 
AEC college counselor David Girard, has planned for a number of colleges and universities to be present on campus to talk with our students in October.  Thursday evening, representatives from UNLV and UNLV Honors College met with many school families. College rep visits serve as an initial point of contact between students and colleges, allowing students to express their interest in a school and to establish a contact at the school itself. If you are interested in a college that is visiting AEC, meeting with the college rep is highly advisable. These informational sessions are open to interested juniors and seniors and are announced to students daily during Town Hall. Any interested parent may also attend one of these presentations by emailing: david.girard@adelsoncampus.orgView the COLLEGE VISITATION SCHEDULE
Mr. David Girard, AEC's college counselor, announced on Thursday Yaara Aybar and Matahn Blank's recognition in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Yaara has been named a National Merit Commended Student, Matahn has been named a National Merit Semifinalist from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). About 34,000 students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Yaara and Matahn placed among the top one percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2020 competition by taking the SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Congratulations to Yaara and Matahn!
Pride in Jewish Values
This week, US students and family members gathered for morning prayers in the Beit Midrash. The gathering was requested by a student looking to provide prayer for those who wanted to participate. As the month of Elul is ending and we are getting ready to celebrate the beginning of the new year on Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to recite prayers and blow the Shofar. It was wonderful to see our students lead the prayers and celebrate traditions thousands of years old. 
Mr. Edery led the Upper School in a special Shabbat service for Rosh Hashanah. The students had an opportunity to learn and taste the symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah. Traditionally, each food is eaten after a specific blessing has been said for the new year, which include blessings for health, happiness, sweetness, peace, and multiple good deeds. Gabe Hafter gave a beautiful Dv’ar Torah and inspired the students by connecting his life experience to Rosh Hashanah. Yishar Ko’ach (well one)
A sweet tradition that AEC students enjoy is tasting different flavors of honey sticks and dipping apples in honey.  We were also excited to bless the round Challot that all students were able to bake earlier in the day. 
We wish our students and families a happy, healthy and sweet new year- Shanah Tovah!!