SAA graduates will be attending the
following high schools:
SAA graduates were accepted, waitlisted,
or registered at the following additional
Although we will miss the Class of 2017, we are confident that they are ready for the next stage of their educational journey. Selecting a high school can be a difficult decision, especially when a student is accepted into multiple high quality schools! In addition to the final list of high schools that graduates will be attending, please reference the table below to learn more about the many additional high schools where SAA students registered (public) or were accepted (independent).
This past Saturday, May 13th, SAA hosted its first ever Elementary Science Olympiad tournament. Five teams competed in 12 different events including Anatomy, Bridges, Junkyard Cars, and Trajeggtory (an egg toss device to protect the egg). Our team earned medals in most of the events. The Elementary Science Olympiad team has been practicing Mondays after school with coaches Aaron Feinberg and Colleen Storiz since November. Students have been working hard to learn new Science concepts and prepare for the tournament.
We would like to thank all the parent and student volunteers that made the tournament such a huge success, we couldn't have done it without you. We would also like to congratulate all of our ESO students. Way to go, SAA!
In April, SAA Math Team members participated in the Noetic Learning Math Competition. This competition takes place in the fall and spring each year and is specifically designed for gifted students. Each meet has students competing as individuals solving 20 word problems designed for a specific grade level. This year, we had one math class of third and fourth grade students taught by Ms. Katauskas take the 3rd Grade meet problems. The 5th and 6th grade Math Team members all competed as 6th Graders, and the 7th and 8th grade Math Team members all competed as 8th Graders.
Also in April, 3 fourth graders and 46 middle schoolers participated in the annual Purple Comet International Math Meet. Unlike the Noetic Learning Math Contest, this meet is intended to be completed in teams. This year SAA had teams of three to six students each. While our students did not place either in Illinois or nationally, they did very well for this large challenge.
Two teams of six tied for the SAA winners - The Immortal Mildreds 2017 and Chicken Fried Steak.
Pebble Faces, the seventh grade team, came in second for SAA. Faline Redux, the sixth/seventh grade team, came in third for SAA.
A special thanks to our fourth grade team The Guild of Worksheeters for joining us this year.
Congratulations to all who participated in the competitions. The students had fun and really worked hard.
The SAA performing groups presented a lunchtime concert at Golf Mill Mall in Niles on Tuesday, May 3. Thirty-six students involved in our Concert Ensemble, Advanced Ensemble and Choir performed. They shared 12 separate musical numbers that included Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancing” and selections from Glee. The audience contained parents of our students as well as many passers-by. The students had a blast!
Student Council would like to thank the entire SAA community for their generosity in the Race for Change Challenge. JK-8th grade homerooms and advisories spent from Monday, April 17th to Friday, April 21st engaged in a penny war amongst each other. Any coins in a room’s jar counted as positive points with paper money counting against them. The competition was heated over this worthy cause.
Thanks to your support, SAA raised nearly $3,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation. Congratulations to the following classes that won pizza parties: Mrs. Maliwanag’s advisory group raised $209.66; Mrs. Centineo’s homeroom raised $293 and Mrs. Vaccarello’s homeroom raised a total of $319.67! Thanks to everyone for making this a successful event for Make A Wish Foundation.
The Science Olympiad team competed in their final competition at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, April 29th. The competition included many talented teams that allowed for a great competition. Our students have worked diligently in every event and did their very best. Our team rose to the occasion yet again to earn overall 3rd place in State. Coaches and parents are thrilled with results! Head Coaches Bonecutter and Maliwanag are proud of the efforts of the team and their dedication to Science! Congratulations to the Science Olympiad Team! Kaboom!!!
In honor of Earth Day, and in conjunction with their air pollution project, SAA's Junior Division Community Problem Solvers have teamed up with the Neighborhood Forest organization, and will be distributing 245 crabapple seedlings today! We encourage each SAA family to make a difference this Earth Day by planting their tree for the future generations to enjoy. Click to watch a video about the Neighborhood Forest organization. We'd love to have a photo of your family planting their tree! Please e-mail photos to Dr. Gueguen. Happy Planting!
The Junior Division CmPS team, Project SMOG (Students Making Outdoors Greener), held a bake sale to raise money in order to buy these seedlings for every SAA family. They raised close to $500, and they couldn't have done it without the generous support from donors and contributors. Thank you for your support in making this meaningful project possible!
As a part of our annual Into the Blue Gala, Mark Anderson was presented with the 2017 Blue Horizon Award. For nearly twenty years, Mark Anderson has helped shape, promote, and protect our mission to ensure that our current and future students are well prepared for their bright futures. We are so appreciative of Mark's support and were pleased to have the opportunity to honor and recognize him with this special award.
Des Plaines Science & Arts Academy honors Mark Anderson
The Science Olympiad team had a great showing at the Regional Competition at College of Lake County last weekend. The Varsity and JV team both learned many new things all while having fun! The team showed great sportsmanship, teamwork, and school spirit. The hard work the Varsity and JV team members put forth was evident as many earned top medals in most events. The Varsity team achieved a bid to the State competition placing 2nd overall! KABOOM!!!