Des Plaines Science & Arts Academy honors Mark Anderson
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!!!
A big thank you to the 16 members of our SAA community who bravely cut their hair or shaved their heads to help those living with cancer. Science & Arts Academy raised over $1300 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and sent 75 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. SAA would also like to send a sincere thank you to the stylists from Teddie Kossof for generously donating their time and talent to help with the event. This is the fourth time that stylists from Teddie Kossof have assisted with Cut for a Cause and we appreciate their dedication to service for others! Please consider visiting them for a future haircut. For 30% off your visit, stop by the front office for a coupon!
It is with great pleasure to recognize our 3rd through 6th grade students for all their hard work put forth on their ExploraVision Science Projects. The project encouraged our students to think beyond and design a beneficial future technology. Our school has achieved Honorable Mentions on the following future technology ideas:
A few weeks ago, almost 40 SAA middle schoolers participated in this year's national AMC 10 math contest. This is designed for high school sophomores taking Geometry and is used to find students qualified to continue on to the next level of national and international math competitions. This year we have three extraordinary students who scored well not only for SAA middle schoolers, but on a national level. Please congratulate Will, Thomas and Dashiell for their achievements.
A listing of the top 5 scores in each grade level is posted in the hallway if you want to see how well even more students did!
Thank you to all of the teachers whose classes were interrupted to allow students to participate!
The Science Olympiad team had a great showing at the Grayslake Middle School Invitational and received many top medals for most of the 23 events. Both teams have very dedicated coaches and parents who make it an enjoyable learning experience for all students participating in SO! Next stop...Regionals at College of Lake County on Saturday, March 11th!!! KABOOM!!!
Our varsity team won second place at our match at Northside College Prep in Chicago. They lost by one question to Decatur's varsity team earning SAA second place (with only 10 points - 1 question) separating them from the 1st place team. The top two teams from this week's competition go on to state. Congrats to the SAA Certamen team!
On Saturday, February 11, seven band and orchestra students represented SAA at the Illinois Grade School Music Association (IGSMA) Solo and Ensemble Contest in Deerfield. All of our participants received 1st place ratings, with one earning a perfect score 1+ rating. Yay SAA!
On Sunday, February 12, one of our 8th graders performed at Northwestern University in the Lifetime of Music concert presented by the Northshore Concert Band. The concert was held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston. Over 200 students from the Chicagoland area were nominated and one of our students was selected for this opportunity. Way to go!
Science Olympiad Results
It was a great learning experience for all students involved in this past weekend's Science Olympiad invitational! There were 60 amazing teams competing at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio including the top teams in nation. Congrats to the SAA Varsity Team for placing 15th overall! Kaboom!
ExploraVision Science Expo
SAA science students in grades 3-6 will be sharing their ExploraVision projects in the gym next Monday, February 13th. Student teams will be presenting their work to fellow students during their science classes and lunch periods. Our Elementary Science Olympiad students will be showing and testing their "Junkyard Cars" at this same event. Families are welcome to visit the ExploraVision Expo and Science Showcase after school on February 13th until 5:00pm.
Upcoming Author Visit
On Wednesday, February 15th, author Jessica Garrett is visiting SAA and will be speaking to grades 3-6. Oh, Ick!: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! is the book she'll be introducing. The title alone should be enough to spark everyone's interest! We have one copy in the library for you to peruse if you'd like to preview the book. If you've ever had any questions about gross things, this is the book for you! It features projects that cover topics like worms, ooze, and ear hair!
SAA had a strong representation at the annual Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC) Convention in Naperville the past few days through THREE different presentations by our very own teachers. Mrs. Crabtree and Mrs. Centineo presented "Engaging Gifted Students through Newspaper Writing." Mrs. Vaccarello presented "Beyond Memorization: Infusing Experiential and Simulated Learning into the Curriculum." Then, all three teachers presented together on "How to Integrate a Social-Emotional Curriculum into the K-4 Classroom." They all did a WONDERFUL job! Attendees were engaged, asking questions, taking notes, taking pictures of their slides, and much more!