Congrats to three of our students for a wonderful job in the Kumbaya Chess Tournament this weekend! It had been held at Niles North High School in Skokie. We are thrilled to report that SAA came in first place in U1200! One of our students won all 4 rounds and took an overall individual first place. Way to go, SAA!
We are very excited to announce the middle school ensembles (Concert Ensemble and Advanced Ensemble) will perform Wednesday, November 30th before the Chicago Wolves game.
Students will perform on the concourse from 6:00 to 6:40 with the game starting at 7:00. We would love to have you join us!
Think back to your early days in school. Do you have a favorite teacher that stands out? Why did you choose that teacher? What made him/her so memorable?
In my experience, typical responses to that last question are along the lines of “because she cared” and “because he believed in me.” I rarely hear “because he/she was excellent in his/her subject matter.” These answers don’t disparage the importance of expertise, but they do emphasize the value of social/emotional learning and personal development.
While schools may be struggling with the debate between traditional teaching and innovative methods, it’s paramount to remember that it is our interactions – our emotions, feelings of belonging and sense of community – are essential to any teaching model or delivery. It is critical that students and teachers form a positive learning community in order to allow all facets of SAA’s gifted education experience to flourish.
We must both embrace innovation while drawing strength from our traditions. In the words of Richard Riley, "We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist... using technologies that haven't yet been invented... in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet." While daunting, I am confident our students will have the skills to succeed, whatever the future holds.
Head of School
Many thanks to the SAA Community for donating a total of 560 pairs of shoes to our shoe collection! The 7th graders did a great job collecting and organizing the collection. Each pound of unwanted shoes is sold to Funds2Orgs which distributes the shoes to 26 developing nations around the world. The shoes become inventory for families who run small businesses. The money earned from selling the shoes then benefits R.O.A.R (Roll Over Animal Rescue). This organization is located in Des Plaines and helps save cats and dogs by finding a forever home for them. Mr. & Mrs. Trella foster animals through this organization. Thank you for supporting these local and global causes by donating your unwanted shoes!