Our very own SAA Chorus comprised of 5th-8th graders will be singing the National Anthem at the Northwestern vs. DePaul game at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on Saturday, December 3rd. Group tickets are available.
Congrats to SAA for an awesome performance at the 96th Kumbaya Chess Championships last weekend. We're very excited to report that Zeph and Will worked together to win first place in U1200, both finishing with 3 wins! Individually, Zeph took 4th place and Will took 5th place overall. Congrats also to Nadia for a strong showing in the non-rated category. Way to go, SAA!
SAA's Math Competition Season begins this month! Here's what's in store:
Keep an eye out for math more math competition news in the new year with even more meets this winter and spring. Visit the Beyond the Classroom page for more information about the 3rd and 4th grade Math Club, Middle School Math Club or Middle School Math Team.
Mathnasium of Harwood Heights held their annual TriMathlon last weekend. Two SAA fifth grade students participated and placed in the top five! Congratulations to both of these students!
The Gifted Adolescent
All middle school students are in a period of rapid transition. They are developing meaningful relationships, a personal and social values system, a healthy self-esteem and identity, and increasing independence from their families. All adolescents at this age need role models, supportive adults, and appropriate intellectual stimulation to ensure growth. Yet gifted adolescents have unique needs that go beyond these characteristics.
Early adolescence should not be defined only as a time of turmoil; it can also be a period of tremendous resilience, productivity, cognitive growth, generosity, and increased involvement in school and community. To this end, students need choices in school projects and activities, and they need opportunities to discover and hone their own learning styles.
Gifted adolescents are often significantly more advanced than their peers in one or more academic areas, and have a greater capacity for deductive thinking. These students tend to have increased sensitivity to people and events, are more deeply introspective, and often display a higher sense of justice and fair play. Their actions and ideas are often influenced by heightened self-criticism, sensitivity, and intensity. Understanding these characteristics can help guide gifted students toward self-actualizing behaviors and emotional growth. They need to develop relationships with people who take them seriously and have similar awareness.
Their sophisticated abilities to conceptualize, seek alternatives, explore diverse relationships, make connections, and find creative ways of self-expression should serve them well come adulthood, but during adolescence, these same qualities may create, rather then solve, some unique problems.
Based on what we know about the unique characteristics of gifted adolescents, the SAA experience allows students to demonstrate meaningful applications of the knowledge they are acquiring. We believe that students should be investigating the questions that they themselves are asking about the world and their place in it. They need to be solving problems, making connections, asking questions, and taking risks.
Our experienced faculty and staff are trained in best practices to maximize the boundless potential of this unique student population. Our small class size, commitment to differentiated instruction, and philosophy of “taking students where they are” help us recognize, understand, and nurture the advanced abilities of the gifted adolescent.
SAA was well represented at the Independent School Association of the Central States Annual Conference last week in Columbus, Ohio. Tim Costello was joined at the conference by teachers Darrin Bonecutter, Catherine Katauskas and Lisa Pang, who presented "Differentiating Hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Projects for Diverse Learners" and "You're Never Too Old for Hands-on Math".
We are pleased to announce that the SAA Eagles Basketball Team has been invited to play a scrimmage against St. Andrews at halftime of the Northwestern University Men's Basketball game on November 14th at 8:00pm! Northwestern will be playing against Eastern Washington University. Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased directly from Mr. Trella. SAA has committed to sell 25 tickets to the game, so please consider supporting this goal by purchasing a ticket and getting to watch some great basketball by SAA students and the NU Wildcats!