Science & Arts Academy Students Spread Message of Kindness
Third and fourth graders from Science & Arts Academy in Des Plaines have just finished reading and discussing the book, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. The main character’s experiences in navigating through childhood with facial differences deeply resonated with SAA students and helped them understand the importance of acceptance and empathy. They culminated their novel study with a field trip to the AMC Randhurst Theater on Thursday, December 7th to view a screening of the movie, Wonder. Students all wore specially created t-shirts with the words “CHOOSE KIND” on the front, in an effort to help spread this important message in and around our community. “Appearances don’t matter. It’s what the person is actually like once you get to know them that matters,” shared Nico Lopez, third grader at SAA. Students learned that the words of Mr. Tushman ring true, “Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.”
In the December 20th edition of the Des Plaines Journal, an article appeared documenting our culminating activity for the third and fourth grade novel study of the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. The text of the article is copied below.
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!
A few weeks ago, forty 3rd-8th grade students from SAA participated in the Fall 2017 Noetic Learning Math Contest. SAA had seven 3rd and 4th graders who competed amongst 4,143 students at their grade level nationally. Among those seven students, Richie was not only the SAA team winner, but also earned a National Honorable Mention score. On the 3rd-4th grade team, Sela, Austin and Kaitlyn earned a National Honorable Mention score.
On our 6th grade team of ten students, Will earned a National Honor Roll score of 100%. He was one of only ten students from a pool national total of 2,543 6th grade students who participated in this meet and earned a perfect score. Congratulations to Will! Other 5th and 6th graders on the SAA 6th grade team who earned a National Honorable Mention Score include Jaden, Michael, and Linnea.
SAA was pleased to have twenty-three 7th and 8th grade students participate among a national total of 915 eighth grade students. 7th grader Julia was the SAA 8th grade team winner. Along with Julia, Thomas, Elizabeth, Ryan, Dashiell, Mary Catherine, Hadrian, Elia, Zeph, Elena and Gabe all earned National Honorable Mention scores.
Thank you to all 40 of the SAA students who participated. They will have a second meet in April for the Spring 2017 Noetic Learning Math Contest.
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!
I'm sure you heard the announcement of Monday's trash collection of 24 kilograms (52.8 pounds) and that was JUST the lunch room. Yesterday, we reduced the total weight of trash at lunch by 11.22 pounds. Everyday, 7th and 8th grade students will be measuring the amount of trash in the lunchroom with the hopes of reducing the amount of trash collected on a daily basis. A chart has been made and will be hung in the lunch room!
Later this week, 7th and 8th grade students will be going out into the neighborhood to pick up trash. Last year, we filled an entire dumpster with collected trash just from around the Des Plaines River area.
SAA has recently "adopted a highway" which our students will be responsible for keeping clean, starting this week.
Mr. Bonecutter's Sixth grade students have been working on a sustainability unit. They are preparing a class trifold on Biogeochemical Cycles and one that describes related design considerations for a long-range spacecraft. They are also recording one-minute presentations to go along with the trifolds that they will share with our students.
Fifth Grade students will be working on an oil spill experiment and on water conservation throughout the week with Mrs. Maliwanag.
1st - 4th grade classes will be making their own recycled paper and looking at recycled plastics during their classes with Mr. Linder.
Kindergarten classes will be planting flowers along with discussing the importance of reducing trash, electricity usage, and water.
The Science Department has also ordered a composting unit for the entire school to start using that will accept any raw fruits and vegetables.
Please remind your advisory students to pack lunch carefully and THINK before they pack. Remind them to use cloth napkins rather than paper, reusable plastic containers for snacks and sandwiches rather than baggies, and to turn off lights when they're leaving a room at home.
Together, we can help this planet stay beautiful!
Happy Earth Week,