Our Explore & Create teachers, Julie Lettner and Kim Lewis, presented at The Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) Annual Conference in Chicago last week. In their session entitled “Explore & Create,” they shared with attendees a selection of the special projects and experiences our students encounter as part of their class.
Read the full story Science & Arts Academy in Des Plaines celebrates 25 years on the Daily Herald website.
The National Merit Semifinalist announcements were recently publicized. Five SAA class of 2014 graduates earned this distinction: AJ, Matthew, Annelise, James, and Lucas. This is a very impressive accomplishment as only about 16,000 students of the 1.6 million students that take the test become semi-finalists, representing the top 0.01% of all test takers. Congrats to our SAA alumni!
SAA was once again well-represented at Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) Awards Ceremony this past Saturday, September 9th! NUMATS offers above-grade level testing to gifted students: PSAT 8/9 for students in grades 3-6 and SAT/ACT for students in grades 6-9. Those honored at the 2017 NUMATS awards ceremony scored in the top 2% of over 12,000 students from throughout the Midwest and from states as far away as Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Oregon. Current and former SAA students receiving awards were fifth grader Grace, 7th grader Jaden, 8th grader Michael, and SAA alum Ellie.
We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone that participated and helped out with the 25th Anniversary Homecoming Picnic. We were pleased to welcome over 600 guests to this special event. Please click here to read the program and view the list of our amazing sponsors and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support!
Special thanks to FSA Picnic Co-Chairs Jennifer Ilko and Amy Wang for all of their efforts supporting this milestone event. Also a big thank you to all of the student, parent, business partner, staff, alumni and alumni parent volunteers that provided such a welcoming atmosphere and helped the event run smoothly.
Special guests included Susan Bartz Herrick, the daughter of SAA’s founder, the late Helene Bartz; State Senator Laura Murphy; Park Ridge Mayor Marty Maloney; and Marisa Marton from the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, who joined SAA personnel in cutting the ribbon to officially kick off and commemorate the 25th anniversary celebration. Please click here to view a video containing remarks from the specials guests, as well as other highlights from the event.
Other special guests included Fire Chief Alan Wax and four vehicles from Fire Station 61, and Officer Meyer from the Des Plaines Police Department.
The Message & Memories Board at the picnic had some wonderful notes, one of which is shared below:
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!