Think of a wonderful thought... Peter Pan will be flying to SAA this weekend! Over 40 cast and crew members will be performing in this musical tonight (Friday, April 8th) at 7:00pm and tomorrow (Saturday, April 9th) at 4:00pm. Come and think some happy thoughts with Peter Pan and the talented students of SAA. See you there!
Congratulations to the following students for advancing to History Fair Regionals at Lane Tech High School, taking place this Saturday, April 9th. Students will showcase their projects and enjoy the experience of fellow historians and students from all over the Chicagoland area. If any of these students progress to state, how wonderful! If not, we still have lots to be proud of as the overall experience was gratifying enough.
This Wednesday, 24 middle school students from SAA participated in an all day math meet at IMSA. Our students did well overall and we are very proud of all 24 students for spending the day working on some rather challenging math problems and representing SAA so well.
SAA walked away with the following four awards:
Twenty-two 7th and 8th grade students from SAA attended this year's Illinois Junior Classical League (IJCL) state convention at the Westin Hotel in Itasca, Illinois. SAA joined Latin students from 18 other Illinois schools in academic competitions, Certamen, arts, and other events related to the classics. SAA students placed 25 times in academic competitions including the categories: Latin Grammar, Roman History, Mythology, and Roman Private Life. One student placed first in Dramatic Interpretation of a Latin passage, and she also delivered a beautiful speech in front of the entire assembly of over 500 students. SAA students earned first place on Thursday night for a school spirit competition. This year's theme of the convention was, "Ubi concordia, ibi victoria," where there is unity there is victory. Agite Aquilae! (Go Eagles!)
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,
Learn more about the Science Olympiad Team win in this article:
KABOOM! Science & Arts Academy Takes 3rd Place at
Illinois Science Olympiad State Finals
The SAA Varsity Team earned medals in the following events: Bio-Process, Bridge, Can't Judge a Powder, Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Entomology, Fossils, Green Generation, Robo-Cross, Road Scholar, Solar System, and Wheeled Vehicle. The SAA Junior Varsity Team also earned medals in the following trial events: Game On and Invasive Species.