A total of 24 SAA middle school students (mostly 7th and 8th graders) attended the annual Math Contest at IMSA. There were a total of 23 schools who participated in this full day event. SAA was able to earn three recognitions. One student tied for 2nd place for 7th Grade Individuals. Another student was the only 7th grader from all 23 schools to answer problem 20 correctly on the 7th Grade Individual Contest. Lastly, a student earned an IMSA t-shirt for answering a problem in the Speed Round both correctly and first among the contestants from each school. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and represented SAA well!
Last week, SAA sent twelve 7th and 8th graders to the 2018 Illinois Junior Classical League State Convention in Itasca. Middle and high schools from all over Illinois gathered for 2 days to celebrate a love of Latin and the Classics. SAA won 3rd place in per capita sweepstakes, where they add up the number of points each student earned and divide by the number of delegates. SAA also won 3rd place in Novice Certamen. The contests include graphic arts, costume making, oratory and academic tests. It was a wonderful experience for everyone!
Thirty-two students from Science & Arts Academy participated in the math contest held this past Saturday at Latin School of Chicago. At least five of our students competed above their grade levels. There were 17 schools in attendance with a total of 84 teams. SAA was one of only five schools with a full set of eight teams. If anyone asks why we spend most every Friday doing math, any of these kiddos will tell you, because it's fun!
Highlights and results from the meet are as follows:
An SAA student received 3rd place for all 5th graders
An SAA student received 1st place for all 7th graders
Both 5th grade teams earned a team award
The League of Logarithms earned 4th place
The Pi Cats earned 3rd place
The Pi^Face earned 1st place
This weekend 28 students from our middle school participated in a 5th-8th grade Math Meet at The Latin School of Chicago. While SAA was well represented and showed both grace and strength, we had a few awards to share with all of you.
One of our two fifth grade teams "The Human Calculators" of Wren, Sasha, Michael and Joshua earned a team award - fourth place!
Our only seventh grade team (made of two seventh graders and two sixth graders - "7x6=ALUE" (translated - 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything) of Nitya, Emily, Daniel and Will earned a team award - fifth place!
Two of these team members also earned individual awards - Joshua -third place and Will - first place!
Within one class period, middle school students experienced performances by two elective groups: SAA Chorus and Dance. The chorus performed “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent. The dance elective, which was taught by an 8th grader, performed five songs, one of which the students choreographed themselves. Then, teachers who are holding an upcoming elective class gave short “commercials” about their offerings.
This semester’s offerings include:
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.
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.
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!
Thanks to all who came out to cheer on our Eagles at their first meet held at Friendship Junior High in Des Plaines! What a great start to the season! We are happy to report that our 6th grade boys and our 8th grade girls both came in 2nd for the meet. Impressively, our 8th grade boys came in 1st! In addition, our own Elia came in 1st place for her division! Way to go, SAA!
SEL in Action
Kindness...compassion...teamwork: that's what our Cross Country team members displayed at the first meet this week! At the end of the meet, everyone was packing up and parents from other teams were beginning to head to their cars. Our coaches had gathered the team to talk together and end with a team cheer. Some of the kids asked if the team could wait a minute...there was something they wanted to do. They had noticed that a girl from a different team was still running and struggling to finish. No one else seemed to even notice that there was still someone on the course. Our team ran over and ran alongside her...cheering her along all the way to the finish line! What a great group of kids!
It is with great pleasure to report that SAA returns from the Chicago Metro History Fair with a place at the National History Fair! We had a tremendous showing at the state tournament yesterday in Springfield!
Only the top two projects in each category go to Nationals. Sophie's documentary was awarded top two in the state. She and I will travel to University of Maryland in College Park to compete in a few weeks mid June. Her project was one of 36 projects chosen out of 2000.
I am also happy to share that two projects took a technical "3rd" in state - Ellie's paper and Izzy and Emily's documentary. They are the alternates for nationals - if one of the two top projects can't go they will be invited to compete!
Maya and Tyler's documentary received a 98% superior rating- because Dan Seavey was a pirate of the Great Lakes and not specifically only Illinois they could only showcase their project at the state level.
Jenna and Juliana's project got a 95% superior rating. I was told their balloon frame housing missed nationals by two points. I am still waiting for Matthew and Jeromey's final scores - they also received a superior rating for their website.
Competition was absolutely fierce. I was so impressed by the scholarship and dedication seen amongst our students AND students statewide. I was happy seeing so many people love and breathe History.
I am beyond grateful for such wonderful students and colleagues - special shout out to the parents who also made yesterday smooth and such fun. Thank you to everyone who helped with History Fair - giving up your class time, helping judge - bringing your classes to the fair - it is appreciated so much.
- Ms. Siegel