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!)
The 1st and 2nd grade students are embarking on an exciting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) unit. Learning the skills and concepts of good character education often requires direct instruction. Their SEL unit, CHARACTER QUEST is an excellent opportunity for the 1st and 2nd grade students to focus on appropriate values and behaviors in an imaginative and challenging simulation. The students will take a fun-filled simulated bus journey through an imaginary country called Goodland. As the students travel the Character Causeway, they make stops at Trustworthy Town, Respectville, Responsibility City, Carington, and Citizenship Junction. They learn the essentials of good character and are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in varied and thought-provoking activities.
After the wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at SAA, the 5th grade students talked about "greatness" and what it takes to be truly great. During advisory, they talked about the characteristics that make someone a great person, recognizing that each and every one of us has the potential for greatness by living a life of kindness, compassion and integrity. They discussed the following quotes in relation to "greatness":
The gym was alive with beautiful music on Tuesday and Thursday evening. Guided by our talented music teachers and aided by our faculty and staff, our students delighted audiences with song and instrumentation. Thank you for being part of this special SAA tradition.
Jr. High Math Competition at Regina Dominican High School
Last Saturday, December 5th, two 8th grade students participated in the Seventh and Eighth Grade Mathematics Contest at Regina Dominican High School, located in Willmette. They both received a first place ribbon for scoring the highest in the Team Competition portion of the event. Way to go, girls!
Support Eagles Basketball on the Road this Season!
In a thrilling game this week, the Girls Basketball team was edged out by Willows Academy, 22 - 17. What an effort ladies! Over the next month, the Boys teams will be competing on the road, and they'd love a strong fan section. The next game is this Tuesday, December 15th at St. Andrews Lutheran Church and School located at 260 N Northwest Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068. The 5th/6th boys tip off at 5:00pm and the 7th/8th boys follow at 6:00pm. Let's pack the St. Andrews gym with an SAA crowd!
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,
The SAA Certamen Team came in 3rd place at Tuesday night's final competition. It was a close and tough competition, as we were just one question away from tying for second place. A special congratulations to Zoe for receiving the MVP award by answering more questions than any other middle schooler in the region! Congrats to all!
Forty-eight students from SAA participated in this Year's National Latin Exam, with 30 students earning awards. Students were joined by over 153,000 others from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries.