SAA's Shakespeare Festival was a day filled with entertainment, education, and adventure. The day began with an Opening Ceremony that included Queen Elizabeth and her ladies in waiting, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and the very humorous Court Jesters. Students listened to a performance by the SAA Madrigal Singers and Mr. Dane Thomas, accompanied by Martin, an 8th grade student. Students also watched a fencing demonstration and learned about Falconry from a professional falconer. Following the ceremony, students wandered through Westminster Market Place and met experts in various fields (5th grade Social Studies students), including an archer, an apothecary, and many, many more. The 6th grade LA students' feature film, based on Julius Cesaer, played continuously in the market place where students wrote insults, created sonnets, visited scientists, saw an oracle, played court games, ate baked goods, and were formally knighted (7th and 8th grade LA students). Walmer Castle (library) was filled with story telling and crafts, and the Globe Theatre (Black Box) featured Shakespearean scenes and monologues (Drama students), more madrigal singing (SAA Chorus), and several musical performances (5th-8th grade music students). A school-wide parade, led by Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare, and Marlowe traveled around the school. In the afternoon, 7th and 8th grade LA students assumed the roles of historical figures from the Elizabethan Era and performed their original skits in both the Enchanted Forest from A Midsummer Night's Dream (created by 7th grade LA/Latin students) and the Queen's Antechamber (created by 7th grade LA students). From Junior Kindergarten to 8th grade, the SAA community came together and collaborated on and enjoyed a wonderful, fun-filled day! Special thanks to all families who baked and donated goods! Huzzah!
SAA had a strong showing at last Saturday's 89th Kumbaya Chess Tournament.
This February, we had 36 students participate in the AMC 10 - a national math contest designed for high school sophomores in Geometry. It was wonderful to see so many students participate and have interest in a high school level test. Also in February, we had 27 students participate in the AMC 12 - another high school math contest designed for students in Pre-Calculus. Students in Algebra II or Pre-Calculus only were invited to participate at SAA this year. A special note of congratulations to one particular student for qualifying for the AIME - a national math exam only students who score above a specific score the AMC 10 or 12 are invited to take. The students who do best on the AIME then are invited to participate in the USAMO - and head off to an international math olympiad meet. Great job!
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!