Seventh and Eighth grade students showcased their efforts on their History Fair projects this past Tuesday. This year’s theme, as determined by National History Day organization, was Conflict and Compromise in History. Finished products included papers, trifolds, websites, documentaries and even a dramatic performance. Younger students as well as parents stopped by learn about the topics and support our student historians! Thank you to the many parents and community members who stopped by! Our seventh and eighth grade students did a great job sharing what they have learned, and it was a wonderful event.
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!
SAA was well represented yesterday at the Illinois Grade School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Festival (IGSMA). Eighteen of our gifted students contributed to bringing home a combined 20 medals. Please congratulate the students on their phenomenal efforts! An extra special shout out to Mrs. Weber for providing piano accompaniment for 12 of the acts. It was an incredibly rigorous day for her as many of the students took on difficult music that she spent countless hours practicing on her own time. Our participation was strongly noted as we rivaled many of our public school counterparts who have strong music programs, and we had 18 more entries than the next independent school.
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
All of our middle school Science Olympiad teams had strong finishes at the Rockford Christian Invitational this past Saturday. No overall rankings were given, but our varsity team won 16 medals, and between them just our JV teams collected 28 medals.
Notably all 3 teams won some gold medals, including the JV Green team on their first ever Invitational. There were many smiles among students, coaches, and proud parents!
We owe so much to our hard working and dedicated coaches, who have put in tons of extra time to prepare our young and eager JV teams.
In the December 20th edition of the Des Plaines Journal, an article appeared documenting our culminating activity for the third and fourth grade novel study of the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. The text of the article is copied below.
Our Science Olympiad Team had a great showing at the first invitational at British School South Loop. Many of our Varsity and JV team members earned medals in a variety of events. Overall, our Varsity team earned First Place and our JV team earned Second Place. They worked hard and are ready for more! Kaboom!!!