SAA and the Committee For The Arts launched a new annual gallery night titled Perspective. Gallery Night took place on the evening of Thursday, April 26th. It featured group projects created by upper and lower school as well as works selected from submissions and classwork throughout the school year. Attendees were able to interact with art and even had a wonderful photo op designed by first through fifth grade students. Students each created a feather but had no idea that the final installation would create wings! To add to the experience, Mrs. Weber coordinated student musicians for an extra layer of artistic expression. We look forward to celebrating this new SAA tradition next year!
The Science Olympiad Varsity Team and JV trial event team members put forth their best effort during the State competition on Saturday at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The season started in the Fall of 2017 with two evolving JV teams and a blossoming Varsity Team. And here we are today celebrating an amazing feat...Second Place in State and onward to NATIONALS at Colorado State University!!!
Congratulations to all! And thank you to our parents and coaches for their dedication and commitment throughout the SO season! A huge THANK YOU to COLLEEN STORIZ, who spearheaded Science Olympiad at SAA and developed the strong team we have today!
Here we come Fort Collins!
Today was Shakespeare Fest, an SAA tradition. Students were encouraged to come wearing and most did wear period dress. The gym became transformed into Westminster Market Place and the entire school enjoyed an opening ceremony with a special appearance from Queen Elizabeth, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare! Plus, a falconer brought his falcon and shared information about the past time. The morning was full of storytelling and visiting various shops and demonstrations students had researched and put together. The afternoon kicked off with an all-school parade and continued with seventh and eighth grade Shakespearean performances.
This past weekend, the Science Olympiad team had a great showing at the Harper College Regional. Throughout the season all team members diligently worked and put forth amazing effort to show all they learned at the regional competition. The Varsity and JV teams earned top medals in several events. In their final competition of the season, both JV teams earned an overall placement in the top 3 of the junior varsity division. Our Varsity team earned 1st place overall, gaining a bid to the state competition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in April! Congrats to all! 3-2-1...Kaboom!!
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.