Middle School advisory groups have been working hard on creating culture of kindness projects. In a past middle school assembly, the students listened to the story Making Sarah Cry that is about a girl that was bullied and were tasked with finding ways to spread an anti-bullying and overall kindness message across the school.
At today's morning middle school assembly, advisories started sharing their projects, which took the form of skits, artwork, poems, and more! Another assembly is scheduled for next week for more advisories to share their work.
Wednesday, 20 of our middle school students participated in the 25th annual IMSA Junior High Math Contest at IMSA. The students had a great day and felt good about their experience. Eight students participated as eighth graders, eight students participated as 7th graders and four students participated as seventh and eighth grade alternates. The seventh and eighth grade team members took an individual test, a team test (in teams of four) and then they worked on a set of creative thinking problems in pairs. The alternates took part in the individual and team tests, but not the creative thinking pairs.
After an entire morning of math tests, students enjoyed lunch, a campus tour and then a speed round of math problems. At the end of the day was the award ceremony, with SAA walking away with two of the hardest awards to earn: third place for Creative Thinking Pairs and SAA as a school received third place for Creative Thinking Problem Solving.
We competed agains 23 other schools, many of whom are at other math meets we participate in and do well. SAA students represented our school well, helping clean up in spaces where we took tests, being respectful and supporting one another.
This morning our ins-π-ring team of math teachers met for a surprise party to celebrate the upcoming Pi Day of the Century, which takes place on Saturday, 3-14-15 at 9:26 and 53 seconds (both AM and PM), since Pi is approximately 3.141592653...
On Saturday, March 7th, the SAA Science Olympiad Team successfully defended their first place title at the Neuqua Valley High School Science Olympiad Regional Competition. This first place finish earned them a bid to the Science Olympiad State Competition, which takes place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, April 18th. The Neuqua Valley Regional was such a great experience," shared 7th grader Isabella. "It was so exciting to receive first place, and I really believe that we are on a great trajectory for State!"
Twenty-eight fifth through eighth grade students from Science & Arts Academy competed against students from eleven other schools in twenty-three events, ranging from Green Generation to Air Trajectory. Events included both study events as well as student-build events, such as Bottle Rockets, Gliders, and Wheeled Vehicles. The SAA Varsity team placed first in thirteen of the twenty-three events, and placed second in seven events. The SAA Junior Varsity team placed either first or second in every event offered. "We are extremely proud of our team's effort all season. We could not accomplish this level of success without our parents, coaches, and students," said Coach Barbara Goldstein.
In science class, students took on roles as citizens and county zoning commission members to decide whether some land being sold can be rezoned from forestry and agricultural to residential use. Town members gave speeches to support their views and council members asked questions and voted. Afterward, the class discussed what the likely impact will be on the community.
We can't wait to welcome authors and Broadway performers Andrew Keenan Bolger and Kate Wetherhead to SAA on Thursday, March 12th for grades 3-8! Don't forget that if you'd like to pre-order a copy of Jack and Loisa so that you can get it signed during the author visit, your order form must be submitted by this Thursday.
Mrs. Manley's Magnificent Mystery Prize has certainly piqued the curiosity of SAA students! During Into the Blue, one lucky winner will get to take home whatever the box contains! Will it be you? RSVP for this event and buy raffle tickets now on the ITB online portal.
5th and 6th graders went on a field trip yesterday to Robert Crown Center for Health Education, where they learned about growth and development, and were equipped with skills to positively impact the health of their mind and body.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to the many talented students and parents who helped build and paint the sets for Seussical the Musical, Jr. throughout the past few weeks. The 4th, 5th, and 6th graders will make your favorite Dr. Seuss characters come to life in Seussical the Musical, Jr. and the timing couldn't be better with the celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday this week. Please be sure to mark your calendar for one of the upcoming performances. Shows are scheduled for Friday, March 6th at 7:00pm and Saturday, March 7th at 4:00pm.
A great time was had by all at the SAA Ice Skating Party this weekend! The Family & School Association organizes this yearly event for families and classmates to mix and mingle outside of school.