Believe it or not, our tiny school ranked 18th overall!!
We were honored and proud to be part of the Science Olympiad National Competition which had been held this past weekend in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Our varsity and trial event teams competed fiercely against the very best teams in the nation. Parents and coaches were impressed with how well our students represented SAA. Overall, there are nearly 4,000 middle school teams who participate in Science Olympiad throughout the year across the nation.
Believe it or not, our tiny school ranked 18th overall!!
Our 7th and 8th grade students did wonderfully at the Illinois History Day this past week! From our school’s History Fair, 3 group documentaries, 1 group exhibit, and 2 individual exhibits advanced to the state level. All of our submitted projects received superior ribbons - indicating a score of 98 or above. After making the run-offs in their respective categories, all scored in the top 5 of 100 projects in each category.
Two of our teams, one with a group exhibit and another with a group documentary, received 3rd place. Both of these teams are now alternate projects for the national competition.
One of our group documentaries entitled “The Women of the Haymarket Riot” won an award along with a cash prize from the Illinois Labor Historical Society. The president of the society had attended the presentation given by the students. Afterwards, a copy of the documentary was requested to be included in their historical archives.
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!
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
This weekend 28 students from our middle school participated in a 5th-8th grade Math Meet at The Latin School of Chicago. While SAA was well represented and showed both grace and strength, we had a few awards to share with all of you.
One of our two fifth grade teams "The Human Calculators" of Wren, Sasha, Michael and Joshua earned a team award - fourth place!
Our only seventh grade team (made of two seventh graders and two sixth graders - "7x6=ALUE" (translated - 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything) of Nitya, Emily, Daniel and Will earned a team award - fifth place!
Two of these team members also earned individual awards - Joshua -third place and Will - first place!
Within one class period, middle school students experienced performances by two elective groups: SAA Chorus and Dance. The chorus performed “Seasons of Love” from the musical Rent. The dance elective, which was taught by an 8th grader, performed five songs, one of which the students choreographed themselves. Then, teachers who are holding an upcoming elective class gave short “commercials” about their offerings.
This semester’s offerings include:
A few weeks ago, forty 3rd-8th grade students from SAA participated in the Fall 2017 Noetic Learning Math Contest. SAA had seven 3rd and 4th graders who competed amongst 4,143 students at their grade level nationally. Among those seven students, Richie was not only the SAA team winner, but also earned a National Honorable Mention score. On the 3rd-4th grade team, Sela, Austin and Kaitlyn earned a National Honorable Mention score.
On our 6th grade team of ten students, Will earned a National Honor Roll score of 100%. He was one of only ten students from a pool national total of 2,543 6th grade students who participated in this meet and earned a perfect score. Congratulations to Will! Other 5th and 6th graders on the SAA 6th grade team who earned a National Honorable Mention Score include Jaden, Michael, and Linnea.
SAA was pleased to have twenty-three 7th and 8th grade students participate among a national total of 915 eighth grade students. 7th grader Julia was the SAA 8th grade team winner. Along with Julia, Thomas, Elizabeth, Ryan, Dashiell, Mary Catherine, Hadrian, Elia, Zeph, Elena and Gabe all earned National Honorable Mention scores.
Thank you to all 40 of the SAA students who participated. They will have a second meet in April for the Spring 2017 Noetic Learning Math Contest.
Our very own SAA Chorus comprised of 5th-8th graders will be singing the National Anthem at the Northwestern vs. DePaul game at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston on Saturday, December 3rd. Group tickets are available.