By Science & Arts Academy
SAA students and faculty were treated on Friday to a special visit from Shane Larson, research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University, and the Associate Director of CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics). Professor Larson’s research interests are primarily in gravitational wave astrophysics and data analysis, but he is also interested in various aspects of cosmology, binary star evolution, gravitational dynamics in exoplanetary systems, and Earth’s climate. Shane works works in gravitational wave astronomy with both the ground-based LIGO project, and the future space-based detector LISA. Learn more about Shane at http://sciencejedi.com
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!
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.
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.
We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone that participated and helped out with the 25th Anniversary Homecoming Picnic. We were pleased to welcome over 600 guests to this special event. Please click here to read the program and view the list of our amazing sponsors and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support!
Special thanks to FSA Picnic Co-Chairs Jennifer Ilko and Amy Wang for all of their efforts supporting this milestone event. Also a big thank you to all of the student, parent, business partner, staff, alumni and alumni parent volunteers that provided such a welcoming atmosphere and helped the event run smoothly.
Special guests included Susan Bartz Herrick, the daughter of SAA’s founder, the late Helene Bartz; State Senator Laura Murphy; Park Ridge Mayor Marty Maloney; and Marisa Marton from the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce, who joined SAA personnel in cutting the ribbon to officially kick off and commemorate the 25th anniversary celebration. Please click here to view a video containing remarks from the specials guests, as well as other highlights from the event.
Other special guests included Fire Chief Alan Wax and four vehicles from Fire Station 61, and Officer Meyer from the Des Plaines Police Department.
The Message & Memories Board at the picnic had some wonderful notes, one of which is shared below:
The SAA performing groups presented a lunchtime concert at Golf Mill Mall in Niles on Tuesday, May 3. Thirty-six students involved in our Concert Ensemble, Advanced Ensemble and Choir performed. They shared 12 separate musical numbers that included Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancing” and selections from Glee. The audience contained parents of our students as well as many passers-by. The students had a blast!
In honor of Earth Day, and in conjunction with their air pollution project, SAA's Junior Division Community Problem Solvers have teamed up with the Neighborhood Forest organization, and will be distributing 245 crabapple seedlings today! We encourage each SAA family to make a difference this Earth Day by planting their tree for the future generations to enjoy. Click to watch a video about the Neighborhood Forest organization. We'd love to have a photo of your family planting their tree! Please e-mail photos to Dr. Gueguen. Happy Planting!
The Junior Division CmPS team, Project SMOG (Students Making Outdoors Greener), held a bake sale to raise money in order to buy these seedlings for every SAA family. They raised close to $500, and they couldn't have done it without the generous support from donors and contributors. Thank you for your support in making this meaningful project possible!
A big thank you to the 16 members of our SAA community who bravely cut their hair or shaved their heads to help those living with cancer. Science & Arts Academy raised over $1300 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation and sent 75 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. SAA would also like to send a sincere thank you to the stylists from Teddie Kossof for generously donating their time and talent to help with the event. This is the fourth time that stylists from Teddie Kossof have assisted with Cut for a Cause and we appreciate their dedication to service for others! Please consider visiting them for a future haircut. For 30% off your visit, stop by the front office for a coupon!
Science Olympiad Results
It was a great learning experience for all students involved in this past weekend's Science Olympiad invitational! There were 60 amazing teams competing at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio including the top teams in nation. Congrats to the SAA Varsity Team for placing 15th overall! Kaboom!
ExploraVision Science Expo
SAA science students in grades 3-6 will be sharing their ExploraVision projects in the gym next Monday, February 13th. Student teams will be presenting their work to fellow students during their science classes and lunch periods. Our Elementary Science Olympiad students will be showing and testing their "Junkyard Cars" at this same event. Families are welcome to visit the ExploraVision Expo and Science Showcase after school on February 13th until 5:00pm.
Upcoming Author Visit
On Wednesday, February 15th, author Jessica Garrett is visiting SAA and will be speaking to grades 3-6. Oh, Ick!: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! is the book she'll be introducing. The title alone should be enough to spark everyone's interest! We have one copy in the library for you to peruse if you'd like to preview the book. If you've ever had any questions about gross things, this is the book for you! It features projects that cover topics like worms, ooze, and ear hair!
National Geographic Bee
SAA's annual Geo Bee was a great success as the entire school community came together to watch this exciting event! Students cheered on participants as they answered some difficult questions, and the audience was impressed with how much the participants knew! We congratulate all Geo Bee participants as well as our school winner, Luke! He will take a test to qualify for the state competition. Good luck, Luke!
Kumbaya Chess Tournament
Congrats to SAA for an outstanding performance at the 98th Kumbaya Chess Tournament. We're very excited to report that Abhay, Ethan, and Celina worked together to win first place in U700. Individually, Celina took 4th place. Way to go, SAA!