MPA is great, I believe, because its people are a community where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
MPA kicked off a three-part Parent Education Series on Nov. 11 with a talk about teen substance abuse by Rachel Ridge, a licensed clinical social worker and certified alcohol and drug counselor with Rosecrance Health Network. Rachel's informative presentation educated parents on drug trends and usage by today's teenagers. She offered many tips for talking with teenagers about drugs, and specifically marijuana, in an era of legalization. Rachel encouraged parents to open the conversation with their children and gave great advice on how to answer difficult questions. More information and resources from Rachel and the Rosecrance team are available here. Our speaker series, [...]
Whether your child is a voracious reader who gobbles up every book in the house or one who only reads when it is assigned for homework, helping your kids choose books can be tricky.
Upper School students attended a lecture Wednesday by Dr. Mateo Farzaneh, a professor of Islamic World and Middle Eastern History at Northeastern Illinois University, learning about the development and rise of the extremist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its role in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. This was Dr. Farzaneh's third talk at Morgan Park Academy; he previously visited campus for Upper School lectures on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Syrian civil war.
With fall parent-teacher conferences coming up for Morgan Park Academy on Friday, Nov. 14, I pulled together a few tips on how to make the discussion productive and enjoyable for both parents and teachers. 1. Conferences should be about more than grades. If a parent leaves a conference only with a list of numbers and nothing else, the discussion was a huge missed opportunity. 2. This is an opportunity for two-way communication, not merely a venue for teachers to give parents information on classroom performance. Teachers can learn a lot, too, when parents contribute details that might help their child’s [...]
From Lower School drawing club to Model UN (pictured above), Morgan Park Academy co-curricular activities are a great opportunity for students to become their best selves and develop their interest and passion for a subject. When it comes to co-curriculars, quality is key. Students and the causes they are working for will benefit more if they devote time to a select group of activities, rather than working halfheartedly on too many. Co-curricular activities should fit a student's academic interests; and above all, the activities should be something they enjoy doing! They should be used as tools for self-discovery, as they [...]
We were honored to be joined by a dozen military veterans — alumni, parents, family, faculty, and staff — for our annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 11. Ranging from World War II to the Iraq War, they included Col. Allen Andreasen '47, Mel Bacon '44, Bill Braker '44, Forest Carlson '61, Bill Counts '47, Frank Fonsino '59, Julian Gomez P'18, '22, '24, '27, Eric Gustafson '61, school nurse Rebecca McGovern, history teacher Travis Novack, Dick Phillips '43, and faculty spouse Tim Scolan. PHOTOS: VETERANS DAY 2014 "Taps" Patriot Pen Essay Col. Allen Andreasen '47 Junior Chorus: Thank You Soldiers Middle [...]