All K-8 chess players are invited to participate. There will be four divisions: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, & 6-8. The event will have team and individual awards. This is a great event for first-time tournament players! The cost is $20 if registered by Jan. 29th and $30 after Jan. 30th or on-site. The registration fee includes food and drink. Pizza will also be available for non-participants and viewers for $5. To register, click here.
As many of you know, our preschool at MPA has many new faces this year. Not only have we welcomed so many wonderful new families, but we have two new teachers and two new assistants working with our youngest learners. The Early Learning Center is home to our 4-year-old class taught by Ms. Betsey and Ms. Sarah. At the end of the hall in Barker, our 3-year-group is led by Ms. Bridget and Ms. Megan. Both of these classrooms are the place to go if I need to smile, to laugh, or need hugs! Preschoolers are so full of wonder and [...]
Inevitably, when it comes to reading Shakespeare, the question is always this: Ms. Burgess, why are we reading Shakespeare, and why are you making us read it in his language? My answer varies, but the prevailing theme in my answer is that it is okay for something to be hard. It is okay that students struggle sometimes. Learning to work through something that is unfamiliar and difficult teaches important skills and reinforces valuable lessons in commitment and perseverance. While the language is unfamiliar and awkward for students, it reinforces the purpose of the play -- to perform for an audience without [...]
You’re Invited Saturday, February 27th 6 p.m. in Alumni Hall Cost: $35 per person or $50 per couple Attire: Casual - Wear your Warriors gears! Food and drinks are included! - Casino Tables - Wine Tasting - Premium Scotch with Coach Drahozal - DJ and Dance Floor RSVP or become a sponsor online: www.morganparkacademy.org/warriors The MPA Athletics Booster Club and the MPA Parents Association are joining together to organize a wonderful event to raise funds for the Warriors. Coaches will be dealers at the Texas Hold ‘Em, Blackjack and Roulette tables. There will be a wine tasting bar and DJ. (Note [...]
MPA was 1 of 173 schools to attend the Illinois High School Theatre Festival! The events began with an Opening Production starring Broadway stars Tyce Green and Wilson Jermaine Heredia. MPA students took part in various workshops including: an audition master class with Mr. Green and Mr. Heredia, an improvisation workshop, meeting with the production staff of next year's All-State production of Sweeney Todd, and getting to see this year's All-State production of Rent. Senior Will Callihan said, "the festival proved that high-school students have so much potential and are capable of producing great work." What a wonderful opportunity for our students!
On January 14th, 20 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of MPA donated 8 inches of their hair to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. This organization partners with the American Cancer society to provide wigs – free of charge – to women in cancer treatment. This extraordinary and selfless donation prompted others in the audience to register to donate their hair as well, making a total of 23 donations! To see pictures of the event, click here.
Last week's all-service day was once again a success and it's always so rewarding to see our students give so graciously to others. Lower Schoolers constructed a "giving tree", where students drew, wrote, or brought in pictures of them helping someone else. In Middle School, activities ranged from students making wreaths out of toys for Advocate Children’s Hospital, to preparing a webinar on cultural tolerance, to assembling care packages for victims of domestic violence. In the Upper School, students volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Anti-Cruelty Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, at Arts of Life, and with Feed My [...]
When I began my MFA program at Illinois State University, I was required to take a course in Curriculum and Instruction, though I had already been teaching college for five years. While I took a great deal away from that class, one offhand remark made by the instructor has particularly stuck with me: “On the day they drop them off, parents are trusting that we will take care of their babies.” At the time, it seemed an odd remark to make to a group of students preparing to teach college, but it has helped me to pause and reflect on many [...]
Most linguists argue that languages should not be prescriptive, but descriptive. They simply mean almost all languages are spoken, but not necessarily written. In other words, spoken language precedes written language. For example, a baby learns how to speak a language, then he/she may learn how to write it a few years later. Therefore, rules that guide syntax and word structures in a language are the result of the way that language is already spoken in a natural way. That is also one of the reasons most linguists prefer to focus first on spoken language, then later on its written forms [...]