There is an old Chinese saying: reading ten thousand books is not as good as traveling ten thousand miles. This is also the Chinese saying that the First Lady Mrs. Obama used when she visited Beijing University in 2014 to encourage the youth in China to go beyond their borders to experience different languages, cultures and societies. I would like to make a little change to this idiom and make it a goal for our MPA Warriors – read ten thousand books and travel ten thousand miles. Reading and traveling are two major channels for the youth to better understand the [...]
The influence and integration of social media in our lives is undeniable. It is reflected in the places we shop, the websites we visit, the items we purchase, and the ways we connect to relatives, friends, and new acquaintances--and our schools. But, the question that many educators are asking is this: how can we effectively integrate or utilize social media in our classrooms and in our academic lives? As many of you know, before coming to MPA, I taught college academic writing and history at a variety of colleges and universities. One of my ‘go to,’ and I might add, successful, [...]
The most useful ISACS Conference Workshop I have attended in the time I have been at the Academy was titled “Mirrors & Doors: Learning, Sharing & Comparing Our Stories”, presented by two members of the Orchard School in Indianapolis, IN. I use the ideas presented by the facilitators in numerous curriculum activities in my science classes in addition to sharing stories with colleagues and parents. Specifically, the conference challenged us to think: “By sharing our stories we see ourselves in others. How well do we know the people that we work with? How well do we know ourselves? How can we [...]
Artsonia is the World's Largest Student Art Museum. Yet it's so much more than that! It's a free, safe, educational program for students and families, as well as a comprehensive resource for art educators. MPA's dedicated and diligent art teachers have worked hard to upload some of our students' art work! To peruse their wonderful art, click here!
Norman Rockwell would have loved MPA. Way ahead of his time, in the 1950’s, he viewed himself as a citizen of the world. He would have appreciated our diversity, our global perspective, and our acceptance of one another. As Americana as Rockwell was, he was also a man who understood the interconnectedness of the world he was part of, the need for global understanding, and a man who, through his talent, cleverly forced his fellow citizens to come to terms with the injustice, discrimination, and bigotry in the society of which they were a part. His painting “Golden Rule” (pictured right) [...]
All military veterans in the MPA community are cordially invited to join us on Veterans Day for an all-school event. Our students will run the assembly and would be honored to have veterans in attendance. Afterwards, a luncheon will be provided for veterans and their guests. Please RSVP to David Honor via email or call (773) 881-6700, ext. 229. To see pictures from the event, click here!
10/14/2016 Diwali, or "festival of lights", spiritually symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Diversity Council, a club that strives to cultivate a culturally progressive and socially reflective organization that represents, supports, and celebrates diversity at all levels, will be hosting the assembly. Diversity Council is looking forward to sharing their hard work with the MPA community. Grades 1-12 will be in attendance. The Council will also serve food during Lower, Middle, and Upper school lunches. To see pictures from the event, click here!
The first talk in the series features Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson on parenting during the adolescent years. These years can both be wonderful and turbulent, navigating the many transitions and changes during this time in a child’s life. Bringing humor, natural born storytelling skills, and infectious energy, Dr. Nelson-Johnson honors the sacred role adults play during the adolescent years. To learn more, please see the website here.
Plenty of songs discuss the weather. Stormy Weather, Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain, Hurricane, and mixing similes, Rock You Like a Hurricane. But what song was I thinking about on October 5th? No Rain. This wasn’t just some meteorological curiosity to plan my wardrobe; this forecast was central to our school’s Service Day October 6th. A week of checking the weather and the forecast the night before concluded that it was only a 20% chance of rain. Naturally then, it rained the whole day. We had twelve different locations that the Middle and Upper school students were to attend, see, [...]
School spirit is an important part of any school culture; but what exactly is school spirit? I think the meaning is different for everyone, but with the beginning of every year, we as a school hope to get students, faculty, staff, and parents excited about being a part of the MPA community. Every new academic year begins with Convocation and continues with our spirit week in preparation for the ultimate show of school spirit - the pep rally. After the rally, Homecoming activities help to incite enthusiasm and get the school year off to a great start. Convocation is such a [...]