How does critical thinking advance through the reading of poetry? How do these two seemingly different skills depend on one another? Simply put: the act of reading poetry develops critical thinking and reading skills in all students, no matter their reading competency. Reading poetry is difficult. Students who are fast and competent readers often struggle with reading poetry. Why? What is it about poetry that stumps students? And why should reading poetry matter? Poetry demands attention--a hyper-focus, an understanding of punctuation, an ear for the rhythm of words, and a willingness to take time while reading it. This kind of reading [...]
Today, six of our female Upper School students attended the Science Careers in Search of Women at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL. At the 30th annual conference, Argonne Education, in conjunction with Women in Science and Technology, offer female high school students an extraordinary opportunity to explore the world of STEM research at Science Careers in Search of Women. The conference provides participants with the unique opportunity to explore their desired profession or area of interest through interaction with Argonne’s world-class women scientists and engineers.
Congratulations to Middle School student Daren R. who placed 1st in 4 categories in his age group in the IL Swimming Competition held in Pleasant Prairie, WI this past weekend! Daren swims with his team, the Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club. Daren began swimming when he was seven years old and it is now a daily activity; over the summer break, he practices twice a day. His practice has paid off, evident in his recent state results. He said that he is “happy with what he has accomplished.” Daren stated that now that this competition has passed, he will be focusing on Long [...]
Morgan Park Academy was pleased to once again host our friends and neighbors March 10 for the Ward's annual breakfast for student leaders from local middle schools. The chosen eighth-graders, including MPA students Kennedy Coats, Charles Hendon, Elizabeth Patel, and Rachel Sheppard, were the honored guests of Ald. Matt O'Shea, Illinois Sen. Bill Cunningham, and Illinois Rep. Fran Hurley. After breakfast, the students worked in groups to debate several bills currently in the state legislature and presented their positions to family, friends, and teachers in attendance. Click here to see more pictures from the event.
Congratulations to the 5th grade basketball team for placing 2nd in the Mount Greenwood League Playoff Tournament! They made it all the way to the championships this past weekend after a great regular season and magical run through the playoffs. A big thanks to Coach McCoy and Coach Lay who did a fantastic job with these student athletes!
I do my homework on the train on my way to practice. I study during breaks at dance. I try to do schoolwork on the weekend so I can get to sleep before midnight on school nights. We don’t get home until after 8pm because it’s a long drive from my violin lesson. Above are comments I hear from students of all ages in Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Hearing these comments make me sad, and I feel the weight of their exhaustion from their over-packed schedules. Extracurricular activities compounded with lack of sleep is causing our students to be stressed [...]
Dozens of Upper School students came together under the direction of seniors Celeste Phengpumipanit and Ashley Wilson for our annual Dance for Life benefit show on March 3-4, 2017. The event raised over $3,000 for Dance for Life, a charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS care, education, and prevention, as well as other life-threatening diseases, while promoting the art of dance in Chicago. Phengpumipanit stated that the show was “such an enriching experience. Bringing a group of people from all backgrounds and grades together to fight for a good cause was so fulfilling." Knowing that [...]
MPA seventh- and eighth-graders got a chance to practice their Spanish and French language skills and explore language and culture, community service, and environmental sustainability on trips to Costa Rica and Quebec last month. COSTA RICA SEE ALL PHOTOS Highlights of seven days in San Jose, Costa Rica, included: visiting the Maleku, an indigenous people of Costa Rica; volunteering to help clean and paint a local public school; seeing artifacts from pre-Colombian civilizations at the San Jose national museum; visiting a nature reserve to see waterfalls and flora and fauna including native butterflies, hummingbirds, and snakes; learning about sustainable farming, grassroots [...]
March is Women's History Month and to honor the vital role of women in American history, students held an assembly, titled “100 years of Women.” Students performed skits, songs, interpretive dance, poems, and spoken word. The performances addressed the topics of women’s suffrage, the arts (dance, music, and written word), and politics. Women’s History Month became a national celebration in 1981 when Congress requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” For pictures [...]
One hundred parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends came together on Feb. 25, 2017, to support MPA at the event of the season, an intimate dinner created by critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur, and television personality Graham Elliot and hosted by "Windy City Live" co-host Val Warner. Thank you to all the parents who helped bring this amazing event to life! The sold-out event helped raise money for student programs, faculty professional development, financial assistance, and facilities improvements. Graham, a celebrated chef seen recently as a judge on the 14th season of Bravo's Top Chef, prepared a five-course tasting menu accompanied by [...]