The MPA Library: What’s in it for me?


April is National School Library Month and, as your MPA librarian, I would like to welcome everyone to visit the library! Starting with the PK 4 class, Lower School classes come each week for library time. Students play games and do activities to practice information literacy skills which are coordinated with units being taught by their classroom teachers. For example, I have a great time gathering and sharing books and materials for Global Explorers Week in March when each class focuses on a particular country. In preparation for choosing and checking out books, library classes also include time for reading aloud [...]

The MPA Library: What’s in it for me?2018-07-20T10:51:42-05:00

We Lit Fires Which Continue To Burn


As I have mentioned before, the school with the most spirit is not necessarily the one with the loudest pep rallies, the most championship teams, or the most posters around the school at game time. Rather, the most spirited school is the one that has the largest percentage of students who feel like they belong. MPA is a place that promotes cooperation and support, where we feel pride and shared responsibility for helping each other be the best we can be. With that in mind, I’d like to talk more about what it is about MPA that is so special, and [...]

We Lit Fires Which Continue To Burn2018-07-20T10:51:57-05:00

Spring Play Brings Shakespeare to Life


Upper School students entertained a packed house at Baer Theater with our spring play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” on April 20-21. Shakespeare’s beloved comedy is a play that has something for everyone, where youthful folly, fairies, royals, and tricksters collide. Add in a misapplied love potion, mistaken identities, and a troupe of amateur characters performing a play-within-the play, and you have a recipe for comedic success. In the MPA adaptation, students performed in the traditional Shakespearean dialogue and in the original setting of 16th-century Athens, but the costume designer, junior Olivia Kowalsky, dressed the human characters in modern attire to emphasize [...]

Spring Play Brings Shakespeare to Life2018-08-21T11:35:03-05:00

College Fair Gives Underclassmen a Head Start on Admissions Process


As the Class of 2017 finalizes their plans for higher education next fall, MPA underclassmen got a head start on the college admissions process at our spring college fair, meeting on campus with representatives from dozens of top colleges and universities. Organized by college counselor Karen Horvath, the free April 19 event gave MPA freshmen, sophomores, and juniors the opportunity to receive individualized attention from the college representatives, learn more about schools they could potentially visit, and begin the process of narrowing down their list of options. Fifty colleges and universities were represented, including Emory University, University of Chicago, University of [...]

College Fair Gives Underclassmen a Head Start on Admissions Process2018-08-22T16:37:54-05:00

The Power of Playdough


Children love playdough! Parents hate it! It’s messy. The crumbs get ground up in the carpet and are impossible to get out. It sticks to socks, shoes, and anything that comes in contact with it. Inevitably it ends up on the floor. What a headache! And, the kids aren’t learning anything by playing with it. Right?  Or, are they? Actually, manipulating playdough fosters growth in many developmental areas. It provides opportunities for children to: Strengthen small finger muscles (necessary for fine motor skills such as holding a pencil and writing) through squishing, rolling, flattening, cutting, pinching, shaping, etc. Develop social and [...]

The Power of Playdough2019-02-22T23:27:09-06:00

Students Compete in WYSE State Competition


Three Upper School students competed in the WYSE State Competition on Tuesday, April 18. The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) is an International program headquartered at the University of Illinois, offering the annual Academic Challenge competition, a summer camps and other programs. The immediate goal is to attract a greater number of talented and diverse students to careers in engineering and the sciences. Congratulations to US students Daniel J., Katarina S., and Shengsong T. who competed in the areas of Math, English, & Physics respectively.  

Students Compete in WYSE State Competition2018-08-14T12:48:04-05:00

Middle School Student Wins Regional Entrepreneurship Competition


Middle School student Lauren R. is the winner of regional entrepreneurship competition Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) and was named a Saunders Scholars National Semi-Finalist Winner. As the regional winner, she will be flown to Rochester, NY next month to compete with students from all over the country to earn significant college scholarship awards. In conjunction with corporate sponsors such as Southwest Airlines, Young Entrepreneurs Academy is kicking off a national media campaign with the semi-finalists to promote this competition for America’s Top Young Entrepreneur.   At the regional competition, Lauren presented before a panel of investors and earned $1,000 in seed money [...]

Middle School Student Wins Regional Entrepreneurship Competition2018-08-14T12:44:50-05:00

Burd ’52 to Address Class of 2017, Receive Duchossois Award


Dr. Frank Burd '52 will deliver the commencement address and receive the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award at Morgan Park Academy's 144th graduation exercises on June 10, 2017. The longtime president of the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, Dr. Burd carries with him a lifetime of professional achievements and service to his community and alma mater that distinguishes him among his fellow alumni. "It will be an honor to have Dr. Burd address the Class of 2017 and the MPA community," Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard said. "His passion for global affairs and service sets a [...]

Burd ’52 to Address Class of 2017, Receive Duchossois Award2018-07-20T09:47:40-05:00

Sixth-Grader Wins State Balance Beam Title


Congratulations to sixth grader Brooke B. who is the 2017 Illinois State Balance Beam Champion in her division! Her high scores in four categories gave her the 2nd place All-Around gymnast title in her division as well! On March 24 – 26, Brooke competed against thirty four other talented gymnasts in the 2017 Illinois State Gymnastics Championships (Levels 6 & 7) in Grayslake, Illinois at the Lake County Fairgrounds. She placed 1st for Balance Beam with a score of 9.675, claiming the title as Champion in her division. Her other scores include 4th place in the Floor Exercise with a score [...]

Sixth-Grader Wins State Balance Beam Title2018-08-21T12:13:33-05:00

Global Week 2017


One key part of Morgan Park Academy's global curriculum is a school-wide Global Week each March. Upper School and Middle School students and teachers come together outside the classroom to share a broader range of learning experiences focused on language and culture, service, and sustainability. Lower School students explore the world's countries and cultures closer to home. This year's experiences included trips to Japan, Iceland, Greece and Italy, Germany, Silicon Valley, and Yellowstone National Park; and local explorations of 3D printing, filmmaking, and alternative sports. UPPER SCHOOL Japan This trip was designed for students eager to mingle with locals and see [...]

Global Week 20172018-08-24T10:37:29-05:00
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