Fall Sports Awards 2018


MPA honored the best of the fall sports season with an awards banquet for Upper and Middle School teams on Oct. 30, 2018. Angela Cabrera, Brandon Chan, Samaria Harris, Zara Hashmi, Dillon Leonard, and Eli Moss were recognized as top players for Upper School golf, boys soccer, girls tennis, and girls volleyball. Ava Barker, Isabella Cabello, Annika Echols, Ayanna King, Maya Lopez, Carter Middleton, Alexus Spann, Mia Wallace, Bradley White, and Julie Zigman also received individual awards at the varsity and junior varsity level. Andrew Cabrera, Riley Cleveland, Anna Sheppard, and Aiden Vujevic were recognized for Middle School achievements. 2018 Upper [...]

Fall Sports Awards 20182019-02-22T12:58:19-06:00

Keeping Education Physical


Our students are part of an amazing community here at MPA. Educating the whole child is a busy but fulfilling job. In my discipline of physical education, educating the physical child takes on lots of looks. We try to instill the idea of “educating the body” so that they know what physical education actually means. Being lifelong learners, how can they keep the “physical” in their education? Or, how can they keep the “p” in P.E. when they’re away from school? Here are some ideas: PLAY – Encourage your kids to go out and play. Keep them safe and keep them [...]

Keeping Education Physical2018-12-05T14:53:35-06:00

10 Reasons to Get Involved


Why should Morgan Park Academy students get involved in athletics, clubs, arts, and other school activities? A big reason that families choose to send their children to MPA is a small-school environment that provides the opportunity to try many different activities. Often that club or sports team or musical production will be an activity to bring you lifelong friends or help guide you to your chosen profession. Here are my Top 10 reasons why all MPA students should get involved outside the classroom: 10. Use your time in Middle and Upper School to find something you might be passionate about. Your [...]

10 Reasons to Get Involved2018-12-05T14:53:52-06:00

Mastering Mandarin


This school year, we expanded Morgan Park Academy’s World Languages offerings to include Mandarin as a full-year program beginning at the Middle School level. Students and parents now have the opportunity choose Mandarin as a full-time language of study in Middle School and continue to study the language in Upper School. It’s a chance for students to learn one of the most spoken languages in the world. I love that Mandarin is now a part of the full-year offerings. Giving students more choice in the languages and cultures they want to experience is one of the missions of the World Languages [...]

Mastering Mandarin2019-02-22T14:00:00-06:00

Giving Back on Fall Service Day


Morgan Park Academy’s longstanding commitment to service was on full display during our all-school Service Day for the fall semester, involving students and teachers from Pre-K to 12th grade. Upper School Students in grades 9-12 left campus to volunteer with our longtime friends in Calumet Public School District 132. Working at Burr Oak Academy, Burr Oak Elementary, and Calumet Middle School, they painted a mural, cleaned up campus, decorated for a festival, and worked with students of all ages. >> SEE MORE PHOTOS: FALL SERVICE DAY 2018 Middle School Students in grades 6-8 began the day with an extended morning advisory [...]

Giving Back on Fall Service Day2018-12-05T14:55:09-06:00

Winter Volleyball (Grades 3-8)


Practices for the 2018-2019 season of winter girls volleyball start the week of Nov. 12. Each team will practice once a week; practice days will rotate. League games will start the first week of December: 3rd and 4th grades will play on Mondays (opener Dec. 3) — REGISTER NOW 5th and 6th grades will play on Wednesdays (opener Dec. 5) — REGISTER NOW 7th and 8th grades will play on Thursdays (opener Dec. 6) — REGISTER NOW The season will run until March 14. On league game nights, the first game will begin at 5:45 p.m. The size of the league will determine how [...]

Winter Volleyball (Grades 3-8)2018-10-22T14:22:49-05:00

Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Vaughn ’01


Catching up with Brandon Vaughn ’01 ... Q&A What are you up to now? I am a Principal at Robins Kaplan LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is a national law firm with more than 220 lawyers with offices in Minneapolis, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Naples, Florida. >> READ MORE: BRANDON VAUGHN '01 RECOGNIZED AS 'UP AND COMING' ATTORNEY I represent individuals and families of individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries or died as a result of someone’s wrongdoing. I primarily represent individuals who have been harmed as a result of healthcare providers' medical errors, defective products, or [...]

Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Vaughn ’012019-01-26T23:53:28-06:00

Tennis Trio Qualifies for State Tournament


It was a banner weekend for the MPA varsity girls tennis team, as freshman Ayanna King and the senior duo of Angela Cabrera and Zara Hashmi combined to finish second at IHSA sectionals Oct. 12-13, qualifying for the Class 1A state tournament. Ayanna placed third in singles, while Angela and Zara teamed to finish fourth in doubles. They will play at states Oct. 18-20 in Buffalo Grove. This continues a long run of success for MPA girls tennis. Since 2000 the varsity program has sent players to the state tournament in 14 of 19 seasons, including Jerricka Boone, who won the state [...]

Tennis Trio Qualifies for State Tournament2019-12-22T14:18:40-06:00

Lower School Lunch: Method to the Madness


The scene in the MPA dining hall each day is a hive of activity, but there’s method to the madness that you might not notice. In particular, during the Lower School lunch period, students and teachers sit in an arrangement designed to foster community and youth leadership opportunities. At Lower School lunch, students from first through fifth grade eat together at large, family-style tables with mixed groups from various grades — eight students per table. Younger students are paired with older buddies, sometimes the same students who also visit them as “reading buddies” in the classroom. Over the years, we've found that [...]

Lower School Lunch: Method to the Madness2019-01-26T22:33:25-06:00

Do My Child’s Struggles Warrant an Evaluation?


Wondering if your child should be evaluated for a social or learning difference? Educators are not trained to diagnose students with disabilities, but our experience being around children every day means that we often can recognize those who might need a deeper look into their social skills, attention, or processing abilities. Teachers indicate these signs in report cards or will take extra time to send notes home showcasing your child's behavior. While pediatricians might also see signs, they cannot accurately diagnose for attention or other cognitive disabilities because they can't spend days with your child to perform psychological testing. For that, [...]

Do My Child’s Struggles Warrant an Evaluation?2019-02-23T12:13:01-06:00
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