The Enduring Importance of the Pause


I am a former history major who has taught history for the past 14 years, so it should come as no surprise that I see value in reflection. Studying history is just that: reflecting on the people of the past, looking at the choices they made, the outcomes, and comparing them to our own choices so that we can better understand ourselves as we make meaning of our own lives. But just as not everyone sees the value in history, not everyone sees the importance of reflection. In our fast-paced world, where so much emphasis is placed on ideas like “progress” [...]

The Enduring Importance of the Pause2018-12-05T14:50:39-06:00

Robotics Team Captures 2nd Place


Competing in their first meet of the season, Upper School students on the Morgan Park Academy robotics team placed second out of 14 teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge’s Chicago South League on Nov. 17, 2018. Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to coding, programming, and engineering in an environment where students work collaboratively to solve a yearly robotics challenge. This year, the 30th season of FIRST, each team was challenged to build a planetary rover that would move around a 12-by-12-foot floor and compete against other schools’ robots to collect “minerals” on an alien planet. Nicknamed “Mama,” the MPA robot [...]

Robotics Team Captures 2nd Place2019-09-18T13:26:05-05:00

6 Seniors Selected as State Scholars


Morgan Park Academy seniors Halle Berghoff, Angela Cabrera, Bryan Coronado, Zara Hashmi, Ireland Lawrence, and Maya Lopez have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement, named 2019-2020 State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. About 10 percent of Illinois high school seniors are selected each year as State Scholars based on exemplary ACT or SAT scores and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. This year, 35 percent of MPA seniors who live in Illinois were selected. (International students are not eligible.) In the past eight years, MPA has had 63 State Scholars.

6 Seniors Selected as State Scholars2019-12-22T14:18:49-06:00

Veterans Day 2018 // Honoring Those Who Serve


Thank you to the military veterans who joined us for our annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 12. We were glad to be joined by MPA alumni, family, and friends John Bell, Dr. George Bryar, Jim Burns, Frank Fonsino '59, Kevin Harris, Henry Lang '55, Asa Patterson, Ivan Rayner, John Reinert, Tim Scolan, Anthony Sutton, and Joseph Vidinich. VIDEO // MIDDLE SCHOOL CHORUS

Veterans Day 2018 // Honoring Those Who Serve2018-12-05T14:51:24-06:00

Supporting Our School at the Annual Fund Gala


More than 200 parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends gathered on Nov. 10, 2018 to celebrate and support Morgan Park Academy at the Annual Fund Gala, raising $200,000 for student programs, faculty professional development, financial assistance, and facilities improvements. From the Moulin Rouge theme to the music of DJ Steve "Silk" Hurley, it was a fantastic evening. Thank you to everyone who made our biggest event of the year so special, including the Gala committee, our tremendous sponsors, and all the supporters who help us secure the future of MPA! >> DONATE TO THE ANNUAL FUND Please contact Nikita Stange at [...]

Supporting Our School at the Annual Fund Gala2019-10-07T15:05:13-05:00

Meeting Individual Needs in Lower School Math


To better meet the individual needs of all students, our math program includes flexible grouping in grades 3-5. The goals in our math instruction remain focused on maintaining consistently high expectations for all students, and meeting and/or enriching the grade-level expectations. Yet we find that providing differentiation through flex grouping allows teachers to better target the learning needs of all students. Teachers can differentiate content, process, and product according to students’ readiness, interest, and learning profile through a range of instructional and management strategies. Benefits of flexible grouping include: Each child receives the appropriate challenge, support, and preparation for success, both [...]

Meeting Individual Needs in Lower School Math2018-12-05T14:52:09-06:00

Upper School Exams – Fall 2018


Upper School semester examinations are scheduled for Monday, December 17 through Wednesday, December 19, 2018, according to the schedule below. Regular classes for Upper School students will not be held during the three days of examinations. Students will not need to wear their uniforms on exam days. They may wear casual wear or House/Spirit clothing. We ask that all students and parents familiarize themselves with the semester examination schedule and with all of the information included below. Please note that all students are expected to complete their semester examinations before the semester break and family vacations should be taken after examination [...]

Upper School Exams – Fall 20182018-12-05T14:52:22-06:00

Why You Should Stay Home Sick


With cold and flu season in full swing, it is often tempting to medicate your child and send them to school, or to take some medicine yourself and go to work. “It’s just a little cold” or “they only vomited once,” we think as we hurry on with our day. How many times have we told ourselves “my coworkers need me” or “I can’t afford to take a day off” when we feel awful and are obviously not well? Parents often think that pushing a child who is not feeling well to attend school is teaching them resilience, or that going [...]

Why You Should Stay Home Sick2018-12-05T14:52:45-06:00
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