The Awesome Power of New Experiences


I recently read an article about the importance of experiencing awe in your life and how that affects us and improves our lives. I was so happy to hear that the impact of genuine wonder at the world around us is validated by science. Psychologists interviewed for the article defined awe as “the emotion we feel in response to something vast that defies our existing frame of reference in one area or another, and leads us to change our perception of that frame of reference.” Awe changes us by making us realize that we are a part of something bigger. There [...]

The Awesome Power of New Experiences2021-02-15T16:50:54-06:00

Middle School Tackles Design Thinking Challenge


Middle School students participated in a recent problem-solving design challenge and student symposium at the Chicago History Museum, creating prototype designs to confront global issues facing their generation. After learning about design thinking as part of their Global Issues Club, eighth-graders Olivia Fitch, Justin Harris, Rianna Kingra, Saanvi Malkani, Michaela Olimene, Ori Ortiz, and Mauricio Pellon; seventh-grader Samara Harris; and sixth-grader Chris Tompkins earned a spot in the citywide symposium with prototypes focused on ocean pollution and school design for the 21st century. Inspired by the museum’s exhibition "Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America," the design thinking challenge encouraged students to [...]

Middle School Tackles Design Thinking Challenge2019-03-14T18:40:13-05:00

Keeping Kids Safe Online


The question of monitoring what their children see online is always a frequent one for families. Online content can include awful images or adult movie trailers that pop up amid the cute stuff, prompting nightmares or raising eyebrows. What can you do? You can set parental controls — or sit next your child to monitor every viewing experience — but broadly, it’s important to know what your kids are watching. Platforms such as YouTube, Fortnite, Roblox are all open season, with little warning about what children will see. For more traditional TV shows, movies, and video games, Common Sense Media is [...]

Keeping Kids Safe Online2021-01-22T11:37:52-06:00

Academic Challenge Team Wins Big at Regionals


Morgan Park Academy’s Academic Challenge team began its postseason push with top scores across all math and science categories in regional competition at the University of St. Francis on Feb. 8, 2019. Competing in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, math, and physics, MPA not only succeeded in Division 300 against schools its own size, but measured up against high schools with 10 times more students. Teaming up to advance to March sectionals were seniors Murphy Chen, Bryan Coronado, Ethan Deng, Tony Tang, Will Wei, and William Zhang; junior Celeste Kettaneh; sophomores Brycen Worsham and Oscar Zhang; and freshmen Tom Gu [...]

Academic Challenge Team Wins Big at Regionals2019-04-25T19:24:56-05:00

Each Kindness, Doubled


As the cold and dreary days of winter march on, Lower School students can become a bit restless. Despite teachers’ best efforts to plan engaging lessons, build community with Responsive Classroom and morning meetings, or incorporate GoNoodle more to offset indoor recess, a type of cabin fever sets in. Teasing may become personal, a sarcastic comment may become hurtful; what was intended as a joke may feel like a punch in the gut. While our teachers integrate social-emotional learning throughout our curriculum, we often see our students need a boost in kindness in mid-winter — our own MPA version of “Vitamin [...]

Each Kindness, Doubled2019-03-07T16:31:15-06:00

Dance for Life 2019


Morgan Park Academy students performed their annual charity dance show, Dance for Life, on March 1-2, 2019, raising nearly $3,000 to support dance professionals facing critical health issues. Chicago Dancers United, which launched Dance for Life in 1991, is an organization that supports organizations and dance professionals facing critical health issues. As a catalyst for a unified artistic community in Chicago, Dance for Life uses dance to support a stronger and healthier community focused on health and well-being. In conjunction with this group, Morgan Park Academy students organize, coordinate, choreograph, produce, and promote their own show to support this cause. This [...]

Dance for Life 20192019-03-07T12:10:57-06:00

Senior Guard Named to All-Conference First Team


Senior point guard Elijah Moss went out strong, capping his MPA basketball career with high honors as one of five ISL players named to the all-conference first team. Moss averaged 20.1 points per game this season on 48 percent shooting, including 37 percent on 3-pointers. He led the Warriors to the IHSA Class 1A regional semifinals after taking them, in tandem with 2018 ISL Player of the Year Brent McKnight, to the regional final last season.

Senior Guard Named to All-Conference First Team2019-03-15T09:59:54-05:00
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