Meet the Class of 2019 — Elijah


Elijah Morehouse College Major: Law (with a minor in Film) Hometown: Beverly In his own words: "I've got a lot of favorite memories from MPA. Some of the best are: playing battleship in Jones Bowl with the entire class in Lower School; Coach O’s Friday Free Days in gym class, where we would sing Queen's "We Will Rock You" before playing dodgeball; getting in trouble all the time with my Middle School squad (as Mrs. Kurut is well aware); writing amazing stories and speeches in second grade with my favorite teacher, Mrs. Keelan; learning to start being more mature as well [...]

Meet the Class of 2019 — Elijah2019-12-15T23:07:51-06:00

Senior Breakfast 2019


The Class of 2019 kicked off graduation season at the annual Senior Breakfast on May 24, celebrating with family, friends, and teachers. We handed out the "We'll Never Forget You" Award and the inaugural Drown Family Citizenship and Character Award, recognized "lifer" students who've been at Morgan Park Academy since our youngest grades, and heard from two great senior speakers. We also were pleased to welcome technology entrepreneur and Air Force Col. Gregory Coleman '91 to address the graduates and receive this year's Young Alumni Award. SEE MORE PHOTOS VIDEOS

Senior Breakfast 20192019-05-30T13:18:33-05:00

Fifth Grade Tackles Inquiry-Based Research Projects


As a culminating project for their time in Lower School, MPA fifth-grade students completed an inquiry-based research project into a topic of their choosing, presenting to faculty and parents on May 21-22, 2019. Exploring subjects from the Negro Leagues to ASMR to Irish stepdancing, our fifth-graders did fantastic work! "The project begins with the learner," fifth-grade teacher Emily Fitch said. "Inquiry-based learning asks students what they know and what they want to learn more about, and students learn best when they are motivated and invested in their learning." Starting after spring break, MPA students selected topics for in-depth exploration [...]

Fifth Grade Tackles Inquiry-Based Research Projects2019-05-30T11:16:42-05:00

Meet the Class of 2019 — Ximena


Ximena University of Michigan Evans Scholarship Recipient — Full Tuition and Housing Major: Biology Hometown: East Side >> MEET THE CLASS OF 2019 In her own words: “My favorite MPA memories are the many firsts I experienced throughout my four years here. I attended my first wedding, helping Mr. Sowinski decorate the venue and celebrate his special day. Project Week allowed me to travel for the first time outside of Chicago. I was able to travel to California my sophomore year and South Korea my senior year, where I found myself immersed in a different culture and creating unforgettable moments with my [...]

Meet the Class of 2019 — Ximena2019-12-15T23:11:35-06:00

To Infinity and Beyond


By Emmanuel Sarpong ’19 When I was finishing up my eighth-grade year and looking at high schools, my mom asked me about a school called Morgan Park Academy. Even though I lived close to the school and had passed it many times, I never knew it was a high school. I was a bit nervous about going to a school I never heard of. I applied, got in, and it was probably one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. In four years at MPA, I have been a part of many different groups in my time here, [...]

To Infinity and Beyond2019-05-29T18:00:42-05:00

Meet the Class of 2019 — Halle


Halle Illinois Wesleyan University Major: Acting Hometown: Beverly >> MEET THE CLASS OF 2019 In her own words: “It's hard to pick a favorite memory from my time at MPA because there are just so many. From exploring South Korea with my closest friends to the comedy of the set falling apart halfway through our performance of ‘Little Women,’ these past four years have been filled to the brim with amazing memories. Through MPA I was able to discover my passion for theatre and connect with some of the most friendly, genuine, and intelligent people you could ever meet. It has been [...]

Meet the Class of 2019 — Halle2019-05-02T21:06:04-05:00

Meet the Class of 2019 — Will


Will University of Washington Hometown: Shanghai, China >> MEET THE CLASS OF 2019 In his own words: "One of my best memories at MPA is getting to know lots of friends. Being able to have Project Week also strengthens our friendships." From his teachers: “I have been so honored to teach Will the past two years. He never fails to bring a smile to myself and his classmates, no matter what the topic. Will's integrity, motivation, and intelligence never fails to shine through in any work he does. He usually says more with his actions than with his words. “Will reminds me [...]

Meet the Class of 2019 — Will2019-05-02T21:02:48-05:00

Giving Back on Spring Service Day


Morgan Park Academy’s longstanding commitment to service was on full display on May 17, 2019, during our all-school Service Day for the spring semester, involving students and teachers from Pre-K to 12th grade. Upper School Students in grades 9-12 left campus to volunteer with a variety of community organizations, including Feed My Starving Children, Greater Chicago Food Depository, The Courage Program, Park Lawn Services, Smith Village, and Burr Oak Elementary. >> SEE MORE PHOTOS: SPRING SERVICE DAY Middle School Students in grades 6-8 spearheaded and participated in a K-8 walkathon to benefit Almost Home, which provides assistance to the poor, the [...]

Giving Back on Spring Service Day2019-05-23T15:46:13-05:00

Service Living in the Lower School


Known as “the MPA Way,” the maxim “Be kind and do your best” has been a way of life in the Lower School for decades. So many aspects of our curriculum emphasize how each of us is special and can make a positive difference in the world. Lower School teachers try to instill a philanthropic spirit in the Academy’s youngest learners. Students quickly see how easy it is to spread kindness and begin living for others. So much so that service learning becomes service living. In conjunction with our all-school service day on May 17, teachers from preschool through fifth grade [...]

Service Living in the Lower School2019-05-23T14:58:57-05:00
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