Seniors Selected as State Scholars


Congratulations to Annika and DeAngelo, our latest State Scholars! The two MPA seniors have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which honors Illinois high school seniors* each year based on exemplary ACT or SAT scores and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. MPA has had 65 State Scholars in the past nine years! *Students whose primary residence is outside Illinois (e.g., Indiana residents and international students) are not eligible.

Seniors Selected as State Scholars2019-10-24T14:08:31-05:00

Girls Tennis Qualifies 2 for State Singles Tournament


Look who's going to state! MPA sophomores Ayanna King and Brooke Anderson both qualified for the Class 1A girls tennis state tournament with standout performances at IHSA sectionals on Oct. 18, 2019, finishing third and fourth, respectively, in singles play. Ayanna, who also reached state last year, compiled a 9-5 record as the Warriors’ No. 1 singles player this season; Brooke was 14-2 at No. 2 singles. They placed fifth and third in their respective draws at the ISL conference tournament. They will play at the state tournament Oct. 24-25 in Buffalo Grove. MPA’s veteran-laden squad also had two doubles teams [...]

Girls Tennis Qualifies 2 for State Singles Tournament2019-10-23T10:14:08-05:00

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 cleaned up campus, decorated for a festival, and worked with students of all ages. Middle School Students in grades 6-8 began the day with an extended morning advisory period in which they discussed the value of service to our [...]

Giving Back on Fall Service Day2019-10-17T16:39:40-05:00

Senior Places 10th at Golf Regionals


MPA senior Brandon Chan capped his high school golf career with a 10th-place finish at IHSA regionals, barely missing out on a sectional berth after a sudden-death playoff that had the whole tournament on its feet at Maple Meadows Golf Course. Brandon also had placed fifth at the ISL tournament, giving MPA an all-conference golfer for the fifth time in seven years. Go Warriors!

Senior Places 10th at Golf Regionals2019-10-09T14:04:04-05:00

Working With Children Who Have Experienced Trauma


As part of our whole-child focus on social-emotional learning, Morgan Park Academy faculty devoted most of our Oct. 7 professional development day to a workshop about working with students who have experienced trauma. In addition to the Responsive Classroom framework and mindfulness exercises that we use, we were glad to welcome a pair of local therapists to help us ensure that teachers have tools and strategies to best serve the students. One striking statistic we learned from Bonn Wade, LCSW, and Jamin Wright, MS.Ed., LCPC, is that one out of every four school-age children has experienced a traumatic event that can [...]

Working With Children Who Have Experienced Trauma2019-10-08T14:03:36-05:00

Social Conflict


When I think about my own middle school experience, the thing I most remember is a sense of discomfort. Many of the girls who had been my friends since early childhood suddenly identified me as “not cool,” and I struggled with navigating my social experience. I recall loving classes, and particularly loving orchestra and chorus, but I also remember how terrifying it felt to potentially make the wrong choice of lunch table, and the possible outcomes of such a choice. There were people who were not nice to me, and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how [...]

Social Conflict2019-10-23T16:12:11-05:00

Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences


With parent-teacher conferences approaching for the fall semester, here are some tips to help parents use the time effectively. Use the conference time wisely. You only have a short amount of time to speak with your child’s teacher/s, so make it count! Be sure to keep the conversation to your child’s progress and recommendations for having a successful school year. If you have questions or concerns that the teacher may have to look into, try em ailing the teacher in advance, so he/she has time to prepare; otherwise, the teacher might be caught off-guard with a question to which he/she may [...]

Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences2019-11-20T14:56:19-06:00
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