Civil Rights Tour Featured in New Documentary

2021-02-05T17:22:43-06:00

Five months after they visited the American South on a life-changing tour through civil rights history, Morgan Park Academy students are set to be featured in a documentary film about the experience produced by The Nation magazine. MPA seventh- and eighth-grade students and teachers toured from Jackson, Mississippi, to Atlanta, Georgia, last February under the guidance of André Robert Lee, a teacher, producer, and acclaimed documentary filmmaker with years of experience leading civil rights tours in the South. With global studies at the core of its curriculum, MPA partnered with The Nation because of their expertise in presenting this emotionally complex [...]

Civil Rights Tour Featured in New Documentary2021-02-05T17:22:43-06:00

Commencement 2020

2021-02-12T11:26:29-06:00

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! They went out in style at Commencement on July 25, with an inspiring commencement address from Bob Carpenter '73 and an emotional valedictory address by Celeste Kettaneh '20, while D. Stephen Menzies '73 accepted our highest alumni award, the Richard L. Duchossois '40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award. Meet the Class of 2020 Our graduating seniors had some very exciting options as they made their college decisions, with $4.7 million in scholarship offers and admission offers from top national universities and liberal arts schools including Northwestern University, Cornell University, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, [...]

Commencement 20202021-02-12T11:26:29-06:00

Civil Rights Tour Featured in New Documentary

2021-02-11T09:27:53-06:00

After visiting the American South on a life-changing tour through civil rights history, Morgan Park Academy students were featured in a documentary film about the experience produced by The Nation magazine. MPA seventh- and eighth-grade students and teachers toured from Jackson, Mississippi, to Atlanta, Georgia, in February 2020 under the guidance of André Robert Lee, a teacher, producer, and acclaimed documentary filmmaker with years of experience leading civil rights tours in the South.  With global studies at the core of its curriculum, MPA partnered with The Nation because of their expertise in presenting this emotionally complex material to middle school [...]

Civil Rights Tour Featured in New Documentary2021-02-11T09:27:53-06:00

Faculty Spotlight: Michelle Hicks

2021-02-12T11:29:07-06:00

Passionate about building strong classroom community and developing independent, lifelong learners, second-grade teacher Michelle Hicks earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Purdue University and a Master’s degree in urban education and leadership from National Louis University before joining the Morgan Park Academy faculty in 2019. Q&A Why do you choose to teach at MPA? Morgan Park Academy’s high standards of excellence uphold the well-being of students, families, and staff, which establishes an impactful educational partnership. Also, the objective to cultivate and nurture the whole child is ever present. Academics, creativity, social development, and global awareness are advanced in our [...]

Faculty Spotlight: Michelle Hicks2021-02-12T11:29:07-06:00

Faculty Spotlight: Emily Fitch

2021-02-12T13:03:48-06:00

A key leader in developing our global studies program for younger learners, Emily Fitch taught fifth grade for many years before shifting this year, her 15th at Morgan Park Academy, to teach sixth-grade English and social studies. Q&A What is the most important life lesson you want students to learn in your class? There are a few, but one important lesson I would like my students to learn is that perseverance will take you far in life. I want them to understand that we sometimes learn the most from a situation or task that is challenging. As a teacher, I see [...]

Faculty Spotlight: Emily Fitch2021-02-12T13:03:48-06:00

Arts at MPA: Merry Murderesses Light Up the Stage

2021-02-12T15:07:00-06:00

The highlight of another strong year for the Morgan Park Academy arts program came in March 2020 as Upper School students thrilled a packed house at Baer Theater with our spring musical, “Chicago: High School Edition." Directed by Wayne Wendell, the adaptation of Bob Fosse's Broadway classic featured bravura lead performances by seniors Hailey Brisard, Olga Mourgelas, and Alex Fleming as Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, and Billy Flynn, respectively; and standout supporting turns by senior Drew Hunt as Matron "Mama" Morton and freshman Alex Coe as Amos Hart. Hailey also was among 40 high school students statewide selected to perform in the all-state [...]

Arts at MPA: Merry Murderesses Light Up the Stage2021-02-12T15:07:00-06:00

Senior Outside Hitter Has Volleyball Ready to Defend Title

2020-07-16T18:05:03-05:00

By Tim O’Brien The Beverly Review Alexus Spann is a 5’4” senior outside hitter on the volleyball team at Morgan Park Academy. Last year as a junior, Spann was a key hitter for a Warriors squad that won a Class 1A regional title, the program’s first since 2016. She has been on the varsity since late in her freshman season. Spann is a South Holland resident and McKinley Junior High School graduate. Q&A What’s a big goal for your senior season? “I want to have a lot of fun my senior year. We want to do as well as we can [...]

Senior Outside Hitter Has Volleyball Ready to Defend Title2020-07-16T18:05:03-05:00

Rising Freshman Chosen for Summer Leadership Program

2020-07-16T18:05:19-05:00

Congratulations to Sydni on earning a spot in the Ambassador Leaders summer program! Sydni, a rising freshman, was nominated by Middle School math teacher Peggy Scolan for this honor because of her academic achievements and leadership skills. "Sydni is a hard-working student who puts in the time and effort to do her best in all endeavors," Mrs. Scolan said. "Even when she's moving out of her comfort zone, Sydni sets her eye on the goal and works to achieve it. Her compassion for others is evident and a better friend would be hard to find." Hosted on campuses of America's top [...]

Rising Freshman Chosen for Summer Leadership Program2020-07-16T18:05:19-05:00

Annual Report 2020

2021-02-23T14:24:05-06:00

Thank you to everyone in the Morgan Park Academy community who supported our Annual Giving Fund so generously last year. Like all independent schools, the Academy relies significantly on an annual fund to maintain the academic excellence, exceptional faculty and staff, beautiful campus, and diverse school community that have become hallmarks of the MPA tradition. Your donations totaled $336,000 during the 2019-2020 fiscal year, and last November, we began the 2021 philanthropic year in earnest with a virtual version of our annual fundraising gala. More than 200 families, faculty, alumni, and friends of MPA participated from home in a live online [...]

Annual Report 20202021-02-23T14:24:05-06:00
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