This school year, we expanded Morgan Park Academy’s World Languages offerings to include Mandarin as a full-year program beginning at the Middle School level. Students and parents now have the opportunity choose Mandarin as a full-time language of study in Middle School and continue to study the language in Upper School. It’s a chance for students to learn one of the most spoken languages in the world. I love that Mandarin is now a part of the full-year offerings. Giving students more choice in the languages and cultures they want to experience is one of the missions of the World Languages [...]
“Pura Vida” is a common expression I often heard the people of Costa Rica say to one another during one of my visits to this beautiful country. I asked several Costa Rican people what “Pura Vida” meant and what I surmised from many responses and my own experiences I will disclose at the end of this blog. The MPA trip to Costa Rica provides a good balance to learn about the language, cultural, ecological, and environmental systems of this peaceful country. Some experiences that students will have include having Spanish lessons taught by native instructors in traditional Costa Rican structures that [...]
Leadership is an important quality in all walks of life. Cultivating students into leaders is critical to the Academy’s mission and whole child philosophy. Morgan Park Academy engages the whole child, inspires the independent learner, and prepares the global leader of tomorrow to make a positive difference in the world. Student leaders learn about accepting successes, and equally important, learn from failure. There are many opportunities to lead at Morgan Park Academy, including: student council, house leaders (Upper, Middle, and Lower School students who lead our four House System and plan cooperative teambuilding activities), and line leaders (students who rotate various [...]
Join the fun and expand your horizon with MPA's Summer Camps. Campers choose from a variety of offerings to create an experience that is specific to their talents and interests. Academic, enrichment, new technology, fine and performing arts, recreation, and sports are just a few of the programs offered this year. Click here to learn more and here to register! If you register before March 15th, you will receive a discount! Just enter code 2016. In addition to the above camps, MPA announces that there will also be a Junior Golf Camp! The camp will run for one week (June 27, 2016 to July 1, 2016). The [...]
Calling all bakers! We are very much looking forward to celebrating another pi(e) day on campus. If you would like to contribute, please fill out and return the form by clicking here. And please read the letter to parents here with pie details for each class! Please note that extra credit will be given to Middle and Upper school students for bringing in a pie. And of course, additional donations of pies are always appreciated. We are looking for parent volunteers. If you can lend a hand, please click here to sign up!
Upper School service council students and Service Council Coordinator, Mr. Smith, volunteered at WTTW Monday night, helping to raise over $5,000 for the station! The students reported that it was a fantastic experience and all really enjoyed their time.
Congratulations to the MathCounts team! They placed in the top 50% of teams competing this past weekend! The students who competed are DeAngelo F., Lucy M., Kenneth M., Elizabeth P., and Avery S. The MathCounts Competition Series is the only competition program of its kind, with live, in-person events in all 50 states, as well as U.S. territories and schools worldwide. The Competition Series is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math who need to be challenged. Students engage in exciting, "bee-style" contests in which they compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. We are so proud of our [...]
This year, 8th, 9th, and 10th grade students will be taking the ACT Aspire which assesses student readiness in English, math, reading, science, and writing. This assessment is specifically geared toward college and career readiness. The test can also help to predict ACT exam outcomes. We will divide testing into two days. Students will test in the morning on Wednesday, April 6th and Thursday, April 7th. For more information, please visit the Aspire section of ACT’s website by clicking here.
If you would like to participate, you must fill out a form! The deadline to submit is Sunday, March 13th. Acts should last about three minutes. We will post and email a list of all the selected acts at the end of March. In lieu of auditions, there will be two rehearsal times during lunch periods: Rehearsal Session 1: March 14, 15, & 16 Rehearsal Session 2: March 28, 29, & 30 Click here to access and submit the form!
The team placed 2nd out of 7 teams in the 1500 division, meaning MPA (130+ high school students) placed 2nd out of schools whose high school enrollment is up to 1500 students. And a nod to these students who placed: Hiba K. - 1st in Chemistry; Augustine L. - 3rd in Chemistry; Grace L. - 3rd in Math; and Adam W. - 2nd in Physics. The WYSE competition is run by the University of Illinois and stands for Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering. Students compete in the following categories: Engineering Graphics, Computer Science, Math, English, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.