Radio/Podcasting Class Uses New Tech to Create Old-Fashioned Fun

2021-04-07T12:26:26-05:00

By Kyle Garmes The Beverly Review Morgan Park Academy (MPA) students are combining new-age technology with old-fashioned entertainment to provide senior citizens with smiles and laughter. As part of a radio/podcasting class, MPA students are teaming up with Make Grandma Smile, a Chicago therapy and technology organization, to create an old-fashioned radio show that will be sent to senior citizens around the city who are in assisted-living homes. Those seniors are also producing similar shows to be sent to MPA students. The final performances are scheduled to be completed by mid-April, and MPA sophomore Kaleb Bandele is looking forward to their [...]

Radio/Podcasting Class Uses New Tech to Create Old-Fashioned Fun2021-04-07T12:26:26-05:00

Hamlet Comes Alive in Virtual Shakespeare Slam

2021-02-25T12:25:42-06:00

With traditional theatre productions on hold, Morgan Park Academy thespians teamed up to participate in a virtual version of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's fourth annual Chicago Shakespeare Slam. Teams representing high schools from across the Chicago region collaborated to celebrate the power of Shakespeare and their own voices as the program went remote this year because of the ongoing impact of COVID‑19. Students’ efforts culminated in a collaborative, filmed production of Hamlet, streamed online in two shows on January 13-14, 2021. “I’m so proud of these students,” said Peggy Bergin, Morgan Park Academy’s Director of the Arts. “We haven’t been able to [...]

Hamlet Comes Alive in Virtual Shakespeare Slam2021-02-25T12:25:42-06:00

How Teenagers’ Lives Have Been Affected by COVID-19

2021-01-14T11:42:56-06:00

Our sophomore podcasters collaborated on an episode focused on their experience at school and at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a special interview with Head of School Mercedes Z. Sheppard about MPA protocols and decision-making. Great work by Arnav, Justin, Miles, Kennedy, and Alex on the writing, recording, editing, and production! Morgan Park Academy · How Teenagers' Lives Have Been Affected By Covid

How Teenagers’ Lives Have Been Affected by COVID-192021-01-14T11:42:56-06:00

Thespians Get Ready for Virtual Shakespeare Slam

2020-10-22T10:51:16-05:00

With traditional theatre productions on hold, Morgan Park Academy thespians are teaming up to participate in a virtual version of Chicago Shakespeare Theater's fourth annual Chicago Shakespeare Slam. Teams representing high schools from across the Chicago region will collaborate this fall to celebrate the power of Shakespeare and their own voices as the program goes remote this year because of the ongoing impact of COVID‑19. Students’ efforts will culminate in a collaborative, filmed production of Hamlet, to be shared in January. ABOUT THE EVENT In a world gone wrong, Hamlet wrestles with betrayal, alienation, and self-doubts. His brilliant journey is one [...]

Thespians Get Ready for Virtual Shakespeare Slam2020-10-22T10:51:16-05:00

Freshmen Dig Into Ancient Civilizations

2021-02-25T12:27:10-06:00

MPA freshmen have been busy in world history class this semester, working on campus and remotely on individual and group projects to dig into the rulers and civilizations of the ancient world. King of Kings In one project, students worked in teams to research, write, and argue the cases for Xerxes, Darius, and Cyrus, variously, as the greatest king of kings from Ancient Persia, the world's first empire. They researched the time period, accomplishments, ideologies, ruling style, and mistakes of their assigned king, using factual evidence, visuals, and persuasive argument to present the case for him and against the other two [...]

Freshmen Dig Into Ancient Civilizations2021-02-25T12:27:10-06:00

Snapshot: ‘Painting With Light’ in Sixth Grade

2020-10-14T10:45:16-05:00

Sixth-grade students explored Impressionistic “painting with light” in art class by creating a new take on Claude Monet’s 1872 painting Regatta at Argenteuil. Monet “preferred bright colors that showed scenes of everyday life,” Mrs. Egan explained. “He painted pictures with loose and sketchy strokes. "Our children used a process called a mono-print, which is a painting and a print. The sailboat was painted last above the horizon line and then gently folded in half to create the print or reflection on the water. They were thrilled with the process!” PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Snapshot: ‘Painting With Light’ in Sixth Grade2020-10-14T10:45:16-05:00

Humanities Teacher to Judge Children’s Film Festival

2020-10-11T13:36:17-05:00

MPA students and teachers have loved the Facets Chicago International Children's Film Festival for many years, so we're especially excited to have a representative on the jury this year! Emily Fitch, who teaches sixth-grade English and social studies, is among the educators, filmmakers, and Facets film camp graduates who will judge this year's 37th annual festival next month. Long regarded as one of the top children's film festivals globally, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) will present 20 feature films and 244 shorts from 52 countries for online viewing from Nov. 13-22, 2020. Fitch, who has taught at MPA since [...]

Humanities Teacher to Judge Children’s Film Festival2020-10-11T13:36:17-05:00

“Interviewing” Taylor Swift in Podcasting Class

2020-09-10T13:41:04-05:00

Upper School students in our radio and podcasting class tackled a project that called on them to host and edit together an "interview" with a famous person or fictional character — first finding audio of their subject they could use, smoothing out noise and other audio hiccups, and adding music or sound effects. Check out this excerpt from Niki's "interview with" Taylor Swift!   View this post on Instagram   Upper School students in our #radio and #podcasting class tackled a project that called on them to host and edit together an "interview" with a famous person or fictional character -- [...]

“Interviewing” Taylor Swift in Podcasting Class2020-09-10T13:41:04-05:00
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