Exploring International Relations at Model UN

2021-11-29T08:48:38-06:00

Morgan Park Academy’s Model UN club took part in its first conference of the school year, with two dozen Upper School students joining hundreds of their peers from schools across Chicagoland at Saint Ignatius College Prep on Nov. 6, 2021. MPA students introduced motions, defended positions, and built coalitions while representing various countries in UN committees focused on issues including climate change and women's rights and while participating in simultations of organizations such as the College Board and the NFL Players Association. The team is comprised of seniors Elijah Davis, Chelsea Dunlap, Celia Echols, Ignatius Gathman, Faiz Hashmi, Christian Ikediobi, and [...]

Exploring International Relations at Model UN2021-11-29T08:48:38-06:00

Neolithic Expert’s Virtual Visit Brings Ancient History to Life

2021-11-29T08:46:33-06:00

Morgan Park Academy sixth-graders enjoyed a unique resource in their study of ancient history: a virtual lesson from and conversation with archaeologist and Neolithic Revolution expert Chris Kerns. Kerns told students on about his work in archaeology, especially the time he spent in Orkney, Scotland. He also shared why aliens could not have built Stonehenge. Kerns explained the likely ways that Neolithic people brought the stones to Stonehenge and theories about what the area might have been used for. He fielded their questions about his path to becoming an archaeologist, the coolest thing he’s ever found in his field work, and [...]

Neolithic Expert’s Virtual Visit Brings Ancient History to Life2021-11-29T08:46:33-06:00

Eighth-Graders Qualify for History Fair State Finals

2021-04-05T10:57:11-05:00

Morgan Park Academy’s annual eighth-grade history fair project produced not only a host of outstanding exhibits, but also six qualifiers for the state finals in Springfield. Kaylyn, Lauren, Oriah, Sophia, Walter, and Caitlin will represent MPA at the state level after being recognized by judges at the Chicago Metro History Fair regional competition. The six students joined classmates Teddy, Chase, Madison, and Anna at regionals after being selected as best in class by MPA faculty. Morgan Park Academy eighth-graders participate each year in this popular and challenging competition, researching and presenting a long-form research project. Over three months of work during [...]

Eighth-Graders Qualify for History Fair State Finals2021-04-05T10:57:11-05:00

Fifth Grade Explores Native American History & Culture

2021-02-25T12:26:07-06:00

Fifth-grade study of the history and culture of Native American tribes culminated with a research project analyzing the impact that the local environment had on various tribes living all over North America. After learning about the continent's diverse terrain, fifth-graders used models of clay and other materials to form their understanding of the geography of their assigned region. Working in teams, students chose a tribe to research — such as Blackfoot, Aztec, Apache, Seminole, and Crow — examining how they adapted to and modified elements in their unique environment and climate. Each team presented their findings to and took questions from [...]

Fifth Grade Explores Native American History & Culture2021-02-25T12:26:07-06:00

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

Eighth-Grader Advances to History Fair National Finals

2020-05-20T16:18:31-05:00

A trio of Morgan Park Academy eighth-graders earned recognition at the history fair state finals, including one student who advanced to the national competition. Braelyn Hall's exhibit on "The Power of Black Advertising" was one of nine individual projects in the junior division selected by Illinois judges to compete in the National History Day contest in June 2020. Michael Amberg and Kelsey Frazier also received recognition from judges for "superior" exhibits. They and Leona Bergin qualified to represent MPA on Illinois History Day after being chosen as standouts at the Chicago Metro History Fair regional competition. Morgan Park Academy eighth-graders participate [...]

Eighth-Grader Advances to History Fair National Finals2020-05-20T16:18:31-05:00

Eighth-Graders Qualify for History Fair State Finals

2020-05-06T15:22:09-05:00

Morgan Park Academy’s annual eighth-grade history fair project produced not only a host of outstanding exhibits, but also four qualifiers for the state finals in Springfield. Michael Amberg, Leona Bergin, Kelsey Frazier, and Braelyn Hall will represent MPA at the state level after being recognized by judges at the Chicago Metro History Fair regional competition. The quartet, along with classmate Trinity Bazile, advanced to regionals after being selected as best in class by MPA faculty and guest judges from the community. Morgan Park Academy eighth-graders participate each year in this popular and challenging competition, researching and presenting a long-form research project. [...]

Eighth-Graders Qualify for History Fair State Finals2020-05-06T15:22:09-05:00

Exploring New Orleans History, Culture & Service

2020-04-23T16:27:22-05:00

In addition to the annual Global Week experiences that are part of our student curriculum each March, MPA faculty also lead optional domestic and international trips for students each year. Students in grades 5-8 have the option of participating in annual February travel experiences with classmates and faculty around the Presidents Day holiday. These alternate in successive years between international, language-immersion trips and domestic trips focused on culture and service. Trips offered in February 2020 included an exploration of culture and history, service, and environmental sustainability in New Orleans for fifth- and sixth-graders. >> SEE MORE PHOTOS Students and faculty were [...]

Exploring New Orleans History, Culture & Service2020-04-23T16:27:22-05:00

Confronting History on a Civil Rights Tour

2020-07-15T12:06:04-05:00

A dozen Morgan Park Academy seventh- and eighth-grade students experienced a life-changing trip to the American South from Feb. 16-22, 2020, as they traveled with The Nation and filmmaker Andre Robert Lee to experience the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Traveling from Jackson, Mississippi, through the Mississippi Delta to Little Rock, Arkansas, and on to Memphis, Tennessee, students visited the sites and talked with some of the leaders of this important era of U.S. history. From there we went to Alabama — Birmingham, Selma, and ending our journey in Montgomery at the Lynching Museum and the [...]

Confronting History on a Civil Rights Tour2020-07-15T12:06:04-05:00

Egyptologist’s Virtual Visit Brings Ancient History to Life

2020-02-06T15:03:38-06:00

MPA sixth-graders enjoyed a unique resource this week in their study of ancient history: a video chat with Dr. Jen Thum, an archaeologist and Egyptologist at Harvard University. Thum told students about her museum work at Harvard and fielded their questions about her path to becoming an archaeologist, the "coolest thing" she's ever found in her field work, and what kind of job she'd have if she lived in ancient Egypt. "The kids had great questions and Dr. Jen has all the answers," said Colleen Amberg, who teaches sixth-grade history and English. The class met Thum through Skype a Scientist, an [...]

Egyptologist’s Virtual Visit Brings Ancient History to Life2020-02-06T15:03:38-06:00
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