Congratulations to Board Chair Keith Rauschenberger who has received an Image Award for Volunteerism from the City of Elgin. Keith has been active in numerous civic organizations, including the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Elgin Chamber of Commerce. Along with his wife Cindy (no stranger to volunteerism herself), he recently chaired the annual PADS fundraiser. Keith has also donated his time to his church and local political campaigns.
Much of Keith's volunteerism has been with Elgin Academy. Keith joined the Board of Trustees in 2004, and served as Treasurer and Finance Committee member for ten years prior to his appointment as Board Chair. As Board Chair, he is a member of all Board committees and works tirelessly to support the Academy. He has also been a volunteer teacher of economics in the Upper School.
One of Keith's most caring qualities is his desire to connect people to the resources that they need to be informed and educated individuals. Keith often shares articles that will help trustees and administrators make informed decisions and provide unique perspectives on education for the purpose of advancing the Academy. Likewise, he has in the past subscribed to magazines on behalf of the school to give faculty and students access to print articles by top economists, historians, and thought leaders.
Monday, June 12th, 2017 - Golf Club of Illinois
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Upper School students and faculty gathered in the gym at the end of the day on Tuesday, April 4th for a pep rally to officially kick-off the spring sports season. All spring athletes were recognized by team. An official signing ceremony was also held for baseball stand-out Ian Wilson who committed to play college ball.
With Varsity Baseball Coach Steve Shapiro looking on, Senior Ian Wilson signed a letter of intent to play college ball for Oglethorpe University in Georgia. Oglethorpe is an NCAA Division III school with a reputation for strong athletics and academics. As a junior, Ian had a .376 batting average and a .716 slugging percentage with three home runs and 30 RBIs, and he earned All State honors.
Elgin Academy Middle School students (5th - 8th grades) participate each year in a middle school Project Based Learning experience. This year our students are engaged in a project called Educate & Activate: Pulling Together to End Poverty. Students are met with the following question to resolve: "How can we make an impact in the fight against poverty by actively addressing one of its symptoms in the Elgin community?"
For the next several weeks, teams of students will educate themselves about the various factors that lead to local poverty. They will take on different roles in order to research the various community groups who address some of these issues, determine which community group they would like to help support, and decide how they can best achieve this goal. On Tuesday of this week, students listened to different guest speakers from Elgin community groups to gain some background knowledge of the good work done by members of the community to help those in situations which can lead to poverty.
You are invited to see the results of this project when teams present their work at the Solutions Symposium which will take place at Elgin Academy from 9:00 -10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25th.
Congratulations to 8th grader, Lucas Muffitt, and 7th grader, Tommy Guyett, on advancing as National Finalist Qualifiers to the National History Bee to be held June 1st - 4th in Atlanta, Georgia. The two middle school boys competed in the Chicago North Regional Finals at St. Francis High School in Wheaton on Saturday, March 25th.
The National History Bee National Championship is the final stage of the National History Bee competition. Each competitor will compete in four Preliminary Buzzer Rounds. Two rounds will feature questions that focus on the history of the United States while two will feature questions that focus on the history of the world. Each student will also take a written exam. Good luck, boys!