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Your gifts to Annual Fund support the amazing curriculum offered at Elgin Academy. One example is the Project Based Learning (PBL) initiative led by our Middle School. Last year's PBL was the collaborative design, construction, planting, and harvesting of an on-campus garden by our students. The "fruits" of their labors were excellent, including the delicious tomatoes on the EA salad bar. Make a donation today.

Would you get up with the sun to challenge your brain and work with friends on puzzling math problems? Dozens of EA middle schoolers do each week as part of the Math Counts program. The sounds of the room are what you notice first...sounds of kids discussing the best way to tackle a problem or the soft sound of one student explaining their approach to another. You can also hear the voices of Melinda Taylor and Mariam Nasser as they answer the calls for help or solution checks. Sure, donuts add to the appeal of the program, but the kids really come because they love starting the day working out their math muscles. Go Mathletes!

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Members of the EA community gathered after school in the Faculty Memorial Garden on Thursday, October 14 for the installation of several memorial stones honoring former colleagues who have passed away since the previous dedication in 2012. The serene garden is just east of North Hall, tucked under a graceful stand of four maple trees. The idea of the garden was conceived in 2008 as a visible legacy to the remarkable individuals who so generously shared their knowledge and talents with the Academy community over the years and have since passed away. An informal campaign was launched to raise funds for a memorial and these funds were combined with other contributions that had been given to the school in memory of some of the honorees. In 2012, eleven stones were installed. Last Thursday, five more stones were placed to honor the following individuals:

  • Jo Ann Benight-Kindergarten and first grade teacher from 2000-2004.
  • David Fulmer-Upper School Social Studies and Psychology teacher from 1996-1998.
  • Tom Gazzola-Upper School Director from 1997-98.
  • Debbie Kuzyk-Preschool teacher from 1999-2015.
  • Jerry Zank-Upper School Director from 1977-1985.
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Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team on a great start to the 2016-2017 season! Their "Perfect 90" score at the first meet against U-46 schools reflects their hard work and preparation. Reading, learning authors and illustrators, attending and participating in practices, and teamwork paid off.

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Seth Hanford, Head of School, will be the featured speaker at "CEO Unplugged: A Personal Look at the Leader" on November 2nd at 11:30 a.m. at the Grand Victoria Casino. Mr. Hanford will discuss independent schools and their role in the educational landscape and the challenges schools face in preparing students for the future. CEO Unplugged is a popular monthly luncheon series sponsored by the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce, featuring local business, community, and school leaders.

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Welcome Wednesdays

Welcome Wednesday Campus Tours begin October 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Take a "Welcome Wednesday" tour of our campus to see teachers and students in action as they engage in active learning, and to meet with our Director of Admission. Click here to register in advance.

Admission Campus Preview Days

Admission Campus Preview Days are held throughout the year to provide interested students and their parents with an opportunity to learn more about Elgin Academy. You will be provided with a tour of campus, a formal overview of Elgin Academy, and the opportunity to speak informally with faculty, staff, current parents, and students. Check out our next Admission Event. Click here.

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