taking learning personally

The intent of this blog is to provide a format for various members of the Elgin Academy community to showcase our unique learning environment. We hope you enjoy these stories.


What Kind of Soup? Stone Soup!
Lynn Martin

Stone Soup is an old folk story in which three hungry soldiers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys. The story exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing and generosity.  It is an Elgin Academy tradition that every spring second graders perform a one-act musical play based on the story before an audience of Lower School students, parents, and invited guests.  The results are always delightful. 

Congratulations to Ms. Moon and her students Danny Amante, Kasie Chineme, Finn Ford, Oliver Green, Skyler Griggs, Nickzad Heinz, Lilah Kastner, Henry Kling, Isabelle Mendiola, Maxi Meyers, Ronin Meyers, Gannon Miller, Meeka Pili, Dominic Raess, Ginger Rafkind, and Noah Woodruff.




Past Blog Posts

Lynn Martin

Stone Soup is an old folk story in which three hungry soldiers convince the people of a town to each share a small amount of their food in order to make a meal that everyone enjoys. The story exists as a moral regarding the value of sharing and generosity.  It is an Elgin Academy tradition that every spring second graders perform a one-act musical play based on the story before an audience of Lower School students, parents, and invited guests.  The results are always delightful. 

Read More about What Kind of Soup? Stone Soup!
The Flag of the Free by Anika Jaitley
Lynn Martin

Congratulations to eighth grader Anika Jaitley who recently earned second place in the Veteran of Foreign War (VFW) Patriot’s Pen essay contest for students in grades 6-8. The competition encourages middle school students to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme. Anika wrote on the topic "Why I Honor the American Flag."

Anika attended a ceremony hosted by the Elgin VFW Post #1307, where she was presented with a certificate and a cash prize for earning 2nd place in the competition.  Congratulations, Anika!

We hope you enjoy her essay. 

Read More about The Flag of the Free by Anika Jaitley
Royalty Visits 5th Graders to Lay Down the Law
Lynn Martin

Any EA fifth grader can tell you that King Hammurabi once ruled ancient Babylon in Mesopotamia. They are also likely to share that he is most famous for a series of judgments inscribed on a large stone and dubbed Hammurabi's Code.  Students learn about life in Babylonian society through the many edicts handed down by King Hammurabi. They gain an understanding of the biases of the Code against women and towards people who commit crimes against the church and the upper class. 

Read More about Royalty Visits 5th Graders to Lay Down the Law
Lynn Martin

The Broadcasting Exploratory, with support from Ms. Clements and Mrs. Veltri, have put put together the January 2019 Middle School Minute. The students worked on script writing and photo editing. On-air personalities were Chris Cole and Janae Gillus. The students learned some of the basics of using video recording equipment. Hopefully, in the future, they will be more involved in production.

 
Read More about Broadcasting Exploratory