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Hilltopper Hapenings

Hilltopper Happenings highlights the many ways Elgin Academy is inspiring students to be our creative, courageous, and compassionate future. Stories about our students, faculty, and programs are shared on our website.

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Middle School Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Elgin Academy seventh grader Akhil P. who won the Middle School Spelling Bee. Akhil correctly spelled the word "declivity" in round 32 to become the winner. Akhil will now advance to the Kane County Semifinals on February 8th. Congratulations again to Akhil and to all of the Middle School students who participated in the Spelling Bee.

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J-Term Symposium

January Term 2023 drew to a spectacular close with the J-term Symposium on January 27th  Guests were able to ask students questions, and view photography, needlework, class projects, videos, and more. Students presented information about these dynamic courses that create memorable experiences for Elgin Academy students each year. The following J-term classes were represented at the symposium:

  • Are We Alone in the Universe?
  • Are You Ready For Some Football?
  • Picture This: Discovering Digital Photography
  • A Needle Pulling Thread: The World of Fiber Arts
  • Literature of the American Landscape
  • Wild Florida
  • Student Internships
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EA Students Meet Renowned Poets Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman

Each January Elgin Academy Upper School students partake in January Term - an experience that sees them exploring areas of interest both within and outside of the classroom. Each year Upper School faculty create distinctive learning experiences that go beyond traditional classroom activities. Oftentimes, students will say their January term classes provide them with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

For students in the Literature of the American Landscape class, J-Term provided them with the unique opportunity to meet renowned poets Robert Hass and Brenda Hillman in front of a redwood tree on the University of California- Berkeley campus. This married couple are distinguished in their fields and generously spent an hour with the EA students among the nature present on the UCB campus. Hass and Hillman discussed their life experiences and their processes for writing poetry (their works are largely tied to nature), reading several of their poems to the students, and gifting the students some of their books. Upper School Dean of Students, Jorge Sanchez arranged for students Jack Guyett (9th grade), Talia Horn (11th grade) and Valentina Canga-Arguelles (9th) as well as Assistant Head of School Doug Sept to meet Mr. Hass and Ms. Hillman. This amazing experience drew to close a week of traveling by train across the midwest and western US while studying the works of several authors who wrote about the wanderlust of exploration.

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Chinese New Year Celebration

In celebration of the Chinese New Year Katie Kruse, Director of International Studies, welcomed Elgin Academy international students and their host families to a joyous celebration of food and friends. Thanks to Ms. Kruse for planning this wonderful event and Yu's Mandarin Restaurant in Schaumburg for the delicious traditional Chinese dishes.

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J-Term is a Unique Opportunity for EA Students!

Elgin Academy's January term offers students the unique opportunity to take deep dives into a variety of topics each January. In J-Term students have been learning about extraterrestrial life in Are We Alone in the Universe as they explore the history/mythology and folklore surrounding beliefs and encounters with extraterrestrial life. The Needle Pulling Thread students are exploring the fiber arts including a tour of a historical home and its antique quilts and needlework as well as lessons in quilting, crochet, knitting, cross-stitch, hand-dying fabric, and more. Are You Ready for Some Football brings students onto the field both figuratively and literally as they learn about the history and development of football with a major focus on the NFL. They also choreographed their own touch down celebrations. Additionally, many Juniors and Seniors are spending their J-term as interns in a variety of fields to learn more about future careers and opportunities.

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