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The Transformative Nature of Elgin Academy

A recent article in Quintessential Barrington magazine captures the essence of the transformative nature of an Elgin Academy education.

Here is an excerpt:

“Families who are willing to invest in their child’s education know that an Elgin Academy education develops the whole child. As a “process school” the focus is on the whole student and his or her interests, not just on academics... Students are encouraged to explore interests outside of school including volunteering and activism, which helps them find their voice. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and to take responsibility for their education.”

If you weren’t already convinced of the value of an Elgin Academy education, you will be after you read the article.

http://www.qbarrington.com/jf19-feature-elgin-academy.html

 



A recent article in Quintessential Barrington magazine captures the essence of the transformative nature of an Elgin Academy education.

Here is an excerpt:

“Families who are willing to invest in their child’s education know that an Elgin Academy education develops the whole child. As a “process school” the focus is on the whole student and his or her interests, not just on academics... Students are encouraged to explore interests outside of school including volunteering and activism, which helps them find their voice. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and to take responsibility for their education.”

If you weren’t already convinced of the value of an Elgin Academy education, you will be after you read the article.

http://www.qbarrington.com/jf19-feature-elgin-academy.html

 

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EA Band Delights Audience at Winter Concert

The gym at St. John's Lutheran School was the setting for the Elgin Academy Winter Band Concert. EA has students playing instruments at the beginner, intermediate, advanced, and pops levels. The band, under the direction of Ms. Rebecca Rome with Music Education Services, continues to grow with students joining from fourth through twelfth grades. We are delighted to offer band as an extension of the Elgin Academy Fine Arts program. 

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Big Brother /Big Sister Closes Out the Year

A winter-themed Big Brother/Big Sister event brought our oldest students together with our youngest students for a time of crafts and game playing. As always when the two groups meet, it is hard to tell who is having the most fun.  We love how enthusiastically our teenagers engage with the Lower School students with whom they are paired. Fun is central to all activities, whether sharing a story, coloring a picture, completing a puzzle, challenging one another in a game, or working on a craft project.  What a great Hilltopper program!

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Early Childhood and Lower School Students Get Jazzy

The Early Childhood and Lower School Winter Program featured A Swingin Holiday, a rendition of holiday songs that occasionally required a little scat from our young choral students! Under the direction of Ms. Heather Giebel, the preschool through fourth-grade singers performed catchy tunes as "Jingle Bell Jazz," "Jazzy Gingerbread Man," and That's Holiday Jazz."  Well done, everyone!

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Kindergarteners' Art Displayed Locally

Our Kindergarten class created art in the style of Ezra Jack Keats, the author and illustrator of Snowy Day, a 1962 children's picture book. Keats received the 1963 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations. It features a boy named Peter exploring his neighborhood after the first snowfall of the season. To see our students work visit Arabica Cafe on Douglas Street in downtown Elgin. It's on display through the end of January.

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Anika Jaitley Spells Sumptuous for the Win

Congratulations to this year's Middle School Spelling Bee classroom winners: Mahi Patel, Sebastian Mercado, Vamika Sanjay, Lillian Dirickson, Rahul Gowda, Ryan Zonts, Anika Jaitley, and Hailey Poziombka. On Monday, December 10th, before an audience of their peers, they competed in the Middle School Spelling Bee. Eighth-grader, Anika Jaitley correctly spelled sumptuous to win first place. The runner-up was sixth grader, Vamika Sanjay.

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Illinois State Scholars Announced

Congratulations to Elgin Academy's Illinois State Scholars-Kristina Beligratis, Madigan Boborci, Neha Karna, Ethan Martin, and Leeann Rao. These exceptional students rank in approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors in Illinois and are chosen each year based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth-semester class rank. Each year approximately 20 percent of the senior class are recognized as Illinois State Schools.

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Congratulations to the NW Illinois Regional History Bowls Champs

The small but mighty team of sophomore Taylor Bundrant, freshman Tommy Guyett, and fifth-grader Jack Guyett took first place at the Northwest Illinois Regional History Bowl competition on Saturday, December 1st.  The threesome beat the undefeated team from Keith Country Day School (KCDS)to secure the top spot. The win earned the team a bid to the 2019 National History Bowl championships in the spring. 

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