Academic News


New PS -4th Grade Reading Initiative

Our prekindergarten through third grade teachers are introducing a new reading endeavor called Fountas & Pinnell this year. The program that will develop up into fourth grade next year aligns nicely with EA's taking learning personally approach to education. 

This guided reading initiative developed by educators Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell allows classroom teachers to identify specific goals and plan instruction that supports each child's reading progress across the school year.  

Honored in Fountas & Pinnell are the moment-to-moment instructional decisions that teachers make based on their observations and analysis of student learning behaviors. The daily conversations between teacher and student impact literacy instruction and strengthen instructional decision making. 

"Teachers like this system because they are teaching individual readers, not a program, and the students like it because of the rich and robust stories," said Harry Gould, PS - 4th Grade Director.

Indeed, books are at the heart of Fountas & Pinnell.  A variety of Texts has been selected to excite and stir the imagination of readers and to challenge and lift readers to new levels. A range of diverse books expand the students' knowledge of the world and engage students in not just reading, but also writing, thinking, and talking with varied levels of teacher support. 

While reading time has always been a special time of the day, the students are certainly enjoying this multifaceted approach even more.



New PS -4th Grade Reading Initiative

Our prekindergarten through grade three teachers are introducing a new reading Venture called Fountas & Pinnell this year. The program, which will develop up into grade four next year, aligns nicely with EA's taking learning personally approach to education. This guided reading initiative developed by educators Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell allows classroom teachers to identify specific goals and plan instruction that supports each child's reading progress across the school year.  

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Middle School Advisories Reflect on the EA Mission

What is courage?  Is it only defined by grand gestures like saving a person from a burning building? Or can acts of courage be found in the daily experiences in our classrooms or in our social and emotional interactions? 

middle school students are pondering questions about courage during the school's newly reconfigured advisory program. The advisory period has been moved from morning to later in the day and lengthened to 20 minutes for the purpose of enriching our middle school students' learning experiences. 

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inspiring students to become our creative courageous and compassionate future

One of the most exciting outcomes of our 2018 Strategic Plan was the development of a revitalized mission statement that accurately reflects who we are as well as where we are going.  We believe that in compelling and concise words, the statement re-affirms the more traditional ideals of Elgin Academy and captures the school's more contemporary ethos.

We are grateful to all those constituents who played a role in the development of this elegant statement of what makes Elgin Academy so exceptional.

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 Sumedha Surubhotla

We offer our congratulations to seventh-grader Sumedha Surubhotla who has successfully graduated with distinction from Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, India in collaboration with Silicon Andhra University, California  in 'Telugu as Foreign Language'. This is a structured Indian language course that gives an innate view of not only the language, but also associates one with the culture and lifestyle of those speaking that language.

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Tommy Guyett with trophy at spelling bee

Congratulations to Tommy Guyett, Johnathan Vogt and Krish Patel for their performance at the National History Bee Finals competition in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. Tommy placed 14th and Johnathan placed 26th overall out of 380 eighth-graders! Krish made it to the 2nd round of 7th grade competition. We are very proud of all three of the boys and the outstanding way they represented Elgin Academy!

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4th grade class at graduation

In a program filled with song, our Preschool through fourth-grade students concluded their year with a special program in the gym.  The fourth-graders chose Sail Away to Summer as the program's theme and this set the stage for grade level songs from Moana and The Little Mermaid. 

The highlight of the program was the presentation of certificates to fourth-graders signifying the completion of Lower School. These students will join our Middle School next year.  Fourth-grade parent Tom Guyett, Sr. shared fond memories of his son Jack's experiences in the Lower School

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8th graders at graduation

A ceremony was held on Monday evening, June 4th in the Kimball Street Theatre to celebrate the graduation of the eighth-grade class from Middle School. Class member Carter Woltz, whose father, aunt, brother and sister graduated from EA, addressed an audience of peers, family, and friends.  While he referred to the Middle School years as challenging, he recognized that they were formative years that have prepared the Class of 2022 well for the years ahead.

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