Academic News


MS Student Receives Indian Language Honor

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.

Sumedha thoroughly enjoyed the course and passed with distinction every year in both written and oral examinations. She received her certificate in a ceremony conducted on May 28th. 



 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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Joyce's Driving School,

In the fall, a local state certified driving school, will offer teen driver's education courses and behind the wheel training at Elgin Academy. The after-school, fee-based program will consist of 15 two-hour classroom sessions (one per week) along with individually scheduled appointments for driving practice. 

The instructor will be Upper School teacher, Susie Howe. Classes will begin the week after Labor Day and conclude by Winter Break. Future sessions for Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and beyond are also being  planned. More information will be forthcoming this summer.

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Frist Graders on stage

Every year, in the spring, first grade students present a play. The play is a culminating project for the young students as they are called to apply and incorporate all that they have learned throughout the year. The students actually write and perform two plays. They use their fundamental skills in reading and writing to work collaboratively and creatively on the scripts as well as choose their props and costumes. They even opened their performance with a song that was written for the plays in their music class.

The first play was about the U.S. President whose plane has to make an emergency landing in Brazil while on route to South Africa. The second play featured explorers who steal a beautiful crystal from a museum only to have it stolen from them as well.

Great job, first graders and Ms. Collins!

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newly inducted members of the National Honor Society

Congratulations to the newly inducted members of the National Honor Society. Inducted students have demonstrated enthusiasm for scholarship, service, leadership, and outstanding character. 

Senior - Xinran (Merlinda) Liu

Juniors - Yumei (Candace) Feng, Jack Peak, Katie Peak, Lauryn Yost

Sophomores - Cameron Agno, Ashley Gordon, Danielle LaVigne, Caelinn Leahy, Claire Noland, Arman Pabani, Christopher Perez, Raphae Sami, Elizabeth Sporina, and Jaden Tabak.

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Students playing homemade instruments

The Lower School concluded the 2018 Immersion study of Australia with a half-day of celebratory fun. Students and teachers met on the campus lawn for a variety of activities conducted by parent volunteers and faculty. Students had the chance to draw on the knowledge they had accumulated about the country and culture of Australia over the last three weeks.

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Student picking up trash

The Environmental Club organized a week full of events dedicated to environmental awareness and conservation. During Advisory on Monday, students played charades using sustainability related terms. On Tuesday, advisories competed in a Recycling Relay to accurately sort waste. Wednesday featured a can drive to collect aluminum for recycling. Thursday students gathered in advisory groups again to play an enviro-quiz challenge. Activities for the week ended with students taking a "pledge" to treat the environment well.

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