The day before Spring Break, the Upper School Worldwide Youth in Science & Engineering team competed at the Sectional competition held at Northern Illinois University. The team secured Elgin Academy's sixth consecutive Sectional Championship, winning 589 out of 500 points, and several students received individual medals. Congratulations Kristina Beligratis, Madigan Boborci, Candace Feng, Neha Karna, Haolin Liu, Jack Peak, Danielle LaVigne , Ethan Moore, Christopher Perez, Jaden Tabak, Joseph Hargrave, and Shiraz Baxamusa.
Many EA band students attended the Music Education Services Band Solo Contest on Saturday, March 2nd at St. Peter’s School. Band members had an opportunity to perform a solo with piano accompaniment and be judged on their level of proficiency. Our EA students played very well and many earned medals.
Kudos to MS Director Mrs. Revak and teachers Ms. Taylor and Ms. Janik who chaperoned the Middle School Spring Break trip to Boston and New York City. The whirlwind excursion offered numerous historical and cultural experiences. In Boston, the students visited many historical sights that brought to life their studies of the American Revolutionary War. In New York City, they rode the subway, saw Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, took in the view from the top of the Empire State Building, and explored Central Park. Of course, there was time for souvenir shopping and enjoying the local eateries.
The first week of spring break thirty-two Upper School students participated in Elgin Academy's weeklong service-learning trip. This year the students, under the supervision of US Spanish teacher Senora Rusniak and 4th-Grade teacher Ms. Bolz, traveled to the town of Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic. They joined other volunteers from Outreach360, a non-profit organization that facilitates service-learning trips for American high school groups, to teach English literacy to children.
Our Battle of The Books (BOB) team is in the news again! They finished the 2018-2019 BOB season in first place in a crowded field of 40 teams from the local area schools! In addition to the top honors, they received the following awards:
80 Point Club - for scoring at least 80 points in all six matches.
500 Point Club - for completing the season with over 500 points (they finished with 514 points)
Perfect 90 Award - for earning the maximum number of points (90) in a single round.
Congratulations to Coach Ms. Schick and fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade students Sam Amante, Rory Brown, Kaan Bruss, Omar Garcia, Quinten Gillus, Gianna Hughes, Jayen Jaitley, Nella Ksiag, Malyada Medikundam, Om Patel, and Ben Wegrzyn.
Fourth-grade teacher Ms. Bolz knows the value of having her students study America's national parks. The parks are teeming with lessons that connect to history, science, geography, math, literature, the arts, and more. Every year each fourth-grade student selects a national park and does extensive research on that park. The students are required to prepare a presentation to be given to their classmates. These reports allow the students to learn from one another.