MPA Alumni Shares her experiences abroad.
MPA alumni, Elise Douglas, currently completing her Sophomore year at the IL Math and Science Academy in Aurora, visited our upper elementary and middle school students to share her experience in a community service project through her school. Fluent in Spanish, Elise took advantage of a great language immersion opportunity volunteering at an orphanage in a small community south of Lima, Peru. MPA is grateful that Elise could share her experience with us.
Montessori Private Academy Students Plant Trees and a Time Capsule
MPA students, parents and staff celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day with special activities on Friday, April 20.MPA partnered with Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden, through its Community Trees Program and J. Carlson Growers in planting a Star Magnolia tree donated by Commonwealth Edison. In addition, Klehm Arboretum donated a time capsule that Montessori students filled with current ecological and cultural memorabilia.
Throughout the day, students and parent volunteers weeded, refreshed and planted various gardens around the school.
Ecological stewardship is fully integrated into the Montessori Private Academy curriculum of respect and responsibility. At MPA, students “reduce, reuse and recycle” every day of the year.
|Jon Carlson from J. Carson Growers help MPA students plant the Star Magnolia tree.||MPA community parenters in the tree planting help out. Left to right Jon Carlson from J Carlson Growers, Katie Runyan from Commonwealth Edison, Edith Makra from Klehm Arboretum and Steve Wilkins from IDOT||Students dedicate a time capsul donated by Klehm Arboretum and Botanical Garden.|
Middle School & 6th Grade Students Tour Sundstrand
On October 18th, MPA sixth, seventh and eighth graders were invited to tour Hamilton Sundstrand Plant 6 on Harrison Avenue to learn about careers in Engineering and Technology. MPA parent Dustin Kaap, arranged the tour. The students received an overview of the Hamilton Sundstrand products and the international scope of the company. In a room set up for Computer Aided Design (CAD), the students got to manipulate models in 3D. Next, Conner, a young engineer, explained the work of a Ram Air Turbine, which acts as a power source for aircraft as a fail-safe in case of emergency. The RAT’s designed by Hamilton Sundstrand have saved over 1600 lives and have never had a failure! Lastly, the students were able to visit the test cockpit of the 787 Dreamliner, for which HS has designed and produces many electrical systems.
Elementary Students Launch Community Tree Advocate Program
Last Friday, Montessori Private Academy students help launch Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden's new Community Trees Advocate Program! Although it was a day off school, approximately 15 Elementary and Middle School students measured the diameter, height and crown spread of the massive 300+ year old Bur Oak tree that stands at the corner of Spring Creek and Alpine Roads. The activity of taking the tree’s measurements helped the Community Trees Advocate Program communicate the message that caring for trees is important and provided a great news story featuring our wonderful students! Thank you to the Elementary and Middle School students and parents who participated in this community project.