Seahorse Splash - 5-19-09
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
ACS Celebrates Mrs. Coonley's Birthday
The ACS community celebrated Mrs. Coonley's birthday on April 11. Mr. Barton visited Lower School and Middle School lunch to lead the students in singing Happy Birthday on the occasion of Mrs. Coonley's birth 135 years ago.
Queene Ferry Coonley founded The Cottage School in 1906 as a precursor to The Avery Coonley School. The school was opened at its current location in September, 1929.
#Chances Are... 27th Annual Auction
The ACS Community celebrated Chances Are..., the 27th Annual Auction on Saturday, May 9, at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort. This year ACS hosted the Class of 1999, and Allison Dennis, John Barry, and Chris Agos (ACS '86) served as auctioneers. The Annual Auction provides critical resources to ensure the school's financial well-being. Thank you to all the ACS families and friends that attended this wonderful event.
#Lower School Chess Results
Members of the ACS Chess Club won trophies at the Naperville Chess Tournament in late March. Alex Liczwek and Shaad Khalil together won a First Place team trophy for the kindergarten - grade one flight of the tournament. Rodda John won a Second Place trophy for the grade three flight. Seamus Flannery (Group Two) also competed successfully in the tournament.
Congratulations to the ACS Chess Club.
#JK Celebrates Earth Day
Junior Kindergarten friends celebrated Earth Day on Friday, April 24, with environmentally-focused activities. JKers planted impatiens, painted paper plate globes, and made paper.
Along with fun Earth Day activities, JK friends have studied living creatures and habitats.
Every day is Earth Day in JK!
#Group One Horizons
Group One students had another eventful day during Horizons on Friday, April 24. Students made salt water taffy and refrigerator magnets, explored the workings of the heart, and built compasses and kites. It was a beautiful day, and the students seized the opportunity to expand their "Horizons" with experiential learning.
#Group Two Flight Simulation
ACS Airlines took their annual flight from Chicago to Paris during the Group Two Flight Simulation on April 22. Students assumed the roles of pilot, navigator, air traffic control, security, flight attendants, and passengers on a relatively smooth flight. A snack (no additional cost) of grapes, cheese, croissants, and mints was served, and a French film was shown. The passengers experienced some light turbulence that forced them to put on their oxygen masks briefly. Some high-profile passengers included the President and Secret Service, musicians, soccer players, scientists, and military personnel. Bon voyage!
#Group Three Japanese Luncheon
The Group Three Japanese Luncheon took place on Friday, April 24. Guests were treated to a meal of chicken, rice, fruit, tea, and Japanese candy. The table arrangements included beautiful meal presentations and ikebana adorning each table. Students performed sakura on Orff Instruments and read tanka poems they had written and illustrated. The setting was decorated with student-created water color fish and paper lanterns.
The Japanese luncheon culminates the Group Three unit on Japan and includes projects across the Group Three curriculum. Kudos to Ms. Ries, Mrs. Snyder, and the students and parents of Group Three for such a special event.
#Group Seven Visits Washington D.C.
Students and chaperones were treated to a whirl-wind, six-day tour of the nation's capital and historic Virginia the week of April 19. Among the many tour stops were the Smithsonian, the Memorial mall, Arlington National Cemetery, the United States Holocaust Museum, Capitol Hill, the National Cathedral, Monticello, Busch Gardens, and various other memorials and museums. A special highlight of the trip was a meeting with Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13th pictured at left). The trip is organized by MS Social Studies teacher Mrs. Murphy and chaperoned by advisors Mrs. Kerhulas and Mrs. Klein, as well as a group of Group Seven parents.
#ACS Student Council Attends Convention
13 ACS students were among 925 delegates attending the 50th annual convention of the Illinois Association of Junior High Student Councils in Springfield, Illinois, on April 17 and 18. ACS participants were Champ Davis, Michelle DeMeo, Sophie Fry, Jordan Hank, Kent Hutchison, Ravi Jagadeesan, Karun Koppula, Jack Larrabee, Madeline McCormick, Anisha Nallakrishnan, Katie Portman, Mackenzie Schiff, and Stephanie Smick. Students began the day Friday with a tour of the beautiful Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Convention activities began Friday evening with a formal dinner at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza. Over the course of the two days, students listened to guest speakers and presentations, elected a new representative for the Northeast District of the state, and interacted with students from around the state in a variety of activities. Convention highlights included motivational speaker Mr. Keith Hawkins and inspirational music and skits by the performance troupe MWAH (Messages Which Are Hopeful). A representative from Ronald McDonald House thanked the organization for their donation of 5,131,350 aluminum pop tabs - over two tons of aluminum! Ambassadors from the Illinois Special Olympics gratefully accepted a check for $22,941.98 to support programs for special athletes around the state. The ACS scrapbook of Council activities and display board of the group's favorite project were part of the statewide exhibit that all delegates enjoyed. Avery Coonley was recognized as an Honor Council for the 8th consecutive year, in recognition of its achievement in the areas of Leadership, Scholarship, and School and Community Service.
#Martial Arts in Physical Education
In early May, Physical Education classes learned introductory hapkido, karate, and tae kwon do during a martial arts unit. Lessons addressed the discipline required in martial arts and some of the kicking and thrusting involved in self-defense.
Instructors came from local dojos and taught classes to different groups throughout the day. There is no boredom in the ACS dojo!
#Citizen Utility Board Highlights CFL Bulb Distribution at ACS
The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) highlighted the work of ACS Student Council member Kent Hutchison in distributing CFL bulbs to Avery Coonley families.
Click here to read the CUB article.
#Group Seven Student Receives Perfect Score in National Math Competition
Group Seven student Ravi Jagadeesan (Naperville) received a perfect score in the 24th annual American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8), joining an elite group of middle school mathematicians. The AMC 8 middle school math contest, held on Tuesday, November 18, 2008, is translated into Braille, Spanish, and Chinese, and is given to more than 148,000 students around the world. Its purpose is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through the excitement of friendly competition in problem solving in a timed format.
Ravi placed in the top 0.2% of competing students from around the world. He was one of only six students from more than 5300 in the State of Illinois to receive a perfect score, placing him in the top 0.1% statewide. Ravi will also compete on a Chicago-area team of high school students in the American Regions Math League (AMRL) on May 29 and 30.
The AMC 8, first offered in 1985, is an annual project sponsored by The Mathematical Association of America, through their American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) program, which is located at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The contest is given across the United State and Canada, and in many schools abroad.
What would a news report look like if a humongous octopus had attacked a city? That was one of the situations performed during a show by the ACS Drama Club. Made up of Group Seven and Eight students, the Drama Club performed improv games including Newsroom (with mandatory lines in pocket), Slideshow, The Growing and Shrinking Machine, and Typewriter. Mrs. Wetta, Ms. Taylor, and Mrs. Garetto judged the show and threw the infamous pillow on stage when the troupes were putting the audience to sleep.
After the Drama Club show, Group Four improvisers took the stage and performed Dr. Know-It-All, Gibberish Talk Show, Slideshow, and Typewriter. Mr. Maskell was true to form of Simon Cowell with harsh judging of the performances. Group Four was up to the challenge with lively and entertaining efforts that kept the crowd laughing.
#ACS Alums Finish in Top 2% of Class at Downers Grove North
Downers Grove North High School recently honored the top 2% of the Class of 2009 at an awards ceremony. Six of the 23 students (five of whom are pictured on the left) in the top 2% of District 99 are members of ACS Class of 2005!
Congratulations on four years of outstanding achievement.
#Corrections and Omissions
The Splash unintentionally omitted several student accomplishments from previous editions:
Group Seven students Aidan Weinberger and Meghana Shownkeen received 1st Place in the Road Scholar competition at the Regional Science Olympiad.
Ben Yates teamed with Alex Morris to receive 1st Place in the Trajectory competition at the Regional Science Olympiad.
Group Eight student Peter Wiggin competed at the IMSA Math Competition back on March 25. Peter finished 2nd on the written test and competed in the two-person, four-person, and creative thinking contests.