Seahorse Splash - 6-11-09
Thursday, June 11, 2009
A brief window of good weather graced the ACS Community for a disco-themed Spring Fair on Friday, May 29. ACS family and friends gathered for dancing, games, and fund-raising booths. The class dances were:
K -- YMCA
Group 1 -- The Hustle
Group 2 -- Stayin' Alive
Group 3 -- I Will Survive
Group 4 -- Good Times
Group 5 -- Maypole dance to Celebration
Members of the ACS Class of 2005, recent high school graduates, joined in the celebration with their own version of the Maypole dance.
ACS Graduation took place on Wednesday, June 3 with morning and evening ceremonies. The programs included comments from the Chair of the Board of Trustees and Head of School, instrumental and vocal performances, Group Eight academic awards, and the awarding of diplomas. Jonathan Berger (ACS '97) delivered the commencement address. Jonathan spent three years at the Illinois Math and Science Academy and in the span of five years completed both bachelors and graduate degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University. He has worked for Google as a project manager, and this past January founded Picurio with fellow Stanford University classmates. Jonathon's entire family has been involved at Avery Coonley over the years -- his two sisters are alumni, his mother was an ever-present volunteer, and his father was Chair of the Board of Trustees.
The contributions of this year's graduating class are truly outstanding in their academics, service, character, and friendship. Congratulations to the Class of 2009. Good luck in all of your future endeavors!
#Group One Circus
The ACS Big Top was the place to be on Thursday, May 28 for the First Group Circus. The crowd was entertained by a number of acts that included Tumbling Acrobats, Fearless Animal Trainers, Dancing Bears, Merry Clowns, Energetic Elephants, Jiggling Jugglers, Roaring Lions, Amazing Magicians, Ring Mistress, Mighty Strongman, Ferocious Tigers, Tightrope Walkers, and Flying Trapeze Artists. Each group of performers shared some circus history with the crowd and then displayed their craft.
The crowd included parents, grandparents, and friends, along with ACS Kindergartners and Fourth Groupers. After working up thier appetites with the performance, the performers and crowd enjoyed snacks and drinks in the Commons.
#Group Eight Play
The lives of Francois and Mimi Laroche were on display during the Group Eight production of Chateau La Roach. The Laroches are proprietors of a lakeside chateau with an enormous cockroach problem. In an effort to hide their problem from their guests -- including a travel writer in disguise -- the Laroches take extreme, and hilarious, steps to exterminate the bugs.
Group Eight put on a daytime performance for fellow ACS students and followed the next two nights with performances for parents and friends. It was an uproarious success, with both witty and slapstick humor every few minutes.
#Lower and Middle School Awards Gathering
Lower School and Middle School award winners were announced at morning gathering on Monday, May 18.
Some awards of special note include Anisha Nallakrishnan's poster for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency "Your Water Footprint...Keep it Small, Keep it Clean" Poster, Poetry, and Prose Contest. Anisha's poster was judged in the top 12 in the state and will appear in an IEPA poster. Masie Bull received Honorable Mention for her poem submitted to the same contest.
National Social Studies League
Both the Group Eight and Group Seven Social Studies teams finished 3rd in the nation in the National Social Studies League contest.
The Group Eight team members were: Ana Carrell, Conner Fear, Alex Hagermoser, Jordan Hank, Miranda Herzog, Charlotte Kanzler, Mackenzie Schiff, Stephen Sullivan, Gideon Ticho, and Peter Wiggin. The Group Seven team members were: Lauren Burke, Tyler Christian, Chris Dineff, Ravi Jagadeesan, Jack Larrabee, Grant Louis, Erik Maday, Katie Portman, Ellen Woods, and Ben Yates.
#Science Fair State Finals
Several Group Seven students participated in the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) 2009 Science Fair in Champaign. Students could particpate in either the Paper Session, Project Session, or both sessions of the Fair.
Results are posted on the IJAS web site and can be found here:
Paper Session results
Project Session results This completes months of hard work by the Group Seven class. Congratulations to all the participants, and thank you to Mrs. Wetta, Mrs Garetto, and the parent volunteers.
#Group Eight Students Ace National French Exam
Two Group Eight students received perfect scores on Le Grand Concours - the National French Contest of the American Association of Teachers of French. Ana Carrell and Ryan Walsh received first place scores, the highest national rank in the 74th annual French contest.
Carrell and Walsh were evaluated for their written, oral, and listening comprehension skills in French. Over 101,000 students in all 50 states competed in the 2009 event and 10,000 received national awards.
Of the 40 Avery Coonley students in grades 4-8 that took Le Grand Concours, 32 placed in the top 10 in the nation (ranks can be shared by students).
#Margot Douraghy -- Head for the Day
Group Seven student Margot Douraghy was "Head for a Day" on Monday, May 18. Margot substituted for Mr. Barton throughout the day with a full slate of duties.
"Head for the Day" was auctioned off a tthe 2008 Annual Auction.
Here is part of Margots's day:
8:00 Car Duty
8:30 Made Head of School Announcements at Gathering
9:30 Read to Kindergarten
10:30 Read to EC-AM students
11:30 Visited classrooms
11:50 Met with Mrs. McGuirk, Director of Student Services
12:02 Had lunch in conference room
12:30 Distributed treats to classmates
1:00 Read to EC-PM students
1:30 Visited classrooms
2:00 Fire Drill
3:00 Met with Mr. Barton for recap
#Group Eight Buddies Spend Time with Kindergarten
Group Eight students spent some time with their Kindergarten buddies one final time.
Eighth Group students and Kindergartners gathered in the Cloister to read books, play games, and enjoy a popsicle treat.
It is hard to tell which group of students enjoys these friendships more!
#Corrections and Omissions
The Seahorse Splash accidentally left some Group Six Science Olympians out of a previous newsletter. The following Group Six students competed successfully in the Science Olympiad:
Reach for the Stars
2nd Place - Clare Lohrmann and Amanda Walsh
2nd Place - Raj Agnihotri and Henry Hulbert
Also, the Splash recognized the Avery Coonley alums that finished in the top 2% of District 99 students as attending Downers Grove North High School. Addie Packard (ACS '05) attended Downers Grove South High School and was recognized by District 99 for finishing in the top 2% of graduating seniors.
2nd Place - Raj Agnihotri and Henry Hulbert