The fifth and sixth grade students participated in the #ChooseKind assembly on Friday, November 10. Peter was born 10 weeks premature weighing less than three pounds. He had over 10 serious birth defects resulting in a diagnosis of Goldenhar Syndrome also known as Oculo-Auriculo-Vertebral Syndrome (OAVS). Peter required a tracheostomy and feeding tube, was in NICU for almost four months, and has had 29 surgeries. Peter is a junior at Libertyville High School and enjoys playing electric guitar at School of Rock, participating in Best Buddies & Young Life clubs, and pranking students with his fake ear.

Because of his life experiences, Peter deeply related to the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio about a boy with a facial difference. Peter speaks with students after they read the book, comparing his real-life story it to the fictional character Auggie in Wonder. Since 2012, Peter has promoted #ChooseKIND at schools around the country and connected with over 15,000 students. He is the recipient of the 2016 Teen Advocacy Champion of Hope Award by Global Genes Alliance (GlobalGenes.org).

There was no charge for this heart-rending assembly however SPC donated to the Children's Craniofacial Association (CCA) in honor of their visit. Fifth and sixth grade students partook in a “Coin Challenge” this week. On Monday students were asked to bring in pennies, Tuesday nickels, Wednesday dimes, and Thursday quarters. Home and School also contributed to this amazing cause. Together we raised $1,208.40. With everyone's generous support we were able to sponsor a child for the Starship Scholarship. CCA’s Annual Family Retreat & Educational Symposium is held each June to provide individuals affected by a facial difference, their siblings and parents an opportunity to interact with others who have endured similar experiences. The unique weekend retreat allows families to share ideas, problems and solutions and make life-long friendships.

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Take a Stand - 7th Grade Field Trip

"You get the child when they're young and encourage them to be the ones in the future to make change. I teach history. I keep telling them: You're the future. Learn well. You make the change." ~ SPC History Teacher, Mrs. Anne Hoversen

The SPC 7th graders took a very special field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum on Friday, October 12th. Our students and teachers had the privilege of being the first to test the new 3-D theater in the brand new Take a Stand Center, the Museum’s newest permanent exhibition, before it opens to the public at the end of this month. We encourage you to read this outstanding article by Howard Reich, which was published in the Chicago Tribune's Sunday A&E section. In his in-depth article about the history-making exhibition, Howard Reich spoke to our teachers and students as well.  

How to talk to Holocaust survivors in the future? In Take a Stand's holograms, an answer


Science Fair

SPC wins Top School in the Poster Session at the Regional Science Fair!

On March 4th and 5th,17 seventh grade students entered the Region 2 Science Fair Poster Session at the Museum of Science and Industry.  SPC was one of 39 schools at the science fair and proudly brought home the trophy for Top School! It is on display in the UGC. 

Sixteen students received a Gold award and one student received a Silver award.  Many students also received Special Awards.  Ten students will be moving on to the State Science Fair Poster Session in May. One student is an alternate.

The previous weekend one eighth grader, Joseph N., entered his project in the Regional Paper Session held at Guerin.  He earned a Top Paper award and will move on to State Science Fair Paper Session in May.  Joseph is also the Vice President of the Student Board and had a key role in the Awards Ceremony at MSI. 

These are the students who exhibited at the Regional Science Fair Poster Session.  Evan J. earned a Silver Award.  Madeleine R., Isabella V., Amelia (Amy) D., Catherine L., Tabitha N., Adriana Z., Renee P., Lillian S., Kathleen D., Amanda B., Lillian N., Emilia F., Nathaniel D., Bradley O., Luke S., and Philip (PJ) S., each earned a Gold Award.  

Many students also won Special Awards.  Madeleine won a Special Award from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.  Bradley won an Engineering Award. Bradley and Emilia each won an award from the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers. Amanda won a Superior Achievement award. Catherine, Isabella, Lillian N., Nathaniel, and Bradley each won an Award of Excellence. Ten students earned a Medallion which means they will go on to the State Science Fair. These students are Amanda, Catherine, Isabella, Lillian N., Nathaniel, Bradley, Amelia, Adriana, Emilia, and Renee. Tabitha is an alternate.

The students’ projects showed a wide range of interests from Botany to Health Science to Chemistry to Physics as well as Microbiology, Engineering, and Consumer Science. 

All students at SPC in 7th grade do a science project and enter the school science fair, which we call Science Focus here at SPC, back in January. Then some move on to Regionals, and some of the Regional exhibitors move on to State.

We are all so proud of all of you! 

Submitted by Christine Stypka, Science Teacher, grades 7 and 8