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Latin's theme for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Commemoration 2022 was "Nourishing Our Sense of Belonging: Embracing Our Identities as Individuals and as a Community." On Wednesday, January 19, students in all three divisions engaged in thoughtful conversations, meaningful reflection and impactful experiential learning. 

After beginning their day with Eboo Patel, students participated in a variety of workshops: one that centered on what it means to "belong" at Latin, in which all students participated, and two other workshops of their choosing. For example, students in the Lindy Hop/Swing workshop learned that swing was the first public social event to be racially integrated and got to try some moves; students in "Data Analysis and the Economics of Educational Inequities" explored the correlation between educational opportunities and other variables by analyzing statistics; and students in "Exploring Gender: First and Next Steps" reflected on their own ideas about gender and what contributes to people's ideas about gender, while exploring historical and cultural examples of how people have expressed, embodied, and lived with their own genders. 

 

In the afternoon, middle school students participated in a variety of teacher-led workshops that celebrated the day. Sessions such as "If You Went to a Protest" or "Censorship & Banned Books" highlighted how the struggle for equality and justice is still ongoing, while other sessions highlighted the arts, such as exploring the connection between music and poetry in "Hip Hop, Poetry, and Prose" and learning about a warrior dance that originated in Mali called "Sofa: Warriors Stay Strong; Stay United." At the end of the day, students had a chance to reflect on their experiences with the advisory and talk about the ways they feel a sense of belonging at Latin. 

 

The lower school MLK Day of Commemoration was filled with experiential learning throughout the day. Students and faculty kicked off the day with a community assembly on Zoom which highlighted messages of peace, nonviolence, and taking action. Local artist Indira Freitas Johnson inspired us with her message of "change just one thing," fourth grade student speakers shared their small actions that contribute to an inclusive community, and a LS community slideshow showcased the many ways that identity, diversity, and a sense of belonging are nurtured. During the day, students engaged in grade level workshops, read alouds, team-building activities, and participated in a special art project designed and facilitated by our guest artist, Ms. Johnson. 

 

 

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Latin Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a Day of Commemoration

Latin's theme for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Commemoration 2022 was "Nourishing Our Sense of Belonging: Embracing Our Identities as Individuals and as a Community." On Wednesday, January 19, students in all three divisions engaged in thoughtful conversations, meaningful reflection and impactful experiential learning. 

After beginning their day with Eboo Patel, students participated in a variety of workshops: one that centered on what it means to "belong" at Latin, in which all students participated, and two other workshops of their choosing. For example, students in the Lindy Hop/Swing workshop learned that swing was the first public social event to be racially integrated and got to try some moves; students in "Data Analysis and the Economics of Educational Inequities" explored the correlation between educational opportunities and other variables by analyzing statistics; and students in "Exploring Gender: First and Next Steps" reflected on their own ideas about gender and what contributes to people's ideas about gender, while exploring historical and cultural examples of how people have expressed, embodied, and lived with their own genders. 

 

In the afternoon, middle school students participated in a variety of teacher-led workshops that celebrated the day. Sessions such as "If You Went to a Protest" or "Censorship & Banned Books" highlighted how the struggle for equality and justice is still ongoing, while other sessions highlighted the arts, such as exploring the connection between music and poetry in "Hip Hop, Poetry, and Prose" and learning about a warrior dance that originated in Mali called "Sofa: Warriors Stay Strong; Stay United." At the end of the day, students had a chance to reflect on their experiences with the advisory and talk about the ways they feel a sense of belonging at Latin. 

 

The lower school MLK Day of Commemoration was filled with experiential learning throughout the day. Students and faculty kicked off the day with a community assembly on Zoom which highlighted messages of peace, nonviolence, and taking action. Local artist Indira Freitas Johnson inspired us with her message of "change just one thing," fourth grade student speakers shared their small actions that contribute to an inclusive community, and a LS community slideshow showcased the many ways that identity, diversity, and a sense of belonging are nurtured. During the day, students engaged in grade level workshops, read alouds, team-building activities, and participated in a special art project designed and facilitated by our guest artist, Ms. Johnson. 

 

 

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upper school athletics spring season 2021-22

The upper school athletics teams had a successful spring season! Check out their highlights and accomplishments.

Boys Baseball

  • Independent School League Champions
  • Illinois High School Association Regional Champions
  • All League: Sean Episcope '22, Ryan Kramer '22 (Player of the Year), Ben Flerlage '23, Patrick Shrake '23, Ashton Seymore '24

Girls Lacrosse

  • All Sectional: Reese Benford '24

Girls Soccer

  • Illinois High School Association Regional Champions
  • All League: Ella Reese-Clauson '22 (1st Team), Zoe Weiss '22 (1st Team), Ava Falk '23 (Honorable Mention)
  • All Sectional: Ella Reese-Clauson '22 (Honorable Mention), Zoe Weiss '22 (1st Team)

Girls Softball

  • All League: Maggie Zeiger '24

Boys Tennis

  • Independent School League Champions
  • Illinois High School Association Sectional Champions
  • Illinois High School Association State Champions
  • All League: Will Benford '22, Sam Cutinho '22, Joseph Gorman '22, Preston Rutledge '22, Akshay Garapati '23, Kiran Garapati '23, Zuhair Alsikafi '24, Cole Silverman '24
  • All Sectional: Will Benford '22, Sam Cutinho '22, Preston Rutledge '22, Akshay Garapati '23, Kiran Garapati '23, Zuhair Alsikafi '24
  • All State: Will Benford '22 (Doubles State Champions), Sam Cutinho '22 (Doubles State Champions), Preston Rutledge '22, Akshay Garapati '23, Kiran Garapati '23, Zuhair Alsikafi '24

Boys Track & Field

  • All League: Ryan Hardiman '22
  • All Sectional: Ryan Hardiman '22 (Runner of the Year), Kai Lugo '22, Jackson Ballard '23, Akili Parekh '23, Alika Lugo '24, Charlie Steffen '24, Ben Gibson '25, Daniel Goodman '25
  • All State: Ryan Hardiman '22 (2nd Place), Akili Parekh '23

Girls Track & Field

  • Independent School League Champions
  • Illinois High School Association Sectional Champions
  • All League: Coaching Staff of the Year, Ava Parekh '22, McLaine Leik '23, Alice Mihas '23, Mia Kotler '25
  • All Sectional: Ava Parekh '22, Alice Mihas '23, Tatum Kamin '25, Mia Kotler '25
  • All State: Ava Parekh '22, Mia Kotler '25

Boys Water Polo

  • All Sectional: Henry Rose '22 (2nd Team)

Girls Water Polo

  • All Sectional: Lauren Valentin '22

 

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Retirees 2021-22

We would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to the faculty and staff who will be leaving Latin this year for their service to the school. We wish you well in your next adventures!

Upper School

Shannon Barker-Fivelson, Upper School English
Joe Edwards, Upper School Dean
Bradley Leshem, Upper School Science Lab Manager
Lang Kanai, Upper School English
Tim Kendrick, Upper School Mathematics
Stephen Wright, Upper School Learning Resources

Middle School

Pamela Buchanan Miller (retiree), Middle School Counselor
Tom Canright (retiree), Middle School Mathematics
Gabriel Di Genarro, Middle and Upper School Vocal Music
Jeff Newmark (retiree), Middle School Mathematics

Lower School

Terri Eaton, Senior Kindergarten Lead Teacher 
Brenda V.H. Friedman (retiree), Lower School Art
Patrick Huett, Lower School Math Interventionist
Cameron Pilcher, First Grade Lead Teacher
Meghan Smith, Third Grade Lead Teacher
Brigitte Viard, First Grade Lead Teacher

LS Assistant Teachers:
Grace Bernard
Megan Friesen
Caroline Holling
Lily Kawer
Michelle Martinez
Elizabeth Mintz
Anthony Mucia
Janyl Romero
Karen Shields
Levi Shrader
Jessica Weed

Staff

Janessa Butler, Assistant Director of Development, Annual Giving
Annika Cole, Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator
Randall Dunn, Head of School
Hamdi Hachim (retiree), Facilities
Anne Hobbs (retiree), Director of Development
Caroline Hufstader, Associate Director of Development, Annual Giving
Jamie McInerney, Athletics Operations Coordinator
Kristin Provencher, Assistant to the Head of School
Liqui Scruggs, Reception

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Freyja Brandel-Tanis '14 has been named a 2022-2023 Fulbright Scholar. Brandel-Tanis will graduate from Georgia Tech with a master's in city and regional planning and MS in civil engineering this spring.

She has been awarded a Fulbright research award at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway and will be conducting stakeholder focus groups on the role of digital twins in sustainable transportation modeling. Her work will be an early stage in long-term research at NTNU to ensure the complexity of transportation systems is considered in future digital twins.

(Digital twins have established use in manufacturing and rocketry to virtually replicate physical environments and test potential scenarios, and some modelers and officials see their potential to improve on current transportation modeling technologies.)

Outside of her research, Brandel-Tanis is planning to engage with local queer organizations and ride her bike as well as exploring the Trondheim's public transit system. After her Fulbright, she plans to return to the US and work as a city planner/civil engineer before eventually pursuing a PhD.

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