Beyond the Classroom

Science Olympiad

We are very proud of our Science Olympiad Team! Running since 2001, Science Olympiad is made up of 23 events that encompass all facets of science. The events range from bridge building, to the environment, and forensics.  Students compete at Regional and State competitions. Science Olympiad is open to all middle school students and a vast majority of them choose to participate. The team meets weekly and parents play an active role in helping students prepare.

Theater Program

Fall All-School Musical
Everyone sings, everyone dances! Now in its 18th year, our All-School Musical is a major production featuring 80-100 students in a Broadway-type show. Open to all elementary students, 2nd–8th grade cast members enjoy speaking roles, while kindergarteners and 1st graders perform a featured song and dance. We go full out with sets, costumes, props, lights and sound, with performances typically held in the beautiful theater at Northside College Prep.

Winter Theater Showcase
We read and review a variety of One-Act Plays, Short Form plays and Scenes.  After choosing our pieces, we cast, edit if needed and rehearse. Some pieces may even be student directed. Besides performance, the students work on the sets, props, costumes and additional production details. Our Winter Theater Showcase is performed in a local performance space. Sessions run in January and February, culminating with a performance in March.

Spring Putting on a Play
This program for 2nd and 3rd graders gives students the opportunity to create their own production for the stage! Theater games and improvisations inspire students to invent their own characters and storylines that we use to develop a script. Together we make props and costumes and end the program with an in-school performance after our last class. This program runs mid-March through mid-May.

Model UN

In the middle school Model UN program, each student takes on the role of United Nations ambassador for a different country. They are challenged with tackling major global issues as they begin to understand the interconnectivity of the world and the impact that international policy and current events have on their own lives. Students develop their research, writing, public speaking, problem-solving and negotiating skills as they work on real-world issues and learn the art of diplomacy.

Extracurricular Activities 

Through our extracurricular programs at North Park Elementary, we offer a wide range of activities geared toward enriching your child’s classroom experience. We offer many accredited and affordable programs throughout the year for parents and children to choose from, including:

Preschool Level (3:45pm-4:30pm)

  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Hot Shot Sports: Tot Movement & Tumbling
  • Little Scientists
  • Sticky Fingers Cooking
  • Super Soccer Stars

Elementary Level (3:30pm-4:30pm)

  • Art Club
  • Bit Space
  • Girls on the Run
  • The Laboratory
  • Mad Science
  • Robot City Workshop
  • Sew Crafty
  • Sticky Fingers Cooking

Middle School Level (3:30pm-4:30pm) 

  • All-School Musical
  • Digital Photography
  • Model UN
  • Science Olympiad

Teachers also offer “Fun Fridays” where they teach kids how to be a super hero for example!  Activities are fun and compliment the curriculum taught during the regular school day.

Field Trips

As part of North Park Elementary School’s dedication to preparing students for lifelong learning, students in all grades participate in field trips ranging from nature programs and theater productions to cultural centers and museums. Field trips complement what the students are learning in class. For example, 3rd graders visit the Swedish Museum as they study immigration and Ellis Island in the classroom. In 6th grade, students travel to the Oriental Institute when they study ancient civilizations in Social Studies, and the 8th graders tour a captured German submarine at the Museum of Science and Industry during their World War II unit. Other field trips include attending a performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and studying nature at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Even the preschool students visit the Art Institute.

Outdoor Education 
Each fall, our 5th and 6th graders head to Wisconsin for three days of Outdoor Education in beautiful Lake Geneva. Students participate in team-building exercises as they hike, canoe, fish, learn survival skills and navigate high ropes courses together. Through these fun and challenging activities, students develop trust, strengthen class unity and increase cooperation.

Washington and Springfield Trips
In 7th and 8th grade, students take trips to Washington DC, and Springfield, Illinois, to complement our study of the US and Illinois Constitutions, to learn about the workings of the federal and state governments. and to experience each city’s cultural offerings.

  • In Washington, US history comes alive as we visit the Smithsonian Museums, the Capitol Building, the WWII, Korea and Vietnam War Memorials and many more sites.
  • In Springfield, we visit the State Capitol and explore Lincoln’s legacy in Illinois with a visit to Lincoln’s Home and New Salem Historic Sites and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

Basketball

Students have the opportunity each year to participate in the NPES basketball program. Kindergarten and first graders start the program in Biddy Ball. Second through 8th graders can each play on teams at their own grade level. The winter basketball program begins each year in November, and the season stretches all the way to Spring Break in April.

Band  

From 4th through 8th grade, students have the opportunity to join the school band in one of three levels: Beginner, Intermediate or Symphonic Band. Instruments learned are from the woodwind, brass and percussion families. Ensembles meet before school and perform at least three major concerts each year, including Winter Showcase, Fine Arts Night and their own event in March. Additional instrumental ensembles include a middle school rock band and chamber ensemble, both elective options.

Student Council

The NPES Student Council is elected every year from among our sixth, seventh and eighth graders. The Student Council raises funds, plans regular dances for the upper grades, and organizes events like Movie Night and a talent show for the whole school. The Student Council also puts on pep rallies throughout the year to celebrate the students’ successes. Spirit Days are another fun way Student Council unites students. Spirit Days include Pajama Day, Hat Day, Mismatched Clothes Day, and Favorite Sports Teams Day to name a few. They also have input into school initiatives such as reducing the school’s carbon footprint. Leadership, responsibility and teamwork are only a few of the lessons that are imparted by participating in the Student Council.

Fine arts Night

Student art work is collected all year and displayed every spring in the all school art show. The show takes place before the spring association meeting and features an 8th grade gallery, interactive art activities, an art supply raffle, pre-school art work and a performance by the band.  

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