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McDonald’s Gift Card – New Incentive

NMSA Students,

We are excited to announce that moving forward there will be incentives (fancy word for rewards) for completing your work during remote learning!

For the week of April 20-24th, if you complete your work based on the information provided below, you will earn a $5 gift card to McDonalds!!!  Each week there will be a new incentive so be sure to check your email and the NEAL website to make sure you are aware of important information.  Please reach out to your CORE teacher if you have any questions.


Support Line – Call4Calm

The Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a support line called Call4Calm that is reachable via text. If you would like to speak with a mental health professional, text the word “TALK” or “HABLAR” (for Spanish speakers) to 552-020. Within 24 hours, you will receive a call from a mental health professional employed by a local community health center.
You can also text other terms, like “unemployment” or “food” or “shelter” to the same number to receive information on how to navigate and access support and services. Call4Calm is free, and individuals who use it can remain anonymous.
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Time Management Video

Students the following Time Management video will help you stay focused and complete assignments while learning at home

NMSA Family Festival – African American Culture

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The second NMSA Family Festival brought the community together to celebrate the multicultural school community with a focus on appreciating African American Culture. Families were entertained by a wide range of performers, including: breakdancers, a jazz violinist, African hand drumming, gospel music and spirituals. All performers were wonderfully announced with thoughtful context, curated by Mrs. Tribble and presented by Mrs. Robinson. A local chef and African American business owner who focuses on youth empowerment created a delicious menu of soul food.  NCCP also served up free groceries along with recipe books to continue exploring soul food in the kitchen at home after the event.

Dinner tables were lined with shout outs to incredible African American innovators and advocators, which also included presentations created by students from Mr. Hedman’s class.  All of the extra décor that transformed the gymnasium into a beautiful event space was created and set up by students in Mrs. Lundstrom’s art classes.  The Student Ambassadors volunteered to support everything at the event from greeting guests, to serving dinner, to guiding their peers through cultural enrichment and crafting activities provided by NCCP.

Overall, February 19th was a beautiful evening of celebrating African American culture and for NMSA families to come and enjoy the many experiences offered together. Nearly 100 families attended the event, and over 30 faculty and staff stayed after school to connect with them and to help make the vision into a wonderful reality.

El segundo Festival Familiar de NMSA reunió a la comunidad para celebrar la comunidad multicultural con un enfoque en apreciar la cultura afroamericana. Las familias fueron entretenidas por  artistas que incluyeron: breakdancers, un violinista de jazz, tambores africanos, música evangelio y espirituales. Todos los artistas fueron anunciados maravillosamente con un contexto reflexivo,  por la Sra. Tribble y presentada por la Sra. Robinson. Un chef local y propietario de un negocio afroamericano que se enfoca en los jóvenes creó un delicioso menú de comida para el alma. North Chicago Community Partners (NCCP) también sirvió alimentos gratis junto con libros de recetas para continuar explorando comida para el alma en la cocina en casa después del evento.

Las mesas de la cena estaban llenas de agradecimientos a increíbles innovadores y defensores afroamericanos, que también incluían presentaciones creadas por estudiantes de la clase del Sr. Hedman. Toda la decoración adicional que transformó el gimnasio en un hermoso espacio para eventos fue creada y decorada por estudiantes en las clases de arte por la Sra. Lundstrom. Los estudiantes embajadores se ofrecieron como voluntarios para apoyar todo en el evento, desde saludar a los invitados, servir la cena, y guiar a sus compañeros a través del enriquecimiento cultural y las actividades de artesanía proporcionadas por NCCP.

En general, el 19 de febrero fue una hermosa noche de celebración de la cultura afroamericana y para que las familias de la NMSA vengan y disfruten de las muchas experiencias que se ofrecen juntas. Cerca de 100 familias asistieron al evento, y más de 30 profesores y personal se quedaron después de la escuela para conectarse con ellos y ayudar a hacer de la visión una realidad maravillosa.

Jesse White Tumblers Springs into NMSA

This past week, the Jesse White Tumblers visited Neal Math and Science Academy displaying their incredible acrobatic skills.  They even incorporated NMSA staff in their performance. Thank you Jesse White Tumblers for an amazing show!

NMSA Family Festival

Neal Math and Science Academy is soaring to new heights to recognize and celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of our students. On October 9th, the NMSA community celebrated our first Family Festival, with a special spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month. The first NMSA Family Festival showcased the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month with dance, songs, artwork, games and fantastic food! Approximately 400 guests attended, including many wonderful parents, siblings, and special relatives of our students. It was great to see our community come together and we look forward to more upcoming multicultural events.

The gymnasium was transformed with banners of paper flags hand-cut with care by the students of Ms. Lundstrom’s art classes and paper flowers designed by NCCP After-School Enrichment Program youth, in honor of the rich and vibrant histories within Latin America. Creativity continued during the event. Teachers and community volunteers facilitated craft and game stations provided by North Chicago Community Partners. Families enjoyed traditional Mexican bingo, as well as Pirinola Toma Todo, a game popular throughout Latin America. Children also created decorative skulls for Day of the Dead to God’s Eye ornaments, an ancient symbol made by the Huichol of Mexico and the Aymara of Bolivia.

While the activities ensued, the Mariachi Band and Folklore Dancers were a hit. Students in the Mariachi Club with Mr. Rivera were inspired to continue developing their skills. Families listened while enjoying beef Barbacoa tacos courtesy of The Otherdoor in Lake Bluff, while others got up and danced! Between Mariachi sets, Folkloric dance routines were performed by Flor de Corezon, sponsored by Opportunities for All.

Families brought the fun home with crafted Pirinola games to play and an assortment of rice, beans and fresh produce to cook together, accompanied with recipe books by students in the Fresh Start Program.

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