Academic Competitions


There will be two required academic competitions for 6th and 7th graders.

  • All 6th graders will participate in the Texas History Day.  The Middle School SS teacher will  work with the students throughout the fall on their projects. Selected students will advance to the Regional Texas History Day Competition in February.
  • All 7th graders will participate in the Science Fair. The Middle School Science teacher will work with the students throughout the fall on their projects.  Selected students will advance to the Dallas Regional Science Fair in February.

Other middle-school students that are not in these grades can participate as well and should contact the Middle School SS/Science teacher respectively.

Individual competitions in Spelling and Geography- Students that would like to get a jumpstart on the Geography Bee, please contact the Academic Competition Coordinator to receive the study materials. Spelling materials will be distributed in September as they become available from Scripps.

There are 3 potential additional programs that can only happen with significant parental involvement:

  1. FIRST Robotics Lego Challenge (Grades 4-8) and Lego Jr. Challenge (Ages 6-9).
    • We need to form teams by JULY 15 so that we can register and start work on the Lego Robots in August when the  materials are released from FIRST.  
    • 10 members per team. We can field several teams.  This will be time intensive starting  in mid-August.
    • PARENT COACHES ARE NEEDED
    • WE ARE LOOKING AT HAVING A ZERO HOUR ROBOTICS PERIOD (7:00-7:45 am) IF WE HAVE ENOUGH  INTEREST.
  2. Destination Imagination (K-8) We can field several teams.
    • This will be time intensive starting right away in September.  
    • All parents of students on the team must assist.
  3. PSIA -  Private Schools Interscholastic Association (Grades 1-8) Only certain grades may participate in certain categories.
    • Students take individual tests in a big academic meet in February.  Tests  are in various subjects by grade level.  Please look at the subjects and see which ones your child may be interested in.

NEXT STEPS:

1. Everyone should review the presentation, check out the websites, and watch the videos embedded in the presentation. Talk with your child and see what they may be interested in.

2.  PICK ONE THING! Maybe a PSIA event or two, perhaps the ROBOTICS TEAM. Do not over-commit!  To do well in these competitions, preparation is the key!

3.  We will have individual meetings in early August for Robotics, PSIA and DI.