What is Academic Team?
Academic Team is a group of students who represent Southridge Junior High and the Moore Public School District in the Oklahoma Association for Academic Competition in academic and scholastic competitions against other Oklahoma middle school teams. All 7th and 8th graders at Southridge are welcome to attend practice and to try out for the team. We will practice most Wednesdays, from 2:30 to 3:30, in Ms. Stevens’ room, 406. Practices/ initial tryouts will begin on 5th September 2018. Please see our calendar for specifics. Our teams participate in the Oklahoma Association for Academic Competition (OAAC). Members will also have the opportunity to compete individually at independent scholastic meets, where they will take tests in subjects of their choice. As this is the initial year for Southridge Academic Team, we are asking for each team member to pay dues in the amount of $15.00. This money will assist in paying for the registration fees associated with OAAC. Each member will also be asked to purchase a polo shirt to wear to competition.
- Moore Interscholastic Challenge- On the first Saturday of December each year, we will compete in the MISC. This event is hosted at Brink Junior High; this is an independent academic meet where students compete individually by taking a paper test in subject areas of their choosing. This competition offers the opportunity for students to win trophies, certificates, and medals. More importantly, it gives each student an opportunity to intellectually compete while simultaneously expanding their knowledge.
- Academic Bowl tournaments- Mid Level Academic Bowl is a playoff series for students in 7th and/or 8th grade. Once the team has been enrolled, it will be assigned to a regional group. All schools play district and regional with the top teams advancing to Area. District and Regional tournaments will be held before Semester break. The top teams advance to Area, held second semester before the end of the first week of February. The top Area teams advance to the Challenge of the Champions held on the first Saturday after Presidents Day in February. Most schools have two teams, but we will create our teams based upon student interest and response. Registration of teams is due to OAAC NLT: September 20.
- Competition Categories-The subject areas/ we will be studying and competing in will be: mathematics, science social studies, humanities and fine arts, current events and language arts. While students will be allowed to choose and focus on their individual strengths, all team members will study all areas during practice and at home to insure familiarity with the questions they may be asked across all subject matter.
- Online Tournaments- As our program expands, we will compete in online academic competitions which will be held at our home school site. Students will compete in teams against other schools throughout the state in multiple subject areas. 7th & 8th grade students are included in the mid-level division for Online Tournaments. An Online Tournament is a team event. There is no limit to the size of the team. Team membership may change from one subject area to the next. Registration for online tournaments are due by 1 November, we will determine if we are going to participate in these based upon student response.