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ACADEMIC TEAM COACH, SOUTHRIDGE JUNIOR HIGH
Southridge Junior High Leopard Academic Team 2020/2021
Wednesday, September 9th, after school until 3:45
Do you like school? Are you good at a particular subject? Do you like competition? If you answered yes to these questions, Academic Team may be for you.
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 3:45, in Ms. Stevens’ room, 406. Practice/initial meeting will begin on 9th September 2019. Please see our calendar for specifics. Our teams participate in the Oklahoma Association for Academic Competitions, Scholastic tournaments to qualify for individual, subject area mastery tournaments, and in online tournaments (OAAC). Participation in the OAAC will be funded by the participants’ dues and fundraising to offset testing costs; therefore, we are asking for each team member to pay dues in the amount of $25.00. This money will assist in paying for the registration fees associated with OAAC, and the fees for each testing cycle. 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 (Southridge advanced to Area last year, and placed 1st in both District and Regional). 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.
- Subject specific Bowls: Each subject area has a “bowl” tournament. Last year, we were not aware of these tournaments, but this year, we would like to compete in these, if possible. We will explore/discuss these tournaments with the teachers/department heads for the respective subjects. Winners of these tournaments automatically qualify for the annual scholastic tournament.
- Online Tournaments- 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.
If you are interested in being part of the Southridge Academic Team, or as a parent, would like to volunteer to assist with practice or Team Events, please attend the Academic team meeting on Wednesday, September 4th. The meeting will be in room 406, and extend after school until 4:00 pm to accommodate testing and discussion of Academic team expectations. Please sign and return the form below to Ms. Stevens by September 4th. If you have questions contact Ms. Stevens @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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I give my child permission to stay after school to attend the academic team meeting on th September 2019. I understand that Academic team competitions occur after school hours throughout the district, and that I will be responsible for insuring my child is at the competition location at the required time, unless it is clearly stated that transportation will be provided by the district. I understand that my child must pay $25.00 in team dues, and must be dressed in a team shirt for all competitions which will be ordered in the near future. I have discussed with my child the commitment to study and participate fully in the Academic team, as his/her team mates are reliant upon his/her knowledge. I understand that this extracurricular activity is a team building activity as well as an academic/knowledge based competition. While we want the student’s to compete well, part of completion is Grace and knowing how to lose with humility and accountability versus defensiveness. That is the true mark of a brilliant, well rounded intellectual. This being said, bullying, harassment of team members, or competitors, teasing, or any behaviors not becoming an Academic Team member or a team player will result in demerits, and/or dismissal from the team.
My child is interested and has my permission to participate in the Southridge Junior High Academic Team. I have read the expectations with my student, and he/she understands the commitment they are making:
Will be picking my child up at 4:00 on September 9, 2019.
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