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Elementary, JH students ready for academic UIL events

By ROBERT WESTBROOK
Superintendent, Milano ISD

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holidays. I know our faculty, staff and students enjoyed getting away for a few days to enjoy fellowship with family and friends, not to mention the food and football. The school year is going by so quickly and it’s hard to believe it is almost December. The Christmas holidays will be here before we know it.

However, before we get to Christmas, we will have our elementary and junior high academic UIL contests, which are right around the corner. Our students have been busy preparing and on Dec. 4-5 will be competing in their district contest. The contest will be held in Thrall this year.

Each event is offered for different grade levels and has divisions as noted. The contests our students will be competing in are as follows:

Art (two divisions for grades 4-6 and 7-8); Calculator Applications (one division for grades 6-8); Creative Writing (one division for grade 2 only); Dictionary Skills (two divisions for grades 5-6 and 7-8); Editorial Writing (one division for grades 7-8); Impromptu Speaking (one division for grades 7-8); Listening (two divisions for grades 5-6 and 7-8); Maps, Graphs & Charts (two divisions for grades 5-6 and 7-8).

Also, Mathematics (one division for grades 6-8); Modern Oratory (one division for grades 7-8); Music Memory (two divisions for grades 3-4 and 5-6); Number Sense (two divisions for grades 4-6 and 7-8); One-Act Play (one division for grades 6-8); Oral Reading (two divisions for grades 4-6 and 7-9); Ready Writing (three divisions for grades 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8); Science I and II (grades 7 and 8, respectively); Social Studies (two divisions for grades 5-6 and 7-8); Spelling (three divisions for grades 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8); Storytelling (one division for grades 2-3).

Also, we will participate in a new event this year, which is being piloted by the UIL. We have students preparing for Chess, which is being offered to students in grades 2 through 8.

UIL academics are an integral part of our school. UIL academics rest at the very foundation of education, and the more students who get involved in these activities the better. It helps to increase the overall effectiveness of the school by reinforcing concepts and skills taught in the classroom.

While we hope to win in any contest, the goal is not always to win, but to instill success in later life so that students can learn beyond what was expected and for them to realize that persistence is the key to success in life. Our teachers and staff accept UIL academics as an extension of the classroom.

UIL academics are synonymous with achieving more success in the classroom not just through winning and losing, meeting or exceeding expectations, but because of the dedication and commitments students put into preparing for their contest.

Educational competition provides a perfect complement to the school’s basic educational mission, which is to develop a well prepared citizen for success in today’s demanding society. rwestbrook@milanoisd.net


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