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Please note: The following information is from the 2016-17 school year. Please check back in the Fall for updates for 2017-18!


Are YOU up to the Challenge?


This year, the Puesta del Sol PTA is sponsoring the Academic Challenge for Grades K through 5.  The Academic Challenge is a way for students to challenge themselves and be rewarded for learning outside of school. Our goal is to foster a love of learning and exploration beyond the classroom. This is an optional PTA-sponsored program.

How Do I Earn an Academic Challenge Trophy?

Students must complete at least 4 Challenge Activities, each one from a different Challenge Category.  Final submission form is mandatory and available online.

How Do I Earn an Academic Challenge Principal’s Medal and a Trophy?


Students must complete 7 Challenge Activities.  Only one activity per Challenge Category can be applied towards the Principal’s Medal. Final submission form is mandatory and available online.

Challenge Activity

-Complete 4 to Receive a Trophy
-Complete 7 to Receive the Principal’s Medal

Challenge Category

Due Date

1.  Reflections Project Arts October 24, 2016

2  a) Multi-Cultural Project
   - - - - - - - OR - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    b) Passport Club
        (Complete Levels 1-5 + 7 Special Itineraries)

Social Studies a) March 16, 2017
   - -  - - - - - - - -
b)  March Passport
Check Day (March 31)
3.  Science Fair Presentation

Science May 10, 2017
4.  Book Reviews (5)

Literature April 28, 2017
5.  Computer Programming (5 hours)

Technology April 28, 2017
6.  Keyboarding (5 hours)

Business April 28, 2017
7.  Math (10 hours, in addition to assigned homework) Math April 28, 2017

Awards will be granted at a school-wide assembly in June.


Challenge Activities - Detailed Guidelines and Forms  

Book Reviews and time sheets for math, keyboarding, and computer programming may be turned in to the office in the box labeled Academic Challenge during the week of TBD.  Papers should be stapled together or sealed in an envelope.  You must include the Final Submission Form.  Please remember to include an email address in case the Academic Challenge Coordinator needs to contact you.

Absolutely no late work will be accepted. 

  1. Reflections ProjectComplete and submit an entry in the national PTA’s Reflections contest in one of the following areas: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Musical Composition, Dance, or Movie. Due: October 24, 2016

  2. a) Multi-Cultural Project:  Decorate the paper doll provided to represent a country and complete the cultural information worksheet. Project must reflect a minimum of two hours of effort to be displayed during International Festival and to receive credit for the Academic Challenge. No repeat countries!  Due: March 16, 2017

    OR  b) Passport Club:  
    Complete levels 1-5 for Passport Club and 7 Special Itineraries for months September - March.  Due: March Passport Check Day

  3. Science Fair Presentation: Complete a science project and presentation for the school Science Fair. You will use the scientific process to explore a topic of your choice and create a display to be shared. Due: May 10, 2017

  4. Book Reviews: Read 5 books at your reading level and complete a book review for each book.  Remember to use the correct grade-level form. Due: April 28, 2017.
    1. Kindergarten/First
    2. Second/Third
    3. Fourth/Fifth
  5. Computer Programming: Complete at least 5 hours of programming in any computer language (e.g. Java, Python, etc.). Students can use books, online tutorials, after-school classes, etc. to earn credit.  
    1. -
    2. Khan Academy - (free)
    3. Kodu Game Lab -

    Computer programming time sheets can be found here.  Due: April 28, 2017
  6. Keyboarding: Practice for at least 5 hours with any program of your choice.  All the Right Type is the keyboarding program recommended by BSD. Other keyboarding programs are fine too. Just get typing!
    1. Typing Tutor - (free)
    2. Dance Mat Typing – (free)
    3. All the Right Type –

    Keyboarding timesheets can be found hereDue: April 28, 2017
  7. Math: Complete at least 8 additional hours of math outside regularly assigned classwork and homework to earn credit.  Some suggestions are (free), Math Olympiad, Hands-On Equations, tutoring, workbooks, online programs, etc.  Please note: DreamBox will NOT be accepted.  

    Math timesheets can be found here.  Due: April 28, 2017


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