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What is the Academic Challenge?


The Academic Challenge is a free enrichment program for all students in K-5 at Puesta del Sol. This is an optional, non-competitive program for students to challenge themselves, and foster a love of learning and exploration beyond the classroom. Activities can be completed in Spanish or English. To keep things fresh and interesting, some requirements have changed! 

How Do I Earn an Academic Challenge Trophy?

Students must complete at least 5 out of the 7 activities, each one from a different Challenge Category.  Final submission form is mandatory.

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


Students complete 7 activities.  Only one activity per Challenge Category is applied towards the medal. Final submission form is mandatory.

Challenge Activity

-Complete 5 to Receive a Trophy
-Complete 7 to Receive the Principal’s Medal

Challenge Category

Due Date

1.  Reflections Project Arts October 27, 2017

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

Social Studies a) April 27, 2018 or
   - -  - - - - - - - -
b)  March Check Day
3.  Science Fair Presentation

Science April 26, 2018
4.  Book Reviews (5)

Literature April 27, 2018
5.  Computer Programming (5+ hours)

Technology April 27, 2018
6.  Keyboarding (5+ hours)

Business April 27, 2018
7.  Math (10+ hours) Math April 27, 2018

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 April 23-27.  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. Reflections entries must follow Reflections guidelines to count towards Academic Challenge.  Due: October 27, 2017

  2. a) Multi-Cultural Project:  2018 Winter Olympics:  Choose a country of your heritage or country of your choice to research. Decorate the paper ‘doll’ provided online (print it out) to represent the country’s 2018 Winter Olympic Uniform and complete the worksheet.If the country chosen does not have an Olympic uniform, then the doll may be decorated in traditional attire. Projects may be displayed at school or during International Festival.  
    Due: April 27, 2018

    OR  b) Passport Club:  
    Complete levels 1-5 for Passport Club and 7 Special Itineraries for months September - March.  Due: March Check Day (March 29, 2018)

  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: April 26, 2018

  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 27, 2018.
    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. Code.org - http://www.code.org
    2. Khan Academy - http://www.khanacademy.org (free)
    3. Kodu Game Lab - http://www.kodugamelab.com

    Computer programming time sheets Due: April 27, 2018
  6. Keyboarding: Practice for at least 5 hours with any program of your choice.  Typing Quest is the keyboarding program recommended by BSD. Other keyboarding programs are fine too. Just get typing!
    1. Typing Tutor - www.typingweb.com (free)
    2. Dance Mat Typing – www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ (free)
    3. All the Right Type – www.ingenuityworks.com

    Keyboarding timesheets : Due: April 27, 2018
  7. Math: Complete at least 10 additional hours of math outside regularly assigned classwork and homework to earn credit.  Some suggestions are KhanAcademy.org (free), Math Olympiad, Hands-On Equations, tutoring, workbooks, online programs, etc. 
    ** Please note: DreamBox will NOT be accepted.  

    Math timesheets : Due: April 27, 2018

** Specific guidelines, forms, timesheets, and the final submission form can also be found in the school office.

Scholarship Information: Financial Aid

Questions or support needed? Contact Jessica Heringer at AcademicChallenge@puestadelsolpta.org