Join the Club
Get involved with other students who are interested in the same things you are. Ask your teacher or counselor about activities and clubs you can join. Maybe there's an art group. Perhaps you can join a chess club. Or you might want to try out for your school's Academic Team.
Quick Recall is an academic game played by two teams with exactly four players each. Questions for Quick Recall coordinate with the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition's (KAAC's) Elementary Content Areas. Players use a lock-out buzzer system to ring in before the other team's players on "tossup" questions. Ringing in first gives that individual the right to answer the question. If the tossup question is answered correctly in the appointed time limit, that person's team gets a bonus question read to them. Teams may confer on bonus questions. If the team who won the bonus answers incorrectly, the other team gets the opportunity to answer. This is called the "bounce-back bonus."
As members of a problem-solving team, students learn to work together in an ever-changing environment. It involves gathering and sharing information; brainstorming ideas; defining a specific problem that, if solved, may lead to the solution of other problems; selecting and improving on a best solution; and describing that solution so that others understand. The problem-solving process helps students improve their research skills; improve their thinking skills, both creative and critical; and increase their communication skills. Teams compete in a practice session during the league season and compete again at Mayor's Cup in March.
The purpose of the JCPS Mayor's Cup is to provide a showcase for the academic accomplishments of Jefferson County elementary students. Three to five schools compete at various sites in this tournament (similar to KAAC's Governor's Cup District), which takes place in March each year. It is the culmination of the academic competition season for elementary students. The material used in the competition is reflective of the curriculum being taught in the schools. It is designed to encourage students to increase their knowledge in all subjects by being an active participant in the local school program. About 1,800 students from 60 elementary schools compete in the Mayor's Cup academic competition each year. In addition to team competitions in Quick Recall and problem solving, individual students compete in written assessments in math, science, language arts, composition, fine arts, and social studies.