MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School will be participating in the 2016 Orange County Academic Pentathlon competition! We will have 7th and 8th graders involved in this prestigious academic event.
The events involved encompass the following five subject areas, with specific content designated by grade-level standards:
- Essay (one to two written pages)
- Literature (7th grade: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan, 8th grade: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis)
- Science (7th grade: Physical Principals, Structure & Functions; 8th grade: Chemistry)
- Social Science (7th grade: Medieval & Early Modern Times including Renaissance & Reformation, 8th grade: Civil War and Reconstruction)
Each grade level team consists of nine students from each of the following grade point average (GPA) categories:
Honor (GPA 3.75-4.00)*
Scholastic (GPA 3.00-3.74)*
Varsity (GPA 1.00-2.99) *
*All grades are assessed on an equal value; remedial and accelerated classes count the same as 'regular' classes. P.E., instrumental & vocal music, and technology classes are not included. Only academic electives are included in calculating the GPA.
All nine team members are eligible for individual awards in the five subject areas, excluding the Super Quiz. Only the top two cumulative scores in each GPA category will count toward the team total.
The Academic Pentathlon Scrimmage will be held at the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa. The final nine team members will be selected based on performance at this event.
The county-wide Academic Pentathlon Competition is scheduled for March 2017. The competition is held at Bolsa Grande High School in Garden Grove. Details will be posted, as they become available.