Contig is a game involving three dice that contestants multiply, add, divide or subtract in some fashion to match numbers listed on a game board. The game promotes the ability of students to remember and use math facts. Students in 4th through 6th Grade compete within their class. Classroom winners will then compete and the overall winner goes on to play in the County Contig Contest.
The Current Events test is open to students in 8th Grade and will consist of 275 to 325 multiple choice, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questions. It covers all areas of current events. Topics covered will be from May 2015 to May 2016, and will include all of the following: local, state, national and international politics, business, sports, entertainment, medicine, special interests, and others.
Students in 4th-8th Grades participate in the National Geographic Geography Bee for a chance to compete in the Illinois state Geography Bee. The winner of the Illinois State Geography Bee will have the opportunity to compete nationally in Washington, D.C. along with students from across the nation. Classroom Geography Bees will take place in December and the school Geography Bee will be in January.
Every other year, 7th and 8th grade science students participate in an in-house science fair. Students are required to choose a scientific question, research the topic, conduct experiments, and report their findings. Students compete against other classmates in both grades and work on their projects in science class.
Students in 5th-8th Grades participate in the Argus Spelling Bee for a chance to compete in February at Augustana College with other area students to win a trip to Washington, DC in the National Scripps Spelling Bee Competition. All preliminary practices and bees are held in each homeroom class with winners from each room being the representative for the final bee held in early February.