Activities and Competitions
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind (OM) is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
Attention all OMers! New problem synopses for Odyssey of the Mind 2016-17 are online at: www.odysseyofthemind.com. It's never too early to think about participating, but our first priority is parent coaches. If you would consider supporting a team in the fall, please let us know. No experience necessary, we will get you started!
Junior First Lego League and First Lego League, while coordinated at school, is financially sponsored by families of participants, involves a limited number of students, grades 2-5. Teams are formed early in the school year, and parents are asked to coach. Competitions may be any time from November through January, usually Saturdays. This activity involves research, presentation, and robotic programming and engineering and is much more than building with Legos.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a life-changing, character development program geared for girls in third through fifth grade. Practices are held on Mondays and Wednesdays on the school premises. Girls who register MUST be able to commit to every practice and attend the 5K event. We ask that only girls who are able to make a full commitment consider this opportunity. See http://www.gotrde.org/html/ for more information.
Let me Run
What is Let Me Run?
Let Me Run is a seven-week running program for pre-teen and teenage boys, led by trained coaches from your community. Each team meets twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes, and the boys exercise and participate in fun activities, which help them learn how to express themselves, reach personal goals, and improve their overall wellness. At the end of the program, the boys celebrate their hard work with a 5k road race.
What does Let Me Run teach boys?
Let Me Run coaches guide the boys through lessons about wellness and well being, like respect, positive competition, and nutrition. Our lesson plans, including “Real Men Show their Feelings, Everyday Heroes, and Getting to Know You,” connect boys sole to soul by encouraging full expression of their individual feelings. Plus, the coaches instruct boys on proper running form and correct stretching techniques.
All boys in grades 4-5 are eligible for North Star’s Let Me Run program. The Fall (LMR) program will begin in early October and end in early December and will meet on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS.
World Math Day
All students at North Star are invited to play World Math Day, with a month of practice and two days of competition in March. This is a speed and accuracy game with one-minute rounds played against competitors from around the world. Students are matched with students of the same age and ability levels.
National Geographic Bee
The National Geographic Bee, sponsored by National Geographic, involves every fourth and fifth grader, with the school champion often qualifying for the state geography bee. Events run from November to January, with the state bee in April.
Market Day is the culminating activity for a fourth grade unit on economics and entrepreneurship. All fourth graders are expected to participate as part of the social studies curriculum. Support for ideas and materials, as well as advertising and accounting, comes from the classroom and the enrichment teacher.
All fourth and fifth graders participate in a school Spelling Bee with participants chosen from class championship rounds. The Red Clay School District usually has a spelling bee for school winners in the spring.
Fourth grade TAG students participant annually in a statewide contest involving Delaware History during the time of the ratification of the Constitution. Details of the Delaware Day contest are available early in the school year, and the group project is completed at school.