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.
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.
Mrs. Becker coordinates teams and provides new coaches and reams with resources necessary for a successful season.
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.
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 the Scripps Spelling Bee. Ten finalists compete in a championship round as they are cheered on by their friends and families. The school champion then participates in the state spelling bee in the spring.
2015 brought the return of Science Olympiad for elementary students in the state of Delaware. Since then, North Star has boasted a team comprised of fourth and fifth graders. These students participate in study and hands-on events. The state-wide competition takes place in the spring.
Pi Day is a day to celebrate influential mathematicians and scientists. Students are challenged to memorize digits of pi. Winners have the opportunity to throw a pie at the principal!