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Highland Optimist Oratorical Speech Contest

IMSA Fusion

An after school enrichment program. IMSA meets on Wednesdays after school from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.  IMSA Fusion, sponsored by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, is an after-school enrichment program for students who are talented, interested, and motivated in mathematics and science.  Students engage in a unit of study each semester through hands-on, inquiry-based activities.  Each unit of study concludes with a culminating project using the knowledge gained throughout the semester.  Mrs. Coziar and Mrs. Bernal are the sponsors for IMSA.

Chess Club
If you do not know how to play, we will provide instruction.  Chess sets are provided. At chess club, you will learn the basics of chess, how to improve your strategy, learn responsibility, build teamwork, and practice the rules of fair play.  Instruction will be provided by experienced middle and high school players. If chess club is cancelled for any reason, an announcement will be made. Chess club does not meet on non-school dates.

Math Team
Mrs. Dena Geiger is the Math Team Coach.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for the various math competitions held throughout the year. In the process of preparing for these competitions, data is analyzed, hypotheses are formulated, and unique methods for finding solutions are discovered. The program lasts from November to March. All middle school students who wish to extend their problem-solving skills are invited to participate.  Math Team meets on Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:00 pm.

Model UN

Mrs. Heather Athmer, Sponsor
Ms. Fiona Abbott, Sponsor

Model UN meets on Mondays from 2:45 to 4:00 pm, from October 1st to the end of February.  Based upon the United Nations, this program is designed to allow students to explore the inner workings of international problem-solving, cooperation, and debate.The program is open to all students with a teacher recommendation. Students will refine their researching skills on various countries and complete a written resolution on current topics important to our world.  Both serious and humorous topics are used as a basis for lively debates. Our year will culminate at the Tri-MUN conference in Collinsville;  a two day event where students may receive awards for resolutions and debates.

This year students who join Model UN are required to have a Teacher Recommendation letter. You will find the blank letter attached here.

For more information, please follow this link:  http://www.amunc.net/intro

Scholar Bowl
Mrs. Stephanie Schwappach is the coach for Scholar Bowl.  Scholar Bowl practices are held on Tuesdays from 2:45 to 4:30 pm.

Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad is a rigorous academic interscholastic competition that consists of a series of individual and team events which students prepare for during the year. Participation is open to interested students in the seventh and eighth grades. Students study and compete in the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications. The regional Science Olympiad is held at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in February each year.  We do not have a Science Olympiad Sponsor at this time.

Student Council
Mrs. Mecala Scholl and Mrs. Dawn Hubbard are Co-Sponsors.   The Student Council is to be a connection between the administration and students.