Chess Club
What it is: Students will participate in the game of chess including levels ranging from starter, novice, intermediate and advanced.
Who can join: 2nd-5th Grades, by application only
Meeting: Tuesdays; 3:00-3:45
Sponsors: Ms. Casey, Ms. Joor, Mr. Morgan
Duration: September-April

We Do Robotics
What it is: Students will use Lego WeDoRobotics kits and laptops with software to create objects with movable parts.
Who can join: 2nd Grade
Meeting: Mondays; 3:00-3:45
Sponsors: Ms. Santineau
Duration: February-April

Art Club
What it is: Students will be participating in art beyond what is seen in the classroom.
Who can join: 4th and 5th Graders, by application only
Meeting: Tuesdays; 3:00-4:00
Sponsors: Ms. Thurman
Duration: October 17 through December 12

Rockin’ Riders
What is it: Students will participate in after school choir that will perform in a combined concert that includes 5 nearby elementary schools, Grisham MS choir, Canyon Vista MS choir, and Westwood HS. This concert will be at the RRISD Performing Arts Center by McNeil High School on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  
We will also perform at our Veteran’s Day assembly at Purple Sage on Friday, November 10, 2017.
Who Can Join: 3rd-5th Grade, by application only
Meeting: Thursdays, 3:00-3:45pm
Contact: Ms. Coggin
Duration: September – April

SAM – Spanish Academic Meet
What is it: Students will participate in storytelling that develops skills in listening, thinking, and speaking.  This contest also allows for the development of creative expression, something being given more attention in the professional world.
Who Can Join: 2nd-3rd Grade
Meeting: Thursday, 3:00-3:45pm
Contact: Ms. Laurence/Ms.Rivera
Duration: October-December


UIL A+ Academics includes a variety of events that span the curriculum. They are designed to complement and expand upon what students are learning in the  classroom. Students learn specific subject knowledge and skills to apply across disciplines. Approximately 3,000 Texas schools participate in A+ Academics.



Grades 3-5

Meets: Mondays from 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. in Rm. 28

The spelling contest is designed to give students exposure to a wide variety of vocabulary words. It is not a contest of memorization. For the most educational value, preparation for this contest should include instruction in the rules of the English language, meanings and definitions, and root words. In addition to learning to spell proficiently, contestants will learn to write clearly and to capitalize words properly. Students will write down words given by the pronouncer on their paper at a rate of approximately five words per minute

Contact: Ms. Makawi,


Music Memory

Grades 3-5

Meets: Mondays from 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. in the music room

The focus of the music memory contest is an in-depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives and their music. The official list is comprised of 16 pieces. There are no separate titles for grades 3/4 and 5/6. Spelling and punctuation are part of the contest. To receive full credit for an answer, all information about the composer and musical selection should be complete as shown on the official list.

Contact: Mrs. Coggin,


Oral Reading

Grades 4 & 5

Meets: Tuesdays from 2:50-3:30 p.m. in the library

Reading literature out loud provides opportunities for students to analyze the text, to grow and to develop as a performer, to communicate a message to an audience and to perform an artistic creation. Students in grades 4 and 5 read a selection of poetry. Each selection may be one poem, a cutting of a poem, or a combination of poems. The same selection may be read in all rounds, but different selections are permissible. Selections must be published although the poet may be unknown or anonymous.

Contacts: Ms. Jones,



Grades 3-5

Meets: Thursdays from 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. in Rm. 19

To tell a story, the participant must develop skills in listening, thinking and speaking. This contest also allows for the development of creative expression, something being given more attention in the professional world. For practice, teachers can use stories from any good children’s books or magazines.

Contacts: Mrs. Salazar, and Mrs. Galindo,



Grades 4 & 5

Meets: Thursdays from 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. in Rm. 8

The art contest involves the study of 40 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and from Texas art galleries and museums. Students learn to recognize and

identify various works of art and the artists who created them. As part of their study, they will demonstrate a basic understanding of art history and interpret ideas and moods in original art works.

Contact: Mrs. Bond,


Chess Puzzles

Grades 4 & 5

Meets: Thursdays from 3:00 – 3:50 p.m. in the science lab

The benefits of chess are well documented for players of all ages, and especially for young people. Chess teaches problem solving, hones concentration and encourages analytical and strategic thinking. Chess can be a lifelong pursuit. Chess puzzle solving introduces students to the study of chess in a format that can be easily implemented in A+ school programs and district meets. *Must be a coach in chess club.

Contact: Ms. Casey, and Mr. Morgan