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    2021-2022 PSIA

     

    ACA will participate in the following events this year:

    Storytelling-Grades 1 & 2: Coached by Ms. Brookby  and Mrs. Neill  Practice Day: Weds   Practice Time:  4:00-4:30

    Storytelling-Grade 3: Coached by Ms. Martin      Practice Day: Weds   Practice Time:  4:00-4:30

    Music Memory-Grades 3, 4, 5: Coached by Ms. Johnson   Practice Day: Weds   Practice Time:  4:00-4:45

    Listening Skills-Grades 4 & 5: Coached by Mrs. Martin     Practice Day:  Mon    Practice Time:  4:00-4:45

    Art Memory-Grades 6, 7, 8: 5 SPACES AVAILABLE.  Contact Mrs. Neill at kimberly.neill@acaedu.net if interested. Coached by Ms. Colvin       Practice Day:  Mon    Practice Time:  4:20-5:00

    Science-Grades 6, 7, 8:  Coached by Ms. Congleton   Practice Day:  TBD   Practice Time:  4:20-5:00

    Mathematics-Grades 6, 7, 8: Coached by Ms. Stanley     Practice Day:  Thurs  Practice Time:  4:20-5:00

    *Modern Oratory-Grades 7 & 8:  Coached by Mr. Pfaffengut   Practice Day: Weds   Practice Time 4:20-5:00

    *Impromptu Speaking-Grades 7 & 8: Coached by Mr. Pfaffengut   Practice Day:  Weds Practice Time: 4:20-5:00

     

    *Modern Oratory and Impromptu Speaking practices will alternate weeks so that a student may participate in both if desired.

     

    **One Act Play--Grades 6-8**   

    **Look for email and Remind from Ms. Dishman regarding auditions.**

     

     

     Space in each contest event is limited to maximize engagement, participation, and safety.  Students will be placed in contest category groups in the date & time order in which the registration forms were submitted.  Students are not guaranteed placement in all choices. 

     

     

    The PSIA (Private School Interscholastic Association) Mission:

    To inspire private, parochial, charter, and home-school student achievement through academic competition.

     PSIA

    What is PSIA?

    With 20 contest categories covering a wide range of disciplines in 62 academic contests, PSIA provides an exciting opportunity for students in grades 1 through 8 to engage in academic competition with their peers throughout the state of Texas.  PSIA remains the most comprehensive academic extra-curricular program in the nation for students in grades 1 – 8.

     

    PSIA Contests

     

    Grades

    Event

    1st

    2nd

    3rd

    4th

    5th

    6th

    7th

    8th

    Art Memory

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Calculator Applications

     

     

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    Creative Writing

    X

    X

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dictionary Skills

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Impromptu Speaking

     

     

     

     

     

     

    X

    X

    Information Skills

           

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Listening Skills

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Maps, Charts, and Graphs

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Mathematics

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Modern Oratory

     

     

     

     

     

     

    X

    X

    Music Memory

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Number Sense

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    On-Site Drawing

     

     

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    One Act Play

             

    X

    X

    X

    Prose Interpretation

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Ready Writing

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Science

     

     

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    Spelling

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    X

    Storytelling

    X

    X

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Vocabulary

     

     

     

     

    X

    X

    X

    X

     

     

    *Arlington Classics Academy sends out participation information after Fall Break through district and campus communication*   

    Visit www.psiaacademics.org for more information and description of each competitive event or click the links below: 

    Objective Events

    Subjective Events

    ACA will not offer all 20 contest categories this year.  

     Contest Category offerings are subject to  coach availability and may change from year to year.
     
     
    Who is eligible to participate in PSIA?
     

    Any ACA student who is currently enrolled in Grades 1-8 may participate in any contest that is being offered for the student's grade level.

     

    Parents must register students during the Registration Window in order for the student to participate.

     

    What are the Student's Responsibilities?

     

    Students who choose to participate in the PSIA extracurricular program must demonstrate Wisdom, Vigilance, Courage, and Strength by:

     

    Meeting or exceeding the behavior and participation expectations during practice sessions.

     

    Maintaining passing academic grades.

     

    Maintaining a Citizenship Grade of "S" or better at all times.

     

    Committing to practicing and studying for the contest outside of the scheduled practice times.

     

    Understanding that participating in practice does not guarantee that you will be selected as a contestant at the Area Meet.

     

    Attending all scheduled practice sessions to the best of your ability.

     

    What are the Parent's Responsibilities? 

     

    Register within the Registration window.

     

    Give a valid email address and phone number on the Registration Form.

     

    Read all ACA communication regarding PSIA and ask questions when needed.

     

    Recognize that not all students who participate will be selected to compete at the Area Meet.  Each contest has specific rules regarding the number of competitors ACA may take to the Area Meet. 

     

    Support your student in practicing at home.  Students will take practice tests periodically in the scheduled practice sessions. Performance across these tests will be averaged, and students will be ranked to determine who will compete at the Area Meet.

     

    Honor the ACA PSIA Coaches by:

               Knowing your child's schedule.  (to be sent home)

               Knowing the drop off and pick up procedures. (to be posted and sent home)

              Understanding the Late Pick Up Policy:  On the 3rd time a student is picked up more than 10 minutes after the Pick Up Window ends, the student will no longer be eligible to  participate in practice sessions or in competition. 

     

    If your student is selected to compete in the Area Meet:

              Provide your own transportation and attend the Meet for the entire Meet.  (Date TBD: a Saturday between February 18 and March 26, 2021; Location TBD)

              Volunteer at the Area Meet.

     

    If your student is selected to advance to the State Meet:

              Provide your own transportation and attend the Meet for the entire Meet:  April 30, 2022 (One-Act Play: April 1-2, 2022).

              Volunteer at the State Meet.

     

     

    What are the Coach's Responsbilities?

     

    At the first session:

              Teach participation and behavior expectations.

              Explain the contest rules.

              Explain how many students may compete in the Area Meet and how they will be selected.

              Send home printed information about practice schedule, important dates, and contest information.

     

    At every other session:

             Provide instruction, practice, and feedback aligned to the contest rules.

             Periodically give tests and follow PSIA guidelines for Area Meet Competitor Selection.

             Attend the Area Meet.

     

    If any of the students on your team advance to the State Meet:

             Provide instruction, practice, and feedback in scheduled sessions.

             Attend the State Meet.

     

     

      Before You Register
     

    When choosing events, keep in mind that students cannot compete in events that test at the same time on Competition Day.

     

    Students may join the practice teams and practice for events that occur at the same time; however, if a student is ultimately selected to compete in two events that are held at the same time, the student will have to make a choice and will only be able to compete in one of the conflicting events. 

     

    This chart, PSIA Conflict Pattern 2022, shows the order of events and lists the exceptions for Speech Events.

     

     

    If you have questions, please contact Kim Neill, Director of Academic Services.