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Art Smart   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.
Chess Puzzle Solving  

Chess puzzle competition is very different from tournament chess play. Contestants in a chess puzzle contest receive a paper-and-pencil test that includes a series of chess boards with pieces in particular positions. The contestant must then determine the fewest moves to checkmate given that particular board layout. Time is also a factor - contestants are scored based on the most puzzles solved in the least amount of time. See below for a sample test.

Creative/ Ready Writing

Texas has put a great emphasis on writing skills at all levels of school and all levels of state-wide testing.  Creative Writing (2nd grade) is designed to promote creativity in an academic format and to encourage writing skills at an early grade level. Through preparation for the contest, students will be able to evaluate their own writing and the writing of others.  Ready Writing (3rd-8th grade) builds upon those skills and helps students refine their writing abilities.

Dictionary Skills   Thorough knowledge of the dictionary is a way to increase a student's ability to find the information that is needed for class work as well as everyday living.  The subject matter of all tests is taken from Merriam-Webster's Intermediate Dictionary.
Maps, Graphs, & Charts        

This contest is designed to help students learn to get information from a variety of maps, graphs and charts including world maps, pie charts, bar charts and local area maps. The objective test will measure skills such as using a reference book to locate information, making comparisons, estimating and approximating, using scale and interpreting grid systems, legends and keys.

Number Sense
  Learning to complete math problems quickly is a valuable skill in all facets of life.  This contest provides opportunities for students to further develop and then apply their math knowledge and skills.
Oral Reading   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. The oral reading competition should be an extension of the classroom literary and language arts activities in poetry, short stories and children's fiction.
Social Studies   This contest is designed to encouarge students to expand their knowledge of social studies, particularly in the areas of history, government systems, economics, citizenship, and culture.
Spelling   This contest is designed to expose students to a wide variety of vocabulary words, rules of the English language, meanings, and definitions, and root words.
Storytelling    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.

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Nondiscrimination Statement:
It is the policy of Edinburg CISD not to discriminate on the basis of sex, age, handicap, religion, race, color, or national origin in its educational programs.
Es poliza del Distrito Escolar de Edinburg el no discriminar por razones con base en sexo, edad, religion, raza, color origen nacional, ni discapacidad dentro de sus programas educacionales.

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