Mooneyham Elementary

Students Place in Top 10 in State Academic Competition

Jun 18, 2015

Teams of students from 31 Frisco ISD elementary schools participated in the Lone Star Challenge competition this spring, putting their reading, writing, math and science skills to the test.

For the second straight year, Borchardt Elementary won first place in the state.      

Students from six other Frisco ISD schools finished in the top ten, including Anderson, Bledsoe, Comstock, Mooneyham, Sparks and Taylor elementary schools.

Lone Star Challenge is patterned after Texas Academic Decathlon, with curriculum based mainly on the fundamentals of the STAAR testing program. 

Questions are taken from a study guide provided by the Texas Academic Decathlon/Lone Star Challenge test writers.

The theme of this year’s competition was the Middle Ages, with science and math questions focusing on the development of astronomy and alchemy in Europe, Medieval medicine and treatments, and innovations in agriculture and mechanical devices.

The language and social studies portion of the contest focused on historical fiction and the history of Medieval Europe.

The essay portion included three prompts based on the novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi.

The super quiz featured questions on the culture of the European Middle Ages, including manors and towns, fairs and markets, churches and cathedrals, and knights, castles and kings.

Written exams were given on each team’s individual campus and the District-wide Super Quiz took place in late April. The overall team totals were then calculated and sent to the state office, where they were compared to teams from across the state. A total of 86 Texas elementary schools took part.

Other participating FISD campuses included: Allen, Ashley, Elliott, Carroll, Christie, Curtsinger, Gunstream, Hosp, Isbell, McSpedden, Nichols, Ogle, Phillips, Pink, Purefoy, Riddle, Robertson, Rogers, Scott, Sem, Shawnee Trail, Smith, Sonntag and Spears elementary schools.

Medals were awarded on each campus to students with the top three scores in the competition areas of essay, math/science, social studies/reading, super quiz and overall competition score.