Academic Teams & Fairs

CRHS West Deanery Math Contest
This contest is hosted annually at Cardinal Ritter. It is a competition to challenge the student’s math skills. Students in grades 5-8 will be competing along with students in the West Deanery schools that are invited to attend. The test has about 20-25 multiple-choice math problems and word problems. Subjects included are math grade levels 5-8, pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry.


 

history fairNational History Day Competition
National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in the Kenneth E. Behring National Contest each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park. Saint Susanna has multiple students advancing from the regional contest to the state level contest held in May at Marian University each year. Saint Susanna students have also competed on the national level in past years.


 

IMG_1162M.A.T.H. Bowl
The Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) sponsors M.A.T.H. Bowl annually and benefits all students in Indiana. M.A.T.H Bowl is an interscholastic academic competition program for elementary school students that sponsor an opportunity to compete in academics similar to the way they compete in athletics. Saint Susanna participates with 1-2 student teams from grades 4-6. Practices are held twice weekly from mid-January through the end of February. The competition through Purdue University is held in Thorntown at the end of February. The competition is made up of four rounds with three different team members competing in each round. Each consists of eight multiple-choice questions. Several different math concepts are covered that require higher level thinking and applications to real world concepts. The competition is based on The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) publication Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics. This includes thirteen curriculum standards. Over 500 teams participate each year in the annual Indiana M.A.T.H. Bowl Competition and we have placed in the top ten statewide. St. Susanna has about 35 M.A.T.H. Bowl members each year.


 

Spell Bowl
The Indiana Association of School Principals (IASP) sponsors Spell Bowl annually and benefits all students in Indiana. Spell Bowl is an interscholastic academic competition program for elementary school students that sponsor an opportunity to compete in academics similar to the way they compete in athletics. Saint Susanna participates with 1-2 student teams from grades 4-6. The competition is made up of eight rounds with a different team member competing in each round. Each round consists of seven words. Practices are held every Tuesday in the fall until the competition.


 

Science Bowl
Competitive Bowl that deals with Science concepts competing against students throughout the state of Indiana. We meet two to three times per week beginning in December through February and is open to 5th and 6th Grade students. Students take computerized tests individually or in a group.


 

History Fair
National History Day in Indiana is a project-based learning program that encourages students to explore their own interests in history, conduct research and create projects in the form of exhibits, documentaries, original dramatic performances, papers and websites.
Educators use History Day in their classrooms because it fits a wide variety of academic standards, teaches presentation and critical thinking skills, and makes history fun for students of all abilities. The program is available for Indiana youth in grades four through 12. Students in grades 7 and 8 at Saint Susanna compete and are judged at during our History Fair and then winners progress to the regional and possibly to the state level. Winners selected may become eligible to compete at The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Md., in June.


Science Fair
Students in Grades 5 and 6 create science fair boards utilizing topics of their choice. Their board must follow the Scientific Method. These projects are individual or group. The student’s projects are judged at our school and those that qualify advance to the regional level competition held at Marian University. The winners of that competition may advance to the state level.