ACADEMIC TEAMS

Middle School Academic Teams

Mathletics Club – MATHCOUNTS

Mathletics is an elite academic team, generated for students who excel in math. The participants of this club will practice each week to prepare for an individual online contest which will take place in the spring against students in Florida. This club provides an enrichment opportunity to participate in an academic activity and to gain recognition for mathematical achievement. The goal of the contest is educational and to promote enjoyment in the study of math for grades 6-8.

 

Model United Nations Club

Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly which introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making. Students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN. Our goal this year is to represent our school in two competitions, one being in New York.

 

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is a special science competition in which school-based teams of up to 15 students compete in 23 events across various science fields. In previous years, our students prepared for and competed in events spanning fields such as astronomy, anatomy, chemistry, entomology, geology, physics, and mechanical engineering. The Science Olympiad program is a wonderful opportunity to involve students in all disciplines of science and continue their learning well beyond that of the classroom.

 

Seaperch

Seaperch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students to build an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Seaperch is not just a program, it is a competition. Students who successfully complete a Seaperch build can participate in local and regional competitions.

 

Yearbook Club

Yearbook Club is a group of devoted, highly mature students who work with the co-sponsors to produce a printed record of the school year using Lifetouch’s portraits and programs. It is a high-quality production that takes weeks and months on end of planning, executing, and meticulous editing so we can sell an amazing physical hardback yearbook to commemorate our amazing RCSAM students, faculty, staff, and summarize the years big events and programs.


Student Council

The goal is to give a group of elective and volunteer students an opportunity to work together and develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare the student council is the voice of the student body.


Robotics-FLL Team

First LEGO League teams research real world problems such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology, then compete on a tabletop playing field. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges.


Honor Society

As you begin the early stages of greater independence and responsibility as a middle level student, you may discover that you excel in your studies, have an interest in leadership and service, and have a thirst for challenge … and accomplishment. Through exclusive resources, programs, and services, members have a unique opportunity to prepare for their next steps in life. Membership truly lays the groundwork for lifelong success.


FLL Jr. [Grades 2 & 3 only]

Using LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Base Set and Software, students explore the exciting world of robotics! Florida Lego League Jr. makes science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and coding come to life. The unique combination of the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software, and engaging standards based projects results in a resource that builds students’ confidence to ask questions, define problems and design their own solutions by putting STEM learning directly in their hands. FLL Jr. is an academic club for 2nd and 3rd grade and students will be invited to attend after all applications have been reviewed.

 

Mathletics [Grades 4 & 5 only]

Mathletics is an elite academic team, created for students who excel in math. The participants of this club will practice each week to prepare for an individual online contest which will take place in the spring against students in Florida. This club provides an enrichment opportunity to participate in an academic activity and to gain recognition for mathematical achievement. The goal of the contest is educational and to promote enjoyment in the study of math for grades 4-5. Each contest includes topics appropriate for each grade at a higher academic level. The questions cover a variety of areas requiring students to use higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. The contest consists of topics of interest to above-average students. All participants are expected to attend the club each week, with their required materials, and ready to practice for the official contest. They will apply their knowledge and explore new resolutions. Each school receives certificates of achievement for its highest scoring students in each grade level. The commitment is high and there will be a rigorous selection process after the completion of the application form. The biggest benefits of this team include rigorous questions, academic acceleration, and better college preparation at a younger age. Mathletics students may be eligible to take high school classes in middle school. The purpose of this elite academic team is to provide a positive experience for students who find problem-solving discussions stimulating and for those who enjoy a challenge.

 

Dot and Dash

Imagine it, build it, and make it go! Using Dot and Dash Blocky and Wonder apps, students will explore the exciting world of robotics! Students will code robots to complete several different missions. Missions will increase in intensity. Students will complete logs and videos for each mission. Missions will be submitted for competitions. Today’s elementary students are tomorrow’s creative problem-solvers. Equip them with the necessary STEM knowledge and skills to be innovative and imaginative thinkers.

 


 

Elementary Academic Club Descriptions 2021-2022 School Year

FLL Jr. [Grades 2 & 3 only] - invitation only

Using LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Base Set and Software, students explore the exciting world of robotics! Florida Lego League Jr. makes science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and coding come to life. The unique combination of the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software, and engaging standards-based projects results in a resource that builds students’ confidence to ask questions, define problems and design their own solutions by putting STEM learning directly in their hands. FLL Jr. is an academic club for 2nd and 3rd grade and students will be invited to attend after all applications have been reviewed. Yearly Fee of $125 is required upon acceptance.

 

Mathletics [Grades 4 & 5 only] - invitation only

Mathletics is an elite academic team, created for students who excel in math. The participants of this club will practice each week to prepare for an individual online contest which will take place in the spring against students in Florida. This club provides an enrichment opportunity to participate in an academic activity and to gain recognition for mathematical achievement. The goal of the contest is educational and to promote enjoyment in the study of math for grades 4-5. Each contest includes topics appropriate for each grade at a higher academic level. The questions cover a variety of areas requiring students to use higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. The contest consists of topics of interest to above-average students. All participants are expected to attend the club each week, with their required materials, and ready to practice for the official contest. They will apply their knowledge and explore new resolutions. Each school receives certificates of achievement for its highest scoring students in each grade level. The commitment is high and there will be a rigorous selection process after the completion of the application form. The biggest benefits of this team include rigorous questions, academic acceleration, and better college preparation at a younger age. Mathletics students may be eligible to take high school classes in middle school. The purpose of this elite academic team is to provide a positive experience for students who find problem-solving discussions stimulating and for those who enjoy a challenge. No Fee

 

Science Olympiad [Grades 3-5]  - invitation only

The Science Olympiad team needs high achieving students and your child is a perfect candidate. Science Olympiad is a competition that challenges students in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, and the nature of science. As an inquiry-based competition, students do more than report on what they have researched – they perform and demonstrate in authentic ways that excite students, teachers, and parents alike.  A strong commitment is required. Students will have a mandatory meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-3:45 and additional practices throughout the week and occasional Saturdays.  Students will work independently and with their peers to solve advanced-level science problems and learn scientific concepts to prepare for the Science Olympiad competition in the spring.  We will have out of town competitions on Saturdays at least 2 times this year. All parents or guardians are welcome to chaperone. There is a $25 fee, once your application has been accepted. 

 

Dot and Dash

Imagine it, build it, and make it go! Using Dot and Dash Blocky and Wonder apps, students will explore the exciting world of robotics! Students will code robots to complete several different missions. Missions will increase in intensity. Students will complete logs and videos for each mission. Missions will be submitted for competitions. Today’s elementary students are tomorrow’s creative problem-solvers.