The National Geographic Geography Bee is a middle school competition for fifth through eighth grades. Our students first must compete against each other for Class Champion slots. Each Social Studies class competes amongst themselves for one slot by answering seven rounds of questions. Each round has a different theme and the student with the highest number of correct questions moves onto the next level. There is a tie-breaker round if classes have students with the same score. The fifth grade has their own individual competition while the sixth through eighth graders move on and compete against each other for the title of school-wide champion. The school-wide winner receives a medallion as well as their name engraved on a plaque hung in the RAMS office. This student also takes a qualifying test to see if they can further themselves in the National Geographic Bee. We haven’t had a student move on to the state-level competition yet, but the Social Studies Department hopes we are getting closer. Through this incentive competition, the teachers have observed a higher understanding of Geography throughout the grade levels. It helps that our school district funds the competition as well as awards a district paid educational/cultural field trip. Students can prepare for this year’s Geography Bee with the “Quiz of the Day” at <nationalgeographic.com> where they post ten questions daily.
The Girard School District is fully involved in making our students well-rounded citizens who appreciate the world, and more importantly are aware of other cultures and countries.
This past April the 8th grade class of Rice Avenue Middle School attended a trip to our Nation’s Capital.
Over one hundred students toured Arlington National Cemetery and viewed the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Students then visited the Air and Space and Natural History Museums.
Some students then located family names on the Vietnam Memorial, while others viewed the Lincoln Monument.
The tour was completed with a stop at the Capitol Building and a view of Embassy Row.
The 8th grade class would like to thank all those who helped fund the trip, including our RAMS PTO.