District Activities Sponsored by the Categorical Program
GUSD Categorical Programs Office - Room 116
Phone: (818) 241-3111 ext. 1660 | Fax: (818) 548-1813
Dr. Kelly Altobelli | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Math Field Day
Every fall, each elementary and middle school in GUSD identifies high-achieving math students to participate in math enrichment activities in order to prepare for the District-wide Math Field Day competition. Identified students in fourth through sixth grade practice math skills including computation and problem-solving. The District-wide Math Field Day competition is held each spring. The winners of the District-wide competition are invited to represent GUSD at the Los Angeles County Math Field Day competition, which is also held each spring.
For more information on participating in your school's Math Field Day activities, please contact your school's Teacher Specialist.
Los Angeles County Math Field Day
The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) hosts a county-wide Math Field Day competition each spring. County Math Field Day is designed as an enrichment activity to promote mathematical reasoning, teamwork and a balanced mathematics curriculum for students in upper elementary and middle school. Participation allows students to demonstrate their math knowledge through competition. The competition covers computational and procedural skills, conceptual understanding and problem-solving.
For more information about Los Angeles County Math Field Day, visit LACOE's Math Field Day website.
Scholastic Bowl offers high-achieving high school students in GUSD an opportunity to represent their school and participate in an academic competition in the areas of Fine Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Science and Science. Scholastic Bowl competitions are held each spring. Each of the four high schools in GUSD sends a team of five students to the competition. The first phase of the competition is an essay contest. Team members are given 60 minutes to write an essay addressing an assigned prompt on a controversial issue. The second phase of the competition (typically held one week after the essay competition) is held in a quiz format. During the first part of the quiz section, team members collaborate to come up with the answers; during the second part of the quiz section, individual students respond to questions.
For more information on participating in your high school's Scholastic Bowl, please contact your high school's Teacher Specialist.
Each year, GUSD hosts a Middle and Elementary School Spelling Bee. Students are provided with a list of up to 1800 vocabulary words to study in preparation for the event. Students in fourth through eighth grade compete at their school sites for the top positions. The top four spellers at each of the four middle schools compete for team and individual awards. In elementary schools, there is only one representative from each site competing for medals, cash prizes, a dictionary and trophy.
Watching Spelling Bee competitions provides a model of how good spellers learn to spell correctly through understanding word origins, definitions and visually remembering word patterns.
By participating in the Spelling Bee, students have the opportunity to:
- Expand their vocabulary
- Learn concepts of print
- Develop correct English usage
It also teaches students determination and discipline.
Hollywood-Burbank Airport Student Art Tower Banner Contest
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority annually seeks student artwork to be made into banners for display on the building facade to offer airport visitors an added dimension to their experience of the airport and of aviation. Student artists from Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena School District high school grades 9-12 are encouraged to create art that will take best advantage of a large-scale, outdoor display venue and effectively target viewers who are on the move with decorative, creative illustration that is bold, colorful, and at the same time instantly viewable, understandable, and stimulating.
Poetry Out Loud Contest
The Los Angeles County of Education and the California Arts Council sponsors the "Poetry Out Loud" program which encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, helping students master public speaking skills, build self-confirdence, and appreciate the art of poetry. High school students are invited to participate in the site competition. The top two finalists from each site will compete at the District competition. A winner and runner-up from the District competition move on to compete at the County Poetry Out Loud Content.