Iredell Statesville Schools provides many opportunities for academic competition and academic enrichment. These opportunities are available for all I-SS schools to participate.
Summer Camps- I-SS students are welcome to register and participate in annual summer enrichment camps sponsored by the Gifted Learning Department. These camps are open to any I-SS student at a low cost of $50.00 per camp. There are over 40 camp options that include forensics, culinary, robotics, engineering and much, much more! Registration opens in April each year.
Science Fair-I-SS students are invited to create Science Fair projects that clearly demonstrate the use of the Scientific Method to solve a problem. School level fairs are completed by November and all elementary, middle, and high school students are all eligible to participate in their school level science fair. The winners of the school level fair compete at the district level fair held annually November. Winners of the district fail continue on to regional fair held in January/February.
Chess Club -I-SS schools have the opportunity to sponsor a Chess Club at their school. Students do not have to know how to play Chess to be part of the club. Students should have an interest in learning the game and working on game strategies. The game of Chess is a great way to teach problem solving and critical thought. Chess teams compete in a district competition annually in March. Chesskids.com is the chosen structure I-SS uses for Chess Teams. This allows students to play against each other across schools throughout the year using a virtual and safe online tool.
Robotics- Robotics club and classes are available at many schools. Robotics provides students an opportunity to build stronger tech, science and math skills. Robotics is STEM focused and provides students a collaborative, problem solving learning experience all while building and programming a robot. Robotics teams are invited to District Competition annually in the spring. Teams may also elect to attend a FIRST LEGO league official tournament offered throughout the year all across the state.
Spelling Bee-Middle and Elementary Schools host their own individual school level spelling bees every year. The winner and runner up from each school bee are invited to attend the District Spelling Bee. The winner of the school bee will participate in the District Bee. The runner up may watch the District Bee but will be invited to participate if the winner of the school bee is unable to. The District Bee is hosted in February with the regional bee following in March.
Math Expo- Elementary, middle and high schools are strongly encouraged to host their own school Math Expo. The Math Expo asks students to think creatively about the field of mathematics and how it is used to solve problems. Students must complete an investigation of a specific problem and use math to help them solve the problem. Students display their project and explain their thinking to a small group of judges. Math Expo school level winners are sent automatically to regional competition held in the spring at Appalachian State University.
Odyssey of the Mind- OM is a creative, problem-solving team. Students must engage in active problem solving through collaboration and use hands on tools. Students are asked to build the best solutions possible to the problem. OM district teams participate in regional competitions every year.
Governor's School- NC Governor's School is open to high school seniors and in some instances juniors. NC Governor's school recognizes students for excellence in both academics and the Arts. Students must follow a rigorous application and interview process to be accepted to NC Governor's School. Once accepted students are invited to participate in a 5 week summer session on a college campus to develop their skills or talents. The NC Governor's school application process begins in the Fall of each school year. Each high school has a Governor's School contact to help communicate the process with students.
North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities- Iredell-Statesville Schools is a registered member of NCASA. This association provides opportunities for our middle schools to participate in various academic and talent competitions. Some of these competitions include Quill, Forensics, Show Choir, and Dance. Each individual school determines and registers for the competitions they wish to compete in.
District Level Enrichment Competition Dates 2022-2023:
- Science Fair November 17th @ Unity Center
- Spelling Bee Middle and Elementary School February 2nd, With Make Up Date of February 9th @ SHS @ Unity Center
- Chess Competition March 31st Virtual
- District Robotics Competition Middle and High School April 20th, Elementary April 21st @ Unity
- Summer Camps will run June 19th-23rd and June 26th-29th at various locations across the district
To find out if your child's school participates in the above offerings please contact your child's school.