Clubs, Activities and Competitions
Our student competitions are designed to provide incentives for students to develop skills necessary for Christian leadership, facilitate the learning process, and to help develop composure and confidence in each student.
TJHSST INTERMEDIATE OPEN
The IMO (Intermediate Math Open) is a contest hosted each fall by the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology math team for over 180 middle school students in the Washington DC area. The contest features individual and team rounds, with each team made up of students from different schools and all teams coached by TJ students.
ACSI MATH OLYMPICS
The ACSI Math Olympics is held annually for students in 3rd-8th grades and students choose to participate in either the Computation or the Reasoning category. Students first compete within their grade level with the top students advancing to the District competition. The objective of this competition is to stimulate an interest in math and provide opportunities for fellowship with math students from other Christian schools. Students are also recognized for their achievements and are given the opportunity to glorify God through their mathematical abilities.
The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools.
REEL MATH CHALLENGE
The Reel Math Challenge is sponsored in part by the Department of Defense and is an innovative program encouraging students to use current technology to film, edit and produce creative videos about math problems. The videos will be posted and the public is encouraged to vote for the most creative video.
CARDEROCK NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER COMPETITION
Our team participates in three paper-and-pencil challenge rounds in the morning followed by a tour of the facilities where Navy engineers use math every day. A Countdown Round is organized like the national competition, with one mathlete emerging at the final buzzer. The best way to inspire kids in math is “to introduce them to others who are passionate about problem-solving, whether they are students from other schools or professionals doing jobs they love,” says Lou DiGioia, executive director of MATHCOUNTS. “At Carderock, the students get the best of both worlds.”
As a registered club in the Team America Rocket Challenge (TARC), the ICS Rocketry Club meets once a month to design, build, and fly model rockets. The TARC competition is a nation-wide event that takes place in Great Meadows, Virginia in May. Participants in the final competition qualify through TARC-monitored test flights of a rocket that has been designed and built by the students of the club. Each year, ICS has a team of students who participate in the TARC event. More information on TARC can be found at http://www.rocketcontest.org/.
As the popularity of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities increases, ICS hopes to field additional teams in future years. Other STEM activities planned for the future include Lego Robotics Club and a school-wide Invention Convention to challenge students’ creativity and scientific/engineering abilities.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
During after school throughout the school year, our students have the opportunity to participate in activities ranging from academic and artistic enrichment to school and community services. After school clubs options may include:
- Math Club
- Chess Club
- Cheer Club
- Knitting Club
- Robotics Club
- Acapella Club
- Art Club
- Martial Arts Club
- Elementary Choir Club
- Chemistry Club
- Lego© Engineering Club (Play-Well TEKnologies)
The Messenger is a bound yearbook produced by 7th & 8th grade editorial staff. The graduating 8th graders are honored in the book with individual pictures and write-ups. Each homeroom has a class picture and each grade level its own page.
The Messenger staff are chosen at the end of the school year and they work closely with the Faculty Advisor during their elective period. Middle School photography students are taught basic photography skills and submit photographs representing various class activities throughout the year.