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Junior School Academic Enrichment Program

We are excited to announce that the Junior School has a new program for the 2020-2021 academic year! Students in Grades 2-5 can participate in a variety of academic enrichment activities that offer opportunities to explore different subject areas and engage in a little friendly competition. Students may choose to participate in some or all of these challenges.

Students are asked to read at least 40 books over the course of the current year, in a variety of genres, for the 40 Book Challenge. For the math competition, students are to complete hundreds of skills on IXL, with the exact number of skills is dependent on their grade level. In February, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Spelling Bee, where they will first compete with peers in their grade level. Students then advance to the JS Spelling Bee, where 20 students in Grades 2-5 will compete for the title of Spelling Bee champion. The following month students will be tasked with a coding challenge where they will put their coding skills to the test. In April, students will write and present speeches at the speech competition, based on the theme given. A group of judges will evaluate the students’ presentation skills within the context of this activity in order to crown the winner. Rounding out the year, students will take part in a Science Fair, where they will choose a topic and question to explore further through experimentation. Students will then present their experiments and findings before a panel of judges and their peers, and awards will be given in each strand of science.

We hope that all of our students in Grades 2-5 will take part in the Junior School Academic Enrichment Program this year! Please feel free to contact Ms. Kesler for more information at:


Jennifer Kesler
Deputy Head of Junior School