GISD holds our own UIL competition in January. Some of the events have been modified from the Texas UIL Website to better serve our students. Students will need to complete the 2017-2018 Choice Sheet and turn in to your teacher or to Mrs. Jones.
Whether a student competes in the district competition or not, ALL participants will receive a certificate at the Purl Awards Assembly and are invited to the ice cream celebration in January. Students may be in more than one event if the practice and competition times are different. See Mrs. Jones for clarification.
(2017-2018) Purl Elementary's UIL Schedule:
Week of October 2 – UIL practice begins
Before Winter Break - Coaches will choose up to 3 students in each grade to continue training through January for the GISD competition.
After Winter Break – Only the students chosen for the competition teams will continue to meet and train for the following competitions:
January 17, 2:30 – 6:30pm @ Wagner MS –
Impromptu Speaking & Oral Reading Competition (Bus will transport students to Wagner)
January 19, 4:15 – 6:45pm @ East View HS –
UIL District Competition for all other events (Bus will transport students to EVHS, leaving Purl before 3:00pm)
January 24, 4:30 – 6:00pm @ Forbes MS –
Ready Writing Competition
(Parents will need to arrange transportation to Forbes)
January 26, 2:30 @ Purl Cafeteria -
Ice Cream Celebration for ALL UIL participants
February 1, 6:00 @ GHS PAC (Reflections & UIL Awards around 7pm)
GISD District Ceremony
Purl Elementary UIL Event Information:
ART HISTORY (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Learn about history by studying famous pieces of art and getting to know the artists. Preparing for the art contest will have you studying 40 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and from Texas art galleries and museums. Students will learn to recognize and identify various works of art and the artists who created them. For the contest, you will demonstrate a basic understanding of art history and interpret ideas and moods in the original art works.
Lisa Sharp, Mondays until 4:10, Room 409 (1st Floor)
CHESS (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
How about a game of chess? Join this group to learn how to play the game and practice while making friends. The test will be a multiple choice chess puzzle on paper, but before you are expected to learn to do this test, you will spend lots of time playing the game. Chess is a game for thinkers. Is that you? If so, we’ll be looking for you!
Hector Cortes, Mondays until 4:10, Room 404 (1st Floor)
DICTIONARY SKILLS (Grades 4 & 5)
This is a contest of finding answers FAST. Let your fingers do the racing through the dictionary. Each week you will learn about the dictionary and discover how much information there is at your fingertips. You and your friends will play some fun games to sharpen your skills. Students will prepare to use a dictionary to answer as many multiple choice questions as possible during a 20 minute timed test.
Sunni Ransom, Mondays until 4:10, Room 405 (1st Floor)
IMPROMPTU SPEAKING (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Express your ideas with clarity and passion. Explore the use of the voice and body in a variety of speaking situations. Examine the different purposes for speaking. Learn to evaluate what makes a good speech. You will practice organizing what you want to say about different topics. The goal is to be able to quickly prepare a speech on a given topic and then present your speech effectively and with confidence.
LISTENING & NOTE TAKING (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Good listening skills are so important in school and in life. This contest is designed to help you recognize the importance of effective listening skills and to write notes to help you remember the important details. You will listen to someone read nonfiction. You will practice listening to a 10 minute reading and learn to identify the important information so you can write it down. Using these notes, you will then be ready to answer 25 multiple choice questions.
Mary Davila, Mondays until 4:10, Room 912 (2nd Floor)
MUSIC MEMORY (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Come listen to the classics. You will learn about the composers, their lives and their music. Students will become familiar with 16 pieces of music and their composers. Each week you will do activities with the music selections to help you remember and appreciate the music. This contest will ask students to listen to a small portion of the music and then identify the name of the selection and the composer.
Leonie Crities, Mondays until 4:10, Music Room 212 (1st Floor)
NUMBER SENSE (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
If you like math and are a quick thinker, this contest is for you. Each week you will practice using math in various ways. The goal is to be able to work with numbers in your head. For the contest, students are given ten minutes to complete a fill-in-the-blank test. All calculations are mental. No working out these problems on paper, and no erasing either. It’s a mental game for sure! Students need to already know their multiplication facts. Students will be able to answer the following in a few seconds using only their minds: 53 x 11 = 583 25 x 43 = 1075 18 x 22 = 396
Jeanna Jones, During school (Math RTI); Must have teacher’s permission, Room 307 (1st Floor)
ORAL READING (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Learn to read well and with expression. Reading literature out loud provides opportunities for students to analyze the text, to grow and to develop as a performer, to communicate a message to an audience and to perform an artistic creation. This contest requires students to prepare a piece of poetry or several poems to read aloud to a panel of judges.
Carola Merino, Mondays until 4:10, Room 605 (2nd Floor)
READY WRITING (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
Is writing your passion? Then get your pencil sharpened! You will work each week building skills to become a successful writer. For this contest, students will select one of two topics and then have up to 1 ½ hours (90 minutes) to write an essay.
Alana Lugo, Mondays until 4:10, Room 408 (1st Floor)
SPELLING (Grades 3, 4 & 5)
The spelling contest is designed to expose students to a wide variety of words. It is not just a contest of memorization. Students do best if they begin to notice spelling patterns, prefixes, and suffixes. Depending on their grade level, students must spell between 75 and 160 words in 30-60 minutes. The district competition test is not a spelling bee. It will be given with pencil and paper.
Michelle Lawson, Mondays until 4:10, Room 908 (2nd Floor)