RISD held its inaugural UIL A+ Academic competition in late February with hundreds of elementary students participating in six events: number sense, storytelling, oral reading, chess puzzle, ready writing, and creative writing.
Students were excited, gracious, accommodating and encouraging. Every child was pulling for their teammates while also cheering on RISD students from other campuses.
Coordinated by Kelly Musgrave, an ESL teacher at White Rock Elementary, this inaugural meet included about 600 students. RISD Superintendent Tabitha Branum greeted students on stage passing out ribbons and congratulations.
“These events give students the opportunity to shine in their areas of strength while learning and having fun,” RISD Director of Advanced Learning Monica Simonds said. “We were blown away by the participation this year. Everyone was so gracious to their teammates and other schools. I can’t wait to see how much this event grows next year.”