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  • AMS Basha Academic Pentathlon

    Signups and recruiting will occur on August 18th and August 19th at the Basha Club fair during your lunches. If you are interested in joining AcPen for the 2021-2022 season, please visit our table during your lunch on August 18th or 19th! And/Or email Mrs. Joann Wuthrich. Please include your name and grade when you email.

    Coach: Mrs. Wuthrich

     

    State Champions, 3rd in Nation - 7th Grade Team - 2021

    State Champions, National Champions - 8th Grade Team - 2021

      National Champions 2021

     

    State Champions 2021

     

    Coach: Mrs. Wuthrich

    AMS Basha welcomes any 6th, 7th and 8th graders who have an interest in Academics to join our very successful club and competitive team. Both our 7th grade team and our 8th grade team were on track to be State Champions in the year of CoVid (2019-2020), but the pandemic preempted the competition. This year the national organization  facilitated at home competitions and online i/virtual platforms. Our 7th grade team won 1st in Region and 1st in State! Our 8th grade team won 3rd in Region and 1st in State! 

    7th Grade team - two time Region Champions! 2019 - 2020 & 2020 -  2021; 2020 - 2021 State Champions! 2020-2021 3rd Place Nationals!

    8th Grade team - 2019-2020 Region 2nd Place - 2020-2021 Region 3rd Place  2020 -2021 State Champions! 2020-2021 National Champions!

    Important Competition Dates  (There are no makeup dates - students must be available on these dates)

    Scrimmage – Subject Area Exams Only .........................................................................January 13, 2022

    Essay for Regional Competition.....................................................................................January 27, 2022 

    Regional Competition .................................................................................................. February 17, 2022

    Essay for State Competition ........................................................................................ March 10, 2022

    State Competition ........................................................................................................March 31, 2022 

    Essay for National Competition....................................................................................April 21, 2022

    National Competition, Mesa, AZ, Online and Individual...............................................May 19-21, 2022

    Competition Format: 

    Subject              Description
    Fine Arts               50 question multiple-choice test (25 minutes)
    Literature             35 question multiple-choice test (20 minutes) Essay - 40 minutes
    Mathematics       35 question multiple-choice test (30 minutes)
    Science                 50 question multiple-choice test (30 minutes)
    Social Science      50 question multiple-choice test (25 minutes) 

     

    We will meet virtually most often in the late afternoons or early evenings. Schedule is decided on by the majority of the pentathletes.

    Students can join at any time up until the state competition. However, those that spend their time studying throughout the year usually score higher. 

     

    Our Curriculum for the 2021-2022 school year is: 

     

    "Water A Most Essential Resource"

    • SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to Marine Biology.
    • LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be
      • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. Shorter Works will be included in the resource guide.
    • ART: The art curriculum will explore the impact of water on art, including subtopics such as ink wash painting, watercolor, water as a subject of art, and the use of water in architecture, sculpture, and environmental art.
    • MUSIC: The music curriculum will explore the many ways water has influenced music, from musical instruments that rely on water to compositions inspired by water.
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science topic will be the impact of water on human history.
    • MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover permutations and combinations, algebra, and statistics.
      • *All test questions will be derived from the USAP curriculum and resource guides. 

     

    AcPen, as we affectionately call it, is a competition where students have the year to study specific materials under a unified curriculum and are then tested in a competition format. Much like swimming or track and field there are 5 events (Math, Science, Social Studies, Literature and Fine Arts). Some students may be specialists. They can win medals in areas where their strengths lie. Others are true pentathletes and do well in all subjects. All students Must compete in all 5 disciplines. They cannot pick and choose.  Like wrestling they compete in weight divisions, with the weight being GPA levels. 

    Our three GPA groups are: 

    Honors:      3.8-4.0 unweighted 

    Scholastic: 3.2 -3.79 

    Varsity:       Any GPA below 3.19 

    A team can only win with teammates in all three weight divisions. A full team consists of 3 honors, 3 scholastic and 3 varsity students.  This provides an opportunity for students who are academically interested, but for some reason, have B or C grades to succeed. It also shows the students at a young age that grades are not necessarily an indicator of intelligence and that they should strive to work with other students at all levels. Students also experience that often the person with the highest GPA is not necessarily the smartest person in the room. I have been pleasantly surprised at how some of our "C" students have scored higher than many of the "A" students. This develops a tolerance for different talents in peers and a greater ability for collaboration.  

     

    All students will need to acquire and read the following book: 

    A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park ISBN 978-0-547-57731-9.

    Long Walk to Water

    A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story: Park, Linda Sue:  9780547577319: Amazon.com: Books

    Much like Battle of the Books, this should be read a few times to do well on the tests, but one read will earn points for sure.

    Below is the link to the resource guides for the 2021-2022 season. Please start reading them in your free time if possible. DO NOT SHARE these with anyone outside of AMS or their parents. We pay for these and are only authorized to use them within our own school.  

    We suggest you download these materials so that you can access them offline if necessary. Load them on your phone, tablet, home computer, laptop and/or USB drive. I strongly encourage you to print the resource guides and put them in a binder with dividers for study; especially if you learn better on paper than electronically. Hard copies also give you a format where you can highlight important points for review right before a competition.  If you prefer difital format, I highly recommend that you highlight your PDF as you are reading and remember to save each time you close the file, so that the highlighting is saved and you can review key points, dates, words or ideas before a competition.

    You may download materials available in the electronic format at the following link: 

    CLICK ON the following link or cut and paste it into your browser:
    To be available in August 2021 after it is released.
     

    1. Read the Licensing agreement. Scroll all the way through it. 
    2. Check the box below the licensing agreement that says "I accept . . . ". 
    3. Scroll down to see resource guide pdf's/mp3.
    4. Download and save the files.

      You may also download your materials, if applicable, at https://usad.enlyght.com/tcby clicking on the download materials link and entering the distribution code TBA

    This year we will be splitting up into study groups similar to what we did last year. There will be designated group leaders. Please let me know if you wish to be a group leader. There will be responsibilities associated with this position that will include reporting back to me. 

    There is a $30 fee that helps to pay for the curriculum that we purchase (links above) and the competition fees for each student. This $30 does NOT cover all Academic Pentathlon costs. For this reason we ask families to donate using tax credit where it is possible.

    I know this is a lot of information. Please ask any questions that you have. I am happy to answer what I can.

    A $30 fee and permission slip signed by a parent are necessary to compete. Please pay the fee to the BHS Bookstore or online. This is a tax credit eligible fee. We encourage parents to make a tax credit donation to our Club using the tax credit program up to their eligible amount ($400 married filing jointly or $200 single, head of household or married filing individually). Please designate any donations including the $30 club fee and up to your eligible donation amount to AMS Basha Academic Pentathlon Club. Thank you!
     

     Payments accepted: 

    • Cash
    • Checks (made payable to Basha High School)
    • Debit/Credit (No AMEX) 

     

    QUICK STEPS TO PAY ON LINE: 

    • LOG ON TO PORTAL CHOOSE CAMPUS PARENT (USE LINK BELOW)
    • CHOOSE THE MORE LINK (BOTTOM LEFT OF PORTAL PAGE)
    • CHOOSE IN TOUCH FEE PAYMENTS
    • FIND THE FEE(S) TO PAY 
    • IF A FEE IS NOT AVAILABLE ON LINE WE WILL HAVE TO ADD IT TO YOUR STUDENTS ACCOUNT, PLEASE CALL THE BOOKSTORE 480-224-2265 OR HAVE YOUR STUDENT PAY AT THE BOOKSTORE. 
    • LINK TO PORTAL LOG ON: Click Here to Pay Online.

     

    MORE DETAILED INFORMATION REGARDING PAYMENTS: 

    Parent / Guardian Instructions


     

    Parent Instructions for Making Tax Credit Donations & Fee Payments
    Step-by-step instructions for logging in and making tax credit donations or student fee payments. NOTES: Must login as parent/guardian, not as student. If using a mobile device you must use your Internet browser, not the Infinite Campus app.

    InTouch (TouchBase) - Tips and FAQs for Parents
    Describes how to use InTouch (TouchBase) to:

    • Make fee payments linked to your student's account
    • Make tax credit donations linked to your student's account
    • View payment history
    • Reprint receipts
    • View any outstanding fines and fees.

    Click Here to Pay Online.

     

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    COMMUNITY MEMBERS/NON PARENTS 

    Community members/non-parents can also make online tax credit donations to a specific Basha student, eligible activity, or to the BHS general & athletic funds via InTouch Receipting link below.  Please note there is a convenience fee charged to pay online.

     *Link may take a few seconds to load

     Click Here for Online Tax Credit Donations


     

    Support our Academic Pentathlon Club with your Tax Donations!
     
    Arizona law ARS 43-1089.01 enables taxpayers a tax credit contribution of up to $400.00 per calendar year if filing status is Married, filing Joint Return; $200.00 per calendar year if filing status is Single or Head of Household; and, $200.00 per calendar year if filing status is Married filing separate return — for contributions that fund extracurricular activities in public schools. A tax credit is a full refund, not a deduction.
     
    Contributions eligible for a tax credit are donated directly to schools, not to the state or the school district.