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  • AMS Basha Academic Pentathlon

    Practices are held every day after school in April and May to prepare for nationals. Please come as often as possible!

    Let's do our best in Nationals in 2022!

     

    If you are interested in joining AcPen for the 2022-2023 season, please email Mrs. Joann Wuthrich. Please include your name and grade when you email. Students can join at any time up until the state competition.

    Coach: Mrs. Joann Wuthrich

     

    2021-2022 AMS AcPen Team Standings:

    State Champions 2022

    Region Champions, State Champions - 8th Grade Team -2022

    Region Champions, 2nd in State - 7th Grade Team - 2022

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

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

      

    National Champions 2021

           

    State Champions 2021                State Champions 2022

     

    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. 

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

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

    WINNERS of the 2022 Scrimmage - AMS Basha!

    Essay for Regional Competition.....................................................................................January 26, 2022

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

    WINNERS of the 2022 Region Meet - AMS Basha!

    Essay for State Competition ........................................................................................ March 8, 2022

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

    WINNERS of the 2022 State Meet - AMS Basha!

    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) =1000 points
    Literature             35 question multiple-choice test (20 minutes) = 600 points                                                                                                       + Essay - 40 minutes= 400 points =1000 points combined
    Mathematics       35 question multiple-choice test (30 minutes) = 1000 points
    Science                 50 question multiple-choice test (30 minutes) = 1000 points
    Social Science      50 question multiple-choice test (25 minutes) = 1000 points 

    5000 points possible per individual - individual medals awarded per subject based on individual scores

    30000 points possible per team - team trophies awarded for state/nationals top 3 teams

    We are meeting in person after school in F217 right now. Mrs. Wuthrich is in the computer lab or F220 after school EVERY DAY. Pentathletes should come as often as possible.

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

     

    Curriculum Announcement for 2022-2023:

       The American Revolution and a New Nation

    ART: The art curriculum will explore early American art.
    LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of
    literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be Chains, by Laurie Halse Anderson.


    MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover algebra and trigonometry.*
    MUSIC: The music curriculum will present an introduction to early American music.
    SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to chemistry and will include brief
    discussions of significant advancements made in chemistry during the last half of the
    eighteenth century and the early nineteenth century.**
    SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science topic will be the American Revolution and the
    founding of the United States of America.

     

    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.

    Resource guides for the 2021-2022 season are posted in the Google Classroom. 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.

    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.