• Basha Academic Decathlon Class and Team


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    Welcome to the Home Page for Basha High School's Academic Decathlon Class and Team. In the 2020-2021 school year we are excited to offer Academic Decathlon as an Honors English Elective Credit. The class meets during 0 Hour (6:25 to 7:20 AM), Monday through Friday, in Room #F220.
    State Team 2019


    All study materials for the class and team, with the exception of the Language and Literature selected work, are currently accessible online! Students will be provided with an individualized log-in which they will use to access materials on the following site: https://usad.enlyght.com/tc/

    The selected work of literature for the 2020-2021 curriculum year will be Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.. Students are expected to obtain a copy of this work of literature for use at home and in the classroom.  If obtaining the work of literaturel is a challenge, please advise Mr. Johnson. 

    As a team, our goal this year is to exceed all prior achievements by Academic Decathlon teams from Basha High School, performing at a high-level in the Regional Competition at Hamilton High School in February 2021, earning the right to compete in the Arizona State Competition in March 2021 and, with a lot of hard work, potentially being the school to represent the state of Arizona in the National Competition, which will be held in April 2021. 


    The overall curricular theme for 2020–2021 will be The Cold War. Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.

    • SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to astronomy and will include sections on the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union.
    • LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    • Art: The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on an exploration of art during the Cold War.
    • Music: The music curriculum will introduce students to various musical works from the Cold War era.
    • SOCIAL Science: The social science curriculum will introduce students to the history of the Cold War.
    • Economics: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic section on the economics of the Cold War.
    • Mathematics: The mathematics curriculum will cover general mathematics, geometry, and an introduction to differential calculus.
    Important Dates
    November 20-21, 2020                                         Hamilton Invitational (Details TBA - most likely virtual)
    January                                                               Williams Field High School Invitational (Details TBA - most likely virtual)

    Jan 28, 2021                                                        Region Competion Online Essay

    Feb 4, 2021                                                         Region Competition Online Objective Tests

    Feb 6, 2020                                                         Region Competition Date

           *NOTE: This is a one day event with in-person speeches and interviews before lunch and Super Quiz and Awards after lunch.

    Feb. 8, 2021            State Director will have notified the forty teams that qualified for state competition.

    March 4, 2021                                                      On-Line Essay for state competitors

    Mar. 13, 2021                                                       State Competition at ASU West.

    Apr. 29-May 1, 2021                                              U.S. Academic Decathlon finals in Des Moines, Iowa.