Academic Decathlon

Each year, a team of students in grades 6-8 prepares for months as test takers and study buddies for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Junior High Academic Decathlon at Cal State Long Beach. This past Sunday, March 3rd, Holy Family completed with over one hundred Catholic schools compete academically in this all-day event. The decathlon consists of two team events – a logic exam and super quiz – and eight individual exams. Holy Family consistently represents itself very well each year.

A special thanks to the coaches,  Briselda and Jake Mota, Diane Evans, Fran Smiland and to all the parents who contributed in any way to help the students succeed.

Academic Decathlon Team, we are all so incredibly proud of your hard work and dedication… GO KNIGHTS!

2019 Results

Super Quiz – 7th place

Current Events Individual (Carissa K.) – 2nd place

 English Individual (Hartley D.) – 4th place

 Social Studies Individual (Matthew T.) – 7th place

Science Individual (Emma P.) – 8th place

 Overall out of 101 Schools – 17th place

Test Taker Team:
Matthew T, Matthew P, Emma P, Marcella L, Natalia G, Carolyn F, Madison H, Carissa K, Hartley D, Emily M, Lucas B
Study Buddies:
Mario V, Samuel R, Cassandra B, Dane R, Caleb K, Chloe P, William D

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2018 Results

Super Quiz – 7th

English – 1st Maya I.

Fine Arts – 7th Matthew T.

Science – 10th Peyton D.

Overall – 14th

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In order to avoid any confusion, I am going to clarify how students are chosen to be part of this team.

I have been tracking the 5th - 7th grade students overall class percentages, GPAs, work habits, teacher recommendations, and STAR scores since Trimester 1.

1. Overall class percentages -  I have taken the top ten students in grades 5-7 and averaged their class percentages.  For reference, the top student in the school has a 99.2% class average, very different than a 4.0 GPA.

2.  STAR Scores - I have taken these same students and averaged their STAR scores for Math and Reading for all test dates.  Averages are updated with every test. Part 1 and 2 are entered into a spread sheet and averaged together.

3.  Teacher Recommendations and Student Interest - Teachers are consulted about students work habits, behavior and overall character.  Also, students interest to add additional academics to their workload is considered as well as their ability to attend practices.

*The workload of the academic decathlon team is rigorous and can be too much for some students who are juggling many extracurricular activities.  Even the highest performing students have declined due to lack of interest.  Extra studying and homework is not appealing to all students!  Students who decide not to accept the challenge are applauded for their honesty and self-awareness.

4. Coach - The coach will make the final decisions based on student performance as a study buddy or his or her logic skills at lunchtime logic.
 Making these decisions is very difficult. The numbers help to make it somewhat easier but either way, there are only ten positions on the team and some students' feelings may be hurt.  Please feel free to have your son or daughter approach me if he or she is interested in being a part of the team. Self-reliance and determination demonstrate strong character in my eyes.

*I will be approaching new students to join me and Mrs. Evans at lunchtime logic in the next few weeks.

Thank you for supporting the Holy Family School Academic Decathlon Team!
 Mrs. Fran Smiland

2017 Academic Decathlon Results

HFS Placed 16th out of 105 schools! Go Knights!

Current Events 8th  • English 5th 

Fine Arts 4th • Literature 5th 

Science 9th • Social Studies 5th 

Super Quiz 7th

Congratulations to all our Academic Decathletes!  What amazing accomplishments they achieved this year!