PSIA

Each year Bishop Gorman Middle School participates in the Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) academic competition. The competition begins with the selection of a campus academic team, made up of sixth- through eighth-grade students competing in various areas.  

Students are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Willingness to work
  • Student preference (students have the opportunity to try out)
  • Academic achievement
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Previous experience and success in PSIA Competition(except 6th graders)
  • Documented success in behavior and study skill success (few pink slips or missing assignments)

Note: The ultimate decision about the academic team make-up is up to the coach.

Students are encouraged to try-out for two or three different events as that gives them the best opportunity to be chosen. Try-outs are announced in September and posted in the hallways and on the Gorman website. To try out for a specific event, a student simply needs to show up at the appropriate time and place. Coaches usually administer previous year’s district tests for try-outs. Teams will be announced before the Christmas break.

Practices will be scheduled during advisory in the spring semester.  A practice calendar will be posted in the hallways at school and on the Gorman website.

If you have any questions about the campus competition, contact Lisa Breedlove or Michelle Nemec, PSIA Campus Coordinator or visit psiaacademics.org

PSIA Categories

Teams consist of 3-9 students in each area. The categories are listed below:

  • Calculator Applications - 30-minute contest develops mathematical reasoning and knowledge and requires application of problem solving skills toward realistic problems
  • Dictionary Skills - students use all elements of the dictionary as they learn practical techniques for extracting and applying resource information
  • Impromptu Speaking (7th and 8th only) - students are challenged to think quickly and communicate effectively as they organize their thoughts on a topic for three minutes, then speak for five or fewer minutes without notes
  • Listening Skills - contestants may take notes as they listen to the contest script on CD, then use these notes to answer objective test questions in 10 minutes
  • Maps, Graphs and Charts - provide students with experience in obtaining information from visual sources, includes additional questions from general geography and National Geographic GeoBee website
  • Math - a comprehensive, multiple choice, 30-minute math test in which students are challenged beyond their grade levels in a variety of general math questions, including algebraic equations
  • Modern Oratory (7th and 8th only) - students prepare a short speech to examine the pros and cons of an issue (choice of 5 topics) and defend their points of view
  • Number Sense - high-speed solutions to math problems in a challenging 10-minute contest in mental mathematics                                                                       
  • On Site Drawing - using a display still life model consisting of from 4 to 7 objects, contestants produce a rendering on regular drawing paper using any drawing media. Contestants have 45 minutes at the contest site to produce their work of art to be judged by qualified artists and displayed in an art show during the remainder of the tournament day
  • Prose/Poetry Interpretation - students select, prepare, and read a literary poetry or prose selection, with introduction, within a six-minute time limit; presentations are evaluated on aspects of performance, such as appropriateness of selection, introduction, control of presentation, and overall effectiveness
  • Ready Writing - students are given a choice between two prompts, each defining the audience and the purpose for writing               
  • Science - Earth, Life, and Physical Science information found in current textbooks, plus items from current science publications list, are tested in this 30-minute, multiple choice contest, which usually consists of 50 test questions
  • Spelling - spelling words are pronounced at approximately five words per minute
  • Vocabulary - SAT preparation skills, including word usage, reading comprehension, and analogies
  • Music Memory - students compete as individuals, awarded by grade level, to identify composers and selections from some of the world's best-known classics.
  • One-Act Play - Students draw upon a wide range of skills as they work together to perform an original or published drama under time and set limitations

PSIA Coordinators

Lisa Breedlove
PSIA Coordinator
903-561-2424
Michelle Nemec
PSIA Coordinator
903-579-9423 x423

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