Dear Coaches and Educators,
Jacksonville High School invites your school to become a part of an exciting hands-on science experience in east-central Alabama. For the 27th year, Jacksonville High School is sponsoring an Elementary Science Olympiad, an academic interscholastic competition which is designed to increase student interest in science and improve the quality of science education. The Elementary Science Olympiad offers a unique opportunity for your students to test their creative and cooperative skills, interact with other motivated students, and expand their minds with science.
Since 1993, the Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School has hosted over 9,500 student participants from schools throughout northeast and central Alabama. Teams from Adamsville, Alabaster, Anniston, Birmingham, Clanton, Gadsden, Jacksonville, Huntsville, Leeds, Lincoln, Madison, Montgomery, Trussville, and Tuscaloosa have competed in very successful tournaments.
Elementary Science Olympiad teams are comprised of up to 24 upper elementary students who compete in a series of individual and team events which participants prepare for prior to the tournament. The majority of Elementary Science Olympiad events are team competitions that require teamwork, group planning, and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, interaction, and having fun. If you are not familiar with the Science Olympiad, please browse around our Official Elementary Science Olympiad 2020 Web Site at http://www.esoatjhs.org
The Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School, set for Saturday, February 22, 2020, will once again be offering competition in Division A-2 for students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. Olympic-style medals will be awarded to the top six teams in each of the 22 events. In addition, team trophies will be awarded to the top six schools based on a total compilation of points during the day-long Olympiad.
ESO at JHS 2020 Fast Facts
+ Competition will be offered in Division A-2 for students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6.
+ Up to 24 students from grades 3 through 6 may participate for a school's team.
+ Teams shall consist of students from a 3-grade span that is most appropriate for the school. Thus, teams may consist of 3rd through 5th graders or 4th through 6th graders. No teams may compete with both 3rd and 6th graders (4-grade span).
+ There is a limit of 8 sixth graders per team, but an unlimited number (up to the maximum of 24) of third, fourth, and fifth graders.
+ Schools may enter only one team in ESO at Jacksonville High School.
+ The Elementary Science Olympiad is a day-long competition beginning at about 9:00 am and ending around 4:30 pm.
+ Most events are 45 minutes to 1 hour long. All events take place on the grounds of Jacksonville High School under the supervision of sponsors and Elementary Science Olympiad staff members.
+ Teams may enter as many or as few of the 22 events as they wish. For each event, teams should enter the required number of participants. Events typically require between 2 and 4 participants. Participants from the same team compete as a team, working together to complete the event.
+ Most events are attended only by its students participants (i.e. no coaches or parents), but individuals may wait outside the event site for their participants to exit.
+ Up to 7 events may be occurring simultaneously. Complete event schedules are available online at the ESO at JHS web site in November.
+ Olympic-style medals will be awarded to the top six individuals/teams in each event. In addition, team trophies will be awarded to the top six schools based on a total compilation of points during the Olympiad.
+ Elementary Science Olympiad 2020 at Jacksonville High School is only a regional event. There is not a statewide competition for winning teams.
ESO 2020 Important Dates
Please note the following dates for Elementary Science Olympiad 2019 at Jacksonville High School:
A maximum of 30 teams will be admitted for ESO 2020 at JHS. Teams from 2019 are guaranteed a spot in 2020, if registered by the posted deadline. New teams registered by the posted deadline will be placed into a lottery to be drawn for any open spots. Remaining spots will be assigned to any late registration teams in order of registration following the Initial Registration Deadline of November 1st.
We are excited about working with you on our 27th Elementary Science Olympiad and look forward to seeing you in February. Please share this information with your colleagues. If you have any questions or for additional information please don't hesitate to contact us at staff(at)esoatjhs.org.
Angie Davis, Faculty Sponsor
Elementary Science Olympiad at Jacksonville High School
Elementary Science Olympiad events are distributed among three broad goal
areas of science education.