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Academic Team

Academic Team Schedule

Practice every Thursday until 4:00 until January.


RDES Academic Team Scrimmage and

Competition Schedule


Scrimmages begin at 3:30 and end at 4:30. Parents are welcome to attend.

Students can stay after school when we have a scrimmage at RDES, however they must have a ride to away scrimmages.


Thursday, January 5th:  RDES at Brookside Elementary

Thursday, January 12th:  Red Oak Elementary at RDES

Thursday, January 19th: RDES at Nicholasville Elementary

Thursday, January 26th: Wilmore Elementary at RDES


More Details to come on the following competitions:

2016 Superintendent’s Cup

Tueday, January 31st 3:30-7:00 at Jessamine Early Learning Village


District Governor’s Cup:

Location: TBA

Composition and Future Problem Solving: Monday, February 6th after school

Written Assessment and Quick Recall: Saturday, February 11th


Regional Governor’s Cup

(Top 2 Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving Teams and Top 5 students from each subject area in Written Assessments move on to the Regional Competition.)

Location: TBA
Composition and Future Problem Solving: Monday, February 27th after school

Written Assessment and Quick Recall: Saturday, March 4th



Academic Team FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Academic Team? The RDES Academic Team is a group of fourth and fifth grade students who compete against other schools in the area. The academic team has three components: Written Assessments, Future Problem Solving, and Quick Recall


What exactly is Quick Recall?  Quick Recall is a match consisting of two teams of four students each.  An open-ended question is given and the fastest person to buzz in gets a point.  Questions cover all subject areas.


What is Future Problem Solving (FPS)? FPS competitions are a chance for our students to showcase their creative thinking skills.  A group of students will be given a future scene and will be asked to brainstorm problems that could arise from this scene and ways to solve these problems.  This is a great place for your child if they are a “think outside of the box” kind of child.


What is involved in the Written Assessment portion of the team? On the day of Governor’s Cup (see website for details about this event), students can compete in written assessments in a specific subject area. 


In what ways will my child compete?  Students will practice for all 3 ways to compete (quick recall, future problem solving, and written assessment).  Students are allowed to compete in 3 things on the day of the Governor’s Cup. This could mean your child may compete in up to any 3 combinations of the ways to compete.   Quick Recall Scrimmages will be held against other schools in our district.  The Future Problem Solving and Written Assessments only occur at the District and Regional Governor’s Cup Competition held in February and March.


How does my child join the academic team?  There will be tryouts for the Academic Team at the beginning of the year.  Each child will take a test containing questions that cover different subject areas.  We will choose the top scoring students for the team. 


What can we do at home to help prepare my child for competitions?  Any types of trivia games are always fun and a great way for kids to have the knowledge for the types of questions that may be asked.  Sample questions will also be sent home with students that can also be used for practice.  These questions were from previous competitions.


When will practices be held?  Academic team practice will be Thursdays from 2:50-4:00. 


What will be the focus of each practice?  Mrs. Beers and Mrs. McCarty will alternate leading the practices.  (However, we may fill in for each other from time to time.)


Who can I contact if I have further questions?   If you have any more questions, you can contact either of the coaches by e-mail— megan.mccarty@jessamine.kyschools.us or melissa.beers@jessamine.kyschools.us or by calling the school at 885-6670.


Study Links

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Multiple Subject Areas

Encyclopedia Britannica

MIT’s OpenCourseWare

Dwight Kidder’s Reference Desk

College Bowl’s Reference Links

Google Books


ALA’s great websites for kids

NAQT’s “You Gotta Know”

Khan Academy   -  great collection of tutorial videos, especially math


Social Studies

Timeline of Recent History

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Constitutional Classics

Psychology Wiki


Arts & Humanities

Music – Complete list of composers and their Naxos recordings  (.pdf file)

Virginia Tech Music Dictionary

Stanford’s Music Theory

Stanford’s Musicians

Classic composers and theory

Religion/Mythology – Sacred Texts Archive

Greek Mythology

Encyclopedia of Religion

Web Gallery of Art

Philosophy and Religion

Christian religion



Organic Chemistry

Periodic Table of Elements

Science World

Education World’s Great Scientists


Language Arts

Luminarium – Anthology of English Literature

Guide to Grammar and Writing

English Grammar




History of Mathematics Archive

Wolfram’s Mathworld