Christ Alone Lutheran School (CALS) offers many academic contests for students of all ages. Participation provides students exposure to a variety of interests and passions, while having the opportunity to learn new things and expand their awareness of possibilities.
Grades 5- 8
CALS students compete in the KML Conference Academic Bowl. Teams compete in both a written test and an oral round in the areas of math, language arts, science, social studies, and spelling. Preparation is key to succeed in this event.
All students participate in the annual art fair, which showcases student artwork created throughout the school year. Students submit artwork that exemplifies their artistic gifts and abilities. The focus on fine arts includes drawings, paintings, printmaking, collages, mosaics, sculptures, and mixed media. 3K – grade 2 receive participation awards. Grades 3-8 are judged based on originality, composition, and execution.
Grades 3 – 8
Starting in grade 3, students can join the chess club to learn basic chess skills. Students practice by playing each other while expanding their knowledge of chess to include classic openings and strategy. Each session concludes with a tournament.
Public speaking is scary for most individuals, but the ability to speak in front of a group of all sizes is so important in the life of many adults. Forensics is a great way for students to begin to cultivate their public speak skills at a young age. Students can choose which category they wish to compete in. Categories include Interpretive Prose and Poetry, Solo and Group Playacting, Demonstration Speech, and Storytelling. They then select a piece to perform in front of classmates and parents at CALS. Then the best go on to compete in the conference meet at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (KML).
Grades 5 – 8
Students first compete in the National Geographic Geography Bee in their classrooms with either an oral round or a written qualifying test. From there, the top qualifiers compete in the oral finals on stage in the fellowship hall. Our school winner then takes the online test to qualify for the State Geography Bee in Madison. The State winner participates in the national finals in Washington, D.C. Past CALS champions have qualified for the State Bee.
Each student completes a project, writes a report, and makes a display unit for his/her project. Students are encouraged to explore the scientific method as they devise experiments, demonstrate scientific principles, research a chosen area of science, or explain in depth how a scientific apparatus works. The projects are displayed and judged at CALS. The best projects are taken to KML Science Fair in March each year.
CALS conducts an annual spelling bee for grades 1-4. A qualifying test begins in each classroom. The oral finals are completed in front of all students in grades 1-4.