San Elijo Middle School

Complexity, Collaboration, and Character

Welcome to the Science Olympiad information page: The most updated information will always be at the top of the page. There is information and links with documents regarding the events at the bottom of the page.

 Updated 1/24/17-plans for Science Olympiad Event day (2/4/17)  reviewed-guidelines-rules discussed. Full event day schedule distributed. Impound information for building events-distribution of t-shirts and Q and A for event day. Read all emails thoroughly when you get them as they have the most pertinent and up to date information for SO.
 Updated 11/29-meeting of the students and parents-two team names identified-Infrared and Ultraviolet
Taylor Quach is in charge of the t-shirt design committee-SO paperwork was distributed and updates to the event schedule given by Coach Mrs. Bernard.
Please contact me at if you have questions. Next meeting scheduled for the last week in January 24-26 to plan for event day and to distribute the t-shirts.
Update 10/1/16-Registration for Science Olympiad is now closed
Teams are now being organized and a meeting will be held for those students that have registered and paid the registration fees soon.
Be looking for an email regarding the meeting for both parents and students before October 14th, 2016 
Update 9/15/16:
This is the information that was emailed out on Wednesday 9/14/16 evening:
Good afternoon everyone. The following link will provide step 2 of the Science Olympiad Information. Step 1 was to visit my webpages-review the information regarding Science Olympiad, visit the actual Science Olympiad website link which was sent out in the last email (and is on my website), and if at all possible attend the first meeting.
Thank you to all that have completed Step 1.
For Step 2, please register the student(s) that wish to participate in SO using this link.
Registration is Closed for Science Olympiad 
Step 3, will require that the student come by my room Room 152, beginning Monday of next week to pick up the Medical Release form required by SO and bring the form home for parents to complete.
Step 4, will be to bring the completed form and the Registration fee of $30, (cash only) to school on a date to be determined. We will have two mornings where the student can come by and drop off the form and fees to my classroom. I am co-ordinating with Shubha and Van as to which days they will be available and either they will send you an email with dates or I will. 
Once Step 1-4 are complete then we can begin to form our teams. I will be closing the registration link on Sunday September 25th and the last day to pay fees and turn in the forms will likely be 9/26/16. That will allow me time to put the teams together and then we can schedule our next full meeting probably the first week of October. At that meeting, you can find out what event(s) you were entered into, we will need to come up with team names, create a t-shirt design team, and identify the parents that can help coach in the different areas. Remember your spot on a team can only happen if you complete all 4 steps on time.
 Updated 9/9/16
Parents and Participants: thank you for attending the first meeting on 9/8. Our second meeting is currently being scheduled and will be posted here soon. In addition, a link to register for your events and provide other information will be sent via email and will be posted here as well. Registration will be open for a two week window with a meeting scheduled within that two weeks where registration fees will be collected and other materials distributed.We will limit the number of teams this year so if interested be sure to attend the next meeting, register, and pay the registration fees. Here is a list of proposed events for this year.
Points to consider:
1. Students should visit the Science Olympiad web page to learn more about the Olympiad.
The link is:
2. Students should select a topic that they are interested in and want to learn more about.
3. Science Olympiad is an opportunity for students to challenge themselves to learn more about a topic and compete against other peers in a regional event.
4. Science Olympiad is NOT a teacher or parent led activity-Students must study or work on their topic on their own time.
The team meetings are designed for students to obtain support from parents, coaches, and teachers that can offer their expertise on the subject matter. Tools, techniques and support are offered along with discussions from prior event experience.
5. Coaches and parents offer support, supplies and materials to aid the student in their efforts.
6.  Commitment is critical-once we put together the teams entry fees must be paid and Science Olympiad team fees must also be paid. If you as the student elect to be part of the team we ask that you stay committed until the end-no dropping out; remember your registration fee is non-refundable.
7. Please visit the Science Olympiad website-identify topics of interest-make a decision as to whether you can commit to the process. If you are still interested then register for your top three choices on the online registration once the link is open.
 8. Once all registrations are submitted I will meet with the coaches that will be assisting me and we will identify the groups per topic and and send out team information. More information will be made available on this site so stay tuned.
Thank you.
SO Team 
 Our first meeting was held at SEMS on Thursday, September 8th in room 152 at San Elijo Middle School at 4:00 p.m.-parents and students please try to attend.
Information about how SO works here at SEMS will be provided. Once you have obtained the information if you/your child is still committed to being part of this year's team a link will be placed on this page for registration that will need to be completed and submitted by the set due date in order to begin creating teams. The link will not be made available until after the informational meeting on 9/8/16. All parties that submit the registration will be contacted regarding upcoming dates for meetings and due dates for registration fees.
Teams consist of 15 members and the number of teams dictates how may individuals can participate in an event. New members should note that priority is given to returning members. In addition, there will be a non-refundable registration fee so be sure when registering that you/your child are going to commit to the time, energy and hours it takes to prepare for the event you are enrolled in.
I look forward to working with all of you as we move forward for another great year with Science Olympiad.
Thank you and see you soon.
Mrs. Mariann Bernard
Lead Science Olympiad Coach (SEMS)
The following is for your information:
What is Science Olympiad?
In grades 6-12, Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set, but some school clubs have more than 75 members, allowing for an apprentice and mentoring system.

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal. To learn more about what Science Olympiad is visit their site at

 Science Olympiad requires students to involve themselves and learn about different concepts in science. The events for 2016 Division B are as follows. For a more detailed description of the events visit the SO website.

2016-17 Division B Events

The description of the 2017 Division B events will be posted soon.

 Check back regularly for new updates.
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