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UIL Contest Information

UIL (School Year 2016-17)

UIL - 2017

Cedar Valley earned 2nd place 

for 6th, 7th & 8th grade levels!

UIL 2017 Cedar Valley Results

Saturday, February 25, 2017

@ Cedar Valley Middle School

* Save the date!

QUESTIONS? Please contact:


* Get involved by signing up with the coach of the event/s you want to compete in starting after November 1st. 

Sign up outside the classroom door of the coach of the event you are interested in.

Practices start the week of  December 1, 2016.

** Read below for information about the events and practice times.

UIL Awards Ceremony -- Monday, February 27, 2017 

@ 7:40 AM in the Cedar Valley Lecture Hall

* winners placed 1st - 6th will receive ribbons

** doughnuts, juice and coffee will be served.


U.I.L. Event Times, Practices, & Coaches

All events will be on Saturday, February 25, 2017  at Cedar Valley Middle School. 


Students can NOT be involved in two events that happen at the same time but CAN do ones that are different times!   Exception:  Students in Oral Reading or Impromptu Speaking can ONLY compete in that ONE event due to prelims & final rounds!


 UIL Practices will begin the week of December 1st.


Sign up to participate with the coach of the event/s you wish to compete in 

starting November 1st.


All grade levels can participate!


EventCoach of EventPractice Day/sPractice TimesPractice Location
Maps, Charts & Graphs?
Oral Reading?
Listening Skills?
SpellingAmy MarguliesWednesdays  7:45 - 8:13 am3112
Calculator ApplicationsJenny EstesWednesdays3:30-4:15pm1235
Art HistoryAren EhmanMondays3:30-4:15 pm2147
ScienceLaurie EbersFridays3:30 - 4:151231
Ready WritingMargaret DuganThursdays3:30 to 4:00 p.m.2137
Number SenseSherrie BarksdaleTuesdayTuesday 3:30-4:15.1225
Dictionary SkillsPam MetcalfeWednesdays7:50 - 8:12 AM OR 3:30 - 4:05 PM2135
Impromptu SpeakingRachel GonzalesMondays   3:35 - 4:05 PM3105
Social StudiesShannon
Tuesdays3:30 - 4:00pm2125

8:00 AM Pre-lim Event & 10:30 AM Finals for:

If you compete in these, you can only do that one event!

Oral Reading (?, 428- ) 6, 7, & 8th Graders ~ read dramatically from a script with limited movement. Practices Thursdays 3:30-4:15

Impromptu Speaking (Rachel Gonzales, room 3105, 428-2370): 6, 7 & 8th Graders ~ draw 3 topics, 5 minutes planning, give a speech on 1 topic.  Practices: Mondays 3:35-4:05 in Room 3105 starting Monday, December 5


8:00 AM ~ Event

Ready Writing (Margaret Dugan, room 2137, 428-2378): 6, 7, & 8th Grade ~ choice of 2 prompts, 1.5 hours to write. Practices Thursdays 3:30 - 4:00


9:00 AM ~ Events:

Art History ( Aren Ehman, room 2147, 428-2334): 6, 7, & 8th Graders ~ Identify 40 paintings by artist & title in 45 minutes. Practices Mondays 3:30 - 4:15 PM

Calculator Applications (Jenny Estes, room 1235, 428-2338): 6, 7, & 8thGrade ~ Uses a calculator to answer 80 problems in 30 minutes. Practices Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:15 PM

Maps, Graphs, & Charts (? ): 6, 7, & 8th Grade ~ an objective test that uses an Atlas as a resource to answer 75 questions in 45 minutes. Practices Fridays 3:30 - 4:15

Spelling (Amy Margulies, room 3112 , 428- 2395): 6, 7, & 8th Grade ~ write down words correctly at a rate of 5 words per minute. Practices room 3112 before school on Wednesdays from December 14th-February 22nd

10:45 AM ~ Events:

Dictionary Skills (Pam Metcalfe, room 1235, 428-2389): 6, 7, & 8th Grade ~ use a dictionary to answer 40 questions. Practices ____________

Listening Skills (?): 6, 7, & 8th Grade ~ listen to a story then using notes, answer 25 questions about the story. Practices Wednesdays 3:30-4:15 

Number Sense (Sherri Barksdale, room 1225, 428-2347): 6, 7, & 8th Grade ~ 10 minutes to answer math problems with no written calculations or calculator.  

Practices Tuesdays

Science (Laurie Ebers, room 1231, 428-2329): 7 & 8th Graders ~ 35 question objective test. Practices Fridays 3:30 - 4:15 PM

Social Studies (Shannon Thomas, (512) 428-2392, Room: 2.125): 6, 7, & 8th Grade ~ 40 questions in 30 minutes. Practices Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:00pm

Note students can compete a grade level up (6th grader can compete as a 7th grader) - but not a level down.


Dear Parents/Guardians of UIL Contestants:

The Round Rock Middle School Academic UIL Meet scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017 .  The events will be held at Cedar Valley Middle School: 8139 Racine Trail, Austin, TX 78717..

In order to compete, students must be passing all of their classes and have attended at least 3 practices for their event. In the event of an emergency and your child cannot compete,  it is important that you contact your child’s coach, or myself, by phone or e-mail – at least 24 hours prior, if possible.

The first round of competition begins at 8:00 AM for Oral Reading and Impromptu Speaking. These students should come dressed professionally.  They will compete in round 1, then after tabulations, some students may advance to round 2.  If a student is eliminated after round 1, he or she may go home - but must first check out with the coach prior to leaving.  Round 2 will happen approximately 10:30 AM.

Ready Writing will begin at 8:00 AM, and all other first round events (Art, Calculator Applications, Spelling, & Maps-Graphs-Charts) will begin at 9 AM.   All of these competitors are encouraged to wear a Cedar Valley t-shirt.  The second round begins approximately at 10:45 AM (Science, Social Studies, Dictionary Skills, Listening Skills, & Number Sense).  Students are welcome to leave as soon as they are finished with their event, or they may stay to learn the results and leave at the end of the competition. If a student is leaving the campus after competition, the student and parent must sign the student out with the coach & at the official sign out table at the main door to Cedar Valley.

When you come to CeVMS to pick up your child, please enter through the main door.  Your student may then be found in the cafeteria.  There will be signs.  Before leaving, please sign out with your child’s Cedar Valley’s event coach as well as at the Sign Out table hosted byCeVMS.  It is important that we have a record of the student leaving with a parent or guardian.

Students should wear appropriate clothes.  All dress codes will be enforced.  We are very proud of all of our students and expect that they will show by their behavior & dress that they are proud of their school.  It is preferred that students wear a school t-shirt to represent their specific school (except for oral reading and impromptu speaking students).

Any listening devices brought to the competition should be of the headphone variety.  We do not encourage students to bring an item of great value unless he/she is willing to carry it around all morning!  We do not have a  place to lock up valuables. Coaches will not be responsible for personal items.

 If the event your child is involved in requires any items (folder with poems, pencil, calculator, etc), be sure that either your child or your coach brings the needed items to Cedar Valley on Saturday.

Parents are welcome to remain on the Cedar Valley campus during this event; however, parents are not allowed to go the competition rooms. Concessions will be for sale as well.

There will be an informal UIL awards Ceremony in the Cedar Valley Lecture Hall on  Monday, February 27 from 7:40 AM - 8:13 AM.  We'll provide coffee, juice, and doughnuts.  Student competitors will be awarded their ribbons at this time.  Parents, you are invited to join us.

If you have further questions, please contact your child’s event coach or Kris Baker, UIL campus coordinator for Cedar Valley at 428-2406, Kris_Baker@roundrockisd.org

·         Unless otherwise stated, events are for grades 6, 7 & 8.  Students may compete UP a grade level (a 6th grader can compete as a 7th grader) but not down a level.

·         Students may compete in ONE 8:30/9 AM event & ONE 10:45 AM event  -- UNLESS the event is Oral Reading or Impromptu Speaking (those competitors may only compete in that one event due to having pre-lims and finals).

·         This is UIL.  All competitors must be passing all of their classes.  

Want to know more about UIL?  

The below information is taken from the website:  http://www.uiltexas.org/about/


UIL:  The University Interscholastic League was created by The University of Texas at Austin to provide leadership and guidance to public school debate and athletic teachers. Since 1910 the UIL has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world. The UIL exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The initials UIL have come to represent quality educational competition administered by school people on an equitable basis.


Participation in UIL teaches that it is a privilege and an honor to represent one's school. Students learn to win and to lose; to take as well as to give. Self-motivation and intellectual curiosity are essential to the best academic participants.  Interscholastic competition is a fine way to encourage students to enrich their education and expand their horizons.


The purpose of the UIL is to organize and properly supervise contests that assist in preparing students for citizenship. It aims to provide healthy, character building, educational activities carried out under rules providing for good sportsmanship and fair play for all participants.  Sensible organized competition under proper controls has demonstrated its value and has furnished inspiration to talented students for many years. The UIL does not provide a contest for every student but does fill the need for those with the physical and intellectual capacity to excel in activities beyond the classroom. The UIL has the active support of most of the school executives, teachers, and citizens in Texas.


UIL Statement of Purpose

The University Interscholastic League believes:

·         that participation in extracurricular activities motivates students to place a high priority on attending school and making better grades.

·         that most students enjoy the pursuit of excellence and seek opportunities to test themselves against their own accomplishments and the accomplishments of others,

·         that such opportunities are best provided through properly conducted and equitably administered competitive activities, and

·         that the classroom is enriched by the flow of student energy into the more intensified arena of competition and back into the classroom.


Therefore, we reaffirm that students are the focus of our endeavor and deserve an opportunity to:

·         refine physical and mental skills,

·         nurture self-realization and build self-confidence,

·         feel a sense of pride and dignity,

·         experience teamwork and develop a sense of fair play,

·         develop the ability to lead and the willingness to follow,

·         foster self-discipline and perseverance,

·         appreciate that rules, consistently applied, create order and discipline,

·         learn to accept graciously the decisions of judges and officials,

·         affirm self-worth in times of disappointment as well as adulation,

·         cultivate lifetime skills,

·         complement their classwork with practice and performance,

·         have fun,

·         experience the joy of achieving their potential in a wholesome environment, and

·         discover that ultimately the true meaning of winning is doing one's best.