University Interscholastic League (UIL) Information

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests. The UIL was created by The University of Texas at Austin in 1910 and has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world. Condit Elementary is participating for the second year in this exciting and fun series of competitions. We are looking to build a strong team of students with involved parents to make this an enjoyable time for all. The commitment level is up to you and your child – you can participate in one event or as many as your grade level allows.


There is a parent/teacher coach for each event. Parents and coaches will help prepare participants for the competition by holding practice sessions each week. The coaches will help supply useful materials, previous test and/or judging sheets for reference.


If you are interested in coaching, please email the committee chairs. A parent coach is needed for each event with the exception of Ready Writing.


Feel free to contact us with any questions!

Committee Chairs:

Amy Hassan, Jessica Hassid and Jean Lee



Grade Level


Grade Level


4th – 5th

Number Sense

4th – 5th

Chess Puzzle


Oral Reading

4th -5th

Creative Writing


Modern Oratory

K- 2nd/3rd- 5th

Dictionary Skills


Ready Writing

3rd -5th



Social Studies


Maps, Graphs & Charts



3rd – 5th




2nd – 3rd

Music Memory

3rd – 5th



HISD website for Elementary UIL: (supplementary info here for events)

List of events :


Additional information about each event is listed below:

Art:  4th and 5th Grade

The art contest involves the study of 40 paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and from Texas art galleries and museums. Students learn to recognize and identify various works of art and the artists who created them. As part of their study, they will demonstrate a basic understanding of art history and interpret ideas and moods in original art works.

Chess Puzzle:  2nd – 5th Grade

The benefits of chess are well documented for players of all ages, and especially for young people. Chess teaches problem solving, hones concentration and encourages analytical and strategic thinking. Chess can be a lifelong pursuit. Chess puzzle solving introduces students to the study of chess in a format that can be easily implemented in A+ school programs and district meets.

Creative Writing:  2nd Grade

Creative writing is designed to promote creativity in an academic format and to encourage writing skills at an early grade level. Through preparation for the contest, students will be able to evaluate their own writing and the writing of others.

Dictionary Skills:  5th Grade

Through knowledge of the dictionary is a way to increase a student’s ability to find the information that is needed for class work as well as everyday living. The subject matter of all test is taken from Merriam-Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary. Contestants may use other dictionaries in the contest, but the correct test answers will be found in the official dictionary

Impromptu Speaking* (English & Spanish):  K – 5th Grade

Impromptu speaking provides opportunities for students to explore the use of the voice and body in speaking situations, to examine the different purposes for speaking, to organize ideas, to prepare and deliver various speeches and to develop self-confidence.

Listening:  5th Grade

The listening contest is designed to help students recognize the importance of effective listening skills and to identify problems they may have in listening effectively. The contest provided a challenging format to test the improvement of their listening abilities and encourages students to develop the foundations skills they will throughout their lives both in and out of the classroom.

Maps, Graphs and Charts:  5th Grade

The maps, graphs & charts contest is designed to help students learn to get information from a variety of maps, graphs and charts including world maps, pie charts, bar charts and local area maps. The objective test will measure skills such as using a reference book to locate information, making comparisons, estimating and approximating, using scale and interpreting grid systems, legends and keys.

Mathematics:  5th Grade

Learning to complete math problems quickly is a valuable skill in all facets of life including engineering, accounting, completing a tax return and even grocery shopping. This contest provides opportunities for students to further develop and then apply their math knowledge and skills.

Modern Oratory:  2nd - 5th Grade (English/Spanish)

Modern Oratory is designed to help students learn to speak in a clear and effective manner. Participants will write their own 2-3 page essay on a given topic and recite the essay from memory in front of the judge.

Music Memory:  2nd – 5th Grade

The focus of the Music Memory contest is an in-depth study of fine pieces of music literature taken from a wide spectrum of music genres to expose students to great composers, their lives and their music.

Number Sense:  3rd – 5th Grade

Every day, individuals are called upon to use their ability to make quick mental calculations to make decisions. The development of such abilities should be an integral part of the math curriculum.

Oral Reading (English & Spanish*):  4th and 5th Grade

Reading literature out loud provides opportunities for students to analyze the text, to grow and to develop as a performer, to communicate a message to an audience and to perform an artistic creation. The oral reading competition should be an extension of the classroom literary and language arts activities in poetry, short stories and children’s fiction.

Ready Writing:  3rd – 5th Grade

Texas has put a great emphasis on writing skills at all levels of school and all levels of state-wide testing. Ready Writing builds those skills and helps students refine their writing abilities. In particular, this contest helps them to learn to write clearly and correctly a paper that is interesting and original.

Social Studies: 5th Grade

This contest is designed to encourage students to expand their knowledge of social studies, particularly in the areas of history, government systems, economics, citizenship, and culture.

Spelling:  2nd – 5th Grade

The spelling contest is designed to expose students to a wide variety of vocabulary words. It is not a contest of memorization. Emphasis is placed on the rules of the English language, meanings and definitions, and root words.

Solo Acting*:  K – 5th Grade

Students will present a selection from a published play, novel, short story or a poem. Selections must be memorized and must include an introduction stating the title and author. Costumes and props are allowed, including one chair. Maximum time limit is 5 minutes.

Storytelling (English & Spanish*):  2nd and 3rd Grade

To tell a story, the participant must develop skills in listening, thinking and speaking. This contest also allows for the development of creative expression, something being given more attention in the professional world. For practice, teachers can use stories from any good children’s books or magazines.

*Extra events offered by HISD.


The Condit Cat UIL team participates in 4-6 regional and district competitions per year. Over 500 students from all over HISD participate in each meet. The Condit team has placed in the top three at each tournament. We are a strong team coming from a great school and we have so many trophies to show for it!