Dec 01

WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE BOWL?

Knowledge Bowl is kind of like a team Jeopardy competition. A school’s Knowledge Bowl team is made up of smaller teams, each consisting of generally 4 – 6 team members. Our school’s teams compete against other teams from neighboring schools to see who can answer the most questions in math, science, history, English, social studies, etc.

During each competition, teams compete in a written round (45 multiple-choice questions in middle school, 60 for high school) and two oral rounds (45 questions each round, except for 60 each in high school). The winning team is based on the total number of questions answered correctly in all three rounds.

The high school regular season runs from October through February.  The middle school season runs from February through March.

Feb 18

2017 SW Washington Regional Tournament

On Monday, February 27th, Camas High School Knowledge Bowl will travel with its qualifying teams (all varsity teams; JV#s 1-5 who were the in the top 9 out of 42 in our League and thus qualified) to the Southwest Washington Varsity/JV Regional Tournament. Students will be released after 2nd period. They should quickly gather their stuff and report immediately to the flagpole bus loading area.  We will then travel to Longview and compete in the tournament held at Longview CC and Mark Morris High School. This is an all day event for us.

After competition, we will have dinner en route to home at Vernie’s Pizza (see the note about ordering below), then return to CHS between 7 and 8:00 PM. Students should plan on either bringing their own lunch, dinner food, and snacks AND/OR money for those meals. For a more detailed listing of the day’s events, please see below.

For JV, this tournament will conclude the regular and post season, as well as practice.  If Varsity qualifies a team for State, we will focus on having Varsity only practices for the next few weeks leading up to the 03/18/17 State Tournament.

As usual, if you can’t make it to this tournament for any reason, please let me AND your team know immediately. I’m aware that this is the first day of spring practice, so please communicate with your coaches early to let them know of your interest and that you’ll be with them the very next day. It’s important that you uphold your commitment to Knowledge Bowl. I’m sure you coaches will understand, since they’ll be looking for that same level of commitment from you in your sport.

Nice season, CHS Knowledge Bowl.  Let’s finish strong!

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:

  • 9:40 – Released after 2nd period; report immediately to flag pole for bus loading.
  • 9:50 – Depart for Longview
  • 11:05 – Arrive, deliver equipment and meet materials, pick up packets, eat sack lunch – Lower Columbia College Gym.
  • 11:30 – Opening and Welcome Assembly (All Varsity and JV teams) – LCC Gym.
  • 12:10 – Written Round Begins – LCC Gym (Varsity), and Mark Morris classrooms (JV).
  • 1:00 – Oral Round #1 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 2:00 – Oral Round #2 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 3:00 – “Championship” Oral Round – Assigned Rooms.
  • 4:15 – Final Results, Awards (All Teams) – LCC Student Center.
  • 5:00 – Dinner at Vernie’s Pizza … team or group of choice need to place order by morning of 02/27: Vernie’s Pizza Order Form
  • 6:15 – Depart for CHS
  • 7:30 – 8:00 – Arrive at CHS

Competition Locations – The Varsity competitions will take place on the campus of LCC, while the JV competition will take place next door to LCC at Mark Morris High School.

Substitutions – Substitutions in both the varsity and JV meets will be allowed only once during an oral round, after question #25, since each oral round will consist of 50 questions.

“Championship” Round – The 3rd Oral Round will be conducted as a Championship Round. Scores obtained previously during the day will be used to determine how teams are grouped for this round. Only the scores obtained during the 3rd Oral Round will determine final team places. All ties will be broken as needed.

Breaking Ties – Ties between rounds will be broken by comparing previous scores. For example, if a tie exists after Oral #1, the written round score will be used, while if a tie exists after Oral #2, the scores after Oral #1 will be used, and so on. If these are also tied, a coin toss will be used. The only exceptions are when state qualifying places are involved at the end of Oral Round #2 or the Championship Round (Oral Round #3). In such a case, a 10-question playoff will be held for the two teams involved (or 15 questions for three teams). If still tied, questions will be read in sets of 5 until the tie is broken.

Qualifying for State – Remember, the top three 4A, the top two 3A, the top three 2A, the top three 1A, and the top two 2B/1B team will all qualify for the state meet, but only one team per school is allowed to go to state.

State Meet T-Shirts – Please note that on the state website you will find information about ordering this year’s commemorative State Meet T-Shirt.  This is our fundraiser for the year, so please consider buying a shirt, whether you’re going to State or not.

Feb 18

Skyridge Team Rotation Schedule

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers! 
 
It’s hard to believe it, but we’re a mere week away from the start of the regular season.  This message is a quick review of our teams and the meet rotation process that I’ve shared with the kids over the last couple of days in practice. 
 
As mentioned in a previous email, due to our excellent participation in this program, we can only offer three regular season meets and the district tournament for each student this year.  We are somewhat unusual in this respect.  Whereas each school at each meet brings three teams of 6-8 players and very often has trouble filling those slots, we have a whopping 6 teams with roughly 8-9 on each squad, totaling about 53 knowledge bowlers in our program this year. You can see our “dilemma”. 
 
To help make sense of this, I’ve pasted in below a link to a document that includes the students’ teams, as well as the meets they’ll be competing in this year.  Please note that we use Greek alphabet letters (alpha, beta, gamma, etc.) for our team names for the purpose of organizing ourselves internally, but that in competition we are always named as either Skyridge 1, 2, or 3.  If you’re trying to find which room your student is in at competition, you’ll need to know both their team name and number.  I can help with this if you’re unsure, but the link below should help you and the students figure out when they’re competing, where they’re competing, and what their team designation (Skyridge 1, 2, or 3) will be for that meet (and the remainder of the season).  Here’s the link: https://goo.gl/3w9j0y
 
Next week on 2/22, we will host Frontier and Liberty at Skyridge for the first meet of the season.  Half of our six teams will compete that day. By the way, each meet consists of a written round and two oral rounds.  We try to start the written portion of the meet by about 3:30. The two oral rounds will usually be concluded shortly after/around 5:00-5:15 PM.  So students should be ready for pick up by about 5:15-5:30 on meet days (later on away meets), provided all schools show up on time and the meet goes smoothly.  If you’ve never witnessed knowledge bowl before, I’d encourage you to check it out.  Be assured that parents are always welcome at the meets.  The written round isn’t very good for spectators, but the oral rounds that usually start about 3:45-4:00 are pretty fun to watch.
 
If you have any questions about the info in this message, please feel free to email me.  As always, thank you for your support.
 
Cheers!
 
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the practice calendar found here: https://goo.gl/BuXLcV                

Feb 10

Skyridge Practice Schedule, etc.

This is quick update on the Skyridge plan for practice next week and beyond.  As I’ve alluded to before, we have excellent participation in our Knowledge Bowl program at Skyridge.  That’s fabulous, but it makes it difficult to run an effective practice when we have 50 students trying to buzz in at the 3 “paddles” for a chance to answer when only about 6-8 students can be at each paddle at any one time. So, starting next week, we are moving to an alternating practice schedule.

Given the irregularity of the days our meets are happening on starting the week of 02/20, there’s not much regularity with the practice days, but I did my best to try and make it somewhat consistent. I’ve sketched this all out for the rest of the season on a calendar that both kids and parents have access to on the web:  http://kbowl.mistergweb.com/skyridge/calendar/  Please review this with your student and email me if you have questions. By the way, if kids have conflicts with a scheduled practice day (language lessons, music lessons, appointments, etc.), they can just skip that day’s practice, OR they can come to the other grade level practice that week to make it up, if they want. To be clear, making up the practice is not required.

Looking forward to next week, we’ll be doing two very important tasks: handing out uniforms and revealing the teams for this year.  FYI, uniforms should be kept at school in lockers and taken home and laundered as needed after competitions.  As for the teams, I like to try to blend them with a combination of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in attempt to balance them by skill and grade level to give each team a chance for success and mentorship from the older students.  Stay tuned for that next week.

Please email with questions … Cheers!

Sam Greene

P.S. Students also now have access to independent practice written and oral questions from previous seasons through their CSD# 117 Google login here:  https://goo.gl/dNLA2E  This is optional practice, but some kids like to practice outside of the time we have for that at school.

Feb 06

RR# “4” Results & RR# “3” Info

Quick recap of last week’s home meet, as well as some info on the rescheduled meet for this week at Stevenson High School.

Another solid performance from Camas Knowledge Bowl last week, folks.  Looks like we ended up 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 9th in Varsity out of 15. We took 1st through 5th and 9th out of 15 in JV. See below for the full standings.

And here’s the plan for the rescheduled RR#3 Knowledge Bowl meet that’s scheduled to take place at Stevenson High School this Wednesday, 2/8/17, which is possibly threatened by weather again, so stay tuned on that.

  • Stevenson High School has requested a little earlier start time for the meet than we’re accustomed to (2:00 PM),  so we’ll do an early release from 5th period at 12:30.  Students: Please make arrangements with your 5th and 6th period teachers for work missed on Wednesday.
  • Report to the flag pole bus loading area as soon as possible after release. We will depart CHS at 12:45. By the way, if you know that you won’t be able to attend this meet, for whatever reason, please email me and let me know, as well as your team, please. 
  • We should arrive at SHS by about 1:45 PM then start the meet right around 2:00. If the meet goes well, we plan to be wrapping up by about 5:00-5:30 PM.
  • We will have dinner en route home. At this point, it looks like we’ll be stopping at Andrew’s Pizza in Stevenson. Students will need to bring money for dinner and/or a dinner of their own.  Our plan is to give the restaurant a pre-order based off small groups going in on pizzas to help keep things affordable. Here’s the link to the pre-order form: Andrew’s Pre-Order Form  We will need this completed, one person per/ordering group, by this Wednesday morning, the day of the meet.
  • If all goes as planned, we should be arriving back at CHS between 7:30-8:30 PM, but, as you know, one slow room and/or technical difficulties can delay the entire meet. I’ll send out updates via Remind on our status.

Once again, If for some reason you’re unable to make it to the meet and you haven’t yet informed me and your team, you need to let us know immediately.

 

RR#4 VARSITY
School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Camas #1 48 705 35 705 30 113 1
Union #1 49 706 22 706 28 99 2
Camas #2 44 706 22 709 23 89 3
Camas #4 40 710 23 710 16 79 4
Camas #5 36 711 20 711 17 73 5
Union #2 33 709 12 710 18 63 6
Washougal #1 39 709 14 706 9 62 7
Washougal #2 33 710 18 709 11 62 8
Camas #3 32 709 22 705 7 61 9
Stevenson #1 30 711 13 711 16 59 10
White Salmon #1 30 711 11 705 11 52 11
Stevenson #2 24 705 9 709 10 43 12
Columbia Adv. 24 710 10 706 7 41 13
White Salmon #3 23 706 3 710 3 29 14
White Salmon #2 17 705 0 711 0 17 15

 

RR#4 JUNIOR VARSITY
School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Camas #1 37 702 33 702 24 94 1
Camas #3 38 704 20 704 29 87 2
Camas #4 38 707 27 703 20 85 3
Camas #5 34 708 22 707 25 81 4
Camas #2 28 703 28 708 24 80 5
Washougal #1 36 704 16 702 17 69 6
Union 33 704 11 703 17 61 7
White Salmon #1 29 708 13 704 6 48 8
Camas #6 28 707 5 708 9 42 9
Columbia Adv. 26 708 9 707 4 39 10
Washougal #2 21 707 12 702 0 33 11
Stevenson #2 22 703 3 703 4 29 12
Stevenson #1 20 702 4 704 5 29 13
White Salmon #3 17 703 3 707 5 25 14
White Salmon #2 16 702 2 708 3 21 15

Jan 30

Skyridge Knowledge Bowl Begins Today!

Good Morning, Knowledge Bowlers!

Just a quick reminder that knowledge bowl practice for Skyridge begins today!  Report to room 206 after school for a quiet, supervised study hall, followed by practice at 3:15.  Practice will always end at 4:00.  We have practices on Monday and Tuesday only of this week.  For the latest info, check out our blog:  http://kbowl.mistergweb.com/

Cheers!

Mr. Greene.

Jan 17

Meet #3 Cancelled … Again!

We’ve decided to cancel tomorrow’s already rescheduled meet. The coaches are scrambling to come up with a plan, but the earliest possible reschedule could be 01/25. More later. Hang in there. See you at practice whenever we get back.

Jan 06

RR#3 Meet Info

Dear Knowledge Bowlers,

This is a quick update on the plan for the Knowledge Bowl meet that’s scheduled to take place at Stevenson High School next Wednesday, 1/11/17, including yet another reminder about possible weather related scenarios in our League. Yes, there’s the threat once again of inclement weather in the Gorge next week, and possibly even in our area, which could interfere with our meet.  

Here are the details for the meet:

  • Stevenson High School has requested a little earlier start time for the meet than we’re accustomed to (2:00 PM),  so we’ll do an early release from 5th period at 12:30.  Students: Please make arrangements with your 5th and 6th period teachers for work missed on Wednesday.
  • Report to the flag pole bus loading area as soon as possible after release. We will depart CHS at 12:45. By the way, if you know that you won’t be able to attend this meet, for whatever reason, please email me and let me know, as well as your team, please. 
  • We should arrive at SHS by about 1:45 PM then start the meet right around 2:00. If the meet goes well, we plan to be wrapping up by about 5:00-5:30 PM.
  • We will have dinner en route home. At this point, it looks like we’ll be stopping at Andrew’s Pizza in Stevenson. Students will need to bring money for dinner and/or a dinner of their own.
  • If all goes as planned, we should be arriving back at CHS between 7:30-8:30 PM, but, as you know, one slow room and/or technical difficulties can delay the entire meet. I’ll send out updates via Remind on our status.

Once again, If for some reason you’re unable to make it to the meet and you haven’t yet informed me and your team, you need to let us know immediately.

WEATHER SCENARIOS:

Here is a reminder of our standing policy regarding meets and weather:  Basically, if even one school is unable to attend the meet due to inclement weather, the meet will not be held that day.  This usually means postponing the meet, as opposed to cancelling it.  Our first attempt would be to reschedule the meet for the following Wednesday, which in this case would be January 18th.  If for some reason that first make-up date does not work – for example, the host school is not available that date, weather strikes again, semester finals conflicts with the plans – the next move is to use an open Wednesday date later in the year, as agreed upon by all schools as the best choice.  On rare occasion we have had to cancel a meet.

Keep in mind that for most districts, if school is closed on a given day due to weather, all after school activities that day are cancelled, meaning in a case like this that the k-bowl team cannot travel to nor host a meet.  This might also be true if school has a late start, but sometimes a late start won’t result in cancellations.  I’ll email Wednesday morning if I hear of a need to reschedule.

Please email with questions … thanks for your help and support of Camas Knowledge Bowl.

Cheers!

Dec 09

RR#2 @Union Meet Results

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

Camas Knowledge Bowl was victorious Wednesday night, besting the Titans of Union (once again … roll on, ‘Makers!) and others from the League in our 2nd Round Robin tournament of the year. Adding to the excitement was the threat of incoming weather and a possible snow day for Thursday, which, as you all know, actually turned into two snow days!

I’d like to give a special shout out to Camas Varsity #1, who ruled the pack once again on this chilly December night. Camas Varsity #1, anchored by seniors Jason Kim, Chemay Shola, Calvin Taylor, and juniors Noah Thompson and Jesse Lester (who wasn’t able to make it to this meet), rocked the competition with a solid 115 point performance, besting the next closest team by 20 points!  This makes for two 100+ point performances in a row. It’s clear to see how this rare feat has earned them the top spot in our region and league so far. Well done! See the full varsity results below. 

Kudos also to JV#4, comprised of sophomores Sam Walters and Addison Gonzales, and freshmen Jordan Chase, Junha Lee, and Jaden Kim. JV#4 led all Camas JV teams, eclipsing the next closest one (JV#2 who took 2nd place overall) by 13 points. They are currently 1st place in our region out of 45 total teams!  This group has a bright future based on their commanding performances in the first two JV competitions of the year. Well done, JV#4. See the full JV results below. 

Our next meet is set for January 11th, 2017, at Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA.  More details when we return from our winter break.

P.S. For a quick look at the regional/league standings, check out these links:

 

RR#2 VARSITY
School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Camas #1 51 31 401 33 115 1
Camas #2 47 17 404 31 95 2
Union #1 48 21 402 22 91 3
White Salmon #1 41 24 403 22 87 4
Camas #4 38 21 405 15 74 5
Camas #5 35 15 402 15 65 6
Camas #3 39 17 401 7 63 7
White Salmon #3 32 17 403 12 61 8
Washougal #2 32 10 405 10 52 9
Stevenson #1 31 15 404 4 50 10
White Salmon #2 30 11 401 2 43 11
Washougal #1 25 11 402 7 43 12
Union #2 31 4 403 7 42 13
Columbia Adv. 26 2 404 5 33 14
Stevenson #2 23 3 405 2 28 15

 

RR#2 JUNIOR VARSITY
School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Camas #4 35 33 301 15 83 1
Camas #2 35 22 302 13 70 2
Camas #3 33 21 303 15 69 3
Camas #1 34 18 305 16 68 4
Union 35 16 301 15 66 5
Camas #5 33 21 304 12 66 6
Washougal #2 36 10 302 14 60 7
Camas #6 26 7 303 12 45 8
White Salmon #3 29 3 304 8 40 9
Washougal #1 21 10 301 8 39 10
White Salmon #2 23 9 305 4 36 11
White Salmon #1 23 6 302 6 35 12
Stevenson #2 16 4 304 9 29 13
Stevenson #1 18 3 303 2 23 14
Columbia Adv. 15 4 305 1 20 15

Dec 04

RR#2 Meet Information

Dear Knowledge Bowlers,

This is a quick update on the plan for this Wednesday’s Knowledge Bowl meet, including information about possible weather related scenarios in our League. By the way, if you know that you won’t be able to attend this meet, for whatever reason, please email me and let me know, as well as your team, please.

Evergreen Public Schools changed their start time for high school to one hour later, so there’s no need for us to early release. After school, students should either report to room 710 AND/OR report to the bus lane loading area for loading at 2:45, or as soon as we’re able after the CHS buses roll out of the bus lane area.

Once we arrive at Union High School about 3:00 PM, we’ll be on the following schedule:

  • 3:00 ——- Arrive and gather in UHS Library.
  • 3:15——– Welcome and Instructions (Library)
  • 3:30 ——- Written Round (All teams in Library)
  • 4:15 ——- Oral Round #1

*Between  the Oral Rounds – Return to the Library for Snacks*

  • 5:30 ——- Oral Round #2 (TBA, this will be announced in the Library)
  • 6:30 ——- Return to the Library for Final Results

We typically end our meets between 6:30 and 7:00, once all teams are finished and results are reported/tabulated. Please keep in mind that even one slow room and/or tech problem can delay the end time.  I’m forecasting a return to CHS between 7:00 and 7:30.  If you need to pick up your student at Union High School, that’s fine.  Please let me know that you’re going, preferably ahead of time.

WEATHER SCENARIOS:

Here is a reminder of our standing policy regarding meets and weather:  Basically, if even one school is unable to attend the meet due to inclement weather, the meet will not be held that day.  This usually means postponing the meet, as opposed to cancelling it.  Our first attempt will be to reschedule the meet for the following Wednesday, which in this case would be Wednesday, Dec. 14th.  If for some reason that first make-up date does not work – for example, the host school is not available that date, or weather strikes again – the next move is to use an open Wed date later, as agreed upon by all schools as the best choice.  On rare occasion we have had to cancel a meet.

Keep in mind that for most districts, if school is closed on a given day due to weather, all after school activities that day are cancelled, meaning in a case like this that the k-bowl team cannot travel to nor host a meet.  This might also be true if school has a late start, but sometimes a late start won’t result in cancellations.  I’ll email Wednesday morning if I hear of a need to reschedule.

Please email with questions … thanks for your help and support of Camas Knowledge Bowl.

Cheers!

Oct 30

Round Robin Meet #1 on Wednesday, 11/02/16

Dear Knowledge Bowlers,

After a month of practice we’re finally headed off to our first competition this Wednesday at Washougal High School. You will be early released from 6th period at 1:30 on that day. As soon as possible after release, report to the flag pole bus loading area for attendance and bus loading. Guest coach Mr. Morgan will be accompanying you on this trip, so look for him. By the way, I’ll need some helpers to go to room 710 after release and help get the equipment box and other materials we’ll need for the meet. If you’re assigned/volunteer for this, please be sure to follow through with your assignment.

Once we arrive at Washougal High School at about 2:00 PM, we’ll be on the following schedule:

  • 2:00 ——- Arrive, and gather in Washougal High School Commons.
  • 2:15——– Welcome and Instructions (Commons)
  • 2:30 ——- Written Round (All teams in Commons)
  • 3:15 ——- Oral Round #1
    • *Between the Oral Rounds – Return to the Commons for Snacks*
  • 4:30 ——- Oral Round #2 (TBA, this will be announced in the Commons)
  • 5:30 ——- Return to the Commons for Final Results

We typically end our meets between 5:30 and 6:00, once all teams are finished and results are reported/tabulated. Please keep in mind that even one slow room and/or tech problem can delay the end time.  I’m forecasting a return to CHS between 6:00 and 6:30.  If you are being picked up by parents at WHS, be sure to check out with guest coach Mr. Morgan so he has the proper head count for the return trip.

Due to our incredible participation in Knowledge Bowl this year, we will have to rotate out of competition 1 JV team at each of our round robin tournaments since we’re limited to taking only 6 of our 7 junior varsity teams to each meet. The only way I can make this fair is to make the selection of those JV teams that will rotate out be random. So, the plan in practice tomorrow is to put all the JV team names in a hat.  We’ll draw out one team name at a time, and the first team name drawn will be the team that’s rotated out for the first meet.  The next team name drawn will be the one rotated out for the December meet, and so on and so forth.  I wish there were a way for all of us to compete every time, but this year there isn’t. My apologies for this hardship, but thank you in advance for your understanding, too.

If you have questions, please contact me.  Otherwise, let’s have some fun and continue our tradition of excellence in this activity.

Cheers!

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