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.

Mar 30

Award & Desserts Banquet

What a year, Knowledge Bowlers! Thanks for taking the time to come to the annual dessert/awards banquet this last Tuesday night, 3/28, to celebrate our growth and success. We handed out 23 academic letters, 47 service bars that denote each year of involvement in knowledge bowl past the first, and 29 “lamp of knowledge” pins for those just beginning their CHS Knowledge Bowl careers.  Wow!

Here’s a quick recap of the season:

  • How many members and teams? 68 members made up 5 Varsity and 7 JV teams. Last year’s total roster was 55!
  • Our League – Columbia River Gorge League (CRGL) – including Camas, Stevenson, Columbia Adventist Academy, White Salmon, Union, and Washougal. 15 Varsity and 15 JV teams. Camas has 12 of those 30 teams.
  • Our Region – SW WA, ESD 112. 26 Schools with 42 Varsity and 45 JV teams total. The region stretches from Ilwaco at the coast, to White Salmon in the Gorge, and north to Kelso/Longview.
  • Knowledge Bowl Statewide – All 9 ESD Regions participate, with 200+ schools involved this year.
  • Varsity League – We finished 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th out of 15 4A teams in our league.
  • JV League – We finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th, 5th, and 7th out of the 15 JV teams in our league, out of 42 in region.
  • JV Regional Tournament – 5 out of 7 JV teams qualified. They placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th out of 9 at the tournament this year.
  • 4A Regional Tournament – 5 Varsity teams competed at the, placing 1st, 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th out of 9.
  • One Varsity team qualified for state (Camas #1) and they took 4th Place in the 4A State tournament, pretty awesome!

Many thanks to the kids for a fine and fun year. Thanks especially to the graduating seniors. We will miss you! And thank you so much to the parents and guardians for supporting our program.

Mar 23

Skyridge Repeats as League Champs!

The Skyridge kids did us proud once again this year at the Greater St. Helens League Middle School District Tournament held on 3/23/17 at Shahala Middle School. Our Varsity #1 team, made up of 8th graders Alex, George, Lucas M., and Tommy, won it all in the final round that pitted them against the best of the best from Cascade and Shahala. Skyridge Varsity #1 advanced to the championship round after amassing the highest total points in the meet through one written and two oral rounds. Impressive. One of those students on Varsity #1, Alex, was also a member of last year’s League champion team. Well done, Alex. By the way, this is also the first time Skyridge has repeated as champions, marking the 4th League championship for our team in the last 17 years.

In the JV “international” tournament, Lucas W. and Devin teamed up with students from Wy’east, Shahala, and Covington to take home top honors as part of JV#4, edging out four other Skyridge players who also advanced to the championship round on their respective JV teams. Congrats to those students, Selina, Anabel, Aayush, and Jackson, who displayed awesome grit and fortitude to make it to the final round of competition.

All in all, it was awesome night for Skyridge!  I’m proud of all the hard work that each player did this year to learn how to work effectively with their teams and have some fun. Bravo!

Mar 20

Camas #1 Takes 4th at State!

Camas Varsity #1 made the long trek north to Arlington High School over the weekend to compete in this year’s State Knowledge Bowl Tournament.  Matching up against the best of the best 4A teams in the state, Varsity #1 won their morning bracket (which consists of 50 written questions and four 50 question oral rounds) to advance to the afternoon competition and a chance at winning it all. In the end, though, we came up just a little short, missing out on a chance via the semi-final round to compete for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place by only three points, but Camas ended up with a solid 4th place, which is quite a remarkable feat by itself.  Camas Varsity #1 is made up of the following students: Jason Kim, Chemay Shola, Calvin Taylor, Noah Thompson, Jesse Lester, and Vincent Wu. Give them a pat on the back for a remarkable season that included their being both League and Region champs.  Nice work, Camas!

Finally, don’t forget about the Knowledge Bowl dessert/awards banquet in the CHS North Commons this next week on Tuesday night, 03/28. We’ll begin having snacks, desserts, and refreshment about 5:30. Awards will start at 6:00. I plan to be pretty brief and hopefully have us out of there between 6:30-6:45 at the latest. FYI, we’ll be handing out about 20 academic letters next week, as well as 30 or so service bars!

If you haven’t signed up yet to bring a sleeve of cookies or some other favorite treat, it’s not too late. A little bit goes a long way if you can help contribute. Sign up here: “Dessert” Sign Up.

Looking forward to celebrating the season with you.

Cheers!

Mar 17

CHS Staff vs. Students Knowledge Bowl

This past Wednesday at Camas High School, the state bound CHS knowledge bowl team challenged the staff to a round of questions in an after school match of brainpower and wit. The staff, eager to defend their victory against last year’s qualifiers, rose to the challenge magnificently and gave a glorious effort, but despite assembling an impressive cast of characters from nearly every department at CHS, they went down in defeat by a score of 27-19. The students were impressive in their systematic but gracious “dismantling” of the staff, making good on their promise of coming back from last year’s loss to the staff. Apparently the staff have done too good of a job in preparing them for knowledge bowl in their classes! What a difference a year makes.

Special thanks to the following CHS staff for coming out and helping prep the kids for State:  Bruce Anderson, Joe Farland, Greg Plitt, Eric Linthwaite, Stacy Nilles, Alan Bohac, Dale Croswell, Ethan Chessin, and Charlotte Waters.

And best of luck this weekend to Camas High School Varsity #1 as they head off to State to compete against some of the best knowledge bowlers from across Washington. Varsity #1 is made up of the following students: Jason Kim, Chemay Shola, Calvin Taylor, Noah Thompson, Jesse Lester, and Vincent Wu.

Mar 16

Skyridge Final Week

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

Hard to believe it, but we are one short week away from wrapping up our season.  As per our normal tradition, we will be ending the season with a pizza party to celebrate the awesome work and fun of the season. The pizza party will be held on 03/22, from about 3:15-4:00 in room 206.  I’ll provide the pizza, but I’m asking willing parents to work together to take care of drinks, desserts, healthy options, cups, plates, cards/treats for helpers, etc.  If you’d like to help with this, please visit the following Google Drive document and you can add in your contribution:  https://goo.gl/EGdHj8  This is a “live” document that saves automatically, so no need to worry about saving.

Also, here are some important reminders about next week’s schedule

  • Monday, 03/20, NO PRACTICE: I’ve got a conflict for the 6th and 7th grade practice that was originally scheduled for this day. Sorry.
  • Tuesday, 03/21, Meet @ Covington (Delta, Epsilon, Zeta teams)
  • Wednesday, 03/22, Pizza Party / End of season celebration
  • Thursday, 03/23, District Tournament @ Shahala (ALL teams): This meet will run longer than a typical meet. We hope to finish by about 6:00-6:30, but probably closer to 6:30.
    • Students will be early released from school after their 6th period on this day (about 1:55). They will grab their stuff and report to the bus lane for a 2PM loading. I will let their teachers know, but students are responsible for checking in with them to see about any missed work.
    • Students should bring their uniforms to wear at the tournament. I will collect them from students before they leave the tournament when they check out with me (if they’re not riding the bus back to Skyridge with me).

Cheers!

 

Mar 06

Skyridge Notices and Updates

Good Morning, Knowledge Bowlers!

It’s a busy week for Skyridge Knowledge Bowl. This is a quick overview of the events for this week and a few calendar adjustments for next week and beyond.

To begin, we have our first away meets this week on Monday (today) and Thursday. Our Alpha, Beta, and Gamma teams will travel to Frontier today after school. Students will collect our equipment then report to the bus loading area by about 3PM to begin loading (same process for every away meet). We hope to depart by about 3:10 at the latest, as soon as the PBL students have arrived and boarded. As you know, our meets typically end between 5-5:30, as long as schools arrive on time and there are no hitches in the meet (equipment issues, a slow room, etc.). There will be a return bus to Skyridge, but If you are picking your student up at Frontier, which is perfectly fine, please be sure to check out with me before taking off so I have an accurate count for the return trip. Please note that with travel time added in, we usually return to Skyridge by about 5:30-6:00.

Thursday, we travel to Liberty with the Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta teams. Since this is an “in District” meet, there will be no return bus to Skyridge. Parents will need to pick up their students at Liberty. As mentioned earlier, we typically end our meets between 5-5:30, depending on when on all schools show up and if things go smoothly in the meet, but please plan to pick up your student by 5:30 at the latest.

Finally, the Wednesday practice for next week has been canceled. That being the case, I’ve adjusted the final week and half of practices to keep the every other day grade level practices at the same number. Please cross reference this on the calendar: https://goo.gl/Wa5OTo

That’s it! We’re off to a great start. The kids are having fun learning how to work on a team while celebrating their minds and academic accomplishments in the classroom. As their proud coach, I couldn’t ask for more.

Email with questions. Cheers!

Mar 01

SW Washington Regional Tourney Results, etc.

Camas High School traveled on Monday, February 27th, to Longview Community College in Longview to compete in the SW Washington Regional Knowledge Bowl Tournament. It was an auspicious day for Camas Knowledge Bowl. Here are the results:

Varsity — At the SW WA Regional Varsity Tournament held this past Monday, Camas had 5 teams compete in the 4A division tourney of 9 total teams. Congratulations to Camas Varsity #1 who took home top honors in the tourney, earning first place and a trip to the state tournament, which will be held on Sat. March 18th at Arlington HS. Varsity #1 is anchored by seniors Jason Kim, Chemay Shola, and Calvin Taylor; juniors Noah Thompson and Jesse Lester. Bravo! Camas Varsity #2 took second place. This team is composed of seniors Shannon Wells-Moran, Krishnan Nair, Anish Prasad, and Vincent Wu; junior Daniel Fan; sophomore Rahul Ram. Had this been the old state berth system of not limiting each school to one state qualifier, these kids would have also earned a trip to the state, but, alas, that was changed this year. Let’s wish Camas #1 the best of luck as they seek to repeat a trip to the championship afternoon round where they would have a chance to compete for some more hardware for the trophy case, continuing a 7 year streak whereby CHS k-bowl teams have done so (finishing 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 3rd at the state meet over the last seven years). Good luck at state, Knowledge Bowlers! Varsity Scores (.pdf)

JV Tourney — With 42 JV teams competing from 27 schools all across ESD 112, the nine highest scoring JV teams over our four regular season meets are invited to compete in the JV Invitational Tourney, which was also held this past Monday in Longview.  This year, Camas HS k-bowl qualified 5 of our 7 teams, claiming 5 of the team spots in this 9-team JV tourney. Wow!  And they did very well. Two of our Camas teams brought home trophies, earning a 2nd and a 3rd place!  That makes them the second and third best JV teams out of all 42 in ESD 112. Again …. wow!  The other teams finished 4th, 6th, and 8th.  The 2nd place trophy went home with JV#4. They are made up of Sam Walters, Issac Duquette, Addison Gonzalez, Jordan Chase, Junha Lee, and Jaden Kim.  JV# 1, the team that took home the 3rd place trophy, is comprised of Jesse Kim, Maia Kawamura, Jason Liu, Christopher Xia, and Yun Ma.  A great showing. Bravo! JV Scores (.pdf)

Great season, Camas Knowledge Bowl.  I’m very proud of all of you and the hard work you put into attending practice, learning how to work more effectively with a team, and on the sportsmanship you displayed and honed this season.  No matter the outcome for you and your team yesterday, I hope you can take some solace in being a part of the well-oiled machine that is Camas Knowledge Bowl!

On to state later this month. Thanks for your support this year!

P.S. The awards dessert banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28th, in the North Commons, from 5:30-7:00. Details forthcoming.

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.

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