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 January through February.

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Staff vs. Students K-Bowl Results

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say this, but the staff defeated the students today by a score of 21-16 in our staff vs. students knowledge bowl tournament. Not an easy feat! Congrats to the staff team of Bohac, Hicks, Plitt, and Linthwaite who pulled out some tough ones en route to the rare staff victory.

A huge thank you to all CSD staff for the support, encouragement, and training you’ve provided these kiddoes through the years. And best of luck to our State bound knowledge bowlers this weekend!

Cheers!

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Fundraiser Shirts for State Tourney

We are only about three days away from our trip to the State Tournament. Brainless Tees in Vancouver, WA., has done a fabulous job prepping our fundraiser shirts that we sell and deliver to the State Tournament. This year we sold about 210 garments. Our share from this will help fund our transportation, equipment, and refreshments. Shout out to them for their hard work!

 

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SW WA Regional Tournament Results

Camas High School traveled on Monday, February 25th to Lower Columbia 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:

The first place Camas Varsity #3 team that won it all and is headed to State in a few weeks is made up of the following kiddoes: Michael Bargenda, Edward Bogachuk, Jordan Chase, Junha Lee, Jacob Leetham, and Steven Sturges.  Camas Varsity #1 took 2nd place overall, but since we’re only allowed to send one team per school to the State Tournament, their season and storied knowledge bowl careers in Camas come sadly to an end here.  They are seniors Monica Chang, Abigail Jiang, Christopher Xia, Rahul Ram, Jason Liu, and Maia Kawamura.  The JV #1 phenoms who won the JV tournament are sophomores Owen Baenen, Sonnet Salice, Mark Robinson, Lucas Mansfield, James Hatch, and Julian McComie

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 next month. Thanks for your support this year!

P.S. The awards dessert banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th, in the North Commons, 5:30-6:30. Details forthcoming.

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GSHL Middle School Tournament Recap

So another season comes to an end. Skyridge did well Tuesday night, 2/20/19, in the varsity tournament, but our two varsity teams came up a little shy in the end, just missing out on making it to the final championship round.  In other news, though, Liberty did make it to the finals and did walk away with the District trophy!  Congrats, Liberty … Go Lions!  Nice to keep the hardware in Camas.

In the “International”/JV tournament, we had five Skyridge kids who competed on the mixed school teams that made it to the final round, with Nahn Truong’s team winning the trophy! Congrats!

And to make up some of the lost participation we suffered this year due to inclement weather, we held the first ever Skyridge Intramural Match on Wednesday, 2/20/19, at Skyridge. Team Delta had a beautiful night, earning first place and the coveted Sky Cup! Team Delta is William, Ishan, Katrina, Paige, Sam, and Mitchell. Well done, team Delta!

Thank you for a great season, Skyridge. Coach Hunting and I hope you can take some pride in being a part of the well-oiled machine that is Skyridge Knowledge Bowl. We’ll see you next year, hopefully, either at Skyridge or CHS knowledge bowl.

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Regional Tourney Pre-Meet Info

On Monday, February 25th, Camas High School Knowledge Bowl will travel with its qualifying teams (all varsity teams and two of our JV teams) to the Southwest Washington Varsity/JV Regional Tournament in Longview. Students will be released at 8:50. 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 Lower Columbia College. 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 7:30 to 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 our JV teams, this tournament will conclude the regular and post season, as well as practices for the year. If Varsity qualifies a team for State, we will focus on having Varsity only practices for the next few weeks leading up to the 03/23/19 State Tournament.

As usual, if you can’t make it to this tournament for any reason, please let me AND your team know immediately. Last year this tournament was on the the first day of spring practice, and I think that’s also true this year.  If that’s the case, please communicate with your coaches 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 your coaches will understand, since they’ll also be looking for and expecting that same level of commitment from you in their sport/activity.

Finally, there is once again the threat of inclement weather for early next week. IF there is an inclement weather late start on Monday, you will simply report for bus loading at the flag pole loading area at 10:45 (classes would have normally started at 10:40 that day, so you would miss the entirety of first period). That will make our arrival time at the meet very tight, but we should still be able to make it. Please note, however, that this scenario would severely limit your ability to go out to lunch prior to the opening ceremony, so bringing your own food in this event would be almost a necessity. If school is canceled, all activities are also canceled, so we would then be unable to attend the meet.

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

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:

  • 8:50 – Released 10 minutes into first period; report immediately to flag pole for bus loading.
  • 9:00 – Depart for Longview
  • 10:15 – Arrive, deliver equipment and meet materials, pick up packets, eat sack lunch and/or visit grocery store across the street – Lower Columbia College Gym.
  • 12:00 – Opening and Welcome Assembly (All Varsity and JV teams) – LCC Gym.
  • 12:40 – Written Round Begins – LCC Gym (Varsity & JV).
  • 1:30 – Oral Round #1 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 2:30 – Oral Round #2 – Assigned Rooms.
  • 3:30 – “Championship” Oral Round – Assigned Rooms.
  • 4:45 – Final Results, Awards (All Teams) – LCC Student Center.
  • 5:30 – Dinner at Vernie’s Pizza … team or group of choice need to place order by 8:00 AM on the morning of 02/25. School Rate = 1 Large 2-Topping Pizza – $9.00 + Tax; 1 Large Specialty Pizza – $18 + Tax; 10 slices/pie; similar discounts are usually applied to smaller/larger pizzas: Vernie’s Pizza Order Form
  • 6:30 – Depart for CHS
  • 7:30 – 8:00 – Arrive at CHS

Competition Locations – Both the Varsity and the JV competitions will take place on the campus of LCC. (This is a change for the JV Tourney, which has previously been held at Mark Morris HS).  The location for the Written Round is the gym for all teams.

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 – The top two finishing 4A schools, the top four 3A schools, the top three 2A schools, the top three 1A schools, and the top two B schools will each qualify a team for the State Tournament. (Keep in mind the state rule that each school may send only one team 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.

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Skyridge Dist. Tournament Notes

Greetings, Skyridge Knowledge Bowlers!

We are almost at the finish line for our season. This email covers some of the final notes for next week’s big District Tournament that is set for Tuesday, 2/19, @ Shahala (ALL teams), as well as info on our intramural scrimmage that is set for 2/20. Speaking of the District Tournament …

  • Odyssey/PBL students will be early released on this day (Tuesday, 2/19) at 1:05. They will grab their stuff and report immediately to the bus lane for a 1:15 PM loading and departure.
  • Skyridge students will be early released on this day (Tuesday, 2/19) at 1:35. They will grab their stuff and report immediately to the bus lane for a 1:45 PM loading.
  • I will let teachers know about the early release, but students are responsible for checking in with them to see about any missed work.
  • We arrive at Shahala by 2:00 and plan to start the written round about 2:15. We hope to begin the oral rounds around 2:45, or as soon as the classrooms are set up and clear of Shahala students.
  • Parents are more than welcome to come and watch the oral competitions.
  • As mentioned earlier, this event will run longer than a typical meet due to a championship oral round that takes place between the top three teams in each bracket of the tournament. We always hope to finish the final oral championship rounds by about 5:30-6:00. It’s hard to tell with 8 schools and 150 students involved how things will go, but we hope it goes smoothly. It usually does.
  • There will be a return bus to Skyridge, but you’re more than welcome to pick up your student at Shahala.
  • If you do pick up your student, please find me in the Shahala commons area near the stage and check out with me before departing so I have an accurate count for the return trip.
  • By the way, this meet is different than the normal matches we’ve had this year. There are two tournaments happening concurrently. The varsity leg of the tournament is made up of one team from each school competing against each other. The junior varsity or “international” leg of the tournament is made up of teams of students mixed together from the various schools in our league. It’s a fun format that we’ve had a lot of success with in the past.

Finally, we voted at the pizza party last week (thanks for the donations, by the way!) on whether to do a Skyridge scrimmage match between our six teams on Wednesday, 2/20, to try and make up for some of the lost participation this season. It was pretty unanimous among the students that we attempt to do that. So the plan is to start the written round during flex time in Mr. Hunting’s room. I’ll work to arrange getting Odyssey students to Skyridge a little early that day so they can also participate. After the written round, we’ll aim to begin the oral rounds at 3:50. If all goes smoothly, we should wrap up between 5:00 and 5:15. And that will conclude our season. I know this is short notice for families and schedules are busy, so if you can’t make it, no worries. But please let us know if that’s the case.

Email if you have questions … Cheers!

Mr. Greene.

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RR#4 Meet Results, 2/6/19

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

Camas Knowledge Bowl wrapped up the regular season in glorious fashion this last Wednesday night, besting the Titans of Union (once again … roll on, ‘Makers!) and others from the League in our 4th and final regular season Round Robin tournament of the year.

Here’s a recap of the night’s competition:

  • Varsity – 1st , 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th out of 15.
    • Camas Varsity #1 had another impressive night that earned them first place overall as they eked out the win, just besting the ever present and persistent Camas Varsity #3 who trailed behind them by only three points.
    • Congrats, Camas Varsity #1!  This team is made up of Monica C., Abbi J., Rahul R., Maia K., Christopher X., and Jason L. And Congrats also  to Camas Varsity #3, who took 2nd place. They are Michael B., Edward B., Jordan C., Jacob L., Junha L., and Steven S.
    • If you’d like to see how this shakes out in the league/region, have a look here: Varsity SW Washington Regional Standings
  • JV – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th out of 18.
    • Camas JV#4 notched its first first place win of the season, unseating JV#1 who had won the first three meets this year! JV#4 is made up of Jackson C., Melodie C., Joey C., Melina K., Lydia L, and Elaine P.,  Congrats, JV#4!
    • The top nine JV teams in the regions will get invites to the JV Regional Tourney at the end of the season, but only three teams per school are allowed to attend (new as of this season …). JV #1 and #4 took 1st and 2nd in the region, so thus they will be invited to the JV tourney on February 25th. Congrats, Camas JV # 1 and 4!
    • And here are the league/regional standings for JV:  JV SW Washington Regional Standings.

Our next meet for all varsity and the selected JV teams is set for February 25th, at LCC in Longview/Kelso. I’ll publish info about this in the near future.

Bravo!  I’m very proud of the effort and growth that ALL teams have made this year.

Cheers!

RR#4 VARSITY
School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Camas #1 48 401 18 401 32 98 1
Camas #3 48 401 14 404 33 95 2
Union #1 39 405 22 405 27 88 3
Camas #4 46 404 17 403 23 86 4
Camas #2 42 404 22 402 21 85 5
Camas #5 45 401 14 424 17 76 6
Washougal #1 38 403 14 402 15 67 7
PCIA 39 402 12 403 13 64 8
White Salmon #1 38 403 18 401 4 60 9
Stevenson #1 33 402 13 424 11 57 10
Union #2 33 402 14 405 9 56 11
Washougal #2 32 424 16 404 5 53 12
Columbia Adv. 35 404 5 401 10 50 13
White Salmon #3 27 403 8 402 7 42 14
Union #3 27 405 8 403 7 42 14
White Salmon #2 26 424 8 404 5 39 16
Stevenson #2 32 405 2 405 2 36 17
White Salmon #4 19 424 1 424 8 28 18

 

RR#4 JUNIOR VARSITY
School Written Room Oral #1 Room Oral #2 TOTAL Place
Camas #4 38 304 19 301 21 78 1
Camas #2 33 302 15 304 25 73 2
Camas #1 40 301 16 302 16 72 3
Union #1 32 303 21 302 17 70 4
Camas #3 28 303 12 303 17 57 5
Camas #5 32 305 13 301 7 52 6
Columbia Adv. #1 31 304 13 302 6 50 7
White Salmon #3 30 302 9 304 5 44 8
Union #2 32 303 4 303 7 43 9
White Salmon #1 25 305 12 301 6 43 10
White Salmon #4 30 302 5 303 4 39 11
Columbia Adv. #2 24 305 3 305 5 32 12
Washougal #1 26 304 2 304 2 30 13
White Salmon #2 19 301 2 305 7 28 14
PCIA 0 X 0 X 0 0 15

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RR#4: The Show Must Go On!

Dear Knowledge Bowlers,

This is a quick update on the plan for today’s Knowledge Bowl meet at Union HS, 2/6/19.

Since we’re on a special schedule for inclement weather with a two hour late start, you will need to be released at 2:30 today, which is about 8 minutes before the normal end of 5th.  There is no Maker Time on these days, so no worries about that. So, like originally planned, you’ll miss all of 6th period.

In sum, at 2:30 you’ll be released to report to room 710 (if you’re helping with equipment) AND/OR report to the flag pole loading area for bus loading no later than about 2:40. We leave at 2:45 on the dot.

I know things have been crazy with the snow days and late start, but please uphold your commitment to your team and join us for the final regular season meet of the year, folks. Your team is counting on you. Having said that, 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.

Let’s roll!

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RR#4 Pre-Meet Info

Dear Knowledge Bowlers,

This is a quick update on the plan for this next Wednesday’s Knowledge Bowl meet at Union HS, 2/6/19, including information about possible weather related scenarios in our League, since there has been some buzz about possible colder temperatures and snow/ice next week.  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.

After Wednesday’s  Maker Time, at 2:23 pm, you’ll be released to report to room 710 (if you’re helping with equipment) AND/OR report to the flag pole loading area for bus loading no later than about 2:40. We leave at 2:45 on the dot.

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, February 13th.  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!

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Skyridge Week 1 Practice Complete … Looking Ahead

Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!

We had a great first week of practice last week. This is quick update on the 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 40-50 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.  If you’re receiving this message and you’ve decided that knowledge bowl won’t work for you this year, please contact me and let me know. 

Given the irregularity of the days our meets take place on starting the week of 1/24, there’s often not much regularity with the practice days, but I did my best to try and make it somewhat consistent. 6th and 7th graders, along with 8th graders whose last names are A-D will practice on one day; 8th graders whose last names are E-Z will practice on another day. 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:  https://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 practice that week to make it up, if they want. But to be clear, making up the practice is not required.

Looking ahead 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, please know ahead of time that I like to try to blend each team 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.

In other news, Camas High School knowledge had a meet last week and did very well. Read about it here:  https://goo.gl/1Czh3u  And we also received approval, for the first time ever, to have an assistant knowledge bowl coach at the middle school level. We’d like to welcome 8th grade science teacher extraordinaire Brenton Hunting to the team. Welcome, Mr. Hunting!

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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