Greetings, Skyridge Knowledge Bowlers! It’s hard to believe it, but we’re a mere few days away from the start of the regular season for middle school Knowledge Bowl. This message is an important review of …
The other schools in our Region just squeezed in their meets last night before the weather affected their ability to have the high school RR#3. Here are the updated standings for our Region: Varsity SW …
Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers! Camas Knowledge Bowl rolled to victory last Wednesday night (1/8/20), besting the Titans of Union and others from the League in our 3rd regular season Round Robin tournament of the year. Here’s …
CHS Knowledge Bowl traversed the Gorge last night to compete in the 1st meet of the season at White Salmon. We did very well. @PapermakersArmy, @timdotfox, @lizasejkora, @Camasonian_ On the Varsity side of things, we …
Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers! Our 1st meet of the season is scheduled for next Wednesday, 11/06/19, at White Salmon Columbia High School. Please note that this is a shift from what was originally scheduled to be …
What a year, Knowledge Bowlers! Thanks for taking the time to come to the annual dessert/awards banquet last night, 3/26, to celebrate our growth and success. We handed out 7 academic letters, 38 service bars …
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.
It’s hard to believe it, but we’re a mere few days away from the start of the regular season for middle school Knowledge Bowl. This message is an important review of our teams and the meet and practice rotation process that I’ll share with kids in practice today.
As mentioned in our introductory welcome letter, we can only offer five regular season meets AND the district tournament for each student this year in a rotating schedule of meets and practices due to our excellent participation in this program. 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 5 teams with roughly 6 on each squad, totaling about 31 knowledge bowlers in our program this year. You can see our “dilemma”.
To help make sense of this rotation schedule, 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. As you review this document, keep the following in mind:
I always try to balance teams with a random combination of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to ensure the best possible chance for success for all teams and good learning and mentoring opportunities for the kids.
We use Greek alphabet letters (alpha, beta, gamma, etc.) for our team names for the purpose of organizing ourselves internally, but in competition we are always named as either Skyridge 1, 2, or 3.
Alpha isn’t greater than beta; beta isn’t greater than gamma, etc. Placement on any team is random.
If you’re trying to find which room your student is in at competition, you’ll need to know both their team name and Skyridge team number.
I can help translate any or all of 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.
Next week on 1/21, we will host Pacific and Jemtegaard at Skyridge for our first meet of the season. Three of our five teams will compete that day. If you’ve never experienced knowledge bowl before, note that each meet consists of a written round and two oral rounds. We try to start the written portion of the meet by about 3:50-4:00. The two oral rounds will usually be concluded shortly after/around 6:00-6:15 PM. So students should be ready for pick up by about 6:15-6:30 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 4:15ish are pretty fun to watch.
I’ll go over all of this with students in practice today. If you have any questions about the info in this message, please feel free to email me. As always, thank you for your support.
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the recently updated Google practice/meet calendar, too. This year students will attend practices with their teams on a rotating basis, starting next week, with three of our five teams at each practice. Here’s the calendar link: https://goo.gl/BuXLcV
Camas Knowledge Bowl rolled to victory last Wednesday night (1/8/20), besting the Titans of Union and others from the League in our 3rd regular season Round Robin tournament of the year.
Here’s a recap of the night’s competition:
Varsity – 1st , 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 8th out of 15.
Camas Varsity #1 had another impressive night that earned them first place overall as they pulled off another +100 point victory, beating the next closest team by a convincing margin.
Congrats, Camas Varsity #1! This team is made up of Michael B, Edward B., Jordan C., Jaden K., Junha L., and Steven S.
As has largely been the case this season, that next closest team was the ever present and persistent Camas Varsity #3 who trailed behind them by only 13 points. They are Owen B., Daniel D., Lucas M., Julian M., Mark R., and Sonnet S. Congrats, Camas Varsity #3!
The other schools in the region haven’t yet had meet #3 (scheduled for 1/15/20), so nothing new to report on the regional standing. Here’s where it stood as of last meet: Varsity SW Washington Regional Standings
JV – 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 11th out of 15.
For JV, the first place winners, with a convincingly sound score of 90, were the following JV#1 sophomore phenoms: Jackson C., Khoi D., Minjae D., Ashton D., Jeremy M., and Sunny W.
Remember: The top nine JV teams in the regions get invited to the JV Regional Tourney at the end of the season, but only three teams per school are allowed to attend. We are in the hunt to send three teams. Let’s finish strong and make that a fact!
Our final Round Robin meet of the year is set for February 5th, at Washougal High School. I’ll publish info about this in the near future.
Camas Knowledge Bowl had a great showing last night here at Camas High School, knowledge bowling its way to top ten finishes against others from the League in our 2nd Round Robin tournament of the year. There were over 150 students and 7 schools involved in this, not to mention the 30+ adults who volunteered their time/resources to make this possible (see below for a full listing of them …).
Here’s how it played out:
Varsity – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th out of 15.
Camas Varsity #1 had an impressive night that earned them first place overall with 104 points total! They were closely trailed by Camas #2 (90 points) and Camas #4 (87 points). By the way, Camas Varsity #1 is currently in first place overall in our region out of 9 schools classified as 4A.
Congrats, Camas Varsity #1! This team is made up of Michael B, Edward B., Jordan C., Jaden K., Junha L., and Steven S.
Looking ahead to February, keep in mind that the top 9 JV teams in the region (and all Varsity teams …) get invited to the Southwest Washington Regional Tourney at the end of the season, but each school is allowed only 2 JV entrants, despite the fact that we routinely qualify all of our teams for this tournament since we typically place in the top 9. We call this “The Camas Rule” :^)
Congratulations, Camas Knowledge Bowl. I’ve pasted the complete meet scores in below for your reference if you wanted to see the specifics. Coach Bohac and I are very proud of you all. Our next meet is January 8th, 2020, at Union High School.
Thanks for your continued support,
Coach Greene & Bohac
P.S. A special thanks to the Camas community and staff at CHS who helped make this meet possible by reading, timing, allowing us to use their rooms, etc. These sorts of activities simply aren’t possible without that support, so a special thanks to them for giving back and helping to provide students with a quality, competitive, team-based activity. The volunteers are, in no particular order … Liza Sejkora, Dale Croswell, Alex Neal, Tom and Barb Crozier, Erik Wiitanen, Kevin and Amy Leetham, Linda Kimball, Lori Lackland, Ryan VanDuzor, Mark Breakey, Shou Chiu, Denice Valent, Sarah Segall, Bruce Anderson, Bob Harper, Michael Newton, Wade Owens, Geoff Thompson, Omar Sankari, Sarah Warta, Phil Wendell, CHS Custodial, Heather Siewert, Joe Farland, Stacey Nilles, Jeanne Jarvis, Rebecca Shaw, Julie Cook, Cory Marshall, Ryan Josephson, and Dawn Gilbertson.
On the Varsity side of things, we had a great night, with Camas taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th out of 15. Camas #1 was locked in a close battle with Camas #4 for top varsity honors at the meet. In the end, Camas #1 edged out #4, but it was very close. Notably, these two teams each broke the 100 total point mark scoring 108 and 104 respectively. FYI, any time a team breaks 100, you can be assured that they are performing at the top levels in knowledge bowl. Congrats to both of the teams for an outstanding performance. Camas #1 is made up of Michael Bargenda, Edward Bogachuk, Jordan Chase, Jaden Kim, Junha Lee, and Steven Sturges. Camas #4 is another group of seniors composed of Ben Glassmire, Thomas Hull, Bailey Segall, Walter Scheldorf, Mackenzie Snell, and Odessa Thompson.
Junior Varsity also had a very strong showing taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th out of 15. Top honors went to JV #1, a team of sophomores who scored a very solid 90 points to convincingly claim 1st place. They are Jackson Chase, Khoi Dam, Minjae Dang., Ashton Doane, Jeremy Mohn, and Sunny Wang. Bravo!
If you’d like to see how things are shaking out in the League/Region, check out the standings: Varsity Regional Standings & JV Regional Standings. If you didn’t already recall this, our region ranges from about Longview in the north, to Ilwaco in the west, to White Salmon in the east. What a great start to the season for Camas. Well done!
Our next meet is Wednesday, December 4th, at Camas High School.
Our 1st meet of the season is scheduled for next Wednesday, 11/06/19, at White Salmon Columbia High School. Please note that this is a shift from what was originally scheduled to be a meet at Columbia Adventist Academy; we had to shift locations due to transportation issues. Here are the details:
Students will be released at 12:10, directly after A lunch or somewhere near the middle or just after the beginning of your 4th period class.
Your teachers will have been notified, but please make individual arrangements with your 4th through 6th period teachers for work missed that Wednesday.
Upon release, report immediately to the flagpole bus loading area in front of CHS. We will depart by 12:15.
Bring homework and anything you’d like to work on with you on this trip.
A lunch students will have had a chance to get lunch, but B lunch students will need to bring a sack lunch to eat on the bus.
A Lunch crew, please swing by 710 after release to help collect equipment for trip, etc.
B Lunch crew, please collect our practice equipment and have that ready to take with us on the bus.
We should arrive at White Salmon Columbia High School by about 2:00 PM. If the meet goes well, we plan to be wrapping up competition by about 5:30-6:00 PM.
We will have dinner en route home. At this point, it looks like we’ll be stopping at Pietro’s Pizza in Hood River. Students will need to bring money for dinner and/or a dinner of their own.
Think about a group of people you could share an order with. Ordering in groups will save us a lot of time. I’ll have groups start calling in orders after you complete your 2nd oral round and while we’re waiting for the final scores to be tallied: 541-386-1606. Menu here: Pietro’s Pizza Menu
If all goes as planned, we should be arriving back at CHS between 8:30-9:00 PM.
Please have a ride ready by calling/texting ahead as our return time gets more and more clear.
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. Please email if you have questions.
It’s time for us to form teams and get ready for competition. Here’s some info for that process.
We always want to do well in Knowledge Bowl, but we also want to have fun. Part of having fun and doing well is being with people that share your interests and desires. To that end, I’m asking for your input on the people that you’d like to work with this year.
Whenever possible, I’ll try to honor your wishes and desires as I work to put together the magnificent puzzle that will be our 5 Varsity and 5 JV teams. Inevitably, though, there will be some issues to work through with this, so please help me help you and let me know if you have concerns or comments. Thanks in advance for your patience with this process.
Couple of reminders about the team selection process:
If you have a prepackaged team where 6 of you have agreed to form a team, please just have one person (maybe the captain or designated form filler outer?) submit the form so that there’s less stuff to sift through on my end.
Teams can and will cut across lunches and grade levels.
We are limited to 6 on a team and will need to have 6 on each team due to our awesome turn out. If you have less than 6, remaining spots will be filled.
If you’re not sure who to choose or you don’t really care, maybe just select one or two or three others that you’d be comfortable working with potentially. I’ll do my best, but the more legwork you do on your end, the better the results usually are for you.
You must login to the team form with your CSD#117 Google logon to begin the process of selecting your teams.
Please complete this by 10/23/19 (Wed.) to have your input considered.
The first draft of teams will be revealed at our annual Pizza Party Practice on 10/28/19, from 6-8 PM in room 710-711. Besides the team reveal, we will also, of course, eat some pizza and do a couple of quick practice written rounds. Please plan on being there so we can take care of our teams and get the practice needed for our first meet.
Questions? Email me or come see me in 710 during practice.
It’s that time of the year to fire up Knowledge Bowl practice and get ready for our first meet, which, believe it or not, is a little less than two months away (11/06). In preparation for the year, we will hold our first informational meetings and practices starting the week of 09/30/19.
Just like in year’s past, practices will be held four days a week this year, but instead of no practice on Wednesdays , we will now have Tuesdays as our no practice day. In short, practices will happen Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Once again we will be splitting practices this year with A lunch practice happening in 710 with Mr. Greene. B lunch practice will be run by Mr. Bohac in room 507. Please show up during your regularly scheduled lunch time starting the week of 09/30/19 to reconnect with your k-bowl compadres, get some info/paperwork for this year’s season, and to do a little practice. Remember, no practice on Tuesdays this year, but the rest of the days you’re welcome to come and hang for your lunch period in 710 or 507.
The next big reminder is that we have to limit the number of Knowledge Bowl participants, if necessary, to 60 total. When we’ve had 60+ participants in the past, which is great in terms of turnout, it’s made it tough for us to compete since the League limits the number of teams we can have and the size of teams is limited to six participants. It has also lead to uneven participation for the JV squads whereby some teams have had to sit out from meets, which is no fun for those teams. On top of that, we can’t get more than about 60 on a bus for our away meets, so it’s really kind of a necessity. So … the first 60 to have all of their registrations and related paperwork completed and fees paid will be the ones participating this year.
Speaking of which, your successful registration and enrollment in Knowledge Bowl this year consists of the following:
$40 “pay to play” fee paid to the CHS ASB office by check or cash. This helps cover transportation, food, awards, League fees, etc. You also have the option of paying for this online with a credit card (3.5% service fee): https://wa-camas.intouchreceipting.com/
Looking forward to a great, fun year hanging out with you all and bowling for knowledge. As always, email with questions and/or stop by and see me in 710 or Mr. Bohac in 507. We’ll see you on 09/30 … Cheers!
What a year, Knowledge Bowlers! Thanks for taking the time to come to the annual dessert/awards banquet last night, 3/26, to celebrate our growth and success. We handed out 7 academic letters, 38 service bars that denote each year of involvement in knowledge bowl past the first, and 21 “lamp of knowledge” pins for those just beginning their CHS Knowledge Bowl careers. Wow!
Here’s a quick recap of the season:
About Knowledge Bowl at CHS:
Our Region – SW WA, ESD 112. 25 Schools with 39 Varsity and 39 JV teams total.
Knowledge Bowl Statewide – All 9 ESD Regions participate, with 200+ schools involved this year.
Season Summary – How did our teams do this year? (Results, certificates, plaques)
Varsity League – We finished 1st, 2nd 4th, 5th, and 6th out of 18 4A teams in our league.
JV League – We finished 1st, 2nd 4th, 5th, and 6th out of the 15 JV teams in our league, out of 39 in region.
2 JV teams qualified for the JV Regional Tournament: They placed 1st and 2nd out of 9.
5 Varsity teams competed at the 4A Regional Tournament, placing 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th out of 9.
1 Varsity team was allowed to go to State. They placed 8th, missing out on a chance to play for 1st by only one point!
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. Our first practice next year will be Monday, September 30th. See you then!