Greetings, Knowledge Bowlers!
It’s hard to believe it, but we’re a mere week away from the start of the regular season. We travel to Pacific Middle School next Tuesday, 02/23. Students will ride the bus from Skyridge to Pacific, departing around 3:00 PM. They’re welcome to ride the bus home, arriving back at Skyridge usually about 5:30-5:45, but you’re also welcome to pick up your player at Pacific if that suits you better. Our other meet next week was just switched from Thursday to Wednesday 02/24. See the attached revised schedule for the final version of the full schedule that was finalized and updated this week due to a transportation conflict in the Evergreen schools. By the way, 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 are pretty fun to watch.
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 7 teams with about 7 on each squad. You can see our “dilemma”. I’ve done my best to balance the teams by skill and grade level to give each team a chance for success and mentorship from the older students. The bottom line for me, though, is that I want students to have fun using their minds and in learning how to work with a team toward a common goal.
I’ve attached a schedule 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 internal team names, 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 all of this. I can help with this if you’re unsure, but the attachment should help you and the students figure out when you’re competing, where you’re competing, and what your team designation (Skyridge 1, 2, or 3) will be for that meet.
And finally, since we’ve arrived (almost) at the start of competition and meets usually happen on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except for this first week, where we have one Tuesday meet and one Wednesday meet), we’ll have to adjust our rotating practice schedule. For those who have been practicing on Mondays and Wednesdays, you’ll now practice ONLY on Wednesdays. For those who have been practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you’ll now practice ONLY on Mondays. This new practice schedule goes into effect starting the week of February 29th. There will be no practices next week (02/22 – 02/26) due to scheduling conflicts on my end. For instance, on Monday, February 22nd, I’ll be with the very successful Camas High School Knowledge Bowl program that day helping them compete in our regional tournament for a chance at qualifying teams to attend the state competition in March.
If you have any questions about the info in this message, please feel free to email me. As always, thank you for your support.