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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