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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Science Olympiad

Congratulations to all 13 students from our Science Olympiad team.  I am so proud of their hard work and efforts.  Today culminated months of preparation for competition in 18 different events. In case you are unfamiliar with elementary science olympiad, it is an all day function split into 3 time periods.  During each time period, student pairs compete in 6 different events.

Our students represented the school very well.  Many parents opted to stay throughout the day and cheer the teams on during the spectator events. We felt really good about our participation.  As the coach, I had set forth 3 expectations for the day:
1. Have fun!
2. Learn something new.
3. Pay attention to each of your events so that you can tell me what would be helpful for preparing students in the future.

Each of these expectations were met and then some.
During the awards, we were excited to hear two of our teams announced as placing within the top 7.
In fact, our "Landformers" team of Jada and Diamond finished in 6th place out of 23 teams, while our "Chew the Fat" team of Simone and Akira finished in 2nd place out of 23 teams.  All 4 girls received a medallion for their achievements. Great work team!

Seven of our team members were fifth graders.  That leaves us with six students who could return to the team next year.  I'm hopeful that their experience this year will help us to be better prepared and more competitive next year.

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After note: A few days later, we received the final score sheet.  Out of 18 events, we only came in last place one time.  Interestingly, some teams had better overall scores but failed to have any top 3 finishes. In retrospect, I'm glad to have had students receive individual medallions even if it meant giving up a higher ranking as a team.  Receiving those medallions gave the girls an ego boost and provided encouragement to the members who will hopefully return to the team next year.

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