Visiting the Counseling Center this week are:
12/16 - Army @ 1:00
Hard to believe but there are only 15 instructional days left before the end of the first semester! Be sure to check in with your students and check Infinite Campus as well. Final exams will be held on January 15 and 16, 2015. More information including the exam schedule will be shared in the near future.
This is the fourth year for the Knowledge Bowl program at West and it is rapidly becoming a popular activity for student participation. Four years ago, the first year of KB, West had 20 students involved. This year, 60 students, grades 9-12, are participating in KB. The first year West just missed sending a team into the state competition. The last two years West has sent a team to state. They are hoping they may be able to send two teams this year.
Students form into teams of five. Then the teams compete in one written round and three oral rounds of competition in this interdisciplinary event requiring quick recall and teamwork. It works a lot like a team version of Jeopardy. A team will buzz in and then they have 15 seconds to answer the question. Teams participate in invitational, sub-regional, regional and (Sr. High only) state events.
To give you a little bit of a taste of what KB is like here are a few questions that are read to the students during the oral rounds: (answers are listed after the Home Events section)
- What opera by Richard Wagner tells of a cursed sea captain who is doomed to sail forever unless he finds a wife who will be true to him?
- What kind of function is the inverse of an exponential function?
- What word that shares a root with “fortunate” means “accidental”?
Home events for the week of Dec. 8th - Dec.13th
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Girls “9A” Basketball v. Rochester Mayo @ DMMS gym 6:00pm
Girls “JV” Basketball v. Rochester Mayo @ West gym 6:00pm
Girls “Varsity” Basketball v. Rochester Mayo @ West gym 7:30pm
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Girls “Varsity” Hockey v. Faribault @ All Season Arena 5:30pm
Boys “JV” Wrestling v. Mankato East @ West gym 6:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Wrestling v. Mankato East @ West gym 7:00pm
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Boys “9A” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ DMMS Gym 6:00pm
Boys “9B” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ DMMS Gym 7:00pm
Boys “B” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ West Gym 4:45pm
Boys “JV” Basketball game v. Albert Lea @ West Gym 6:00pm
Boys “Varsity” Basketball v. Albert Lea @ West Gym 7:30pm
Answers to the KB questions:
1: The Flying Duchman
2: a logarithm (or logarithmic function)