Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender
Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender
Teachers and Coaches,
I want to express the fondest “Congratulations to all of you!” I am truly amazed with your tireless efforts to prepare and motivate your kids to participate in another amazingly successful Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad. The kids were awesome! And, everyone takes ownership in the success of the day. I could never do any of this without you!
Our regional Olympiad prepared, integrated and scored 46 total events between the two divisions. Invariably, there may be some mistakes made in the scoring. I've never seen a perfect tournament...ever. The Wilmington Regional Directors (Kim and I) will investigate inquiries into the results as requested by team COACHES only. We will not investigate nor review finger pointing. I will not look up ‘actual results’ on tests/performances. It is difficult to question subjective decisions by event leaders. So, I probably won’t.
Please pass along to your parents my sincerest apologies for having to ask for folks to leave the gymnasium early. I was told quietly five times that they were going to stop the awards ceremony unless we made that announcement. I held off as long as I could have. We are going to have to adjust our awards ceremony for our increasing numbers next year. Good problem to have!
Thank you for your cooperation and support with any inquiries. It truly takes a village to raise this tournament to the heights witnessed yesterday. I’m so thankful for everyone’s efforts.
Thanks so much and I’ll be back in touch soon!
Thanks for a great tournament, everyone! Here are the results. Results will not be final until Wednesday at 5:00pm. If you believe there may be an error (such as you think your Varsity and JV scores might have been switched in an event), the head coach only should contact Dennis Kubasko, email@example.com, and he will look into it. As a reminder, we do not release tests and we do not mail medals unless the error was ours. First Place Overall Winner qualifiers will be contacted after the results are final on Wednesday. For more on how our FPOW Program works, you can see the full policy here.
B Division Varsity and JV combined (FPOWs come from this)
B Division Varsity and JV separate (Medals and trophies were awarded from this)
C Division Varsity and JV combined (FPOWs come from this)
C Division Varsity and JV separate (Medals and trophies were awarded from this)
Please note, in the event that teams tie in the overall rankings, ties are broken by the greatest number of gold medals, then silver, etc.
Coaches Meeting Complete
It was great to see everyone yesterday, late afternoon. I’ve attached all the shared documents to an e-mail sent earlier tonight. I've also added updated schedules with rooms.
For those that weren’t able to attend, please review the meeting agenda and the FAQ. If needed, I’d be happy to host a follow up meeting early next week with anyone who couldn’t attend or are interested in further discussing Olympiad.
My cell phone number is 910-409-7436. Feel free to call or text if you have any questions or concerns. I’ll do my best to answer all your questions.
Olympiad Coaches Meeting this Tuesday Afternoon
Hello Science Olympiad Coaches,
Kim Bierstedt and I are looking forward to hosting the 2014 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad at UNCW on Saturday, March 1st. While there are always obstacles preparing for a successful Olympiad, we can't convey enough our appreciation for our coaches' efforts every year. We know your students are working very hard to get ready for this special academic competition.
Due to the disruptive weather and ensuing school closings this crazy month, it seems that everything has been in some sort of disarray. So, I am proposing to hold the coaches meeting this Tuesday afternoon, February 18th at 4:45 PM. I understand that this day and time will not work for everyone. I’m willing to plan and hold a second meeting as necessary. The meeting will be held at UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. All competing schools are asked to have a representative. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship building is on 803 South College Road directly south of UNCW’s campus. It is past the fast food chain, Cook Out, and on the same side of the road, but before the large K-Mart. Parking will be a lot easier here.
- UNCW Maps and Directions can be found here: http://www.uncw.edu/map/
- Google Maps: type the address "803 South College Road, Wilmington, NC"
Kim and I are also asking for your help. We are working to get event leaders and helpers lined up for all events at the regional Olympiad. There are 46 total (B and C) events! Do you know someone who has a career in science? Ask them to participate! We have found that coaches’ family and friends, some parents, and school teachers (who have always been at these competitions anyway) enjoy the chance to see the events "in action."
If you have people interested in supporting the running of an event, please send them to the web site: (https://www.sciencenc.com/volunteer-registration.php) and have each complete the simple volunteer process. We could always use the help!
Please remember: you can contact me with any questions/concerns about events, logistics, etc at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would prefer an email, but if there is something that requires a conversation, don’t hesitate to call/text me on my cell: (910) 409-7436.
Again, we appreciate all your hard work as we prepare for another season, and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible at 4:45 PM this coming Tuesday, February 18th.
Wilmington Tournament Information
I hope each of you had a good fall semester and your school year is off to a good start. Kim Bierstedt and I wanted to touch base with you all on a few topics as we begin preparations for the 2014 Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad. As posted, the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad is Saturday, March 1st this year. Can you believe we are less than 6 weeks away from that day?!
Wilmington Regional Olympiad Tournament Home Office
The Wilmington Regional Tournament Home Office will continue to be housed here on UNCW’s campus! As the Director for UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM), we continue to support Olympiad under its auspices! Please friend the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad on Facebook…just search by the name!
The state office is very fortunate to have hired Kim Gervase as our new North Carolina Science Olympiad Executive Director. Yeah! Kim’s responsibilities include pursuing funding opportunities across the state to support our tournaments. And, as many of you are already aware, we are fortunate to have the wonderful Kelly Fair serving as our Middle/High Division Director! We appreciate all of Kelly’s assistance in Wilmington!
Science Olympiad continues to hold both Regional and State tournaments across North Carolina in 2014. We are always looking for new revenue and funding sources for the Wilmington regional tournament; so if any of you have connections to possible donors, please refer them to Dennis Kubasko.
FYI...I am going to hold a fundraiser in February this year. Stay tuned!
Schedule for Wilmington
Both B (middle school) and C (high school) schedules have been approved. There are no changes to the regional B or C division competition schedules from the state schedule competition. I will post room numbers and more specifics as we get closer to the competition date. We make every effort to stay consistent for the benefit of teams traveling and competing at the state level. While consistency is what we strive for, it does add a level of increased difficulty at the regional level. We have been very fortunate in years past to get enough volunteers with academic content knowledge to lead each event.
Increased Numbers of Participating Teams
Kim and I LOVE seeing Science Olympiad extended to so many new students in our greater Wilmington regional areas! The consequence: we have increased our numbers from years past. While this is great news, it does put added stress on the region to schedule and accommodate everyone. We continue to pursue solutions at UNCW to make sure all of you are comfortable with a “homebase” and adequate event rooms due to our growing population. I see this as a good problem to have!
Some of you may be aware that a weekend “Coaches Institute” is offered in Raleigh NC in the fall semester to help coaches prepare for the tournament Please consider attending this institute as you prepare to participate in Science Olympiad in the future.
I am always open to suggestions, questions, etc to continually improve the Wilmington Regional tournament for you and your Olympians.
Best wishes as you prepare!
Dennis S. Kubasko, Jr.
UNCW CESTEM Director