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by jessbowen
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Central Mass Academic Tournament (CMAT) 12/15/18 Marlborough, MA
Replies: 0
Views: 318

Central Mass Academic Tournament (CMAT) 12/15/18 Marlborough, MA

The Advanced Math & Science Academy is hosting Central Mass Academic Tournament 5 on Saturday, December 15. (snow day is Sunday December 16) Please complete the registration form here: https://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=9534 AMSA is conveniently located in Marlborough MA, near...
by jessbowen
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: New England Date Claims '18-'19
Replies: 23
Views: 4429

Re: New England Date Claims '18-'19

AMSA would like to tentatively claim Dec 15th for CMAT - Central Mass Academic Tournament. Snow day, Sunday, Dec. 16th. Almost certainly a NAQT set. Also, we'll be hosting a middle school tournament on February 2 if any of you have affiliated middle schools or are looking to do some outreach/feeder ...
by jessbowen
Tue May 15, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 9783

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

Perhaps there's something I'm missing here, but I think this post belongs in a thread with wider following than the college discussion page. It seems to be an issue affecting a wide swath of QB, not just the collegiate scene. In fact, I would have missed this important discussion if someone didn't p...
by jessbowen
Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: AMSA Middle School Invitational, March 10, Marlborough, MA
Replies: 9
Views: 2381

Re: AMSA Middle School Invitational, March 10, Marlborough,

You can find stats for the morning and afternoon rounds here (this is a big technological victory for me!)

Congrats to Greens Farms!

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... s/prelims/

Thanks to everyone for coming!
by jessbowen
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 43
Views: 12190

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

Hopper Chromatography wrote:Acton-Boxborough Quiz Bowl will tentatively be holding ABIT II on March 17th, 2018.
Is this happening? Trying to plan out the rest of our calendar and $$. Thanks!
by jessbowen
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: AMSA Middle School Invitational, March 10, Marlborough, MA
Replies: 9
Views: 2381

AMSA Middle School Invitational, March 10, Marlborough, MA

AMSA Charter School is excited to announce that we're hosting our first Middle School Tournament. We'd love to see more MS Quiz Bowl in Massachusetts and we hope this will be a great opportunity for new teams to try out Quiz Bowl. We'll be using NAQT's MS 25 set. Teams can be from grades 6-8 and hav...
by jessbowen
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 43
Views: 12190

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

AMSA will be hosting a Middle School tournament on March 10. We'll be using NAQT questions. We'd really love to see a more active Middle School circuit in Massachusetts so get out to your feeder schools and recruit! This will improve quiz bowl for all of our teams! It's also an opportunity for High ...
by jessbowen
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: State of quizbowl in Mass
Replies: 13
Views: 3891

State of quizbowl in Mass

Hi All, I'm interested in hearing from others about the state of quiz bowl in Massachusetts. AMSA hosted a tournament yesterday and only drew 12 teams from 7 schools. I heard from other schools, but often accompanied by stories of towns with new transportation rules or schools with chaperone rules t...
by jessbowen
Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CMFT 4- Marlborough, MA
Replies: 3
Views: 1716

CMFT 4- Marlborough, MA

The Advanced Math & Science Academy is hosting Central Mass Fall Tournament 4 on Saturday, October 28. We hope it’s not necessary but have been repeatedly burned, so the snow day is Sunday October 29. Please complete the registration form here: https://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_...
by jessbowen
Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 43
Views: 12190

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

AMSA will be using NAQT set 171A for the Central Mass Fall Tournament.
by jessbowen
Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: New England date claims '17-'18
Replies: 43
Views: 12190

Re: New England date claims '17-'18

AMSA would like to claim October 28, 2017 for the Central Mass Fall Tournament (Name subject to clever upgrade). We're hoping to host an event this year that isn't snowed out, but just in case, October 29 will be the snow day! Sunday tournaments are rare, but after last year, probably preferable to ...
by jessbowen
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: honor cords
Replies: 0
Views: 992

honor cords

My daughter graduated from high school yesterday and it's made me more aware of the custom of honor cords worn by graduates. When I saw them in past years, I knew they were for NHS members, tri-M, etc. but now that it's my daughter, I've learned that our school has cords for the kids in Unicef, Spee...
by jessbowen
Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MATCH, Marlborough MA, Jan 7
Replies: 3
Views: 2626

Re: MATCH, Marlborough MA, Jan 7

Hopefully, all registered teams received this email, but in case you didn't, here's some details about Saturday's tournament. Happy New Year! Thanks for registering for the MATCH Quiz Bowl tournament being held Saturday, January 7 at AMSA in Marlborough. Here’s some details to help you. First, pleas...
by jessbowen
Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MATCH, Marlborough MA, Jan 7
Replies: 3
Views: 2626

MATCH, Marlborough MA, Jan 7

AMSA hopes that teams in New England will kick of the new year by attending MATCH (Marlborough Academic Team Challenge) on January 7, 2017. Our central location is very easy to get to, located right off of 495, close to 290, rte 9, Masspike, etc. We have plenty of free, easy parking. There is also a...
by jessbowen
Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Date Claims 16-17
Replies: 26
Views: 8858

Re: New England Date Claims 16-17

AMSA would like to reserve January 7 for a tournament in Marlborough, MA. I think we're calling it Marlborough Academic Team CHallenge (MATCH). We'll be playing NAQT question packet IS-162. We'll have more details coming soon.

Jess Bowen
AMSA Charter School
by jessbowen
Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIIMIT at Lexington (MA) HS (12/17/16)
Replies: 6
Views: 3288

Re: LIIMIT at Lexington (MA) HS (12/17/16)

Can you put AMSA down for two teams, two buzzers? Thanks Colin!

Jess Bowen
by jessbowen
Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: SSNCT and Charter School Eligibility
Replies: 43
Views: 15126

Re: SSNCT and Charter School Eligibility

Hi All, I don't follow these forums regularly, so my comments are far too late to be helpful to this discussion, but I'll add them anyway. I feel like the changes about charter school eligibility were made directly to target my school, the SSNCT champions last year. AMSA is a charter school, but the...
by jessbowen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Date Claims 16-17
Replies: 26
Views: 8858

Re: New England Date Claims 16-17

The WGBH auditions for High School Quiz Show are being held on November 13th, Super Sunday at the Boston studios. Many Mass teams do this, so it's probably a good idea to have it on the date claim calendar. I also think this could be an outreach opportunity to attract teams/schools new to the QB wor...
by jessbowen
Wed May 06, 2015 8:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brookline (MA) Spring Rookie Tournament – 5/16/15 at BHS
Replies: 5
Views: 6044

Re: Brookline (MA) Spring Rookie Tournament – 5/16/15 at BHS

I've been recruiting some newbies to try and attend this tournament. I'm pretty sure at this point AMSA can come with 2 buzzers, at least 2 readers, and at least one (really hoping for 2) teams. Thanks for hosting!

Jess Bowen
AMSA Charter School
by jessbowen
Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Middle School events?
Replies: 1
Views: 664

New England Middle School events?

Hi All, I'm wondering if there is any New England activity in the middle school world? Our school is 6-12. So far, I've concentrated just on our high school program, but am beginning to think about trying to get a middle school group off the ground. My school is creating an "activity period" during ...
by jessbowen
Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)
Replies: 15
Views: 5762

Re: Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)

Thank you to all the teams who came to our first tournament! We had a few glitches, but overall it went pretty well I thought. I hope you felt like you got your money's worth for today! Congratulations to Acton Boxborough on the win! Huge thanks to Stephen Eltinge who gave up a Saturday and helped u...
by jessbowen
Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)
Replies: 15
Views: 5762

Re: Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)

Final (final) roster update

School Teams buzzers
Abby Kelley 1 1
Acton Boxborough 2 1
Arlington 1 1
Brookline 1 1
E. O. Smith 1 1
Hingham 2 2
Lexington 1 1
Sharon 1 0
Shrewsbury 2 1
Totals 12

We'll most likely play 10 rounds
by jessbowen
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament VIII @ Cambridge, MA (11/09/13)
Replies: 57
Views: 26735

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament VIII @ Cambridge, MA (11/09/13)

We're not sure yet where the tournament will be, but you should plan to be in the vicinity of Harvard Yard by 8:30 am. In the past couple of years the top bracket of the playoffs has finished play at around 6:30 pm, though neither year saw a final. If your team is involved in a final, the finish ti...
by jessbowen
Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)
Replies: 15
Views: 5762

Re: Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)

Field Update:

School (buzzers)

Hingham, 3 teams (2)
Sharon, 1 team
Weston, 2 teams (1)
Abby Kelly, 2 teams (1)
Lexington, 1 (maybe 2) teams (1)
Shrewbury, 2 teams (1)
Arlington, 1 (maybe 2) teams (1)
Acton-Boxborough, 2 teams (1)

totals: 14, maybe 16 teams.
by jessbowen
Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Novice Tournaments in New England
Replies: 14
Views: 2021

Re: Novice Tournaments in New England

The tournament AMSA is hosting on Nov 23 will use an NAQT A set, appropriate for novice teams. Your question has given me an idea - could we ask registered teams if they are inexperienced and try to group those teams into their own bracket so they can compete against other self-identified novice tea...
by jessbowen
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14
Replies: 47
Views: 16026

Re: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14

We are going to stay with the November 23 date for the Central Mass tournament, with apologies to those students who will be at SPLASH. Also, the set is 129-A (not the 133A we originally posted.) Registrations are starting to come in, so reserve your spots soon. here's the listing: http://www.hsquiz...
by jessbowen
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)
Replies: 15
Views: 5762

Re: Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)

Although MIT is having it's SPLASH event this day, we've decided to keep this date. It's no longer tentative. Thanks for your patience and we hope to see many of you on the 23rd!
by jessbowen
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14
Replies: 47
Views: 16026

Re: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14

Rahulr wrote:The program MIT SPLASH is also running the weekend of November 23rd.
Bummer. It would have been really helpful if this was in the top post of reserved dates for the season. Perhaps similar events could be added?

I'll look into how complicated it would be to switch dates.
by jessbowen
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)
Replies: 15
Views: 5762

Central MA Fall Tournament (11/23/13)

The Advanced Math and Science Academy is pleased to announce the inaugural Central Mass. Fall NAQT High School Tournament, to be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013. We will be using set IS-129A. (This is a change from the “save the date post.”) We are working on also getting PACE affiliation. If yo...
by jessbowen
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14
Replies: 47
Views: 16026

Re: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14

AMSA is hosting a tournament on November 23 in Marlborough, MA. I'll post registration information in a day or two, but I wanted to get the date out there. We'll be using IS-133A packet set.

Jessica Bowen
AMSA Charter School
Marlborough, MA
by jessbowen
Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14
Replies: 47
Views: 16026

Re: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14

Thanks Matt, that is really helpful. Exactly what I was hoping to find!
by jessbowen
Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14
Replies: 47
Views: 16026

Re: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2013-14

AMSA will definitely host a tournament this year, most likely using an NAQT set. We're thinking January. (Do we ever do snow dates on Sunday?) Is there a good thread to read for "hosting your first tournament?"

Jess Bowen
AMSA Charter School
Marlborough, MA
by jessbowen
Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England NAQT Regional Championship at Harvard (04/06/13)
Replies: 20
Views: 7055

Re: New England NAQT Regional Championship at Harvard (04/06/13)

AMSA will come with one team and one buzzer. I'm sure I'm not the only one who competes with other activities among my students but this year has been awful. Lots of my students also participate in Speech and Debate and nearly every tournament this year seems to bump up against a major speech compet...
by jessbowen
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Various Thoughts on New England QB
Replies: 22
Views: 5260

Re: Various Thoughts on New England QB

Is it possible to use financial incentives to encourage first time schools or states? Often in registration fees, there are discounts for bringing buzzers and readers. What if a tournament offered a discount to any team from Maine or Rhode Island and/or any school for whom this was their first Quiz ...
by jessbowen
Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:00 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: structuring good practice sessions
Replies: 5
Views: 1668

structuring good practice sessions

I'm looking for some successful coaches to share what they do during team practices and hear how your practices are structured. Frequency, duration, etc. It would be helpful if you include the size of your team. Right now, I have between 5 and 12 players that come regularly. We practice once or twic...
by jessbowen
Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl VI @ Hunter College High School, NYC (4/6/13)
Replies: 25
Views: 15110

Re: Prison Bowl VI @ Hunter College High School, NYC (4/6/13)

AMSA is interested. I'll see if I can get a team or two to commit to the date and travel.

Jess Bowen
AMSA Charter School
Marlborough, MA
by jessbowen
Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England '12-13 comparisons and discussion
Replies: 11
Views: 2020

Re: New England '12-13 comparisons and discussion

I feel like this has been a good year Quiz Bowl in New England and for our school specifically. The MIT tournament was great and I was quite pleased at our showing at Yale a few weeks ago. The WGBH tournament was how we got started and I commend those who made the effort to contact more of these sch...
by jessbowen
Mon Nov 05, 2012 1:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Organizing Travel
Replies: 5
Views: 1437

Organizing Travel

I'm considering organizing my first Quiz Bowl road trip! While my students (grades 9-12) are very excited, I'm a bit terrified. Are there any resources on organizing a trip? I chaperoned the class trip to Washington DC a few times and we went through one of those companies that arranged all the deta...
by jessbowen
Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: building the strongest team
Replies: 9
Views: 2489

Re: building the strongest team

I guess what I mean is what factors does a coach use in building a team? Do you have kids take a test in certain subjects? On a 4-person team, do you have fixed slots for science, history, literature and geography? Do you hold try-outs? Usually, at our practices, we just read questions from old pack...
by jessbowen
Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: building the strongest team
Replies: 9
Views: 2489

building the strongest team

I'm looking for advice on how to build the strongest team. Our school is relatively new to Quiz Bowl - we just played in our fourth ever tournament, and both the A team and B team placed in the top brackets. In bracket play, both teams tied for 5th - so not the TOP teams, but both equally strong. Pe...
by jessbowen
Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer systems
Replies: 52
Views: 22702

Re: Buzzer systems

Does anyone have feedback on the Quiz Wizard II by Creative Electronics? http://www.c-e-d-inc.com/
by jessbowen
Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer systems
Replies: 52
Views: 22702

Best Buzzer system

Hi, I apoligize if this topic is addressed somewhere else - I looked but didn't find what was looking for. I just found out that I can apply for some funding that was made available and I'd like to get a high quality buzzer system. I have one system, but I bought it with my own money and my criteria...
by jessbowen
Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Funding help?
Replies: 11
Views: 3138

Re: Funding help?

Last year, one of the clubs at our school hosted a Trivia Night - much more like pub trivia than Quiz Bowl, but there was only a little bit of pop culture and included local area knowledge like "name the 5 towns that border our town". Teams of 4 could enter for $100 and there was a $500 first prize ...
by jessbowen
Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FAcT VIII (10/27/2012) at Yale (New Haven, CT)
Replies: 11
Views: 3826

Re: FAcT VIII (10/27/2012) at Yale (New Haven, CT)

Hi,

AMSA would like to attend, bring two teams and two buzzers. I just sent you an email as well.
by jessbowen
Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament VII (Cambridge, MA 11/10/12)
Replies: 24
Views: 10522

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament VII (Cambridge, MA 11/10/12)

Hi,

AMSA would like to come. We could most likely bring 2 teams and two buzzers.
by jessbowen
Mon May 28, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment
Replies: 75
Views: 31491

Re: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment

I'm new myself, and perhaps you don't want to hear what I have to say, but I've been surprised at how difficult it is to break into this world. In Massachusetts, there doesn't seem to be any kind of organization heading up quiz bowl. However, 2 years ago, our PBS station started running a High Schoo...
by jessbowen
Sat May 19, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Merits of the KMO?
Replies: 16
Views: 5723

Re: Merits of the KMO?

Our school is new to the Quiz Bowl world. We started because our local PBS station was running auditions for the High School Quiz Show program and after our audition (unsuccessful, I might add), I was looking for events to sustain the momentum and keep a team going. KMO was one of the first events I...
by jessbowen
Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Learning Geography
Replies: 16
Views: 6756

Re: Learning Geography

Although it will only help with basic levels of knowledge, shepperd software site is great because it has interactive games - not just reading atlases. I like to use it on my smartboard with my students - kids like having to touch the country or feature being asked for. There are various levels of d...
by jessbowen
Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:13 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: I Buzzed First! - a new iPhone Quiz Bowl Buzzer app
Replies: 12
Views: 5540

Re: I Buzzed First! - a new iPhone Quiz Bowl Buzzer app

What a great idea! Any chance on making it available on Windows phones too?