Testing begins this week!

This will be the first week we will be testing all students in all events on most days. You have seen the back wall and know the “mutual” days that you and your partner will be there, so be prepared! Every test you and your partner take from now until the first invitational will determine your placement (Team A, Team B or Team C). Once the Invitationals begin, your placement in each event will determine your team standings for the next Invitational. Very exciting!

85 Days to go!

It seems like a long way away, but in just 85 days we will be attending our first SciOly Invitational of the 2017-18 season! No time to waste. Start digging into your Manual. Learn everything they are going to expect you to know. And when you find that out, dig deeper! Those “battle-scarred veterans” on the team know exactly what I mean and you also know that Gelenias, Eagle Hill, R.C. Murphy and the rest of those teams we are looking to blast by are doing what we are doing now, only better! So we have to go beyond them and find ways to position Bay Academy at the “top of the food chain”! We have great teams this year and each has the chance to make an “A” team out of their partners. So let’s get moving and find ways every day to make our goals of Top 5 in New York State. (And who knows, this could be our year for Nationals!)

Next Test… Friday!

There will be a 2nd “content” test this coming Friday 10/6, in Rm 232. As of now, it will be covering the same events, only with slight changes in areas of concentration:

  • Thermodynamics – General Information
  • A & P – Digestive System
  • Microbe Mission – Infectious Diseases & Treatments

6th Graders, SciOly and more!!

Incoming 6th Graders, see VIP messages at the bottom of the post…

School is upon us – I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get started on a brand new school year, science competitions and the Science Olympiad! I am attaching two documents. First is the Tentative events for this year’s SciOly (updated today) and the second is the scheduling of these events (as they will be grouped “approximately” at each of our Invitationals, Regional and the States. We have set up the events so that whatever events you are starting in at the beginning of the year, will be the same events you will participate in at the States (if you make it to the end – this will be decided by your cumulative performance throughout our competitions).

Since this is a new way of organizing students with their events, here is what I would do to prepare for the qualifying tests you will be taking in September:

1. Study the events. See what you think you would be good at. Keep in mind, for example, there are only two building groups for each of Bay Academy’s 3 teams – that means 6 people total. So if you only focus on the builds, and don’t get on a building team, you may either not make it to the final teams, or end up on an academic team that you may not know much about.

2. Be adaptable. Get a general idea for all events since you will be evaluated for both academic and building teams. This will be based on the tests you took at the end of last year and some tests we will be doing in September.

3. All teams will be set by the end of September. Understand, we are not always looking for the smartest students, but we are looking for the students who can make the smartest decisions when in academic competitions. Never be discouraged. In addition, 15 of you will be chosen to take part in the New York City Science Bowl, also based on qualifying test scores. It is going to be a very exciting year!

If you have any questions, please contact me. This information will also be posted on our growing Science Olympiad website bayacademyscience.com/

Tentative 2018 SciOly Events

2018 Blocked Events in State Schedule

6th Graders – I will be posting the list of all science contests and competitions that Science Talent students will be participating in this year. This work will not be done during regular class time, but during the times I see you for your Science Talent classes. I will be posting this later today (8/30) so check back. Now if you are interested in participating in the Science Olympiad, there will be a test given after school during the week of 9/11. This means that in order to take the test, you must sign up for the NIA after school program as soon as possible. So what should you be studying? The test will include questions regarding general science, biology, physics, engineering, microbiology, medical case histories, household chemicals, and much more. Please understand that it will be impossible for you to know all the answers, but you want to be as best prepared as you can be. So here is the order I would search for information – best in this order:

  1. Go to the National Science Olympiad (SciOly) website – from here, you can find out much about SciOly and what it is all about. You need to have a general understanding of how the competition is run to be successful
  2. Go to the NY State Science Olympiad (SciOly) website – This will provide you with all updated information regarding our state competition. As you can see on there, the manual – which used to be sold and could not be duplicated – will now be made available online September 5th and free to download. You MUST download this manual to see what events will be offered this year. Above, I have provided you with a “tentative” listing. The manual will provide the final word.
  3. Go to the SciOly Test Exchange site – This is part of the SciOly.org website and has uploaded copies of all previous tests, as well as very helpful study information. If you register (which you should!), you will be permitted to join in online chats. The chats are great as you will always find others who will be very free to offer their expertise. By using the Tentative Event list as a guide, you can see many of the previous tests w/ answer keys that you will be able to use for studying.

6th Graders – Keep in mind that I do not expect you to do as well (though you might!!) as the 7th or 8th graders. So what you will want to do is to best as best prepared as you can be. Don’t stress out. Think smarter, not harder (ok, maybe a little harder) and do your best. If you have any questions, please post them here since others might have the same questions as well. Good luck! Dr. C

SciOly 2017 – WOW!

Bay Academy SciOly 3rd-Gen was quite a team! You took us from 15th to 11th overall in NY State – beating out the other 250+ Middle School teams in New York State! You were a force to be reckoned with in the world of Science Olympiad. You knew this was true when people were talking about Bay Academy as we walked through the halls of competition sites. Each and every one of you did more than you thought possible and more than we could have hoped for. I was in awe of you and inspired by you at the same time (so yes, you earned the grapes!) And I thank you for your determination and grit – also for the beautiful banner you made for me – and yes, if I had tear ducts, I would have cried 🙂

Do not forget your SciOly roots, or that we want you to to be part of the teams and coaching staff next year. Our goal is to place in the Top 5, but we need you to get there. In high school, you will be busier than you ever dreamed you could be, but even if you gave the 4th-Gen SciOly Nerds a few days here and there to help guide and direct them, you would be making a great contribution to Bay Academy. So pass it forward when possible!

Peace and Love to all of you – Dr. C and all the SciOly coaches who have made it very clear that you are leaving behind a very large pair of shoes to fill!

(And SciOly boys, if you have any graduation pics you would like me to add to the Photos album, just forward them along).

Are you READY?

Are you ready for all the exciting science events that will be taking place and hosted by the Science Department next year? We are! With our new website (and weekly updated calendar shown here!) you can see what Events, Competitions & Contests are coming up next – all the way to next June! Remember, 90%+ of the events are going to be open to the entire student body here at Bay Academy and you are all invited to participate. Invitation only competitions are the Science Olympiad and the NYC Science Bowl. For the dozens of other exciting times, go to the calendar, look at all events and see what might interest you and how to register – no matter the talent you are in. We will also be posting events that will be happening in and around the NYC area to keep you busy over the summer and prepare you for next year. Enjoy!

Bay Academy Rises in the Ranks!

The Bay Academy Team has once again proven themselves as top contenders at the NY State SciOly Competition. Our awesome competitors medaled in 6 of the top 10 events (3 out of 10 last year)…

  • 3rd Place – Scrambler
  • 4th – Towers
  • 6th – Food Science
  • 9th – Anatomy & Physiology
  • 9th – Reach for the Stars
  • 10th – Wind Power

We also moved Bay Academy from 15th Place team (last year) to 11th Place in NY State this year! (*We actually did place 10th, but received a small penalty that cause us to be moved back one place. Live and learn.)

I am very proud to be the head coach for this great team. They all deserve a big round of applause! Kudos to fantastic coaching, photographing and chaperoning by Mr. Kheyfets, Mr. Zeleniy, Mr. Soeur, Mr. Davis, Mr. O’Neill, and our good luck charm, Mo the bus driver, who got us here safe, sound and on time!

Special thanks to all those who helped make this a successful competition: Mrs. Timo, Mrs. Dalton, Mrs. D’Agosta and all those students who worked so hard to help us get here! What’s up for next year? New events (Potions and Poisons, Roller Coaster and more!) and a goal of top 5!! See you back here next year!

Bay Academy takes 2nd Place in NYC SciOly… moves onto NY State competition!

Our 2nd full year of competing in the Science Olympiad Regional competition brought us to 2nd Place and an invitation to participate in the NY State SciOly Competition. Our three teams also brought home a total of 69 individual event medals. It was our most successful year yet! The State Competition will be held in Syracuse, NY over April 7, 8 & 9, 2017 and fifteen of our top team members will be looking to break into the top 10 (we were 15th overall out of over 260 middle schools in NY State last year) and maybe even come close to reaching “national” status! Could this be our year? We think yes!!