Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Summer AG work

Dear Friends,

Although there are no regular practices over the summer, there is still a lot that students can do to improve their Academic Games skills.  This summer we are asking Clague students to concentrate on getting better in Presidents.  We are providing the attached worksheets for students to work on.  While we will not be collecting these worksheets in the fall, and completion of the worksheets will not count in either our Friday or Saturday tournaments, we are confident that completion of these worksheets will help the students in Presidents competitions in practices in the fall, and eventually at the State and National tournaments next spring.

We'd also like to share a list of possible Presidents resources that students could explore for more in depth dives into American History, particularly as it relates to the presidents.

American Experience - An excellent American historical series on PBS that occasionally has episodes specifically about certain presidents (i.e. they did a recent short on Barbara and George Bush when she passed), and always provides great insight into all aspects of American History

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History - A great Documentary series by Ann Arbor's own Ken Burns about Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt.

American Presidential Series - A series of short biographies on the US Presidents written by different authors, edited by historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr.  Used copies of these books can be found from time to time on Amazon for next to nothing.

The Complete Book of US Presidents - by William DeGregorio - one of the most complete reference books on US Presidents.

Good luck to all in your presidential studies this summer.


 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

January Saturday Tournament

The January Saturday Tournament was held at Northville's Hillside Middle School on January 20.  Clague won in Team Average with 16.55 and in Top Five with an almost-perfect 99.

Top Clague players on the day -- those with an 18 or higher -- were Amy, Hassan, Yaseen, Ethan, Avani, Claire, Daniel H., David L., Ismael, Karinne, Nathan, Simon, Kevin, and Natalie.

13 Clague players have attended all five Saturday Tournaments so far this school year.   How many will make the trip to St. Lawrence in Utica to complete a perfect six-for-six season?  We will find out on February 10. 


Sunday, December 17, 2017

This Month In Academic Games: Closer To States

About a month ago we blogged about what was going on in Academic Games.  At that point we were playing four of the six games.  We have since added LinguiSHTIK (a grammar game) and started on Propaganda (a game about rhetorical methods) so we are playing all six of the games (Equations, OnSets, WFF 'n' Proof, LinguiSHTIK, Presidents, and Propaganda) that we will be playing at the State Tournament.


A blog entry from last year tells a lot about what happens at the State Tournaments which happen this year on March 7-9 (for 6th graders) and March 14-16 (for 7th and 8th graders) in Grand Rapids


Academic Games families will be getting signup information for the State Tournament this week.  Payment is due the first week we return to school.  The State Tournaments are a lot of fun and a lot of work and are something the team looks forward to all year. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Saturday Tournament

The December Saturday Tournament was held on December 9 in Jackson with 180 players participating. 

Clague finished first both with an average score of 15.68 and a perfect Top Five score of 100.

Congratulations to the whole Clague team, including the following people who earned scores of 18 or higher:  Catherine X., Arav, Amy, Claire, Natalie, Aarnav, Alex V., Peter, Simon, and Karinne. 

This was the fourth tournament of the year.  15 Clague students have attended all four tournaments so far.  A total of 42 students have attended at least three tournaments already, which is part of the preparation Clague expects for those participating in the State Tournaments in March.  Another 13 have attended two tournaments.

The next Saturday Tournament is on January 20, at Northville Hillside Middle School. 



Friday, November 24, 2017

November Saturday Tournament

The November Saturday Tournament was held in Oxford.  28 Clague players playing Equations and On-Sets came in third in Average and Top Five.

Congratulations to Simon and Ethan for scoring 18 or higher out of a possible 20!

Clague expects those planning to participate in the State Tournament to be prepared, including by participating in at least three of the Saturday Tournaments.  Since this was the third Saturday Tournament of the year, it was the first chance for players to complete this qualification -- and 21 players have indeed competed in the first three tournaments.  

The December tournament is coming up soon -- December 9, at  Jackson Northeast Elementary


Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Academic Games Year: Competitions

The year in Academic Games is a combination of learning and competing.   Particularly for new families and those considering joining, it might be useful to have an outline of how the year fits together.  Some of these details are specific to Clague. 

Clague practices twice a week in the school cafeteria.  Generally, Mondays are devoted to learning new things and Fridays are mostly about competition.  (Of course, competition is a good way to learn as well).  Our "Friday Tournaments" give players a chance to compete with their teammates.  When the rules are different for 6th graders, then the 6th graders compete against other 6th graders while the 7th and 8th graders have a separate competition.

We also compete once a month (September through February) on Saturday mornings with other schools in the area.  These "Saturday Tournaments" are hosted by schools around Southeast Michigan. 

The big event in Michigan Academic Games is the "Super Tournament", also known as "States", held in Grand Rapids in early March.  This is a three day tournament with a lot of great competition open to schools across Michigan.   Competition at States is in five-player teams, which means Clague generally has a number of teams at States.   At Clague, we expect any student who wants to go to States will prepare including by going to at least three of the six Saturday Tournaments.  There is a cost to going to States -- last year it was $365 -- which includes the bus, the hotel, the food, tournament registration.  We will need chaperones (parents) to join us on the trip.  Chaperones do not pay themselves (although they still pay for their children).  Making sure that students who work hard all year do not miss out on the tournaments for financial reasons is important to us so we do raise funds during the year to provide some scholarship aid to families in financial need. 

Families make the decision whether to go to States in January and coaches then put the players on teams. 

Those who do particularly well at the State Tournament may also be given the chance to compete at the Academic Games National Tournament in late April.  The location of this tournament varies but is generally somewhere in the eastern United States.  In 2018 it will be in Knoxville. 

Clague Academic Games is proud of our record including winning many State and National Championships and we are also proud of having so many players compete with integrity at the tournaments.  At the same time, we welcome players who do not wish to travel for the major tournaments but who are dedicated to working on the games to join us on Mondays and Fridays developing skills and enjoying the competition. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

October Saturday Tournament Results

The second Saturday Tournament of the 2017/18 year was held at Pioneer High in Ann Arbor, with over 250 students competing in the Region B tournament.  Most players were playing Equations with a few playing OnSets as well.

Clague's average score of 15.60 was strong but Northville Hillside and Meads Mill finished even higher.  Our top nine players each had a perfect score of 20, adding up to a top five score of 100, which left Clague in a two-way tie for first.

Congratulations to the team.  Players scoring 18 or higher included Nana, Claire, Jerry, Henry, Hassan, Sonya, Nathan, Qaurtney, Tony, Kevin, Karinne, Kaan, Amy, Arav, Aarnav, Alex K., and Alex Z.