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Dave C
Posted on: May 15 2018, 02:37 PM


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Resource guides are indeed out. The last one (music) just went live. For page counters:
SS: 94
Sci: 95
Lit: 104
Art: 105
Econ: 130
Math: 148
Music: 172

Also exciting is that they don't have any of the problems with ginormous file sizes this year. Everything is pretty reasonable. I'm glad they learned after what happened last year.

Also also exciting is that the epub versions are available now too instead of having the delay they often have. That is handy for my e-reading kids.
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Dave C
Posted on: May 2 2018, 12:43 AM


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QUOTE (Scholastic Underdog @ May 1 2018, 05:42 PM) *
Dies Irae again? I loved that song back when we had it a few years back, but the fact that they’re repeating it is... interesting to me.

If the selection I found is correct, then it's a very different track from the energy year. Same part of the mass, but a totally different mass setting.
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Dave C
Posted on: May 1 2018, 08:11 PM


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QUOTE (StanleyTree2.0 @ May 1 2018, 01:15 PM) *
It definitely feels like there will be a lot of music talked about not in the selections, which will make this even tougher than normal. What are page ranges we're thinking? I think 120+ for both music and sosci, 80 or so for lit, 80-90 for science, maybe 100 for art?

I think 120 seems way too low for music. Considering that we've had 200+ for that guide before, I think it could run really long again. And I think lit will need to be longer since there are so many more works than usual...that's more authors to talk about, etc.
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Dave C
Posted on: May 1 2018, 02:56 PM


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So much jazz and no blues. I am very disappointed on both counts.
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Dave C
Posted on: May 1 2018, 01:27 PM


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Outlines are up!
http://www.usad.org/Footer-Menu/Resources/...m-Outlines.aspx

Interesting note at the bottom of the music outline, answering the question that many of us had:

NOTE TO STUDENTS: If one were to create an ideal compilation of music from the 1960s, it
would surely include recordings by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys,
and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Unfortunately, it is exceptionally difficult and prohibitively
expensive to license the music of these iconic artists. Despite sincere and prolonged efforts,
USAD was not able to license tracks by these musicians for use on the listening CD. (In some
cases, it was feasible to license cover versions, such as the Byrds’ cover of Dylan’s “Mr.
Tambourine Man” and Otis Redding’s cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.”) All of these
artists made significant contributions to the music of the 1960s, and they and their works are
discussed in the text of the resource guide. We hope that students will find time to extend their
exploration of the music of the 1960s beyond the scope of the resource guide and the companion
CD by listening to original recordings by these artists, many of which are available online.
However, only excerpts from the fourteen tracks on the USAD Music CD will be included on the
listening portion of the music test
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Dave C
Posted on: Apr 24 2018, 01:28 AM


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Again, I didn't really care about the scholarships. We all knew that wasn't going to happen, and that was fine. I'm talking about a little more recognition for the kids. I'm talking about giving out 34 more medals...17 for MVP, 17 for high score. Or even just the high score, forget the MVP. And super quiz! Seriously, no mention of the fact that we even did it. Why bother adding the extra round of 39 questions when you aren't going to declare a winner? And I know that I am not the only coach who feels this way.
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Dave C
Posted on: Apr 21 2018, 06:53 PM


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Didn't affect us, but I hear that some economics scores were reported as zero, probably due to clicker issues. It wasn't noticed until coaches got score reports. No idea how that will affect standings and medals.

Also, two of my kids tied on speech, down to the same decimal point. That's not super likely, is it? I'm thinking that has to be an error.
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Dave C
Posted on: Apr 21 2018, 04:50 PM


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So now we know what Division IV means:
No team MVP recognition.
No team high score recognition (forget the scholarship...not even a single medal for this, despite the thousands that are given out).
They create a second super quiz round to accommodate these extra teams, but there is no plaque or any recognition for your performance at all.

All for the low, low price of the exact same $600 fee that all the regular teams paid.

I'm not saying that there shouldn't be any distinction. I know we aren't the state champs, and that's fine. But seriously, these are basic items that you would think are assumed.
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Dave C
Posted on: Apr 20 2018, 03:16 PM


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Clicker disaster! First test used clickers, 2nd test had to go with scantron. They are now a full half hour behind, and they are going to try clickers again. My kids are not happy with that.

Update...the wifi crashed again right at the start of the 3rd test, so it's scantron again. At this point, hopefully they stick with that. They are essentially 30 minutes behind.
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Dave C
Posted on: Apr 18 2018, 04:35 PM


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Can we post stories from nationals here? I can report that Kansas is super windy, and I'm happy to say that only ONE of my varsity students climbed on the roof of the rest area pavilion and then fell off.
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